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Joseph LIRETTE

Male Abt 1754 - 1823  (~ 69 years)


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  • Name Joseph LIRETTE 
    Born Abt 1754  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 15 Jan 1823  Grande Digue, Kent, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Died age 68.
    Notes 
    • " The first LIRETTEs in New Brunswick were Joseph LIRET and his wife, Marguerite GUEGUEN. They were married about 1784 in or near Cocagne, N. B. Joseph was born about 1754; Marguerite in 1767.

      Joseph arrived in New Brunswick (then a part of Nova Scotia) likely in the late 1770's. Where he came from is uncertain. There was, however, a family named HILAREST that were settled in Quebec at this time. Some members of this family went by the names of LAIRET, LIRET, LYRETTE. It is possible that Joseph is related to this family, and came to New Brunswick from Quebec. Many authors have assumed this to be the case, such as Regis, Brun, Flora Cormier, and Placide Gaudet. This author, however, has been unable to find any positive proof of this. The name LIRETTE is also found in France, and Joseph may have come to New Brunswick directly from that country. In the absence of positive proof, it is impossible to determine the origins of Joseph LIRET.

      In any event, young Joseph LIRET was in the Cocagne area in the late 1700's, and he found employment as a "domestique" on the farm of one Joseph GUEGUEN. Gueguen's land was located near present-day Cap de Cocagne. Joseph GUEGUEN was quite an exceptional man, and he was to become Liret's father-in-law. Since GUEGUEN is an ancestor of all LIRETTE descendants as well, a separate section is devoted to him later in this chapter.

      LIRET was not the only domestique working for GUEGUEN. GUEGUEN had been widowed in 1767, and his second wife had since separated from him, leaving him with several children and a large farm to look after. Besides LIRET, GUEGUEN employed at least two others, whose names we know, and likely other individuals, whose identities remain unknown. The two we do know of were Guillaume Mathurin BRISTOL and Simon GAUTHIER.

      Guillaume Mathurin BRISTOL was a British immigrant. Tradition holds that he came from Bristol, England. When he landed in Cocagne, he called himself only "Bill" from Bristol. His name eventually became Guillaume (French corruption of William, from Bill), and his last name Bristol, from his origin in Bristol, England. Many of his descendants went by the last name of Williams, probably from Bristol's first name.

      BRISTOL is of interest because two of his children married two of Joseph LIRET's children. Thus, BRISTOL is an ancestor of many of Liret's descendants as well. His son, Elie, married Adelaide LIRET, and his daughter Agnes married Hubert LIRET.

      Getting back to LIRET, Regis Brun places LIRET in Cocagne in 1778, when GUEGUEN made a trip to Quebec, leaving the farm in the hands of his two sons and LIRET. We can assume that LIRET had been working for GUEGUEN for a while, since GUEGUEN felt confident enough of him to leave the farm under his care.

      A romance of sorts apparently developed between Liret and Gueguen's daughter Marguerite, for around 1784, Joseph LIRET and Marguerite GUEGUEN were married. They lived with or near Gueguen, and obtained a grant of 408 acres of land adjacent to Gueguen on March 18, 1791, along with land granted to Joseph GUEGUEN, several of Gueguen's sons, and others. Liret's land was located immediately to the east of Gueguen's, on the South shore of the Cocagne River, between what is today Notre Dame and Cocagne.

      Around 1798, LIRET donated 3 acres of land for the construction of a Catholic chapel. The Church of England later contested the title to that land, so the residents of Cocagne put the chapel on runners and slid the chapel, over snow and ice, to another location.

      It appears that Joseph was not in the best of health in his last years. According to a land petition of his son Lucien, dated 1826, 3 years after Joseph's death, "... his [Lucien's] late father, who died in 1823, was the last thirty years of his life afflicted with a violent asthmatic complaint and unable to work, being in embarrassed circumstances, ...". Keeping in mind that petitions to the crown were designed to convince officials of the need of the petitioner, and thus sometimes were known to exaggerate the hardship of the petitioner, we can still safely state that Joseph LIRET was not well for the last half of his life, and was possibly unable to work from about 1793 to his death.

      Joseph LIRET died on January 15, 1823 at the age of 68, and was buried in the parish cemetery at Grand Digue. Marguerite GUEGUEN remarried after Joseph's death, to Charles LEBLANC, son of Augustin LEBLANC and Francoise HEBERT, on 22 September 1829 at Barachois. She died around 1844."
      Written by Tony LeBlanc, Lirette researcher. (Website)

      As stated above, Tony LeBlanc can find no definitive proof of the origins of Joseph LIRET. Another researcher has documented Joseph as the son of Joseph LIRETTE and Helene Le-Roux CARDINAL, stating Joseph was born 5 Oct. 1724 in Charlesbourg, Quebec and baptized on 7 October of that same year. The name originates as HILAREST as it continues back to Fontenay, Poitou, France, as early as 1623.(Rootsweb) [1]
    Person ID I3148  Nosworthy
    Last Modified 9 Jul 2015 

    Family ID F3293  Group Sheet

    Family Marguerite GUEGUEN,   b. 25 Sep 1767, Miquelon, St. Pierre Miquelon, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1844, Barachois, Westmorland, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married Abt 1784  [1
    Children 
     1. Anne LIRETTE,   b. Abt 1785, Cocagne, Kent, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 May 1859  (Age ~ 74 years)
     2. Paulin LIRETTE,   b. Abt 1788, Cocagne, Kent, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Feb 1871  (Age ~ 83 years)
     3. Lucien LIRETTE,   b. Abt 1791, Cocagne, Kent, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1854, Cocagne, Kent, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years)
     4. Hubert LIRETTE,   b. 31 Dec 1793, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Aug 1883  (Age 89 years)
     5. Adelaide LIRETTE,   b. Abt 1795, Cocagne, Kent, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Mar 1845, Barachois, Westmorland, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 50 years)
     6. Simon LIRETTE,   b. 24 Sep 1801, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Apr 1860  (Age 58 years)
     7. Madeline LIRETTE,   b. 15 Apr 1804, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 May 1884  (Age 80 years)
     8. Marie LIRETTE,   b. 2 Oct 1806, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jul 1868  (Age 61 years)
     9. Luce LIRETTE,   b. 29 Jan 1811, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 May 1872  (Age 61 years)
    Last Modified 9 Jun 2004 
    Family ID F945  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S162] Website.


  

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