Descendants of Rosalie Cadron-Jetté
An Overview of the First Generation of Descendants
Rosalie gave birth to her first child on June 12, 1812. The parents called him Joseph Jean-Marie. He was a shoemaker by trade who married Marguerite Gallant at the Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal on September 29, 1835. Except for the 1850 American census where he is listed with his wife under the name of “Jo Sta” as a resident of the city of Plattsburgh, traces of his life journey have not been found. To this day, we know of no descendents.
On June 19, 1813, the new parents Cadron-Jetté welcomed their first daughter who was christened Rose. Her marriage with Romuald Thomas was celebrated on July 29, 1833 at the Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal. Even though the couple had eight children, their only descendents came from the respective lineages of their twins Joseph Jean-Marie and Maximin-Norbert.
In fact, these two men became heads of several families many of which took root in the parishes of Sainte-Brigide and Saint-Pierre Apôtre, close to the Misericordia Hospital founded by Mother of the Nativity. There is reason to hope that present day attempts to track down living representatives of this family branch will soon bear fruit.
Pierre, the third child of the family, saw the day on May 7, 1815. He chose Geneviève Paul as his wife on October 26, 1841. Three of their children died in early life and their unique daughter, Marie-Rose de Lima, never married. Therefore, this family branch does not have any descendents. Pierre, a shoemaker, stood out because of his faithfulness to respect the commitment he made to his father on his deathbed when he promised to watch over and to support Rosalie in the heavy family responsibilities that befell upon her when he died. For this reason, he continued to live under the same roof as his mother for eleven years to provide for the material and financial household needs.
Another Jetté boy was born in Lavaltrie on December 3, 1817. He was called François. The marriage certificate attesting his union with Henriette Castagnier has not yet been traced, but knowing that Hedwidge, their first child, was born in New York, it is quite likely that the document will be found. François and Henriette had 14 children, 6 of which left a line of succession.
The census work carried out to this day indicates that 203 descendants are still living. Even though a considerable number are American citizens, most of them still live in Canada and form the largest cohort of descendants of Rosalie in Quebec.
The fifth child of Rosalie and of Jean-Marie was born on April 30, 1819. In reference to an important event that occurred a few weeks before her birth, this second daughter received the name of Léocadie. During the seventh month of her pregnancy, Rosalie had courageously helped her mother save the lives of newborn twins. The parents of this young woman had requested under threat that they were to be burned soon after birth. Once out of harm’s way, the twins were entrusted to the Grey Nuns. Rosalie felt such an attachment to one of them that she christened her own daughter with the same name.
Léocadie married Pierre Barnabé Laroche at the Notre Dame Basilica on November 14, 1842. The couple had four children but it was thanks to the union of her only son Zotique to Adèle Bengle in 1879 that this branch of Rosalie’s family has grown to this day. In what we know today, there are 81 living descendents most of which are living throughout the greater Montreal area.
Léonard Henri (Honoré Henry)
The sixth child, Léonard Henri (Honoré Henry) was born on May 28, 1821. He married Anastasie Hubout dit Tourville on November 27, 1843 and 14 children were born of their union. The five who left descendants settled in the United States and this explains the name change from Jetté to Stay. Although they may not be exhaustive, the updates of the family offshoots of Leonard indicate 341 persons.
For 7 generations now and in spite of geographical distances, it is striking to see the interest and the attachment of several family members towards Rosalie and the sincerity of their belonging to her large family.