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Thomas Crotty {Grady} and Albertine Martel, Ste. Cécile du Bic, Rimouski, Québec
Posted by: Cherie (ID *****9229) Date: February 24, 2008 at 14:35:32
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Surnames: Crotty, Grady, Martel, Lambert, Therrien, Garrant

Looking for living descendents of this family. Je parle français un peu, aussi.

Thomas Crotty
born: 16 October 1865, Québec
died: drowned 19 May 1906, Ste. Cécile du Bic, Rimouski, Québec at 40 years old. According to his parish death register, they found his body on 9 July 1906 and brought him to the parish for burial.

Marie Albertine Martel
born: 4 July 1872, Notre Dame des Neiges de Trois Pistoles, Témiscouata, Québec
died: 4 June 1940, Lowell, Massachusetts at the home of her daughter, Ernestine Grady Lambert at 67 years old
buried: Albertine Grady is buried in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, East Chelmsford, Massachusetts, in Lot No. 356-357, Section BB with her daughter Ernestine Lambert and her family. To get to St. Joseph’s, take I - 495 North toward Lowell. Then take the Lowell Connector Exit. Then take the Plain St. Exit # 4. Turn right. You will go past St. Pat’s Cemetery on Gorham St. and take a right onto Carlisle St. at a major fork in the road from Gorham. Carlisle and Edson Streets then join together. Take a left at the end of Carlisle St. and go over the bridge which is directly over I – 495. Just after the bridge, take your first right onto Riverneck Rd. St. Joseph’s Cemetery will be shortly on your left.


Thomas Crotty was the son of John Crotty and Geneviève Element. Thomas is identified as John Crotty’s son on John’s death record. Thomas was a fisherman, day laborer, and worked in a lumber camp. Thomas Crotty’s marriage record from Paroisse Notre-Dame de Betsiamites states his parents were Thomas Crotty, farmer, and Limez Elemant, from Bassin de Gaspé. According to the oral family history, there were two generations of Thomas Crottys before the Thomas Crotty / Grady who emigrated to the US. According to the family tradition, the oldest Thomas Crotty ancestor was supposed to have married a Cree Indian woman. The family story says that Thomas worked as a lumberjack and lived in a lumber camp near LaBelle, where his son and our grandfather, Joseph Thomas Grady, was a cook. When Joseph Thomas was 12 years old, Thomas was killed while dynamiting a logjam in the river. After Thomas was killed, Albertine and her children emigrated to Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

On 6 May 1890 in the mission of St. Elisée de Bethsiamits {Paroisse Notre-Dame de Betsiamites, Sault-au-Cochon, Forestville, Bersimis,} Saguenay, Québec, Thomas married Albertine Martel who was the daughter of Cyrille Martel and Esther Caron who were members of the mission of St. Elisée de Bethsiamis at the time of her marriage. At the time of her baptism, she was named Marie Martel. Albertine’s godparents were Louis Rioux and Marie Martel, who was her sister. LO Deligny was the priest who baptized her. Her father was not present for the baptism. Albertine grew up in Mille-Vaches, now called Saint-Paul du Nord, Saguenay, Québec.

During the 1891 Canadian Census, enumerated on 10 June 1891, Thomas and Albertine lived in Mille-Vaches, Saquenay, Québec with Albertine’s widowed father, Cyrille, and her brothers, Ernest, Adelard, and David. In this census, Thomas’s last name was spelled Crêty. Also in the 1891 Census, enumerated on 30 April 1891, there was a Thomas Crotty who lived with John Crotty, Elizabeth Bond and a younger brother, John, in Malbaie, Gaspé, Québec. Both Thomases were listed as married. It is technically possible that both these men named Thomas Crotty / Crêty were the same person. During the 1901 Canadian Census, Thomas and his family lived in the same household with Edouard and Hélène Crotty in Ste. Cécile du Bic, Rimouski, Québec. Edouard {John, Jean Edmond} Crotty was the son of John Crotty and Geneviève Jane Element who married Hélène Tremblay. In the 1901 Canadian Census, both Thomas and Edouard’s last names were spelled Crêthe, both of their fathers were listed as from Ireland, and both men worked as fishermen.

According to the St. Albans Manifest Records of Canadian Border Crossings, it appears that the Crotty family emigrated into the US in at least two groups. The first group consisted of Albertine Crotty and her twin daughters, Albertine, nicknamed Bella, and Ernestine, on 1 March 1910. The second group was Albertine’s sons, Thomas and Edouard Crotty, on 28 May 1911.

Albertine Crotty entered this country under Class E. Her card spelled her last name CRTY. She listed two names on the card directly under her own name; Albertine and Ernestine. Her medical condition was found to be Good, and her card was signed by Daniel J. McDermott. The handwriting was very light on her card, but it appears that Albertine entered through the border crossing of Newport, Vermont. The place and date of issue was Canada, and her current residence was Bic. Albertine’s birthplace was Trois Pistoles. She was 37 years old and the W was circled for widow. Albertine was a seamstress. The name and address of her nearest relative was: Sister. She had never been to the US before. She was going to live with St. Gelais in Lowell, Mass. Her money shown at the crossing was $3.55. Her complexion was medium. She traveled by railroad, the B & M R. This might mean the Boston & Maine Railroad.

Albertine’s daughter, Albertine entered this country under Class E. Her card spelled her last name CRTY. Her age was 11. Her race was French and her nationality was Canada. Her medical condition was found to be good, and her card was signed by Daniel J. McDermott. The handwriting on her card was light, but it appears that daughter Albertine was accompanied by mother Albertine and entered through the Newport, Vermont border. The place and date of issue was Canada. The reason for her purpose of immigration was “Mother to seek work.” Daughter Albertine’s birthplace was St. George. The name and address of her nearest relative was: Aunt Ernestine Lavoie. Destination was Lowell. Her last place of residence was Bic, Canada.

Albertine’s other daughter, Ernestine entered this country under Class E. Her card spelled her last name CRTY. The date of her immigration was March 1, 1910. Her age was 11. Her medical condition was found to be good, and her card was signed by Daniel J. McDermott. The handwriting was faint, but it appears Ernestine entered through the Newport, Vermont border. She was accompanied by her mother Albertine. The name and address of her nearest relative is: Aunt Ernestine. Destination was Lowell, Mass to her Uncle St. Gelais.

The second group of Crotty family members were Thomas and Edouard who immigrated on 28 May 1911. The handwriting was very light on both these records.

Thomas Crotty entered the US through St. Albans, Vermont. His last name was spelled Cready on his card. He was accompanied by Edouard. His birthplace was Belzimis. His destination was his mother, Albertine Cready who lived at 248 White St. in Lowell, Mass. He had $10.00 as money shown. He was a single man and a laborer. His nearest relative was Uncle Ferdinand Lavoie who lived in Bic PQ, Can. Thomas had never been to the United States before. He was 5 feet, 7 inches tall with a medium complexion, brown hair and brown eyes. He had a mark next his right cheek. His medical condition was found to be good.

Edouard Crotty entered the US through St. Albans, Vermont. His last name was spelled Cready on his card. He was accompanied by Thomas. His birthplace was Belzimis. He had $10.00 as money shown. His last residence was listed as Bic. He was a single man and a laborer. However, unlike Thomas, Edouard had lived in the United States before from 1907 to 1911. He was 5 feet, 6 inches tall with a medium complexion, brown hair and blue eyes. He had a mark near his nose. His medical condition was found to be good. Thomas and Edouard Crotty arrived on the CNRR railroad.

The immigration records of Albert Crotty have not been found. According the US Census, he immigrated to the US in 1911. He might have traveled with other relatives.

If Edouard was born in February 1892 and immigrated in May 1911, he was 19 years old at the time of immigration. If Thomas was born in 1894 and immigrated in May 1911, he was 17 years old. The twin girls, Albertine and Ernestine, were both born in January 1895, but their immigration record said they were 11 years old.

Albertine’s older sister, Aglaée {Adele} and her husband, Henri St. Gelais, emigrated to Lowell by at least 1897. Since Edouard Crotty immigrated in 1907, it is possible that he came to live with this aunt and uncle a year after his father died in 1906 at 15 years old. Once he found work, the rest of Edouard’s family came to join him.

Once in the USA, the family changed the last name from Crotty, which was hard to spell correctly, to Grady.

Thomas and Albertine Martel Crotty / Grady’s children were:
1) Joseph Edouard Crotty, nicknamed Edward, was born 18 February 1892 in Notre Dame de Betsiamites, Québec and died around 1932. I searched the parish records for Ste. Cécile du Bic and St. Georges de Malbaie, but I could not find a death record in either one. Edward stated his birthplace as Notre Dame de Betsiamites, Québec on his Word War I US Draft Registration Card. His birth record of St. Elisée de Bethsiamits states he was baptized on 27 February 1892. His godparents were Cyril Martel and Lea Labelle, a friend of his father’s. Edward was a fisherman and a shoemaker. There is no record that Edward married. Edward completed two US World War I Draft cards, one on 13 or 14 June 1917, and another in 1918. On one form, he stated he was a stoker 1st class in the Navy and served for England. A handwritten note was included on the draft card’s second page; “This man is reported late as he came into US yesterday by ship from England.” It appears that he had served 3 years already. It should be noted that England might really mean Canada, as the country was under English rule and citizenship at the time. It appears that Edward went back and forth between Lowell and Canada, where he worked for the French newspaper called La Presse in Montréal, which was still in circulation in 2006. Around 1931 or 1932, family members returned to Canada to bury this brother and settle his estate using Edward’s will. They say Edouard lived in Montréal, was a cobbler, and had his own shoe shop. Edouard was a single man, and her father had to take a train up to Montréal to settle his affairs.

2) JOSEPH THOMAS GRADY was born on 20 April 1894 in Notre Dame de Betsiamites {St. Elisée de Bethsiamits,} Saquenay, Québec and died 30 May 1959 in Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. On 16 September 1912, he married Marie Emma Piché who was born 6 July 1893 at Notre Dame de Portneuf, Portneuf, Québec and died 11 May 1968 in Lowell. Thomas and Emma had 2 daughters, one still living, and four sons.

3) Ernestine Grady was born 30 January 1895 or 1896, baptized 25 May 1896 in St. Georges de Malbaie, Gaspé, Québec, and died 6 February 1956 in Lowell after a long illness. Her godparents were Alphonse Simoneau and Catherine Fournier, wife of Damase Comeau. In her obituary, it is stated her birthplace was in Canada. Ernestine had a twin sister, Albertine. Ernestine married Emile Lambert who was born in 1896 and died March 1968 in Lowell. She worked for a time at the Ideal Dress Shop. Ernestine, Emile, Pearl, Leo, and Donat are interred in a family plot, along with Albertine Martel Grady, in St. Joseph’s cemetery, Lots 356 and 357 in Lowell, Massachusetts. Ernestine and Emile Lambert had 5 sons and 7 daughters.

4) Albertine G. Grady, nicknamed Bella, was born 30 January 1895 or 1896, baptized 25 May 1896 in St. Georges de Malbaie, Gaspé, Québec, and died 3 October 1962 in Lowell. Her godparents were Michel Colin, fisherman, and Marie Coulliard, Michel’s wife. Albertine became a naturalized citizen in 1912. Albertine had a twin sister, Ernestine. On 19 October 1912 in Lowell, Albertine married Arthur Therrien {Therien,} who was born around 1890 in Massachusetts. On their Marriage Intentions, Albertine was listed as Albertine Crete, aged 16. Arthur was a house carpenter. Albertine was buried at St. Joseph’s cemetery, Lot 274, Section O. She is buried under the name of Angeline (Grady) Therrien, with her daughter, Loretta, her husband Arthur, and the twin Gauthier infants. Albertine and Arthur Therrien had 13 daughters.

5) Marie Elisabeth Crotty was born 23 February 1897, baptized 6 March 1898 in St. Georges de Malbaie, Gaspé, Québec, and died 10 November 1904 at 6 years old in Ste. Cécile du Bic, Rimouski, Québec. Her godparents were Edouard Crotty, her uncle, and Elisabeth Bond, her step-grandmother. The witnesses on her death record were Cyrille Martel and Cyriac Beaulieu. She is buried in the Ste. Cécile du Bic Cemetery.

6) Albert Crotty was born 3 May 1900, baptized 13 May 1900 in St. Georges de Malbaie, Gaspé, and died 22 December 1901 at 18 months old in Ste. Cécile du Bic, Rimouski, Québec. His godparents were Damase Comeau and Hélène Tremblay, wife of Edmond {Edouard} Crotty. He is buried in the Ste. Cécile du Bic Cemetery.


7) Albert Ernest Grady, nicknamed Jack, was born and baptized on 24 May 1902 in Ste. Cécile du Bic and died 18 November 1955 in Lowell. His godparents were Ernest and Ernestine Martel, aunt, both of the Bic Parish. In his obituary, it was reported his birthplace was Gaspé. He married Hedwidge L. Tremblay Garrant who was born in 26 February 1906 in Lowell and died 4 January 1978 in Lowell. Hedwidge was the birth daughter of Cléophas Tremblay and Flora Girouard and the adopted daughter of Pierre and Olivia Garrant. Hedwidge was a winder for the United Elastic Company for 13 years. Jack and Hedwidge Garrant Grady had 3 daughters and 5 sons.

8) Marie Georgiana Berthe Crotty was born and baptized on 2 March 1904 and died 25 or 27 December 1906 in Ste. Cécile du Bic at 3 years old. Her godparents were Eugene Lavoie, merchant, and Georgianne Ross. The witnesses on her death certificate were Joseph Crété and Cyriac Beaulieu. She is buried in the Ste. Cécile du Bic Cemetery.

9) Marie Jeanne Eugénie Crotty was born and baptized on 18 October 1906 in Ste. Cécile du Bic at the mission of Sacre Coeur and died 17 or 19 December 1906 at 2 months old. Her godparents were Jean Baptiste Massé, who was a manufacturer, and Eugénie Pineau. The witnesses on her death certificate were Joseph St. Pierre and Cyriac Beaulieu. She is buried in the Ste. Cécile du Bic Cemetery.

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