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 freat), 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”

Rail romance

Via Rail train.
Photograph by Alan Macek (aka en:User:Al guy) on August 13, 2005 of Train #14, the Ocean[en.WP]. from Commons.Wikimedia.Org
I was just noodling about, researching a summer holiday trip to Nova Scotia. Taking the Via Rail trip would take a minimum of 7 days each way, assuming zero train delays/disruptions. And about $1500 to ride economy, not including meals. Or the minimum overnight hotel in Toronto.

Which is somewhat more than the business class airfare on Air Canada which does the round trip in 16 hours.