November 28, 2016

The Civil War and Patrick O'Conner



O'Conner, Patrick, Age: 20, cred. Bennington, VT; service: enl 8/15/61, m/i 9/21/61, Pvt, Co. A, 4th VT INF, pow, Savage's Station, 6/29/62, prld 9/24/62, dis/dsb 10/16/62 Born: abt 1841, Unknown; Died: unknown; Buried: Unknown




From this we gleam that Patrick O'Conner age 20 enlisted in the 4th Vermont Infantry on 8/15/1861 and on 6/29/62 he was taken POW at Savage's Station to be released on 9/4/1862. He was listed as died of disease 10/16/1862




The 4th Regiment, composed of members from the eastern part of the state, was mustered into the U. S. service for a term of three years at Brattleboro, Sep. 21, 1861, and ordered at once to Washington. Co. A was composed mainly of members from Bennington county, and Windsor, Orange, Orleans, Windham, Washington and Caledonia counties were all represented. The regiment spent just a few days at Washington and moved on to join the other Vermont regiments, stationed at Camp Advance, Va. It was assigned to the Vermont Brigade. Gen. W. T. Brooks, 2nd division. Gen. William F. Smith, 6th Corps, and remained with this corps during the entire war. The original members not reenlisted were mustered out, Sep. 30, 1864. and the 1st, 2nd and 3d companies of sharpshooters were assigned to the regiment, Feb. 25, 1865. The losses of the regiment were so heavy that in spite of the large numbers of reenlisted men and recruits, it was consolidated into eight companies on Feb. 25, 1865. The 4th is mentioned by Col. Fox in his "Regimental Losses" as one of the "three hundred fighting regiments." The active service of the command opened with the campaign on the Peninsula early in 1862, followed by the battles of Antietam and Fredericksburg of that year, the "Mud March," Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Mine Run campaign, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, the siege of Petersburg, the campaign against Early in the valley of the Shenandoah in the summer of 1864, and the final capture of Petersburg. The first winter was spent near the Chain bridge over the Potomac ; the second near Falmouth, Va. ; the winter of 1863-64 at Brandy Station, Va., and the final winter in the trenches before Petersburg. In all of the varied services of the Vermont Brigade, the 4th always played its part with steadiness and courage, meeting losses that were almost overwhelming. After the grand review at Washington in May, 1865, the regiment was mustered out (July 13), and received the welcome orders for the homeward journey.

The Battle of Savage's Station took place on June 29, 1862, in Henrico County, Virginia, as fourth of the Seven Days Battles (Peninsula Campaign) of the American Civil War. The main body of the Union Army of the Potomac began a general withdrawal toward the James River. Confederate Brig. Gen. John B. Magruder pursued along the railroad and the Williamsburg Road and struck Maj. Gen. Edwin Vose Sumner's II Corps (the Union rearguard) with three brigades near Savage's Station, while Maj. Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's divisions were stalled north of the Chickahominy River. Union forces continued to withdraw across White Oak Swamp, abandoning supplies and more than 2,500 wounded soldiers in a field hospital.

Initial contact between the armies occurred at 9 a.m. on June 29. On the farm and orchards owned by a Mr. Allen, about 2 miles (3.2 km) west of Savage's Station, two Georgia regiments from the brigade of Brig. Gen. George T. Anderson fought against two Pennsylvania regiments from Sumner's corps for about two hours before disengaging, suffering 28 casualties to the Pennsylvanians' 119. The highest ranking casualty was Confederate Brig. Gen. Richard Griffith, who was mortally wounded by a Union shell fragment.  Magruder, who was alleged to be under the influence of morphine to combat a bout of indigestion, was confused and became concerned that he might be attacked by a superior force. He requested reinforcements from Lee, who ordered two brigades from the division of Maj. Gen. Benjamin Huger to assist, under the condition that they would have to be returned if they were not engaged by 2 p.m.
Meanwhile, Jackson was not advancing as Lee had planned. He was taking time to rebuild bridges over the Chickahominy and he received a garbled order from Lee's chief of staff that made him believe he should stay north of the river and guard the crossings. These failures of the Confederate plan were being matched on the Union side, however. Heintzelman decided on his own that his corps was not needed to defend Savage's Station, Sumner's and Franklin's being sufficient, so he decided to follow the rest of the army without informing his fellow generals.

Magruder was forced to give up the two brigades from Huger's division at 2 p.m. and was faced with the problem of attacking Sumner's 26,600 men with his own 14,000. He hesitated until 5 p.m., when he sent only two and a half brigades forward. Brig. Gen. Joseph B. Kershaw commanded the left flank, Brig. Gen. Paul J. Semmes the center, and Col. William Barksdale (Griffith's Brigade) the right. Franklin and Brig. Gen. John Sedgwick were on a reconnaissance to the west of Savage's Station when they saw Kershaw's brigade approaching. Their immediate assumption was that these were men from Heintzelman's corps, but they soon realized their mistake. This was the first indication of Heintzelman's unannounced departure and Sumner, for one, was particularly outraged, refusing to speak to Heintzelman the following day. Union artillery opened fire and pickets were sent forward to meet the assault


Magruder's attack was accompanied by the first armored railroad battery to be used in combat. Earlier in June, General Lee had hoped to counter the approach of McClellan's siege artillery by rail by using his own weapon: a 32-pounder Brooke naval rifle, shielded by a sloping casemate of railroad iron, nicknamed the "Land Merrimack." It was pushed by a locomotive at about the speed of the marching infantry.  However, even with this impressive weapon, which outgunned anything the Federal artillerists possessed, the results of Magruder's decision to send only part of his smaller force against a much larger enemy were predictable.
The first Union unit to engage was one of Sedgwick's brigades, Philadelphians led by Brig. Gen. William W. Burns, but his defensive line proved inadequate to cover the two brigade front of Kershaw and Semmes. Sumner managed this part of the battle erratically, selecting regiments for combat almost at random. He sent in two of Burns's regiments, and then the 1st Minnesota Infantry from another brigade in Sedgwick's division, and finally one regiment each from two different brigades in Brig. Gen. Israel B. Richardson's division. By the time all of these units reached the front, the two sides were at rough parity—two brigades each. Although Magruder had been conservative about his attack, Sumner was even more so. Of the 26 regiments he had in his corps, only 10 were engaged at Savage's Station.


The fighting turned into a bloody stalemate as darkness fell and strong thunderstorms began to move in. The Land Merrimack bombarded the Union front, with some of its shells reaching as far to the rear as the field hospital. The final actions of the evening were by the Vermont Brigade, commanded by Colonel William T. H. Brooks, of Brig. Gen. William F. "Baldy" Smith's division. Attempting to hold the flank south of the Williamsburg Road, the Vermonters charged into the woods and were met with murderous fire, suffering more casualties of any brigade on the field that day.  The battle was a stalemate at the cost of about 1,500 casualties on both sides, plus 2,500 previously wounded Union soldiers who were left to be captured when their field hospital was evacuated.

Patrick O'Conner was brother to Anne O'Conner our great great grandmother.  Anne married Thomas Lynch.  Daughter Mary Lynch married James Keefe.  Their daughter was our grandmother Josephine Keefe.

Books to read:  My Name Is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira

[Republished from October 2011]

December 4, 2015

Benjamin Hanks & Abigail Heiford Descendants

All of the branches of the Hanks Family in England and America seem to have come from the town of Malmesbury in Wiltshire.  

The Hanks family was an inventive group. At one time, they became the Nations largest producers of silk by importing the first mulberry trees from England and planting them in Connecticut and raising silk worms. Soon they invented and improved the apparatus for making silk into thread and constructed the first powered silk mill in the United States. The family built numerous forges 



 Benjamin Hanks migrated to New England about 1699. Benjamin Hanks married about 1700 Abigail Heiford daughter of John Heiford and Abigail  Albins. There is some confusion with LDS on the marriage of Abigail Heiford to a Thomas Washburn, this was Abigail Atkins Heiford not her daughter Abigail Heiford.  Benjamin Hanks and Abigail Heiford had 12 children.  Abigail died in 1726 and Benjamin remarried Mary Corbison Ripley widow of William Ripley.

Benjamin Hanks, Jr. son of Benjamin Hanks and Abigail Heiford was born July 16, 1702. He married Mary White in Pembroke Marshfield, MA, 23 Apr. 1724. Mary was the daughter of John Hanks' good friend Richard White. They moved to Sasquish Island (now Sasquish Head). On 1 May 1746 Benjamin Hanks of Plymouth, yeoman, for 275 lbs., sold to Lazarus LeBaron of Plymouth, physician, the whole of Saquish Island, together with a pew in the North West Gallery in the Meeting House of the first Precinct in the Town of Plymouth said Pew is a Wall Pew being in Number 14, and 10 acres of land in Duxbury; and his wife Mary released her rights of dower.This deed was recorded 13 May 1746. (Plymouth Deeds,: 56.) About 1746 Benjamin Hanks moved with his family from Plymouth to Mansfield, CT, where he had bought land in 1737. There at Chestnut Hill, afterwards known as Hanks Hill, he built the spacious house which is still standing and has always been known as "The Mansion House." It is an old fashioned house, with fourteen rooms on the ground floor, a great Iron frame in the sitting room, and in the parlor beyond panels three feet wide, brought from England.The parish records of Mansfield show that Benjamin Hank's wife "Mary White Hanks united with the first Congregational Church in Mansfield in 1746 having that same year sold their pew, No. 14, of the Meeting House of the first precinct in Plymouth." In "The Mansion House" on Hanks Hill, Mansfield, Benjamin Hanks lived the remainder of his life, and there he died some forty years after his removal to Connecticut. At his death he owned considerable land and many cattle.












Benjamin Hanks died in 1787 and his wife Mary dies in 1772. 


Uriah Hanks  son of Benjamin Hanks and Mary White was born 1736.   He married Irene Case daughter of Benjamin Case and Mary Manning March 18, 1755.  Uriah Hanks was the son of Benjamin and Mary White. During the Revolution, he made gunlocks, and is eligible to be claimed as a DAR or SAR patriot.  Uriah was said to be a large man, 6' 4" tall and to have born a resemblance to Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln's mother was a Hanks, but not closely related.  Uriah died on July 4, 1809 in Mansfield, CT and is buried in Storrs.   Irene died in 1807.


Benjamin Hanks, III was born October 29, 1755 in Mansfield CT to Uriah Hanks and Irene Case.   He married Alice Hovey daughter of Daniel Hovey and Elizabeth Slapp about 1775 in Windham, CT. He served as a drummer in Revolutionary War. In addition to clock making business, carried on goldsmith trade; made stockings, looms, compasses, brass cannon and large church bells. In 1779 removed to Litchfield, where in 1780 he built his home from which he carried on his business until 1790. His home served as one of Litchfield's early hotels. Removed to Mansfield CT where he "continued to make Clocks and Bells." In 1793 sold Amherst church its first bell. Set up second foundry for bell casting in Troy NY with son Truman, under firm name of BENJAMIN HANKS & SON. Received exclusive rights at October session of 1783 General Assembly to sell clocks wound by air. 





It is recorded that Benjamin learned the clockmaking trade from Thomas Harland, a noted Norwich clockmaker. Benjamin must have arrived at Harland’s doorstep with a solid mechanical background because his service with Harland had to be unusually short. Harland doesn’t arrive in Norwich until 1773 and Benjamin is said have been in the Boston area just before April of 1775. Why, well it is recorded that Benjamin served as a drummer during the Revolution and, in that role, took part in the march to Lexington in response to Paul Revere’s alarm. Shortly after, he enlisted or was assigned into General Israel Putnam’s Third Connecticut Regiment. Putnam was originally from Danvers, Massachusetts and move to Pomfret, CT in order to peruse inexpensive land. Putnam rushed north when he received news of the Battle at Lexington and Concord and joined the Patriot cause. He was a primary figure at the Battle of Bunker Hill. Perhaps Benjamin knew Putnam from his time in Connecticut? During this tumultuous time in our Country’s history, Hanks is said to have spent time working in a foundry owned by Paul Revere during and after the war. And yet, he still had time to married Alice Hovey about 1775 in Windham CT. (Alice Hovey was born on 15 Dec 1754 in Mansfield Center CT, christened on 19 Jan 1755 in Mansfield Center CT and died in Troy NY.


By 1777, at the age of twenty-two, Benjamin Hanks advertises form Windham, Connecticut as a Clock and Watchmaker and that he continued in the metal-smith’s trade making (according to an advertisement from the late 1770s) spurs, buckles, beads, hilts, clocks and watches, as well as general silver and gold work. In 1780, Benjamin moves to Litchfield, CT and builds a house and shop at 39 South Street to carry on his businesses. It is in the town of Litchfield that he performs the following accomplishments. Shortly after the move Benjamin is awarded the contract to make the clock for the Old Dutch Church at Nassau and Liberty Streets in New York City. In 1783, he petitioned the General Assembly for a patent for his invention of a clock wound automatically by air, and in 1785 advertised his clocks, Church clocks, pneumatic clocks, watches with center sweep seconds, surveyors’ compasses, etc. In 1786 he established a foundry and began casting large church bells. On the 6th of August 1787, Benjamin installs a bell in the Litchfield meeting house. The original one was broken. This bell was paid for by the society. In early 1790 he set up a “Brazier’s business.” In 1790, Benjamin moves to Mansfield where he continued to make clocks, bells and carried on the woolen business. In 1808 he and his son Truman form a partnership in the bell business and build a foundry in Troy, NY. The foundry made an assortment of items, including tower clocks, surveying tools, and church bells. One young man apprenticed at the Hanks’ West Troy foundry was Andrew Meneely who would later establish his own foundry in Troy and become one of America’s leading bell-makers.   Meneely is also buried in the Rural Cemetery in a family lot on the Middle Ridge. On the 4th of November, Benjamin was granted a patent for “Molding and Casting bells.”


Benjamin died 14 December 1824 in West Troy NY.  He is bury in Menands, Albany County New York.  Alice died January 27, 1836 in Troy NY.

Horatio Hanks was born October 1790 in Windham, CT to Benjamin Hanks and Alice Hovey.  He was a twin to sister Marcia who married Isaac Ooothout.  He married Jershua Freeman daughter of Frederick Freeman and Abigail Thompson in 1811.  Jershua is a possible descendant of William Brewster.

In 1810 Horatio Hanks erected with his uncle Rodney Hanks the first silk mill in america, where they began the manufacture of sewing silk and twist by means of machinery made by themselves and propelled by water power.  Until 1816 he lived in Mansfield, Connecticut, when he moved to West Troy, New York, where his father, Col. Benjamin Hanks, and his brother Julius were engaged in manufacturing bells, clocks, and mathematical instruments.  He remained with them until 1818, when he moved to Auburn, N.Y., and established himself as a manufacturer of jewels, theodolitis, transits, surveyors' compasses and other mechanical instruments.

 About 1826 he returned to Troy and began the manufacture of steam engines.  He afterwards engaged in the same business in Mattawan, Albany and New York.  in 1836 he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, and went into business with Lucien B. Hanks and Jonathan S. Niles who were doing a large business in putting up cotton presses throughout the South.  in 1838 he moved to New Berne, N.C., where he bought a large saw mill and where he invented and first used the buzz saw.  He died in 1838 in Missisippi of typhoid fever.  Jershua Freeman died about 1856.



He had a patent:   HANKS, H. ET AL; FLAT BOILERS FOR GENERATING STEAM; NEW YORK NY 11 JUN 1829.

Sophronia Charlotte Hanks was born 10 March 1813 in Mansfield CT to Horatio Hanks and Jershua Freeman.  She married Orrin Trufant  son of David Trufant and Lydia Beal of Weymouth on September 19 1833 in Craven County, North Carolina.  In 1837 a daughter Lydia was born.  They remained in North Carolina until about 1838 when her father died and the relocated to New York where a son Edwin was born in 1839.  By 1843 their son Edgar* was born in Weymouth, MA.    Tragically Lydia died in 1859 in Weymouth and Edwin was killed  on April 2, 1863 in Gettysburg, PA during the Civil War.  Sophronia died 1 March 1887 in Braintree, MA.  Orrin died 5 March 1865 in Braintree.  



*Great Great Grandfather of David Reynolds
See also http://thibaultpinckneyreynolds.blogspot.com/2012/03/mayflower-descendant.html
http://thibaultpinckneyreynolds.blogspot.com/2013/08/presidential-relationships.html

February 27, 2015

Murder in Wrentham

For over 25 years a grave stone in a graveyard behind an Italian restaurant in Wrentham MA haunted me.  On the gravestone were the words "Died from wounds received at the hands or her husband".  I wondered what happened that made the parents so angry as to put for all eternity these words on the stone of their beloved daughter.  She was only 21.  Today I discovered what happened.  The article of the times places blame on Caroline.  I want to note, the blame belongs in the hands of her husband and no other.  No matter what she might have done, she didn't deserve to die.  Census of 1860 George was in prison in Charlestown.


"Died Sept. 13, 1857 
from wounds received at
the hands of her husband”
From the Dedham Gazette on October 3, 1857:
"Caroline was killed by a shotgun blast to the chest in her mother’s home on West Street, on September 13, 1857, by her husband George who believed her to be unfaithful with a peddler by the name of Barrows.

George was a farm laborer, who worked on the farm of John A. Craig, Esg. a former Wrentham Selectman, who lived at 566 West Street.

He had previously separated from his wife after heated arguments but they were later re-united.

Caroline had know George from their schooldays. She had also known a somewhat older man, a peddler by the name of Barrows. At 20 years of age with with short curling hair, Caroline was considered beautiful, but had a bad reputation.

On the day of the murder George Lewis and the peddler Barrows had an argument and George went home in a rage, confronted his wife and struck her several times in the eye and face. She managed to escape with a horse and wagon and went to her mother’s home. George got a shotgun and followed her on his other horse. When George found his wife in the house he fired at her and missed, but the second shot hit her in the chest and knocked her to the floor. He then used the gun as a club and struck her in the head killing her outright.

When it was over he went to the farm of his employer and reported what he had done.

George R. Lewis was reportedly a mild and inoffensive man and had always Bourne a good character even though his mother had been divorced and married a black.

The sympathy of the people of Wrentham were with him at the time of the trial. He pled guilty to manslaughter.”

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSsr=161&GScid=2280175&GRid=131382333&


January 4, 2015

85 Years ago today.....

...this little boy was born.  





Remembering Dad January 4, 1930 - December 10, 2009

May 24, 2014

Remarks of Remembrance

Remarks of Remembrance
Helen E. Thibault
11/14/1929-5/12/2014


Thank you all for being here to share with us in remembering Helen. Helen valued her relationships with family, she was a daughter, a sister, a beloved wife, a mother, an aunt, a mother-in-law, and as I knew her a loving Grandmother – Grammy.

She was a woman of unwavering faith who valued the church, its teachings, and its community. Helen, was a modest woman, who had strong morals and convictions, and who lived by them – to paraphrase a remark I heard her sister Laurie make, she always “did right”.

As my Aunt Marie pointed out, Helen lived a long life, through challenging and changing times, from the Depression, to World War II, to the Baby Boom and beyond. She experienced the impact of these world events as well as the personal struggles and joys, - the ups and downs of life - and felt them all deeply.

I would be remiss if I did not mention Grammy’s love of reading; novels, biographies, the Globe – always learning- or her enviable garden of blooms. We will all miss her unsurpassable apple pie crust, and the comfort brought by a bite of her chocolate chip cookies.

I admire her travels, whether it was stories of she and Grampy packing up the kids for some time at the beach, or to theme parks with grandkids – where she always rode the thrill rides, romantic getaways with Grampy to Hawaii or on a cruise, the adventures of church trips across Europe and Canada, and in later years, relaxing visits with family.

But what I keep coming back to, what I am hearing repeatedly from others, what is evident throughout her life, is that Grammy loved - and was loved- by her family.

She and her husband Joe – Grampy, loved each other immensely, I’ll remember how she carefully prepared cups of tea for Grampy after dinner, and secretly reading the greeting cards they wrote to each other displayed in the living room, full of personal, handwritten, sweet, romantic sentiments, which sometimes caused me to blush and cry simultaneously

We were all blessed by her unconditional love and support. She welcomed new family members – children, nieces, nephews, spouses, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, expected or a surprise- biological or otherwise – lovingly with open arms, happy to share in their lives.

She was always connected to her family; she looked forward to and recounted excitedly her frequent trips to the movies with her sister, Laurie. She sent cards at every holiday, and even learned to email.  Her telephone conversations were prolific – she had a regularly scheduled nightly phone call with her daughter Janice. My cousin Erica reflected on their 2-hour long telephone gab sessions, and I’m sure Gram loved every second of catching up.

She let you know that you were important, that you were cared for, my mother remembers Grammy never ended a telephone call without saying I love you. I am sure many others here today have memories of her detailed conversations, how she delighted in hearing about your recent updates in life and telling you about her own.  

She was always there along the way to share in our triumphs, comfort us through illnesses, and support us through hardships, no matter what.

We all had special moments with her, whether she stood proud with you at first communion, an athletic contest, a concert, your graduation, your wedding, or simply read a story with you, played a game, took you to the movies, went to the park and pushed you on the swings, or lovingly gave you a hug. In her final days she was tired, preparing for rest, but was still Wowed by a photo of her great-granddaughter, Emily, on her way to prom.

Many more special moments will come in our lives, I hope we all know that she is proud of us, that her spirit is with each of us, through successes, and trying times. From Gram’s life, let’s take with us the importance of family, of connection, of opening our arms, and loving without conditions.

May we be at peace by the knowledge that her love and care for other was returned, that she was cared for and surrounded by family through the end, that she is rested, without pain, and together again with the love of her life.

May we live our lives to love, remember, and honor, Helen, Mom, Grammy.

Thank you.

Remembrance eulogy given May 16, 2014 by Jackie Knoblock

January 10, 2014

It's a small world...

Last night I was looking over my husband's tree and was trying to find information on his grandmother's side of the family.  I found her great grandparents and then found a dit name that sounded very familiar.  Further research led to the first of the family to enter from France then to his parents.  I went to my tree and found the familiar dit name and went up that side of the tree further than I had previously and found the same couple.  On further examination I found their son, who I found in my husband's tree, was married 3 times.  His first wife died and he married my 8th great grandmother.  She later died and he married my husband's 7th great grandmother.  This man is my 8th great grandfather and my husband's 7th great grandfather.  This is probably not unusual in the sense that many French-Canadian's are related except for the fact that this is the only French Canadian line in his mothers family of mostly Mayflower descendants and other English immigrants.    I told my husband but I don't think he was thrilled ;-)

November 22, 2013

Hélène Desportes

Hélène  Desportes is our first double grandmother.  Her first marriage was to Guillaume (William) Hebert son of Louis Hebert and Marie Rollett.  Guillaume was born in Paris in 1604 and emigrated in 1617 at the age of 13 with his parents and siblings.  He was the grandson of Nicholas Hebert apothocary to Catherine DeMedici.   His father Louis was an apothocary and friend to Samuel Champlain.  The circumstances of their arrival was deceitful.  Having been offered the position of physician receiving 200 pounds for 3 years he was met with a new contract that he would receive only one hundred crowns a year for three years and when the contract expired, he must serve the Company and Exclusively for nothing. He Was forbidden to engage in the fur trade and if he farmed, he must sell to the company at prices they would fix.  Having sold his apothocary business in Paris he was forced to accept.

Back to Hélène Desportes our double grandmother.  Hélène was born in about 20 July 1620 in Quebec who may or may not have been the first white child born in Quebec.  There is some dispute whether she was born in Quebec or France. Hélène was daughter of Pierre Desportes and Francois Langlais.  Her godmother was Madame Hélène Boullé, the wife of Samuel de Champlain. In his will, Champlain left her 300 livres (about $15,000 in 1997).  After the fall of Québec City in 1629, Hélène and her parents, along with Champlain were transported to London, and then back to France. Shortly after peace was restored in 1632, Hélène returned to Québec, possibly with Champlain who arrived back in Québec on May 16, 1633.

On the first of October 1634, Hélène married Joseph Guillaume Hébert, son of Louis Hébert and Marie Rollet. Joseph's family had remained in Québec during the occupation and had the first farm there. His father Louis Hébert had been involved in early expeditions to Port Royal with Champlain and others.  Helene and Guillaume had 3 children:  Joseph, Angelique and Marie Francois.   Marie Francois married Guilaume Fornier who were our 9th great grandparents down to our Great Grandfather Magloire Thibault.  Marie Desportes was our 10th great grandmother on this side of the tree.

After Joseph Hebert died in 1639, Hélène was left with three living children. She then married Noël Morin, a native of the parish of St-Étienne in Brie-Comte-Robert, a village near Paris, on January 9, 1640, in Quebec City. They had 12 children one of who was Agnes Morin who married Ignace Bonhomme dit Beaupre.  They were our 8th great grandparents down to our Great Grandmother Delia Beaulieu.  Marie Desportes was our 9th great grandmother on this side of the tree.

This makes Marie Deportes our 10th Great Grandmother on the Thibault side of the tree and our 9th great grandmother on the Beaulieu side of the tree making Delia and Magloire distant cousins.