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The Lachance Family
aka "the lachances of my family
page généalogique de Larry Lachance - Bienvenue chez nous
added a journal of my travels to Québec and Lewiston, ME
Summer 2001 - a work in progress that I haven't been working!
is a series of pages detailing my visit with links to other pages of places
I visited, people I met and things I saw. Feel free to visit by clicking
on the Québec Map to the right.
First, please allow me to set the record straight! My abilities...or
lack thereof...with the French language leave a bit to be desired! Je
ne parle pas francais trés bon.
...I had a cousin on the Desjardins side of the family in Lewiston. In my younger days, I always "bonded" with him subconsciously although he never knew that. One day back around 1990 or so, he gave me a tongue lashing.
The gist of the "scolding" all had to do with "this younger generation"
(that would be me) not learning and continuing the use of the French language
... and ... how it was such a shame to lose this tradition!!
... I agree AND, I took that short "sermon" to heart and although I certainly
am NOT fluent, I can understand (with effort) most of what I read and
a little bit of what I hear. I find that it is my verbal reply that is
most difficult. I continue to learn, but without using the language daily
or having someone to speak with, like almost anything else, one loses
... So for my "inability," I apologize to those that truly do care. I especially apologize to my cousin to whom tradition and family truly did have meaning.
...As I continue my research into this Lachance family, I am confronted
with many things French including web pages, information, and email. While
I admit it is difficult...thanks to you "Babe", I AM ABLE to make some sense of it all!! So now, on
with the Lachances!
Gone But NEVER Forgotten!
Pierre Evano "Babe" Desjardins - 1913-2003
More about Andre Pépin dit Lachance ---->
The Lachance heritage is sprinkled with many stories from many people along the way. One thing we know for certain is that a great number of the Lachances alive today most likely derive from the stock of Andre Pépin, a merchant (b about 1605) and his wife, Jeanne Chevalier of Le Havre, Normandy, France. Their son Antoine Pépin, who adopted the “dit” name, Lachance, (born 10 April 1636) arrived in Québec between 1651 and 1652. Here, he married Marie Testé (daughter of Jean Testu/Testé and Jeanne Talonneau) in 1659. Antoine is the original North American resident from which so many of us descend. Together they lived in L'Île d'Orléans, a small, picturesque island in the middle of the St. Lawrence River in Québec.
d'Orléans History Page
was added to this
site on January 9th, 2000, written in part by our
cousins, Rita Lachance and her husband Côme.
Click on the L'Île d'Orléans image to the left or
the words above to visit.
Antoine Pepin dit Lachance died and was buried
at Sainte-Famille, Île d'Orléans, Québec,
Canada in January of 1703. The Pépin dit Lachance
family moved on to Saint-Jean on the Île
in very short order. Enough Lachances began their
lives in the Parish of Saint-Jean to fill volumes
The Pépin dit Lachance, some of whom, over time, dropped
the name Pépin in favor of Lachance, left their roots
on the island in large numbers and ventured further
into Québec and the surrounding areas where today they
may be counted by the thousands. Others went even farther and for those of us in the US, we may be counted among those who left.
While I haven't found a lot of information about Antoine,
we do know that he became involved in one of the first
lawsuits in Canada. For more on that story, see The
Story Of Jacques Billaudeau , originally from Fred Warren's
Genealogy Site, now included on the Lachance.org website.
From whom am I descended?
Well here it goes...
1) Jean Pépin dit Lachance, (A son of Antoine
and Marie Testé) married first, Renee Guyon
on October 25, 1688. He married a second time on October
30, 1703 to Marie-Madeleine Fontaine, at (St-Jean-Baptiste)
St-Jean, Île d'Orleans, Québec, Canada.
2) They had a son Gervais born, October
30, 1714. Gervais married Marie-Angelique Blouin
dit Laviolette October 21, 1743 at Saint-Jean, Île
3) The son of Gervais and Marie-Angelique
another Gervais Pépin dit Lachance married Marie-Anne
4) Yet another Gervais is born and he
marries Marie-Angele Thibierge on April 23, 1804.
5) Gervais and Marie-Angele have a son, Alexis,
(ahhhhhhh, not a Gervais) who marries Marguerite
Talbot August 07, 1832 at Saint-Gervais, Québec,
6) The next generation is Joseph Lachance
who married Marie-Zoé Beaudoin at Saint-Evariste-de-Forsyth,
Québec, Canada, January 28, 1856. Joseph and Marie-Zoé
had 15 children.
7) It was their son, also a Joseph, who
married Malvina D'Aoust on November 4th 1889
at Escanaba, Michigan. These two would be my great-grandparents.
I continue to find information about my Great-Grandfather
and as time goes on will add it to this site. For now,
I will have to wait. What I do know is that Joseph married
Malvina D'Aoust November 04, 1889 at Escanaba, Michigan.
Joseph had left St. Evariste to go to Michigan to work
on "the railroad" ... I must assume it to be the Grand
Trunk however I am not certain of that fact.
Through the different moves made by Joseph and Malvina
they managed to have 10 children, one of which was my
Grandfather, Antoine Lachance who was born, according
to his certificate of birth, and the parish record, June 14, 1905, at St-Adolphe-de-Dudswell,
St-Adolphe (Dudswell) is a small municipality about
an hours drive from St-Evariste - (using an automobile
that travels faster than 35 miles per hour). I also
know is that his birth was assisted by a midwife. All
appearances are the Joseph and Malvina left Escanaba
to travel north (perhaps continuing to work on the railroad)
and stopped for a couple o years at Dudswell (St-Adolphe),
before moving on to St-Evariste.
Antoine ( He was always Tony ) ended up emigrating
to the US, through Island Pond, Vermont (by rail) and
then on to Lewiston. The Grand Trunk railroad came out
of Canada, through Island Pond and before getting to
Portland, ME, there was a spur to Lewiston. Perhaps
this is the route that Tony travelled.
8) On November 12, 1923, in Lewiston, ME, Antoine
married Marie Oneida Desjardins, daughter of
Wilfred R. Desjardins and Marie-Clara Simard.
Marie Oneida (it was spelled Onida on her birth certificate)
was born December 14, 1904 in a house owned by Dr. Martel
in Lewiston, ME. I am not quite sure how it happened
but her name became Valdora and she kept that name
all of her life. I am fairly certain she made this choice of her own volition.
Together, they had one son, Wilfred Joseph Bernard
Lachance (father of Paul and Larry Lachance - my
brother and me). Antoine (Tony) died July 27, 1970.
His obituary follows:
Antoine Lachance BRUNSWICK - Antoine Lachance,
65, of 23 Jordan Ave., died Monday at a local hospital
after a few months illness. He was born at St. Adolphe,
Que., June 14, 1905, the son of Joseph and Malvina
D'aoust Lachance. As a young man he moved to Lewiston,
coming here to make his home in the early 1930's.
Mr. Lachance had been employed as a bookkeeper at
the Vaillancourt Body Shop and had also worked as
a bookkeeper for the Caron Body Shop. Earlier work
was in the textile industry, and during World War
II he worked at the Bath Iron Works. He was a former
member of the Brunswick Lodge of Elks. He wife, Clarisse
Bernier Lachance, died in 1965. Surviving are a son,
Wilfred B. of Hohokus, N.J.; two sisters, Mrs. Marie
Paquette of Brunswick and Miss Clara Lachance, Lewiston;
a brother, Herve, Brunswick; two grandsons and two
great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held
at 9 a.m. Thursday from St. John's Church, Interment
will be in St. John's Cemetery. Friends may call at
Demers Funeral Home Wednesday afternoon and evening.
Valdora (Marie Odina)
Desjardins Lachance, also remarried. She
passed away on May 4, 1999. I was very close to her
and her passing has taken its toll. By creating a page,
in remberence, I have done what I can to immortalize
her name, and her life. You may visit this page by clicking
on her name above, or HERE.
9) Wilfred Joesph Bernard Lachance (our father)
married Anna Elizabeth Bussell, daughter of May Eleanor
Eshleman and Richard Harold Bussell. From there, as
they say, the rest is history.
|To view a descendent tree (without any links) from
Antoine Pépin dit Lachance diretlcy to me, (Lawrence
Joseph Lachance), click on Ancestors button ----->.
Click to see a full size version ©.
The photo was taken around 1912. ©
As far as I can tell...(of this particular line
of Lachance's)...this is the first...
Lachance Family Home Page.
The Lachance family pictured on the left is of my Great
Grandparents, Joseph and Malvina (nee D'Aoust) Lachance
(seated in the middle
and nine of their ten children.
Position of those in the photo
Anne-Marie, Exilia, Henri, Eva, Joseph-Hervey,
Antoine my Grandfather,
Maria, Joseph, Malvina, Josaphat
Lachances pictured above, I have managed to locate all
of the descendents except Josaphat. Josephat, as far as
I can determine, rode the rails from Maine to wherever
the rails went in the 1930's and 40's, and hasn't been
heard from since. At the time of great-grandfathers death, Josephat was believed to be living in Canada but nobody was ever certain. Adolphe is missing from the picture
above as he had already died. All of the others are accounted
for yet a lot of information is either incomplete or just
As an aside, that would be an accomplishment
considering the number of divorces and remarriages that
I've come across in the Lachance line.
Please check back on
occasion as I will continue to post information about
the Lachance's in OUR family, and their whereabouts and be sure to check out the database here as well.