Searching for Louise Rivet

Microfilm image of hand-written registry.
Drouin collection, Joliette, St-Melanie, 1843, feuillet 14.

Timothee Neveu[G] married Emerentienne Tessier[G] on 21 November 1843, and they are the great-x5-grandparents of my children. Which is pretty cool.

But Emerentienne was not Timothee’s first wife. In the marriage record written by the priest R. Robert he is listed as ‘veuf majeur’, a phrase whose meaning is… obscure, of Louise Rivet[G].

Timothee Neveu was born  the night of 24 January, 1817. The next day he was baptized at St. Jacques de l’Achigan the son of legitimate marriage of Louis Neveu and Charlotte  Beauquin. The name of this parish intrigues me. l’Achigan[en.WT] is a clipping of malachigan from Ojibwe. I think the very idea of a borrowing from Ojibwe is super cool.

Drouin collection, Joliette, St. Paul, 1841, feuillet 9

Between his baptism and marriage in 1843 to Emerentienne we had no other documentation, so I started searching. It required some reverse thinking to find, but there it was… a marriage record for “Shimothee Leneven” and Lousie Rivet, le vingt deux de Fevrier, 1841, at St. Paul’s in Joliette, Québéc. Transcription errors from these old Québecois records are common, but this one was a bit unreasonable.

One of the key things this threw into question, however, was were there any children?

Yes. At least one, Théophile[G], was born and baptised 1841 at Saint-Ambroise-de-Kildare. Though raised by Emerentienne, he was born of Louise. In my research I have run across family trees listing an oldest son Pierre/Peter reported born 1843, but I do not have any evidence of his birth yet.

And there is another mystery: where did Louise go? It seems likely she died between the birth of Théophile and the marriage to Emerentienne 23 months later. But we have no evidence.