Cliff McCarthy, 2016
Last Updated 27 January 2018
Louis Francois Lemoine was born at Genets, France in 1802, son of Louis Hilaire and Francoise (Jacques) Lemoine. He was living on the Island of St. Pierre by 1829 when he married Virginie Francoise Laporte, one of three children born to Francois Marie and Anne Louise (Faverais) Laporte.
Louis Francois Lemoine was the “greffier,” or “clerk of the court; registrar”.
Marriage Record of Louis Francois Lemoine and Virginie Francoise Laporte
(translated by Elaine Beauchamp, 20 June 2015):
… M. Louis François Lemoine, commis extraordinaire de la marine, residing on the isle born in Genets, dépârtement de la Manche, the 29 *frimaire an onze, December 20th 1802 son, of mature age, of Louis Hilaire Lemoine and Françoise Jacques his wife residing in said Genets giving his consent and Miss Virginie Françoise Laporte, *sans profession, residing in the island, born in Pontaubault département de Manche, born on the 26th of December 1807, daughter of age of François Marie Laporte, customs clerk and Anne Faverais, his wife, residing in Manches have given their consent, appeared before Alexandre Duhamel officer of the civil state for the Isles of St. Pierre & Miquelon, Which required us to celebrate their marriage, 1st publication was done last sunday September 27 at noon and the 2nd was done the following sunday at the same hour. No objections were declared. Consentment was given by the commandant, in charge of marriage by the king in this colony last september 26, after given the said requisition and have given reading of the preliminary pieces and chapter 6 of the act of marriage on the rights and duties of the spouses, we have asked the future spouses if they would take as husband and as wife. After each have answered yes. We declare Louis François and Virginie Françoise Laporte united by marriage in the name of the law. In the presence of Francois Julien Paris, age of 49, principle clerk of the marine, François Hippolyte Coudrenille, age of 64, teacher, Joseph Marie Duhamel, age of 29, merchant and Jean Olivier Mars, age of 42, farmer, uncle by marriage of Virginie Françoise Laporte. All 4 residing on the island. Couple and witnesses have signed with us after reading of the present act of marriage has been done.
*Frimaire was the third month in the French Republican Calendar. The month was named after the French word frimas, which means frost. Frimaire was the third month of the autumn quarter (mois d’automne). It started between November 21 and November 23. It ended between December 20 and December 22. It follows the Brumaire and precedes the Nivôse.
*sans profession (without occupation, job)
On 24 May 1844, Virginie gave birth to Emilie Justine Lemoine, the seventh of their nine children. The record is as follows:
Record of Birth for Emélie Justine Lemoine
(translated by Elaine Beauchamp, 20 June 2015):
Year 1844 the 23rd day of may at 8:30 in the morning. Present before us, Hippolite Chauvin, écrivain de la marine, delegated to fulfill the function of officer of the civil state of St. Pierre in replacement of Mr. Lemoine age of 41 as clerk and officer of the civil state, living on this island, who born a child of female sex, born on the 24th of this month at 4:55 this morning at home, of Louis present with Virginie Françoise Laporte his wife age of 36 years today.
Suggestion: View the movie, The Widow of Saint-Pierre (or, in French, La veuve de Saint-Pierre) which depicts the island in 1849-1850, when our ancestors were there. Strangely, the events upon which the fictionalized film were based actually occurred in 1889-1890. For more information about the movie, click here.
Having served in his official capacity at St. Pierre and Miquelon for just short of thirty years, Louis Francois returned to France with Virginie and Emilie by 1850. It was in Avranches, France where their last child, Albert, was born on 17 February of that year.
However, both parents died within a few months of each other in 1858 and 1859, leaving Emilie and Albert as orphans in the custody of a guardian, an uncle who made his living as a fisherman in Genets, France. Recent information acquired from L’Arche Musée et Archives on the island of St. Pierre gives some insight. Two letters from 1859, seeking government support for the two children, provide a glimpse into their situation.
Letter from the Commander to the Minister, May 2, 1859, SC 8327 (translated by Google):
M. Lemoine, former clerk of the courts of this colony, died at Granville on September 11th [sic], and his wife soon followed him to the tomb. They leave two minor children, a girl and a boy, the young Albert Lemoine, 9 years old, without a fortune, without any parents who can afford to come to their rescue, and the low pension to which they are entitled is far from to be able to raise them. Their guardian is a paternal uncle who lives by his labor and can scarcely provide for the existence of his own family; Mr. President Duhamel, head of the Judiciary, who was able to appreciate, for twenty-four years, that Mr. Lemoine was attached to the service he directs, the sustained dedication with which he has constantly performed his duties, addressed me in for the young Albert a request that I hasten to welcome and I come to pray V. Ex. to willingly grant him a scholarship in such high school or college that it will be possible for him to do. The long and honorable service of his father, who has left such good memories in our colony, gives him rights in this favor. M. Lemoine enjoyed only a few months of his feeble retreat, the only reward that it was possible to give him for his useful labors in the course of his long career, where his always unselfish zeal enabled him to acquire nothing. . At the moment when I am going to finish mine, I should be very happy if the enlightened benevolence of V. Ex. Could grant me the last favor that I will no doubt be in the case of asking him for the employees who served under my orders. a favor that can not be better placed.
Letter from the Commander to the Minister, 3 September 1859, SC 8327 (translated by Google):
… Mr. Lemoine, regardless of his previous services as a sailor on state buildings, was a 24-year clerk in St-Pierre. In the course of this long career, he has consistently given proof of zeal and dedication, and has constantly been noted for the most commendable activity in the performance of his duties… Mr. Lemoine left no fortune, his office was not venal, and as my predecessor has already said to V. Ex. His disinterestedness has allowed him to acquire nothing, moreover the emoluments of the St. Pierre Registry are modest and just sufficient for an employee who has family to raise him. The oldest of M. Lemoine’s children is deaf mute, and has great difficulty in providing for his existence; the second is a post-office accountant at St. Pierre with a low salary of 1,800 francs and is married and a father; the third is embarked as a seaman on the corvette La Capricieuse currently in the seas of China, and the two youngest, Emilie and Albert, are in the care of their guardian, fisherman in Genest who is not easy and can not do anything to do for his pupils. I can only support the request made in favor of young Albert Lemoine …
The two children were granted orphan’s pensions by the French government of Napoleon in March 1859.
Children of Louis Francois & Virginie Francoise (Laporte) LEMOINE
LOUIS FRANCOIS LEMOINE was born 20 December 1802 in Genets, LaManche, France, and died 10 September 1858 in Saint-Nicolas-pres-Granville, Normandy, France. He married VIRGINIE FRANCOISE LAPORTE 8 October 1829 in St. Pierre, St. Pierre & Miquelon, French Territories, daughter of FRANCOIS LAPORTE and ANNE FAVERAIS. She was born 26 December 1807 in Pontaubault, Normandy, France, and died 5 January 1859 in Saint-Nicolas-pres-Granville, Normandy, France. The Children of LOUIS LEMOINE and VIRGINIE LAPORTE are:
i. JOSEPH MICHEL LEMOINE, b. 27 July 1830, St. Pierre, St. Pierre & Miquelon, French Territories; d. 30 April 1886, St. Pierre, St. Pierre & Miquelon, French Territories.
ii. child LEMOINE, b. 1 April 1832, St. Pierre, St. Pierre & Miquelon, French Territories; d. 1 April 1832, St. Pierre, St. Pierre & Miquelon, French Territories.
iii. LOUIS LEMOINE, b. 11 June 1833, St. Pierre, St. Pierre & Miquelon, French Territories; d. 10 July 1904, Basilique Notre-Dame, Montreal, Quebec; m. (1) MARIE “GRACIEUSE” MINONDO, 7 October 1857, St. Pierre, St. Pierre & Miquelon, French Territories; b. 31 August 1834, St.-Jean-de-Luz, Aquitaine, France; d. 21 October 1891, Hochelaga, Montreal, Quebec; m. (2) EUGENIE MONTREUIL, 19 November 1894, St. Brigide, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; b. 30 July 1849, Quebec, Canada.
iv. ALEXANDRE LEMOINE, b. 4 June 1835, St. Pierre, St. Pierre & Miquelon, French Territories; m. AUGUSTINE MARIE ESTELLE PETIT, 20 December 1860, Saint Paul, Granville, Manche, France; b. Abt. 1836.
v. VIRGINIE PAULINE LEMOINE, b. 11 September 1838, St. Pierre, St. Pierre & Miquelon, French Territories; d. 5 May 1855, St. Pierre, St. Pierre & Miquelon, French Territories.
vi. JUSTINE ROSE JOSEPHINE LEMOINE, b. 21 November 1842, St. Pierre, St. Pierre & Miquelon, French Territories; d. 28 March 1844, St. Pierre, St. Pierre & Miquelon, French Territories.
vii. EMILIE JUSTINE LEMOINE, b. 24 May 1844, St. Pierre, St. Pierre & Miquelon, French Territories; d. Abt. 1885, Montreal, Canada; m. DAVID MARTIN, December 1875, Woolwich, Kent, England; b. 11 August 1845, Little Horsted, Sussex, England; d. 1934.
viii. ALBERT EDOUARD LEMOINE, b. 30 March 1848, St. Pierre, St. Pierre & Miquelon, French Territories; d. 2 June 1849, St. Pierre, St. Pierre & Miquelon, French Territories.
ix. ALBERT LEMOINE, b. 17 February 1850, Avranches, Normandy, France; d. 13 April 1901, St. Pierre, St. Pierre & Miquelon, French Territories; m. (1) GRACIEUSE MARIE HIRIART, 17 February 1874, St. Pierre, St. Pierre & Miquelon, French Territories; b. 11 November 1849, St. Pierre, St. Pierre & Miquelon, French Territories; d. 9 March 1879, St. Pierre, St. Pierre & Miquelon, French Territories; m. (2) ELLEN CAREY, 13 January 1883, St. Pierre, St. Pierre & Miquelon, French Territories; b. 8 December 1858, Petit Bras d’Or, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada.
- Bohan, Samuel, Genealogy of Samuel Bohan (GeneaNet, http://www.geneanet.org, 17 July 2005), Samuel Bohan, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- “France, Diocèse de Coutances et d’Avranche, registres paroissiaux, 1533-1906” (at FamilySearch https://familysearch.org; accessed 8 January 2015.).
- Imperial Decree granting retirement pensions to 26 people from the department of the Navy, on 23 March 1859. (as reproduced at http://www.Ancestry.com).
- Information provided by Mr. Rodrigue Girardin (Musee d’Archives, St. Pierre et Miquelon, 12 July 2005).
- L’Arche Musée et Archives, (St. Pierre & Miquelon, in author’s email correspondence with Laurie Perrin, dated 16 January 2018), “Electronic.”
- Marriage Record of Louis Francois Lemoine & Virginie Francoise Laporte (translated by Elaine Beauchamp, 20 June 2015 in email correspondence with the author).
- Notes of Elaine Beauchamp (in emails dated 15 June 2015).
- Record of Birth for Emélie Justine Lemoine (translated by Elaine Beauchamp, 20 June 2015 in email correspondence with the author).
- St. Pierre Vital Records (Musee d’Archives, St. Pierre et Miquelon, 12 July 2005).