Saturday, April 25, 2015

Reunion Meeting Minutes, April 16, 2015

The goal of this meeting is to create an action plan and the action plans will involve
Who will be doing the jobs?
What they will be doing?
Expected completion time?
Who will be the contact person for families attending reunion?
   Isaac Guindon and Francoise Rousson – Dolores and Lisa Guindon
   Jules Guindon and Victoria Aubin – Laverne
   Thomas Yondau and Martha Elcome – Jeannie McMann
   Thomas Adams and Cora Vaughn– Archie Lintz
   Joseph Guindon and Anastasie Gareau – (JoAnne Wilson) – needs to be confirmed

Involve members from each branch of the family; get input from, and involve, the young family members.
  • Set a timeline for completing tasks or assignments
  • Committees meet as needed & report to on line meeting committee monthly
Guindon Recipes contact: Kay Williams
I have recipe software that enables the collection of family recipes and prints them in a recipe book like format. They can also be printed in your newsletter too. What are you thinking of doing with the recipes? I would be glad to assist in any way I can. How many recipes are you interested in printing in the newsletter? I would be glad to work with Rita on this. With The Great Family Cookbook Recipe software, I can include others to share their recipes directly to the software. Kay

Gail bringing – 1992 Guindon recipe books to be sold at reunion

APRIL 20 Maple Syrup Orders due– price has changed - $7.50 per can (540 ml) CONTACT DEBRA FOX
Guindon Family Photos from each branch to be added to website – individuals can upload their pictures at this for approval site
Photographer – still looking – Dolores’s son cannot be the photographer Phillip (Dolores’s son) will be a roaming photographer
Phone number for entertainer
T-shirts – Cannot be ordered until registrations are in by July 20 - Laverne & Lisa
RV Space at Sugar Shack only 21 spaces (Friday night and Saturday night) - Gail
Membership renewal increase to be announced in Fall Newsletter - $15.00/year – renewal will be due April 15 of each year
Brainstorming ideas:
  • Flashdrives – anyone who can donate these in time for us to put the family tree of the families that are attending the reunion.
  • Postcards to exchange (table with postcards of where you live to share with other families from different parts of the country) – Use as a business card.
  • Photos and stories to share at the reunion (Lisa suggested putting them on a digital display – large screen for everyone to look at and perhaps unknown photos that someone might recognize?
Contact the local Convention and Visitor Bureau, as well as the local Chambers of Commerce for information regarding sightseeing tours and other activities, printed information, and hopefully, promotional giveaways.
Goodie Bags
  • Request promotional giveaways and printed information from local Convention and Visitors Bureau, Chambers of Commerce, or local businesses
  • Download information from internet
Links for self-guided tours – contact Laval Tourism
Laval offers many events and attractions throughout the year - Shows and cultural and sporting events. Click on the link below and scroll the calendar to September to see what is happening for our reunion dates Sept 11 -14 2015. Check the site below to view some of the highlights.
SUGGESTIONS: everyone needs to look at these sites and give opinions

  • Language Question: Bilingual – English only – French only??
  • Master of ceremonies
  • Welcome signs
  • Signs for events – 
  • Signs for directions to events etc.
Registration booklet - Lisa Guindon – Laverne will help
Name Badges – need someone to do these
Color-coded by family branch
  • Ideas for Family Projects
  • Visit ancestral grave sites; take pictures of headstones
  • Make a family Heirloom Quilt –Jeannie McMann will look to see if her sister (Norma) would do it
Do we want to arrange tables according to?
  • St. Benoit, Quebec
  • St. Eustache, Quebec
  • Rockland, Ontario Need to decide on this by next
  • Vankleek Hill, Ontario meeting
  • Combermere, Ontario
FAMILY NAMES – Colour code
  • Guindon
  • Yandeau
  • Yondau
  • Adams

 Random seating
Reunion Prizes
  • Person who traveled the farthest
  • Oldest attending
  • Youngest attending
  • First to register (Lisa’s father (Thomas) was first)
Family displays: cannot pin to walls
Genealogy charts – Laverne
Family displays – Family committee chairpersons to arrange for their line
Computer and printer with genealogy program to find relatives – Media crew 
Any additions? Deb to put map on website
Airport to Hilton, Laval to Sugar Shack to St. Eustache

Friday, April 10, 2015

Guindon Stories

A Guindon family journey from Quebec to Ontario

Jean “Isaac” Guindon born and baptized on September 12, 1807 in the parish of St-Benoit in Quebec, a small farming village about 30 miles Northwest of Île Jésus, the island his ancestors originally settled on when first arriving in North America. St-Benoit was first settled in 1780 and originally given the name of Grand-Brûlé. It was subsequently renamed St-Benoit in 1796 after Benoit de Nursie founder of the Benedictine order. Isaac was one of many sons born of Gabriel Guindon and his first wife Anne Rouisse dit Martel. He was also the third child of the couple to be baptized at St-Benoit. The village grew quickly and when Isaac was seventeen in 1824 the population was already over 6000 people, spread over 1082 families. By this time Isaac’s father Gabriel was married to his second wife Madeleine Perrault, after his first wife Anne’s death. He and Madeleine proceed to have a second large family. It appears Gabriel could have fathered at least nineteen children from his two marriages, a large family by any standards. In the 1825 census for Lower Canada Gabriel and Madeleine have a household of 10 persons, unknown if Isaac is living there at the time.

In 1831 Isaac starts his own family with his marriage to Marie-Anne Monette in St-Benoit, Quebec.

They had at least three children in St-Benoit in quick succession of their marriage and prior to the Patriots war of 1837, which so devastated their community as well as the neighboring village of St Eustache.
View of St Benoit showing the devastation in the aftermath of rebellion Image from the Library and archives Canada

From the writings by Jean-Joseph Girouard on the image above we learn that after the battle at St-Eustache on December 14th, 1837 and the subsequent burning of the village. The British troops led by Lieutenant General Sir John Colborne marched towards St-Benoit arriving on the 15th. While the troops expected further skirmishes with the Patriot rebels and villagers. What they encountered were white flags and passive residents. It states the entire village surrendered their arms to the troops as they had been given assurances that if they did so they would be able to prevent the same fate for their village that their neighbors in St-Eustache encountered. It appears the troops and volunteers were of a different mind and the greater part of the village was mostly burnt including 2 churches, 2 presbyteries, a monastery, 4 mills, 111 homes as well as many other buildings.

Overall there was much looting, including the theft of livestock and nearly all of the horses from the village. The years of 1837 and 1838 took an overall toll on Lower Canada and its people. Three villages were destroyed, many deaths reported and the departure of many Patriots who fled the country and crossed the border into the United States. Martial Law was implemented earlier in the month of December in Montreal and after support from parties in Upper Canada and even rebel groups from the United States, making skirmishes across the border, Martial Law was declared in all of Lower Canada later in the month.

At the conclusion of the troubles there are a number of Guindon’s in the St-Eustache and St-Benoit villages who filed claims and received compensation from the British government for losses incurred during the rebellion. The following Guindon’s received compensation: Celestin Guindon of St-Eustache 3 pounds, Francois Xavier Guindon of St-Eustache 10 pounds 15 shillings, Francois Guindon of St-Eustache 10 pounds 15 shillings and Theophile Guindon of St-Benoit for 5 pounds 19 shillings. They are all likely relations of Isaac.

Consequenses of the rebellion were felt for many years in the area including the decline in the population which was dramatic and upwards of 25-30% between the 1832 census and the 1842 census. It is speculated to be connected to the rebellion and the susequent destruction of these villages. With these dramatic events and the hardships encountered before and after the rebellion, including poor crops and epidemic diseases such as Cholera in the area. It is not suprising that we would find Isaac and Marie-Anne Guindon moving from the immediate vicinity and find that their next offspring were born in Ste-Madeleine-de-Rigaud and Ste-Marthe, Vaudreuil, Quebec after 1838.

Unfortunately Marie-Anne Monette only lived another ten years after their move to the Ste-Marthe, Vaudreuil, Quebec area. Her burial was in 1848 in Ste-Marthe, Quebec, just two weeks after the birth of their ninth child. Sadly her baby died a few weeks later as well. As a widower it was Isaac’s responsibility to provide a mother for his six or seven children at home as well as a companion for himself. A year later Isaac married Francoise Leroux on February 5, 1849 in St-Ignace, Quebec, her family’s parish.

With the 1851 census we find that the couple is living in a one story log house and that they have six of his children from his previous marriage to the late Marie-Anne Monette living with them. Isaac and Francoise also have a nine month old baby boy, Joseph and sadly we learn that they lost their two year old daughter Adelle in that year to the flu/grippe. His adult son Olivier age twenty is living there, but absent at the time of the census.

Habitants 1852 artist Krieghoff, Cornelius from from Library and archives Canada

At some time between 1851 and 1853 the family moves to North Plantagenet, in the county of Prescott, Ontario a small farming community bordering Ottawa. The Nation River flows through the township and there are a few established mills, serving the lumber industry. Their son Thomas is the first of the children to be born in Ontario in May of 1853 and baptized at St. Luc in Curran, Ontario the previous two children having been born in Ste-Marthe, Vaudreuil, Quebec. At the time of the 1861 census they are living in another one story log house on a farm with their five youngest children and the two youngest daughters of Isaacs’s marriage with Marie-Anne. The agricultural census of the same year shows that Isaac and his family have 100 acres on a farm with 10 acres under cultivation growing wheat, oats, barley and peas. At least 90 of their acres are wooded. The overall property is valued at 500.00 dollars. Below is a map of the concessions in the area about twenty years later.

Map Source: McGill University Digital Atlas Project

Unfortunately the family suffers the death of a mother one more time and in 1862 Isaac’s spouse and Thomas’s mother Francoise passes away at the age of thirty-nine, having just given birth the week before. She leaves behind six children to Isaac’s care.

In 1870 Thomas and his siblings are orphaned entirely when their father Isaac dies suddenly at the age of 63. The cause of death is “killed by a tree” when registered in Clarence, Ontario. Curiously, his name is registered as “Isaac Yandon”. You have to wonder was he clearing more acreage on the farm or felling trees for the lumber mills. The burial was at Ste-Felicite in Clarence Creek, Ontario.

It is a mystery as to where the orphaned children stayed after the death of their father but luckily we have the marriage records from 1876 of Thomas Guindon to Melina Lamoureux at Ste-Felicite in Clarence Creek, Ontario. She was a local young woman born in Clarence Creek, Ontario. Oral history has the family traveling back and forth between the Clarence-Rockland area and the Ottawa area. This is reflected in the census records of 1881 where Thomas and his young family are enumerated twice, once in Hull, Quebec and again in Rockland, Ontario. In both records Thomas is working as a laborer. Likely they went wherever there was work in the lumber industry. In 1881 Rockland, Ontario has a population of 1,310 people, up considerably from 1871 when it was 350 people. In 1885 Thomas is on the school board of the Sacred Heart Academy a new school that is being built to accommodate the local French and English students under the direction of Father Hudon.

Sacred Heart Academy E. Pual Photagrapher from the collection of Photo Sauvetage 1978 du Centre Culturel de la Sainte-Famille

By the 1891 census Thomas is listed as a carpenter with a family of seven children at home. Our oral history has Thomas with a small mill shop on his property and making furniture to sell locally. The photo below is likely taken around the turn of the century, 1900 and the Guindon family is listed left to right Felix, Emelia, Ignace, Thomas, Lea, Telesphore, Gedeon and Melina.

Photo from the collection of David Guindon, Warren Michigan

Story to be continued….

Name given to Saint-Benoit by early settlers, due to burning stumps and humus, they caused a fire that lasted for at least two years "Saint-Benoît (Québec)." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2015.

Decelles, Alfred D. "9 FORCE MAJEURE." The Project Gutenberg EBook of The 'Patriotes' of '37. N.p.: Project Gutenberg, September 13, 2009. 100-01. Print. [EBook #29973]. a notaire used by the Guindon family of St Benoit

, Girouard, Jean-Joseph, 1794-1855.Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1984-81-73 Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1984-81-73 Vue d'une partie des ruines du Village de St. Benoît, Translation from image “View of part of the Village Ruins St Benoit. Guindon Célestin / St-Eustache / 3,0,0 Guindon F.-X. / St-Eustache / 10,15,0 Guindon François (Gaindon) / St-Eustache / 10,15,0Guindon T. / St-Benoit / 5,19,0

Belanger, Ann. "Compensation for Losses of the 1837 Rebellion." Guindon Newsletter 26 (2004): 6. Print.
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DID YOU KNOW?" Guindon Newsletter 35 (2008): 5. Print.
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