Moise Meloche was my great great grandfather. This is an excerpt from the St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic church in Riviere-aux-Canards (Windsor), Ontario, detailing his baptism.
Moise Joseph Thomas Meloche
Le 8 juillet 1900 a de baptise Moise Joseph Thomas ne le 5 du legitime mariage de Henri Meloche et de Cecile Meloche. Parrain et marraine
Remi Meloche et Charlotte Beneteau Elie Bondy et son epouse.
J. Marseille, ptre.
FOURTH CENSUS OF CANADA, 1901
District No.: 60
SubDistrict No.: B
Polling subdivision No.: 3
in: Anderdon Twp
April 5, 1901
Head of Household
Born 10 Oct 1862
Born in Ontario, Canada
Children Alice, Raymond, Ernest, Rose, Lea, Charles and Moses
Here’s an excerpt from the 1901 census of Canada regarding my great great grandfather Moise Meloche and his family. He was just an infant at the time this census was taken, living with his parents Henri and Cecile in Anderdon township, Essex County, Ontario. More specifically, River Canard, where his father earned money as a gamekeeper (in a later census, he is listed as a gamekeeper and a farmer, so I think we can assume they had crops as well).
Interestingly, due to it’s marshy land, River Canard was a popular place for the muskrat farming industry. This may sound a little strange today, but fur trading was still a major industry, and muskrat pelts were a hot commodity! So as a “game keeper” in this area, Henri may have been a muskrat farmer!
I found this record at Ancestry.com, in their 1901 Census of Canada collection.
Port of Detroit, Michigan June 26, 1928
Family Name: Morianti
Given Name: Maddalena
Accompanied by: Husband Arnaldo
Age: 44 years, 7 months
Married or Single: M
Place of Birth: Castelfranco, Italy
Read and write: yes
Languages spoken: Italian
Money shown: None
Last Permanent Residence: Canada, Windsor
Destination: Detroit, Michigan
Passage paid by: Husband
Ever in U.S.: ?
Going to join: Sister Josephine DeGrandis 11821 Russell St, Detroit
Purpose in coming: to visit
Height: 5 ft, 2 inches (?)
Name and address of nearest relative or friend in the country from whence alien came: Friend Mr. Carasin, 331, Wellington St, Windsor
Port of Landing: New York
Date of Landing: 1920
Name of S.S.: Ancona
This is a record of my great great grandmother Maddalena DeGrandis crossing the US/Canada border at Windsor/Detroit, apparently to visit her sister Josephine (Giuseppina in Italian). I am not sure if Josephine really was her biological sister though. I did find records for Giuseppina as well, noting her birthplace as Castelfranco Veneto. However, in her marriage record to an Edward Barduca, her parents are not the same DeGrandis couple in this record as Maddalena’s. Perhaps they were actually cousins?
I found this record on Ancestry.com, in their collection “Detroit Border Crossings and Passenger and Crew Lists, 1905-1957“
Name of Husband: Moise Meloche
Name of Wife: Corinne Bessette
on the 18 day of October, 1920
at the Roman Catholic Church of Loiselleville, Ontario
in the county of Essex
Occupation of Husband: Farmer
Occupation of Wife: Farmer
Bachelor or Widow: B
Spinster or widow: S
Age of Husband: 20
Age of Wife: 17
Religious Denomination: Roman Catholic for both
Full Name of Husband’s Father: Henri Meloche
Full Name of Wife’s Father: Louis Bessette
Occupation of Husband’s Father: Farmer
Occupation of Wife’s Father: Farmer
Name and Maiden Name of Husband’s Mother: Cecile Meloche
Name and Maiden Name of Wife’s Mother: Eliza Gagnon
Names and Addresses of Witnesses: Jose Bessette, Loiselleville, Ont / Stela Meloche, Loiselleville, Ont.
Name, Address and Denomination of Person Solemnizing Marriage: Rev. W. Roy, Loiselleville, Ontario
Moise Meloche and Corinne Bessette are my great great grandparents. They were my father’s mother’s mother’s parents. They lived in an area that is now part of Windsor, Ontario, but back then was called Loiselleville. The community was only called Loiselleville for a short period of time in the early 1900’s, the area was originally Rivière aux Canards, and today is called “River Canard”, an anglicized version. They were married in St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, which still stands today and holds mass in French.
This record was found on Ancestry.com, in their Ontario, Canada, Marriages 1801-1928 collection
SCHEDULE A.- BIRTHS
When Born: Feb 4th, 1882
Name: Mary Ellen
Sex – Male or Female: F
Name and Surname of Father: Henry Belleperche
Name and Maiden Surname of Mother: Mathilde Robert
Rank or Profession of Father: Farmer
Signature, Description and Residence of Informant: Henry Belleperche, Sandwich East
When Registered: Feb 20th
Name of Accoucheur: Mrs. Paquette
Signature of Registrar: Jos. Janisse
Marie Helene (Mary Ellen) Belleperche was my great great grandmother, my father’s father’s mother’s mother. She was born Feb 4, 1882 in Tecumseh, or Sandwich East Township, Essex County, Ontario. Her name, as well as her father’s (Honore is his official name) have been anglicized in this record, which was not uncommon to do.
Her Ontario Birth Registration record was found on Ancestry.com, in their collection “Ontario, Canada, Births 1869-1913”.
The headstone of my great great grandfather Arnaldo Morianti and his wife Maddalena (nee DeGrandis) in St. Alphonsus Cemetery, Windsor, Ontario. Photo can be found at Canada GenWebs’ Cemetery Project site.
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.