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.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Odille Doiron's Place of Burial

What is wrong with this picture?  After extensive research, I found that my grandmother Odille Doiron LeBlanc who died in 1909 at the age of 42 is buried in the above grave at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Andover, Ma.  When she died, in addition to my grandfather who was then sixty-three years old, she left children who ranged in age from twenty-one to thirteen (my father George).

When searching for where she might have been buried, I contacted a friend and distant cousin who at the time was secretary of Sacred Heart Parish.  She searched the burial records and found that my grandmother was buried in the above grave.  A few years later while chatting with some of my mother's first cousins, they told me that the Demers couple buried in that grave lived in their parent's triple decker tenement in South Lawrence and that when Odille died the family was too poor to purchase a plot so this couple generously offered that she be buried in their plot.  Unfortunately her name was never engraved on the headstone but thanks to my good friend, at least I know where she is buried. This is another reason  you should never give up searching.  We just never know the what and wherefore of the past.

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Lucie LeBlanc Consentino


Barbara Poole said...

Your site is so soothing to my eyes. I love the colors as well. You are off to a flying start, with two posts. Good luck Lucie with this blog.

Lucie LeBlanc Consentino said...

Thank you Barbara and thank you for "following".


Bill West said...

I'm going to be adding this to my follow list, Lucie! congratulations on the new blog!

Lucie LeBlanc Consentino said...

Thank you Bill!

I'd been thinking about this for a while but your post re your new blog really did inspire me to get going.