Joseph Degoosh died 12 September 1911

Joseph Degoosh was born 24 Sep 1819 in Quebec, (or perhaps Barnet VT) son of Ephraim Degoosh (also known as Yves DeGauche) and Lydia Hall. In Shipton, Quebec on 13 August, 1845, Joseph married Elizabeth “Betsy” Ann Shannon. They were married in the Congregational church, and parents were not listed. Various records list her as born in Quebec, Stowe VT, and Ireland.  For example, the death record of sons Thomas and Nathaniel list Joseph born in Orange VT and Betsy in Ireland.  Yet daughter Henrietta’s death record says they were born in Canada.  The 1880 census lists Joseph and Betsey both born in Canada.  The 1910 census says Joseph was born in Canada English (which doesn’t include Quebec). 

The 1851 census of Canada lists Joseph and family living in Shipton, in Sherbrooke County Quebec.  His occupation was cooper (barrel maker).  Other members of the household were Betsey, 28, and children Nancy, 7, Henrietta, 5, Nathaniel, 4, and Lydia, 1.

In 1871, the Joseph Degauche family lived in the Sherbrook area (probably Shipton) and Joseph was a stone mason. They were recorded as all born in Quebec, and Catholic, with his wife called Ann here, of Irish descent. Children still living at home were Henrietta 23, Nathaniel 22, Samuel 16, Thomas 14, and Louise 10. The family moved back to the US about 1877.  I found the family living in Barton VT in 1880.  The family members were Joseph and Betsey, and their three sons, Nathaniel, Samuel, and Thomas. Joseph was a brick mason. The household also included their daughter Lydia Laber and her children, Loula, Nancy, Mary, and Joseph.  The final family member was “Gerry Laber” age 7 months. This is likely William Garey (also known in later years as William Laber”.  Lydia’s husband’s location at this time is not known.

In 1891, Joseph was living in Compton Quebec with Lydia and her new husband William Paul and their family.  His son Thomas was also in the household.  Joseph was listed as widowed, so Betsey died sometime between 1880 and 1891.  Joseph listed his religion as Methodist. 

I was not able to find Joseph in the 1900/1901 census, but in 1910, the family was back in Barton.  He was boarding with his grandson William and family.  Lydia and William Paul and Thomas Degoosh lived with them.  Joseph was 90, and listed his occupation as “retired”.  He died 12 Sep 1911 in Vermont. 

Joseph and Betsy had six children, probably all born in Shipton:  Nancy (1844-?), Henrietta (1845-1930, married George R Stevens), Nathaniel (1846-1937, married Clara Anna Dame), Lydia (1851-1914, married Joseph Labor, Thomas Garey, William Paul), Samuel (1856 -1885 in Compton Quebec), and Thomas (1861-1935). A tree on Ancestry indicates that Nancy died in 1856, and I have not yet found any more information about Louise.




  1. monsieurdl said,

    November 13, 2014 at 17:06

    Hey Susan! 🙂 Betsey Ann Shannon’s parents were Thomas Shannon and Johanna Smith. Thomas’s parents are unknown, but Johanna’s parents were John Smith and Betsey Morrill-both families from New Hampshire.

    • sooze471 said,

      November 14, 2014 at 05:58

      Hey Mon. DL
      Thanks for the info – I haven’t looked too far into the DeGoosh family since Lydia was a “step” grandmother, but if someone comes across this story, they’ll know more is out there to find. I am still looking for the death date/place of Joseph Labor’s first wife Marie-Celine Martin, and also trying to identify his third wife Annie, who is mentioned in land and probate records. FYI Joseph’s son Marcel: b 24 Oct 1865, bapt 16 Jan 1866 in Richmond, Q. He d 9 Feb 1844 in Medford, MA. His sister Marie Delimas b 17 Jan 1859 d 24 Feb 1859, St-Camille, Q.
      Cousin Susan

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