I wonder if anyone has come across the family of François Brusseau (or variants) and his wife Polly (?Marie/Pauline?) in QC or NY? From the 1850 census of Parishville, Saint Lawrence county, NY it appears that this couple emigrated from Canada to the U.S. circa 1833/4. According to that census their family was as follows, viz.:
Wm Brusso, 28, Farmer, born Canada
Francis Brusso, 50, Farmer, born Canada
Polly Brusso, 49, born Canada
Anna Brusso, 16, born NY
Miranda Brusso, 12, born NY
Sylvia Brusso, 8, born NY
Riley Brusso, 7, born NY
Peter Brusso, 14, born NY
Francis Brusso, 17, Farmer, born Canada
Asa/Aya Tinuff/Finuff, probably a married daughter née Adeline called Ada, 25, born Canada (married within the last year)
Erasmus Tinuff/Finuff, aged 2/12 of a year born NY.
From this it can be gleaned that Francis and Polly were living or staying in the house of their unmarried son, William Brusso (presumably originally, Guillaume Brusseau or variant). Francis/François would have been born in British North America in 1799-1800 and his wife, Polly (?Mary/Pauline?) in 1800-1801, probably in Lower Canada rather than what is now Ontario. As there son Francis aged 17 in 1850 (therefore born circa 1832-1833) is listed as being born in Canada while his next sibling, Anna, aged 16 (therefore born 1833-1834), was born in NY, it would appear that this Brusseau family left British North America for the U.S. in the intervening period between the births of these children, i.e. in the period 1833/4.
There is a listing in the IGI for a number of Brusou surnamed people at Ausable twp, Clinton county, NY who are all listed as the children of a Francis Brusou (wife unnamed). The information apparently came from a census (possibly the New York state census of 1845) as the word census appears next to a different year for what look to be 7 children of Francis Brusou, viz.:
1.Sarah Brusou, census 1823
2.Antwine Brusou, census 1829
3.Peter Brusou, census 1831
4.Mary Brusou, census 1835
5.Lewis Brusou, census 1837
6.Frederick Brusou, census 1840
7.Margaret Brusou, census 1842
I wonder if the Francis Brusou of Au Sable twp, Clinton county, NY (fl. say, circa 1845) is the same as the Francis Brusso of Parishville, Saint Lawrence county, NY (fl. 22 June 1850).
If one matches these two lots of children and adds what other details are known of the offspring of Brusseau Père and Brusseau Mère, one has some 14 children born between the marriage of François Brusseau (or variant) and Polly recte N.N., in time for the birth of their first child in 1821-1822, i.e. Guillaume called William and their last listed child Riley born circa 1842-1843 in NY. There are a few discrepancies in birth dates if one takes the years next to the word census as referring to the approximate birth year for each child calculated by the IGI submitter from the age listed in the source census. If one gets round that, the children all slot in quite well and one even has a bit of additional corroboration of family lore derived from a list (undated, but written on the back of a pricelist for furs dated 1941) of the first cousins of an Ernest N. Hallock who may have died 28 Feb. 1942 in Duluth, MN (certificate number 204).
Here is the complete, combined list of children, viz.:
1.William Brusso b. circa 1821-1822, Canada (he was previously thought to have been born in 1829 in NY). He married first, circa 1854, NY, to Ada LeValley/Levielle, probably recte Adeline 'Ada' Leveille, possibly a sister of his second wife, whom he married circa 1863, IA, namely, Carolyn LeValley/ Levielle, probably recte Caroline Leveille. By his first wife, Ada, William had issue as follows, viz: a. Amos Brus(s)eau b. 1855, NY, and b. Ida Brus(s)eau, b. 1859, NY. By his second wife, Carolyn/Caroline, William Bruseau/Brusseau had further issue: c. Riley
Brus(s)eau, b. 1864, IA; d. Albert
Brus(s)eau, b. 1 Nov. 1867, IA (Called Albert C. Brusseau in the Vacuum Oil Company Oil Run Statement, May 1931, hereinafter referred to as VOC; e. Stella
Bru(s)seau (Estelle B. Hartman, VOC), b. 1869, IA, m. 2 April 1891, Boone, IA, to Albert B. Hartman; f. Minnie A. Brus(s)eau b. 21 July 1872, IA, d. 24 Feb. 1931, Boone, IA, who married Charles Jeremiah DeFrance (AFN: 2295-SFM), 27 Feb. 1890, Webster City, Hamilton county, IA and had issue: i. Lloyd Callahan DeFrance (Lloyd C. Defrance, VOC), b. 16 Dec. 1890, Webster City, Hamilton county, IA, d. 28 Nov. 1936, Webster City, Hamilton county, IA, having married 4 Feb. 1922, Webster City, Hamilton county, IA, Mary Stapp; ii.Harold Casey DeFrance (Harold C. DeFrance, VOC), b. 30 Nov. 1894, Williams, Hamilton county, IA, d. 18 September 1967, Grinnell, IA, having married Alma Marie Lee, 27 Oct. 1920, Fort Dodge, IA; and iii. Leon Ethelbert DeFrance (Leon E. DeFrance, VOC), b. 1 Sept. 1898, Williams, Hamilton county, IA, d. Bowling Green, MO, having married 9 Nov. 1921, Webster City, IA, Luella Mae Best. Relations include the genealogists Beverley Knowles Metzger, of Manly, IA, who submitted this couple to LDS Ancestral File, as well Margaret M. Cloy, Roxie, MS and Rhonda White, of Ladson, SC, genealogists, both of whom submitters this individual's details to LDS Pedigree Resource File; g. George Allen Brusseau (George A. Brusseau, VOC), b. 1874, IA, who removed to Memphis, TN, and was the paternal grandfather of Edward A. Brusseau, Sr (wife Lottie), both genealogists; and h. Harry H. Bruseau (Harry H. Brusseau VOC), b. 2 July 1876, Webster City, Hamilton county, IA, d. 15 March 1935, Eugene, Lane county, OR, who married 17 June 1903, Omaha, NE, Marie Katheryn Polivka, and had issue, an only child, i. Elsie Anna Bruseau, 1907-1987, who married, 1928, Alfred Wade Dill, and was mother of Terri Lee Dill, Mrs Marvin T. Johnson, of Olympia, WA, a genealogist.
2.Sarah Brusou, b.~1823 (probably the Sarah Webster of the Hallock cousin chart). According to the Hallock cousin chart, Sarah Webster had issue, possibly by Albinus Webster, of St Croix county, WI, the following children, viz.: a. Perley Webster (Perley F. Webster, VOC); b. Frank Webster (F.B. Webster, VOC); c.Georgina Webster, who married A. Matheson and had issue: i. Georgie (Georgia M. Adams, VOC) who married F.D. Adams & ii. Edna (Eda [sic] M. Michalson [sic], VOC) who married A. Michaelson ; d. Annie Webster; e. Marion Webster.
3a.Mary C. Brusseau, m. (1) bef 1836-1837, Gilbert Wakefield (b. circa 1812-1813, VT; d. between 22 June 1850 and 1870 census day), and had issue: a. Sarah Wakefield, born circa 1836-1837, VT; b. Nathan Wakefield, born 1839-1840, VT; c. George Wakefield, born 1842-1843, NY; d. William A. Wakefield (William Wakefield estate, VOC), born 1844-1845, NY, of whom the Hallock cousin chart says, 'he never married'; e. Lucretia Sabin Wakefield, born 18 May 1847, NY, d. 1 August 1926, Rossburn, MB, Canada m. 4 Feb. 1866, Hopkinton, NY, before a J.P., Joseph J. Merritt, son of Holland Merritt and Caroline Drake, of Hopkinton, 1850 & 1860 censuses, by whom she had 5 children who died of diphtheria shortly after immigrating to Canada due to an infected coat given them by a woman on the train whose child had already died and two surviving sons, Chester Alvah 'Chet' Merritt (Chester A. Merritt, VOC), and William Allen 'Bill' Merritt (William Merritt, VOC); f. Alvah Gilbert 'Gil' Wakefield (Alvah G. wakefield "Held", VOC), born 7 June 1849, Parishville, St Lawrence county, NY, who emigrated from the U.S. to Canada in 1872, and settled at Rossburn, MB in 1882. He married first, bef, 1881, Anne Dennison, and then her niece, Sarah Alice "Allie" Stocks. He was the adoptive father of Albert Wakefield, né Johnson, of Brandon, MB, and father or adoptive father of Mabel Wakefield, born 17 Feb. 1909, Birdtail Valley, MB (
3b. Mary Brusou b. ~1835
4.Asa Finuff/Aya Tinuff probably née Adeline Brusseau and called 'Ada' in the U.S. b. circa 1824-1825, Canada, m. 1849-22 June 1850, Mr Tinuff/Finuff probably correctly Phaneuf, likely another Québecois. She had a son Erasmus Tinuff/Finuff, listed as aged 2/12 of a year old in the 1850 census, therefore born circa April 1850, NY.
5.Antwine Brusou, b.~1829, doubtless recte Antoine. He may be the same as the Antoine Brosseau b. 30 January 1828, St Georges, comté d'Iberville, Bas-Canada, d. 17 Jan. 1899, Kankanee, IL AFN: PW0-XL, submitter: Robert W. Heinze, 5327, Graystone Lane, Houston Texas 77069, U.S.A.) who married and had issue.
6a.Peter Brusou b. ~1831
6b.Peter Brusso, born 1835-1836, NY
6c.Peter Brewsaw, born 1834-1835 NY (1870 census, Hopkinton, St Lawrence county, NY, p. 358B)m. Leonora, born circa 1835-1836, ME, child: Harvey Brewsawm born circa 1865-1866, NY (probably identical with Harry from the Hallock cousin chart, who died in 1880)
6d.Peter Breusseau b. 12 March 1835, U.S.A. (1901 census, Rossburn, MB, Canada). In addition to this there is a likely candidate for being identical with Peter Brusseau, listed in the Hopkinton, NY business directory as being a farmer, 100 (acres), Parishville, in Child's "Gazetteer of Saint Lawrence county, NY", i.e. Peter Brussaen, who enrolled as a private in company A, 60th New York Infantry Regiment, on 9 September 1861 at Canton, NY, and who was discharged as disabled on 9 Feb. 1863. He may well be the same as the Peter Bruso/Bruseau who, by Ellen Fitzpatrick (possibly identical with Leonora of the 1870 census), had issue, Caroline S. Bruso, b. 2 October 1863, St Johnsbury twp, Caledonia county, VT, adn Albert Bruseau, b. 5 July 1865 at the same place, both of whom are listed in the IGI.
7.Francis Brusso b. circa 1832-1833, Canada
8.Anna Brusso, born circa 1833-1834, NY, probably identical with the Anna Turner of the Hallock cousin chart. She married a Mr Turner and also her only child, an illegitimate son.
9.Lewis Brusou, b. ~ 1837
10.Miranda Brusso, b. circa 1837-1838, NY
11.Frederick Brusou, b. ~1840
12.Sylvia Brusso, b. circa 1841-1842, NY. She is probably identical with the Sylvia Blanchard of the Hallock cousins chart. She married Ira D. Blanchard and lived at Crookston, Polk county, MN in October 1888 when her niece Lucretia Sabin Wakefield, Mrs Joseph Merritt (1847-1926), quem vide supra, sub 3a., passed through en route to Rossburn, MB. The Blanchards were no longer there as of the 1900 census. According to the late Albert Wakefield of Brandon, MB, her husband was A. Blanchard. At any rate, she had issue: a. Elmer Blanchard; b. Chester Orlean Blanchard (1868-1956)(Chester O. Blanchard, VOC) who m. 1895, Duluth, MN, Addie Eureah Taylor, who died 1924, and had issue Neva Eurene Blanchard, a maiden lady (b. 16 Sept. 1896, MN d. 19 Nov. 1976, Alameda county, California, U.S.A.) and Clara Rosina Blanchard, sometime of Fort Washington, MD, who married Captain Charles Augustus Fleming, U.S. Army (issue Robert, Neva and Margaret Fleming. Neva's daughter is Patty Bowling, Mrs Steve Ferreira, a genealogist); c. Lizzie Blanchard, who married J. Wentworth and had a son Allan Wentworth; d. Nellie Blanchard, who died in her teens; e. an unnamed infant Blanchard.
13.Margaret Brusou b.~1842
14.Riley Brusso, b. circa 1842-1843, NY. Of whom the Hallock cousin chart says, "Riley Brusseau, dead, no heirs".
There are other names mentioned in the VOC, whom I cannot place in the family, and who may, indeed, turn out to be relations due to this expanded sibling group whom I posit above as being the children of François Brusseau and his wife Polly. I would greatly enjoy hearing from any interested parties who can fill me in on further details of the family. I am especially curious to discover whether the Riley Brusseau listed on the familytreemaker.com website as appearing on World Family Tree cd 57 pedigrees 703 (Crotyer, Dennis, Merritt, Miller, Mortensen, Roberts, Coster, Badje etc. families) and 704 (Crotyer, Roberts, Elmore, Hunley, Miller, Warner, Cain etc. families) is one or other of the two Riley mentioned above, i.e. Riley Brusseau, b. circa 1842-1843, NY, son of Francis, or Riley Brusseau, son of William Brusseau, born 1855, NY.
Many thanks to all interested parties, contributors and correspondents for wading through this lengthy posting.