French Canadians Living in Ferrisburgh, VT in 1850: #11 Emily Perry née Legros dit St-Pierre

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Emily Perry née Legros dit St-Pierre is listed in the 1850 US Census for Ferrisburgh. She is referred to as Melia Perry on Page 302 (stamped-left page), Line 35, Household 126, with the following persons listed, respectively, on lines 36 and 38 to 40:

  • David Perry
  • Roselia Perry
  • Louisa Perry
  • Mary Perry

David is Melia’s husband, and the others are their children, Roselia (born in Canada), and Louisa and Mary born in Vermont. As per Louisa’s age, we can presume the family emigrated between 1844 and 1848 to Ferrisburgh. According to the 1900 US Census, the couple had 14 children.

Emily died in Greenfield, Massachusetts, on April 20, 1915. Her obituary indicates the following:

Mrs. Emily Perry, 90 years old, died today in the home of her son, Leonard Street. She was a native of Quebec, Can., and leaves six children, Daniel and Francis Perry, Brattleboro, Vt., Dr. J. C. Perry, Shelburne Falls, E. I. Perry, Greenfield, Mrs. Albert Clement, Cohoes, N. Y., and Mrs. Ivan W. Goodnow, Seattle, Wash. Mrs. Perry made her home here for the past 11 years, but passed the major portion of her life in Shelburne Falls.—Springfield Union, April 21, 1915, p. 17

Name Transcribed from the 1850 US Census:Perry, Melia
Last Name:Perry née Legros dit St-Pierre
First & Middle Name:Emily
Original Surname in Québec:Legros dit St-Pierre
Earliest Known Paternal Ancestor:Jean Claude Gros & Jeanne Coulardeau, from Roulans, Doubs, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, France. Their son Pierre was a soldier in the Guyenne Regiment and came to New France in 1755. He married Françoise Foisy in 1761 in Verchères.
Status:Born in Québec; came with spouse and children
Parents' Name:François Legros dit St-Pierre & Salomé Smith
Parents' Marriage Date & Place:26 Jan 1818, St-Hyacinthe (Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire), Québec, Canada
Spouse:David Paré
Marriage Date & Place:31 Oct 1842, St-Césaire, Rouville, Québec, Canada
Other Spouses:N/A
Vital Information:
Birth Date & Place:19 Dec 1824, St-Césaire, Rouville, Québec, Canada
Baptismal Date & Place:20 Dec 1824, St-Césaire, Rouville, Québec, Canada
Death Date & Place:20 Apr 1915, Greenfield, Franklin County, Massachusetts
Burial Date & Place:22 Apr 1915, Arms Cemetery, Shelburne, Franklin County, Massachusetts
Naturalization Date & Place:N/A
Land Owner in Ferrisburgh:Unknown
Life Before Ferrisburgh:First children's baptismal records in Québec indicate that they lived in Stukely, Québec, Canada
Life After Ferrisburgh:The family moved quite a bit: Bolton, VT, Shelburne, MA, back to VT in Brattleboro and MA thereafter. After her husband's death, Emily went to live with her son Ernest in Brattleboro, VT and Greenfield, MA.
Notes:Information was taken from the 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900 and 1910 US Census, Find-a-Grave Website, Massachusetts Vital Records, Collection Drouin (Quebec parish records), Vermont Church Repertoires and the Springfield Union newspaper.

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