Thanks for the lead. St. John's was founded a bit after the time
period I'm looking in but maybe they might have some info on what
Canadians did back then.
Yes, thanks to the wonderful records the Catholic church keeps, I have
managed to trace my line back to Jean Lemire who arrived in Quebec
around 1650 as well. He too was from Rouen, France. I'm sure we share
a lot of the same families in our Canadian line. Also likely even
going back to France. I haven't done much research in France but hope
to at some point. When did you line first arrive in the US?
Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2012 03:11:04 -0400
From: Cliff Lamere <clifflamere(a)nycap.rr.com>
Subject: Re: [NYCOLUMB] The Lemire's of Columbia County
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St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Valatie is not far from
Chatham. It was formed in 1871.
I know a Lemire who claims to have descended from the Lemieux surname.
Although I was born Lamere, my father was born Lemieux. His father came
from Quebec. All North Americans of the surname Lemieux are said to be
descendants of either Pierre or Gabriel Lemieux (brothers) who came from
Rouen, France to Canada before 1650. Lemieux translates as "the best".
Some families took a more English name like Best or Betters
There is a Lemieux Society which has annual meetings at old Quebec City
Unless you have traced your line back to the first immigrant, you should
consider the possibility that you descended from Lemieux.
Blair Lemire wrote:
>Hello, my name is Blair LeMire and I trying to locate birth records
>for two relatives. I know the odds are against me but I had a thought
>that maybe the church they attended might keep records.
>The people I'm looking for are Ovid A. Lemire Jr. and Frank Edward
>Lemire. Their parents are Ovide Lemire Sr. and Louisa Archambault.
>Ovide Sr. first appeared in Columbia county in the 1860 census living
>in New Lebanon. He was nationalized in Albany in 1860 and his
>residence is shown to be Chatham. He eventually married Louisa
>Archambault in 1864 in Huntington, Hampshire, MA. apparently they
>moved back to Columbia county. They show up, along with Ovid A.
>Lemire, the 1865 Census living in Chatham, District #2. Ovide A. is
>shown to be 2 months old. Frank was born a little over a year later. I
>have a couple of records (death cert. and obit) for Frank stating he
>was born in Malden Bridge.
>The parents are:
>Ovid Lemire (B: 8 Feb 1838, Quebec, Canada; D: 9 Aug 1921, Fullerton, NE)
>Louisa Archambault (B: 7 Aug 1832, Quebec, Canada; D: 4 Oct 1900,
>The kids are:
>Ovid A. Lemire (B: 11 Apr 1865, Chatham, Malden Bridge Village, NY; D:
>4 Nov 1902 )
>Frank Edward Lemire (B: 16 Oct 1866, Chatham, Malden Bridge Village,
>NY; D: 18 May 1926).
>Ovid and Louisa were from Quebec, Canada which was a predominantly
>Catholic area so I though maybe they might have stayed with the
>Catholic church when they came to the US about 1850 but I'm not sure.
>Would anyone happen to know if there was a Catholic church in Chatham
>or maybe even New Lebanon during the time? Possibly in another area of
>Columbia County? If not, would anyone know what Catholics in the area
>I noticed on the USGennet website under GAZETTEER OF THE STATE OF NEW
>YORK By J. H. French R. P. Smith, Publisher Syracuse, New York 1860 6
>M.E., 2 Bap., Christian, Cong., and Ref. Prot. D. for Chatham, it
>shows for 1860 that there were 6 M.E., 2 Bap., Christian, Cong., and
>Ref. Prot. D. but no Catholic church.
>Maybe someone might have a few other ideas that I could try? If so, I
>would really appreciate it.