Antoine Bissonnette Sr. came from
Saint-Eustache, Québec at the age of 17 and homesteaded on the French Line, running
two miles south of St. Joachim, Ontario. This farm is the first one at the south
end of the French Line on the east side of the road. Mr. Antoine Bissonnette Sr.
sold this farm in 1908 to a Mr. Pierre Levasseur, who later turned it
over to his son. The Leo Lavasseur family presently occupy this centennial
Mr. Antoine Bissonnette Sr. moved to the
7th concession of Rochester Twsp. west of Staples, Ontario where he had two
farms. He sold the one on Malden Road to his son Pierre and the other on
the 7th concession to his son Antoine, who later passed it onto his son Antoine
the 3rd. who had no children. After his death the farm was sold to the
Olsen family who presently own the farm. The house and buildings no longer
Antoine Bissonnette Sr. married Mary Cane (Kane, Kuhn) November 22, 1864, a German lady from the U.S.A. According to Mr. Frank Trepanier (local historian & retired clerk of Rochester Twsp.) she spoke French and they met at Mr. Philip Kuhn's corner store (Mary Kuhn's Uncle) at the corner of Belle River Side Road and Highway Two. Mary came there to help & visit quite often.
Mary Bissonnette (nee Kuhn) passed away leaving three small boys. The oldest at the time drowned in a well when he was six years old leaving Antoine who was four and Pierre who was two years old.
Mr. Antoine Bissonnette Sr. later remarried to Artimise Dupuis from St. Joachim, Ontario. They had five children, Louis, Fred, Onesime, Israel and Emma. Fred married Ethel McQueen and Emma married Willy Damphouse. The other three did not marry. His two sons from the first marriage to Mary Kuhn married as follows. Antoine Jr. married Elise Beaune from Stoney Point, Ontario. Pierre married Linda Trottier.
Born: Abt. 1875
Died: July 17,1879 at Belle River, Ontario (Age 4)
Born: December 17, 1867 at Rochester Twsp, Staples, Ontario
Married: Elise Beaune on September 24, 1895 at Annunciation Catholic Church, Stoney Point, Ontario
Died: May 05, 1950 at Staples, Ontario (Age 82).
Pierre (Peter) Bissonnette
Born: February 8, 1870 at Rochester Twsp, Staples, Ontario
Married: Linda Trottier
Died: November 10, 1941 at Tilbury, Ontario (Age 71).
Married: Ethel McQueen
Born: December 27, 1886 at Staples, Ontario
Married: Willy Damphouse
Died: July 03, 1964
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