My genealogy stuff is downstairs in a big suitcase and if I try to find it at this time of the early a.m., I'll not get back on and then forget about it.Those names are familiar.
Mom's grandfather was Ambroise Arpin who had been in Manchester, NH and witnessed the 1880 marriage between Pierre and I forget wife's name but I did receive the certificate from Manchester, NH. Marriages of this couple's children were found in New Bedford later documenting the migration.Both Mom and her sister remember he asserted strongly his Native American heritage -- guess the Canadian expression is indigenous race.I can't find birth for either him or my great-grandmother but my grandmother's oldest sister was born in St. Hyacinth in 1882 listing his wife as Emma; Emily in other places.My grandmother was born in Manchester, NH and her middle sister Agnes, I can't find but really would like to.Ambroise died in New Bedford, MA, in the early 1940s at age 93.His father lived to be 100. either Augustin or Andre; he was sent to Knowlton, PQ for burial.In Knowlton, I found an Augustin Arpin married to Dalpe in a Knowlton cemetery but from the dates, think it was a son and probably brother to my great-grandfather Ambroise.Ambroise's sister was Lucy whose unmarked gravesite I found in Calvary Cemetery in Manchester; also unmarked are my greatgrandmother and a Melanie or Melanise who had operated boarding houses where some Arpins lived.The local funeral director here in VT will print up some metal plates for the graves of my greatgrandmother, Lucie/Lucy, and a Melanise.Ambroise wife had declared herself a widow when she moved back to Manchester, NH, where she worked in the mill though he came to her funeral years later. My grandmother and 2 sisters who were kept in the convent.Eventually, she moved in with my newly married grandparents.Mom dearly loved her grandma but only saw her grandfather once when she was a child.He was a truck driver, I believe in a family business as I have seen Arpin trucks in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and VT.Mom, who died a couple years ago, said she remembered Arpin uncle visiting Manchester from Chicoutimi once, but in her 90s, her memory wasn't really dependable.My grandmother's sister lived to be almost 100 as a Providence nun in Montreal.The other sister, Agnes Arpin for whom Mom was named, I have not been able to find and would like to.Her name is on my mother's baptismal certificate from Manchester, NH.My grandparents moved to VT in 1921 when the mill started laying off workers. Anne Lalime