George Tourville died 5 September 1930

George Tourville was born about June 1861, probably in Chateagay NY, son of Charles Tourville and Julia LaClair.  The on-line parish records for St Patrick’s in Chateaugay start in 1863, but Charles and Julia were in the 1860 census in that town, so it is likely that George was born there.  He eventually had nine brothers and sisters. 

The family was listed in Chateaugay in 1870.  Charles was a farm laborer.  I have not been able to find Charles and Julia nor any of their unmarried children in the 1880 census.  We know that Charles and some of the children show up in Colorado in the state census, and I suspect that George was with that group. 


On 1 February 1886, in Chateaugay, George married Marie-Ida St. Come, daughter of Honore St. Come and Sophia Patenode.  (Her father’s name was Anglicized to Henry Sancomb in later records.)

The Chataguay Record: of  April 2, 1886 reported that George Tourville  will sell a large amount of personal property at the residence of Charles Tourville on Monday, April 5th at auction. H.L. auctioneer.  Two weeks later the paper reported that George Tourville, Joseph Tourville, and Charles Jones started on Tuesday, for Leadville, Colorado.  In 1887, George was listed as living in Cooper, in Eagle County.  Charles was listed there as well, but I’m not sure if it was his father or his brother. 

George returned to Chateaugay and was counted there in the 1900 census.  He was a farmer.  The census reported that Ida had born six children, and all were still living.  The census says that all were born in New York.  If that is the case, then they did not say in Colorado very long. 

 George and Ida had at least eight children, based on baptism records from St Patrick’s in Chateaugay, or later marriage or death records that named George and Ida as their parents: Felix Charles (1887-?), Francis Wesley (1889-1930+), Anna Marsha (1891-?), Mabel Elizabeth (1893-?), Lawrence Raymond 1894-1979), Margaret Evelina (1897-?), Joseph Harold (1899-?) and Catherine Grace (1900-1918).  The first six all married and had children of their own.  I found Joseph’s baptism record but nothing more, and he was not in the 1900 census with his parents.  Catherine died apparently unmarried, perhaps a victim of the flu epidemic.

Soon after the 1900 census, George moved his family 250 miles away to Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré, Québec.  News items from the Chateaugay paper of 10 November 1905 say that George Tourville of St Anne De Beaupre Que is in town visit with relatives.

Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré is a small town along the St Lawrence River, 22 miles north-east of Quebec City, and is now famous for the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré.   Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré stands in a rolling agricultural country, with the foothills of the Laurentian Mountains in the background. The first church was built by sailors who would often become ship-wrecked off Ile-Oeuf on their way to Quebec City. Saint Anne is the patron saint of sailors.  Beaupre means bowsprit, the pole on a sailing vessel that extends forward from the vessel’s prow.   

The Malone Paladium reported on Dec 21, 1905:  George Tourville of St. Anne de Beaupre, Que  has disposed of his farm, situated about three and one-half miles southeast of this village, to Joseph Bergevin, who will take possession of the same next spring.  The farm contains 102 acres and the purchase price was $5500.  Mr. Tourville has purchased a saw mill at Fort Covington, a nd is now removing the machinery, etc., to St. Anne, where he will set it up and operate a mill.  Mrs. Joseph Bergevin was Ida’s sister.

In May of 1908, George Tourville of St. Anne De Beaupre, PQ, sold his in-town property in Chateaugay to John Hill. 

The 1911 Census of Canada lists Georges Tourville and family in Montmorency, Ste. Anne de Beaupré, Place of Habitation: Rang St Etienne.  Georges was a lumber merchant.  (I had to use my French-English dictionary to figure that out, and later found the news item of the saw mill, which confirmed my translation.)  Besides George and Ida, the children in the household were Wesley, Raymond, Eveline, and Catherine.  At least some if not all of the older children were married by then.  It appears that many stayed in the Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré area.  George died 5 September 1930.  Ida died there 26 April 1949. 

Most of my Quebec ancestors and cousins who came to the US stayed here.  George is the only one I have found so far who was a first generation American, who was settled in the US, who moved back to Quebec to live, to raise his family and run his business. 







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