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Re: Anybody home february 2000
Posted by: Jan Nearing Date: February 15, 2000 at 20:24:56
In Reply to: Re: Anybody home february 2000 by Mary Diola of 1315

Here I am...

I'm jealous, San Fran sounds so much better than Chicago right about now...

Have not come across Ernest yet, but can fill you in on most of the family.

In 1850, Regis Boutillet and Catherine Couture were in Vermont, where Regis worked in the lumber camps. He was "enticed" by Col. Rogers to move to "Hampton, Michigan", then part of Saginaw Co. It later became Bay City, Bay Co.

According to the obit for Caroline Boutillet Hugo in the 1920s, there are supposed to be 13 brothers and sisters. I've only found half of them. Regis had a brother named Pierre who settled in Southbridge, Massachusetts, and have found a number of Regis' kids living there at one point or another.

The best source of info that I've found so far are the records at St. Joseph's church in Bay City. It was also founded in 1850 (as St. Joe's the carpenter, I guess it only appropriate that the lumber families who settled Bay City would choose him as their patron.) But they are notoriously slow about answering responses and they only confirm what you already have and won't volunteer info.

Throughout the roughly 50 years that Regis lived in Bay City, the spelling of his name changed frequently. I still can't find his death records, but know it was between 1895 and 1900. Can't even find a cemetary plot for him, but one of the major Catholic cemetaries from that period is now a paved parking lot at Visitation parish.

The only son who stayed in Bay City the whole time was Henry, who owned a general store. Ironically, his son Charles became a doctor and we're trying to track down info on him in a remote town on the northern border of Nevada near an Indian reservation. If we can track down Ernest's dob and confirmation on his parents, I can give you all sorts of info back to Normandie.

What I always found wonderful in tracking this family is that they came from the parish of St. Jude, the patron of lost causes. Say a little prayer, and I bet we'll pull this together.


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