Eva Beaulieu was born on May 6, 1882, in Taunton, Massachusetts, USA, to Georgina Prêtaboire, age 27, and Napoléon Beaulieu, age 31.
Taunton is a city in Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States, located approximately 64 km south of Boston, 29 kms east of Providence, RI.
Her father Napoléon Beaulieu (1851–1889) passed away on May 6, 1889, in New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA, at the age of 38. Eva was 7 years old.
Her mother Georgina Prêtaboire (1855–1892) passed away on July 26, 1892, in New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA, at the age of 37. Eva was 10 years old.
Eva Beaulieu and Louis Napoléon Allard were married in Bonfield, Ontario, on January 8, 1900, when she was 17 years old. Louis was 25.
He was a farmer. Marriage Certificate indicates that Eva immigrated from Taunton, USA. Witnesses: SHANK, Leo of Bonfield and ALLARD, Celina also of Bonfield.
They were living in Bonfield, Ontario, in 1901.
They are living with Louis’ mother, Marie Garipye Allard (Marie is noted as the head of the household) and all of his siblings per the 1901 census. So, we assume that Louis’ dad, Hillaire Allard, has passed by this time (I cannot locate a date of death for him as of yet).
They were living in Bonfield, Ontario in 1911.
Marie Garipye Allard (Louis’ mother) is living with them at this point. The census states that Eva immigrated in 1847 which we know is incorrect & there is also a note that her husband is Dorando Shenk (this isn’t accurate, but we know that she can to Canada with the Shanks).
It took more than 100 years of lobbying but women finally won the right to vote in Canada in 1918 when Eva lived in Bonfield, Ontario. Maybe she voted in the next election?
Eva and Louis lived in Bonfield, Ontario on June 1, 1921.
Eva and Louis lived in Bonfield, Ontario in 1949. Desneiges Lamothe (grand-daughter) said that they sold the farm during WWII and moved downtown and lived near St. Bernadette’s church (this appears to be supported by the Rural Preliminary list of Electors below). She and Louis had a big farm – they had sheep, cow, horses, chickens and pigs. They used to sell wool and cotton from the sheep to send to Montréal. They also made and sold cream made from cow utters. They lived on the farm, off of the land. She says that they had a big big house, it had a big kitchen with large farmers table and a fire wood stove. She had a separate sewing room – Eva used to make her sort through all of the odd buttons. The house had a huge dining room – had an old gramophone which she used listen to. It was a 2 story house, 3 bedrooms. The home had a parlour room. Their bedroom was on the main floor and had a sleigh bed. They had a yarn spinner, they used to spin wool and used to make member hold her arms out to make balls of wool. I’d like to see if I can get a photo of their house or their farm, they may have some at the town hall in Bonfield if my Mémère doesn’t.
As per the Rural Preliminary list of Electors for the Town of Bonfield for 1949. Note that Louis is listed as a “Gentleman”. Generally speaking a Gentleman, needed to do no paid work to support himself and did not rely on handouts of any sort from others he would live off his investments.
Death of Louis
Louis passed away in 1954 in Bonfield, Ontario, at the age of 80. He had Eva had been married 54 years. Of what did he pass from? I wasn’t able to locate a death certificate for him
Death of Eva
Eva died in 1961 in Haileybury, Ontario, when she was 79 years old. Desneiges told me that after Louis died, their daughter Marguerite took care of her. She was crippled with arthritis. She was placed in a South River nursing home for a year, maybe more, and then she was placed in Haileybury in a nursing home. Haileybury is a city in Northeastern Ontario.
Other Side Notes
I spoke with my Mémère further about her grand-parents. She also commented that they were very religious. They went to church every Sunday, and prayed a lot. They said the rosary each night (on their knees). She says that they went to church by horse and buggy. She described her as a “very nice lady” and a “very loving lady”. She added that she used to make good butter cookies. She described her Pépère as a “quiet man”.
They are buried together in Bonfield Ontario.
I still have some additional work to do and things to look into and some more research do to. I’d like to find some more photos and talk to my Mémère some more.