Charles Patenaude in the 1881 Census of Québec, Canada

One of my objectives at the Family History Library last weekend was to obtain the 1851-1891 census records for Charles Patenaude and his family. The 1881 census of Québec, Canada provides a fairly good view of Charles Patenaude’s family group, listing himself, his wife, and six of his ten known children. This census was taken on 04 Apr 1881 and I know that, by that date, the two youngest children in the family, Joseph François Adelard and Anonyme (Unnamed Child), were deceased.

1881 Canadian Census Record for Charles Patenaude and Family - Page 1

1881 Canadian Census Record for Charles Patenaude and Family – Page 1

SOURCE: 1881 Census of Québec, Canada, Stanstead County, Coatacook, page 14, lines 21-25, Charles Pattenaude and family; Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa; FHL microfilm 1,375,835.

1881 Canadian Census Record for Charles Patenaude and Family - Page 2

1881 Canadian Census Record for Charles Patenaude and Family – Page 2

SOURCE: 1881 Census of Québec, Canada, Stanstead County, Coatacook, page 15, lines 1-3, Charles Pattenaude and family; Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa; FHL microfilm 1,375,835.

Click on the link for a PDF copy of the 1881 Canadian Census Record for Charles Patenaude and Family. The record shows the following:

  • Charles Pattenaude and his family were living in District No. 56 (Stanstead County), Sub-District G. No 2 (Coatacook Village) and were recorded on page 14, lines 21-25 and page 15, lines 1-3 of the census under house No 58, family No 64.
  • Charles was a 40-year-old married male, born in Canada, of Catholic religion, of French origin, and employed as a Journallier (day laborer, journeyman, hired hand).
  • His wife Ozite was a 42-year-old married female, born in Canada, of Catholic religion, and of French origin.
  • His son Hormidas was a 16-year-old male, born in Canada, of Catholic religion, of French origin, and employed as a Scieur (sawyer).
  • His daughter Lea was a 15-year-old female, born in Canada, of Catholic religion, and of French origin.
  • His daughter Edwige was a 13-year-old female, born in Canada, of Catholic religion, of French origin, and attending school.
  • His daughter Zenaide was a 10-year-old female, born in Canada, of Catholic religion, of French origin, and attending school.
  • His son Gedéon was a 9-year-old male, born in Canada, of Catholic religion, of French origin, and attending school.
  • His daughter Henriette was a 7-year-old female, born in Canada, of Catholic religion, of French origin, and attending school.

The children missing from this census are a daughter Febronie who would have been 18 years old and may have been married and living away from this family group, a son Pierre François who would have been 5 years old and may be deceased, a son Joseph François Adelard who died 09 Apr 1880, and an unnamed son who died 09 Mar 1881.

Nothing in this record is particularly surprising except for the listed occupations. Charles was a day laborer and his son Hormidas (Hormisdas) was a sawyer.

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