posted April 25, 2006 03:24 PM
We are the grandchild, grandchild-in-law & great-grandchildren of Miranda POLIQUIN nee LARAMEE who was the daughter of Hermenegilde LARAMEE & Odelie DESROCHERS of St-Bonaventure-d'Upton, Que moved in 1912 to St. Eustache, Cartier, MB. Miranda was the wife of Phillipe POLIQUIN of North Providence, Rhode Island, USA.
We have a large portrait type photo of a gentleman in the family that we think might be Hermenegilde. Also, another large portrait type of a couple that we believe might be an older Hermenegilde and Odelie.
The only living child of Miranda & Philippe POLIQUIN is rather old and can be pretty "fuzzy" in his recollections at times. Uncle Nick thinks that these pictures are of his Grandfather Hermenegilde and Grandmother Odelie but isn't sure.
We have a news clipping from 1960 of Miranda and her brother Joseph that mentions in the description that they had been separated for more than 50 years. From that I surmise that with all of Grandma Miranda's Laramee family so far removed from the New England-Quebec area, personal visits must have been few and far between. It's no wonder Uncle Nick isn't sure of who the people are in the photos; I suppose he might have had only a few face to face visits with his Laramee grandparents in his lifetime.
We would like to establish contact with members of our MB Laramee family to try and get some help in identifying, if possible, the family in these photos.
We started researching our family genealogies about 4 years ago. Unfortunately, we didn't get started when Grandma Miranda and her older children who might have remembered something about the Laramee family were still alive and clear in their memories. Grandma Miranda died in 1971 and all of her children except for Joseph Octave - Uncle Nick - have now passed away.
We would like to learn more about our Laramee ancestors and the present MB family. We have been finding siblings of Grandma Miranda such as Ernest whom we didn't know about and we a name or two such as Magill whom we don't know if he would be a cousin or sibling. Many questions but only Uncle Nick left now to ask.
I hope we can establish contact and at least learn if the gentleman in the photos is Hermenegilde and the lady Odelie or if they are someone on the Poliquin side.
Yes, somewhere in the 1920's a bureaucrat messed up the spelling of the name and Grandma Miranda, widowed with 9 children to worry about, just left it that way. I imagine it was simpler than trying to "fight city hall" but we'll never know for sure so now we are Peloquin's.