Josephine LaClair d 28 January 1933

Josephine LaClair was born 15 July 1858, in Conway, NH, the first of four children of Barnabas and Sarah Ann (Hawkins) LaClair.  The first I have found of her is probably the 1860 census, where Barney McLary and Sarah A are living with Cornelius Hawkins, and a 2-year old child with them.  The census-taker lists the child as John, a 2-year-old male.  However, I suspect that this is an error.  The family was living in Conway.

The next record is the 1871 census of Compton, Quebec.  Barney Le Clere is listed with Sarah, and their children Josephine age 13, Anne age 9, Philip age 7, and Isabel, age 4.  Sarah and the three older children were listed as born in the US, while Isabel (later known as Lizzie) was born in Quebec. 

The next record is from the 1875 Barton Town Records:  Oct 16th, 1875, in Glover, William Hemming of Barton, 21, laborer, born Swainswich, England, son of James and Eliza Hemming, first marriage, to Josephine LaClare of Barton, 17, born Conway, NH, daughter of Barnubus and Sarah Ann LaClare, first marriage, by Sidney KB Perkins, Clergyman.

I have not located the Hemming family in the 1880 or 1881 census, but they are recorded in 1891 in Potton, Quebec.  William is listed being “Church of England” while Josephine and the children were “Advent” (7th Day Adventist?).  The census says that their son William was born in the US, but the rest of the children (Florence, Rosa, Laura, Robert, Minnie, and Roy) were all born in Quebec. 

By 1900, the family had moved back to Barton, where William continued his trade as a carpenter.  Josephine reported that she had 8 children, but only 7 were still living.  Son Robert had died at age eight. I seem to remember a story of a child struck by lightning – is this the one? The household included son William with his wife Martha Lavine (his cousin, as best I can tell, daughter of Josephine’s sister Anne) plus their son Vernon.  The youngest children, Minnie, Roy, and Clara, were also in the household, although this census lists all the children as born in Vermont. 

In the 1910 census, William and Josephine were still living in Barton. William was listed as a carpenter and house builder. Roy and Clara were still in the household. 

Two of Josephine’s daughters died in 1918. Laura Eveline Hemmings Caverly, was a victim of the influenza epidemic, dying of double pneumonia caused by the flu.  Minnie Adelaide Hemmings Hammond was diagnosed as having multiple neuritis, which is also known as peripheral neuropathy, which causes sensory loss and muscle wasting. 

In 1920, William and Josephine still lived in Barton. William died in 1926, and in 1930, Josephine was living with her youngest daughter, Clara “Kitty” Barton, in Barton. Josephine’s son William died in 1931 of cancer. Josephine died 28 January 1933 in Barton.  Josephine is buried with her husband and daughter Kitty at Willoughby Cemetery in South Barton.


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