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Circumstances of the deaths of Marguerite Fugere & sis in law M-Jos. Cauchon
Posted by: Tiffany Fugere (ID *****6988) Date: June 05, 2002 at 12:20:46
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In the book 'Isle of Orleans' by Pierre Georges Roy [1928] [pp 389-390], a story is told of a wedding between Louis Beaudoin and Agnes Pare the 15th of Oct 1787:
"The day was spent in rejoicings at the bride's paternal home. Saint-Francois and Saint-Joachim are not very far apart and friendly relations had always existed between people of the two neighbouring parishes. Besides this, several of Beaudoin's relatives and friends had crossed the river to attend the wedding.
The next day [16th], Beaudoin, his young wife and thirteen of their relations and friends, boarded a boat to proceed to St-Francois, where the festivities were to be continued. They had almost completed the crossing when a gust of wind capsized the heavily laden craft.
Of the fifteen peope in the boat, thirteen drowned, hardly any distance from the shore of the Island.
When the news of this sad accident reached them, the people of St-Francois went down to the shore and began the search for the bodies of these unfortunate people. They were all carried up to the very house in which the newly-married couple would have lived.
The following day, being October 17th, 1787, seven of the victims of this catastrophe were buried in the cemetery of St-Francois. They were: Louis Beaudoin, aged 37; Agnes Pare, his wife, aged about 22 years; Joseph Beaudoin, the bride-groom's brother, aged 41; Angelique Toupin, aged about 20, of St-Joachim; Joseph Guerard, aged 20; Louis Pare, aged 20, of Ste-Anne-de-Beaupre, and Prisque Pare, aged 15, of St-Ferreol.
Six others were buried in the cemetery at St-Joachim on October 18th. These were: Marie Josephte Bolduc, aged 47, wife of Joseph Pare, a captain in the St-Joachim militia; her daughter, Felicite Pare, aged 15; Jacques Talon, alias Lesperance, aged 62; Marie Josephe Lessard, wife of Pierre Pare, aged 44; Marguerite Fugere, wife of Joseph Boucher, aged 44;, and Marie Josephte Cauchon, wife of Jacques Fugere, aged 33."
The details are accompanied by 13 of 20 stanzas of a dirge that was composed shortly after the accident, and was sung on Orleans, as well as the Beaupre coast, for about 100 years after.

Tiffany Fugere


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