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PostPosted: 08 Nov 2006 12:02    Post subject: Ouillette-Willet Reply with quote

I have a Sylvester Willet (1829) and Margaret (?)(1843) that I have now learned is actually an angleized version of Ouillette. In the 1880 census they are listed as follows: Anyhelp in tracing ancestors wuld be appreciated. Thanks for your help. Jack Townsend

Name Parent or spouse names Home in 1880 (City,County,State) Birth Year Birthplace Relation

Sylvester Ouillette Margaret Limestone, Aroostook, ME abt 1830 N B Self
Margaret Ouillette Sylvester Limestone, Aroostook, ME abt 1842 MAINE Wife
Lizzie Ouillette Sylvester, Margaret Limestone, Aroostook, ME abt 1866 MAINE Daughter
Sylvester Ouillette Jr. Sylvester, Margaret Limestone, Aroostook, ME abt 1868 MAINE Son
Edward Ouillette Sylvester, Margaret Limestone, Aroostook, ME abt 1872 MAINE Son
Annie Ouillette Sylvester, Margaret Limestone, Aroostook, ME abt 1870 MAINE Daughter
Mary Ouillette Sylvester, Margaret Limestone, Aroostook, ME abt 1878 MAINE Daughter
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PostPosted: 18 Nov 2006 15:12    Post subject: Sylvestre Ouellette & Marguerite Dubé Reply with quote

Here's the marriage record of this couple:

OUELLETTE, SYLVAIN fils de Germain et Sophie Poirier -
DUBE, MARGUERITE fille de Joseph et Marguerite Cyr - 1825
maries a Van Buren, ME - 1858-06-28

Here is Margaret Dubé in the 1851 census with her father and stepmother (her mom had died). You can see she's 9, which means she was born about 1842. They are living in Andover Parish, in the "French Settlement", which I believe is across the river from Van Buren.
http://www.upperstjohn.com/1851/andov14.htm#25, lines 23-31

23 | 211 | Joseph Dubey | M | H | 45 | French | Labourer | Birth | |
24 | 211 | Celeste Dubey | F | W | 28 | Canadian | | 1844 | |
25 | 211 | Dennis Dubey | M | S | 3 | Native | | Birth | |
26 | 211 | Thomas Dubey | M | S | 1 | Native | | Birth | |
27 | 211 | Isadore Dubey | M | S.S. | 23 | Native | | Birth | |
28 | 211 | Elizabeth Dubey | F | S.D. | 18 | Native | | Birth | |
29 | 211 | Mary Dubey | F | S.D. | 13 | Native | | Birth | |
30 | 211 | Margaret Dubey | F | S.D. | 9 | Native | | Birth | |
31 | 211 | Abraham Dubey | M | S.S. | 8 | Native | | Birth | |


Marguerite is listed as "stepdaughter", though she's actually the stepdaughter of Celeste, Joseph's second wife; from the ages of the kids, it seems that Joseph and Celeste were married in about 1847 or so, and Margaret's mother, Marguerite Cyr, died sometime after 1843.

This family also shows up in the 1861 NB census, living in Grand Falls, p.5 (not online). You can see by names and ages that this is the same family:

Joseph Dubay, head of household, 58 yrs old, Canadian (b. in Quebec), farmer
Selastavate Dubay, wife, 41
Denis, son, 15
Thomas, son, 11
Edward, son, 9
Elizabeth, daughter, 7
Marthe, daughter, 5
Joseph, son, 4
WIlliam, son, 2
Austine, son, 1

And living either right next door or in the same household is:

Sylvestre Willet, head of household, 33 yrs old, "natif", "bucheron" (lumberjack)
Marget Willet, wife, 20 yrs old, "native"
Marget Willet, daughter, 2 yrs old

So this is pretty definitive evidence that your Sylvestre Ouellette and his wife Marguerite are indeed the couple listed above.

You can therefore follow Marguerite's line back, since it's recorded. Here's info on her parents' marriage:

DUBE, JOSEPH fils de Germain et Marguerite Roy-Denys - 1806
CYR, MARGUERITE fille de Hilarion et Charlotte Tardif - 1795
maries a St Basile, NB - 1825-11-02

And it's very probable that Joseph Dubé shows up in the 1833 census (as Joseph DeBay) here: http://www.upperstjohn.com/1833/mad6.htm#6 , go down to line 38.
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