French Canadians Living in Ferrisburgh, VT in 1850: #6 Michel Forcier

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Michel Forcier is listed in the 1850 US Census for Ferrisburgh. He is referred to as Mitchiel Fosha on Page 312 (stamped), Line 40, Household 291, with the following persons listed, respectively, on lines 41 and 42 for his wife Mary and son Batase, and five other children on the next page, on lines 1 to 5:

  • Mary Fosha
  • Batase Fosha
  • Anthony Fosha
  • Fransis Fosha
  • Sophia Fosha
  • John Fosha
  • Mary Fosha

Mary is Michel’s wife, Marie Lepire, and the others are some of their children, Batase, Anthony, Fransis, Sophia, John and Mary. The surnames Fushia, Fosha, Forcier and Fortier were sometimes used in various records.

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Name Transcribed from the 1850 US Census:Fosha, Mitchiel
Last Name:Forcier
First & Middle Name:Michel
Original Surname in Québec:Forcier
Earliest Known Paternal Ancestor:Guillaume Forcier married to Sébastienne Gaultier. Their son Pierre, native of Saint-Aubin, Nantes, Brittany, in France, was the pioneer in New France. He was married to Marguerite Girard around 1674 in Sorel. Pierre died May 18, 1690 in Saint-François-du-Lac, Yamaska, Québec, Canada. He was killed by the Iroquois.
Status:Born in Québec; came with spouse and children
Parents' Name:Joseph Forcier & Josephte Lebrun
Parents' Marriage Date & Place:9 Feb 1795, Yamaska (Saint-Michel), Richelieu, Québec, Canada
Spouse:Marie Lepire
Marriage Date & Place:6 Feb 1826, Yamaska (Saint-Michel), Richelieu, Québec, Canada
Other Spouses:N/A
Vital Information:
Birth Date & Place:14 Dec 1803, Yamaska, Richelieu, Québec, Canada
Baptismal Date & Place:15 Dec 1803, Yamaska (Saint-Michel), Richelieu, Québec, Canada
Death Date & Place:probably died before 1860, in Addison County, Vermont
Burial Date & Place:unknown
Naturalization Date & Place:N/A
Land Owner in Ferrisburgh:No
Life Before Ferrisburgh:Born and married in Yasmaska (Saint-Michel Parish), Michel Forcier and his wife Mary lived there until they left for Ferrisburgh, Vermont, around 1836. They shortly came back to Québec as their son John W. (Jean) was baptized in Saint-Aimé in 1843.
Life After Ferrisburgh:By 1860, Michel's wife Mary was living in Vergennes. He might have lived there after Ferrisburgh.
Notes:Information was taken from the 1850 US Census, Parish Repertoire of Burlington and Vergennes, Vermont and Collection Drouin (Quebec parish records).

Last Updated: February 4, 2016

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