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From: Roch St-Pierre <>
Subject: LAMOTHE - ST-JAMES
Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2006 18:24:52 -0700
in Jetté, Stephen White or any of my books, there is no
"St-Jérome" I'm not saying it doesn't exist it's just not a common
name or anywhere I can find that it is a dit name for St-James.
From the Marriages of Iberville County, page 255:
Adhemar St-James m Césonia Dussault August 23, 1920 in St-Alexandre
Adhemar parents, Gédéon St-James and Virginie Lacroix
Césonia parents, François Dussault and Azilda Phénix
Albert St-James m Georgette Clouatre August 31, 1946 in St-Sebastien
Albert parents, Gédéon St-James and Marie-Rose Parent
Georgette parents, Wilfrid Clouatre and Valéda Beaudoin
Eugène St-James m Marie Rose Boucher May 21, 1923 in St-Alexandre
Eugène parents, Gédéon St-James and Virginie Lacroix
Marie-Rose parents, Amédée Boucher and Rose-de-Lima Gamarche
Gédéon St-James m Marie-Rose Parent April 14, 1913 in St-Alexandre
Gédéon parents, Gédéon St-James and Virginie Lacroix from
Marie-Rose parents, Joseph Parent and Élisabeth Thibaudeau
Thank you Roch.
I'm wondering if St. James and St. Jerome are interchangeable or just a coincidence that her daughter used St. Jerome and NOT St. James in her own marriage record. Louis Lamothe and Adeline were listed as her parents. Altho it seems by all appearances that her daughter may have been a child out of wedlock since she used her own mother's surname. Her daughter went by the name of Ochiase St. Jerome. I wonder what her friends called her? How does one take the name of Ochiase and turn that into a nickname? LOL In any event, Ochiase seems to have just vanished sometime between her 1872 New Bedford marriage and the 1880 Lawrence, Mass. census. I found Adeline's death record through the New England Historical and Genealogical Society database, as I am a subscriber of that society. Adeline was said to have died from burns in 1892.
I searched all of the Mass. records as well as Rhode Island via Ancestry and the Mass. NEHGS and simply cannot find what happened to Ochiase. Her marriage record says she was from St. Alexandre d'Ibervile and that it was her first marriage--she was 17. It was a Catholic marriage too, as the officiant was a RC priest. Since that time the church from which that priest worked out of has since had a name change! I spoke with the diocese and discovered that during this time frame the monsignor decided to rename the church after HIMSELF. Can you believe the amount of ego this man had to have to do that? It really blew me away.
My plan of action is to order the microfilms of St. Alexandre d'Iberville to see if I can find Ochiase's baptismal record, as often times the priest would record a marriage next to it if a request was made for a verification of her baptism. I thought that perhaps the marriage might have been annulled Or that she simply died, but I sure couldn't find her death record anywhere under any name. Perhaps she went back to Iberville and died there, so I plan on pursuing that too.
A few years ago I was visiting with this particular ancestor's grandchildren who are considerably older than I, and they had no clue that their grandfather had a prior marriage. You could have heard a pin drop in the room when I dropped that bomb! In any event, it has raised some rather interesting speculation and I would dearly love to resolve this long-standing mystery.