Wilfred Philip Gagnon & Marie Tardif
"He appeared on the 1900 US census in Frenchville, Maine, as Philippe Gagnon, born May 1890 in Maine, age 10, at school, could not read, write or speak English, living in household of parents Henri and (stepmother) Denise (128).
On his WWI draft registration card, dated 5 Jun 1917, he lists himself as a self-employed farmer, married with three children. He is described as having blue eyes and dark brown hair, and no disabilities. [Registration Card, no.32 (stamped 18-2-2.A), Frenchville, Maine, June 5, 1917].
He appeared on the 1920 US census in Frenchville, as Philip Gagnon, age 29, owned his home free of mortgage, could read and write, was a farmer on a general farm, and an employer. (Reference to farm schedule no.122.) He was living in household with wife Marie (26), and children Wilfred (6), Henri (5), Cecile (3), Lewis (2), and Lorenzo (7 months).(129)
He appeared in the 1930 US census in Frenchville, as Phillip H. Gagnon, age 39, married at age 22, owned his home, was living on a farm, could read and write, born in Maine, both parents born in Maine,could speak English, working as a farmer (p.235, sheet b) (for an image of that census return see below).
He worked as a farmer; the farm was located on Fourth Settlement Road in Upper Frenchville. The family lived on the farm until about 1940 when they moved into a house on the main road in Upper Frenchville. He was also known as Philip H. Gagnon; the "H" standing for "Henri," his father's name. He died on 25 Sep 1965 in Caribou, Maine, and was buried on 29 Sep 1965 in Ste-Luce cemetery, Frenchville, Maine.
Philip GAGNON was married to Marie TARDIF (daughter of Simon TARDIF and Victoria CHAMBERLAND) on 7 Jan 1913 in St. Agatha, Maine.
(9.) Marie TARDIF was born on 9 Apr 1890 in St. Agatha, Maine. She was baptized on 9 Apr 1890 in Ste-Luce Church, Frenchville, Maine. Her godparents were Antoine Tardif and Marianne Ouellette; she was baptized by Fr. Charles Swerron. She was a school teacher from 1910 to 1913 in St. Agatha, Maine.
She appeared on the 1920 US census in Frenchville, Maine, as Marie Gagnon, age 26, could read and write, living in household with husband Philip Gagnon and children Wilfred, Henri, Cecile, Lewis, and Lorenzo.(130) She appeared on the 1930 US census as Marie Gagnon, age 36, married at age 19, could read and write, born in Maine as were both her parents, could speak English (for image of this census page see below).
She died on 17 Oct 1950 in Frenchville, Maine. She was buried on 20 Oct 1950 in Ste-Luce cemetery, Frenchville, Maine.
Wilfred Philip GAGNON and Marie TARDIF had the following children:
119 i. Wilfred Léonide GAGNON(32) was born on 17 Oct 1913 in Upper Frenchville, Maine. He was baptized on 17 Oct 1913 in Ste-Luce church, Frenchville, Maine.(32) Godparents were Simon Tardif and Victoria Chamberlain, maternal grandparents. He appeared on the census in 1920 in Frenchville, Maine. (131) Listed as Wilfred Gagnon, age 6, living in his parents' household (Philip and Marie Gagnon). He died on 24 Aug 1929, "au sanatorium" according to Fr. Laventure who presided over his burial on 26 Aug 1929 in Ste-Luce cemetery.
123 v. Lorenzo GAGNON(133) was born on 21 May 1919 in Frenchville, Maine. He was baptized on 21 May 1919 in Ste-Luce church, Frenchville, Maine.(32) Godparents were Thomas Tardif and Anna Gagnon; baptized by Fr. Thomas Bergeron. He appeared on the census in 1920 in Frenchville, Maine.(134) Listed as Lorenzo, age 7 months, living in his parents' household (Philip and Marie Gagnon). He died on 19 Nov 1922 in Frenchville, Maine. He was buried on 20 Nov 1922 in Ste-Luce cemetery, Frenchville, Maine.
Image of the gravestone of Philip, Marie, and the seven of their children who
died in childhood, in Ste-Luce cemetery, Upper Frenchville.
Here is an image of this family's entry in the 1930 US census
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Wilfred Philip GAGNON was married to Emily RINGUETTE (daughter of Florent RINGUETTE and Célanire PICARD) on 25 Nov 1957.
Emily Ringuette was born 25 May 1897 in Rivière Verte, New Brunswick. She was married to Paul DUBÉ (son of Clovis DUBÉ and Marie RINGUETTE) on 31 Jul 1917 at St-Basile. She died on 30 Nov 1965 in Caribou, Maine.
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