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Welcome , and some history of the Bushway name
Posted by: Susan Stevens (ID *****4263) Date: June 21, 2002 at 14:52:27
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Hello,

The name Bushway sounds English, but is derived from the Acadian French name of Bourgeois.This was one of the most prominent families in early Acadia in what is now called Nova Scotia. All the Bourgeois and Bushways are descended from Jacques Bourgeois, a surgeon who came to Acadia in the early 1600s. I will post more about him in a future entry.

In 1755 and successive years the English deported the peaceful Acadian people to all the American colonies, to English jails, to Australia, and other places. Some escaped into New Brunswicck and some to Quebec, but thousands died. Families were all split up on purpose, and records destroyed, so that even now the pieces are being put back together. Destruction of the Acadians as a people was the plan.

Some who were in England were freed and sent to France, and many of those ended up in Louisiana as "Cajuns." And yes, there are plenty of Bourgeois there today who are our relatives.

The Bushways of New Hampshire and Vermont seem to be all from one branch of the Bourgeois family (I think, but can't be totally sure yet. Claude Bourgeois and his wife Marie LeBlanc and all their children were all deported to Massachusetts, primarily to Amesbury, where they lived a grim existence for 12 years, during which time Cllude died. But all the others survived, and in 1768 when they were free, the whole family went (perhaps walked, as many did) to Quebec, to a place called St-Jacques l'Achigan, now called St-Jacques de Montcalm. One of the children of Marie LeBlanc and Claude Bourgeois was named Germain Bourgeois.He married Ludivine-Elizabeth Belliveau, who was born in exile in Massachusetts. They had many children, but the first one born out of exile was Joseph Hosea Bourgeois. Josep married twice and had many children both times. As far as I can tell, all or most of the Bushways came from the children of his second marriage to Marguerite Gertrude Thibodeau. Here is the line from there to two generations, showing the name change. More anon.

Sue.

Descendants of MARGUERITE GERTRUDE THIBODEAU
                                   
       1        MARGUERITE GERTRUDE THIBODEAU       b: 1788 in St. Leon, Quebec              d: October 20, 1866 Canaan, NH
.              +JOSEPH HOSEA BOURGEOIS       b: August 01, 1777 in St. Jacques L'Achigan (Montcalm) Quebec       m: February 21, 1814 St-Gregoire, Nicolet, Quebec       d: Canaan, NH?
       2        Marie Marguerite Bourgeois I       b: 1814              d: 1814
       2        Jean Bourgeois IV       b: 1815              d: 1815
       2        CHARLES BOURGEOIS       b: November 12, 1816 in St-Jacques-de-Montcalm, Quebec              d: 1888
....              +Nanette Poirier                     
              *2nd Wife of CHARLES BOURGEOIS:                     
....              +Domathilde Roach                     
              *3rd Wife of CHARLES BOURGEOIS:                     
....              +Sophie Roach                     
              *4th Wife of CHARLES BOURGEOIS:                     
....              +JULIA TRUDEAU MAILLET       b: Abt. 1819       m: Abt. 1840 maybe Trois Rivieres, Quebec       
...       3        JULIENNE BUSHWAY       b: Abt. 1845              d: 1887 Canaan, New Hampshire
.......              +JOSEPH DION       b: 1833 in St-Damase, Quebec       m: Abt. 1856 Canada (?)       d: July 03, 1922 Campton, Grafton County, NH
...       3        Thomas (Damase) Delima Bushway       b: April 21, 1846 in Trois Rivieres, Quebec              d: December 23, 1918 Ashburnham, Massachusetts
.......              +Delima (Aubertin Albertin) Hobart       b: December 27, 1847 in Boucherville, Quebec       m: May 05, 1865 Canaan, NH       d: January 11, 1941 Walpole or Canaan, NH
...       3        George Bushway I       b: Abt. 1847              
       2        Moise Bourgeois       b: Abt. 1820 in Canada              
....              +Marie Pellerin              m: January 12, 1841 St-Gregoire, Nicolet, Quebec       
...       3        Rosa G. Bushway       b: 1862 in West Canaan, NH              
.......              +H. J. Pettengill       b: 1862 in Enfield, NH              
       2        Marie Marguerite Bourgeois II       b: 1820              d: 1820
       2        Pierre Paul Bourgeois       b: 1822              
       2        Theotise Bourgeois I       b: 1823 in Trois Rivieres, Quebec              d: February 20, 1898 Canaan, NH
....              +Charles Lefebvre-dit-Descoteaux II       b: January 10, 1823 in Trois Rivieres, Quebec       m: January 27, 1845 St. Gregoire Parish, Nicolet, Quebec       d: February 10, 1902 Canaan, NH
...       3        Delia (Delina) R. Decato       b: April 13, 1846 in St-Leonard, Quebec or Canaan, NH              d: November 24, 1918 Canaan, NH
.......              +Joseph Rameor       b: in Canaan or Canada              
...       3        Charles Decato, Jr.       b: November 20, 1848 in Canada              d: January 07, 1914 Canaan, NH
.......              +Elizabeth (Lizzie) W. LaPorte              m: September 19, 1892 Canaan, NH       
...       3        Joseph Allen Decato       b: September 08, 1849 in Canaan, NH              d: August 06, 1919 Dorchester, NH
.......              +Agnes Margaret Hill       b: March 04, 1857 in Stanstead, Quebec       m: January 23, 1873 Canaan, NH       
...       3        Henry Decato       b: January 04, 1852 in Canaan, NH              
.......              +Josephine Virginia Martin       b: 1848 in Canaan, NH       m: October 12, 1874       
...       3        John Decato       b: January 13, 1856 in Canaan, NH              
.......              +Nellie Palmer                     
...              *2nd Wife of John Decato:                     
.......              +Mary Alice Hill       b: May 17, 1857 in Lebanon Township, New Hampshire       m: January 06, 1876 Canaan, NH       
...       3        Leander Decato       b: May 17, 1860 in Canaan, NH              d: November 17, 1928 Canaan, NH
.......              +Georgiana Garhardt Beauregard       b: 1865 in Royalton, Vt.       m: Abt. 1880 Canaan, NH       
...              *2nd Wife of Leander Decato:                     
.......              +Marie Laura Bournival              m: February 02, 1884 Lebanon, NH       
...       3        [4] Oscar C. Decato       b: April 06, 1862 in Canaan, NH              d: August 20, 1931 Canaan, NH
.......              +Clara Rosanna LaPorte                     
...              *2nd Wife of [4] Oscar C. Decato:                     
.......              +[3] Delia Bourgeois       b: 1868       m: February 02, 1884 Lebanon, NH       d: March 21, 1886 Canaan, NH
...              *3rd Wife of [4] Oscar C. Decato:                     
.......              +Sophia Theriault       b: 1863 in Canada       m: July 06, 1895 Franklin, NH       
...              *4th Wife of [4] Oscar C. Decato:                     
.......              +Carrie Westcott Powell       b: 1871 in Danbury       m: April 18, 1907 Danbury       
...       3        Elizabeth (Lizzie) Decato       b: July 04, 1864 in Canaan, NH              d: July 01, 1934 Canaan, NH
.......              +Philias (Fillie) Giguere              m: November 15, 1892 Lebanon, NH       
...       3        Celina Decato       b: Abt. 1866 in Canaan, NH              
.......              +Napolean Giguere              m: November 24, 1886 Lebanon, NH       
...       3        Sara Rose Decato       b: Abt. 1867              
...       3        Mary Decato II       b: March 12, 1870              d: December 28, 1897 Canaan, NH
.......              +George Douville              m: August 24, 1891 Canaan, NH       
...       3        Emily Decato       b: 1865              
       2        Joseph Lin Bourgeois       b: 1825              
       2        Jean Louis Bourgeois       b: 1827              
       2        Marguerite Bourgeois IV       b: 1830 in Canada              
....              +Telesphore (Thomas) F. Descoteaux       b: March 1832 in Canada       m: 1852 Canada       d: June 07, 1914 Canaan, NH
...       3        Henry William Decato       b: Abt. 1855              
.......              +Ellen Young       b: 1858 in Canaan, NH       m: February 12, 1878 Sacre Couer, Lebanon, NH       d: North Adams, Massachusetts
...       3        Thomas Decato       b: in Enfield, NH              
.......              +Mary Bennett              m: August 23, 1879 Lebanon, NH       
...       3        [2] Joseph C. Descoteau       b: May 21, 1859 in Canaan, NH              d: December 23, 1907 Canaan, New Hampshire
.......              +Lucendy Vigneau              m: September 06, 1881 Lebanon, NH       
...              *2nd Wife of [2] Joseph C. Descoteau:                     
.......              +[1] Mary Leoncadie Bushway       b: September 16, 1861 in Canaan or Enfield, NH       m: Abt. 1885       
...       3        Delia Belleveau Decato       b: Abt. 1864 in Canaan, New Hampshire              d: July 30, 1949 Franklin, NH
.......              +Rameul Daneau              m: February 25, 1889 Franklin, NH       
...              *2nd Husband of Delia Belleveau Decato:                     
.......              +Anthony Bennett              m: January 02, 1892 Canaan, NH       
...       3        Margaret (Melia) Decato       b: 1865              
.......              +Joseph Bennett       b: 1863 in St. Francis, Quebec              
...       3        Margaret Decato       b: 1869              
...       3        Mary Decato       b: Abt. 1870              
...       3        Hattie Decato       b: 1869              d: February 15, 1899 Bristol, NH
.......              +Edouard Giguere       b: 1866 in North Becket, Mass.       m: November 21, 1888 Lebanon, NH       
       2        Joseph Sirfrois (William) Bourgeois       b: January 12, 1836 in St. Leon, Quebec              d: January 09, 1900 Canaan, NH
....              +Delina (Summers) Deshaies-De-St-Cyr       b: 1839 in Canada       m: Abt. 1856       
...       3        Mary Rose Bushway                     
...       3        Houlien Bourgeois       b: February 26, 1858              
...       3        Narcise (Nelson) Bushway       b: 1859 in Enfield, NH              
.......              +Selina (Dina) Bushway       b: in Manchester, NH       m: November 18, 1882       
...       3        [1] Mary Leoncadie Bushway       b: September 16, 1861 in Canaan or Enfield, NH              
.......              +[2] Joseph C. Descoteau       b: May 21, 1859 in Canaan, NH       m: Abt. 1885       d: December 23, 1907 Canaan, New Hampshire
...       3        Charles Houliereme Bourgeois       b: August 22, 1865 in Canaan, NH              d: April 13, 1941 Lakeport, NH
.......              +Alvina (Lena) Wing       b: 1879 in Manchester, NH or Thetford, Vt.       m: August 31, 1895 New Hampshire       
...       3        Emelie Delina Bourgeois       b: April 16, 1867 in Canaan, NH              
...       3        [3] Delia Bourgeois       b: 1868              d: March 21, 1886 Canaan, NH
.......              +[4] Oscar C. Decato       b: April 06, 1862 in Canaan, NH       m: February 02, 1884 Lebanon, NH       d: August 20, 1931 Canaan, NH
...       3        Marguerite Bourgeois V       b: February 02, 1870 in Canaan, NH              
...       3        John-de-Baptiste Bourgeois       b: 1871 in Canada or Canaan, NH              d: 1941 Claremont, NH
.......              +Ida Bushway       b: 1870 in Canaan, NH       m: White River Junction, VT       d: 1943
...       3        Marie Delena Bourgeois       b: July 09, 1873 in Canaan, NH              d: July 09, 1873 Canaan, NH
...       3        Josephine Otaice Bourgeois       b: August 22, 1874 in East Canaan, NH              
...       3        Rose Alais Bourgeois       b: April 16, 1876              
...       3        Joseph Leon Bourgeois       b: July 11, 1877              d: November 23, 1885 East Canaan, NH
...       3        Unknown Bushway       b: 1880 in Trois Rivieres, Quebec              





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