Lewiston Lachance Connections
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Welcome to Lewiston, Maine
(my "adopted" hometown)
This Lachance family had its United States beginnings in Lewiston, ME.  In the early 1900's, three brothers, Joseph (the oldest), Théophile, (the middle) and Ludger, (the youngest), all sons of Joseph Lachance and Marie-Zoé Beaudoin of St-Évariste-de-Forsyth in Québec, travelled to Lewiston in search of work and perhaps a better life.  Joseph and Théophile remained in Lewiston while Ludger returned to Québec eventually settling in Stanstead, Québec.

Joseph (the son) who married Malvina d'Aoust, was my great-grandfather. Even with so many childhood visits to Lewiston, I didn't find out until the early 2000's that we had more family relatives there.  Joseph and Malvina d'Aoust both died before I was born and my dad was only 10 when his grandmother, Malvina died. My grandfather Tony, however, was in his 30's when his mother died yet, he never made mention of cousins!  Even my grandmother didn't speak of the children of Théophile or Ludger.  I don't know the reason for this but I'm happy that I found out about them and have had the pleasure of knowing many of them.  They would be descendants of Théophile who married Marie Richard.  Ludger went on to marry Félixine Vachon.

In addition to these Lachance cousins, there are others that I've known since before I knew I was alive!  From the families of Desjardins, Pelletier, Théberge, Dubé, Sutton, Paquet, and Champoux, there are many more cousins scattered in and about Lewiston as well as Brunswick, Biddeford, Portland, Waterville and throughout both the State and New England.

Many things can be said about Lewiston and a lot of them are negative and I feel safe saying I don’t plan to live in Lewiston, primarily because of winter.  In my lifetime, however, Lewiston has carved a special place in my heart. Every time I visit, it gives me that "warm and fuzzy, I feel like I'm at home" feeling.  In addition to my own "blood" I've met so many wonderful people there that it just makes sense to adopt Lewiston as my second "hometown".

So this page is about Lewiston, Maine and our interconnected families. I don't intend to write a history of the town rather, I will present those things that are somehow related to our families and directly impacted my life and those around me.

The images below are actually links to the pages about the image. Hover over the image for a brief description and click on the link to go to the corresponding page.

Lewiston and Auburn Maine
Lewiston and Auburn Maine

Lewiston is Maine’s second largest city and is situated on the banks of the Androscoggin River. The river separates Lewiston from its smaller, sister city, Auburn. The two combined are commonly referred to as LA. The first white settlers came in 1770, it became a town in 1795, a handful of our Canadian ancestors began showing up about the time of the Civil War and soon after, came the Lachances and others.

More about Lewiston-Auburn
St. Peter's Cemetery
St. Peter's Cemetery

Originally the French Cemetery, St. Peter’s Cemetery was established on July 1, 1876 on the Switzerland Road. The first interment, on July 2nd of that year, was Joseph Gaudios Laroche, 10 month old son of Joseph Laroche and Celine Ferland. Cemetery records indicate 172 previous interments, between 1870 and July 1, 1876 in what was then known as Le Cimietière de la Congrégation Canadienne.

More about St. Peter's
Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul

Saints Peter and Paul Parish, founded in 1870, is the oldest parish for the French-speaking Catholics in the Diocese of Portland. For the French Canadians who began arriving in Lewiston in the mid-19th century, the Catholic church was, next to the family, the focal point of life. Under the guidance of the Church, virtually every spiritual, social, recreational, and educational need was taken care of.

More about Sts. Peter & Paul
Maine Franco-American Genealogical Society
Maine Franco-American Genealogical Society

Founded in 1980, The Maine Franco-American Genealogical Society (MFGS) is a non-profit society promoting the study of genealogy and genealogical research in the State of Maine, with a special focus on Franco-American genealogy. I am a member and suggest that if you are in Lewiston, you visit here for excellent Franco-American resources for the State of Maine.

Direct Link to MFGS Website

The Suttton
The Suttton

Meet my cousin Adrienne, (cousin to my grandmother) and her son Roger (also my cousin ... gee go figure). The photo was taken in front of Marois Restaurant on Lisbon St., in Lewiston.
Lucien Sutton, a descendant of George Sutton and Elizabeth Murphy of Newfoundland married Adrienne Desjardins on 10 NOV 1930 at Sts. Peter & Paul in Lewiston.

More about the Lachance / Sutton connection

THE DUBÉ
THE DUBÉ

Norm Dubé and his wife Florence (Lachance) Dubé, 1st cousin to my dad, Florence is the only child of Joseph-Hervé Lachance and Rose Bazinet (my great uncle Harvey and Aunt Rose). They knew me before I was born but only now do I realize the importance of that relationship. More great pictures and “sssssssh”, don’t tell anybody, but there’s a picture of Florence in her ummm...”very early.

More about the Lachance / Dube connection

THE THEBERGE
THE THEBERGE

Alex and Anita (Paquet) Theberge
Anita (Paquet) Theberge is the daughter of Maria (aka Marie Josephine Zoé) Lachance and Leon Paquet. Maria was my grandfather's sister.. Anita married Alex Theberge on 10 MAY 1947 at St. John The Baptist Chuirch in Brunswick, ME. Alex and Anita were two of the most kind people you might ever meet. The story here is from a trip taken with my nephew Troy around 1990.

More About the Theberge Relatives

THE BEAULE and DESROCHERS
THE BEAULE and DESROCHERS

Gilberte Beaule
Meet Gilberte a cousin on the Desjardins side through marriage to the Desrochers. I think we have never met, but I feel now, I have known her all of my life. We visited the Genealogical Center in Auburn, and spent time just talking ... getting to know each other better. And lest I forget, some really great old photos shown on the page.

More About the Beaule and Desrochers


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