Hi Dee: Thank you for the Frenchville notes. The Maine parish records weren't microfilmed and are not available to the general public. You noticed that Régis is indicated as being the son of Gilbert. This mistake stems from a period of time when the priests stopped writing in the names of the spouses parents in marriage records. Because of this, those who researched these "missing links" looked through Maine and New Brunswick censuses. The NB census of 1861 shows Gilbert Lacombe, his wife Mathilde and his brothers Anthime and Régis who were living in Gilbert's house. The researchers failed to read the document carefully and concluded that Gilbert was Anthime and Régis' father! BIG mistake! Baptism records for Gilbert, Anthime and Régis show that they are all three the sons of Pierre Lacombe and Théotiste Ouellet. As for my gggrandfather and his wife Mathilde, they never had children. The curé of Frenchville ME, Charles Swéron, a Belgian priest, came over with a child named Joseph Pelletier and told them to raise this child or they would be in sin! So they did raise him. He later took the name Lacombe because Gilbert had asked him to, so that he might have a line descending from him! Gilbert died at age 95 and my father knew him. So here I am a Lacombe!
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