Saturday, December 29, 2012

Isaac Bedard (Born a Protestant and died a Catholic)

Huguenot Cross

  Isaac Bedard, my 9th G-Grandfather, was born about 1616 in LaRochelle France. Isaac was the son of Jacques Bedard and Marie Guerineau, French Protestants also known as "Huguenot's". 

  Isaac's grew up in LaRochelle in troubled times between the Huguenots and Catholics, culminating in the blockade of his city and the eventual confication of his Protestant Church by the winning forces of The Catholic Church. See: 

  Isaac married a Marie Girard, a fellow Huguenot, on 20 March 1644 in LaRochelle. Between 1644 and 1658 the couple would have six sons and one daughter born in LaRochelle and all would be baptized in  the Huguenot faith. Sadly only two sons, of the six children, would live past the age of two.

  On 20 April 1660, in LaRochelle, Isaac and his family renounced the Huguenot Faith and were baptized in the Catholic Faith. It is speculated that the family renounced their Huguenot faith in order to emmigrate to New France where being a Catholic was requirement for residency. 

                                        Isaac Bedard "The Carpenter"

  Isaac and his eldest son sailed to New France by 1661 and set up residency in Quebec City. Isaac's wife and younger son would join him in Quebec by 1663 and  a daughter would be born there in 1664. By 1866. the family would further move to the village of Saint-Jerome in the Charlesbourg area where they would permanently settle. 

  Isaac's occupation was a "Master Carpenter". In New France, he would take on carpentry jobs, while primarily working on his farm.  Isaac died in Charlesbourg on 14 Jan 1689 and was buried there on 15 Jan 1689. (See Burial Record:)

                 Burial Record


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Jean Pierre (Peter) Kieffer

  My 4th g-Grandfather was born "Jean Pierre Kieffer" on 8 December 1798 in Uhrwiller, Bas-Rhin, France. Pierre or Peter as he was to be  known, was the son of Johann Kieffer and Anna Steinmetz.

   On 24 November 1823 in Uhrwiller, at the age of twenty-four, Peter took for his wife a Catherine Richert. The couple would have two daughters born in Uhrwiller in 1824 and 1826.

  Peter, a farmer by trade, would take his family to the New World, first to Canada where a third daughter was born in 1829. From Canada Peter again moved his family, this time to Stark County Ohio. The family would reside in Ohio for the next ten years where two sons and a fourth daughter would be born. By 1840 Peter moved his family for the last time to Indiana where his last daughter was born in 1840.

  Peter would acquire land and farm for the rest of his life in Cleveland Township, just north of Elkhart Indiana. Peter was a resident farmer of Cleveland Township for over thirty years when he died on 15 August. Peter was buried at the Salem Cemetery in Granger Indiana.

  For family genealogy see:

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Anne Cloutier (A bride at eleven years old)

    Anne Cloutier, my 9th g-Grandmother, was born 19 January 1626 in Mortagne France to Zacharie Cloutier and Xainte Dupont. At the age of eight she arrived in the New World  with her parents as one of the earliest families to settle in New France.

  At the age of ten, Anne was contracted to marry a twenty-nine year old brickmaker named Robert Drouin who was a resident at the Cloutier household. The marriage contract stipulated that the marriage would take place after a wait of one year, and that the newly married couple would remain at her parents residence, with no conjugal visits for two more years. The marriage took place on 12 July 1637 (See marriage record)

  Anne would give birth to her first child six days after her fifteenth birthday; a daughter named Agnes, on 25 January 1641. This child would live for only six days. In the next six years Anne would give birth to five more children, three daughters and two sons, of which only two daughters would survive birth and grow to adulthood.

  Anne would die at the age of twenty-two on 4 February 1648 and would be buried in Quebec, New France the following day. Her two surviving daughters would be raised by her parents.

For Family genealogy see:

Monday, November 26, 2012

Margaret Kieffer (My 3rd g-Grandmother)

  Margaret Keefer was christianed Marguerite Kieffer in Uhriller, Bas-Rhin France on 17 March 1824 (See birth record). Margaret was the first child born to Peter Kieffer and Catherine Richert.

  At the age of three, Margaret traveled to the United States with her parents by way of Canada, and the family would settle  in Stark County Ohio by 1830. Around 1840, she moved again with her family to settle near Granger Indiana.

    At the age of seventeen, Margaret found herself pregnant by her next door neighbor, a Cyprien Johnson. As an un-married woman, Margaret filed a paternity suit in court for support of her un-born child. A daughter was born of this pregnancy on 16 Feb 1842.

  On 26 November 1843 in South Bend Indiana, Margaret married a George Wilkeson (Subject of an earlier post). From this marriage would come twelve children, two sons and ten daughters. The family would reside around the South Bend area through 1869, when they moved to Iowa settling in Fort Dodge.

  Margaret died of a stroke in Fort Dodge Iowa on 28 April 1906 and was buried at The Oakland Cemetery in Fort Dodge.

  For family genealogy see:

Monday, November 19, 2012

Genevieve LeBlanc (My 4th g-Grandmother)

  Genevieve LeBlanc was born on 11 March 1799 at Mission du Sud du Lac, Saint Francois, Quebec., and she was baptized on 15 July 1799 at Les Cedres, Soulanges, Quebec. Genevieve was the eleventh child born to Etienne LeBlanc and Amable Rivard (subjects of earlier blog posts)

  On 26 November 1817 Marguerite married a Louis Dupuis in Saint-Anicet Quebec and the marriage was recorded in the parish records of St Regis, Quebec. The couple would live in Saint Anicet, where Louis was a Judge. From this marriage would come eleven children, one son and ten daughters.

  Genevieve would die on 1 September 1869 in Saint-Anicet, where she was buried beside her husband. At one time, the couple supposedly had the largest headstone in the Saint-Anicet with a bust of Louis on the top.

  For Family Genealogy See

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Walter Carroll Phillips (My Maternal Grandfather)


  Walter Carrol Phillips was born in San Francisco California on 7 July 1902. He was the fifth child of six born to Walter John Phillips and Mary Smith (Subjects of earlier posts), and would be the only son to reach adulthood. 
  By the age of two, Walter would lose his mother and two siblings, and would be raised by his father and three older sisters. He would go through the earthquake and fire of 1906 in San Francisco as a four year old. He grew up in San Francisco and attending Columbia Elementary School from 1908 to 1915, and Mission High School from 1916 to 1920 where he graduated.

  By 1920, Walter had move to Southern California, where he would work as a longshoreman for nine  years. He then  got into the petroleum industry in 1929 working first on oil derricks, and then into fueling ships in Long Beach and San Pedro California. When WWII came, he was classified as 3A (H) allowing him to continue his work in the petroleum industry. On 3 February 1943 Walter was hired by the Navy, fueling ships, and with the exception for one month in 1950 he would work as a Federal employee until 1 Dec 1960 when he retired on disability. 

  Walter married Agnes Hartnett (Subject of another post) in Riverside California on 25 June 1927 and the couple would have two daughters and one son. Walter would live his entire married life in Long Beach California where he died on 16 October 1967 at the age of sixty-five. Walter is buried beside his wife in Westminster California.

  For family genealogy see:

Sunday, November 4, 2012

George Wilkeson (My 3rd Great Grandfather)

Organized by Anne Cassidy Kiser

 George Wilkeson was born March 10, 1822 in Pennsylvania to John and Catharine Wilkeson. (See Previous post at;postID=6870980143375235208) He was raised in Pennsylvania until about 1832 when his family left Pennsylvania and moved to Osnaburg Township, Stark County, Ohio. Sometime around 1843 the family moved to South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana.
  On November 23, 1843 a marriage license was issued for George and Margaret Keefer. They were wed on November 26, 1843 in South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana. Margaret came with  a daughter which George raised as his own. George and Margaret would have twelve children of their own, ten daughters and two sons

  The family resided in South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana where George worked as a famer. About 1845 they moved to Michigan where their two daughters, Mary and Martha were born. By 1850 the family had moved back to South Bend.
  By 1960 George ceased his farming operations and engaged in the successful business of manufacturing of wagons. He went into a partnership with A. Coquilard. George later left the business and Coquilard continued with the business.

  George and his family moved to Earlville, Delaware County, Iowa in 1869, and in 1870 the family  resided in Oneida, Delaware County, Iowa where George worked as a farmer

  In 1871 the family moved to Fort Dodge, Iowa, where George would work  as a farmer, later in a bakery,  and by 1885 he was operating a skating rink.

  George died on July 9, 1883 in Fort Dodge, Webster County, Iowa at age 63and he  was buried at the Oakland Cemetery in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

For family genealogy see:

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Agnes Rosalia Cecilia Hartnett (My Grandmother)

  Agnes Hartnett was born in Fort Dodge Iowa on 16 June 1901. She was the first child of two born to Patrick Hartnett and Nellie Reynolds (Subjects of earlier posts:;postID=8806948059932969331 and;postID=974628204830990456)

  Agnes's parents would divorce a few years after her birth, and she and her brother would grow up being shuttled between living in foster homes and living with their uncle due to her mother having mental problems. By 1920 Agnes and her brother were living on their own  in Des Moines Iowa, where Agnes worked as a saleslady in a dry goods store.

  In the mid 1920's Agnes moved to California where she married a Walter Phillips on 25 June 1927. (see Marriage Certificate) From this marriage three children, two daughters and one son, would be born. The family resided in Long Beach California (See photo of home) for almost fifty years, while Agnes worked as an accountant for a Walkers Department Store, from which she would retire.

  Agnes's husband died in 1967, and she would sell the family home and move to North Long Beach to live near her eldest daughter. In 1980 her eldest daughter died and she would later move to Orange County to live near her youngest daughter. Agnes died on 24 October 1998 and was buried beside her husband in Westminster California. (See photo)  

Monday, October 15, 2012

John and Catharine Wilkeson (My 4th g-Grandparents)

  (The following was organized by my cousin Anne Cassidy Kiser)

  John Wilkeson was born February 3, 1796 in Pennsylvania. It is unknown at this time who his parents were. He married a woman named Catharine before 1818. Not much is known about Catharine at this time but she is believed to have been born December 12, 1798.

  John and Catharine had the following known children born in Pennsylvania:
John Wilkeson born June 23, 1818
Catherine Wilkeson born April 15, 1820
George Wilkeson born March 10, 1822
Lydia Wilkeson born about 1825
Samuel Wilkeson born April 21, 1828
Jacob Wilkeson born February 28, 1832

  The family resided in Pennsylvania where they raised their children and  John worked as a farmer.Sometime after 1832 the family left Pennsylvania and in 1840 John and his family were living in Osnaburg Township, Stark County, Ohio. His daughter, Catherine and husband, Jacob McEntaffer lived a few houses away with their daughter Rebecca and  John’s son, John, also lived a few houses down with his wife, Harriet and a young son, Levi. Around 1844 the families moved to South Bend, Indiana where John continued to work as a farmer.

  Catharine died August 12, 1846 in South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana at age 47 She was buried at the Harris Prairie Cemetery in Granger, Indiana. After her death, John remained in South Bend and lived with his son, Samuel and widowed daughter, Catherine McEntaffer and her children.

  John died May 7, 1874 in South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana at age 78 and was buried at the Harris Prairie Cemetery in Granger,  Indiana.

  For Family Genealogy See:

Friday, October 5, 2012

Albert George LeBlanc

    Albert George LeBlanc, my Paternal Grandfather, was born on 7 July 1895 in Aitkin Minnesota. Albert was the first of my LeBlanc line, after nine generations in North America, to be born in the United States. Albert was the second child and the first son of of thirteen children born to George LeBlanc and Helena Graton, subjects of earlier posts at: and;postID=8757320980295552262

  Albert would grow up on the family farm on the outskirts of Aitkin Minnesota. He was educated in a one room school, where most of the students were his siblings and cousins. (See school momento's)

  At the age of twenty-three, on 22 July 1918, Albert was drafted into the United States Army at Grand Forks, North Dakota. He was sent to Camp Custer Michigan, where the 14th Infantry Division was being trained for overseas deployment to Europe for WWI. Albert would serve in Battery C, 40th Field Artillery, where he would attain the rank of Corporal. WWI ended before the 14th Division was deployed, and the Division was demobilized by the end of February 1919. Albert was discharged on 7 February 1919 and returned home to Aitkin Minnesota.

  In the early 1920's, Albert moved to Duluth Minnesota where he would become a Truck Driver, an occupation he would do for the rest of his life. In Duluth, Albert met his future wife, Lois Clarke (subject of an earlier posts: and;postID=6982931587365043378 )  Albert and Lois would marry on 16 June 1925 at St Mary Church, Stone Lake Wisconsin. The couple would reside in Duluth Minnesota, where they would have two sons and adopt a daughter. The couple would also serve as foster parents for numerous children while in Duluth.

  In the early 1940's, Albert moved his family to Southern California, where he continued to work as a Truck Driver. In the 1950's, Albert and his wife bought property in Wilmington California and built and operated a small motel until they retired in the early 1960's.

  Albert would die on 9 October 1974 in Bellflower California and is buried at "All Souls Cemetery" in Long Beach California. For Family genealogy see:

Monday, October 1, 2012

Nellie Aldrich Reynolds

Nellie Aldrich Reynolds, my 2nd g-Grandmother, was born in 1885 in Fort Dodge Iowa. She was the 2nd child born to Aldrich Reynolds and Margaret Wilkeson.

  At the age of thirteen, she lost her father in a gun accident (see previous blog post at: ) The sudden loss of her father would evidently affect her throughout her life.

  At the age of fifteen, Nellie was three months  pregnant when she  married the father on Christmas day 1900. This marriage would only last a few years and would result in her only children, a daughter and a son.

  Nellie's mental state was such that she was in and out of mental hospitals all her life. Her children were in and out foster care or living with Nellie's brother. Nellie would marry at least five times through her life with none of the marriages lasting very long.

  Nellie died at Des Moines Iowa in July 1944 and was buried next to her parents at the Oakland Cemetery in Fort Dodge Iowa. She was buried under the name of her first husband "Hartnett" with a footstone placed on her grave by her children.(See Photo)

 For Family Genealogy see:

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Joseph LeBlanc

  Joseph LeBlanc, my 5th g-Grandfather, was born on 10 November 1718 in Grand-Pre' Acadia. Joseph was the son of Jacques LeBlanc and Elizabeth-Isabelle Boudrot

  On 26 Nov 1742, at the age of 24, Joseph took for his wife a Marie Madeleine Melancon (Melanson). The couple were married in Grand-Pre' and would remain there till world events forced them to be deported from their home in 1755. See:

  On 2 September 1743 Joseph and Marie Madeleine's son Etienne was born. Unfortunately this son would live only eighteen days. Joseph and Marie would have three more children, a girl named Marie Madeleine, and two boys named Anselme and another Etienne.

  On 5 September 1755, Joseph, along with the other males of Grand-Pre', were locked in the Parish Church and informed that all but their personal property was being forfeited to the British Crown. The men would remain in captivity until transports arrived to take them to the Colonies.

  Joseph and his family were transported to the Colonies, where they were held captive at Sutton Massachusetts until the end of the "French and Indian War".  Massachusetts records indicate that Joseph was "in poor health, unable to do much work" Records indicate that the family grew by four girls and one boy while in captivity, but lack of records cannot confirm if these children were born to Joseph and Marie or orphans that they took charge of.

  Upon release from captivity, most Acadian families returned to Canada. There are no records indicating that Joseph and his family ever returned to Canada and it is speculated that he may have taken his family to "The West Indies" were many famlies died of disease.

  The only member of Joseph's family known to survive  is the son "Etienne". Etienne appears to have reached Quebec by 1776 when he was recruited into the American Continental Army to fight the British in the American Revolution. A marriage of the son "Etienne" in 1778 indicates that his parents were deceased.

  Grand-Pre Acadia is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site;(See;

  For family Genealogy See 

Friday, September 14, 2012

James Robinson "Early Settler of Hardwick Massachusetts"

  James Robinson, my 7th g-Grandfather,  was born on 15 March 1690 in Boston Massachusetts to Thomas Robinson and Sarah Dennison.

  James Robinson would work as a "house-wright", a builder of homes similar to today's occupation of a carpenter. He inherited property in Boston from his paternal Grandfather, across from the Old South Church, on what is today's Washington Street. He sold this property in 1712 and bought a home on Boyston Street. In 1714, he sold the property on Boylston Street and moved his family to Rochester Massachusetts.

  On 3 July 1711, in Roxbury Massachusetts, James Robinson married a Patience Ruggles. From this marriage two sons would be born in Boston Massachusetts and another three sons and three daughters would be born in Rochester Massachusetts.

  With the exception of one daughter, James Robinson and his family would move to  Hardwick Massachusettes. The Robinson's and the Ruggles's famlies were some of the earliest settlers of Hardwick, helping to establish the Town in 1739..

  James Robinson would die on 11 March 1762 in Hardwick and is buried at  Hardwick Central Cemetery. (See Photos)

  Family Genealogy at:

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Mathieu Gervais "A soldier of the King"

  Mathieu Gervais, my 7th g-Grandfather, was born in Paris France in 1646 to Pierre Gervais and Catherine Saillard.

  At the age of nineteen, Mathieu sailed to the New World as a soldier  of  "The Grandfontaine Company" of "The Carnigan Regiment".(See photos of Unit" Flag and Uniforms)  The Company left France on 16 May 1665, on the French Warship  "L'Aigle d' Or" and arrived in New France on 18 August 1665. The "Carnigan Regiment" would provide security for French settlers against Indian attacks in Quebec. See: 

  Matheiu Gervais,like many other soldiers of his unit, remained in New France upon the units return to France. Matheiu and other members of his unit were rewarded for their remaining in New France with parcels of land.

  On 31 August 1676, in Montreal Quebec, Mathieu Gervais married a Michelle Picard. From this marriage four sons and six daughters would be born.

  Mathieu Gervais would die at the age of eighty-two on 31 January 1728 in Montreal Quebec, where he was buried on 1 February 1728.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Peter Weber

  Peter Weber, my 2nd Great-Grandfather, was born on 3 November 1842 in Calumet Wisconsin. Peter was the first child born in the United States to German immigrants Anton Weber and Anna Koenigs.

  In 1863, at the age of twenty-one, Peter traveled to the west coast and lived for 5 years in California and Nevada. Peter returned to Wisconsin by 1868 and settled  in Mount Calvary Wisconsin.

  On 3 November 1868, at Mount Calvary Wisconsin, Peter married an Austrian immigrant named Paulina Flatz, From this marriage nine children, five daughters and four sons, would be born in Mount Calvary.

  In Mount Calvary, Peter established and ran a general repair and blacksmith shop. Peter served as a Justice of the Peace for three years and a member of the town's Board of Supervisors as a Democrat.

  In the 1880's, Peter moved his family from Mount Calvary to Superior Wisconsin to live. Peter would die of Pneumonia in Superior Wisconsin on 18 June 1891. (See Photo) Peter is buried  at the Old St Francis Cemetery in Superior Wisconsin, (See Photo)

 See family record at:

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

August 15th, A Day of Celebration in the Family

  A short post today.

  August 15th is a day of celebration of my heritage as one descended from Acadia. August 15th, in 2004,  was designated as "Acadian National Day"

For further reading see:

  August 15th is a day of celebration for my Korean Wife. On August 15, 1945, Korea regained her independence as a country, and August 15th is celebrated as a national holiday in Korea as "Independence Day"

 For further reading see:

  The attached picture is of me and my wife in Korea forty-six years ago:


Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Tilley's of Henlow England

  John Tilley and Joan Hurst, my 11th Great-Grandparents were married on 20 September 1596 at St Mary Church in Henlow England, (See Photo) Both John and Joan were born in Henlow England, he on 19 December 1571 to Robert Tilley and his wife Elizabeth, and she on March 13 1567/68 to William Hurst and Rose Fisher.

  Edward Tilley, brother of John Tilley, was born in Henlow England on 27 May 1588. Edward married an Alice Cooper on 20 July 1614, probably in Henlow England.

  In September of 1620 the brothers sailed to The New World on the "Mayflower" (see painting) and arrived at what was to become Plymouth Massachusettes in December of 1620. John brought his wife and his daughter Elizabeth, and  Edward brought his wife and her nephew and neice.

  The winter of 1620/21 was harsh on the new settlers and all the adult Tilley's and their wives died during the winter. John's daughter, Elizabeth, of whom I decend, survived the winter and would marry a fellow "Mayflower" passenger named John Howland. The neice of Alice Cooper, Humility, would survive the winter and return to England. The nephew of Alice Cooper, Henry Samson, survived the winter and remained in the New World

For furthur reading see Wikipedia entries for , John Tilley, Edward Tilley and Henry Samson

Friday, August 3, 2012

Marie Madeleine LeBlanc

  Marie Madeleine LeBlanc, my 6th Great Grandmother, was born in Grand-Pre Acadia on 18 November 1725 to Francois LeBlanc and Cecile Boudrot.
  She would marry a Jean Baptiste Forest around 1745 and to this family would be born two boys and two girls. The family would reside in Pisiguit Acadia, During the French and Indian War, the family moved to Isle Madame to be under the Security of the French Fort at Louisbourg. With the fall of Fort Louisbourg in 1758, the Forest family was captured and placed on ships for France.
  It is unknown whether the father, Jean Baptiste Forest, died prior to the sailing to France or perished during the sailing. One ten year old daughter would escape the sailing by going to Quebec with relatives.(see link below to previous blogpost) The widow, Marie LeBlanc and three of her children  survived the sailing and arrived in St Malo France on 23 January 1759. (See record below)
  Conditions aboard the ship must have been horrible as the family was placed in the hospital upon their arrival in France.(See hospital record below) Marie died on 18 March 1759 in St. Servan France and was buried there the following day.(See Burial Record below) Two of her remaining children would die less than a month after their mother on April 12th and April 14th in the hospital of St. Servan. Only one child of this family would survive the sailing to St Malo France.

Blogpost for Theodose Foresat:;postID=5052587915993585112

See family record at:

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

William Curtis

  William Curtis, my 10th Great Grandfather, was born on 12 November 1592 at Nazing, England to Thomas Curtis and Mary Camp.
  William married a Mary Rawlyns on 3 Dec 1615 at London England. One son named William, was born to this marriage and Mary Rawlyns died at or soon after the birth of their son. This son named William would arrive in the New World one year before his father.
  On 6 August 1618 William married a Sarah Elliot in Nazing England. Of this marriage, six children, two of whom died early, would be born in England and three more would be born in Massachusetts.
  On 22 June 1632, William, his wife and four children, sailed to the new world from London England on the "Lyon" arriving in Boston on 16 September 1632.
  In the New World, William would farm and acquire numerous parcels of land in Boston and Roxbury Massachusetts. At one time he leased eleven acres in Roxbury to Thomas Dudley, the Governor of The Massachusetts  Bay Colony. In 1652, William owned four parcels of land in Roxbury; ten acres with house a barn and orchard, and parcels of one acre, three acres, and two acres.
  William died in Roxbury at the age of eighty years old on 9 December 1692 and is buried at Eliot Burying Grounds in Roxbury Massachusetts. (See photo)
  For family genealogy see:

Sunday, July 22, 2012

George Osias LeBlanc

  My Great Grandfather, George Osias LeBlanc, was born on 9 April 1870 at Saint-Anicet Quebec. George was the son of Antoine LeBlanc and Adeline Caza, the 9th child of a 13 child family.
  At the age of seven, George's family moved to Oswego New York where he was to attend school and learn the English language. At the age of eleven, George's mother died and he was raised by his father and a step-mother whom George's father married soon after his mother's death. George lived under the Anglicized name of "White" during his stay in Oswego. George, along with all his siblings, would move away from Osewgo and reclaim the surname "LeBlanc"when they grew older.
  George would marry a Helena Graton on 12 February 1892 at St James Church in Aitken Minnesota. The newlywed couple would take up farming and would have thirteen children  born in Aitken over the next twenty years. (See Photo)
  George sold the farm and  followed his children to Duluth Minnesota in the late 1920's. He again followed his children to Southern California in the 1940's.
  George Osias LeBlanc died on 18 January 1953 in San Pedro California, and was buried at All Souls Cemetery in Long Beach California (Photo)

For further information see