The Marriage of Pascal Poirier and Mathilda Celeste Casgrain

Pascal Poirier and Mathilda Celeste Casgrain were married on 09 Jan 1917 in Ottawa, Carleton County, Ontario, Canada.

Pascal Poirier

Pascal Poirier

SOURCE: Pascal Poirier. Photographed by Jules Alexandre Castonguay (photograph in the public domain, Library and Archives Canada).

The Marriage Record of Pascal Poirier and Mathilda Casgrain - 1917

The Marriage Record of Pascal Poirier and Mathilda Celeste Casgrain – 1917

SOURCE: Ontario, Canada Marriages, 1857-1924, No. 015152, Poirier-Casgrain, 1917; digital image, ( : accessed 22 September 2008); citing Archives of Ontario microfilm MS932, reel 428.

This marriage was the second for Pascal Poirier and the first for Mathilda Casgrain. Click on the document image above to see an enlarged image. Click on the link for a PDF copy of the Marriage Record of Pascal Poirier and Mathilda Casgrain – 1917.

The record states that:

  • Pascal Poirier, age 64, was born and residing in Shediac, New Brunswick
  • He was a Roman Catholic widower whose occupation was senator
  • His parents were Simon Poirier and Henriette Arsenault
  • Mathilda Celeste Casgrain, age 49, was born in Quebec and residing in Ontario
  • She was a Roman Catholic spinster
  • Her parents were Philippe Baby Casgrain and Mathilda Perreault
  • The marriage took place in Ottawa, Carleton County, Ontario, Canada
  • The Rev. Charles Edward Paqueth solemnized the marriage

Pascal Poirier made history as the first Acadian appointed to the Canadian Parliament. He served in parliament for a total of 48 years, 6 months, 18 days.

Pascal’s wife, Mathilda Celeste Casgrain, was the daughter of another senator, Joseph Philippe Baby Casgrain, another prestigious figure in the history of Canada.

This document shows that Pascal Poirier was the son of Simon Poirier and Henriette Arsenault. As such, he was the grand uncle of Leo McGinn, who in turn was the husband of my aunt, Bertha (Bronisława) Danko.

I had previously known that Leo McGinn was related to Pascal Poirier, but I did not know the relationship. My cousin Jim (who is the great-great-grand nephew of Pascal Poirier) is visiting in San Francisco this week and he clarified the relationships for me.

This record can be found as image 873/1133 in the Ontario, Canada Marriages, 1857-1924 on as part of the records for Carleton 1917. The record appears as number 015152.

Copyright © 2008 by Stephen J. Danko

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