Isabella M Tourville born 13 October 1853

Isabelle Tourville was born 13 October 1863, in Chateaugay NY, the third of ten children of Charles Tourville and Julia LeClair, both of Quebec. 

The family was counted in the 1860 census in Chateaugay.  Charles had a farm valued at $1000, and personal property of $500.  The household included Charles’ brother Joseph, and Henry LaSham, a farm laborer. 

On 27 November 1869, in Chateaugay, Isabella married John A LaBombard, son of Andre LaBombard and Marie Louise Belanger.  John was a widower with a three-year-old son.  Witnesses were Isabel’s brother Charles, and Florence Montjean.      

I was not able to find the family in the 1870 census index, and was not able to find them in the actual census images for either Chateaugay  where they were married and where their first son was born, nor Ellenburg where their second child was born.

In 1880, the family lived in Ellenburg, where John had a farm.  Besides her stepson John, the children in the family were George, Louisa, Willie, Charlie, and Samuel.   

Isabel’s family moved to Hanover, and the 1900 census lists them there, saying that she has had eight children, and all eight are still living.  After Samuel, she had three more sons – Chandler, Ernest, and Royal.   The 1910 census lists the family in Hanover.  John operated a general farm, and the youngest sons, Ernest and Royal, still lived at home. 

Isabella maintained contact with family members in New York.  An item from the newspaper from 1914 mentions that Isabella and her sister Louisa (Mrs. Clayton Geroux) had travelled to Chateaugay to visit relatives and friends.  In 1915, Isabella’s son Royal died of septicaemea, caused by an accidental bullet wound.   

In 1920, John and Isabella were still on their farm.  Their son Ernest lived with them, along with his wife Blanche and daughter Madeline.  Ernest was a house builder. 

Isabella died 22 April 1923 at Hanover.   Her death record names her mother as Julia King, not Julia LaClair.  She was buried at Mount Calvary in Lebanon


From the Hanover, N. H., Gazette is taken the following clipping relating to the death of a former resident of Chateaugay: Mrs. John A. LaBombard, of Hanover died at her home on the Greensboro road April 22, of combined heart and kidney trouble.  She was born in Chateaugay, N.Y., October 13, 1853 daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Tourville of that town. In 1869 she was united in marriage to John A. LaBombard. To them were born eight children, seven sons and one daughter. In 1898 they moved to Hanover in which town they have resided ever since. Mrs. LaBombard was a woman of sterling character, a sincere Christian, and a great lover of her children, by whom she will be greatly missed. High Mass of requiem was celebrated at St. Denis church of Hanover, of which she was a member and she was buried in the family lot at Lebanon by the side of her son, Royal, the only one of her large family who had passed on before their mother. The floral tributes were many and beautiful showing the great esteem and love in which she was held. She was borne to her last resting place by her six sons, which was her expressed wish. She leaves to mourn her loss, besides her husband, a daughter, Mrs. Eugene Garipay, of Hanover, six sons, George N., William H., Samuel J.. Chandler L., and Ernest J., of Hanover, and Charles A., of Lebanon; one sister, Mrs. C. P. Gerue, of Etna; and six brothers, Henry Tourville, of Wisconsin, Charles, of Colorado, George, of St. Anne de Beaupre, and Albert, Louis, and Joseph, of Chateaugay; twenty-nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren.




  1. sooze471 said,

    October 15, 2011 at 08:14

    From Auntie Jeanne

    Hi Susan,
    Not sure if you have the notes my mother wrote re her grandmother Isabelle:

    [Pearl wrote] My Grammy Isabelle (Tourville) LaBombard took care of my mother [Daisy] when I was born and she is the one who gave me by middle name. … Isabelle … She was also lame [slightly handicapped] from some injury she had received on her knee. So in later years, it was bad for her, … As I got big enough to help Grammy, my Dad would take me there [via horse & buggy] in summers for a week or so to help her [which Pearl enjoyed] … my grandparents bought the a place on the Hanover Road. This is the first place I remember, for them to have family gatherings, at least once a year, usually New Year’s day as this was the big day of celebration … They had a big house. All children in family helped. They had an old square piano like the one in our front room [on the Newport East Mt. farm] One uncle could play it, they all played by ear – violins and banjos, mandolins. I don’t remember any guitar [at that time]. They used to play to square dances – most of the time at farm houses – collections were taken to pay them. Later in years my Mom, Daisy, played chords on little portable organ with Dad, [Charlie LaBombard]

    jeanne c

  2. October 27, 2011 at 21:51

    Great work Susan, I will suggest this on my Facebook page!

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