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Ste. Genevieve de Berthier

1. Baptismal record of Marguerite McWilliams, 1834

Ste. Genevieve de Berthier parish, Berthier county, Quebec, 1834, baptism (1832-1835, p. 151b, FHL microfilm number 1293091)

The 6 December 1834, I vicaire [curate of the parish] undersigned, baptize Marguerite, born... of the legitimate marriage of James Williams, colporteur [peddler] in this parish, and of Marguerite Connery. Godfather... Louis Levesque; godmother Eugenie Panet.... [Signature of priest Charles LaRocque*]

*At Beloeil, Quebec in 1871.

2. Marriage record of Charles Hudson and Margaret McWilliams, 1858

Ste. Genevieve de Berthier parish, Berthier county, Quebec, 1858, marriage 20 (vol. 190, p. 198, FHL microfilm number 1293093)

"This sixteen June one thousand eight hundred fifty eight, [with] dispensation from the three bans agreed by Monseigneur Ignace Bourget, Bishop of Montreal, to Charles Hudson, residence in Aylmer, oldest son of Edouard Hudson and of Francoise Robinson, the father and mother, of Perth, Ontario, for one part, and to the damsel Marguerite McWilliams younger daughter of James McWilliams, merchant in this parish, and of Marguerite Conroy, the father and mother, of this place, for the other part; I the reverend father undersigned have received their mutual consent to the marriage and have given them the nuptial blessing in the presence of Thomas McWilliams, Louis Hyacinthe Fortien, Thomas McWilliams, James McWilliams, and in the presence of others with the married couple, undersigned.

[Signatures of Marguerite McWilliams, Thomas McWilliams, Charles Hudson, James McWilliams, Thomas McWilliams, Louise Barbeau Fortien, two others, and (the priest) J.F. Gagnon]


Ste. Genevieve de Berthier parish corresponds to the town of Berthierville, 45 miles northeast of Montreal on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River. James McWilliams operated a general store in Berthierville on Edward Street.

Dispensation from the three bans--"The publication of the 'trois bans', which means three announcements, was for the purpose of checking if the persons wishing to get married could proceed. It was important at the beginning of Nouvelle France when someone could get here without saying he had a previous marriage. There could be a dispensation from the three bans for many reasons, for instance when the married-to-be were well known people and their life was known of everyone, if the marriage had to be made rapidly, etc. The dispense could only be given by the bishop of the diocese." (Pierre Ducharme, e-mail message)

Aylmer is on the Quebec side of the Ottawa River near the city of Ottawa, and also a short distance from Renfrew, Ontario, where Charles and Margaret moved by 1860.

The French form of the names--Edouard, Francoise, Marguerite correspond to Edward, Frances, and Margaret.

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