Édouard Jalbert & Luce Vaillancourt

Baptismal record for Edouard Jalbert Baptismal record of Edouard Jalbert.
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 (92.) 1. Édouard JALBERT was born on 3 Feb 1809 in St-Jean-Port-Joli, Québec, and was baptized the following day. His godparents were Eucher Tremblé ((who signed the register) and Marie Magdeleine Gagnon..

He was married to Luci (Luce) VAILLANCOURT (daughter of Jean Baptiste VAILLANCOURT and Marie-Rose DUBÉ) on 21 Sep 1827 in St-Jean-Port-Joli, Québec.(5)

(93.) Luci (Luce) VAILLANCOURT was born and baptized on 9 Nov 1811 in St-Jean-Port-Joli, Québec. (6)

The family appeared in the 1831 Census of Lower Canada, in Rivière-du-Loup, Kamouraska County; Édouard was aged between 21 and 30 in a household with two children under 5; one child between 5 and 14; and his wife (between 14 and 45 years).

Sometime between 1836 and 1839 the family moved to the upper St. John River valley, in what was then territory disputed between the United States and Great Britain (now located in northern Aroostook County, Maine).

Map of farms along upper St. John River
Map of land holdings along upper St.John River, St. Francis
Plantation and Saint John Plantation, probably about
1870-1880. Blue arrow points to holdings of "E. Gilbert",
or Édouard Jalbert, in St. John Plantation. Two lots eastward is
listed "F. Gilbert," probably Édouard's son François Régis
(Frank). Thanks to Maynard Jalbert.

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In 1839 they settled on land "west of the 7th Range of townships," on a river lot on the south shore of the St. John River, in what is today St.John Plantation. By 1844 Édouard owned 148.12 acres there, of which he had cleared 6 acres.(138)  This is where the family settled, and where Édouard and Luce seem to have spent the rest of their lives.

The family appeared on the 1850 US census in Hancock Plantation, as Edwd. LBaire, age 42, Lucie (age 39), Dagon (18), Soloma (15), Oliva (12), Flora (10), Joseph (3), and Francis (1).(US Census, Aroostook Co., Maine, p.126a. The census taker wrote the name "Albert" phonetically, as "LBare"; apparently he heard Jalbert as Albert).

The family appeared on the 1860 US census in Township 17, Range 8, Aroostook, Maine,(1) as Edward Gilbert, aged 51, farmer, real estate worth $300, personal estate worth $550; wife Lucy, age 48; son Flavie, age 19; son Joseph, age 12; son Francis, age 11; son John B., age 8. They appeared in the 1870 US census in St. John Plantation, Aroostook, Maine,(2) as Edward Gilbert, age 62, farmer, with real estate worth $600; wife Lucy, aged 58; and son John Baptist, aged 19. In the 1880 US census in St. John Plantation, Aroostook, Maine, (3) they appeared as Edward Gilbert, age 75, farmer, and his wife L., aged 69.

Édouard Jalbert died on 28 Jun 1881, and was buried in Fort Kent, Maine.(4)  Luce died sometime after 1885 (she was still alive in 1885 when she was godmother for her grandson Joseph's baptism.). (4)

Édouard JALBERT and Luci (Luce) VAILLANCOURT had the following children:

child+2 i. Clementine (Christine) JALBERT.
child3 ii. Marie Olive JALBERT was born on 25 Feb 1830 in Rivière-du-Loup, Québec. She was baptised on 26 Feb 1830 in St-Patrice Church, Rivière-du-Loup, Québec.(10) Her godparents were Joachim Bélanger and Judith Caron. She died on 10 Nov 1830 in Rivière-du-Loup, Québec, and was buried on 11 Nov 1830. (11)
child4 iii. Fidèle JALBERT was born on 25 Apr 1831 in Rivière-du-Loup, Québec. He was baptised on 2 May 1831 in St-Patrice Church, Rivière-du-Loup, Québec.(12) His godparents were Christope Lemieux and Madeleine Ouellette. He died on 19 Sep 1832, and was buried on 21 Sep 1832 in St-Patrice, Rivière-du-Loup, Québec. (13)
child+5 iv. Marie Radigonde (Seconde) JALBERT.
child+6 v. Marie-Salomée JALBERT.
child+7 vi. Marie Olympe JALBERT.
child+8 vii. Fleurent JALBERT.
child9 viii. Marie-Luce JALBERT was born on 21 Oct 1843, and was baptized on 29 Oct 1843 in Ste-Luce Church, Frenchville, Maine. (14) Her godparents were Theodore Cyr and Eleonore Daigle. She died on 7 Dec 1846. (15) She was buried in Ste-Luce cemetery, Frenchville, Maine on 10 Dec 1846.
child(46.) +10 ix. Joseph JALBERT.
child+11 x. François Régis (Frank) JALBERT.
child+12 xi. Jean Baptiste JALBERT.
child 13 xii. Marie-Rose JALBERT was born on 11 Jun 1853, and was baptized on 21 Jun 1853 at Ste-Luce church by Father Henri Dionne. Her godparents were Isaïe Côté and Édouard Jalbert. [source: Ste-Luce church register, 1853]

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