Gainesville, Florida, USA
Thank you so much for your post. I was also thrilled to see a Barolet forum. I had requested that one be created quite some time ago and never heard back so I figured there were not enough requests. Perhaps someone else had also made this request.
We (my sister, Sandra, my uncle Al, and myself) trace our Barolet family to northern New York, USA, where my great-grandfather, Francis Joseph Barolet (1827-1891), was born according to his grandson, Fr. Arlington LeMay’s records*, later moved to Vermont and Massachusetts, married twice and had thirteen children. For a time, many of the family adopted the name Bartlett, probably because of prejudice, incorrect spelling and pronunciation. Later, most reverted back to Barolet although family in the Worcester, Massachusetts area continues to use the anglicized name.
My grandfather, Alfred Barolet (1876-1937), the tenth child, was born in Massachusetts, USA, and had three sons in Rhode Island, USA. The eldest, Al, is still living and has eight children. The second son, Charles William (1917-1995), my father, had nine children, and the third son, Joseph Edward (1919-1979), had five children.
*My grandfather’s sister Martha Barolet LeMay had a son Arlington who became a priest and lived in Utah. He did the initial family genealogy work. My sister, my eldest uncle and I had been following his work but I suspect there are some inaccurate details like my g-grandfather’s birthplace, possibly birth date, and who his father was.
Arlington wrote that Francis’s father was Joseph and his mother was Sophie. I am wondering if his father was Francois-Xavier and his mother Sophie Piette who married and had a child, Josephte abt 1828 in PQ. I had one source of information that said Francois-Xavier’s father was Claude Barolet and his mother was Marguerite Grenier. My understanding is the latter re-married in 1807.
My sister and myself have been in touch with descendents of Francis Barolet but none know who his father is. I think my g-grandfather was born in “Lower Canada,” i.e., PQ, as a 1860 NY census secured by Sandra suggests and his birth date may be 1825 or 1826 rather than 1827 because of the age on the census. I know he married my g-grandmother Henriette M. Roche who was born in St. Gabriel de Brandon, PQ. His two children presumably from his first wife were also born in “Lower Canada.”
I would be very interested in more details, thank you. I know this is a long post but thought it might be helpful to locate this Barolet family in context and perhaps spark further information exchange.
Lynne Rigney Barolet
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