Petrosky Family Page
by
Roberta M. O'Brien
Updated July 18, 2001

Eva Petrosky (1898-1984)
My grandmother Mary Eva Petrosky was born 1898 in Cartier, Ont. a fuel-stop on the CPR railway between Sudbury and Chapleau. Shortly after her birth, her parents moved to Chapleau. Eva was the eldest of fourteen children. Her father built a very large house with enough room for all the children and a few extra spaces for borders.

After graduating from high school, Eva went to Toronto and took a busines course at Shaws which made her a very employable person in Chapleau. She worked in the CPR freight office and later, during the depression, was able to find work with other businesses in town. She was also an accomplished pianist and played at the local theatre as the musical "audio" to the silent movies.

After WWI, Eva married one of the borders, Jack O'Brien and they had one son. Except for a brief time c.1926 when they moved to Toronto, Jack and Eva lived in Chapleau, sometimes in an apartment in the big house and other times in nearby houses. Jack was very involved with the CCF (later NDP) and Jack and Eva's place was the local centre for socialist politics for many years. Eva was also an active member of the Catholic Women's League and sang in the church choir.


The Petrosky Family

My great grandfather, John Anthony Petrowski (Jan Antoni Piotrowski) was born in 1867, in the Polish area of Russia. He is said to have left home at age 19 and after spending some time in various parts of Europe, emigrated to Canada in 1891. After a brief stop in Renfrew(?) he was soon settled in Cartier working for the Canadian Pacific Railway as a Fuel Man. In 1892, he arranged his sister Elizabeth's passage to Canada. They both married in 1897 in Sudbury, John to Marie Argentine Brunet and Elizabeth to Fred Bernier. By 1909, John was a CPR locomotive engineer in Chapleau. After a dispute with the Divisional Master Mechanic he was fired for refusing to apologize for swearing at him. He then went to work as the stationary engineer at the town pump house.

I always thought that my great-aunt Renee would write "The Petrosky Family History" after she retired. Unfortunately, this is not the way life turned out to be. In her honour, I am including here an article she wrote about the Petrosky family that was published in The Chapleau Sentinel in 1987. My cousin Lynda (first cousin once removed) was inspired in a creative writing class to write a piece about her aunt Anna which I have also included here as Reflections on Anna.

Petrosky Research
(1.)

I am trying to find out where my great-grandfather came from. According to family legend, he was born in Kaunas and he was Lithuanian. He left home (and maybe the rest of his family died?) because of the trouble about the "revolution". Somebody worked in the grand-duke's palace. These stories are probably a combination of ancient and more recent legends.

The marriage records of John and his sister Elizabeth say they were born in Poland and their parents were Joseph and Rose/Rosalie Waswell.(sp?) The 1901 census says they were Russian citizens of Polish origin, mother tongue Polish. On the birth and death records of his children his birth place is listed as Russia.

I've looked into the history of Poland, Lithuania and Russia. To make a very complicated story short, The Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania had a long association as a "Commonwealth" which started out in 1385 as an equal partnership but was eventually dominated by Poland. Between 1772 and 1795 Poland was partitioned and Russia took over the north-eastern third of the Kingdom of Poland (including Lithuania). In 1815, after the Napleonic wars, a very small part of the former Poland (including a chunk of south western Lithuania) was given semi-autonomous status as the Kingdom of Poland within the Russian Empire.

The year 1863 marks the beginning of a Lithuanian nationalist uprising in which Lithuanians objected to Russian domination and also historic Polish domination. After WWI and the Russian Revolution, the boundaries of eastern Europe were re-drawn so that parts of the area previously called Poland were now in the newly revived country of Lithuania and parts of what is now Lithuania were in a newly revived country of Poland.

See the following for more details about the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and recent eastern European history:
a Lithuanian view (click on History) a Polish view (includes maps)

I wrote to the Lithuanian archives. They found several Piotrowski (or Lithuanian Petrauskas) families in the Catholic church records of Kaunas and surrounding area but no baptism records for children of Jozef and Rosalie. Hmm... Perhaps it was one of his parents or grandparents who was born in Kaunas? Perhaps they moved to Kaunas from somewhere else? Perhaps it was another place that sounds like "Kaunas"? Perhaps -???

(2.)
I am also researching my great-grandmother's Brunet and Drouin ancestors and other people who married into the Petrosky family. Many of these associated families migrated to the Sudbury or Chapleau area from the Ottawa Valley.


 

Descendants of Jozef and Rosalie Piotrowski
CAUTION: This is a work in progress and may contain errors.
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1 Jozef PIOTROWSKI b: Abt. 1835? Poland/Lithuania? (a merchant?)
......m. Rosalie WAISWILL (sp.?)
.............2 John Anthony PETROWSKI b: 1867 Poland/Lithuania? d: 1932 Chapleau, Ont. (a locomotive engineer etc.)
....................m. Marie Eva Argentine BRUNET 1897 Sudbury, Ont. b: 1879 St. Placide, Que. d: 1955 Chapleau, Ont.
............................3 Marie Eva PETROSKY b: 1898 Cartier Ont. Can. d: 1984 Chapleau,. Ont. (a clerk, CPR etc)
....................................m. William John (Jack) O'BRIEN b: 1894 Huntley Twp Ont. d: 1978 Chapleau, Ont.
............................................4 son m. BROADBENT
............................3 Joseph John Patrick (Paddy)PETROSKY b: 1900 Chapleau, Ont. d: 1966 Detroit, Michigan, USA
............................3 Marie Rosalie PETROSKY b: 1901 Chapleau, Ont. d: 1901 Chapleau, Ont.
............................3 Marie Anna PETROSKY b: 1903 Chapleau, Ont. d: 1992 Chapleau, Ont. (a writer)
....................................m. Ray STONARD
............................3 Aline PETROSKY b: 1905 Chapleau, Ont. d: 1983 Sun City, Arizona, USA (a nurse)
....................................m. O.M.(Bob) ROBERTS
............................................4 adopted daughter m. AYRES
............................................4 adopted son
............................3 Agnes PETROSKY b: 1907 Chapleau, Ont. d: 1994 St. Catharines, Ont. (a nurse)
....................................m. Aloysius (Al) BOISVERT
............................................4 son
............................................4 daughter (twin) m. BAHRY
............................................4 son (twin) died at birth
............................3 Joseph John PETROSKY b: 1908 Chapleau, Ont. d: 07, 1912 Chapleau, Ont. (of diptheria)
............................3 Mary Elizabeth PETROSKY b: 1909 Chapleau, Ont. d: 1912 Chapleau, Ont. (of diptheria)
............................3 Joseph Peter (Joe) PETROSKY b: 1912 Chapleau, Ont. lived in Sudbury, d: 1987 Chapleau while visiting (a musician & printer)
....................................m. Jennie Ethel ROBINSON
............................................4 daughter m. TREMBLAY
............................................4 daughter m. REED
............................................4 daughter m. McKENNA
............................................4 son m. GRAHAM
............................................4 daughter m. SANTORO
............................................4 daughter m. WOODS
............................3 Joseph Robert Isadore PETROSKY b: 1914 Chapleau, Ont. d: 1914 Chapleau, Ont. (of gastro enteritis)
............................3 Reta Justine PETROSKY b: 1915 Chapleau, Ont.Can.
....................................m. James WINTERS
............................................4 daughter m. NORKUS
............................................4 daughter
............................3 Berthe Lynn PETROSKY b: 1917 Chapleau, Ont. d: 1918 Chapleau, Ont.
............................3 Cecil Romeo PETROSKY b: 1919 Chapleau, Ont. d: 1995 North Bay, Ont. (L&F/MNR Wawa)
....................................m. Caroline DIAZ
............................3 Irene Modesta (Renee) PETROSKY b: 1921 Chapleau, Ont. d: 1995 Chapleau, Ont. (a school teacher/librarian)
....................................m. Lawless Toussaint CECILE b: 1922 Benny, Ont. d: 1983 Chapleau (L&F/MNR Chapleau)
............................................4 daughter m. NWOSU
............................................4 son m. HENDERSON
............................................4 son m.1.PLOUFFE m.2.PEARCE
.............2 Elizabeth PETROWSKI b: 1868 Poland/Lithuania?
....................m. Alfred BERNIER 1897 Sudbury, Ont. b: 1870 Que. s/o Joseph & Willelmine Joncas
............................3 Alfred BERNIER b: 1898 Cartier, Ont.
....................................m. Minetta VEZINA
............................................4. (five children)


 

SOURCES: Family records, Sudbury church records, Ontario BMD, 1901 census etc.

 

 

The Petrosky Family
by
Renee Cecile

(From: The Chapleau Sentinel May 7, 1987)

[Note: For this web page some personal information has been deleted or modified to protect the privacy of living people]


John Anthony Petrosky was born in Kaunas, Lithuania in June 1867. When,he was nineteen he came to Canada and by November 1891, he was. working in Cartier for the C.P.R. He had only one relative left behind in Lithuania, a twin sister, Elizabeth. [note] As soon as he could, he sent for her. She met and married Alfred Bernier and they settled in Cartier. They had one child, a son, Alfred who eventually married Minetta Vezina of Chapleau.

John married Mary Eva Argentine Brunet in Sudbury, April 1897. He could not speak French and she could not speak Lithuanian so they compromised and learned English. As their children grew up and went to school they learned from them and both were able to read and write quite well in English.

Mary Argentine come from St. Placide, Quebec, the oldest of a family of five. Her mother died when she was nine so she had to leave school to care for the younger ones until her father re-married several years later. She never got back to school and she always reminded us how lucky we were to have the chance for an education. Her family moved from St. Placide to Michigan then to Sudbury where she met John Petrosky. Eva, their oldest child was born in May, 1898 in Cartier. In September of that year they moved to Chapleau.

They had fourteen children, Eva (Mrs. Jack O'Brien), Patrick, Rosalie, Anna (Mrs. Ray Stonard), Aline (Mrs. Bob Roberts), Agnes (Mrs. Al Boisvert), John, Elizabeth, Joseph, Isadore, Reta (Mrs. Jimmy Winters), Berthe, Cecil and Irene (Mrs. Lawless Cecile).

In 1912, John decided to build a house to fit his rapidly growing family. That house still stands and is owned by his granddaughter and her husband. It now houses five families, including two of John's grandchildren and their families.

What a wonderful place in which to spend your childhood! We had a back stairway in the kitchen, another in the front hall, two more in the double cellar and one going up to large attic, two bathrooms, a large dance hall and to top it off, a trap door in the roof with a ladder so you could sit on the edge and see all over town. You could also study the stars. I still remember every constellation I learned up there.

What exciting games of hide-and-seek and tag we played! My poor mother had more patience than any other person I've ever met. I can't remember her ever yelling at us or hitting us. When the older children began leaving home, we had bedrooms to spare. Sometimes they were let out to roomers, but when they were empty, we could choose any room we liked for a bedroom

and move as often as we pleased. We could paint our own rooms too, with a cheap powder paint which you mixed with water. I think it was called muresco. What beautiful shades and blends of colours we ended up splashing around! My brother Joe was the expert and usually kept the rest of us from getting carried away.

Three of my sisters and two brothers died before I was born. Rosalie died in 1901, of whooping cough, John and Elizabeth died of diptheria in 1912 at ages four and three. Except for the help of an old man .whose name I don't know, my father had to bury these two himself. In those days fear of such a dreaded disease kept everyone away. Isadore and Barthe died, Isadore at three months in 1914, and Berthe at one day in 1917, causes undetermined.

In 1917 my father left the C.P.R. to work in the town water pumphouse where the cadet headquarters are now located. We used to love to visit him when we brought his lunch over. He'd show us all the works including the trap door in the floor. When it was open you could see a holding tank of water with the occasional fish. I guess this was where it was treated before being pumped up to the water tank. Outside there was a neat little rail line and a trolley car on which wood, mostly slabs, was carried to the big stove

that kept the steam engine running. Part of the present bridge covers the shoreline of the lake where we also used to play.

My father died in 1932 after a long illness, my mother in 1955. Remaining children are Anne Stonard and Renee Cecile of Chapleau, Joseph and wife Ethel (Robinson) of Sudbury, Cecil and wife Caroline (Diaz) of North Bay, Agnes and husband Al of St. Catharines and Reta and husband Jim. In addition, there are sixteen grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren living in Canada and the United States.



Note According to the 1901 census, John and Elizabeth were born over a year apart. They are listed as Russian citizens of Polish origin, mother tongue Polish.

 

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REFLECTIONS ON ANNA
By Lynda Petrosky*

(written c. 1985)

Every family requires the tart flavouring of a true eccentric so that members can maintain a balanced and humble approach toward life. An eccentric can exemplify a family’s strong and weak characteristics. He or she personifies the skeleton in the closet, and becomes the touchstone by which all other family members can consider themselves decent, sane, hardworking people. The eccentric is both respected and vilified: loved and feared for what they might reveal to outsiders of the aspirations, dreams and fears of a particular family. They are like the distorting mirrors in a midway, reflecting our departures from whatever strictures the surrounding civilization inflicts on us. The eccentric can shatter illusions and dissipate guilt for our shortcomings. Who can approve of them? Who would want to live without them?

Such a personality was my Aunt Anna the second oldest sister in a family of nine. From early youth, her aspirations were for the finer things in life, a more genteel way of living. A good pianist, she spent her youth perfecting phrases and individual notes of the classical pieces she played, while her sister Eva, carried by the flow of more popular music, earned pin money by playing background music for silent movies. Anna did her share of housework, but she requested and received time alone to complete these mundane tasks. Not an easy accomplishment in an eighteen-room house.

My earliest memory of Anna is of a tall neatly dressed woman in her forties, who looked rather severe but treated everyone as an adult. She would invite six-year-olds for a walk as readily as most adults would shoo them away: But most important of all, she wrote stories for children. If asked she would send small acquaintances letters with special stories written just for them. Receiving one of Aunt Anna’s letters was like having your very own, very special secret with a significant other person. She was both child and adult and never seemed overwhelmed with the business of living.

In her mid-twenties Anna left the small Northern Ontario town where she was born and moved to Toronto. So that she could continue writing, she decided to rent a large house and earn her living by opening a boarding house for refined persons. My father, one of her younger brothers, shared this experience, which he described as fantastic. Boarders were expected to dress for dinner, a gourmet meal always served at seven. Musicales were held in the evening and stimulating conversation was expected. Unfortunately her timing was not quite opportune, This was ih the early days of the depression, and her finances were soon depleted.

Anna retired from her role as mistress of fine living, moved to the equivalent of a garret and began writing. For several years she managed to sustain herself by writing short stories, poems and articles for church organizations, political groups and pamphleteers. Three of her novels were accepted for publication, but Anna’s sense of the worth of her stories kept her from completing the negotiations for actual publication.

She achieved a small amount of notoriety during the 1940's by maintaining a correspondence with another writer through letters to the editor of the Globe and Mail. They carried on a running debate with one another on a variety of topics for several years. One of the editors finally arranged for them to meet. Family rumour implies that they had a "relationship", but Anna never told.

Romance finally and indisputably captured Anna in her mid-forties. She married a man with a motorcycle. I recall vividly meeting him at the age of nine when I first visited Toronto on my own. Seeing Howdy Doody on TV, my first television program and eating tomato aspic, the dumbest jelly I had ever eaten, were less memorable than riding up and down University Avenue and out to the not-yet-completed Malton Airport on the back of his motorcycle. All husbands should be as glamorous as Anna’s Ray.

At sixty-five, Anna decided to divorce Ray, get a student loan, and return to school. She completed her BA and Masters degrees in three years and settled down to live in a refurbished one-room schoolhouse outside of Sault Ste. Marie with her nine cats and innumerable books and papers. A broken hip at seventy-seven forced her retirement to a small home for the elderly in her birthplace in Northern Ontario.

Anna continues to reign over her environment. Other elderly residents love to go out visiting. Anna invites her visitors to enjoy tea and cookies in the common room of her residence, waited on by an obliging nursing home staff.

[Anna died in 1992 at age 89]


*Lynda Mary Petrosky, second daughter of Joe and Ethel, passed away in June 2001 at age 58 after a long illness due to complications from infantile diabetes. She loved classical music and opera and was a very fine singer. Lynda was a very determined fighter for life and justice. She will be greatly missed.

 


 

 

The Brunet Family

My great-grandmother, Marie-Argentine Brunet, was a descendant of Mathieu Brunet who arrived in Canada (New France) in 1657 on a three year work contract at 60 livres per year. He originally came from Normandie, the son of Jaques Brunet and Jaqueline Rachine. While most of these workers returned to France after their contracts were finished, Mathieu stayed on, working in the Ville de Quebec area, and in 1667 married Marie Blanchard, a "Fille du Roi" also from Normandie.. Mathieu and Marie then worked their way up the St. Laurence River until they finally arrived at the new settlement of Lachine on Montreal Island.

Many of Mathieu Brunet's descendants settled in the Pointe Claire area on the western part of Montreal Island. Some time before 1850, Hyacinthe Brunet, my gr-gr-gr-grandfather, moved to St. Placide on the Lac de Deux Montagnes (the wide part of the Ottawa River above Montreal) This is where my great-grandmother was born.

Some of the information listed below was obtained from a Brunet family newsletter researched and published by my cousin Verna Brunet.


Some Descendants of Mathieu Brunet dit Lestang et Marie Blanchard
CAUTION: This is a work in progress and may contain errors
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1 Mathieu BRUNET dit LESTANG b: Abt. 1638 St. Jean de Re, (near L'Aigle) Normandie France d: 1708 Montreal, Que.
......m. Marie BLANCHARD 1667 Quebec, Que. b: Abt. 1645 Rouen, d/o Jean et Martine LEBAS d: 1722 Lachine, Que.
............2 Michel BRUNET b: Abt. 1668 Quebec City, Que.
..................m. Marie MOISON 1692 Montreal, Que.
............2 Jeanne BRUNET b: Abt. 1670 Quebec
..................m. Francois HUAR 1684 Champlain, Que
............2 Marie Ann BRUNET b: Abt. 1672 Quebec
..................m. Antoine PILON 1688/89 Montreal, Que. (Antoine & Marie are ancestors of most Quebec PILON)
............2 Jean BRUNET b: 1673/74 Cote de Marsolet, Que.
..................m. Marie PERRIER 1694 Lachine, Que.
.........................3 Michel BRUNET b: 1695 Lachine, Que.
.................................m. Marie Louise JAMME 1716 Pointe Claire
.........................3 Jean Francois BRUNET b: 1697 Lachine, Que. d: 1722 Ponte Claire, Que.
.........................3 Joseph BRUNET b: 1699 Lachine, Que.
.................................m. Marie-Fancoise BARBARIE dit GRANDMAISON 1720 Pointe Claire, Que.
......................................4 Jean-Marie BRUNET b: 1722 Pointe Claire, Que.
.............................................m. Angelique BRISEBOIS 1747 Pointe Claire
......................................4 Marie Josephte BRUNET b: 1724 Pointe Claire, Que.
.............................................m. Joseph LEFEBVRE 1748 Pointe Claire
......................................4 Francoise BRUNET b: 1725/26 Pointe Claire, Que.
.............................................m. Pierre MESSAGUIE-LAPLAINE 1750 Pointe Claire
......................................4 Marguerite BRUNET b: 1727/28 Pointe Claire, Que.
.............................................m. Andre BEAUNE 1746 Ste-Genevieve
......................................4 Joseph-Amable BRUNET b: 1729 Pointe Claire, Que.
.............................................m. Amable LEFEBVRE 1752 Pointe Claire
......................................4 Jaques BRUNET b: Abt. 1731 Pointe Claire, Que.
.............................................m. Josephte LEGAULT 1756 Pointe Claire
......................................4 Rose BRUNET b: Abt. 1733 Pointe Claire, Que.
.............................................m. Ambroise LEGAULT 1760 Pointe Claire
......................................4 Francois BRUNET b: Abt. 1735 Pointe Claire, Que.
.............................................m. Josephte THEORET 1762 Pointe Claire
......................................4 Eustache BRUNET b: Abt. 1737? Pointe Claire, Que.
.............................................m. Catherine DEMERS dit DUMAY 1764 St. Genevieve, Que.
...................................................5 Eustache BRUNET b: Pointe Claire
..........................................................m. Catherine THEORET 1789 St. Genevieve
...................................................5 Marie BRUNET b: Pointe Claire
..........................................................m. Joseph PILON 1791 Pointe Claire
...................................................5 Joseph BRUNET b: Pointe Claire
..........................................................m. Radegonde ABRAHAM dit COURVILLE 1793 Pointe Claire
...................................................5 Hyacinthe BRUNET b: Abt. 1780? Pointe Claire
..........................................................m..Genevieve CITOLEUX 1805 Pointe Claire, Que.
................................................................6 Joseph BRUNET b: Pointe Claire
.......................................................................m. Marguerite PERRIER 1839 Pointe Claire
................................................................6 other BRUNET?
................................................................6 Hyacinthe BRUNET b: Abt. 1812 Pointe Claire d: Aft. 1881 St Placide, Que. (cultivateur 1871)
.......................................................................m. Adelaide LEGAULT dit DESLAURIERS 1841 Pointe Claire b: Abt 1843 d: 1880 St. Placide
..............................................................................7 Joseph-Adze BRUNET bapt: 1847 St. Benoit, Que. d: 1928 Chelmsford, Ont. (voyageur 1871, culter 1901)
...................................................................................m.1.Caroline DROUIN 1875 St. Benoit b: 1856 St. Benoit d: Abt. 1888 Clarence Creek, Ont.?
.............................................................................................8 Wilfred BRUNET b: Abt. 1876 St. Placide? Que. (never married)
.............................................................................................8 Joseph Hyacinthe Alfred BRUNET b: 1877 St. Placide, Que. d: Bef. 1881 St. Placide
.............................................................................................8 Marie-Eva-Argentine BRUNET b: 1879 St. Placide, Que. d: 1955 Chapleau, Ont.
....................................................................................................m. John Anthony PETROWSKI 1897 Sudbury b:1867 Kaunas d:1932 Chapleau
.............................................................................................8 Louise BRUNET b: Abt. 1880 St. Placide, Que. d. Aft. 1960? Sudbury, Ont. (never married)
.............................................................................................8 Joseph Adze Theodule BRUNET b: 1881 St. Placide, Que.
....................................................................................................m. Alexina GIROUX 1905 Chelmsford, Ont. b: 1885
.............................................................................................8 Eglantine BRUNET b: Abt. 1883 St. Placide, Que. d: Toronto?
....................................................................................................m. Maxime LACELLE 1900 Chelmsford, Ont.
.............................................................................................8 Joseph Abundius BRUNET (twin) b: 1884 St. Placide, Que. d: 1884 St. Placide, Que.
.............................................................................................8 Joseph Theophile BRUNET (twin) b: 1884 St. Placide, Que. d: 1884 St. Placide, Que.
.............................................................................................8 Joseph Placide Arthur BRUNET b: 1886 (never married)
.............................................................................................8 Patrice BRUNET b: 1887 Clarence Creek? Ont.
....................................................................................................m. Alexandrine LEGAULT 1907 Prescott, Ont. b:? d: 1944 Casselman, Ont.
....................................................................................m.2. UNKOWN d. Cadillac, Michigan, USA???
..............................................................................7 Victor BRUNET b: Abt. 1849 St. Placide? Que. (voyageur 1871)
..............................................................................7 Amedee BRUNET b: Abt. 1850 St. Placide? Que. d: Abt. 1853 St. Placide, Que.
..............................................................................7 Amedee BRUNET b: Abt. 1855 St. Placide, Que. (cultivateur 1871)
....................................................................................m.1.Marie BRUNET 1877 St. Placide, Que. b: Abt. 1853 Clarence Creek, Ont? d: 1878 St. Placide?
....................................................................................m.2.Angelina VIAU 1878 St. Benoit, Que.
..............................................................................7 Dosithee BRUNET b: Abt. 1857 St. Placide Que.
................................................................6 Francois-Xavier BRUNET b: Abt. 1819 Pointe Claire, Que.
.......................................................................m. Eulalie BOILEAU 1844 St. Genevieve
................................................................6 other BRUNET?
...................................................5 other BRUNET?
......................................4 Therese BRUNET b: Abt. 1745 Pointe Claire, Que.
.............................................m. Augustine BRISEBOIS 1769 Pointe Claire
..........................3 Philippe BRUNET b: 1702 Lachine, Que.
..................................m. Suzanne BARBARIE 1725 Pointe Claire
..........................3 Marie Madelaine BRUNET b: Abt. 1704
..................................m. Pierre GIBAU 1729 Pointe Claire
............2 Pierre BRUNET b: 1675/76 Cote de Marsolet, Que.
............2 Marie BRUNET b: 1677 Cote de Marsolet, Que.
....................m. Francois BIGRAS 1693 Montreal, Que. b: Abt. 1670 St. Nicholas, La Rochelle, France
............2 Jaques (Jacob) BRUNET b: 1680 Arbre a la Croix, Que.
....................m. Jeanne VERRAY 1701 Lachine, Que.
............2 Catherine BRUNET b: 1681 Champlain, Que.
....................m. Honore DANY 1694 Lachine, Que. (a master carpenter)
............2 Marguerite BRUNET b: 1683 Champlain, Que. d: 1699 Lachine, Que. (de fievre)
............2 Mathieu BRUNET b: 1688 Montreal, Que. d: 1706 Montreal, Que.


 

SOURCES: Loiselle Marriage Index, Repertoire des Actes...du Quebec Ancien (U. de Montreal), BMD Ontario,
1901 census, family records, St. Benoit church records, Pilon Family Newsletter, Verna Brunet's Newsletter (includes St. Placide census data), etc.

 

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The Drouin Family

My great-great grandmother Caroline Drouin was a descendant of Robert Drouin who came to Canada before 1637. All Drouins and variations such as Derouin are descendants of Robert. Robert married twice and his two son who carried on the family name were both from the second marriage to Marie Chappelier. My ancestors are from his son Etienne Drouin.

I have made a cursory survey of the Drouin family. My immediate ancestors lived in the St. Benoit area (on the mainland north of Montreal) since about 1800.


Some Descendants of Robert Drouin
(CAUTION: This is a work in progress and may contain errors)
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1 Robert DROUIN b: Abt. 1607 Pin-la-Garenne, Perche, France s/o Robert et Marie DUBOIS, d: 1685 Cote de Beaupre? Que.
......m.1.Anne CLOUTIER 1637 Ville de Quebec b: 1628/29 Perche, France d/o Zacharie et Xainte DUPONT, d: 1648 La Chandeleur, Que.
..............2 Agnes DROUIN b: 1640/41 d: 1641
..............2 Genevieve DROUIN b: Abt. 1644 Riviere-aux-Chiens, Que.
....................m. Romain TREPAGNY
..............2 Jeanne DROUIN b: 1647
....................m. Pierre MAHEU
......m.2.Marie CHAPPELIER 1649 Ville de Quebec b: France d/o Jean et Marguerite DODIER d: 1696/97 Quebec City, Que.
..............2 Marie DROUIN b: 1650 d: 1664 Riviere-aux-Chiens, Que.
....................m. Nicolas LEBEL 1662
..............2 Nicolas DROUIN b: Abt. 1653
....................m. Marie LOIGNON
..............2 Marguerite DROUIN b: 1655 Riviere-aux-Chiens, Que.
....................m.1.Jean GAGNON
....................m.2 Antoine DARDE
..............2 Etienne DROUIN b: Abt. 1657 Cote de Beaupre? Que.
....................m. Catherine LOIGNON 1682 Ste Famille de l'Ile d'Orleans, Que.
............................3 other DROUIN?
............................3 Pierre DROUIN Abt. 1695 d: Bef. 1759
..................................m. Marie Anne VANIER 1727/28 St. Laurent, Que.
..........................................4 Jean-Louis DROUIN
................................................m. Louise DUFOUR 1758 Terrebonne, Que.
..........................................4 other DROUIN?
..........................................4 Jean-Baptiste DROUIN
................................................m. Madelaine MELOCHE 1765 St. Genevieve, Que.
........................................................5 Pierre DROUIN
..............................................................m. Louise LEPINE 1792 St. Genevieve, Que.
........................................................5 other DROUIN?
........................................................5 Pascal DROUIN
..............................................................m. Louise LABROSSE 1800 St. Eustache, Que.
......................................................................6 Pascal DROUIN
............................................................................m. Louise PARENT 1823 St. Benoit, Que.
......................................................................6 other DROUIN?
......................................................................6 Lin DROUIN
............................................................................m. Dosithe BRISEBOIS 1841 St. Benoit, Que. Can. d: 1887 Ont? (bur. St. Benoit)
....................................................................................7 Clothilde DROUIN
..........................................................................................m. Gatien LAJEUNESSE 1863 St. Benoit, Que.
....................................................................................7 Philomene DROUIN
..........................................................................................m. Moise FORTIER 1868 St. Benoit, Que.(from Clarence Ont. wid. of Marceline ETHIER)
....................................................................................7 Lin DROUIN
..........................................................................................m. Anne SAUVE 1874 St. Hermas, Que.
....................................................................................7 Adelaide DROUIN
..........................................................................................m. Antoine PERRIER 1869 St. Benoit, Que.
....................................................................................7 Zephirin DROUIN
..........................................................................................m. Matilde FILION 1878 St. Hermas, Que.
....................................................................................7 Caroline DROUIN b: 1856 St. Benoit, Que. d: Abt. 1888 Clarence Creek? Ont.
..........................................................................................m. Joseph-Adze BRUNET 1875 St. Benoit, Que. b: 1847 St. Placide Que. d: 1928 Chelmsford, Ont.
..................................................................................................8 Wilfred BRUNET b: Abt. 1876 St. Placide? Que. (never married)
..................................................................................................8 Joseph Hyacinthe Alfred BRUNET b: 1877 St. Placide, Que. d: Bef. 1881 St. Placide
..................................................................................................8 Marie-Eva-Argentine BRUNET b: 1879 St. Placide, Que. d: 1955 Chapleau, Ont.
........................................................................................................m. John Anthony PETROWSKI 1897 Sudbury b:1867 Kaunas d:1932 Chapleau
..................................................................................................8 Louise BRUNET b: Abt. 1880 St. Placide, Que. d. Aft. 1960? Sudbury, Ont. (never married)
..................................................................................................8 Joseph Adze Theodule BRUNET b: 1881 St. Placide, Que.
........................................................................................................m. Alexina GIROUX 1905 Chelmsford, Ont. b: 1885
..................................................................................................8 Eglantine BRUNET b: Abt. 1883 St. Placide, Que. d: Toronto?
........................................................................................................m. Maxime LACELLE 1900 Chelmsford, Ont.
..................................................................................................8 Joseph Abundius BRUNET (twin) b: 1884 St. Placide, Que. d: 1884 St. Placide, Que.
..................................................................................................8 Joseph Theophile BRUNET (twin) b: 1884 St. Placide, Que. d: 1884 St. Placide, Que.
..................................................................................................8 Joseph Placide Arthur BRUNET b: 1886 (never married)
..................................................................................................8 Patrice BRUNET b: 1887 Clarence Creek? Ont.
........................................................................................................m. Alexandrine LEGAULT 1907 Prescott, Ont. b:? d: 1944 Casselman, Ont.
....................................................................................7 Alphonsine DROUIN b: St. Benoit?
..........................................................................................m. Joachim CARRIERE 1880 St. Benoit, Que.
....................................................................................7 Azilda DROUIN b: 1862 Ontario d: Chelmsford? Ont.
..........................................................................................m. Josephat PAGE 1875 St. Benoit, Que.
....................................................................................7 Perpetue DROUIN
..........................................................................................m. Placide CARRIERE 1883 St. Benoit, Que.
....................................................................................7 Hercule DROUIN
..........................................................................................m. Victoria PAQUET 1890 Ste Anne des Plaines, Que.
......................................................................6 other DROUIN?
........................................................5 other DROUIN?
..........................................4 other DROUIN?
............................3 other DROUIN?
................2 Catherine DROUIN
......................m.1.Michel ROULOIS
......................m.2.Guillaume SIMIN


SOURCES:Loiselle marriage index, family records, Laforet etc.

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