BILILE, BILLINGS (GERMAIN dit BELISLE) FAMILY

1. Charles-David Germain-Belisle, buried 14 February 1847, St. Joseph's Corbeau, Coopersville, N.Y., aged about 95 years, died yesterday at the Grand Isle. Buried as David Charles Germain dit Delisle (sic). 1843 school list, Grand Isle, Vt. 1840 census, Grand Isle, Vt., as David Germain.

Son of Charles Germain-Belisle and Marie-Josette Arcand of Deschambault, Quebec.

m. (1) 14 November 1788, St-Cuthbert, Berthier Co., Quebec, Suzanne Adam, daughter of Antoine Adam and Madeleine Yvon.

m. (2) 6 February 1792, Berthier, Berthier Co., Quebec, Marie-Archange Neveu, daughter of Vital Neveu and Marguerite Brisset, born c. 1772--died 23 May 1820, Berthier, buried 25 May, aged about 48 years.

m. (3) 13 August 1823, St-Paul-de-Joliette, Marie-Anne Mongle, dau. of Jean Mongle and Angelique Panneton of l'Assomption. Her second marriage is recorded October 24/26, 1850, Grand Isle, Vt., as Andrew Martin to Mary Bellisle/Billings of Grand Isle. It was rehabilitated in a religious ceremony, St. Joseph's, Burlington, Vt., 29 April 1851, as Andre Martin to Marie Anne Mongle.

Child of the first marriage and his descendents:

1.1 Charles Belisle-Germain, b. c. 1790. m. 14 February 1814, St-Cuthbert, Marie-Anne-Jeanne Dauphin, buried 3 January 1833, Berthier, age 38 years, died 31 December, dau. of Noel Dauphin and Celeste Denomme; m. (2) 22 October 1833, St-Cuthbert, Julie Sylvestre, dau. of Pierre Sylvestre and Josephte Beaugrand-Champagne.

1.1.1 Charles Germain-Belisle, bap. 26 June 1815, Berthier.

1.1.2 Henriette Germain-Belisle. Bap. as Marie-Henri Germain, 1 October 1818, Berthier. m. 27 November 1838, Berthier, Joseph Adam, son of Pierre Adam and Marguerite Valois.

1.1.3 Marguerite Belisle-Germain, bap. 25 December 1820, Berthier. m. 5 July 1842, Berthier, Alexis Adam, son of Pierre Adam and Marguerite Valois.

1.1.4 Sophie Belisle-Germain. m. 22 November 1842, Berthier, Pierre Sylvestre, son of Amable Sylvestre and Marie-Anne Dauphin.

1.1.5 Marie-Eleonore Belisle-Germain, bap. 2l August 1824, Berthier, born yesterday. m. 8 August 1843, Berthier, Prosper Bidaguin dit St-Martin, of St-Thomas, son of Nicolas Bidaguin dit St-Martin and Isabelle Rondeau.

1.1.5.1 Aglae St-Martin, b. 10 May 1868, baptized 11 May 1868, Redford, Clinton Co., N.Y. Godparents Medard Perrot and Elize Langevin.

1.1.6 Adelaide Germain-Belisle. m. 16 February 1843, Berthier, Amable Sylvestre, son of Amable Sylvestre and Marie-Anne Dauphin.

1.1.7 Pierre Germain dit Belisle, bap. 22 July 1826, Berthier, born yesterday.

1.1.8 Jean-Baptiste Germain-Belisle, bap. 24 July 1828, Berthier.

1.1.9 Louis Belisle-Germain, bap. 23 September 1834, Berthier, born yesterday. m. (1) 16 August 1853, St-Barthelemy, Emerance Proscotte; m. (2) 15 July 1857, St-Norbert, Jesse Valois.

1.1.10 Prosper Belisle. m. 16 September 1873, Maskinonge, Rose-de-Lima Dupuis, dau. of Onesime Dupuis and Marie Adam.

Children of the second marriage: these children settled primarily in Clinton Co., N.Y.

1.2 Marie-Archange Germain-Belisle, b. c. 1792/3. m. 4 April 1811, Berthier, Antoine Piette dit Trempe, son of Joseph Piette-Trempe and Charlotte Dupuis of Maskinonge. (Joseph Piette, son of Jean-Baptiste Piette and Francoise Antilla/Antayac m. 2 February 1761, Maskinonge, Charlotte Dupuis, dau. of Charles Dupuis and Ursule Sicard. They had other sons: Jean, Charles, and Louis. This line was earlier at Sorel.)

1.3 Alexis Germain dit Belisle, bap. 15 February 1794, Berthier.

1.4 Jean-Baptiste Germain dit Belisle, buried 27 January 1796, Berthier, aged one month 4 days.

1.5 Honoree Germain-Belisle, bap. 23 December 1796, Berthier. m. 7 September 1818, Berthier, Joseph Berard dit Lepine, son of Joseph Berard dit Lepine and Marguerite Barthe dit Belleville. Frequently called Leonore/Eleonore. Descendents in Clinton Co., N.Y. and Pepin Co., Wis.

1.6 Marguerite Germain-Belisle. m. 20 November 1821, Berthier, Antoine Berard dit Lepine, son of Joseph Berard dit Lepine and Marguerite Barthe dit Belleville. Descendents in Clinton Co., N.Y., Toledo, Ohio. and Pepin Co., Wis.

1.7 Marie-Amable Belisle-Germain, bap. 30 May 1801, Berthier. m. (1) 28 August 1820, Berthier, Joseph/

Pierre-Louis Bidaguin dit St-Martin, widower of Rose/Angelique Guilbault of Ste-Elisabeth, son of Pierre-Louis-Martin Bidaguin dit St-Martin and Marie-Rose Genereux, b. c. 1762--buried 7 September 1832, Berthier, died of cholera.

Amable Germain-Belile, widow of Pierre Bidagan dit Saint Martin, m. (2) 12 November 1833, Ste-Elisabeth-

de-Joliette, Louis Roque, widower of Angelique Lescarbeault. For the children of her first marriage, see under Martin/St. Martin. For the children of her second marriage, see under Rock, Second Line.

Children of the third marriage. These people settled primarily in Grand Isle Co., Vt.

1.8 Arcos/Archange/Angeline Belisle. 1843 school list, Grand Isle Co., Vt. As Arcong Belisle m. Joseph Blow 2nd, 5 June 1843, Grand Isle, Vt. Buried 23 July 1859, St. Joseph's Corbeau, Coopersville, N.Y., age 36. For descendents see under Blow/Bleau.

1.9 Edis/Edesse Belle Isle/Billile, b. c. 1830, Canada. m. (1) 24 September 1846, Grand Isle, Vt., David (Dubin) Martin-Barnabe, b. c. 1823, Canada--d. 25 August 1863, Grand Isle, Vt. For descendents see under Martin-Barnabe. m. (2) 27 September 1864, Plattsburgh, N.Y., Michael Briggs of Chazy, N.Y., (Maxime Pontbriand, Pombrieau, PontBrillant), b. Sorel, Canada, son of Eustache Pontbriand and Felicite Vandal, widower of Julie Pinsonneau. 1850 census, Grand Isle Co., Vt.

The following children are by the second marriage:

David Briggs, born 16 June 1865. David Baubriand, bap. 30 July 1865, St. Rose de Lima, South Hero, Vt. Godparents Edouard Pontbriant and Flore Martin.

Hiram Wyman Briggs. Baptized 10 July 1870, St. Joseph's Corbeau, Coopersville, N.Y., born 14 December 1869. Baptized under the name of Abraham Pontbrillant. Godparents: Barthelemy Daragon and Theotiste Valade.

1.10 Aiken Billings (Ahan Belile, Etienne Germain). m. 27 October 1855, St. Joseph's, Burlington, Vt., Mary Sylvestre, b. c. 1833/35, Canada, daughter of Peter and Catherine (Gregoire) Sylvestre. Lived at Grand Isle, Vt.

1.10.1 Augusta Billings, b. c. 1857, Vt.--d. 1927. m. 13 June 1875, Grand Isle, Vt., John Pariseau, b. c. 1853, St. Charles, Canada, son of Joseph Dalpe-Pariseau and Marie-Reine Meunier dit Lapierre.

1.10.2 Susan Billings, b. c. 1859/60, Vt.--d. 1951. m. 14 January 1878, Grand Isle, Vt., Joseph Thebeault, b. c. 1855, St. Casmir, P.Q., son of Joseph-Charles Thebeault and Sophie Lamothe.

1.10.3 Ann Billings, b. c. 1862, Vt. 1880 census as Anna Billings, age 17. m. 16 August 1881, Grand Isle, Vt., Joseph LaMott, age 21, son of Joseph and Gertrude (Rabior/Robillard) LaMott.

1.11 Sarahann Belile/Sarah M./Sarah A. Billings, b. c. 1839, Grand Isle, Vt.--d. 3 May 1903, age 63, Grand Isle, Vt. m. Henry Sylvester, b. c. 1830/31, Canada--d. 10 April 1906, Grand Isle, Vt., aged 75 years 9 months 11 days, son of Peter and Catherine (Gregoire) Sylvestre.

1.12 John Hyde/Jack Billings/John Germain, b. c. 1844/46--d. 22 October 1874, Grand Isle, Vt., aged 29 years 6 months 22 days. Baptized 14 January 1846, St. Mary's, Burlington, Vt., son of Charles Germain and Marie Moner. Godparents Joseph Bloss and Arcanse Beline. m. 2 July 1871, Grand Isle, Vt., Flavia Bullock, age 13, daughter of Lewis and Elisa (Parot) Bullock. Co. F, 12th N.Y. Cavalry, Civil War Service.

NOTE: The following entry must belong to the above family, but it is not now clear just where it would fit in:

Baptized 2 December 1865, St. Rose de Lima, South Hero, Vt., Etienne Germain, son of Magloire Germain and Marie Mongle. Godparents Marc Silvestre and Anne Mad (?).

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Miscellaneous:

2. Marie Belile. m. c. 1830, Louis Lafontaine. 1852 lived at Grand Isle, Vt. This is probably Father Cardinal's confusion for Marie-Amable Germain dit Belisle and Louis Rock/Roque. See the marriage of Adelaide Rock to John Savage.

3. Marguerite Belile.m. Joseph Blondin and resided for a while in Grand Isle Co., Vt. 1845 school list includes Joseph Blondine with children David and Louis. We find the following records:

Baptized 2 July 1843, St. Joseph's Corbeau, Coopersville, N.Y., Hercule, born 19 February last of the marriage of Joseph Blondin and Marguerite Valois. Godfather Joseph Lepine; godmother Marguerite St. Martin.

The parents of the following children are given in the record as Joseph Blondin and Marguerite Belile of Grand Isle, Vt.:

Baptized 23 January 1851, St. Joseph's, Burlington, Vt., Josephine Blondin, born 18 February 1843. Godparents Toussaint Choinard and Marguerite St. Martin.

Baptized 23 January 1851, St. Joseph's, Burlington, Vt., Joseph Blondin, born 15 December 1847. Godparents David St. Martin and Eleonard Paquet.

Baptized 23 January 1851, St. Joseph's, Burlington, Vt., Honore Blondin, born 15 May 1850. Godparents Louis Martin and Marie Sylvestre.

I would make a tentative suggestion here. In Grand Isle Co., there is the family of Martin/St. Martin, which is proven to be that of Joseph-Louis Bidaguin dit St-Martin and Marguerite Valois. Marguerite Valois at the marriage in Berthier, Canada, was indicated to be illegitimate, the daughter of a woman named Josephte Valois. At the baptism of Marguerite Valois' daughter Marguerite St. Martin in 1827 at Berthier, the godmother was Josephte Valois, grandmother, The godfather was Charles Belisle-Germain.

Could Joseph BLONDIN have been the priest's misunderstanding for the less common name of Joseph BIDAGUIN? Could the name of BELISLE assigned to Marguerite VALOIS in the 1851 baptisms at St. Joseph's in Burlington, Vt. be a clue to the family of her unknown father? In French Canada, illegitimate children were frequently known informally by the name of the father (presuming that everyone in the village knew who he was) rather than the name of the mother, which was officially given to them.

Alternatively, is it possible that Joseph Martin/St. Martin dit Bidaguin was dead by this time, and that his widow had remarried to a man with the similar-sounding name of Joseph Blondin?

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