|I am researching, on my side of the family, the surnames Grant, Barnby, Gaffney, Despres/Duprey, Babin, Robichaud, Guimont, and others.The Grant/Barnby/Gaffney group is from Bridgeport, Connecticut and the Despres/Babin/Robichaud/Guimont group is from Kent County, New Brunswick, Canada.|
My grandfather, William Edmund Grant, was born in 1907 in Bridgeport, Connecticut.His father was Charles Francis Grant, who disappeared some time between 1911 and 1918, abandoning his wife and five children.He was traced as far as New York, I'm told, and if anyone knows anything about what happened to him, the whole family would love to find out!
Grandma Grant, better known as Grandma Dolly, is 93 years old.Her father was Frank Barnby, who was born in England, came to the USA in 1880, and died in Connecticut in 1914.Her mother was Elizabeth F. Gaffney, who died in 1947.
Another grandfather, Willie Duprey, was born Guillaume Despres in Cocagne, New Brunswick, Canada, in 1897.He married Anna Babin, who was born in Saint Charles, New Brunswick, in 1905.They came to the United States after their marriage in 1923.Willie's father was Cesar Despres and his mother was Emelie Collette.Both parents had survived their first spouses and had children from the first marriages.Cesar and Emelie had two children, my grandfather and a son named Philibert, of whom I know nothing.
Anna's parents were Mary Ann Robichaud and Alexandre Babin.Alexandre's parents were Urbain Babin and Elenne, of the large and illustrious Blank family.If anyone can supply me with Elenne's surname, I'd appreciate it.Mary Ann's parents were Placide Robichaud, born about 1839-1845 in Pointe Sapin, New Brunswick, Canada; and Bridget Guimont, born 4 September 1852 in Saint Louis, New Brunswick.Bridget died in 1954--at age 102!I've been told she could read without glasses and climb the stairs without help at age 104.
I am also researching, on my husband's side of the family, Lister, Wasson, Leas, Coughlin, Horan, McGuire/Maguire, Holmes, and others.The Lister/Wasson/Leas families are from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine and Pennsylvania.The Coughlin/Horan/McGuire/Holmes families are from Connecticut, with the exception of Coughlin, which has been traced to Galway, Ireland.
Anyone with a connection, please write or e-mail me!
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