French Canadians Living in Ferrisburgh, VT in 1850: #4 Catherine LaCount

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Catherine LaCount (Hébert dit Lecompte) is listed in the 1850 US Census for Ferrisburgh. She is referred to as Cathrine Laurow on Page 299 (stamped), Line 35, Household 97, with the following persons listed respectively on line 34 for her husband Peter and lines 36 to 38 for her children:

  • Peter Laurow
  • Anthony Laurow
  • Fransis Laurow
  • Helen Laurow

Peter is Catherine’s husband, Peter Larrow (or Jean-Baptiste Lareau), and the others are their children, all born in Vermont, Anthony, Francis and Ellen.

Catherine came to Ferrisburgh with her parents, Antoine LaCount and Catherine Tourville. She is the niece of Charles Tourville and Sophie Arpajou. I learned about her existence by pure chance. All the children of Antoine and Catherine died in infancy except for two boys. And when I “found” her, I realized that Catherine was the only one for whom I didn’t have a death date. Those one-place studies sure make you discover great things!

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Name Transcribed from the 1850 US Census:Laurow, Cathrine
Last Name:LaCount
First & Middle Name:Catherine
Original Surname in Québec:Hébert dit Lecompte
Earliest Known Paternal Ancestor:François Hébert, married to Anne Fauconnier in Mont-aux-Malades (St-Jacques), Seine-Maritime, France, on 5 Oct 1643
Status:Born in Québec; came with parents and siblings
Parents' Name:Antoine Hébert-Lecompte & Catherine Tourville
Parents' Marriage Date & Place:1 Mar 1813, Lachenaie (Saint-Charles), L'Assomption, Québec, Canada
Spouse:Jean-Baptiste Lareau (also known as Peter or John Larrow)
Marriage Date & Place:11 Aug 1839, Ferrisburgh, Addison, Vermont, USA
Other Spouses:N/A
Vital Information:
Birth Date & Place:3 May 1820, Lachenaie, L'Assomption, Québec, Canada
Baptismal Date & Place:4 May 1820, Lachenaie (Saint-Charles), L'Assomption, Québec, Canada
Death Date & Place:4 Nov 1884, Ferrisburgh, Addison, Vermont
Burial Date & Place:aft 4 Nov 1884, St. Peters Cemetery, Vergennes, Addison, Vermont
Naturalization Date & Place:N/A
Land Owner in Ferrisburgh:Yes
Life Before Ferrisburgh:Catherine's parents moved to the region of Saint-Hyacinthe/Saint-Hughes around 1822. They later moved to Ferrisburgh around 1838. Catherine's parents and siblings moved to Upper New York State in the late 1840's.
Life After Ferrisburgh:Catherine and her husband lived in Ferrisburgh all their lives.
Notes:Information was taken from the 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880 US Census, Find-a-Grave Website, Vermont Vital Records for the town of Ferrisburgh, Parish Repertoire of Burlington and Vergennes, Vermont, Collection Drouin (Quebec parish records) and Fichier Origine.

Last Updated: January 23, 2016

Note: Cathy Meder-Dempsey indicated that the “S” in Sunrow that I read when transcribing was in fact an “L” for Laurow. She was right! Correction made Jan. 23, 2016 – DT

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