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Les Blanchard


Source:  Microfilm # N31067 (National Archive)
A series of articles published in the L'Evangeline (Newspaper) , 
Monton, N.B.
 
"Les Acadiennes de Terre-Neuve"    
by Thomas W. Leblanc published : 4 March 1948 

Les Blanchard

Charles Blanchard de Margaree, Cap-Breton et son epouse, 
*Henritee Godet vinrent s'etablir a St-Georges, Terre-Neuve en 
1845, avec leurs huit enfants. L'aine de la famile, Magloire 
n'accompagne pas ses parens, mais alla s'etablir a Grand-Riviere, 
T.N., avec sa  jeune epouse.

Timothee, le deuxieme de la famille, retourna a Margaree cinq 
ans plus tard et epousa  Adelaide (a Martin) Leblanc: il revint 
par la suite a St-Georges et y passa le reste de ses jours.

Pierre, Charles, Sylvain et Joseph Blanchard epoiserent des 
Acadiennes de St-Georges, Luce epousa un LeBlanc de 
Stephenville qu'Edouard et Elizabeth demeurerent celibataires.

Plusieurs decendants de Charles Blanchard, de la troisieme a la 
cinquieme generation, demeurent encore a St-Georges, et parlent 
couramment le francais.

Magloire Blanchard, le fils aine de Charles, qui s'est etabli a la 
Grand-Riviere, comme on la vu puis haut, se construisit une 
goelette pour la peche, la cabotage et la chasse aux phoques sur 
la glace dans le golfe St-Laurent. C'etait un travailleur, qui voyait 
toutes sees entreprises couronees de succes. Il se mari trois fois: 
ses deux dernieres epouses etaient des veuves avec plusieurs enfants. 
Parfois, il avait jusqu'a cinq familles a sa charge, et personne ne 
manquait de quoi que ce soit. Son talent et son courage lui attirerent 
l'estime generl et toute sa vie, il fut commandant de goelette, soit a 
son propre compte, soit pour des marchands de Port-aux-Basque. 
Il est mort en 1921, a un age tres avance.

Le R.P. Michel Blanchard de Collinsville, Connecticut, et la Reverende 
Soeur Celestine des Soeurs de la Misericorde a Bell Island. 
Terre-Neuve sont des arrieres petit enfants de Charles Blanchard et 
des petit enfants du Capitaine Magloire Blanchard.
(La semaine prochaine: Ls Benoit et les Bourgeois.)

(Translation by Leo Doucet)

Charles Blanchard of Margaree, Cape-Breton and his wife, Henriette Doucet established themselves in St. George’s, Newfoundland in 1845, with their eight children. The oldest of the family, Magloire, did not accompany his parents, but went to establish himself at Grand-Rivière, Newfoundland, with his young bride.

Timothée, the second son in the family, returned to Margaree five years later and married Adelaide (daughter of Martin) LeBlanc; and later returned to St. George’s, and spent the remainder of his days there.

Pierre, Charles, Sylvain and Joseph Blanchard married Acadians from St. George’s. Luce married a LeBlanc from Stephenville while Edouard and Elizabeth remained unmarried.

Several descendants of Charles Blanchard, from the third to the fifth generation, still remain in St. George’s, and commonly speak French.

Magloire Blanchard, the eldest son of Charles, who had established himself at Grand-Rivière, built a goelette for fishing and coastal hunting for the seals on the ice in the Gulf of the St. Lawrence. He was a hard worker, who saw all of his efforts crowned by success. He married three times: his last two wives were widows with several children. At times, he had up to five families under his charge, and no one lacked for anything. His talent and courage held him in high esteem. All his life, he was a sloop captain, both on his own, or for Port-aux-Basques merchants. He died in 1921, at a very advanced age.

The Honorable Michael Blanchard of Collinsville, Connecticut, and Reverand Sister Célestine, of the Sisters of Mercy with Bell Island, Newfoundland are the great grandchildren of Charles Blanchard and the grandchildren of Captain Magloire Blanchard.


The Article was written by Thomas Leblanc of St. George's in 1948 and published in the l'Evangeline Newspaper of New Brunswick. It was transcribed by Laverne (Perrier) Cormier and posted to the Internet in September 1998 by Stephen Baker.

E R R A T A
Name in recordDescription of ErrorMy Name
*Henritee Godet There was an error in the original transcript. Henriette was a Godet and corrected from Doucet by the transcriber. Godet is the surname given upon the marriages of two of their listed in children in Sandy Point RC Marriages. Son Charles to Helene LeBlanc on Nov 8, 1858 & their daughter, Elizabeth to Eusebe LeBlanc on Nov 8, 1858 Laverne (Perrier) Cormier

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