My exciting weekend with a new cousin has proved to be insightful. She has shared some family stories and has passed on information to help me search. Today, she asked me this question, “At this point I need to ask if you want the details of all the family, Or do you want the thrill of the “Chase”, doing the research On your own with guides as to local and dates.”
My reply was, that I like the hunt as well. She very excited and gave me some information on Marie Elizabeth Cote to start with. She was 1 of 12 children born to Francios Xavier Cote and wife Felicite.
Here are their children:
Joseph b. 11 Nov 1849 St Antoine, Quebec
Louis b. 15 Dec 1850, St Antoine, Quebec
Marie Rosalie b. 2 Feb 1852, St Antoine, Quebec
Marie Emilie b. 26 Dec 1854, St Antoine, Quebec
Marie Henriette b. 9 June 1856, St Antoine, Quebec
David b. and d. 10 July 1853 St Antoine, Quebec
Marie Eilzabeth b. 21 Feb 1858, Apollonaire, Quebec (married Hilaire Fontaine)
Ferdinand b. 19 May 1859, Apollonaire, Quebec
Marie Arthemise b. 8 Sep 1860, Apollonaire, Quebec
Xavier b. 21 Dec 1862, Apollonaire, Quebec
Marie Delima b. 5 Sep 1864, Apollonaire, Quebec
Rose DeLima b 9 Apr 1866, Apollonaire, Quebec
This gives so many collateral lines to work on, to try to find as much information as possible on this line. Beyond name and date of birth, I have nothing else on this family.
Photo believed to be of the Cote sisters, Mary is second from right.Digital photo, original held by C. Cull, believed to be taken in Rumsford, ME ©Terri O’Connell 2010
About a month ago, I sent a letter to a distant cousin that I knew existed, but had never met. To be clear, she is my father’s cousin. I had been in contact with her brother for about a year and he had given me her information, figuring she would know more about our family. It took me a long time to make contact, but I finally did. I sent “D” a letter and hoped for a reply, whether a letter or phone call.
A few weeks after I sent the letter, I received a voicemail from “D” that I could try calling her or she would call again. It took us about a week to make contact, but once we did, she was able to shed light on a few of the family lines I had questions on.
Lets start with my O’Connell line, she was not able to shed any real light on the family. Though she was able to give me the name of the child of Dennis and Rose that passed away as a toddler, her name was Viola. I am excited to have this information and hope to find her final resting place.
“D” also shared some family stories with me that has helped me on our Springer line. Rose (Springer) O’Connell is my Great Grandmother and her family line has been a mystery to me. I knew she had a brother Arthur and a sister Sophie/Sophia. But, that was really all I knew. “D” shared with me that the Springer’s were actually Fontaine’s that moved to the states from Quebec. That when they arrived they had been to change their name. She also said that Rose was one of 7 children. Her siblings were Prosper, Omar, Homer, Arthur, William and William. I have been doing some research and some of this information is correct. What I have found is that her siblings were actually Prosper, William, Joseph, Koreen, Sophia, and Arthur. I have been able to find some of the family in the US Census records, but have not found much information about the family in Quebec. I have put a few messages out on different genealogy message boards today and have already received two responses. One response is from a descendant of Arthur’s. How exciting to find a new family member. In the coming weeks, I hope share more of this line.
I decided to write a quick post about some recent updates on my family history because I read a tweet today by DearMyrtle, she said “We must tell the family stories, or they may have been lost.” How right she is. If it was not for the conversation with cousin “D,” these family lines could have been lost. I look forward to spending time digging in the roots of this family.