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Family contact: Jean Desrochers Brien


I am from Canada and  have one family in Oconto, Silas Brien married to Octavia Degenette June 27 1893 St. Peter Church, Oconto. I will appreciate it very much your help and if you tell me when these children where born or died and if they where married in Oconto.
I am thanking you.

Gathered so far:
Louis Brien  - father of Silas Brien
Birth: ABT 1826 in Canada 
Marriage  Marie Victoire L. Evrard
Marie Victoire L. Evrard 
Birth: 24 DEC 1846 in Grez, Brabant Wallon Province, Belgium 
Birth: in Date in Obituary is 25 December 1845 
Death: 10 JAN 1931 in Bark River [Home of Son, Silas], Michigan
Octavie Desyenefe (index misspelling) 27 Jun 1893 Oconto
Silas Brien 27 Jun 1893 Oconto
By 1900 the family lived in Stephenson Township, Menominee County, Michigan, US. Silas Brien's family was living with his widowed mother who apparently remarried after his birth.
Broadwin (difficult to read),  Victoria, head of the household, born in Belgium, December 1846, age 53 years; both parents born in Belgium, widow, mother of 7 children, 3 children are living in 1900.
Brien, Silas, son of head of household; born in Wisconsin February 1870, age 30 years,  Father born in Canada, mother born in Belgium, married 7 years, day laborer.
Brien, Octavie, daughter in law, born  in Wisconsin, April 1875, age 25, both parents born in Belgium, married 7 years, gave birth to 4 children, 3 children alive in 1900.
Brien, Mary, female, grandchild of head of household, born November 1895 in Wisconsin, age 4 years, both parents born in Wisconsin.
Brien, Germain, female, grandchild of head of household, born August 1898 in Michigan, age 1 year, both parents born in Wisconsin.
Brien, Valarie, female, grandchild of head of household, born May 1900 in Michigan, age one month. both parents born in Wisconsin.
By 1910 the family had moved back to Oconto County and owned a farm near Octavia's family (please see the Degenette/Degeneff families line 9 through 16 on the first 1910 Census page).
Octavia has by now given birth to 9 children, with 7 children still living in 1910.
Added to the family since 1900 are:
Brien, Mildred, daughter, age 7, born in Michigan.
Brien, Roland, son, age 6, born in Michigan.
Brien, Ivan, son, age 5, born in Michigan.
Brien, Arthur, son, age 1½, born in Wisconsin.
Also living with the family is a niece of Silas Brien:
Brien, Delina, niece, age 11 years, born in Wisconsin, both parents born in Wisconsin.
By 1920  Silas and Octavia Brien were living in Norway, Dickinson County, Michigan, US. No more children were added to the family since Arthur in Wisconsin 11 years earlier. Silas is a laborer, now age 49 years. (Please see the 1910 census attachment, lines 87 through 94).
1930 Silas and Octavia Brien are living in Delta, Bark River County, Michigan, US. Mother of Silas is living with them, old widow Victoria Tobordon (another marriage and husband's death - Victoria has no luck with husbands). Son Ivan is also living with them. Silas is now the section forman for the Railroad. Note that they live next to the Degeneffe family.
The US Social Security Death Index tells us:
Roland Brien was born 21 June 1903, died 28 June 1996 in Iron Mountain, Michigan
Arthur Brien was born  14 January 1891, died 1 March 2007 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Ivan Brien was born 7 January 1905 and died Jan 1986 in Center Line, Macomb, Michigan.
Oconto Catholic Cemetery deaths, city of Oconto, Wisconsin, all are buried in the same plot:
Brien, Octavia    Apr. 30, 1875 - June 10, 1952 age 77 years   Mother
Brien, Silas L.  Feb. 27, 1870 - Mar. 4, 1963 age 93 years   Father
Brien, Victoria  1845 - Jan. 8, 1931 age 86 years   Mother