Frustrations

It is winter. It is winter and I want to work on a little boat. It is winter and I want to work on a little boat, and where possible I want to ‘buy local’. And the first thing I want to buy local is a heater, but the only portable electric heater made in Canada I can find is not for sale in Canada.

Even the OEM website only sells to US postal codes in US dollars.

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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]. Continue reading “Searching for Louise Rivet”

Jean Guyon, Sieur du Buisson, 1592-1663, saviour of western civilization

Jean Guyon[G, en.WP] is one of those historic figures you do not hear much about. He was a master mason, accomplished some works which still exist today (not a small feat), immigrated to Nouvelle-France[fr.WP].

But his primary contribution to history was fathering 10 children, of whom 8 produced another generation. Continue reading “Jean Guyon, Sieur du Buisson, 1592-1663, saviour of western civilization”