The Marriage of Nicolas Martin and Marie Giroux – 1803

After finding the Birth and Baptismal Records of Osithe Martin and her siblings, the next record to find is the Marriage record for their parents who were married one year before the birth of their first child, Jean Baptiste. The Marriage Record of Nicolas Martin and Marie Giroux was recorded in L’Acadie in 1803 on the back of folio four and includes a couple of surprises.

The Marriage Record of Nicolas Martin and Marie Giroux - 1803

The Marriage Record of Nicolas Martin and Marie Giroux – 1803

SOURCE: Gabriel Drouin, comp. Drouin Collection. Montréal, Québec, Canada: Institut Généalogique Drouin. Parish of Ste. Marguerite de Blairfindie, L’Acadie, St. Jean County, Lower Canada, 1803. Marriage Record of Nicolas Martin and Marie Giroux, Back of Folio 4, M.

Click on the link for a PDF copy of the Marriage Record of Nicolas Martin and Marie Giroux – 1803. Translated from the French, the record states:

M[arriage] of
and of

On the twenty-first of February, one thousand eight hundred three, after the publication of three banns of marriage made at the homilies of our parish masses, by three consecutive attempts, between François Gamache, farmer of legal age, widower of Marguerite Landry, residing in this parish, of the first part, and Marie Giroux, living in this parish, a minor, daughter of the deceased François Giroux, farmer, and the deceased Barbe Amable Babeau, the father and mother, of the second part, we have signed ( [seven words?] Marie Giroux) not finding any impediment to this marriage, we have obtained their mutual consent and have given them the nuptial benediction according to the proscribed forms of our mother, the Holy Roman Church, and in the presence of Joseph Landry, brother-in-law, Jean Baptiste Landry, brother-in-law, Joseph Hébert, friend of the groom, and of Jean Baptiste Giroux, paternal uncle, Louis Lhuilir, brother-in-law of the bride who have declared that they are not able to sign, as well as the bride. The groom has signed with us.

One word crossed out. L[aneto], p[riest]
               [signed] Nicolas Martin [signed] R[enè] P[aschal] Laneto, priest

This record can be found as image 5 of 27 in the Québec Vital Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967 on in the records for L’Acadie L’Acadie Ste-Marguerite-de-Blairfindie in the year 1803. The record appears on the back of folio 4.

When recording this record, the priest made an error and crossed it out, thus requiring the note at the bottom that one word was crossed out.

The surprises in this record include the fact that Nicolas Martin was a widower and his first wife was named Marguerite Landry. The witnesses to this marriage includes Marguerite Landry’s brothers Joseph and Jean Baptiste. The record also shows that Marie Giroux had a paternal uncle named Jean Baptiste Giroux and a brother-in-law named Louis Lhuilir?. The bride’s parents were both deceased at the time of the marriage.

This record includes some language I couldn’t understand: the words in the parentheses after “nous soussigné” (we, the undersigned). I also couldn’t be sure of the surname of the last-named witness “Lhuilir”. Still, not bad considering I don’t understand French.

Copyright © 2007 by Stephen J. Danko

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