Almost exactly one year after the marriage of Joseph Normandin and Febronie Patenaude, Febronie gave birth to a son, Joseph Henri Normandin, whose birth and baptism is recorded as entry B.73 in the records of the Parish of St. Valentin, Québec for the year 1883.
The Birth and Baptismal Record of Joseph Henri Normandin -1883
SOURCE: Gabriel Drouin, comp. Drouin Collection. Montréal, Québec, Canada: Institut Généalogique Drouin. Birth and Baptismal Record of Joseph Henri Normandin, Roman Catholic Parish of St. Valentin, Québec, Canada, 1883. Back of Folio 130, B.73.
Click on the link for a PDF copy of the Birth and Baptismal Record of Joseph Henri Normandin -1883. Translated from the French, the record states:
B.73 [baptism #73]
On the fifteenth of June, one thousand eight hundred eighty-three, we, the undersigned vicar, baptized Joseph Henri, born on the previous evening, of the legitimate marriage of Joseph Normandin and Febronie Patenaude of this parish. The Godfather was David Vachereau, farmer, and the Godmother was Julienne Montmeny the wife of the last named, who, with the exception of the father, have declared that they do not know how to sign, and so a reading was made.
[signed] Hermidas Normandin
[signed] F N. Plante Priest Vicar
As with other records of the parish of St. Valentin, there are two copies of this record. The civil copy is located on the back of folio 19 and the front of folio 20 of the records for 1883, and can be found as image 21 of 58 of the records of St. Valentin for 1883 in the Drouin Collection on Ancestry.com. The church copy is located on the back of folio 130, and can be found as image 52 of 58 of the records of St. Valentin for 1883 in the Drouin Collection on Ancestry.com.
In most cases, the two copies of the records from St. Valentin are essentially identical. The church copy of Joseph Henri Normandin’s Birth and Baptismal Record (shown above), however, contains information not in the civil copy. The church copy states that the father signed the record and includes the signature of Hermidas Normandin. The civil copy does not include this signature.
The record itself states that the father was Joseph Normandin, but he signed the record as Hermidas Normandin. Was he baptized with the name Joseph Hermidas Normandin? In searching the e-prenoms website, I couldn’t find the name Hermidas. The closest spellings I can find are Hormisdas and Hermias.