My great-grandfather, Jean Baptiste Coulon, was born 7 April 1841 in either Goldsmith or Redford, New York (northeast corner of the state) and died 14 September 1926 in Manchester, New Hampshire. He was one of about 21 children of Louis Coulon of Quebec.
Louis married first Marie Victoire Goulet who died in childbirth, the son Henri dying a week or so later. This was in Quebec, and Louis moved into northern New York shortly afterwards.
Louis married second (11 Jan 1825) Marie Ursule Fontaine, with whom he had 8 to 11 children. (One source says that 4 died in infancy, no further details.) Sons: Joseph, Andrew, Jean Baptiste and Charles.
Louis married third (after the death of Ursule) Marie Sophie Carriere, with whom he had another 8 children. Sons: Adolph, Moses, Henry, Louis, Fred, George.
Louis married fourth (after the death of Sophie) Matilda, with whom it appears he had one last child, Henry. There is some confusion as to whether this was Matilda's child or was Sophie's Henry.
When Sophie died and Louis married Matilda, there is anectodal evidence that Matilda was not interested in having Sophie's youngest children around and they were farmed out to other family members. Jean Baptiste brought up his half-brother Fred.
I've only taken a very quick look, but found that Charles died in the Civil War. I found a letter (long story) that indicated Jean Baptiste told a relative that his half-brother Fred worked for a Schenectady, NY company and was sent "to the redwoods," the implication being it was for work purposes. The letter says: "Frank's [my grandfather, Noel Francois Coulon]father told me one of his brother went to the Calif. redwoods, 1 went to the Red River area, one to Louisiana and one to Niagra. None of them had any education so they never heard from each other. I think it ws the first year I was married, George came to visit Frank's father. None had known his whereabouts for 40 years. Had settled in Pennsylvania ..." As the letter continues, it says that Louis settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Andrew had (in 1965) three sons in Niagra Falls, where they went by the name of Conley.
I should add that in our line, the Coulons were in Canada for many years, beginning to emigrate from France in the early 1620s. If any of this rings a bell, please feel free to ask. I would be happy to send whatever information may be of assistance.
Marilyn Coulon Putman
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