In 2004, Acadian descendants visited Grand-Pré, Nova Scotia. Our ancestors had been deported from their lands in 1755. Many of our ancestors who lived here were also buried here. Sitting near the old willows planted by our ancestors and reflecting on their lives, a cool breeze suddenly blew through the willows. At that moment we felt the spirit of our ancestors. This blog is dedicated to their memory.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

St.Roch Cemetery, Oxford, Massachusetts - Mary Celina Poirier White

Death Record for Mary (Marie-Céline/Celina) Poirier LeBlanc/White

For years I have been unable to find what became of my father's half brother, uncle Thomas LeBlanc. He was from my grandfather Damien LeBlanc's first marriage to Marie-Geneviève Arsenault. He and many of his siblings changed their names to White.

This week there was a huge break through and I found that Uncle Thomas married twice.  Once in 1903 to Mary  (Marie-Céline/Celina) Poirier White and then in 1906 to Alexina Poirier.  Suspecting his first wife had died, today I went on a search and eventually found the above death record.  The primary cause of her death was child birth.  I have found the birth record for Mary Celia Poirier (LeBlanc) White and I suspect she died shortly after birth.

Mary Celia Poirier (LeBlanc) White was born 10 October 1873 in Grande-Digue, New Brunswick to Amand Poirier and Judith Bourgeois.  According to the death record, she died 24 May 1904 in Oxford, Massachusetts five days following the birth of her daughter.

UPDATE:  a great granddaughter of Thomas LeBlanc and Mary Celine Poirier contacted me on November 12, 2017 after reading my blog.  Mary's daughter lived and married Joseph Abel LeBlanc.  Debra who contacted me last evening descends from this marriage.  How exciting to connect with a long lost cousin!

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Lucie LeBlanc Consentino
Whispers Through The Willows


Barbara Poole said...

Wonderful news Lucie. This is what you found at the NEHGS site? Isn't it nice to solve a puzzle and get proof from home on a cold day. Sad though about the death from child birth.

Lucie LeBlanc Consentino said...

Thanks Barbara - one of many records I found this morning. All of a sudden I am beginning to find my father's half siblings.