Michel Gagnon and Charlotte Charest


Michel GAGNON was born about 1803. He was married to Charlotte CHAREST (daughter of Michel CHAREST and Marie-Louise BOUCHER) on 15 Apr 1828 in Kamouraska. They moved from Kamouraska to Madawaska in June 1831.

Record of marriage of Michel Gagnon and Charlotte Charest (click on image for larger view)
Marriage record: Michel Gagnon & Charlotte Charest
(Thanks to Raymond A. Page, Jr. for this image)
 

Translation of marriage record:

The 15th of April 1828, after the publication of three banns of marriage announced at our parish masses, between Michel Gagnon, farmer, adult son of Jean-Michel Gagnon, blacksmith, and of the late Marie Tardif, his mother and father, of this parish, and of Marie-Charlotte Chorette, minor daughter of the late Michel Chorette and of Marie-Louis Boucher, her father and mother, also of this parish, We, the undersigned priest, not having discovered any obstacle to this marriage, have received their mutual consent, and have given them the nuptial blessing with the present ceremonies of our mother the Holy Catholic Church, in the presence and consent of Jean-Marie Landry, friend of the groom, Cyprien Phocas, also his friend; of Laurent-Paschal Fortin, step-father of the bride and of Charles Pelletier, her friend, who, along with the couple, declared that they did not know how to sign their names.

 

Michel and his family appear to first have stayed with his half-brother Prospère, since Michel and Charlotte's daughter Céleste is recorded as having been born at Ste-Luce, the location of a chapel in what is today Frenchville, which is where Prospère and his family settled.  Neither Prospère nor Michel appeared in the 1831 survey of Madawaska, taken in July and August of that year, probably because they did not own any land, and the survey dealt mostly with land ownership (the 1833 census lists both of them as "tenants").

By November 1833, Michel and his family were living in the area of St-Léonard on the north bank of the St.John; he appears in the 1833 New Brunswick Census of Madawaska (p.5), as Michael Gagnion, living with his wife, one boy and one girl, and is described as a "tenant", that is, as not owning his own land. He had sown 5 bushels of potatoes and harvested 80. He did not sow any other crops, nor did he own any livestock. He, like about one-third of the households of the Madawaska Settlement, was listed as "poor"and as "requiring immediate assistance."

The family appeared in the 1851 New Brunswick census, in St.Léonard, p.10. Michel is listed as 50 years old, Charlotte as 44, living with their nine children. Michel's profession is listed as "farmer-proprietor." He is listed as having come to New Brunswick in June 1831. Michel appeared in the 1861 New Brunswick census in St. Léonard, p.6, aged 61, "Canadian," Roman Catholic, Farmer, living with wife Charlotte (age 55, born in Canada) and 8 children. (Poitras, "Recensement 1861 Census, Comté de Victoria," p.194)

Michel GAGNON died 19 May 1889 in Grand Falls, New Brunswick, and was buried the following day in the Assumption Church cemetery in Grand Falls. Charlotte CHAREST died on 28 Jun 1891 at the age of 84, and was also buried in Assumption Cemetery in Grand Falls.

Michel GAGNON and Charlotte CHAREST had the following children:

    i. Hilaire GAGNON was born on 6 Jun 1830 in Kamouraska, Québec. He was married to Basilisse MICHAUD (daughter of Isaac MICHAUD and Suzanne SANSFAÇON) on 11 Sep 1857 in Van Buren, Maine. He appears in the 1861 New Brunswick census in St.Léonard, p.2, which lists him as being born in Canada (Québec). Hilaire GAGNON died on 11 May 1899 in Grand Falls, New Brunswick.
  ii. Céleste GAGNON was born on 18 Dec 1831 at Ste-Luce, and was baptized at St-Basile. She was married to Thomas PELLETIER (son of Joseph PELLETIER and Angélique PELLETIER) on 21 Oct 1850 in Van Buren, Maine. She appeared in the 1851 New Brunswick census in St.Léonard, p.5. She appeared in the 1861 New Brunswick census in St.Léonard, p.5. In both she is listed as being a "native" born in New Brunswick. Céleste GAGNON died on 25 Jun 1921 in St-André, New Brunswick.
iii. Marie GAGNON was born on 22 Dec 1834 and baptized at St-Bruno Church in what is today Van Buren, Maine.
 iv. Urbain GAGNON was born about 1836. He was married to Marie RIVEST (daughter of Adélaïde RIVEST) 8 Oct 1866 in Van Buren, Maine.
v. Damase GAGNON was born about 1840. He was married to Marguerite POWERS (daughter of Thomas POWERS and Helen FARRELL) on 2 Oct 1850 at Van Buren.
 vi. David GAGNON was baptized on 16 Feb 1840 at St.Bruno's Church, Van Buren, Maine. He was married to Marie-Anne MAZEROLLE (daughter of François MAZEROLLE and Angélique PARENT) on 18 Oct 1868 in Van Buren. He was married to Angélique LAFOREST (dauther of Pierre LAFOREST and Angélique CASTONGUAY) on 3 Nov 1883 in Caribou, Maine.
 vii. Hubert GAGNON was baptized on 11 Jun 1842 at St. Bruno's Church, Van Buren, Maine.
 viii. Alexandre GAGNON was baptized on 19 May 1845 at St. Bruno's Church, Van Buren, Maine.
  ix. Demerise GAGNON was baptized on 28 May 1847 at St. Bruno's Church, Van Buren, Maine. She was married to William MICHAUD (son of Dominique MICHAUD and Suzanne ROY) on 28 Aug 1900 at Grand Falls, New Brunswick.
  xi. Joseph GAGNON was baptized on 16 Mar 1849 at St. Bruno's Church, Van Buren, Maine. He was married to Marie MICHAUD (daughter of Isaac MICHAUD and Suzanne SANSFAÇON) on 27 Apr 1872 in Van Buren, Maine. He was married to Euphemie RAYMOND (daughter of Bénoni RAYMOND and Charlotte LAVOIE) on 13 Feb 1882 in Caribou, Maine. He was married to Modeste CORBIN (daughter of Guillaume CORBIN and Lucie RINGUETTE) on 3 Nov 1890 in Parent, New Brunswick.
  xii. Michel GAGNON was baptized on 1 Jun 1851 at St. Bruno's Church, Van Buren, Maine.
  xiii. Pierre GAGNON was baptized on 23 May 1852 at St. Bruno's Church, Van Buren, Maine. He was married to Marcelline BERNIER (daughter of Marcel-François BERNIER and Julienne SANSFAÇON) on 19 Jun 1871 in Grand Falls, New Brunswick.
 xii. Thomas GAGNON was baptized on 7 Apr 1853 in St-Leonard, Victoria Co., New Brunswick. He was married to Bibianne MICHAUD (daughter of Isaac MICHAUD and Suzanne CONSINGY dite SANSFAÇON) on 21 Jul 1873 at Assumption Church in Grand Falls, New Brunswick.

For information on further descendants of this family, see the website of Ray Page

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Note: The Dictionnaire Généalogique de Madawaska includes an Élisabeth Gagnon as a child of Michel and Charlotte:
  Élisabeth Anne GAGNON was married to Pierre ROSSIGNOL (son of Alexandre ROSSIGNOL and Angélique CARON) on 26 May 1867 in Van Buren, Maine.

However she is not listed among their children baptized at St. Bruno's church, where their previous and subsequent children were baptized, nor is there an Élisabeth listed with this family in the 1861 New Brunswick census.
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