Ancestral Notes

My Family History blog

Who Was Harriet’s Father?

I have recently found my 3rd great-grandfather’s obituary in The Essex Free Press. Linus Clark Doan was married three times and had eight surviving children. The mystery is that one of the surviving children, Allen Clark, or AC as he was known, (my maternal great-great-grandfather) swore out an affidavit that he was the uncle of my granduncle, Harriet’s son, and was present shortly after his birth, but there’s no mention in the obituary of my paternal great-grandmother, Harriet Fernetta Doan.

I looked in the archives for my great-grandmother’s obituary because it might solve the mysery of who her parents were. The front page of the paper where it is doesn’t display, just an error page. I know it’s there because the death announcement is in the paper. I can even see a thumbnail of the front page so I know it is on microfilm.

What I do know about Harriet Fernetta Doan Hines is in the censuses. She was born in Ohio on December 4th, 1854 and came to Ontario in 1855. She was married on May 18, 1872 to John Haines in Welland, Ontario. By 1891 census the family was in Aldborough Twp, Elgin County still listed as Haines. By 1901 census, the family was in Maidstone Twp., Essex County listed as Hines. She had thirteen children, five sons and eight daughters. Harriet Doan Hines died on December 20, 1935 and is buried at Woodslee/Jarriet Cemetery, where most of her children are buried.

Was she born before Linus met Hannah Maude, his first wife? Was Hannah sent to Canada by her parents because of a scandal ? Who was my grgrgrandfather, if not Linus Doan?

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Filed under: AC Doan, Harriet Doan, Linus Doan obit

Doing A Little Redecorating Today

Now that I have decided to make Blogger my main blog, I see that they added a feature that I liked about WordPress, adding pages. (Maybe someone at Blogger read my post??) So I have been creating some new pages. I have my surnames, which were at the bottom of my blog, had to do a lot of scrolling to get to them, so I put them on a separate page. Then I made an About Me page and now I think I’ll make a page for the Geneablogger’s Winter Games coming up.

I want to add some colour to my blog as well, it is too plain for my liking. I haven’t decided if I want to change the background colour or add a picture to the page, so I’ll be experimenting today.

Filed under: Decorating my blog, new page feature

Surname Saturday – Desbiens

I am searching for any of my grandmother’s sibling’s family. My grandmother, Josephine, was born in Essex County in 1897. Her family was from the Charlevoix Quebec area and came to Essex County, Ontario about 1890. John Desbiens and Celina Tremblay had a large family but I don’t know much about them other than what I have from obituaries. As far as I know, three of her oldest siblings were born in Quebec, the rest were born in Essex County.

John and Celina Tremblay Desbiens’ family:

Marie Louise, born 1884, died before 1891 census
Joseph, born 1885, married Aurize Laliberte in Belle River on Oct. 15, 1912, she died a year later during choldbirth
Emile,born 1890
Louis Thomas
Medard married Marie Girard in Bele River on Oct. 20, 1914
Eugene, born 1893
Delia, born 1893
Adelina Debrah
Ercules
Josephine, born 1897, married Wm.E. Hines, Oct. 6,1917
Celina married Walter Randall in Belle River on Jan.16, 1912
John J.,born 1901
Eva, born 1905

If you are researching these families or have any information about them, please leave a message or contact me.

Filed under: Desbiens, Surname Saturday

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