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My New Treasure

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IMG_8414I am so excited about my new treasure!

“The Saga of St. Anne”

This book was written in 1976 during the Kankakee County Bicentennial Celebration.

I have a branch of my tree that lived in Kankakee County, Illinois and the surrounding areas.  Most importantly I have a 3rd great grandmother – Esther Brouillette, who is my current dead end – who most likely died in Kankakee County.

I think I know who her parents are.  Now I’m trying to prove it.  So I am rounding up all the resources I can.  I found this little gem in the familysearch catalog and decided to track it down.  Amazon.com had one copy and I bought it.

It has some great local history and a very lengthy article on Dollie Brouillette Benjamin.  I think Dollie is Esther’s niece.

IMG_8418 IMG_8419There is also a teaching certificate for Dollie’s sister Georgya.

IMG_8420My new treasure has helped me clarify some information about a family I am researching to help prove Esther’s parents.  It has also given me some great background on Kankakee County.  I am so happy with my purchase!  So far I have skimmed and read certain sections but now it’s time to read it cover to cover and see what else I find.

Hooray for local histories!

Author: thegenealogygirl

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10 thoughts on “My New Treasure

  1. So happy for you! :^) I am sure there’s more in there for you to discover.

  2. What a discovery. I find it interesting that according to Georgya’s teaching certificate she had to do janitorial duties for her classroom. This is sure to provide many interesting tidbits you can add as stories to the profiles for each family member in the tree.

  3. I believe that is my father’s Aunt Dolly. I will ask him if he knows about an Esther.

    • Aunt Dollie :). My grandmother was Peggy Brouillette.

    • The would be fantastic if he knows anything! I believe Esther died in about 1875 or 1876. Her children were Mabel, William T, James G, George, and Seth. After her death Seth is on the census with Nelson and Maggie Brouillette listed as a nephew. Nelson and Maggie are Dollie’s parents. George was on a census with one of Nelson’s brothers listed as a nephew. I believe that Esther is one of the siblings of Nelson and that their parents are Landrie/Landry (Andrew) Brouillette and Emilie Fortin. The only problem with that theory is that I scoured the parish records in Quebec and identified all of their children – no Esther. But they have a daughter name Anastasie that I can’t trace forward who matches my Esther in age. Nelson was actually Marie Narcisse at birth. I think Esther and Anastasie are the same person. I hope your dad will know anything. Thank you Catherine!

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