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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, Week 12: Edmond Langlois

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My last two ancestor’s, Emilija and Ieva’s lives spanned through a very exciting time in history – the turn of the century and ensuing industrialization. My Ukrainian and Italian ancestors were immigrants during this time period, so I’ve already covered their stories, so next  I thought I’d explore what my French Canadian families were up to at this point in history.

Edmond Langlois was born on the eighteenth of September, 1882 on a farm in Sandwich West, Essex North, Ontario to parents Antoine Langlois and Salome Mailloux. He was baptized that very day as “Joseph Elie Edmond Langlois” at L’Assomption de Sandwich Catholic church, his godparents were his uncle Louis Mailloux and Julienne Gignac. He had one brother named Denis.

Edmond lived with his parents, brother, aunt, uncle and two domestics on their farm where he also worked until his marriage. He married Marie Helene Belleperche (who went by Helen, Ellen and Lillie in her time) on October 13, 1903 at Assumption church. Edmond and Lillie were 2nd cousins – Edmond’s grandmother was a Belleperche, sister of Lillie’s grandfather – and also 3rd cousins from another line, the Ouellettes (both had paternal grandmothers who’s surnames were Ouellette, their grandmothers were 1st cousins). This may sound shocking but it was a LOT more common than most people realize, being that all people living today with French Canadian ancestry can trace their roots back to the first few thousand French settlers.

Edmond and Lillie lived on a farm on Lot 71, 2nd concession with Edmond’s unemployed brother Denis. On the 1911 census, Edmond is listed as a “Farmer – ret.” Being that he was only 29, he was not truly retired but perhaps done with being a farmer, and by the time of the 1921 census he had left his rural life altogether. He moved his family first to 15 Elm Ave by 1912, and next to 31 Elm Ave by 1921 in Windsor, where Edmond earned his living as a motorman for the electric street car system. Introduced in 1886, Windsor’s was the first electric street car system in Canada. However, being next door neighbour to “Motor City” Detroit and home to some automotive assembly plants as well, the rise of the automobile in the 1930’s along with it’s increasing popularity and affordability soon made the street car obsolete – quite costly for the city to maintain and with a decreased ridership. The last street car ran in Windsor in 1939, when a cheaper city bus system was put in place. Edmond was 57 at the time.

Edmond and Lillie had seven children. They welcomed their first, a daughter named Florence in 1905, then Virginia in 1907 and Beatrice in the summer of 1911. Beatrice, however died as an infant in 1912 due to “chronic nephritis” – problems with the kidneys. Less than a year later in 1913, a fourth daughter named Marie was born, but only lived 5 hours before passing away of “asphyxia pallida”. In 1915, the couple welcomed their first son, named Jerome, but again, tragedy struck when he died of malnutrition and inanition at 11 months of age – quite likely there was an underlying cause. Bernice was born in 1918 and Leo in in 1920.

Edmond died December 7, 1952 in Windsor, at age 70.


52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, Week 6: Nicolas Langlois

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Nicolas Langlois was born around 1640 in the canton of Yvetot, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France. His parents were Charles Langlois and Marie Cordier. Nicolas was from the parish of St-Pierre in Yvetot, and not a lot is known about his life prior to immigrating to Canada. He travelled to Canada as a weaver, indentured to Sieur Louis Rouer de Villeray – an important figure in Quebec at the time, playing key administrative roles under people you probably learned about in history class, such as Jean Talon and Jean and Charles de Lauson. “Indentured” means that he signed a contract stipulating that his passage to the New World would be paid for by Villeray, in return for his labour for a set number of years. Conditions in France at the time were such that signing years of his life away for a chance to make a better life for his descendants in a strange and dangerous new world was an attractive option for Nicolas, and some of the other lower class members of French society, and many others had they passage to New France paid the same way.

On October 26, 1671 at Notre-Dame-de-Quebec parish, in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada he married Marie Elisabeth Cretel, a fille du roi (a group of poor, single women of a marriageable age who’s passage to Canada and a dowry was paid for by the King in an effort to help colonize and populate Quebec) who was also from Rouen. Nicolas and Elisabeth had 5 sons and 5 daughters, of which only half survived to adulthood (2 sons and 3 daughters). Their son Etienne is my 8th great grandfather. (Nicolas – Etienne – Nicolas – Nicolas – Alexis – Antoine – Antoine – Edmond, my great great grandfather). Nicolas died October 13, 1721 at Pointe-aux-Trembles, and that is where he was buried.

There were several other unrelated settlers with the surname of Langlois to settle in Quebec – an even earlier Langlois to Quebec was Noel, with many descendants. The name itself means quite literally “L’Anglais” – “the English”, but it is unknown if this hints at the ancestor’s ethnicity.

And with that, we’ve covered my most direct immigrant ancestors, and two of the French Canadian settlers who lend their surnames to my two French great grandmothers. From people uprooted from their lives, forced away from a country they could never return to during WWII, to those seeking to better their economic situation in a rapidly industrial Canada at the turn of the century, to 17th century pioneers to a wild and perilous unknown new world. Next topic of exploration: Bits and pieces of other ethnicities, ancestors that were not my typical French, Italian, Ukrainians or Latvians.

Record: Edmond Langlois’ Baptism

Edmond Langlois

Baptism 63
Joseph Elie Edmond Langlois
La dix huit septembre, mil huit cent quatre vingt deux, par nous pretre soussigne a ete baptise Joseph Elie Edmond, ne la meme jour du legitime mariage d’Antoine Langlois et Emma Mailloux. Le parrain a ete Louis Mailloux. La marraine Julienne Gignac.

Joseph Elie Edmond Langlois was my great great grandfather, my father’s father’s mother’s father.  He was born September 18, 1882 in Sandwich West Township, Essex County, Ontario, which would become modern day Windsor.  He was baptised at Assumption church the same day as he was born, and his Godparents were Louis Mailloux and Julienne Gignac.

I found his baptism record in Assumption’s church books, which are part of the Ontario Drouin Collection, an effort by the Institut Généalogique Drouin to microfilm French Catholic church records. The Drouin Collection is available on Ancestry.com.

Ancestor Story: Edmond Langlois

My great great grandfather (my father’s father’s mother’s father) Edmond Langlois was born September 17, 1882 in Sandwich West, Essex County, Ontario. His parents were Anthony Langlois and Emma Salome Mailloux. He was baptized “Joseph Elie Edmond” the day after his birth at Assumption church in Sandwich, his godparents were Louis Mailloux and Julienne Gignac.

His father was a farmer, and he also became a farmer. On the census of 1891 when he was 8 years old, he lived with his father, mother, older brother Denis, father’s 65 year old cousin Sophie Belleperche and father’s brother in law, 57 year old Thomas Mailloux, as well as two domiciles, Agnes Reaume and Joseph Dufour. They lived on a lot in Sandwich West Township, North Essex County, part of what would become the city of Windsor, Ontario.

Ten years later in 1901, all the same people resided in the household, minus the domiciles. On October 13, 1903 Edmond married Marie Helene “Lillie” Belleperche in Assumption church. On the 1911 census, Edmond lived at lot 71, 2nd concession in Sandwich West township with his wife, their first two daughters, and his brother Denis.

At the time of the 1921 Census of Canada, Edmond, his wife and their four children lived at 31 Elm Ave. in the city of Windsor. Edmond was employed as a motorman, the driver of an electric street car. Windsor was the first city in Canada to have an electric streetcar system. It was introduced in 1886 and operated until the Great Depression in the 1930’s, when the city could no longer afford to maintain it. Plus, Windsor was now the hub of Canada’s automotive industry, and vehicle ownership was comparatively high, pushing out public transit.

Edmond died December 7, 1952 at age 70.