Joseph LaBRECHE dit DUGAS and and Genevieve VIVARAIS
from the Seigneury of Argenteuil, Quebec, to Hog's Back, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
(sometimes transcribed as LeBRUSH)
March 19, 2015: (replaced the map below)
Thank you for this interesting page on Hogs back and Dows Lake.
I am a Dugas from Ottawa, though our paternal family came from Cornwall, ON. I just wanted to point out that
the Lebrush family mentioned living at hogs back in 1847 is very likely a Labreche dit Dugas as Steve Wall pointed out.
Dow's Lake area, settlement by 1847
Map Source: Bruce Elliott, Nepean, The City Beyond, page 23
The Lebrush surname shown on the map is actually Labreche - see posting dated April 23, 2011, by David Dugas
In the book where the map originated we find the following quote:
“Joseph Labreche also called Dugas and called Lebrush on the map was the son of settlers at Nouvelle Longueuil and had
himself been a day labrourer in the Argenteuil seigeury in 1814. He lived in Clarence township in Russell County from
1823 to 1825 and in 1829 we find him working on the canal near Bytown”
Source: page 24- The city beyond: a history of Nepean, birthplace of Canada's capital, 1792-1990, by Bruce Elliott
This particular Dugas-Labreche family line descends from Jean Ducas (Dugas) dit Labreche who immigrated to Quebec
before 1708 from St. Pierre, Oloron in Bearn, near Pau, in Southwest France; quite close to the Spanish border.
His sons were voyageurs who travelled the Ottawa River to Nipigon and Makinac Island trading furs.
Dugas descendents are quite numerous in Montreal, Ottawa and points in between today.
I have forwarded the information on Joseph Labreche to a family genealogist for confirmation but there were many
Dugas Labreche in Argenteuil in the early 1800’s.
Thanks again for this interesting page.
Philippe Dugas of Montreal has a database of just about every member of this family. I have asked him to look into
Joseph below and see if we can provide you with a complete genealogical trail. You may include my reply to the
page and I will see if, with the help of Philippe, provide some more information or even photos for a new page.
Steve, yes, I would like to see that info you mentioned in your email. Thank you,
Thanks to the help of Steve Wall, we have pieced the genealogy of Joseph Labreche (Lebrush) dit Dugas:
Joseph Labreche dit Dugas,was married to Genevieve Pharand dit Vivarais
Marriage: 22 August, 1814, Ste. Madeleine de Rigaud, QC
His parents were:
PIERRE-JOSEPH married 10-13-1783 to CYR (Sire)MARIE ELISABETH
1750-08-31 St-Laurent DUGAS-LABRECHE PIERRE & BIBEAU MARIE-JOSEPHE
s/o Jean Ducas (Dugas) dit Labreche of St. Pierre, Oloron-Sainte-Marie, Pyrenees Atlantiques, France and
Marie Charlotte Vandandaigue m 1708 Beauport, Quebec.
The book with the 1847 Lebrush map (Nepean: The City Beyond by Bruce Elliott) makes
mention of Joseph's father Pierre. I will need to go to the library and see the full text to confirm he was
also living at Hogs Back. He may be the same Pierre Duga dit Labreche who is cited as a voyageur in this document:
This would place a documented "voyageur" with good knowledge of the Ottawa River living at hog's back and presumably
one of the pioneer settlers in this area. I descend from Pierre's uncle so same family but a different branch.
I will try to confirm these 2 Pierre's are one in the same person, but my fellow Dugas researcher already has written
that one Pierre Dugas son of Pierre and Marie Josephe Bibeau was a voyageur.
Here are a couple of early records showing the Labreche and Potvin families at Hog's Back in 1831:
(Source: Drouin records at ancestry.ca)
22 Aug 1831
After three publications of banns, marriage of Joseph Potvin to Phoebe Labreche both from Hogsback
Witnesses: Joseph Labreche and Peter Potvin
M. Lalor, Priest
10 Nov 1833
Baptism of Louise, daughter of Jean Baptiste Albert and Marguerite Labreche
Godparents: Antoine Chretien & Angelique Albert
the name Vivarais is mentioned in 1847:
15 Feb 1847
After three publications of banns, marriage of Joseph Galipeau of Hogsback, widower of Exupere Tourville,
to Henriette Labreche Dugas, minor daughter of Joseph Labreche Dugas and Genevieve Vivarais of Hogsback
Witnesses: Gaspard Pelletier and Joseph Labreche, father of the bride
The Pelletier family is also shown on the 1847 map of Hog’s Back. There was quite a community of families there!
Most of them moved to the Manotick Station Road together (including the Nevins family) who were also at Hog's Back in 1847.
Also shown on the map are the Fagan and McCabe families who moved to South Gloucester.
There is an Albert family still living on the Manotick Station Road. A few years ago, I spoke with Mr. Art Albert.
He owned what is now the property of Sleepy Cedars Family Camping at http://www.sleepycedarsfamilycamping.ca/ .
My ancestors and the Albert family were next-door neighbours in the 1800’s. Mr. Albert told me about him being the
first bulldozer operator in the lumbering operations in Pontiac County. Before that time, horses were used.
The Albert farm was originally settled by the Jordan family. My GGGrandfather, Lawrence Burns,
married Bridget Jordan when his first wife, Margaret Doyle, died.
This is interesting stuff.
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