The Saucier Family was not Acadian, in that immigrant ancestor Louis Saucier settled in Quebec about 1666 rather than taking up residence with the Acadians in what is now Nova Scotia.
Louis was born in 1625 or so, it seems, in St. Eustache, Paris, France, to Charles Saucier and Charlotte (Clairet). We might say that Louis, the first generation of Sauciers in North America, cemented his identity as a French-Canadian on Jan. 12, 1671, when he married in Quebec Marguerite Gaillard-Duplessis, widow of Francois Provost and one of the Filles du Roi sent to help settle New France.
My husband’s descent from Louis and Marguerite shows one of the Saucier lines in Maine and Quebec:
2 Charles Saucier married Marie Anne Bisson on June 10, 1697, at St. Foy, Quebec.
3 Charles Saucier married Rosalie Bouchard on June 8, 1722, at St. Anne de La Pocatiere, Quebec.
4 Henri Saucier married Charlotte Meunier-Lagace on May 7, 1784, at St. Anne de La Pocatiere.
5 Germain Saucier married Sophie Bellefleur-Gattee on Feb. 23, 1824, at St. Basile, New Brunswick, across the Saint John River from what is now Madawaska.
6 Antoine Saucier married Rosalie Pelletier on Sept. 25, 1849, at St. Luce, Frenchville.
7 Antoine Saucier married Marie Anne Corbin on Oct. 15, 1888, in Fort Kent.
8 Johnny Saucier married Marie Theriault on June 26, 1911, in Fort Kent.
9 Willard Saucier married Rose Anna Chamberland on June 30, 1943, in St. Agatha.
In this line, my husband and his siblings are the 10th generation of Sauciers in North America. Our grandchildren would be the 12th generation.
As I’ve written many times, my being an oldest child of an oldest child and an only child is a factor in my having known all four of my grandparents and several great-grandparents.
My husband, on the other hand, remembers only one of his grandparents, as well as one great-grandparent, great-grandfather Antoine Saucier, who died in 1962 when Gaelen was 11. Our younger son, Tony, is named Anthony in honor of Antoine Saucier.
So it is that our branch of the Sauciers will be particularly interested to see if other descendants of Antoine attend the Saucier Family Reunion on Sunday, Aug. 10, in Wallagrass, the town where my husband was born at home.
It’s possible that Antoine has quite a clan, since he was married twice and had children by both wives. With first wife Marie Anne Corbin, he had Johnny, born 1890; Isaie; and Alfred, born Feb. 10, 1893.
Marie Anne, or Irma, died young, and Antoine married second wife Edith Madore on Oct. 10, 1899, in Presque Isle. Their children included Gertrude, 1904; Willie, 1907; baby girl, 1909; Albinie, 1911; Evonne, 1914; Edwin, 1915; and Orile, 1914.
Antoine and Edith Saucier or Soucier are buried in the Catholic cemetery in Presque Isle. In the late 1980s, my husband and I stopped in Presque Isle to visit a descendant of this marriage, Philip Soucia, I believe he spelled it.
Browsing the Internet for Saucier information in recent weeks, I came up with a nice compilation of Saucier genealogy which comes through Alfred, another of Antoine’s sons by Marie Anne.
This information was posted to a FamilyTreeMaker site by Robert J. Pelletier at familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/p/e/l/Robert-J-Pelletier/PDFGENE1.pdf. I hope that relatives from this line will be able to join us in Wallagrass.
For information on the 120 families that plan reunions for this year’s World Acadian Congress, to be held Aug. 8-24 in northern Maine and parts of Quebec and New Brunswick, visit cma2014.com, rather than the URL I gave last week that ended in .org.
As I write this, we have a little over four months to prepare for the Saucier Reunion. In addition to a picnic or meal of some sort, I will be giving a talk on researching the Sauciers and other Franco-American families that we expect will be open to all.
There also will be the opportunity to purchase whatever information we compile on Saucier genealogy, so do send me your Saucier connection at email@example.com or write me at the Bangor Daily News address below.
The Wassebec Genealogical Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in the Sebec Room at Mayo Regional Hospital on Main Street in Dover-Foxcroft. The program will be given by Nina Giordano Brawn on “Researching Your Irish Ancestors.” All are welcome to attend. For directions or more information, call 564-3576.
Discover your roots at Bangor Family History Day. The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will hold a free Family History Fair, open to all ages, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 12. Connect with your family — past, present and future — at the Bangor LDS meetinghouse at the corner of Essex Street.
The program will include a keynote session and four hours of classes with a choice from six classes each hour. Most classes will be videos downloaded from the RootsTech 2014 conference from February. There also will be at least one live session each class hour.
To register, visit lds.org/topics/family-history/host-a-family-history-fair/signup. Enter your name and email address and respond to an email from firstname.lastname@example.org to complete your registration. For information, contact Judy Reiitze, director of the Bangor Family History Center, at 447-5849 or email@example.com.
For information on researching family history in Maine, see Genealogy Resources under Family Ties at bangordailynews.com/browse/family-ties. Send genealogy queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.