Anne M Laclair m Edward Lavigne 21 Dec 1876

Anne M Laclair was born 22 June 1862, the second of four children of Barnabus and Sarah Ann (Hawkins) Laclair.  I have not found a birth record for her.  While family lore is that she was born in Quebec, the 1871 Canada census indicates that she was born in the US.  If so, she was probably born in North Conway.   

Anne married Edward Lavigne (aka LaVine aka Edgar Langue) on 21 Dec 1876.  She claimed that she was 16 years old, but was really just 14 ½ years old. Her birthplace is listed as Conway NH. Edward was 36, a laborer, born in Burlington VT according to the marriage record, or in Canada, according to other records.  This was recorded as the first marriage for both people.

In 1880, the couple lived in Barton, where he was a farm laborer.  The 1883-1884 Gazetteer and Business Directory for Lamoille/Orleans County, Town of Barton, outside of corporation, lists Lavigne, Edward (Barton) r 36, farmer.  Family lore is that Edward was institutionalized.  Daughter Elvie’s birth record in 1886 says the father was in a hospital, insane. 

I found a death record for Edward Lavine, showing 21 May 1888, at Brattleboro VT, with a birth year that matches Anne’s husband.  This was the location of a mental hospital, and is probably the correct person.

After her first husband died,  the five children were given up for adoption.  The oldest was ten, the baby was 3 ½.  However, it was probably what we would call “open adoption” as all five children were listed as survivors in Anne’s obituary.  Taking different last names has made them hard to trace.  I have seven children listed for her, so probably have a couple whose records could be merged. 

After Edward’s death, Anne married James Albert Hyland on 11 June 1892, in Troy VT.  I have not found that they had any children together. 

In 1900, Anne and James lived in Barton.  She listed June 1864 as date of birth, married to James Hyland for 9 years, 5 children born, 5 surviving, but none living with Anne.   It is possible that she made her age younger because James was eight years younger than her.  In 1910, she moved her birth year back to 1863.  In 1920, she lists her father born in France (Quebec, really) and her mother born in NH.  In 1930, Anne and James lived at 88 East Street in Barton.  One niece remembers her as fat, jolly, and loveable. 

Anne died 21 February 1937 in Barton.  Her obituary:  Mrs. Ann Hyland, a familiar figure is missing from our village since the passing of Mrs. Ann Hyland to whom death came on Sunday, February 21, at her home.  Although Mrs. Hyland had been in poor health she had rallied from a long illness some years ago and had been for the past year, though still feeble, able to take her accustomed interest in local affairs.  She suffered a shock February 14 from which she never recovered.  Funeral services with Rev. L. C. Dibbiel officiating, were held from the Methodist church February 23 and she was laid to rest in Pleasant View cemetery.  Ann LeClair was the daughter of Barney and Sarah Ann Hawkins LeClair born June 22, 1862, in North Conway, NH.  She was twice married, to Edgar Langue in 1877, and to James A. Hyland in 1891.  Surviving relatives are her husband, James A. Hyland, and the five children of her first marriage:  Mrs. May Drew of Glover, Mrs. Florence Kinsey of Springfield Mass, Ed Langue Royer of West Charlestown, Mrs. Elvie Denette of Ausable Forks, NY, Mrs. Vinnie Colburn of Newport, eighteen grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren.  Mrs. Hyland was for many years a member and as long as health and strength permitted a constant attendant of the Methodist church.  She was a kind neighbor and the many good deeds which she had to her credit will long be remembered.


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