My favorite quote from "Pelagie" the story of the exiled Acadians, was written by Antonine Maillet:
"And the carts spread out to the four corners of the land of old time Acadie, pushed by winds from the south, southeast, southwest, northwest and northeast, climbing the rivers, jumping from one island to the next, digging into the hollows of creeks and bays.
And that's how the Cormiers wound up high on the Cocagne River and married
into the Gagnons and the Despres . . .
. . . and the Bourgeois sunk their roots around The Bend . . .
. . . and the Allains, the maillets, and the Girouards on Buctouche Bay . . .
. . . and the Legers at Gedique called Shediac . . .
. . . and the Godins, the Haches, and the Blanchards more to the north, right up to Caraquet and Ile Miscou . . .
. . . and the Belliveaus and the Gautreaus at Beaumont looking across at Saint Mary's Bay just opposite . . .
. . . and the Poiriers at Grand Digue . . .
. . . and the Bordages and the Richards at Richibucto . . .
. . . and the Robichauds at Barachois . . .
. . . and the Basques in the islands and on the dune spits . . .
. . . and bits of LeBlancs here and there and everywhere . . ."
Irene, Ollie, Arthur (Bob) and
Betty at the Lone Willow Farm.
One bit of LeBlancs, The White family, descendents of those exiled Acadians, lived in a brick farmhouse at the end of a dirt road in Brookfield, Vermont.The farm was called "The Lone Willow Farm." Attached to the house was a great, old dairy barn, connected by a passage way. Here in Brook Field lived the family of Arthur Peter White and his wife Ruby, formerly Ruby May Lafayette of Barre. Arthur and Ruby had four young children, Irene the eldest was twelve, Betty ten and a half, Bubba nine and a half, and Ollie eight and a half. (Phyllis was born many years later in Connecticut).
Arthur's parents lived there too, now both retired, their chores were few around the house. Grandma spent most of her day sitting in a chair by the fire and only complained when she was coming down with a cold. Grandpa was a quiet, thoughtful man who didn't often have much to say.
Irene awoke. She yawned, stretched and lay there a moment, feeling the coolness of the Vermont morning air. She tried to hold her body still in the bed, as she lay there, next to her sister Betty so that the biting chill from outside the blanket would not seep in. From across the room she could hear her brother Bubba get up. She could hear him even though she couldn't see him. Little Ollie was still asleep.
"Wake up kids!" came the husky voice of her father from the kitchen below, "It's six oclock already."
Betty stirred and yawned. "I'm awake," she mumbled.
Irene threw back the covers and hit the floor with a run. Suddenly there was mass pandemonium as everyone made a dash down the stairs to get the chairs by the stove. Irene got there first, followed by Bubba with Betty next and little Ollie last, as usual. Now, for a little while at least, they all warmed themselves by the cast-iron stove. Bubba and Irene snoozed as they snuggled in the chairs. Ollie straddles his chair, hugging the back of it, his backside to the stove.
Dad let them have their comfort for as long as he could then: "Let's go youngsters! Time for chores."
Without so much as a groan they changed out of their pajamas, or nightshirts, clothing made for them by their mother out of grain sacks. Their underwear too was made from the same sacks which mother said, "wore like iron."
Grandpa came in from the cold and Ollie ran to him. "untie my knots, please!" he cajoled, handing the white-haired man a pair of well-knoted snoes. Grandpa took the shoes without a word and, with his long fingernails, undid the knots, handing them back to the boy and finding Elizabeth next in line with her shoes for him to unknot. He took each child in turn while the others dressed in front of the fire. Fully clothed, they all bundled up for the cold and went out into the barn, all working together to get the cows milked, then each to his separate chores of feeding the pigs, cleaning the barn and haying, then watering the horses. It took about an hour to finish things up, then back into the house for breakfast of oatmeal.
Arthur (Bob), Betty, Jip, Irene, and
Ollie in front of the barn.
Mother dished them each a generous helping and everyone added warm, fresh milk. Next came the pancakes, a heap for each plate, some maple syrrup they'd boiled down just last week and they settled down to breakfast. Nobody said anything much, but the hungry little mouths continued to munch down everything on their plates. Soon it was time for the walk to school. Mother looked outside to make sure the weather was decent before deciding whether to make them sandwiches to go. It was chilly on the front steps and there were high wispy clouds, but it looked like it was going to be a fine Spring day.
"I'll have lunch ready when you get home," she said.
The children gulped in cool air as they cut across the fields and hiked up the hill, exploring some new green sprouts on the trees as they walked past. Bubba kept his eyes open for animal tracks. They passed a circular depression in the ground that looked like it might have been made by a meteor. Anyways, that's what Dad said. But they searched the holes often and couldn't find anything. Irene noticed a place where they could look for Jinshang roots later. The roots would be mailed to a man who would then send them to China. No one remembered how the orders got started, but it sure took a lot of roots to make up a package.
Student at Gaylord School in Brookfield, VT.
Betty seemed to remember that long ago an old man with long whiskers had come around to take all the roots they had and ask for more. There was a man who came to visit once who had a long white beard, though Betty wasn't sure he was the same man. But the children all knew that the roots were going all the way to China where they were used for medicine. Irene tried to visualize the roots that she had gathered being used by people on the other side of the world. She imagined them as she saw them, little squint-eyed people like the pictures in her geography book. She laughed to herself at the image of funny little people running about with roots hanging around their necks to protect them from evil spirits.
After the long walk the children arrived at their school, a small white house. As they were the first ones there, there was time for games. "Let's play tag," said Ollie.
"You're it!" said Bubba.
"No! I'm not. We'll choose for it," said Ollie.
But at that moment they were interrupted by two other children who came down the hill. And, since they were the new players, Ollie didn't have to be "it" after all.
Arthur and fellow Gaylord student at lunch.
As the game went on and the children scattered to find hiding places around the schoolyard, several other classmates joined them, each taking their turn to be "it."
Soon Mrs. Washburn arrived. and when she was ready for the children she stood on the porch and rang her bell. The clanging brought the children, all eight of them running and they followed her inside to the single room. At the front was a wall-to-wall blackboard strip. In front of that was the teacher's desk. Each student had their own desk. Irene was in the highest grade all by herself, then bubba and Betty, and other little groups down to the youngest Ollie who was at the lowest grade.
That was the family schedule, day in and day out, except for the summer when the children helped with the harvest. And when the children grew up, the family moved to Connecticut. Other branches stayed behind in Barre but that's another story.Until Later--
Family of Arthur Peter (A.P.) White and Ruby Lafayette on the farm--teenagers.
A LeBlanc Family reunion at the Lone Willow Farm.
The LeBlancs at the seashore in Guilford, CT. Rob, Ruby, A.P., Phyllis, Arthur (Bob), Polly (Napoleon), Ollie, Paul, Anna, Catherine (Moore), David, Ed, and Betty.
Arthur (Bob), Ruby, and A.P. in front of the barn at the Lone Willow Farm.
FOOTPRINTS OF THE EXILED
STORY-MAPS by Robert J. LeBlanc dit Rob White
Some artifacts of the family of Louis DeGonzaque LeBlanc dit Louis White and Mary Yandow dit Marie Theophile Guindon of Essex, Vermont.
Billie Gifford, a friend and fellow student at Goddard College, in Vermont, taught me the wider meaning of Maps. She showed me that maps are not only drawings on paper showing roads and major continents but they are more, much more. There are maps of our emotions and maps which show the cycles of the seasons; there are maps which show where we or our ancestors have travelled in time and space; and those maps are made up not of curved lines and shaded spaces but of stories and memories, sights and sounds which we have brought
with us from the past or are continuing in the present.
We were lucky in researching our family line to find cousin Tom White of Vermont, genealogist and the White family-historian. It was Tom who gave us his "map" which showed the pathway from Louis Leblanc to Ancient Acadia. Tom's monograph: "Our LeBlanc Family Ancestors" was a most important key in opening the past to us, and his research was a gift that we are quite thankful to have.
Still, there other pieces of the family puzzle that are missing and probably never will be found. And does it really matter? The history of one rather average family is of little consequence to the world. Does it matter that we've lost Aunt Mable Cooper's son Terrel somewhere in the vastness of the West Coast? Will we ever know the name of Levi Chesley Jr's 5th child, born around 1962? And what was the family feud that drove Ed White away from the family circle?
Or, what of mother's uncle, Samuel Sanderson, the civil engineer who travelled West in the early part of the Century? Did he ever marry or have children? Does he slumber beneath a nameless grave... Or what?
I think we may have to keep on looking, for a while longer at least.
Addenda: I think that after almost a decade of researching my own and other family histories I have come to the realization that a family history is never quite complete. This work then is a compilation of records “to date” on the family line of Arthur Peter LeBlanc dit White and Ruby May Lafayette, both of Vermont whose ancestors immigrated from Napierville Canada at the turn of the 20th Century.
And while, because of my research, this work has much of my personality throughout, it should be considered a family “work in progress.” I hope that other members will add whatever “history” and records that they want to include here and send that information back to me so that I can include it in this work for archival storage in libraries such as The French Canadian Genealogical Society of Canada, The Godfrey Genealogical Library and the Local Middletown Public Library.
I know that Tom White in 1998 will be publishing a work on the family of Louis DeGonzaque LeBlanc and Theophilia Guindon at Barre, Vermont and so I refer readers to that location for more detailed informatiion on the Vermont branch of the family. Our thanks go out to Tom and his family, to Phyllis Brault, Irene Woickelman, Oliver White and Betty Ely as well as my father Arthur J.L. White for their contributions to our family history. It is difficult to thank the many historical researchers who have provided “maps” without which we would be
hopelessly lost in those vast arcadian forests of yesterday.
THE LEBLANCS FROM FRANCE TO ACADIA
One Family's Travels: A Map from Ancient Acadia to New Haven, Ct., and beyond... (According to Tom White of Barre, Vermont.)
1636 Daniel LeBlanc married Francoise Gaudet, perhaps in France or at Port Royal, Ancient Acadia.
1680 Antoine LeBlanc married Marie Bourgeois at Grand Pre, Ancient Acadia. During the 1755 Exile, he was transported to Boston.
1711 Pierre-Hilaire LeBlanc married Francoise Landry at Grand Pre in Ancient Acadia. He was also exiled to Boston.
1762 Pierre Hilaire LeBlanc Jr. married Marie-Elizabeth Hebert at Guilford, Ct. but they returned to L'Acadie where their marriage was revalidated on 1701-1775.
1786 Pierre Drossin LeBlanc married Marguerite Trahan at L'Acadie,
1810 Pierre Hyacinthe LeBlanc married Pelagie Gamache at L'Acadie,
1833 Pierre LeBlanc married Marie-Luce Hebert at Napierville, Quebec.
1861 Louis de Gonzaque LeBlanc married M. Theophile Guindon at Essex, Vt.
18-- Peter Arthur LeBlanc (nothing further is known about him.)
Now, Peter Arthur LeBlanc is my grandfather and when we made contact with Tom White through letters sent north, we were able to add to the family history in Vermont by adding:
1908 Arthur Peter LeBlanc married Ruby May Lafayette at Lowell, Mass.
Children: 5. Irene, Arthur J.L. or "Bob", Elizabeth or Betty, Oliver or "Ollie" and Phyllis.
This particular map traces one small branch of the LeBlanc family, that of Daniel and Francoise's son Antone LeBlanc and his wife Marie Bourgeois, who moved from the original home at Port Royal to Grand Pre to settle new land with many of Antone's brothers.
The map follows the route of Antoine's son Pierre-Hilaire who married Francoise Landry. This family was part of the exiled group sent to Boston.
Later, years after the Exile, that family-line returned to Canada from exile in Boston and settled in the L'Acadie, LaPrairie, Napierville area. On the prairie land they farmed and tried to make a living but became embroiled in the 1836/37 Canadian Rebellion, called the Papineau Uprising. When the rebellion failed, farms and lands were confiscated by the English Crown, and some of the family members were shipped, as prisoners, to Australia in what might be called a second Exile.
One interesting bit of information concerning our family line is the fact that uncles of both my grandfather Arthur White and uncles of my grandmother Ruby Lafayette were both exiled to Australia together.
The families of the "exiled" men argued for the return of their sons and eventually suceeded in having them pardoned and brought back to Canada. But, I think, at this point, many French-Canadian families were disillusioned by the pro English government and were looking toward distant pastures in the United States..
We come then to our great-grandfather Louis LeBlanc and the family he and Theophile Guindon created in Essex, Vermont.
The Family of Lewis & Theophile White (LeBlanc) at their home in Essex, Vermont
LOUIS DE GONZAQUE LEBLANC AND M. THEOPHILE GUINDON OF ESSEX, VT.
Louis de Gonzaque LeBlanc, born 26-11-1833 in Napierville, was the son of Pierre LeBlanc and Marie Hebert. (Her parents were Joseph Hebert and Marie Charles Phaneuf). Louis was their third child, the other two children "Anonyme" died at birth in 1834 and brother Pierre Cyprien lived but a year, cying in 1837. Mother Marie Luce "Hebert" died a few years later and father Pierre remarried to Domithilde Granger. (Her parents were Jean Baptiste Granger and Osite Clouatre). They were married on 11-06-1844 at the parish of St. Georges de Henryville. There was at least one child forn of this union: Adeline who married Alfred Montbriand at Henryville on 07-01-1874.
Louis, who was conceived in the year of the Papineau Uprising emigrated from the Napierville area, probably Stanbridge, Canada to Vermont where he married Marie-Theophile Guindon, dit "Mary Yandow."
There, in Essex they raised a family of 14 children. Louis became a citizen of the United States of America on 10 April 1871 as Lewis White of Essex, Vermont. During most of his working years Louis was employed by the Hunter Shiland Paper Company in Essex.
Some of the White boys in Barre, Vermont
1. Louis Edward: born in 1892. 8. Melvina: born in 1873.
2. David: born in 1863. 9. Eliza Louise: born in 1875.
3. Philomene: born in 1865. 10. Oliver Louis: born in 1876.
4. Vitale: born in 1866. 11. Joseph Israel: born in 1879.
5. Guillaume: born in 1868. 12. Carolina was born in 1881.
6. Joseph: born 1869 or 70. 13. Amanda Marie: born in 1883.
7. Edgar J.: born in 1871. 14. Arthur Peter: born in 1886
The Whites and Carrols in Vermont: a family picnic
(Mostly from the files of Helen "Carroll" Miller of Bridgeport, Ohio who received them from her mother: "Mim" "White" Carroll.)
Louis "H" White a long time resident of Barre, passed away at the home of his son (Arthur Peter) in Brookfield. He was a native of Stanbridge, P.Q., where he was born June 21, 1836. Recently, therefore, he observed his 81st birthday. At the age of 10 he came to Burlington, where he resided for many years. In 1861 he was married to Deophile (Theophile) Yandow and for 26 years thereafter they resided in Essex Junction. There, their 14 children were born and reared.
Around 15 years ago Mr. White came to Barre, where he made his home until two years ago, when he moved to Brookfield, having resided ther with his youngest son.
He is survived by his wife and four children: Lewis E. White, David E. White, and Mrs. Leon (Eliza) Carroll of Barre and Arthur P. White of Brookfield.
Date: June 26, 1917. (Ref. "Mim" (White) Carroll viz Helen (Carroll) Miller.)
Mrs. Mary White (Theophile Guindon) widow of the late Louis H. White, formerly of this city, but of late years with her son, A.P. White of Brookfield, ldied Sunday morning Jan. 22, after an illness of several years.
Mrs. White was 80 years of age and leaves to mourn her loss three sons: Lewis E. and David E. of this city and Arthur P. of Brookfield; one daughter, Mrs. Eliza Carroll of New Haven, Conn., besides many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The funeral services were held in the Catholilc Church at Randolph and the body placed in the valut lat Randolph until Spring, when it will be taken to Essex Junction to be buried in the family lot. the bearers were the three sons and Leon J. Carroll, a son-in-law and Edward and Napoleon White, grand-sons of the deceased.
Date: Jan. 22, 1921.
Louis Edward LeBlanc b. 1862 m. Lillian Seymour. (date unknown). The had one son Harry but both mother and son died.
Louis E. remarried to Lucy Marie Valyou and lived in Barre where they had 3 sons and 4 daughters: Maude, Lillian, Edward, Theodore, Helen, Ezra J., and Marguerite.
Louis E. White born April 21, 1862, died Nov. 24, 1937. The funeral of Louis E. White was held at St. Monica's Church this morning at 9 O'clock, Ref. Bernard Glanagan officiating.
Out of town people attending: Oliver Valyou, George Pateneaude of Essex Junction, Mr. and Mrs. George Chesley, Burlington, Clifford Marcox and Henry Marcoux of Milton.
Louis E. White, Oldest Granite Polisher in City dies after four month illness: Louis E. White passed away at 10 a.m., Sunday at his home, 26 Third St. He had been in poor health for the past four months. (Date: Nov 21, 1937). Mr. White was born in Essex Junction on April 21, 1862, the son of Louisand Mary (Yandow) White. He came to Barre in 1892, where he was employed as a polisher until 1930. He was probably the oldest granite polisher in the city and was known to many and a friend to all. He was married to Lucy M. Valyou at Essex Junction in 1896. Mrs. White passed away here in 1932.
He is survived by four children: Mrs. L.W. Chesley, Edward L. White and Elizabeth White of this city and Mrs. William Roocke of New York City, also three grandchildren: Darwin, Lillian and Levi Chesley Jr., one brotherArthur P. White and one sister Mrs. L.J. Carroll, both of New Haven, Conn., and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral services will be held at 9 O'clock Wednesday morning from St. Monica's church.
Mrs. Louis E. White (don't know the exact date, but the year was 1932): Mrs. Louis E. White, born April 20, 1879 passed away at 1:20 Sunday Morning. She had been in ill health for many years but her death was a shock to the family.
Besides her husband she leaves four children: Mrs. Levi Chesley of Vergennes, Edward and Ezra of Barre and Marguerite of Burlilngton, also three grandchildren: Darwin, Lillian and Levi Chesley.
A private funeral will be held at St. Monica's Church Wednesday morning at 9 O'clock atd it is the family's request that flowers be omitted.
Clara L. White died June 10, 1946. Mrs. Clara L. White, 82, of 35
Newton St., well-known and much respected resident of the community for over 60 years, died suddenly at her home shortly after 1 O'Clock this morning. She had been well and active until shortly before her death, having visited with friends the evening before.
She was born in Essex Junction on Feb. 26, 1864, the daughter of Frank and Amelia (Ladue) LeClair, who were natives of Canada. She was married 63 years ago to David E. White in Essex Junction and the couple soon after moved to this city where the late deceased had lived the remainder of her life. Her husband died 23 years ago.
The deceased was admired for her many acts of kindness, and even in her later years continued to be active towards the welfare of others. A devout Catholic she was a member of the Ladies of St. Anne Society and was much interested in the organization. jA pleasant and cheerful neighbor, she was devoted to her home and family.
Surviving her are the following sons and daughters: Ezra L. White, Richard., Maurice H., Harold J., Clayton H., Dalton C., Elizabeth M., and G. Genevieve White, all of this city. Another daughter, Mrs. Romen F. Ferland resides in Montpelier; a brother Judson LeClair lives in Tampa Fla., a sister Mrs. Mae E. Girard, lives in Forestville, Conn . and another sistger Mrs. Lillian Kearney resides in New Haven, Conn. Also surviving are several grandchldren, four great-grandchildren and several neices and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 8'Oclock Wednesday morning from St. Monica's Church. Burial will be made at the cemetary in Essex Junction. Funeral home was Kenyon.
Those attending from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. Russell White of Long Island, New York, Mrs. Cecile Meunier and daughter Wanda of Burlington, Mrs. Pearl Joyal of Montpelier, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen LeClair, Mr. and Mrs. Everett LeClair and Mr. and Mrs. James St. Pierre of Claremont, N.H., Mrs. Jeanette McMaster and daughter Janet of Burlington and Miss Vera Brown of Worcester, Mass.
Blanche White Ferland, 1963: Funeral services for Mrs. Blanche E. Ferland, 73, wife of Romen L. Ferland, 33 St. Paul St., Montpelier, were held at 11p,.m. today in St. Augustine's church.
Mrs. Ferland died Saturday at Heaton Hospital after an illness of three weeks.
She was born in Barre, June 27, 1890, daughter of David E. and Clara (LeClair) White. Her early life was spent in Barre where she received her education.
Her marriage to Romeo L. Ferland took place in St. Monica's Church, Barre, July 21, 1923. The couple lived in Barre for several years and then in Richmond before moving to Montpelier in 1936 where they had since resided.
Besides her husband, Mrs. Ferland is survived by two daughters: Mrs. Mildred Girvan, Mesa, ARiz. and Mrs. Roland (Norma) Perreault of Barre; three sons: J. Cyril Ferland, BNurlilngton, Norman L. Ferland, Montpelier, and Donald D. Ferland of Brighton, Mass; two sisters: Miss Elizabeth White and Miss Genevieve White both of Barre; four brothers, Ezra L., Harold, Maurice, and Dalton White, all of Barre; plus several nieces and nephews.
Bearers were her three sons: Cyril, NOrman and Donald, also Ronale Perreault, Conrad White, and David White.
Relatives attending from out of town were: Mrs. Mildred Girvan, Mesa, Ariz; Mrs. Marie Jane Carriveane, St. Therese, Quebec; Mrs. Carinne Adams, Middlebury; Mr. and Mrs. Donald Ferland, Brighton, Mass; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Maran and Kenneth Kearney, Hamden, Conn; Kenneth Gerard, Portsmouth, N.H.
Miss Elizabeth M. White 75, of 35 Newton St. Barre, died this morning at Barre City hospital, following a lingering illness. She was one of 10 children born to David E. White and Clara (LeClair) White. She was born in Barre, July 26, 1888.
She was employed many years until retirement by the Herbert and Ladrie Granite Co, as bookkeeper and secretary.
She leaves four brothers, Ezra, Maurice, Harold, and Dslton White, a sister Miss Genevieve White, many nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. burial in Holy Family Cemetary from the Pruneau Funeral Home.
Attending from out of town were: Miss Winfred Brown and Miss Vera Brown, Worcester, Mass; Mr. and Mrs. Grant Kearney, Hamden, Conn; Mr. and Mrs. William White, Windsor; Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Cooke Wilder; Robert White, West Lebanon, N.H.; Mrs. Jeanette McMaster, Miss Janet Hulsey, Dr. and Mrs. Calif Heninger and J. Cyril Ferland all of Burlilngton, and friends from Montpelier.
Michael R. Kearney, husband of Lillian LeClair died Aug 14, 1938
Philomene LeBlanc, b. 1865 m. Joseph Pecor on October 20, 1884 in Colchester.
Philomene died May 6, 1886.
Vitale or Vitaline LeBlanc b. 1866. (As Tom White's records say: "Nothing more is known of him.")
Guillaume or William LeBlanc b. 1868 and died in 1878.
Joseph LeBlanc b. 1868 and died in 1878.
*(There is a note in the A.P. White journal that says: Joseph White died Dec. 23, 1889).
Edgar Joseph Leblanc b. 1871 married Matilda Dube of St. Lukes in Canada and they had 3 children: Napoleon, Edgar-Richard and Rena Cora. (family lnotes also say that an Edgar White dies in February 10, 1874. (Note: Could this be another son who died as a child?)
* A.P. White's notebook: "Edgar White died Sept. 14, 1914."
Mrs. Carroll R. Fenwick, 60, of East Hill, Barre Town, died shortly before noon yesteday at the Barre City Hospital. She was born Rena Cora White, the daughter of the late Edgar and Matilda (Dubie) White in Quinchaug Conn., on Feb. 25, 1894 (died in 1954). She came to Barre to live while very young and spent her life in Barre City and Barre Town. She was educated in the city schools and Spaulding High School. She married Carroll R. Fenwick in Barre on Dec. 29, 1918.
Surviving her are her husband and one son: Carroll Fenwick Jr. One brother, Napoleon White of Manchester, Conn., also survives as does one Aunt, Mrs. Elizabeth J. Carroll of Bridgeport, Ohio and one uncle: Arthur P. White of New Haven, Conn. Another brother, Edgar White died in Barre on Aug. 1932. Surviving also are numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Through the last 17 years, Mrs. Fenwick had been foster-mother to 14 different boys who were wards of the state. He greatest interest as her home and the welfare of her family.
She was ill for more than a year, having been at the Mary Fletcher Hospital in Burlington this past summer for a six-week period and in the Barre City Hospital earler in the year. She was last admitted to the Barre City Hospital on Jan. 14.
Funeral home services will be hdld at the Hooker Funeral Home on Academy St. on Friday at 2 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Fenwick L. Leaneth Jr., minister of the Barre Universalist Church will officiate. Burial will be in the family plot in Hope Cemetary.
Melvina LeBlanc b. 1873 and died in 1874.
Eliza Louise (Liza) LeBlanc b. 1875 married Leon J. Carroll of Pennsylvania and eventually moved to Ohio. (After several years in Connecticut).
Oliver Louis LeBlanc b. 1876 and died in 1905. No. of children: ?.Known children: Oliver LeBlanc Jr. married Mary _____________., residence: Providence, R.I.
Oliver F. White died March 15, 1909 at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L.H. White of Barre, after 15 month's illness with tuberculosis, at the age of 28 years and five months. The deceased was born in Essex Junction, but had lived several years in Barre. He leaves to mourn his loss his parents, six brothers and two sisters: Lewis E., David E., Edgar J., Arthur P., and Mrs. L.J. Carroll of Barre, William E. of Providence, R.I., Ezra J. of Burlington and Miss Cora of Randolph.
He was a member of St. John Baptist Society of Montpelier and of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen. He was a fireman on the Central Vermont railway for some years.
Joseph Israel LeBlanc (Ezra) LeBlanc b. 1879. He married Eva C. Lawrence and had one son. Children: 1. Lawrence res: Burlington.
Joseph Israel, better known as Ezra J. White, born March 29, 1879 died October 13, 1905. Ezra died at his home on Intervale Ave. at 9:30 this morning after an illness of twelve hours. Mr. White for the past two months has been conducting in the lunch cart located on Main St. Last night he was taken ill. About 9 O'Clock a delivery clerk with goods found him in very critical condition. He took him home in his team. he gradually sank and died this morning. The cause of death was pronounced accute "Bright's Disease."
Mr. White up to two months ago was a male nurse in the Mary Fletcher Hospital, having entred that institution in March, 1897. He was born in Essex Junction 26 years ago and two years ago was married to Miss Eve Lawrence of this city, show survives him.
Carolina (Carrie or Cora) LeBlanc b. 1881 and died in 1908.
Carolina, better known as Cora was born Jan. 31, 1881 and died July 26, 1908. The funeral of Miss Cora White was held at the Church of the Holy Family lyesterday morning. The Rev. J.P. Pouliot officiated. The bearers were W.H. Yandow, John A. Yandow, Arthur Yandow and Eleazer
Bergeron. Among those present from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. David
White, Mr. and Mrs. Leon J. Carroll and Edgar White, Barre, Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Gladdings, Randolph and several from Burlington.
Amanda Marie (Maude) LeBlanc b. 1883 and died in 1884.
(Family notes say: Maude (Amanda Marie) died Jun 9, 1889).
Mrs. Ruby (Lafayette) White of Higganum died on 16 Jan. 1967 at the age of 79 in Middletown Ct. She is survived by her husband Arthur P. White and children: Irene Woickelman, Elizabeth Ely, Arthur J.L. White, Oliver White and Phyllis Brault. Funeral services will be held at Biega Funeral Home in Middletown.
Arthur P. White b. 1886 died on 11 Nov. 1979 in Portland, Ct. at the age of 93 years. he was the last surviving member of the family of 14 children of Louis and Mary (Yandow) White of Barre, Vermont.
Attending his funeral were his children: Irene Woickelman, Elizabeth Ely, Arthur J.L. White, and his wife Catherine, Oliver White and wife Irene, Phyllis Brault and her husband Harold and many grandchildren.
(Editors note: Several children of Louis and Mary LeBlanc became prominent citizens of the Barre area, and some of the boys and their children and grandchildren fought in the World Wars. Though some
children moved away from the Barre area others remained and the LeBlancs, better known as Whites, and clans are still well represented in the Barre-Montpelier area.)
ARTHUR PETER WHITE (LEBLANC) & RUBY LAFAYETTE OF BROOKFIELD VT. THEN
/EAST HAVEN, CT.
Arthur Peter, sometimes called Peter Arthur, the youngest child of Louis and Mary, married Ruby May Lafayette in Lowell Mass. on 3 March 1908. They settled in Brookfield to begin their family and raise their children: Irene, Elizabeth, Arthur "Bob" and Oliver "Ollie." Phyllis, the last child, was born later in Connecticut.
The entire family worked long hours to operate their dairy farm in Brookfield, Vermont. Here too Grandfather Louis de Gonzaque Leblanc and Grandmother Mary spent their retirement and final years.
In New Haven, at City Point, Arthur and Ruby's son Arthur James Louis met and married Catherine Moore, daughter of pharmacist James Marshall Moore and Catherine Sanderson Moore. Arthur and Catherine married in New Haven and began their family in West Haven with the birth of their first boy Robert. Five years later came Arthur Peter, then at five year intervals, John Francis and Anne Frances.
Shortly after Arthur J.L. came down from the farm, he was followed by Elizabeth, Irene and then Oliver. They were followed south by parents Arthur P. and Ruby who sold their farm in 1928 (on their daughter Elizabeth's 18th birthday). They settled in the New Haven area where their last child Phyllis was born.
Arthur Peter or AP as he was known had worked for Trowell Holden Machinery in Barre. At the time of his life he began work for Browne Sharpe Machine Works in Providence, R.I., and when he came down to New Haven he worked as a representative for the Modern Woodman; he did a stint running a bar on Lamberton Ave., became co-partner in a Kayak manufacturing business and then went to work for McKenzie Machine
Works as a toolmaker. He stayed with McKenzie until his retirement.
Arthur and Ruby lived in New Haven, then West Haven, Foxon, then Farm River Road where they owned a small farm. In their declining years they moved to Higganum, Ct. where they lived in a small trailer in the woods near their daughter Phyllis and her husband Harold and their two children, Susan and Chipper.
Irene White and "Franny" Woickelman
THE WOICKELMANS OF HIGGANUM, CT.
Irene, the eldest, was born in Rhode Island on 14-12-1908, but spent most of her childhood at the dairy farm in Brookfield, Vermont. In Vermont she met and married Francis "Franny" A. Woickelman who lived in Barre, Vermont on Feb. 21, 1905. They were married in Barre on Nov. 18, 1929. Soon afterwards they moved down to Connecticut and lived in Guilford, then Killingworth and finally settled at Higganum. They had two children: Donald "Donny" and Thomas "Butch."
1. Donald Woickelman born 31-8-37 married Elizabeth Martanzik at St. Peter's Church. Elizabeth was born on 13-5-1940. Their children number three: Donald Michael, Jerry, and Peter.
Donny and "Butch" Woickelman
1a. Donald Michael Woickelman was born on 27-6-61 at Middlesex Hospital in Connecticut.
1b. Jerry Woickelman was born 20-3-1963 at Middlesex Hospital.
He married ______________________ and they moved to New Hampshire where his wife's people reside.
1c. Peter Woickelman was born on 25-4-1964 at Middlesex Hosp.
2. Thomas "Butch" Woickelman was born on 5-1-1943 at
_______________________. He married Joanne Regazoni at
_____________and they took up residence at his family homestead in Higganum.
They have two boys: Scott and Mark.
2a. Scott Woickelman was born on ______________at Middlesex Hosp.
2b. Mark Woickelman was born on ______________at Middlesex Hosp.
Irene Iola White was the first born child to the family of Arthur Peter (AP) and Ruby (Lafayette) White. She was a friend to all animals and they recognized her kinship and responded to her warmth. She was also the family story-teller and her brothers and sister could sit for hours by the fire, mesmerized by her imaginative tales.
When Irene finished elementary school she went to live in Lowell, Mass with her Aunt Cora and Ed Girard while she attended high school.
Here too, in the Lowell area, her grandmother Rousseau lived with 2nd husband Ernest Rousseau in a community then known as "Noreauville" in Dracut.
Completing high school, Irene returned to Vermont where she went to work with the Barre Hotel. While there she met Francis "Franny" Woickelman, son of Joseph Woickelman of (St. Julia, P.Q) and his wife Fannie (Peron) of St. Johns, P.Q. Frannie worked for the Trowell Holden company as had A.P.
On November 18, 1929 Irene and Frannie were married in Barre, Vermont and went to live at the home of Frannis's mother at 10 Kinley Place for a while. In the meantime her parents A.P and Ruby and the family sold the farm, lived in Barre for a short while, and then moved down to Connecticut. After a time, since work was not very plentiful around Barre, Irene and Frannie pulled up stakes and moved down to New Haven.
Irene went to work for the Monarch Laundry while Franny, with his machinist background, got a position at Marlin's Firearms Company. In New Haven they lived on Lilac Street, then moved to Lamberton St. where Donald, their first son was born in 1937, then to several other places in and around New Haven where Thomas "Tommy-Butch" was born.
Around that time they joined forces with father A.P and Ruby with sister Betty and Ed Ely to rent a farmhouse in Foxon. The farmhouse was a big, white 3-story house set on a hilltop overlooking a pond with a windmill water-tower, several barns and chicken coops. Here they raised livestock and a garden to augment their incomes. To some extent they were able to duplicate life on the Brookfield farm with a couple of horses, pigs, chickens, goats and pigeons. The egg surplus was sold to local customers.
Several years later, the Woickelman family moved to Guilford, then on to Turkey Hill for a while. Franny commuted from his work at Marlins daily and the family began to accumulate animals: pigs and cows, dogs and cats, which Irene and the boys tended.
Another move to Roast Meat Hill where they lived in a quiet place on a dirt road, a beautiful old farmhouse near a waterfall and within a great blueberry patch. Finally another move to Hidden Lake in Higganum where
Here at Hidden Lake, Donny and Butch grew up, went to school and dug their roots into the rocky Connecticut soil. The Hidden Lake home was comfortable but a little smaller than their other homes, and there was not so much room for animals. Still, there were several pigs at any one time, some chickens and geese, myriad cats and dogs including: Ginny, Soxie, Sister, Sassie, and a whole menagerie of beagle and pomeranian pups.
Donny tamed and raised several baby flying-squirrels as family pets.
Carol Joy, a co-worker of Franny's came to board with the family and she lived with them in Higganum for many years until she married to a Mr. Archambault, and they moved to the outskirts of Hartford.
On November 5, 1952 at age 47 years and 9 months,. Franny was stricken with a heart attack and passed away. He was buried there at Calvary Cemetary in Middletown, Ct.
Don and Butch completed their schooling in Higganum and went into business together running D and T's Service Station. Then each of the boys married, Don to Elizabeth Martanzik from _____________ and Butch to Joanne Reggazoni from ________________.
Don and Betty built their own house on Brault Hill Road and settled there to complete a family of three boys: Donald-Michael, Jerry, and Peter.
Butch and Joanne remained with the old homestead with Butch's mother Irene where they raised their family of two boys: Scott and Mark.
Eventually Don and Butch sold their business and went off on their own separate careers: Butch to continue Auto Servicing and Don to build some more houses and to work alongside Betty, both driving for the local schoolbus company.
Over the years the families have become a part of Higganum, their children having grown up there, some of them have married: Donald-Michael to a Middletown girl, and Jerry to a girl from New Hampshire. The other boys: Peter, Scott and Mark are finishing school and are active in town affairs such as sports or church activities
THE ELYS OF COVENTRY, CT.
Elizabeth (White) Ely was born on 2209-1910 in Rhode Island. She married Edmond Ely of New Haven on 29-10-1931 and they lived in the New Haven area for a while before moving on to settle in Coventry, Ct.
They had two children: David and Sandra.
1. David Ely born 25-7-1937 married Louise Sullivan. There were three
children: Daniel, Richard and Susan.
a. Daniel Ely was born on 20-1-1957.
b. Richard Ely was born on ______________.
c. Susan Ely was born on ___________________. She married Jeffrey
Strathers of _________________ and there were ____ children:
2. Sandra "Sandy" Ely was born on 11-5-1940. She married Arnold Stetson
of ________________. There were four children: Lisa, Michael, Robin, and
a. Lisa Stetson b.
b. Michael Stetson b.
c. Robin Stetson b.
d. Jennifer Stetson b.
Elizabeth Ely followed her brother "Bob" A.J. White down to New Haven. She met and married Edmond Ely and they moved toward the Hartford area where they both worked for the Insurance industry until their individual retirements.
They lived close to Coventry Lake where there was swimming and boating in the summer and skating in the winter. Their favorite music was country and western and often went to performances by a country western group named "The Downhomers."
THE WHITES OF NORTH HAVEN, CT.
Arthur James Louis White or "Bob" was born on 11-11-1911 in Rhode Island. He lived his childhood on the family dairy farm in Brookfield, Vermont. But, when he came of working age he moved down to New Haven to go to school. There at the home of the DeMusis family of City Point, he met and wooed Catherine Moore who lived a block away from the DeMusis.
Arthur and Catherine were married in 1934 at St. Peter's Church in New
Haven, Ct. They settled in West Haven, then City Point and finally at North Haven.
They had four children: Robert, Arthur, John and Ann-Frances.
1. Robert James White was born on 14-9-1935 at West Haven, Ct.
2. Arthur Peter "Skipper" White was born on ___________ at _________, He
married Rosemary Vizziello on ______________ . They had two children:
Arthur J. "AJ" and Peter Michael.
a. Arthur J. "AJ" was born on__________________________
b. Peter White was born on _____________________________
3. John Francis White was born on _______________. He married Berniece Reilly on 1-5-1965 at Hamden, Ct. They had two children: Jennifer and Mathew.
a. Jennifer White was born on 6-1-1969 at N.H.C., and lived at Guilford, Ct.
b. Mathew White was born on 19-12-1970 at N.H.C., and lived at Guilford, Ct.
4. Ann Frances "White Lombardi was born on _____________. She married Steve
Lombardi on 18-9-1971 at St. Theresa's Church in North Haven, Ct. There were three children: Paul Steven, Cynthia A. and Mark P.
a. Paul Steven Lombardi was born on 16-10-1972 at North Haven, Ct.
b. Cynthia Ann "Cindy" Lombardi was born on 17-6-1974 at North Haven, Ct.
c. Mark Peter Lombardi was born on 21-5-1978 at North Haven, Ct
A.J. "Bob" White at the throttle at Cedar Hill R.R. Yards in North Haven, Ct.
FROM THE NOTEBOOK OF ARTHUR J. WHITE
At some point Dad (A.P. White) took a loan from his sister Liza of about $2000 and purchased the farm in Brookfield, Vt. Rfd 05036. It was a big, brick house with a kitchen and woodshed, horse-barn, pig-barn, storage shed for wagons and a sugar-house, and, of course, a maneure pile.
Our family farmed the land, growing potatoes, corn, wheat and collecting chicken eggs. There were also natural berries and wild Ginseng.
The dairy herd consisted of 30 head of cows that were milked twice a day.
There were approximately 400 to 500 chickens, 3 workhorses and 12 pigs at any one time, fattening up for the slaughter. The chickens were dry plucked. Their throats were cut and they had to be plucked before they tightened up. Usually 60 chickens were done at a clip.
There was usually one hired man on the farm at any single time. There was Ed White and then Don Buchanan. Don's father could fall a tree exactly where he wanted it to fall. He could drive a stake in the ground, chop the tree, score it by axe, cut it by hand-saw, then let the falling tree finish driving the spike into the ground.
Dad and I used to go skunk hunting. We would get $1.50 for a normal pelt, but for silver-skunk, which was coal-black, we got $15.00.
I used to make extra money, $2.75 a week, driving cows for Walter Wheatley.
The distance to our school was one mile; the building in Brookfield was a one room schoolhouse called Galard School. Our teachers were Marry Perrin, Nellie Blasdal and Beatrice Washburn and her mother. All eight grades were taught in the same room.
When I was a baby they nicked me "Baby" but as I got older my name changed to "Buby" and gradually became: "Bob." And the name has stayed with me ever since. (Though some folks call him Art).
There came a time, at school, when suddenly a lot of us kids
graduated. That was: Harriet Hewlitt, Bea Linton, my sister Betty White and myself. After that the school closed and they sent the last two kids, my brother Ollie was one of them, to Randolph. Ollie got snowshoes for the winter trips.
I boarded at Goddard Seminary, walked there on foot and lived there during the weeks,k coming home on foot, for the weekends. In 1928 I left high school, though I eventually graduated from Commercial High School in New Haven, Ct.
Maple sugar was the spring crop and money was counted on to pay taxes. Dad shipped some of his syrrup directly to the Hotel Garde in New Haven, 50 to 100 pounds at a time. Aunt Liza was our "in" connection there as she worked for the hotel.
One time a 50 gallon vat was waiting to be poured into smaller cans, and the opening was protected by a thin sheet of paper. Our big, black cat jumped from the woodpile onto the paper covering which broke and in fell the cat. He was qujickly pulled out, a soggy, sticky mess. We kids resealed the vat quietly and smiled to ourselves when it was shipped out.
In 1928 I left the farm and was supposed to go the Philadelphia to attend the Coyne Electrical School along with Pearl Young. Instead, I got a job at a farm in Gilhead, Ct., but quit after a week and came down to New Haven where I went to work for Welch's Coal Yard. (The yard became the Flying-Boat Yard during World War Two and is now Bilco "doors.") I left there and went to work washing dishes for the Deluxe Candy Shop on Congress Avenue.
In 1929 Dad sold the Brookfield farm and came to New Haven to live on Thompson Street. Harry Smith, a Vermont neighbor, drove the furniture down on his farm-truck, stayed over, and went back the next morning.
Down from Vermont: Arthur J. "Bob" Arthur Peter and Ollie White
Harry Smith (H.T. Smith) had a house on the main road to Barre. I remember one day on our Brookfield farm, I must have been eight or nine: Dad called: "Everyone look! Harry Smith's house is on fire!" We looked down into the valley at the smoking house.
Smith had a son, Junior, who fell and broke his arm. It was never set right and the boy, Junior Smith, always carried the arm in a "funny" way.
When our Brookfield farm was sold, our pet-horse, a red, was sold to Harry.
After I left the DeLuxe Candy Shop I went to work for Erector Set for 3 days until a time-study guy came along and sat down beside me and said he was going to "time me" for piece work. I told him: "I'm not working like
that." I stopped what I was doing, picked up my coat and walked out the door and never went back.'
I worked for the Laundry for a while then went to work for Marc Idlets construction company, a firm from New York. I was hired on as a carpenter's helper to assist in the construction of Yale University's Stirling Library. I stayed there for the completion of the job and then went on with the same company to help construct the Payne Whitney Gymnasium, but switched over to work for the stone mason: Alexander Howie Company of Ohio, who were hired to lighten the color of the stonework of the Harkness Tower at Yale. The original wax on the tower had darkened the stones too much for the effect they wanted. I went up in a bosun's chair, removing wax from the stones with a steam-gun.
From there I worked for Yale University as a janitor. For 5 or 6 years we lived on Dwight Street, then moved to Howard Avenue, Terrace Avenue, and First Avenue (a duplex house.)
I worked for Tom Layton as a carpenter for 2 years and lived at City Point at the time. Then I worked for Fusco Amatruda, constructing the Valley Street housing Project.
In 1942 I became a fireman on the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad and worked in this capacity until Feb. 29, 1960 when I took the exams and became an engineer for the railroad and I continued on in this capacity until my retirement on June 20, 1975.
L-R Ollie holding "Skipper", Irene, Phyllis, Robin, Bobby Walsh, Rear: Mom Walsh, & McMillans .THE WHITES OF GRANITE BAY, CT.
Oliver White born 7-3-1913 married Irene Welch (b. 13-7-1917) of City Point, New Haven on 8-3-1940 at New Haven Ct. Irene was the "best friend" of Catherine Moore who married Oliver's brother Bob.
Oliver and Irene lived in New Haven after they were married and eventually settled at Granite Bay in Branford, Ct. where their four children, Marianne, the twins: Joseph and Bill and Patricia grew up.
1. Marianne White born 14-1-1943 married Douglas "Doug" Turner of Montowese on _______________at ______________. They have 3 children:
Douglas, Amy, and Jonathan.
a. Doublas Turner was born on
b. Amy Turner was born on.
c. Jonathan Turner was born on
2. William "Bill" White a twin, was born on 29-3-1946. He married Sarah Hausenfluke of Georgetown, Texas on 17-1-1970. They lhad two children: Michael and Amy E.
a. Michael White was born on
b. Amy Elizabeth White was born on
3. Joseph "Joe" White a twin, was born on 29-3-1946. He married Joanne McGee of Short Beach on _______________at Branford, Ct. There was one child: Daniel.
a. Daniel White was born on ___________________.
4. Patricia "Patty" White was born on 2-6-1952. She married Robert DesChamps on ________________at . There were two children: Eric D. and Mathew.
a. Eric Douglas DesChamps was born on 31-8-1975 at
b. Mathew "Matt" Deschamps was born on 23-4-1980 at
Oliver White came down to New Haven with his parents. He went to work for ................and met Irene Welch, daughter of __________________________ and ________________________. Irene was a best friend of Catherine Moore. Oliver and Irene were married on ____at ________and lived first at ______________. They settled at Granite Bay in the Short Beach area of East Haven, just a block or two away from the sea. Here they raised their family, Marianne the eldest, Joey and Billy the twins, and Patty the youngest. Their cousin Ann "White" Lombardi remembers Granite Bay:
Ann Lombardi: "Granite Bay was more of a community than most places. It was sort of an extended family. There was a club-house with a bar in it. I remember Uncle Ollie and the guys going into this club-house near the baseball field. There were a lot of things for kids. Halloween parties and stuff like that. I remember they used to have the soap-box derby to keep them on the hill. They used to start at the top, the kids would make the soapboxes and the adults would supervise, and they'd put sandbags or something down at the bottom..."
Catherine White: "They had a Granite Bay Day once a year where they'd have a parade and a picnic and costumes for the kids, prizes for best costume, funniest costume and such."
Ann Lombardi: "I remember, they made clam-chowder. Didn't they make big things of clam-chowder and corn-on-the cob. I think there was a field-day just before labor day, when the summer people there were packing up to move back to wherever they lived. Though there were mostly year-round people."
Rob White: "Who were some of their friends down there?"
Ann: "The Calverts who lived in the big house up on the hill, the Walkers next door, the Patenauds, the McCalmons, and the Judds. Oh yes, there was a teacher whose name I can't remember, I think she had a son Alvin. I think she taught in North Haven."
Catherine: "They owned a factory down there too. What was Barbie's last name there?"
Ann: "Blowers! Barbie Blowers. Her little brother was Stewart, I remember. Stewart Jones. Artie Jones, he was the father. They were good friends with Aunt Irene."
Catherine: "Another family was Joe Welch and his wife, they were active down there. Who were the two girls who lived next door and went with Pattie and them for a long time? Your brother Skip liked one of them."
Ann: "Hmmm! And then there was the big pond across from the brick school-house. You wouldn't even know it was there because it was on a back street. It was very pretty, the lake with a granite bluff. The only reason I ever found it was because I used to cut through back-yards and went icd-skating. It was almost like another community by itself."
Catherine: "Another family was the Dumbrowskis."
Ann: "Do you remember Buds? (Bud's Tavern) Patty and used to have a ball there. When Uncle Ollie and Aunt Rene took us with them, they'd go in one room and we'd go in another because of the Yale Boat Club or Yacht
Club down at Doble Beach. The Yalies were always in there. Of course we kids used to think we were making a bundle of money.
What we didn't know at the time was that they would let all their change fall linto the seats. I mean, it was ridiculous how much money we found. When they got up to dance we'd go scrambling through the seats and take all the money. Of course we were the ones who kept on popping the money into the juke boxes. Then there was the Golden inn which I vaguely remember that belonged to Mr. Golden. it burned down one winter."
Catherine: "There was Nellie Green's Restaurant, a night club on a small scale. They had entertainment on weekends I guess. We went there once in a while for a clam dinner or something like that, but we didn't go there often."
Ann: "Daddy used to fish down there. At the docks in the back. There were a lot of brackish outlest there; I remember Uncle Ollie used to fish from the bridges."
Catherine: "There were a lot of good times when you look back on it. One did a lot of running around. You kids had a good time planing in the woods and ..."
Ann: It was a unique place. Every once in a while you run into an area that isn't every day. It (Granite Bay) was a combination of salt-water, fresh-water, woods, the granite rocks ... snakes."
Catherine: "Most of your friends didn't have places to go like you kids did. You had your Uncles and Aunts, your grandparents. There were places to go on a Sunday."
Ann: "And then they had a teriffic driveway."
Catherine: "Could you slide on it?"
Ann: "I mean that drive-way had to have the deepest ruts in the
world, I think. If you didn't keep on going, you could get get stuck there for life."
Rob: "They had big copper-heads there too."
Ann: "I remember sitting on a rock and looking down and there was this ... this ... I remember screaming my head off; scared the poor little snake almost to death."
Catherine: "Rene stepped right over one."
Rob: "I know; I was there watching. Aunt Rene went up the stairs and stepped right over a fat, old one that stretched out with his head in the bushes on one side and his tail in the bushes on the other side. Aunt Rene was chattering away, never even saw the copperhead. I didn't dare say a word, just kept my mouth shut and she went right over him and kept on going. Then the snake just sort of slid into the woods. he was a fat one all right."
Ann: "After my experience I was pretty aware after that. Were they all copperheads?"
Catherine: "I don't think there was anything else up there."
Ann: "It was a good place to grow up."
Catherine: "It was a nice bunch of people, once upon a time."
THE BRAULTS OF HIGGANUM, CT.
Phyllis White of Foxon was born on 30-5-1930 in East Haven, Ct. She married Harold Lester Brault (b. 12-10-1928) on 1-9-1950 at Higganum, and they settled in Higganum to raise their two children: Susan and Harold "Chip" Jr.
1 Susan Brault born 11-5-1954 in Higganum, married Brian J. Bissette on 11-6-1977 at Notre Dame Church in Durham, Ct. They have subsequently become divorced. Susan has since remarried to _______________ a native of California and they have relocated to Higganum, Ct.
2. Harold Lester "Chipper" Brault was born on 8-8-1951 at Higganum Ct. Chipper passed away during a visit, several years ago, to the Far East.
Phyllis, the last child of A.P. and Ruby White was born in New Haven after most of her brothers and sisters were grown and married. She is only five years older than her first nephew Rob White. Phyllis lived on the small farm at the end of Farm-River Road in East Haven just a hundred yards from what is now the Trolley Museum of East Haven. She went to East Haven High School and graduated from there. For several years Phyllis ran and managed, then owned the __________ store in ______________. Several years ago she retired so that she and husband Harold could travel around the country and "see the sights."
Harold Brault whose parents came from Higganum and lived on Brault Hill Road grew up in that town and was a jack of all trades, and an expert in the use of a back-hoe, and other road-construction equipment. He has worked in this field as an independent contractor most of his life and was highly respected by others in his trade.
Their son "Chipper" Brault was a musician and technician before his tragic death occured while visiting his fiance in the Far East. He is dearly missed by his family, relatives and friends.
Susan Brault is an airline stewardess and as such has travelled all over the world. Her main interest beyond her work is in the care and handling of horses and in this area she devotes much of her time.
Several years later Phyllis's husband, Harold Brault Sr. passed away of a heart attack.
THE WHITES OF MANCHESTER, CT.
EDGAR WHITE married MATILDA DUBE at St. Lukes in Canada. There
were 3 children: Napoleon "Polly", Edgar R., and Rena Cora.
1. Napoleon or Polly White of Barre, Vermont married Maude Wiley.
The family moved to Manchester Connecticut. There were 2 children: Paul
a. Paul William White married Florence Beatrice Fregeau. There were 4
children: David, Michael William, James and Pamela Marie.
a1. David White married Susan Sted.
a2. Michael William White
a3. James White.
a4. Pamela Marie White married a Mr. Parsons.
b. Anna White married Philip Coslit at Manchester, Ct. There were (?)
children: Catherine ....
b1. Catherine Ann White Coslit William Ronald Auden on
2. Edgar Richard White married Olga Ledoux. Children: 1. Lawrence.
2a. Lawrence White married ______________and settled in
3. Rena Cora White married a Mr. Fenwick. Children:
THE KEARNEYS OF HAMDEN, CT.
1.Grant Kearney b. ___________ at ____________. He was the son of ____________ and _________________. He married Marie E. Kelly on __________ at ____________. Grant came down from Vermont to study Art at Yale University. He met Marie, who is from Meriden, Ct. She is the daughter of Joseph E. Kelly and Mary "Noonan." Marie is one of three sisters and 1 brother: Ann Halburg of Millis, Mass., Helen Kelly of Cheshire, Veronica Bergeron and Edward Kelly of East Haven. Grant and Marie settled in Hamden Ct. to raise their three children: Jeanne K., Karen A., Claire E., and Brian M.
a. Jeanne K. Kearney married a Mr. ?(Zoli) Szeifert and they reside at Branford, Ct. (have retired and moved to Florida.)
b. Karen A. Kearney married a Mr. Dietle and they reside in Hockessin, Deleware.
c. Claire E. Kearney married a Mr. Hart and they reside in North Branford, Ct.
d. Brian M. Kearney married __________ and resides in Hamden, Ct. (Telephone at Cocheco Ave, Hamden no longer in service.) (was 488-6194)
2. Bedora Kearney, Grant's sister came down to New Haven and married ____________ on ________. She and her husband settled in North Haven and had one son ____________.
THE GERARDS OF CONNECTICUT & MONTPELIER.
1. Ken Gerard was born on _______at ______the son of __________ and ____________.
2. Pearl Gerard b. _____________ married a Mr. Joyl on _______ at __________.
They had (?) children.
As children, Ken and Pearl moved with their parents to live in Connecticut. They grew up there, then travelled to other parts of the country where they made their way in the world. In their retirement years they both returned to Montpelier to share an apartment. Pearl died in Montpelier somewhere around 1990. During their active lifetime Ken worked in the law field, and then raised pedigree dogs. Pearl was a nurse. I do not know at this time (1995) if Ken is still living.
THE CARROLLS OF CONNECTICUT & OHIO. THE FAMILY OF ELISA LOUISE WHITE.
Gradually, over the years, some of the White (LeBlanc) clan of Barre, moved away from Vermont to Connecticut, then to places like Bridgeport, Ohio and the family contact with was less frequent. Since our genealogy project became a family affair we began exchanging letters and informationn, and gradually began to find one another once again. A letter from Helen "Carroll" Miller began to put some of the Carroll records into order:
A letter from Ohio: Helen "Carroll" Miller:
Dear Rob, Oct. 18, 1983.
I am glad to be of help, don't know how much, but here is what I have. These are some of the items, Mim (my grandmother) had written in an old book.
According to Tom White's information and Mim's, some dates are different. So I've written down everything I could find.
Tom White has Louis (De Gonzaque) LeBlanc's wife Marie Theophile Guindon. Mim's writing and on some obituary notices called her Deophile Yandow. Unless there are two ways of spelling the name. Maybe Tom can
help there, I don't know.
Of all the obituary notices, I wrote them down word for word, so maybe with the names of relatives attending, you'll be able to locate a few more relatives or persons that can help out.
You sure have got me anxious to discover everything we can about the family. I'd like to give it a try on my mother's side, but Mom is very vague on a lot of things. She doesn't remember if her parents came from Canada or where. She does know that she was born in Whitehall, New York, and just a few names of her brothers and sisters. She was the baby of fourteen.
By the way Pip, (Leon J. Carroll) has an interesting story behind his. This is what Mim told me when I was a youngster. "Way back, Pip's Great-great grandfather came from Canada, but after arriving in the states, both
parents died, and he was adopted by an Irish family whose name was Carroll and he took their name. Otherwise his last name would be French: "Joli-Coeur_ which means "prettyheart" in English. I don't know if I spelled the French version right or not. Your Mom said you were taking up the French language, so maybe you'll know the correct spelling.
Also, Leon J. Carroll was not born in Ohio, but he was born in Cheauguay, Pa. Its not listed on the present-day maps, so the name could be changed and another thing, he had two brothers, Peter and John Carroll, also one sister, a Mrs. Charles Geib.
One more thing, on my Dad's birth record, Mim's name (his mother) is listed as Liza (LeBlanc) age 24, Place of Birth: Essex Junction Vt. and from what I can remember thats where she met Pip. They were married in
Barre on July 17, 1892. Mim and Pip must have moved a lot because William A. Carroll was born March 4, 1894 in Jewett City, Ct., Florence Emma was born July 22, 1895 in Medford, Ma. and my Dad (Wilfred Leroy)
was born on Dec. 31, 1899 in Barre, Vt. Then they moved to New Haven, Ct. where Dad met Mom. Pip died in New Haven on May 19, 1938. Dad moved us to Ohio in July 1941 because his work transferred him here,
and this is where we've stayed ever since. Mim lived with us, as you know, till she was 91 years old; she died
on April 3, 1965. I was expecting my last baby then, who is my little big girl now.
Mim had a full life and she loved to travel. It was nothing for her to pack up her suitcase and leave for Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, New York or Connecticut at any time. I guess thats who I get the traveling bug from, because I love to travel also, but I don't get the chance to very often.
Brad, my brother's youngest boy is interested in the family tree also, so I called to let him know that you were working on it. From my understanding he hasn't got too far; he did send away for some information. What it is I couldn't say. You might be hearing from him to see if you can help in any way.
I am sending you some very old pictures, hoping they will help, maybe your Dad can name some of them. Mim did give me a few names and these I taped to the back, the family group has me puzzled. I only recognized Mim and Pip, Dad, Uncle Bill and Aunt Florence. So good luck and I would like to have the pictures back whenever you are finished with them; there is no need for speed, they are just family heirlooms to keep.
Also in an envelope are three or four tinplate pictures. I don't know if they are from this side of the family or my mother's Well Rob, I'll close for now and get this off as fast as I can. So here is hoping that what I have will help.
Good luck with the pictures and the obit notices (these I couldn't take out of the book). Hope some of the names and pictures help. Let me know how you are doing from time to time.
Till later Good Luck and God Bless.
Your Cousin Helen (Helen Carroll Miller).
THE CARROLLS OF OHIO: ELIZA LOUISE LEBLANC married LEON CARROLL
Eliza Louise "Mim" LeBlanc was born on 25-2-1875 at Essex Junction, Vermont. She married Leon J. "Pip" Carroll of Cheauguay, Pennsylvania on 4-3-1892 at Essex Jct. Vermont. They had 3 children: William,
Florence, and Wilford Leroy.
1. William Carroll was born on 4-3-1874 at Jewett City, Ct. He married Helen Virginia Crevier. There was 1 child: William Jr.
a. William Carroll Jr. was was married to _______________. There was one child: Susan.
a1. Susan Carroll. ___________________________.
2. Florence Emma Carroll was born on 22-7-1895 at Medford, Mass. She married George Fullumm on (date unknown). There were 3 children:
Clarence, Betty and Helen.
a. Clarence Fullum: (lives in New Hampshire)
b. Betty Fullum (1st marriage to a Mr. Shaw.)
c. Helen Fullum married Leo Bellemeur. (Res. Florahome Florida). Children: 1 Elmer.
c1. Elmer Bellemeur (lives in El Paso, Texas. There were 2 or 3 children. (?)
3. Wilford Leroy Carroll was born 31-12-1899 in Barre, Vt. He married Christine Mae Gordon on 10-1-1921. (Wilford Leroy died on 11-11-1955).
There were 3 children: Corrine Agnes, Leroy Wilford Jr., and Helen
a. Coreen Agnes Carroll was born 29-12-1923. (died 23-12- 1928 from Diptheria).
b. Leroy Wilford Carroll Jr. was born on 19-11-1925. He married Nancy Jane Workman on 2-10-1947. There were 2 children: Brian and Bradley Clair.
b1. Brian Carroll was born on 14-4-1949 at Martin's Ferry, Ohio.
He married Lucki (?) on 11-11-1972 or 73. there were 2 children:
Amanda Ann and Jason.
b1a. Amanda Ann Carroll was born on 29-12-1975.
b1b. Jason Carroll was born on 1978.
b2. Bradley Clair Carroll was born on June 1960.
c. Helen Carroll was born on 27-5-1935 at New Haven, Ct. She married Donald Vincent Miller (one of 10 children) on 26-11-1953 at Bridgeport, Ohio. There were 4 children: David, Donald, Dennis and Denise.
c1. David Allen Miller was born on 17-7-1955 at Martin's Ferry, Ohio. He married Pamela Jean Myers on 30-12-1974.
c2. Donald Anthony Miller was born on 2-6-1957 at Martin's Ferry, Ohio. He married Beth Ann Moore on 27-7-1974. There were 2 children: Kathy Jo, and Donald Andrew.
c2a. Kathy Jo Miller was born on 28-12-1974.
c2b. Donald Andrew Miller was born on 4-10-1980.
c3. Denis Andrew Miller was born on 15-5-1960 at Martins Ferry Ohio. He married Joyce Ann Davidson on 14-1-1983. (Denis is in the U.S. Navy). There was 1 child: Dustin Anthony.
c3a. Dustin Anthony Miller was born on 21-71983.
c4. Denise Miller was born on 16-10-1965 at Martin's Ferry, Ohio.
THE WHITES OF VERMONT: 1987.
Though many of the offspring of Lewis DeGonzac LeBlanc settled in Vermont a few families scattered to various states around the country and some lost touch with one another over the years.
Our records of some of the branches are sparce and continue as vague memories such as those of Irene "White" Woickelman. My Aunt Irene remembered Uncle Louis (Louis White who married Lucy Valyou on
April 21, 1862) as a friendly sort who came down to visit the A.P. White family in Connecticut. Oh his children, she remembers that: Theodore died at 18 mos, Helen died at 10, Harry died at 11. There was Ezra J. who
married Anita Otis and had two boys: names unknown. And Marguerite (who was a nurse) married William Rooke and they had 4 children:
Lawrence who died at 7 mos, Judith, Susan and John. There seems to be another Harry who married Lillian Seyana, Edward who married Yvonne King and moved to New Hampshire and Maude who married Levi Chesley and had 3 children who live somewhere in Florida.
Those of the White clan who remained in Vermont, primarily in the town of Barre, became valued members of that community. Among them was Clayton Howard, son of David White and Clara LeClair of Winooski. Clayton Howard White married Ellen Bridget Fitzgerald of Montpelier and they had 4 children: Rosemary-Christine, Dorothy-Cecelia, David and Thomas Clayton.
ON THE WHITES AND TENTING IN VERMONT
by Rosemary "White" Normandeau: September 13, 1987.
The Whites in Barre, Vermont are some of the direct descendants of Daniel LeBlanc. The anglicized version of the name has been in use for about five generations here. One particular extended family consists of my mother, the Matriarch, myself, my sister and two brothers, along with 16 grandchildren. The patriarch of this family was
Clayton Howard White: (Daniel, Antoine, Pierre dit Pinous, Pierre Hilare, Pierre Drossin, Pierre
Hyacinthe, Pierre, Louis, David, Clayton).
This August, everyone who could went tenting in Vermont, and not for the first time! In fact all of us (or nearly all of us) have been doing that off and on for over 15 years. I can recommend it as the best way to keep the family ties strong while having a great deal of fun.
The recipe is simple... Everyone gets tents or campers. Then everyone agrees on dates when they can arrange vacation. Then everyhone agrees on a camping area in either the U.S. or Canada. These last two exercises have already virtually guaranteed a healthy dose of "the tie that binds." Then everyhone packs up almost everything their family will need for th next week or two; housing, bedding, clothing, band-aids, food, insect-repellent, sun-tan lotion, nail polish, paperbacks, lawn chairs, sweaters and rain coats. Then we travel.
This summer, for us, it was Groton State Park. The group included the Grand Matriarch Ellen White; myself - Rosemary (White) Normandeau and husband Leonard and son Daniel; brother Tom White and his wife "JR", and children, (Clayton and Cara) all from Barre. Down from Canada came sister Dottie (White) Rees with husband Dennis with all of their children along with mates and grandchildren.
They came from as far away as British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. Also visiting were brother David with his wife Katie and their children and mates from Plattsburh, New York. Our very special guests were cousins Rob White, his sister Ann (White) Lombardi and her husband Steve and yet more children. (Paul, Cindy, and Mark).
My husband (Leonard) and I always arrive last at the gatherings, because we can get help from all those who are already set up, in our preparations. We were greeted by weather that could only be classified as Vermont's finest.
The camping sites were under small old pines. We had four sites for tents and two lean-tos (small three-sided buildings) all arranged in a circle, decorated wih great boulders, flying insects, green brush and wild strawberries. The last plus a good deal of dirt, served to decorate the twin boys Dennis and _______ that had come as part of the Rees-White clan.
Mysteriously, the four and five year old girls _______ and _________that came with them could stay pink gold and cream all day long.
One of the fun things was walking in the quiet fern-and-mushroom carpeted woods then watching the little wet ones build and/or stomp on sand castles on the beach. This compared favorably with trying to feed the crew; never less than twenty two and as many as forty three at a time.
Actually, each of the six sites was supposed to take care of their own. But once I heard Dottie ask someone how many hamburger patties she should form. The answer was thirteen. Tom volunteered to serve pancakes with
Mom's Vermont Maple Syrup to everyone, one morning. Suppers weren't that simple either. Hors d'ouvres were often provided. Tom twice provided his thirteen-ingredient Mexican Dip, prepared on site. Rosie served caviar
with lemon wedges and both chicken and ham pate.
Actually, the meal to remember was on the last night. The young adults had disappeared into Barre during the late afternoon and came back with seventeen lobsters and six dozen ears of corn. Camping is not
all spiders and sand.
A footnote of pride is in order here. Earlier in the week, our mother had opted for her four-poster while she fought off an allergic reaction to her medication. While she was there, one or another of the young ones
had volunteered to stay at her house with her, and when the older grandchildren made the "Great Lobster Run", they stopped first at the old homestead to leave complete lobster dinners there.
And although all that is great fun, the real wonder of all these years of tenting with all the families has been that we could spend days, weeks, visiting without any one family being overburdened as host and hostess, and the growing children could climb, run and yell without a "Stop-that!" in sight.
And all the "cousins" know each other very well despite living in two different countries mots of their lives. When you balance racoons vs. blue-cold lakes; hikes where you get lost vs. wild blue-berries, and cold rumps and wet sneakers vs. a late night great bon-fire, tenting in Vermont is a great experience. And it keeps the LeBlanc-White experience on-going, it would seem ... a matter of great satisfaction.
(The following records withhis permission are from Tom Whites "Our LeBlanc Family Ancestors."
DAVID LEBLANC who married CLARA LECLAIR was born on 25-8-1863.
David married Clara LeClair of Winooski on April 17, 1883. They moved to the same part of Barre where his brother Louis had settled; this is where they raised their seven sons and three daughters. Children: Ezra-Louis,
Elizabeth-Marie "Lizzie", Blanch-Edna, Charles-Ray "Charlie", Richard-David, Maurice-Henry, Harold-Joseph, Genevieve, Clayton-Howard, and Dalton-Cyril. (Ref. Tom White).
1. Ezra Louis White was born on June 12, 1886. He married Mildred Adella Holt on March 3, 1910. Ezra, through his marriage to Mildred became a part owner of the Rock-of-Ages Granite Quarry. There were 3 children:
Russell Earle, Barbara Jean, and Robert Louis.
a. Russell Early White was born on April 11, 1916. He married Frances Sims of Montclair, New Jersty.
b. Barbara Jean White was born on Jan. 22, 1919. She married Arthur Merrill Olin Smith who died in the service during the Second World War. She then remarried to John D. McGoff.
c. Robert Louis White was born on Feb. 20, 1926. He married Irene Ross Gurbach.
2. Elizabeth Marie "Eliza May" White was born on July 27, 1888. She did not marry.
3. Blanche Edna White married Romeo Leo Ferland of Highgate, and settled in Montpelier. There were 5 children: Mildred A., Cyril, Norman Leo, Norma Jean, and Donald.
a. Mildred A. Ferland was born on Aug. 13, 1924. She married Paul S. Girvan and settled in Arizona.
b. Cyril Ferland married Suzanne Faust.
c. Norman Leo Ferland (twin) was born on Dec. 4, 1928. He married Virginia Adams.
d. Norma Jean Ferland (twin) was born on Dec. 4, 1928. She married Roland E. Perrault.
e. Donald Ferland was born on Dec. 12, 1931. He married Carol Brammer.
4. Charles Ray White was born on Jan. 4, 1892. (He did not marry).
5. Richard David White married Helen Anne Stacey of Rousses Pt. N.Y. on July 21, 1923. they settled in South Barre. There were 5 children: Dolores Marion, Arlene Helen, William David, and Myrna Elizabeth.
a. Dolores Marion White was born on May 6, 1925. She married Floyd Joseph Cook.
b. Arlene Helen White was born on Oct. 21, 1927. She married Alan Reid Christie.
c. William David White was born on April 16, 1931. He married Jean Marie Roberts of Woodsville, New Hampshire.
d. Myrna Elizabeth White was born on Oct. 26, 1934. She married Italo Federico of Salmona Italy.
6. Maurice Henry White was born on April 29, 1898. He married Madeleine Henes of Barre.
7. Harold Joseph White was born on April 3, 1900. He married Alice Marie-Louise Bisson on July 11, 1925 at Barre, Vt. There were 4 children:
Lorraine Monica, Gloria Ann, Conrad, and Corriene P.
a. Lorraine Monica White was born on June 25, 1926. She married Jesus Aja.
b. Gloria Ann White was born on Jan 20, 1934. She married Calef Heninger.
c. Conrad White was born on Feb. 28, 1931. He married Beatrice Gauthier.
d. Corriene P. White was born on Nov. 21, 1937. She married Donald Pasqual.
8. Genevieve White was born on May 20, 1903. (She did not marry).
9. Clayton Howard White who married Ellen Bridget Fitzgerald was born on 15-3-1905. He married Ellen Bridgt "Bid" Fitzgerald on 3-2-1934 in Vermont. There were 4 children: Rosemary-Christine, Dorothy-Cecelia,
David, and Thomas Clayton.
a. Rosemary-Chrisine White was born on 9-10-1935. She married
Leonard Charles Normandeau of Montpelier on __________ at ___________.
There are 4 children: _____________, _______________, _______________, and
a1. _________ Normandeau
b2. _________ Normandeau
d4. Daniel Normandeau
b. Dorothy-Cecelia White was born on 3-1-1937. She married Dennis Anthony Rees of Canada.
c. David James White was born on 26-3-1940. He married Katharine Riber of Dayton, Ohio.
d. Thomas Clayton White was born on 4-10-1947. He married Linda Mae Robar "JR" of Graniteville. There are 2 children:
Clayton and Cara.
d1. Clayton White Jr.
d2. Cara White
10. Dalton Cyril White was born on Aug. 8, 1906. He married Rollande Bernadette Fortier on Feb. 4, 1933. There were four children including one set of twins: Ronald David, Donald Joseph, Joseph Dalton and Joanne
a. Ronald David White (twin) was born on _________ He
married Theresa Cliche.
b. Donald Joseph White (twin) was born on _______. He
married Grace Swift.
c. Joseph Dalton White was born on ________. He married
d. Joanne Rollande White was born on ______________. She
married Bruce Batchelder.
LEWIS E. WHITE married MARIE VALOU. Lewis was born in 1862. He married Lucy Marie Valyou and they lived in Barre where they raised their family of 5 boys and 4 girls. Children 9: Harry, Amanda Marie "Maude",
Lillian, Edward, Theodore, Harry, Helen, Ezra J., and Marguerite.
a. Harry White married Lillian Seyana.
b. Amanda Marie "Maude" White married Levi Chesley of Vermont. They lived in the Randolph, Barre, area where Levi was a store manager. Later, they moved down to Gilettes Castle in Connecticut where Levi was
employed as care-taker/ranger for the castle. Several years later Levi became head-ranger at Sleeping Giant State Park in Cheshire Ct., until their retirement. Maude and Levi then travelled the country in their van, visiting their children, some of whom where living in Florida. Children 3: Darwin, Lillian, and Levi Jr.
b1. Darwin Chesley married Louise Folsom. There was 1 child: Michael.
b1a. Michael Folsom Chesley ______________.
b2. Lillian Chesley married Henry Wovesky. There were 2 children: Cinthia and Catherine.
b2a. Cinthia Wovesky
b2b. Catherine Wovesky
b3. Levi Chesley Jr. married Mariann Dott. There are 5 children: David, Gerald, Judith, Nancy, and (name unknown).
b3a. David Chesley.
b3b. Gerald Chesley.
b3c. Judith Chesley.
b3d. Nancy Chesley.
b3e. (name unknown Chesley).
c. Lillian Chesley died at the age of 17.
d. Edward Chesley married __(?)___ Salter, who was Don Salter's sister. They were divorced after a year and he remarried to Yvonne King and they moved to New Hampshire. There were no children.
e. Theodore Chesley died at age 18 months.
f. Harry Chesley died at age 11 years. (Note: Our family notes mention Harry twice, one note has him dying at 11 and the other has him marrying in later years. I'm not sure what the story is here.
g. Helen Chesley died at age 10.
i. Ezra L. Chesley married Anita Otis and they had two boys, names unknown.
i1. __________ Chesley.
i2. _________ Chesley.
j. Marguerite Chesley married William Roche. (Marguerite was a nurse) There were 4 children: Judith, Susan, John and Lawrence.
j1. Judith Roche.
j2. Susan Roche.
j3. John Roche.
j4. Lawrence Roche who died at the age of 7 months.
Some of the LeBlancs or Whites, as they were often called, who moved south from Vermont quickly adapted to a Connecticut-Yankee identity. We kids, grandchildren of Arthur Peter and Ruby White grew up separated from any French or Canadian folklore, and indeed Vermont became that vague land upcountry, the birthplace of our father Arthur J.L. White.
For years as children we listened, over and over, on Sunday afternoons at the grandparents to tales of the Brookfield Farm. We heard of the pranks of Dad, his brothers and sisters, as they trudged miles to
school in the snow and played in the hills, when they weren't working in the fields. We knew of the wild Ginshang that grew in the woods and of the mysterious "craters" that dotted the landscape, thought to be created
by a meteorite years earlier. Yet we knew nothing of the Acadian heritage of our ancestors until recently. Our culture became that of New Haven and later North Haven where we grew up.
A place called City Point was the focus of my childhood and the sea, fishing and oyster farming will never be far from my thoughts. But, as there is five years difference between me and each of my brothers and sisters, to them City Point is a dim memory. We moved into the rural area of Montowese in North Haven, when I was ten and my brother Arthur "Skip" was five.
Connecticut Yankees we then became, not knowing that our ancestors once fought the people of this area for survival. I suppose we all search for a place to belong. To my Aunt Marilyn "Mason" Moore who came from New Hampshire, the mountains are the place where she feels comfortable. To my mother Catherine I think her
roots will always return to City Point, as will my own.
"Hmmm! Just how much information is enough?" thought Rob as he thumbed through his notes of yesterday, "and how much is too little?"
Saturday had been spent in Tolland Ct. at the French Canadian Genealogical Society. He'd been researching the DeFayette family of his grandmother Ruby May LaFayette, but with little success. He felt caught in a "cul-de-sac" with the marriage of Pierre Delafayette and M. Agnes Surprenant in 1791, though he had found Pierre's parents mentioned in the "L'Acadie" Marriage Repetoire, as Pierre DeLafayette and Josette Paquet of St. Marguerite (probably St. Marguerite de Blairfindie).
There was also a sister to Pierre: M. Ann Desfailletes who married P. Fordais in 1795. And search as he might, through most of the repetoires, Rob could make no further advances. "I just don't have the right books here," he thought.
In Charbonneau's tomes there was Jacques Delafaye of St. Angeles, DeLachine who married to Judith de Fuilon. Jacques seemed a likely prospect for father of the Delafayettes in North America, but that was only a wild guess. There were two children on record: Rene-Antoine DelaFaie and Pierre DeLaFaie; both had married, Rene-Antoine to Francoise Courreau on 13-09-1688 at LaChine. There were two children, Marie Elizabeth, born in 1691 and Rene Antoine born in 1689. Pierre, the son, had married Marie Massart at Montreal in 1698 but there was no paper-trail of children.
There were numerous entries of unrelated families made by a priest named Louis DeLafayette, who performed baptisms and weddings, but no clue as to how Louis fit into the DeLafayette families of today, if he did.
Also listed were witnesses, Catherine Defayette at a marriage in 1698 and Ann Defaye as witness to a birth in 1683 at Notre Dame de Montreal. And in 1688 M. Delafaye was listed as a witness in the same parish. But Rob could find few references to the name DeLafayette, Lafayette, etc, that connected to his family.
The Repetoire of La Prairie de La Madeleine showed M. Josette Paquet, the widow of Pierre Defaillette had remarried to Dominique Samoisette on 05-10-1778; the same marriage was shown in LeBoif's Compliment to Tanguay.
Rob could feel their stories bubbling beneath the surface. Had Pierre died in an accident, or disease, or through skirmishes with Indians, or fighting the English? And besides the son, Pierre, how many other children might there be? And where had Pierre, the father come from and When? Did he connect to the family of Jacques DeLafaye?
"Well!" thought Rob, "Our past is full of mysteries, leading us on with clues strewn here and there, but leaving us with more questions than ever, and bringing us ultimately to dead-ends. Were the Fayes, the Fayettes and the Failles all part of the family or were they separate identities?"
He drew a diagram with four squares showing how the ancestors of Ireland, Scotland, and several places in France converged in North America to establish his family. The Irish Moores and Clearys had fled the
potato famine of Ireland. Probably the Sandersons and Warwick Scots had left Scotland for the same reason. And the LeBlancs and Defayettes had quit Canada in the 1800's to find work and food to eat as well, but
also to escape political oppression.
On the Moore side of the family Thomas Moore and Hannah Cleary of Ireland had married to establish the Irish branch of the family in America, and with the birth of their son James Marshall Moore, Thomas had disappeared forever, vanishing without a trace. Family rumor favored the story that he had been a soldier who returned to Ireland. But for who and why? Did he go back with Parnel to fight for the Irish cause, and perish in the attempt? Or is there another story? Questions! But few answers were to be found as yet ...
So Hannah "Cleary" Moore went to work cleaning houses for well-heeled families to make sure her son got an education. James Marshall Moore went to pharmacy school in New York City, living perhaps with his sister's family there or an uncle and aunt. He returned to New Haven to take up employment in 1906 as a pharmacist at Bretsfields Drug Store on Congress Avenue. There he met and married Catherine Sanderson whose parents, Samuel and Martha Sanderson were Scots immigrants. There must have been some family tensions for James Marshall was a Catholic and Catherine's family were Presbyterians.
Catherine's father was a skilled woodworker from Kirkentullock, Scotland who married Martha Warwick from Langholm, Dumfrishire. They were married at Langholm and their first child was born in Scotland. But then they and other members of the family, the Browns, packed up kit and kaboodle and immigrated to the U.S.A. where they took up residence on Congress Ave. in New Haven, began a new life, and extended their family to nine children.
Samuel worked as a master-carpenter doing cabinetry and internal finishing on many New Haven homes and mansions, and he did framing on many Yale University buildings when the university was under construction. Eventually he became head of the Carpenter's Union in New Haven.
There were nine children in the family but none of the sons produced male-children, though some of the daughters did. In consequence this branch of the Sanderson family, in name, will not perpetuate on this side of the ocean. Though it must be said that Sam Jr. who was an irrigation engineer, travelled West. He returned once for the
funeral of his sister Catherine "Sanderson" Moore's husband James Marshall Moore and he wrote several letters. But the knowledge of whether he married or had children is not know and his fate remains a mystery. Sam Jr. was a veteran of World War I and carried numerous war-scars, including lung-injuries as a result of poison gas.
The Whites are camoflaged LeBlancs, French-Canadians who came down to Vermont from south-eastern Canada after the failed rebellion of 1837 led by Papineau. There in the Richelieu Valley of Canada, armed
citizens clashed with loyalist cavalry troops of the English Crown. Slowly the rebellion spread until over 2,000 citizens were involved. But those people, some of whose ancestors had been the Carrignan Regiment, were
farmers now, their soldering skills long diluted, and the leadership of Thomas Storrow Brown, Dr. Wilfred Nelson and Papineau were inadequate to organize the farmers and return them to warrior status, against trained militia. This was the second dispersal for this Acadian LeBlanc family who had been exiled from their Nova Scotia homelands in 1755 by the English.
During the Papineau Uprising many French families, including the LeBlancs and the DeFayettes, fought side by side to push back the English stranglehold on them, but without success.
Both LeBlanc and Defayette families had young men of their families who were deported to the penal colonies of Australia as a result of their participation in that rebellion. Some of the other rebels were hung.
12 men were executed (in Montreal). 58 were deported to Australia. 2 were banished from Canada. 27 were liberated from prison under caution. 9 were acquitted.
Of the fifty-eight who were deported to Australia there were three who were sons of both my grandather A.P. White's family and my grandmother Lafayette's family:
Among those deported to Australia were:
Louis Defaillette of Saint Cyprian, a farmer.
David Drossin LeBlanc of Napierville, a farmer.
Hubert Drossin LeBlanc of Napierville, a farmer.
Rob sat, looking over the names and wondering: "Did my grandparents, Arthur and Ruby. know how their ancestors were intertwined? Did they know of the Rebellion and the deportation? Were their families friends? Certainly they were neighbors back in Napierville."
Great gramdfather Louis, younger brother of those exiled because of the failed revolution, was born in the year of the revolution. He, Louis "DeGonzaque" LeBlanc emigrated to Essex, Vermont as a ten year old boy. He grew up there, met and married Theophile Guindon (Mary Yandow) and they began their family in a new land, while the Defayettes travelled across Lake Champlain into New York State. Some of that family settled in West Chazy where their names shifted from Defayette to Lafayette.
James Buchanan LaFayette, son of immigrant Pierre Defayette and M. Reine Lucier married Angeline Noreau at West Chazy, N.Y. James and Angeline moved to Vermont where their three girls, Mable, Cora and Ruby were born. James became a stone polisher for one of the granite quarries until his premature death somewhere in the 1900s. Ruby was around 16 years of age at the time.
The widow Angeline Lafayette remarried to Ernest Rousseau of Lowell, Massachusetts. Her daughter Cora married Eddy Girard of Lowell, a policeman, but there were no children born of that marriage.
Ruby's sister Mable Lafayette married Jesse Cooper of Little Rock Arkansas and they moved to Arkansas to raise one son Terrel Cooper who grew up there, married and moved to California. Terrel became a sailor during
World War II, then possibly an FBI agent. With time and distance any information as to his eventual fate was lost to the family, but it is believed that he married and had a family.
Ruby married Arthur P. White, youngest son of Louis DeGonzaque LeBlanc (Lewis White) and Theophile Guindon (Mary Yandow) at St. Louis Church in Lowell, Mass. on 3 March 1908. At that time Ruby was a telephone operator with the Barre, Vt. exchange. She must have been one of the first to be so employed at the
Arthur and Ruby moved to Rhode Island where Arthur went to work for Trowel and Holden. In Rhode Island, 3 and possibly 4 of their 5 children were born, before the familys return to Vermont to settle on a
farm in Brookfield.
We know very little of Grandmother Ruby's childhood. That was one area of their lives that seldom seems to have come up and Ruby was very quiet on the subject. Why didn't we ask more questions when we had the
The history of the LeBlanc Acadians is a long, complex story and the attempt to follow the individual paths of the exiled people is often difficult, since the people were scattered from the East Coast of America to the shores of England and Europe. Steven White, genealogist at the University of Moncton's Acadian Studies Program has spent the last decade of his life in writing a book chronicling the Exiles.
But Ruby Lafayettes family history is even less clear, at least on the Defayette side. Though Pierre's wife's ancestors, the Paquets were more plainly defined. They were soldiers, members of the Carignan-Salieres
Regiment who had fought in 1664 in the Austrian war against the Turks. In 1665 the Regiment, about 1000 strong, along with parts of a German regiment (around 200 men) under the command of Colonel de Salieres were ordered to New France to fight marauding Iroquois Indians. (*37).
One researcher, Drouin says: "M. de Tracey, lieutenant general of the King departed with four companies from LaRochele in two ships, the Brese and the Teron, for Cayette. The fleet put in at Madeira and Cap Vert and the Portuguese received the French with all honors. At Cayette, de Tracey called upon the Governor and took control of the island in the King's name without difficulty. After visits to Martinique and Guadeloupe, he set sail on April 25 for Canada, arriving at Quebec on June 30, 1665." (*38)
The names of many of those ancestors can be found in the records of the regiment and their confrontations with the Indians. Some of our soldier ancestors from the Paquet side were: Andre Barsa, Jacques Tetu, Claude Desjardins, Jolicoeur, Etienne Charles, etc ...
When the fighting was done, Iroquois villages burned and the natives scared off, the regiment returned to France. Many of the officers and enlisted-men stayed behind to become soldier-farmers.
"The officers who stayed were granted seigneuries and the soldiers were given land in the seigneuries, most staying with an officer of their original unit. Many of these seigneuries were located near or along the Richelieu River, the idea being to use the soldiers to permanently block the invasion route of the Iroquois ..." (*39)
But what of the women who became the mothers of New France? Where did they come from? Nearly one thousand women volunteered to settle New France. King Louis XIV sponsored them and as their figurative
"father" provided the dowry, trouseau and transportation to America. These women were known as "Les Filles Du RoI" or "The Daughters of the King." with names such as Jeanne Aubert, Louise Bercier, Ann Colin,
Catherine Granger, etc ...(*40)
"So," thought Rob, "Thats a fair summation, I guess. There are just too many details, too many turns in the road to define us any further. All I can do, at present, is to collect whatever material I can find that relates to us, the stories of some families, the fragments and questions of other branches and put them down on paper.
I feel that each of us is a composite of all of those families, our ancestors and their histories, their joys and tragedies. But I doubt that one can add up all of the parts and solve for any single answer concerning
Perhaps, to the Cosmos it matters little that any one of us has existed, nor perhaps the whole of humanity for that matter. Yet to each of us, every part of our lives, each ancestor and story is a precious fragment of the puzzle that is us.
And, if we accept the religion of our ancestors the Universe is not cold, nor impersonal but a benevolent place wherein our souls and those of our ancestors go on forever. But, no one knows for sure.
And so the search continues; the mazes expand; the mystery of our existence goes forth; while we hunt and record, perhaps to excite the imaginations of others so that they might continue the quest for knowledge and a bit of understanding.
Or is our quest simpler than that? Is it the need for the exile to return to his source. In "Basquerie" by Eleanor M. Kelly, her romantic Estaban talks of the "Etcheonda". "The etcheonda is our home, our abiding place, no matter how far we've come from it ..."
In Germany it is called the "Stammhaus": in America it is not called at all. The etcheonda is the home to which one of our families belongs from generation to generation; where all the sons may bring their wives to live when they are done with roving; to whose shelter every member of the family has his right, and to which all pay tribute . *41)
So we quest, for one reason or another. What does it matter? Perhaps it is the excitement of the hunt or a need to see what lies on the other side of the next mountain, or in the next book ...
We search on. In the Napierville Repetoire of Fortin and Foucault there are many DeFayette listings; but all ending around the late 1800s. And in L'Acadie there were earlier listings too. And there in Charbonneau's Rep.! Another entry: M. Rose Defayettes married Jos Alexander Normandin on 14-04-1902 at LaPrairie.
1902! Hmmm! I wonder if that family is still living there? And another! M. Albine Desfayettes married Patrick Barette on 17-08-1909 at LaPrairie. I wonder if I can find them in the LaPrairie telephone book?
Well! ... Perhaps a letter to LaPrairie ... Hmmm!
-Editor: Rob White dit LeBlanc-
The Acadian Exile's Child
In a grave near the river
he rests forever
by Connecticut fields
once used to grow.
Far from his people -- and Acadian shores.
his ancestors too lie scattered
isolated under strange skies --
He was the son of French Acadian folks
Evangeline's tale tells it all.
Wanderers, the lot
searching for a new home
a people --
lost in the Diaspora
of one - seven - five - five. . .
Where have they gone
all those faces
mothers - fathers - brothers and sisters
cousins too? . . .
Have they joined other fabled folks
Etruscans - Atlanteans - Hyperboreans
on some distant trek?
On a cold clear day in fifty-five'
with guns to their heads
whole families wrent apart
Men in one ship
women and children in others
Boatload after boatload
sent down New England's coast.
One ship off to England, another off to France
Scattered folks -- shattered lives
most never to see their lands again. . .
Acadia -- New France -- Nova Scotia . . .
We return, wearing tourist's shoes
We -- who were "They" long, long ago . . .
RJ White dit LeBlanc
In memory of my father Arthur J. White who died in December of 1995
Credits: Tom White "Our LeBlanc Family Ancestors."
Antonine Maillet "Pelagie" translated by Philip Stratford: newpress Canadian Classics: Translation 1982, Doubleday.
Comments to author: RJ
Le Blanc Last Revised: October 16, 1996
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