Hi again Jay,
We corresponded in another thread a couple days ago. I was looking for a missing Etienne.
Here, you mentioned Sister Marie Jeanne, which rang bells for me. My sister and a cousin both have a book by a Sister Marie Edouard (Lucienne Desautels by birth). She is/was a relative of Sister Marie Jeanne. The largest portion of this book covers the descendants of Avila and Amanda Desautels from whom both sisters descend, but the first 19 pages are devoted to the immigrant Pierre. Since the book primarily covers members of the Catherine Lorion line and I come from the Marie Remy line, I haven't paid much attention to it. However, in reading these threads, I thought all of you might like to know about the book. It's about 200 pages. One of the last major entries is about a Desautels reunion of over 200 Desautels descendants in Okanagan Falls, BC on July 6-8, 1984. At that time, according to a caption under a photo of Marie Jeanne and Agenor, they were the only two surviving children of Avila. By May '97 Sister Marie Jeanne was in an infirmary in Sillery, BC "struggling bravely." Anyway, there is a ton of information in this book, as well as family trees, pictures, origin of the family name, a discussion of where the "dit lapointe" did and did not come from, much historical data about the original Pierre including pictures of the baptismal font in Malicorne where he would have been baptised and a copy of his birth certificate; also a coat-of-arms supplied by Edgar D. of Omak, WA, where many Desautels live. Sister Marie Edouard spent her retirement researching this book and even traveled to France in her efforts. All sources are well-documented.
Since the author was born in 1914, she may also have passed on. The only address my family has for her is
Sister Lucienne Desautels
Gravelbourg, Sask. Can. SOH 1x0
It's been about 8-10 years since my relatives ordered the book from her at this address. So I don't know if the address is still good or if the book is still available for purchase. I also am not sure if it is copyrighted. If it isn't copyrighted and it is no longer in print, we may be able to share some photocopies. I don't know what the legalities are there. Certainly, we would be willing to read the book and relate what info we find. (When I told my sis about this e-group, she posted a note about the book in another thread.)
Sister Marie Edouard preferred to be addressed as Sister Lucienne Desautels. She belonged to the order of the Sisters of Jesus and Mary. Since I would like to purchase a copy of this book for myself, I have tried to locate this order in Canada and see if they know if she is alive, etc. but I have so far been unable to locate the Motherhouse or the convent in Gravelbourg. If any one can do this, I would love to know how to contact her/them.
I will be happy to help all I can, if anyone needs more info.
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