Thursday, November 29, 2012
Photograph of Basilice (Renaud) Vanier & Zephirin Vanier of Newport, Vermont
Note: This post is amended from the original, thanks to the research of reader Ed, who has a knack for ferreting out much-needed information.
Photograph of a middle-aged couple taken by the A. W. Perkins studio at Newport, Vermont. The husband was a very handsome man who apparently took great pride in his mustache and sideburns.
Text on the reverse, which I accidentally defaced, but thankfully not before having written it down: "Bozalis Vanier, 2nd Husband. First husband was Allaire, who was Father of Melina Allaire."
From online research, and with Ed's help: [corrections and additional information welcome]
Bozalis was likely Marie Basilice [variant spellings] Renaud, daughter of Levi and Marie Ann (Lague) Renaud of Quebec. She was born in July 1847 at Waterloo, Quebec.
Her first husband, whom she married in 1866, was Denys Joseph Goyette Allaire, son of Joseph and Sophie (Goyette) Allaire. As noted on the reverse of the photograph, one of their children was Melina M. Allaire, born 19 May 1872 at Stukely, Quebec.
About 1895 Melina married Jerry D. Hill, son of John and Louise (Duchesne) Hill. Jerry was born 9 March 1867 at Vermont. I believe Melina and Jerry had seven children, whom they raised in Orleans County, Vermont.
Denys and Basilice (Renaud) Allaire had at least one other child, son Napoleon Denis Renaud Allaire, born about August 1867/68. Denis Joseph Goyette Allaire died before 1875.
About 1875, Denis' widow Marie Basilice (Renaud) Allaire married Zepherin Vanier. His first name appears in many forms: Zephyr, Zephyr, Zepherin, Zephrin, etc.. He was born 22 September 1837 at Montreal, Quebec, the son of Basil and Marie Josephte (Leonard) Varnier.
Zepherin's first wife was Marie Odile Miron, born or baptised 18 June 1844 at Montreal, Quebec, daughter of Zephrin and Leocadie (Desrosiers) Miron. Marie Odile and Zepherin Vanier married in 12 September 1864 at Montreal at the Basilica Notre-Dame. I don't have Marie Odile's date of death, but I assume she died before 1875.
Zepherin and Marie Basilice had children from their previous marriages and went on to have children of their own.
Zepherin died in 1918. I lost track of Marie Basilice (Renaud) Allaire Vanier after the 1920 Census of Newport, Vermont.
If you have corrections to the information above and/or clarifying information, please leave a comment or contact me directly.
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