POTVIN Family
Early Settlers in the Ottawa, Canada area
also Henry BROWN and Alexina POTVIN

September 26, 2001
My grandfather Henry Brown was born in Ireland and immigrated to Canada when young. 
Don't know exactly when or where??? He was about 45 years old**, when my father was 
7-8 years old,** (when He died in Ottawa). He was married to Alexina Potvin, a girl 
from Quebec, also trying to find information on her background. My father was the 
youngest of six children. My father was born on  October 14,1906 in Ottawa. This 
was His family: Sena(Alexina), like her mother, married to Jos. Burke.(Ottawa) Allan, 
Arthur,Both married, living in Niagara Falls. Margaret(Maggie) married to Frank Peregoy, 
living in Syracuse, N.Y. state. Dorothy, married to Foster Goudie, living in Ottawa. and 
my Father, Wilfrid Brown, married to Leonie Lafleche(from Sturgeon Falls, Ont.), lived 
most of their life in Cornwall, Ontario where they raised nine children, which I'm, (Lorne) 
short for Lawrence, the oldest.I live in Montreal, P.Q.presently. 
My wife is Gertrude Lefebvre, hence the! 
E-mail lorneandgert@earthlink.net. 

Lorne: How's this for a co-incidence. Last night I was over at the LDS and found records from an old church called St. Mary's in "Bayswater, Ontario". This church went "out of business" about 1930 and probably merged with St. Anthony's on Booth Street or the church on Fairmont Avenue. There are two reels of microfilm records. The first one is reel #1301968 and covers roughly 1890-1908. I haven't gone through the second reel yet. The first reel contains the marriage record of Henry Brown and Alexina Potvin and birth records of the children. Do you have this info already? For example, it includes the names of witnesses at the marriage of Henry and Alexina and godparents of their children. No doubt, there will be more information on Reel #2 for this church. Note for researchers: Almost every Irish Catholic family is recorded at some time in this long-forgotten church. There was a severe recession in the Ottawa area in the 1870's and many people left the farms to work in the lumberyards in this area (Lebreton Flats and Rochesterville). St. Mary's was a small church which sprang up to serve their needs. There are also many French-Canadian families listed, as well as a surprising number of Protestants who married Catholics. And some interesting correspondence between various Anglican authorities and Roman Catholic authorities, including one case where the respective churches consorted to attempt to block a marriage on grounds that the couple wanted to marry during Advent. Thanks to Mr. Art Albert for pointing me towards this church and for some wonderful stories about growing up in Bayswater in the 1920's and 1930's. At 15 years of age he went to work at the Edwards lumber yard on Albert Street. He has many memories of going to the shanty on the Black River, north of Fort Coulonge, bringing the first bulldozer up there in the winter to open roads for the teamsters and their horses. He also worked for Gillies at Braeside and in the camps of J.R. Booth. ... Al
Here are the children and Godparents: 1. Daughter, Mary Emma Alexina, born Oct. 5, 1894 Godparents: Adolphus Lapanse and Hermaline Latreille 2. Daughter, Teresa Emma, born Dec. 20, 1898, Henry Brown listed as a labourer. Godparents: Peter Potvin and Bridget Tierney 3. Daughter, Margaret was born, November 1901 Godparents: Mr. and Mrs. James Cassidy 4. Son, Allen was born on March 29, 1904 Godparents were Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Cayer At this time Henry and Alexina and family were living on Bell Street in Ottawa. Lorne: I'll check reel #2 next week and see what turns up.
October 6, 2001 What is this LDS that you look at and can I access it from the Internet. Thanks again for setting up this page for me, However, I noticed that I had made a few mistakes too after I spoke to one of my sisters in Cornwall this week. Our dad, Wilfrid was the second youngest, and his sister, Dorothy was the youngest. Do you know if there are other places from Ontario archives where I might find the continuing information on this family and also other families still residing in Ontario. I'm looking for more information on my mother's family, the Lafleche's of Sturgeon Falls, Ontario. Have you received any information from anyone so far related to our family. I have been look-ing at www.rootsweb.com and I also have a few sites on the www.ogs.com Lorne. ====================== Lorne: Click here to get to the LDS records. I had a microfilm reader booked for the next six weeks but they called me to say that their local (Ottawa) office is going to be closed at least until November so I won't be able to have a look at the second reel for St. Mary's until later. Maybe you could check with the Family History Center in Montreal to see if they have (or can order) the two reels for St. Mary's. ... Al
November 28, 2001: My friend, Wendy Millar, informed me yesterday that St. Mary's Church on Young Street, (parallel to the Queensway, near the Civic Hospital) burned down in a spectactular blaze in the late 1940's ... Al
May 12, 2002: (Happy Mother's Day!) Hi Lorne and Al, Please find below the geneology report of the family of Henry Brown and Alexina Potvin. Lorne if you are interested I can also help with the family tree of Alexina Potvin as well. It was written in Word 2000, let me know if you have trouble opening it. My husband's great-grandmother is a sister to Francis Watters grandmother on the Albert side. We started looking at the LDS films a few years ago and documented the side families too. Enjoy! Sue Herbert at sherbert52359@hotmail.com ===========
Descendants of Henry Brown
Generation No. 1 1. HENRY1 BROWN was born August 21, 1861 in Niagara Falls, Ontario, and died 1918. He married MARIE-ALEXINA POTVIN June 13, 1892 in St Jean Baptiste, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, daughter of PIERRE POTVIN and MARGUERITE RENAUD. She was born February 10, 1876 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and died 1940. Notes for HENRY BROWN: September 26, 2001 My grandfather Henry Brown was born in Ireland and immigrated to Canada when young. Don't know exactly when or where??? He was about 45 years old**, when my father was 7-8 years old,** (when He died in Ottawa). He was married to Alexina Potvin, a girl from Quebec, also trying to find information on her background. My father was the youngest of six children. My father was born on October 14,1906 in Ottawa. This was His family: Sena(Alexina), like her mother, married to Jos. Burke.(Ottawa) Allan, Arthur,Both married, living in Niagara Falls. Margaret(Maggie) married to Frank Peregoy, living in Syracuse, N.Y. state. Dorothy, married to Foster Goudie, living in Ottawa. and my Father, Wilfrid Brown, married to Leonie Lafleche(from Sturgeon Falls, Ont.), lived most of their life in Cornwall, Ontario where they raised nine children, which I'm, (Lorne) short for Lawrence, the oldest. I live in Montreal, P.Q.presently. My wife is Gertrude Lefebvre, hence the! E-mail lorneandgert@earthlink.net. Bytown or Bust St. Mary's in "Bayswater, Ontario". This church went "out of business" about 1930 and probably merged with St. Anthony's on Booth Street or the church on Fairmont Avenue. There are two reels of LDS microfilm records. The first one is reel #1301968 and covers roughly 1890-1908. I haven't gone through the second reel yet. The first reel contains the marriage record of Henry Brown and Alexina Potvin and birth records of the children. Do you have this info already? For example, it includes the names of witnesses at the marriage of Henry and Alexina and godparents of their children. No doubt, there will be more information on Reel #2 for this church. Here are the children and Godparents: 1. Daughter, Mary Emma Alexina, born Oct. 5, 1894 Godparents: Adolphus Lapanse and Hermaline Latreille 2. Daughter, Teresa Emma, born Dec. 20, 1898, Henry Brown listed as a labourer. Godparents: Peter Potvin and Bridget Tierney 3. Daughter, Margaret was born, November 1901 Godparents: Mr. and Mrs. James Cassidy 4. Son, Allen was born on March 29, 1904 Godparents were Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Cayer At this time Henry and Alexina and family were living on Bell Street in Ottawa. November 2000: Notre Dame de Ottawa Cemetery, Ottawa on LDS microfiche 6131625, page 755 Henry Brown 1861-1918 Alexina Potvin Brown 1876-1940 Allan Brown 1904-1959 1901 Ontario Census, District 100, Subdistrict C, Polling Subdivision 6, Dalhousie Ward, City of Ottawa page 2, line 32, Dwelling 15, Family 20 Henry Brown, head, 8/21/1862 (38), Ontario, Irish, Canadian, RC, city weight manager, worked 12 months earned $500, RWS English Alexina Potvin, wife, 2/10/1876 (25), Ontario, French, RWS English and French Alexina, daughter, 10/5/1894 (6), Ontario, Irish, S English Arthur, son, 9/15/1900 (1 year), Ontario More About HENRY BROWN: Burial: Notre Dame Cemetery, Ottawa, Ontario Notes for MARIE-ALEXINA POTVIN: June 2000: St Jean Baptiste parish records, 1872-1891 Ottawa on LDS microfilm 1301804 Marie Alexina Potvin, daughter of Pierre Potvin and Marguerite Renaud born February 10, 1876; baptism on February 13, 1876 with Alexis Desordi and his wife, Madame Desordi as sponsors. June 2000: St Jean Baptiste parish records, 1891-1910, Ottawa on LDS microfilm 1301805 Marie Celina Potvin, age 11, daughter of Pierre Potvin and Marguerite Renaud confirmed on June 13, 1887 with Alphonsine Potvin as sponsor. More About MARIE-ALEXINA POTVIN: Burial: Notre Dame Cemetery, Ottawa, Ontario Marriage Notes for HENRY BROWN and MARIE-ALEXINA POTVIN: July 2000: St Jean Baptiste parish records, 1891-1910, Ottawa on LDS microfilm 1301805 One June 13, 1892, Henry Brown, major son of Richard Brown and Bridget Tierney of St Patrick's, Ottawa married Alexina Potvin, daughter of Pierre Potvin and Marguerite Renaud. Witnesses were Thomas Potvin, Pierre Potvin and John O'Comere. email from JAcques Potvin on 11/2001 Henry BROWN age 28 address Ottawa born # NIAGARA FALLS, Oatario occupation: workman parents: Richard Brown & Bridget Barney marraid to ALIXINA POTVIN age 16 address: Ottawa born :Ottawa parents: Pierre Potvin & Marguerite Renaud witnesses: Thomas Potvin & Pierre Potvin both from Ottawa married at Ottawa on June 13, 1892 BANNS R.C. Marraid by Fr. Ph. Etienne Gauvreau O. P. Ontario Vital Statistics Sorry I forgot to write down the numbers, will get it next week. Children of HENRY BROWN and MARIE-ALEXINA POTVIN are: i. MARTHA ELISABETH2 BROWN, b. March 23, 1893, Ottawa, Ontario. Notes for MARTHA ELISABETH BROWN: Martha Elizabeth Brown, daughter of Henry and Celina Potvin b 3/23/1893; baptised at St. Patrick's Church, Ottawa, Ont. on 4/2/1893; sponsors: John Connors, Margaret Potvin ii. MARY EMMA ALEXINA BROWN, b. October 05, 1894, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; m. MICHAEL JOSEPH BURKE, December 17, 1938, St Mary's Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; b. October 1889, Mayo, Quebec, Canada. Notes for MARY EMMA ALEXINA BROWN: October 2000: St Mary's parish records, 1891-1910, Ottawa on LDS microfilm 1301968 Mary Emma Alexina Brown, daughter of Henry Brown and Alexina Potvin born October 5, 1894; baptism on October 14, 1894 with Dolphus Dapense and Harmeline Latreille as sponsors. Note on baptismal: married December 17, 1938 this church to Michael Joseph Burke, son of Edward Burke and Mary Anne Fleming, baptised in St Matachyn Church, Mayo, Quebec on October 6, 1889. Witnesses at wedding were James Clifford McNamara and Mrs. Foster Gaudie. iii. RICHARD HENRY BROWN, b. November 22, 1896, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; d. April 23, 1900, St Mary's parish, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Notes for RICHARD HENRY BROWN: October 2000: St Mary's parish records, 1891-1910, Ottawa on LDS microfilm 1301968 Richard Henry Brown, son of Henry Brown and Celina Potvin born November 22, 1896; baptism on November 29, 1896 with Joseph Lafrance and Whilmine Dube as sponsors. Henry Brown, son of Henry Brown and Alexina Potvin died April 23, 1900 at 3 years 5 months of age. Fuenral on april 24, 1900 with Henry Brown (father) and Joseph Herbert as witnesses. iv. TERESA EMMA BROWN, b. December 20, 1898, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; d. Bef. 1901, Ottawa, Ontario. Notes for TERESA EMMA BROWN: October 2000: St Mary's parish records, 1891-1910, Ottawa on LDS microfilm 1301968 Theresa Emma Brown, daughter of Henry Brown and Alexina Potvin born December 20, 1898; baptism December 25, 1898 with Peter Potvin and Bridget Tierney as sponsors. She was not listed in the 1901 census, assumed she died. v. JOSEPH-ARTHUR BROWN, b. September 23, 1899, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; m. ELIZABETH MURIEL DELANEY, November 20, 1926, St Mary's Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; b. November 1902, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Notes for JOSEPH-ARTHUR BROWN: October 2000: St Mary's parish records, 1891-1910 Ottawa on LDS microfilm 1301968 Joseph Arthur Brown, son of Henry Brown and Alexina Potvin born September 23, 1899; baptism on September 24, 1899 with Alexandre Potvin (uncle) and Mary Jane Potvin (aunt) as sponsors. Note on baptismal: married November 26, 1926 at St Mary's Church, Ottawa to Elizabeth Muriel Delany (bap on November 23, 1902 at St Jean Baptiste, Ottawa). Parents of bride are George Delaney and late Amanda Charbonneua. Witnesses were Allen Joseph Brown (brother) and Kathleen Mary Byrne. October 2000: St Mary's parish records, 1911-1917, Ottawa on LDS microfilm 1888080 May 1910, Allen Brown age 10, son of Henry Brown and Alexina Potvin was confirmed with no sponsor listed. vi. MARGARET BROWN, b. November 12, 1901, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; m. FRANCIS PEREJOY, June 02, 1928, St Mary's Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; b. 1907. Notes for MARGARET BROWN: October 2000: St Mary's parish records, 1891-1910, Ottawa on LDS microfilm 1301968 Margaret Brown, daughter of Henry Brown and Alexina Potvin born November 12, 1901; baptism on November 17, 1901 with James Cassidy and wife as sponsors. Note on baptismal: Married June 2, 1928 at St Mary's Church, Ottawa to Francis Perejoy, a non-catholic, son of William Perejoy and Margaret Ferguson. Witnesse were Alexina Brown and Wilfrid Brown, (brother and sister). vii. ALLEN JOSEPH BROWN, b. February 29, 1904, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; d. 1959; m. MARGUERITE BARRETT, August 27, 1925, St Mary's Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; b. August 1908, St James parish, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Notes for ALLEN JOSEPH BROWN: October 2000: St Mary's parish records, 1891-1910, Ottawa on LDS microfilm 1301968 Allen Brown, son of Henry Brown and Alexina Potvin born February 29, 1904; baptism on March 6, 1904 with Alexandre Cayer and wife as sponsors. Note on baptismal: married August 27, 1925 at St Mary's, Ottawa to Marguerite Barrett (baptised August 24, 1908 at St James, Montreal, Quebec.) Her parents were William James Barrett and Julia Bruggis. Witnesses were Arthur Brown (brother) and William James Barrett (father). October 2000: St May's parish records, 1891-1917, Ottawa on LDS microfilm 1888080 Allen Brown, age 7, son of Henry Brown and Alexina Potvin confirmed May 26, 1911 with Arthur Brown as sponsor. He is buried with his parents in the Notre Dame Cemetery, Ottawa, Ontario More About ALLEN JOSEPH BROWN: Burial: Notre Dame Cemetery, Ottawa, Ontario viii. WILFRID BROWN, b. October 14, 1906, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; m. LEONIE LAFLECHE, August 14, 1933, Parish of Sturgeon Falls, Diocese of Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada. Notes for WILFRID BROWN: October 2000: St Mary's parish records, 1891-1910, Ottawa on LDS microfilm 1301968 Wilfrid Brown, son of Henry Brown and Alexina Potvin born October 14, 1906; baptism on October 21, 1906 with Thomas Potvin and Marguerite Potvin as sponsors. Note on baptismal: married August 14, 1933 at Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, diocese of Sault Ste Marie to Leonie Lafleche. October 2000: St Mary's parish records, 1891-1917, Ottawa on LDS microfilm 1888080 Wilfrid Brown, no age given, son of Henry Brown and Alexina Potvin confirmed May 15, 1915 with JG McNally as sponsor. ix. DOROTHY BROWN, b. November 07, 1909, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; m. PETER FOSTER GOUDIE, January 20, 1934, St Mary's Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; b. July 1911, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Notes for DOROTHY BROWN: October 2000: St Mary's parish records, 1891-1910, Ottawa on LDS microfilm 1301968 Dorothy Brown, daughter of Henry Brown and Mary Alexina Potvin born November 7, 1909; baptism on November 14, 1909 with Joseph Delorme and Alexina Brown, sister as sponsors. Note on baptismal: married January 20, 1934 at St Mary's Church, Ottawa to Peter Foster Goudie (bap July 9, 1911 at St Patrick's Church, Ottawa). His parents were Arthur Joseph Gaudie and Mary Anne Milke. Witnesses were Edgar Rockbrune and wife.
October 17, 2002: Hi Al; I was reading the Henry Brown-Alexina Potvin story and saw the message from Wendy Millar that you posted there. While it's true that St Mary's burned to the ground in January 1949, it was rebuilt and blessed on June 22, 1951. (Source: Planted by Flowing Water, The Diocese of Ottawa 1847-1997, by Pierre Hurtubise, Mark G. McGowan and Pierre Savard, 1998 Novalis Publishing, Saint Paul University, Ottawa, On.) If any one wants to know the history of the Catholic church in the Diocese of Ottawa from the beginning to 1997, they can buy a beautifully bound book from the Diocese - I don't have the address, but it must be on the Net - giving a short history of each parish up to 1997. Should Lorne Brown read this message, he should know that I live in St-Bruno right now (450-653-8523) and he can call me if he so wishes and I can give him a history of his Potvin family from the 1700's to the 1900's. Best regards Frank Watters
August 22, 2004: Hi! I am doing my genealogy, and all the informations you have are very interesting. I am doing the Potvin genealogy. My grand-mother was Hectorine Potvin, b april 14, 1895, Angers,qc.. She was the daughter of Edouard Potvin and Azilda Lacoste. Edouard Potvin ( son of Victoire Brule and Joseph Poitevin) was born april 21, abt 1856 in Angers. He married Azilda Lacoste june 17, 1883 in Muskegon, Michigan. Azilda Lacoste was born sept 14, 1868 in St-André-Avellin, Qc. They had 17 children (including my grand-mother): 1) Eddy Potvin, b. july 19, 1885, Muskegon, Michigan 2) William Ovila Potvin, b march 28, 1887, Muskegon 3) Blanche Florida Potvin, b. August 08, 1888, Brandon, Manitoba 4) Louisa Maria Potvin, b.june 29, 1889, Angers, Quebec 5) Joseph Ovila Potvin, b. feb 20, 1891, Angers 6) Joseph Honoré Potvin, b. sept, 25, 1892, Angers 7) Marie Luce Potvin, b. feb 22, 1894, Angers 8) Hectorine Marguerite Potvin, b. april 14, 1895, Angers 9) Dorina Potvin, b. 1896, Angers 10) Marie Onezime, Exilda, Potvin, b. may 13, 1897, Angers 11) Joseph Hector Potvin, b. feb 10, 1899, Angers 12) Joseph Jules Potvin, b. feb 16, 1900, Angers 13) Melina Albertine Potvin, b. may 11, 1903, Angers 14) Aime Potvin, b. july 07, 1905, Angers 15) Emile Adonai Potvin, b.dec 21, 1906, Angers 16) Jules Hector Potvin, b, jan 03, 1909, Angers 17) Napoleon Firmain Potvin, b. nov 25, 1910, Angers Let's go back to Victoire Brule and Joseph Poitevin (Podvin): They were both born abt. 1841 in P. of Qc. They got married april 27, 1862 in P. of Qc. They had 5 children: 1)Edouard Potvin, b. april 21, abt 1856, Angers 2) Joseph Philemon Podvin, b. abt 1867, P. of Qc. 3) Virginie Potvin, b. june 15, 1872 4) Theotiste Potvin, b, august 30, 1867 5) Thomas Potvin, b. abt 1871, P. of Qc. I have nothing on Joseph Poitevin 's parents The only thing I have on Victoire Brule is the name of her parents: Alexis Brule and Genevieve Thomas Tranchemontagne. If anyone has some information to tell me, I would appreciate. (Frank said he had more information on the Thomas dit Tranchemontagne family). By the way, Frank said that alexis Brulé, was the son of Alexis. Is this a mistake? I also hope that my information may be of help Benoit Robert
August 23, 2004: Hello I am curious of Azilda Lacoste was born sept 14, 1868 in St-André-Avellin, Qc. I could not see her birth in the Parish register and wondered if you had her Parent's names ? I have been researching Lacasse family which is similar to Lacoste but may have no relation to each other. In my Book there is a Dit name for Lacoste it was Langeudoc but nothing on that name is in the book. Write Soon Cheryl
August 27, 2004: Hi! Azilda (or Sophie-Exilda) was the daughter of Raphael Lacoste and Hermesime Belisle, who were married Sep 26 1859 in St-Andre-Avellin. Raphael's parents were Charles Lacoste and Josette Riendeau. Let me know if you need more than this. Back to Azilda - the book I have gives a birthdate of Aug 14 1867. I'm checking the 1901 census to see if she's in there...can't seem to find her. As for Lacasse - I don't think I've ever come across that form in my research - I would say it's of no relation to Lacoste. Languedoc is indeed the dit name for Lacoste - our immigrant ancestor, Alexandre Lacoste dit Languedoc, was presumably so named to indicate his origin - Languedoc is a province in south-west France. Many of his descendants keep this as a dit name - generally it gets dropped after about 3-4 generations. Unlike many other dit names, I haven't noticed many (if any) branches which actually replace Lacoste with Languedoc. Hope this helps - later! Martin __________________________- hello All I was hoping to hear a response from Benoit Robert to see if he new Azilda's parent's name's but no reply yet? Martin emailed me and said he didn't think he emailed you what he had on Azilda and to post what I sent you. He found a few other famillies of interest in your site and he will be looking further through the search engine you have. Cheryl
November 24, 2004: Thanks to Frank Watters for the following: Hi Al (and all others listed); While searching in St-Redempteur, Hull I found the following: Funeral of Mary Ann Brown, d/o Richard and Bridget Tierney, 43 yrs old., died on 8 April, 1905, fineral on 10 April, 1905 in the presence of Joseph Chevalier, Edouard Pilote, Henry Brown and William McKay. Interred in Notre Dame Cemetery, Ottawa. It seems that Mary Ann never married. (Source: Drouin microfilm #3000, Paroisse de St-Rédempteur, Hull, 1902- ??) ... Frank Watters
November 29, 2004: Good morning Al, my name is Denis Brown and I have used the Bytown site for 85% of my research. I have found the work provided to be top notch. My interest lies within the Potvin site. Henry Brown/Alexina Potvin. I am their Great Great Grandson. I have gathered the information provided from this site and added a little to it through various family members. I am writing you today to say thanks for your time and efforts as well as to the others who have help this site progress. I would also like to ask if my name and email could be added to the list along with Lorne`s Sue`s Frank`s and yours. Lorne and I share information and Frank Waters has been a GREAT help. I am hoping one day to give something back. With my name and email on your web site maybe I will be able to help some other family member one day. Thank you. Denis Brown e-mail: prog@kingston.net
December 2, 2004: Hi I’m looking for any information concerning the marriage (date, name of parents and grandparents, etc) between Jean Baptiste Potvin and Marie Reine Albert, sometime between 1820 and 1859. I’m a descendant of their son, Augustin, married to Margerite Sabourin in 1882. See my Brule page at www.bytown.net/brule.htm ... Monique _________________ Hi Monique: Thanks for your e-mail. Here's the marriage record for Jean Baptiste and Reine. The marriage occurred at Notre Dame RC church on Sussex Drive in Ottawa. Unfortunately the parents names are not given. 2 Jul 1839, Bytown After three publications of banns, marriage of Jean Baptiste Potvin of this place to Reine Albert also of this place Witnesses: Francois Chartrand, Henri Albert, John Albert & others Source: Ellen Paul's records of Notre Dame. Do you mind if I add your e-mail to the Potvin web page on my site? Also, I'd like to start a new page for the Brûlé name which would point to your web site. Thanks again for this. ... Al Lewis ________________ Thanks for the info. You can post my message on the board as well as my link Monique ________________ also posted on December 2, 2004: Hi Gang; I see that the Potvin surname has really attracted a lot of attention. Since I'm probably the "depository" of most of the Potvin/Albert/Chartrand data, plus a few other related families, most of whom came from the Argenteuil Seigniory in Quebec, I don't know if I will be able to keep up, or even where to start. However, following up on Al's message in response to Monique's, while it is true that the parents of Jean Baptiste Potvin were not listed, by checking off the sponsors at different baptisms, where the relationship was shown; from the church records at Rigaud, Quebec and other sources, including Bruce Elliott's book "The City Beyond" I know for a fact that Jean Baptiste's parents were Pierre-Edouard Damour-dit-Potvin and Françoise Miville. Those two were married on 17 October, 1803 in St-Benoit, Qc. Pierre (as he was called) and Françoise both died a few months apart in 1891 in Ottawa. The Potvin/Miville couple had 10 children. One died, and another "disappeared" in the sense that I couldn't find either a wedding or a funeral for him. Of the eight remaining, six moved to Bytown and two to Mount St Patrick. Likewise, the parents of Marie-Reine Albert were Jean Baptiste Albert and Marie-Josephte Letang. There were seven Albert brothers and sisters in Bytown, having moved there from Argenteuil about 1833. Three Albert brothers married Potvin sisters, and of course Jean Baptiste Potvin married an Albert girl. Another Albert girl was married to Jean-Noel-Marie Rocbrune de Larocque (Larocque) and they lived in Cumberland. Most of the children from that Larocque family moved to Aldfield and Wolfe Lake on the Quebec side. Initially, those Bytown families all moved into vacant "shanties" after the end of the construction of the Rideau canal. Elliott has a rough map in his book showing where each family lived around Dow's swamp as it was then called. Later, some moved to Hogsback, where one of the Potvin's was lock master for a while. Most of the others moved into Mechanicsville and Hintonburgh which are part of Ottawa as it is today. But in those late 1800's, that part was still known as Nepean. My grgrandfather Samuel (Francis Xavier) Albert moved to Hintonburgh, corner of Bay and Biddy (now Lisgar) where he eventually bought 10½ acres. Oh, in passing Brian, Felicite Roquebrune's mother was an Albert, and her grandmother was---you guessed it I'm sure--a Potvin. Unfortunately, I haven't yet been able to find the parents of Francois Chartrand who married Olive Potvin, d/o Pierre and Francoise Miville. But I'm working on it. I also have some Thomas-dit-Tranchemontagne research to complete. I should mention that Sue Herbert, her sister Mary Flack, and last but not least, Jacques Potvin, Toronto, (Brian's cousin) have been very helpful in digging out data on the Potvin and Albert families and other related familes. Frank
July 11, 2005: Good afternoon: Re Potvin and Lecuyer HELP!!!!!! I came across your name while reading through E-MAILS regarding the above subjects. I am a grand-daughter of Augustin Potvin, son of Joseph & Julie, brother of Alex (Manotick General Store). Augustin married Felicite Rockburn (or Rochebrune) They had 2 children - my father Lionel Potvin & a daughter Yvonne Potvin. Al could you please send me a copy of dates you mentioned re Potvin, Lecuyer, Albert group. When much younger I spent summer holidays at Manotick Station store as Alex & Valerie were my god-parents. Thanks in advance for any help you can give. Jane Buck _________________ Hi Jane: Thanks for your e-mail. Nice to hear from another person who has Manotick Station connections. I'm not sure which dates you are referring to. There are three main web pages on our site which are concerned with the Lecuyer family (www.bytown.net/lecuyer.htm) , the Potvin family (www.bytown.net/brown.htm) and the Albert family who are at www.bytown.net/watters.htm In addition, you will probably find other pioneers from these families by entering their surnames (one at a time) into the search engine near the top of the main web page which is at www.bytown.net My grandfather's brother, William Burns, also owned the store at Manotick Station, in the early 1900's. His farm was just up the road where the Ultimate Frisbee Club is today. There was a Dora Potvin who was married to one of my Burns ancestors. It was a close neighbourhood in the 1800's and a lot of us are connected. Somewhere I have an old newspaper clipping about when the store was robbed and two of the Potvins were tied up, escaped, and chased the robbers down the railway tracks. (Alexander Potvin and his nephew). Do you mind if I add your e-mail to the Potvin page as a contact for other researchers? Please let me know. I believe that Frank Watters has a very complete family tree of the Potvins. Thanks again. ... Al ____________________ Good evening Al; By all means please add my e-mail to page. I did meet your relative Art that was married to Dora years ago. We were some of the Potvin clan that had moved to the Dows Lake area where my grandfather Gus & his brother Alec built a family home at 1060 Bronson. My grandmother (Felicite Rockburne) had been raised on their family property near Dows Lake, actually, what is now known as Sunset Blvd, Lakeside area & Felicite did not want to live WAY OUT in Manotick. So grandpa became a city slicker & worked for the Ottawa Water Works. We lived with my grandmother after she became a widow so I was raised in my granpa's house & all the Manotick, Bowesville, South Gloucester gang used to visit quite often. And I visited them. I regret not taking time to learn more of family history at that time. I now have a 14 year old grand-daughter who is simply addicted to geneology so all this info is a trip for both of us to take together. Thanks for the web sites. I appreciate the help. I have never seen Potvin spelled in so many different ways!!!!!!!!! Jane Buck ___________________ Hi Jane: In the early church records from the 1830's, Potvin is spelled "Pas de Vin" ("no wine" in French) by the Irish priests. In the 1830's, the Potvin family lived at Hog's Back. ... Al
December 22, 2005:
Edouard Potvin et Azilda Lacoste, Angers, Quebec
Bonjour! Votre français est très bien! Vous pouvez m'écrire en anglais si vous voulez. Je suis capable de lire l'anglais c'est seulement que je ne l'écris pas très bien. Je suis une descendante d'Edouard Potvin et d'Azilda Lacoste (ce sont mes arrières grands-parents). J'ai commencé a faire la généalogie de la famille. Est-ce que vous avez des informations sur cette famille? Comment fait-on pour pouvoir poster des messages sur votre site? Bravo encore pour votre beau site! Merci pour vos réponses. ... Nathalie
January 13, 2006: Hi! Anybody have information about the first husband of Ovide Marie D'amour (the father of Joseph Potvin)? Thank You. ... Nathalie
July 21, 2006: Hi So I had been trying to gather information for a good friend of mine on a Henry Potter who married a Genevive Stinson took me two year's but I figured out Genevives's names was Jennie Stimpson she was Daughter of Thomas Stimpson Mary Pohrn after searching Ancestry.ca Birth Death and Marriage I discover this Mary Pohrn was the Daughter of Joseph Potria and Mary Albert, Pohrn and Potria was actually Potvin after a closer look at the written word's of course. Not to sure if any of these record's had been found but thought someone might like them . I have access to the Orignal written record's for the Death's only but this was easier to copy. I also found a Death for a Joseph Potvin in 08 Nov 1881 age 80 born in Quebec . I might assume this to be Joseph Potvin who married Marie Albert but not certain ? Any Idea's. I'm still looking for the Thomas Stimpson information though. Nothing pop's out at me right now. not even a Marriage for him. He could still be a Stinson but his Daughter's Certificate showed a P in the name. ... Cheryl ____________________ Hi Cheryl; Joseph Potvin who died in 1881 was the husband of Felicité (Phoebe) Labreche. They were the parents of Joseph Potvin who married Marie Albert. Joseph Potvin, husband of Marie Albert was born on April 3, 1834 in Nepean and died on June 11, 1895. He was baptised in Notre Dame Basilica in Ottawa while the funeral took place in St-Jean Baptiste Church, Ottawa. As for Stimpson, the name was variously written Timson, Stimson, Simson, Stimpson and perhaps Stinson. May have had a pronounciation problem there. According to the wedding of Thomas and Marie Potvin in St Jean Baptiste Church, Ottawa, Thomas' father was also named Thomas, while his wife was Louisa or Laura Timson. Don't know whether the maiden name of Louisa/Laura was Timson or some other name. Usually, the French Cath. priests recorded the name of a married woman under her maiden name. As you can see, the name at the wedding was entered as Timson. Frank
April 8, 2008: Hi Everyone, We are Adams Sicard from Montreal and my grandmother is Marie Margerite Onesime Potvin born 10 Oct 1891 Russell Ont. Her parents are Olivier Potvin and Rose Anna Desrosiers. She was married to Athanase Sicard in Russell Ont. They are both buried in Gogama Ontario. My other Sicard grandfathers are buried in Bourget Ont. And a gggg father Luc Plouffe dit Sicard 1794 from Chateauguay Que. is buried Clarence Creek Ont. 52898. If I follow my french roots, we are descendent from Jean Blouf who arrived in New France and married Marie Madeleine in Notre Dame Church Ville Marie (Montreal). Their children used the name Plouffe and Luc became Plouffe dit Sicard then my mother married an Adams. A search at google or rootsweb and ancestry.com tells us we decend from the Daughters of the King. We are always looking for the birth place of Athanase who told his family of an American and of a First Nation (NP) connection; however there is no birth certifcate. We know his sister Cecile Sicard was born 1915 Byng Inlet Ont. I thank you for any help you can give me on these subjects. Yours truly, John C Adams tggradm@sympatico.ca
April 15, 2008: Hi all, On my grandmothers death registration Ontario, her parents are listed as Olivier Potvin and Rosana Dubossiers. Rosana birth is listed as Embrun Ont. John
February 19, 2011: POTVIN FAMILY REUNION in 2012 Hi Al, I was hoping you would be able to add some info to the Potvin and Albert family page about a Potvin Reunion that will be taking place in 2012. Anyone can contact me at potvinreunion@hotmail.com. I am unsure of the location at the moment, but it will be in Ottawa, hopefully in summer of 2012. It will be for all descendants of Jean Damour Poitevin and his wife Marie-Anne Magnin (his son Joseph Damour Poitevin, married to Francoise Prieur dit Lafleur. Any family tree information and pictures can be forwarded to this email address above. I would really appreciate this. There are so many of us that it is difficult to just jump on a branch and find living descendants, but of course eventually this is what I will be doing. Thanks So much, Kelsey
July 9, 2013: Note: There is more Potvin family information on our page for The Potvin Family, by Steve Morin.
November 12, 2014: I am looking to find any information on a relative of mine named Peter Potvin. He was born in Ottawa and died in 1922. His son was Alexander Potvin of the Ottawa Fire Department. Peter Potvin is buried at Notre Dame Cemetery in the grave of his daughter, Alexina Brown. His name is not on the headstone but I have confirmed that he is buried there. I am looking for any personal information about him and I would certainly like to see any photos of him that you may have in your possession. I look forward to your reply. Steve Morin
Thanks to Taylor Kennedy for the following photograph: Alexander Potvin of the Ottawa Fire Department Alexander Potvin from the Ottawa Fire Department

October 2, 2015: Here is a very interesting paper by Stephen Morin whose ancestor was a suspect in a murder at a charivari in Ottawa in 1881. This pesearch paper is very well written and is an example of how these things could get out of hand and lead to, in this case, a murder. Mr. Morin's ancestor was completely cleared of any wrong-doing. I lived in this same neighbourhood in the 1950's and attitudes were the same as they were in 1881, at least in the Bell Sreet area. ... Al Read Mr. Morin's paper here.

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