This was my
biggest brick wall.
clues pointing this direction. I even had her whole
name and his first name. But it took a great deal of
help from a number of people before I was able to put it all
got all the clues and bits of names pushed together in a
semblance of order, this is what I came up with:
grandparents are Marguerite PÉPIN and Michel MAY. So
how did I wind up as a Peppan?
I understand it, their first child, my great great
grandfather, was born sometime between 1797 and 1799, before Marguerite, and Michel married. Marriage
was in the works, but they were a pair of impetuous --and
impatient-- young people, lending credibility to the old adage that says the first child can
come anytime but all the rest take 9 months.
And if you think my
attitude about my great great grandfather's illegitimacy is a bit too
nonchalant . . . ? It happened far more frequently than records show,
and if Marguerite and Michel had waited, none of the people
responsible for making me possible would have been born.
On 3 May 1802,
Marguerite PÉPIN married a fellow named Michel MAY or Michel MAIE, at St-Michel d'Yamaska in Quebec.
Michel is the son
of Antoine MAY and Madeleine LAJEUNESSE.
According to the
old parish records from St-Michel, Marguerite and Michel had
- baptised 19 April 1803, St-Michel d'Yamaska.
- country-marriage sometime in the 1820s to
an unknown Aboriginal woman at Fort Vancouver, no known
- country marriage circa 1830 to unknown Mascoyennés [Maskagonne] woman
producing two children, Marie and François
- a possible third country marriage, later sanctified by
Roman Catholic clergy, to Isabelle Kwantlen, 21 July
1856, at Fort Langley, produced one son, baptised Simon
- Michel-Etienne, as Etienne PEPPIN, was buried in
what is now the Pioneer Cemetery in Fort Langley in 1874
- baptised 14 October 1804, St-Michel d'Yamaska
||Archange Marie MAIE
- baptised 17 March 1806, St-Michel d'Yamaska
- married 29 April
1829, to Louis BADAYAC-LAPLANTE, at St-Michel,
||François Edouard MAIE
- baptised 16 Jul 1807,
- buried 24 Feb 1808, St-Michel d'Yamaska
- baptised 2 Jan 1809,
- married 11 April 1826 to Michel COTENOIR,
- baptised 20 Sep 1810, St-Michel d'Yamaska
- buried 7 Aug 1811, St-Michel d'Yamaska
||François Edouard MAIE
- baptised 19 Apr 1812, St-Michel
- baptised 29 Mar 1814,
- married 13 Oct 1835 to Angele COTTENOIR,
at St. Michel Yamaska
- baptised 14 Jun 1816, St-Michel d'Yamaska
||Jean Baptiste MAIE
- baptised 14 Jun 1818, St-Michel d'Yamaska
- buried 28 Jun
Marguerite was buried
21 June 1818. Michel married his
second wife, Angélique GENEREAU on 22 Feb 1819 at St. Michel
|Marriage and offspring info for
Marguerite and Michel come from the
old parish records from St-Michel-d'Yamaska, via Dwight
& Henry Herbert; Henry hand-copied the info for Michel's second marriage
from St Michel parish records. The
marriage info for Michel-Etienne MAY aka Etienne PEPIN comes from parish records from St Andrew's
Catholic Cathedral in Victoria, BC, via Darelene Heal.
Etienne PEPPIN's death info comes from a newsclipping held at the Museum in Fort Langey, via Bob
and Sheila Puls. Marriage info for Michel-Etienne's
siblings comes from the Blue Drouin via Bill Flemming
from the Québec mailing list.
My Pepin family from
Marguerite and Michel on back looks like this:
Etienne PEPIN & Jeanne McCLURE Married 1761
PEPIN & Marie Madeleine MARTIN dit LaCHANCE dit JOLICOEUR
PEPIN & Marguerite MOREAU Married 1695
PEPIN & Marie CRETE Married 1670
Jean PEPIN & Jeanne
Links on each on each
couple -- except for Jean and Jeanne there at the bottom --
will take you to individual pages for each (what I know about Jean and Jeanne is on their
son Robert's page).
For now, these individual pages will deal
only with my direct line, but as time goes on I will be
adding pages for my great aunts and uncles. I have the
info in most cases, but there's just so much of it, it
will take time to get it all worked up in html.
However, if you're curious
about any of these folks,
me some email
and I'll be happy to share whatever I have.
I am NOT looking to build a definitive
PÉPIN data base so I can publish it and claim I did all
the research! That would be the penultimate in tacky
and low class acts.
IN FACT . . .
I would love to create a
PEPIN Orchard, of sorts, filling in as many branches, twigs,
and leaves, from my great grandfather Simon MAGICE aka
PEPIN's generation on back, as far as we can go, sharing the
info freely, and sharing any more recent lineage as each of
us is comfortable. Simon -- born in 1855 -- is the
younger son of Michel-Etienne MAY aka PEPIN.
I'm thinking that if you
have a web site that deals with any of the above lines, I
would be delighted to add a link to your site
If you would like to put up
a page that deals with your PEPIN lineage but aren't sure how
to go about it, drop me some email. I am more than willing to
work up a page for you and add it to my site here.
OR I can walk you through
how to do it yourself. I figured out how to do it and
if you have a fairly recent version of Netscape or have a
program called Front Page Express that you're not exactly
sure how to use, I can offer pointers.
I'm not looking to charge
anybody anything . . . though if anyone wants a hard copy of
some document I might have, I will ask for a self-addressed
envelope with return postage (but we can talk about that in
email when/if it comes to that). I'll file attached
most anything I have upon request.
If you can help --or have
suggestions-- drop me some email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IN THE WORKS
I decided to download the
entire Tanguay and am taking on the task of filling out the
PEPIN family tree, including the collateral lines. It's
going to take some time, mostly because there are
errors in the Tanguay.
One example is a three
young ladies, all with the same parents, same year of birth,
and the same marriage date to the same guy. After some
cross referencing entirely within the Tanguay, my educated
guess is that Marie Alard, Marie Charles Alard, and Marie
Charlotte Ursule Alard, are all one in the same:
Marie-Charlotte-Ursule Alard who married Louis Lamotte dit
Laramée on 29 Oct 1727, in Beauport.
How does this relate to the
Pepins . . .?
Her 1st cousin, Jean-Baptiste Alard married Marie-Elisabeth Pepin, granddaughter of Robert Pepin and Marie Crete.
So, once I'm done, I'll be putting my
findings up, probably using the html formatting provided with
PAF (Personal Ancestry File) version 4.0, until I can get a
"fancy" version done.