This is the information I know from the documents that I have.My basic HS French is still with me so I understand the French enough to know what I am reading! I am unsure of the spelling of some of the names - noted- because this is a scan of an original certificate and the script is quite fancy:
Certifictae de Baptime Eglise St Louis, West Springfield, MA Je, Sousigne, Certifie que: Jos. Raymond Edward enfant de: Armand Phaneuf et de: Alva Deguise ne a: West Springfield, MA le 18th jour du mois de Janvier 1920 a ete Baptise le 1st jour du mois de Fev 1920 Selon le Rite de L'Eglise Catholique Romaine par le Reverand Albert Bacult (spelling?) Parrain: Achilles (?) Phaneuf Sr Marraine: Celina Forget (Forgel ?) tel qu'il appert dans le Registre des Baptemes des cette Eglise 12th Fev 1941 R. A. LaPonta-Cure (spelling?)
According to my grandfather's birth certificate: name: Raymond Edward Phaneuf born: Springfield, MA residence of parents: West Springfield, MA birthplace of father: Canada (this is all, nothing more specific) Maiden name of mother: Alva Deguise birthplace of mother: Burlington, VT date of original record: Jan 23, 1920
I know my grandfather Raymond E had a brother, Robert.I am not sure whichof the two was born first.I am thinking that Raymond was older than Robert.
I have no additional information for Armand - no birth or death dates.I know from my dad that he died fairly young - around 40 years of age, and possibly in Springfield MA.My father never knew him and seems to think he died before my father's birth, which is why I suspect a death date of before 1942.This is my basis for a suspected birth date of very late 1800's/very early 1900's.My father's gramdmother - Alva - remarried at least once.The additional surname for her that I know is "Ryder" - and I do have quite a bit of information on her Deguise family.
It is Armand that stumps me.In all the research I have done (I've been working on my and my husband's lines for the better part of 10 years) I have never come across an Armand Phaneuf whose dates or places of residence, birth, etc, fit into my family, not even on a census report.I also have never found my grandfather's name on a census report, which seems odd to me, since I have found census records of many others in my family tree.This is why I am wondering if Armand went by another name.I have not found any clues.
I am just hoping that someone has seen or knows an Armand Phaneuf as a sibling to someone in their Phaneuf research.I have had luck confirming information on others in my family tree by researching siblings, but have no information to go on here.
It seems I have known the story of Claude Matthias forever, and would love to find my family's connection to him.
Sorry for the long message, but I figured I would give you all the information that I have.