French Canadians Living in Ferrisburgh, VT in 1850: #17 John Greenough

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John Greenough is listed in the 1850 US Census for Ferrisburgh. He is referred to as John Green on Page 295 (stamped-left page), Line 12, Household 11, with the following persons listed, respectively, on lines 13, 14 and 15:

Adeline is John’s wife, born in Canada, and the others are their children, John Jr and Lewis, both born in Vermont. According to the 1900 US Census, the couple had 9 children, 5 of whom were still alive then. The couple was married about 1848. Although John Sr was born in Vermont, he is of French Canadian ancestry which was indeed a fun puzzle to resolve!

His name in the Catholic Church repertoire is Jean-Baptiste Grignon. His parents are Jean-Baptiste Grignon and Angélique Arpin. Although they married in Quebec, they moved to Vermont shortly after as all of their children, including John, were born in Vermont. I could prove John’s relationship to Jean-Baptiste Grignon and Angélique Arpin through his siblings’ death records and Vermont newspaper articles.

In 1850, John’s parents were living nearby in Monkton. His father was naturalized in 1855 in Vergennes. Later in life, John’s siblings, Mary (Little), Henry A., Joseph, Rosalie (Gee), and Franklin, made their lives either in Monkton or Bristol. The siblings’ obituaries mention a sister living in Montreal. Another mystery on my plate!

John died on October 16, 1910, in Colchester, Vermont.

Essex Junction. The funeral of John Greenough of Colchester will be held at the Church of the Holy Family this morning at nine o’clock. Mr. Greenough was the father of Mrs. Moses Fisher and Louis Greenough of this place. ~ The Burlington Free Press, Tuesday, October 18, 1910, page 8

The funeral of John Greenough of Colchester was held at the Church of the Holy Family yesterday morning. The Rev. J. B. Pouliot officiated. The bearers were Edgar Mayo, Benjamin Wagner, L. Parizo and Charles Miner. Burial was in the Catholic cemetery at this place. ~ The Burlington Free Press, Burlington, Vermont, Wednesday, October 19, 1910, page 9

John Greenough of Colchester died Sunday aged 84 years. He was a brother of Frank and Joseph Greenough of this place. ~ Bristol Herald, Bristol Vermont, Thursday, October 20, 1910, page 8

Name Transcribed from the 1850 US Census:Green, John
Last Name:Greenough
First & Middle Name:John
Original Surname in Québec:Grignon
Earliest Known Paternal Ancestor:Jacques Grignon, a merchant, was married to Jeanne Texier, they lived in the village of la Barre. Their son Jacques was baptized on January 11, 1666 in the parish of St-Philbert du Pont-Charrault, inlet of Chantonnay, in Vendée, France. He was a soldier in the Navy, for the Vaudreuil Company. He married Marie-Thérèse Richer on February 12, 1692 in Bastican, Quebec. He died before October 11, 1734.
Status:Born in Vermont; his parents married in Quebec and came to Vermont before having children
Parents' Name:Jean-Baptiste Grignon (John Greenough) and Angélique Arpin (Julia Harper)
Parents' Marriage Date & Place:29 Jan 1828, Marieville, Rouville, Quebec, Canada
Spouse:Adeline Pratt (Dupras)
Marriage Date & Place:About 1848, probably in Ferrisburgh, VT
Other Spouses:N/A
Vital Information:
Birth Date & Place:Dec 1828, Vermont (1900 US Census indicates Dec 1830; his tombstone, 1828)
Baptismal Date & Place:15 Sep 1833, St. Mary's Cathedral, Burlington, Vermont
Death Date & Place:16 Oct 1910, Colchester, Chittenden County, Vermont
Burial Date & Place:18 Oct 1910, Holy Family Cemetery Essex Junction, Chittenden County, Vermont
Naturalization Date & Place:N/A
Land Owner in Ferrisburgh:Unknown
Life Before Ferrisburgh:John’s family lived in Burlington and later in Monkton, Vermont
Life After Ferrisburgh:By 1870, the family had moved to Colchester, in Chittenden County, VT.
Notes:Information was taken from the 1850, 1870, 1880, 1900 and 1910 US Census, Fichier Origine, Find-a-Grave Website, Quebec Parish records, Vermont Church Repertoires, Vermont Vital Records and the Burlington Free Press and Bristol Herald newspapers.

Last Updated: March 14, 2018

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