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Re: Who were parents of Celia/Cecilia Bissett/Bessette b. 1866 IL?
Posted by: Janelle Walton (ID *****8461) Date: April 15, 2005 at 22:29:34
In Reply to: Re: Who were parents of Celia/Cecilia Bissett/Bessette b. 1866 IL? by Dorothy Davis of 373

Hi Dorothy - thanks for your reply! Our Celia/Cecilia's are not the same person, but I do think we can help each other.

My Celia Bissett/Bessette (maiden name) (born in IL) married my gg grandfather Julius Martell (born in Quebec - moved to IL as a youngster with his family). They were married in Kankakee County, IL in 1882. So, she was known as Celia/Cecilia Martell by the time they moved to Rooks County, Kansas with their oldest 2 or 3 children. So far I have have not been able to find her parents or siblings.

I know there was at least one Bissett family living in Rooks County at that time. There was a Hubert Bissett (born in Missouri 1860) married to Louise Adams in 1884 in Kankakee. This couple moved to Rooks County and had 13 children. I have been trying to determine if my Celia/Cecilia was related to them (sister, niece, etc.??). So far, I have not been able to connect them or her back to family in IL.

I did come across the name of Cecilia (Boudreau) Bissett on an obituary list from the Plainville Times newspaper. It lists a death date of 28 March 1973 and the age at death as 75. Could this be your Cecilia?

In case you need it -
The web address for this site is

They have a simple form you can fill out and for a small fee will look up and send you a copy of an obit. I did this recently and they had a very quick turnaround time.

I did obtain the obit for Hubert Bissett - I would be happy to scan and send it to you if it might provide any clues to you.

Not to confuse things but.....
I have a Mary/Marie Boudreau b. 1889 d. 1970 in Beatrice, Nebraska married to William (Bill) Martell b. 1 May 1887 d. 1963 in Beatrice, Nebraska. He grew up in Rooks County - she might have also. Any connection with your Boudreau's??

Would like to trade more info. Let me know if this helps.


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