6. Joseph Gédéon Eusèbe BÉLANGER was born and baptized on 6 February 1877 in St-Bernard, Dorchester County, Québec. He became an American citizen on 24 February 1912 in Superior Court, Providence, RI. He died on 1 November 1948 in Coventry, Rhode Island. He was buried in Notre-Dame Cemetery, West Warwick, RI on 4 November 1948.
Gédéon Bélanger is a direct descendant of Louis Hébert, the first white settler in Québec, because Gédéon's mother was a FOURNIER (fourth generation). A twelfth generation FOURNIER married Françoise HÉBERT, who was Louis HÉBERT's daughter.
He married Mélina THÉROUX on 8 June 1896 in Notre-Dame, mission church of St-Jean-Baptiste Parish, West Warwick, RI. Warwick records indicate that they were married by J.E. Giguère, priest, in Harris Village, RI. (3)(6)
7. Mélina THÉROUX was born on 20 and baptized on 22 April 1877 in the parish of St-Hughes, County Bagot, Québec. She died on 5 December 1943 in Coventry, Rhode Island. She was buried in Notre-Dame Cemetery, West Warwick, RI on 8 December 1943.(1)(2)(4)(5)
3 vii. (Marie) Jeannette BÉLANGER born on 3 March 1911 in Coventry, RI. She married Jean-Baptiste LÉVEILLÉE on 3 September 1932 in Notre-Dame du Bon Conseil Church, West Warwick, RI. Jean Baptiste died on 13 July 1965 in Kent County Hospital, Warwick, RI. She died on 4 November 2000 in Coventry, RI.
Children: Normand and Rita. Grandchildren: Monique and Peter GreatGrandchildren: Alexia and Phillip
i. Arthur BÉLANGER born and baptized on 21 May 1897, in Harris Village, Coventry, RI. He married Marie Rose Edna Ann LEMOIE on 12 February 1917 in St. John the Baptist Church, West Warwick, RI. Edna was born on 7 June 1898 in Riverpoint, Warwick, RI (7) and died 14 February 1959. Edna's parents were Edouard LEMOIE & Rose de Lima VALOIS. Arthur and Edna lived in Harris Village throughout their lives together and worked in Harris Mill. Arthur died on 23 April 1967.
Children were: Armand, Florence, Gerard, Roland, Donat.Armand BÉLANGER was born on 18 December 1917 in Coventry, RI.
Gérard BÉLANGER was born on 13 March 1920 in Coventry, RI.
Florence BÉLANGER was born on 3 July 1921 in Harris Village, Coventry, RI. She married Armand CHATELL around 1940 in Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Conseil church in Phenix, West Warwick, RI. Armand was born on 7 May 1911 in Coventry, RI. He died 7 June 1988 in Warwick, RI. Florence died on 30 May 2003. Both are buried in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Greenwich, RI. Armand's father Israel CHATELL married Marie Louise FONTAINE.
Armand and Florence had three children:Robert Armand CHATELL was born on 18 August 1950 in Providence, RI. He married Phyllis BÉLANGER on 26 June 1971 in West Warwick, RI. Phyllis was born on 10 February 1948 in West Warwick, RI. They had a son: Roger Armand.
Nancy A. CHATELL REALI
Constance C. CHATELL COUTU
Lionel Roland BÉLANGER was born on 2 May and baptized on 5 May 1926 in St. John the Baptist Church, West Warwick, RI. Godparents were Arthur RABOIN & Aurore BÉLANGER, aunt and uncle. Roland married Thérèse BESSETTE on 28 June 1947 in St. John the Baptist Church. Thérèse was born on 15 October 1928 in Arctic, RI. Her parents were Théodore BESSETTE & Odelle LEGAULT. (8)(10)
Donat BÉLANGER was born in 1936 in Coventry, RI. He still lives in Harris, in the last house owned by his parents.
ii. Joseph Cyrille BÉLANGER was born on 19 May 1899. He died on 7 October 1965. He married Marie-Rose Blanche MONTIE on 24 November 1921. Marie was born on 5 May 1901 and died on 20 April 1949. Her parents were Louis MONTIE and Mary RAINVILLE.
Children were: Beatrice, Joseph Jr., Donald.
iii. Edouard BÉLANGER was born on 17 September 1901 and died on 15 January 1968. He married Émilienne MÉLANÇON.
Children were: Albert Joseph, Théodore, Irene.Albert Joseph was born on 15 May 1927 in Harris Village, Coventry, RI. He married Vivian BEAUDOIN on 6 May 1950 in St. John the Baptist Church, West Warwick, RI. Vivian was born on 8 September 1931 in Pawtucket, RI. Her parents were Joseph BEAUDOIN & Claudia MICHAUD.
Joseph and Vivian have six daughters: Linda, Denise, Debra, Robin, Karen and Kimberly. (12) (9)
Théodore Joseph was born on 22 June 1929 in Harris Village, Coventry, RI. He married Arline Cécile BESSETTE on 2 September 1950 in St. John the Baptist Church, West Warwick, RI. Arline was born on 31 March 1932 in Plainfield, CT. Her parents were Théodore BESSETTE & Odelie LISÉE. (10)
Irene was born in 1936. She married Raymond FERNANDEZ in Notre-Dame Church, West Warwick, RI.
iv. Aurore BÉLANGER was born on 29 July 1904. She died on 30 September 1980. She married Arthur RABOIN in Notre-Dame Church, West Warwick, RI..
Children: Bertha, who married Frank GAUVIN and Léo, who married Anita NOLETTE
v. Marie Yvonne BÉLANGER was born in 1907. She died on 11 November 1934. She married Donat PARENTEAU in Notre-Dame Church, West Warwick, RI. They had one son:Donat was born on 1 and baptized on 2 April 1927 in Notre-Dame Church, Phenix, RI. He married Thérèse BEAUDOIN on 13 September 1947 in St. John the Baptist Church in West Warwick, RI. Thérèse was born on 21 December 1929 in Arctic, RI. Her parents were Joseph BEAUDOIN & Claudia MICHAUD. They had six children:Yvonne, Céleste, Dennis-Don, André, Claudia, Stephen.(13)
vi. Stanislaus BÉLANGER was born on 15 April 1909. He died on 26 February 1974. He married Colombe THIBODEAUX. No children.
viii. Williem BÉLANGER was born o 12 January 1912. He died on 23 December 1917 in Coventry, RI.
vi. Clairinda BÉLANGER was born on 13 May 1915. She married Gerard BOISCLAIR on 7 January 1956. She died on 29 Junuary 1984. Gerard died in 1980. No children.
ix. Laurencia BÉLANGER was born on 18 August 1917. She married Raymond DEMERS on 7 January 1956. She died on 28 August 2000 at age 83 years. No children.
x. Joseph Léo BÉLANGER was born on 26 June 1919. He died on 27 February 1969. He married Alexandra SILVA in St-Anthony Parish, West Warwick, RI. Alex was born in 1923.
All Gédéon and Mélina's children were born at 68 Mill Street in the village of Harris, Coventry, Rhode Island. Many of the grand-children were also born there.(1) (2)
Recollections of my grandparents
Index BÉLANGER Index THÉROUX Table of Contents
(1) Personal recollections of Jeannette Bélanger.
(2) Personal recollections of Normand Léveillée and Rita Léveillée Sloan, authors of the Léveillée-Bélanger genealogy.
(3)Town Clerk's Office, City of Warwick, Rhode Island.
(4) Extract of the Register of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials of the Parish of Saint-Bernard, Dorchester, PQ, for the year 1870.
(5) Gédeon Bélanger, Certificate of Naturalization, No. 243682, Issued 24 February 1912, Superior Court, Providence, RI.
(6) J.Burkhart, A. Letourneau, M. Letourneau, R. Gaudet, C. Gaudet, Marriages of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, West Warwick, RI (Artic) 1873-1980, Vol. 1, p. 32. s
(7) Ibid., p. 31.
(8) J. Burkhart, A. Letourneau, M. Letourneau, L. McDonald, H. Paradis,Baptisms of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church,, Vol. 2, West Warwick, RI 1873-1989, A.F.G.S. Library Committee, 1992, p.65.
(9) J.Burkhart, A. Letourneau, M. Letourneau, R. Gaudet, C. Gaudet, Marriages of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, West Warwick, RI (Artic) 1873-1980, Vol. 1, p. 33.
(10) Ibid., p. 34.
(11) Ibid., Vol 2., p. 460.
(12) Vivian Bélanger, Email message, 4 Nov 2000.
(13) Yvonne Parenteau Carrigan, Email message, 5 Nov 2000.
(14) List of BÉLANGER & dit names in Fichier Origine
(15) Bélanger website: www.belangers.us
I remember my "pépère" Gédéon as a kind but very strict man, with a huge mustache. One of my cousins and I used to go "dump-picking" with him in Harris dump, in Coventry, Rhode Island. We would collect rags which we sold for recycling (not a concept at that time 1942-1948).
I remember going to his house to play cards with him when he was old. I used to go home with 5 cents in my pocket every time, win or lose.
He used to raise a pig and chickens in the backyard of his house, which he rented from the Interlaken Mills, in Harris village, town of Coventry, Rhode Island. He worked as a yardman at Harris Mill during all his life. (My pépère and me)
Mélina Théroux Bélanger
I was born in my grandparents' home. My grandmother served as mid-wife for most of her grandchildren. For the first five years of my life 1935-1940, I lived in the same Harris village as my grandparents, just three houses away. My father built a small trailer that hooked to my three-wheel bike. My dog Teddy would jump into the trailer and stay with me while I visited my grandmother. I remember her making a ketchup and mustard sandwich which I liked. I would always keep a small piece for my dog Teddy, which my grandmother loved.
She used to make kites for my cousins and me. When the kite broke, she would repair it cheerfully. She would also entertain us with stories of the people, mostly our relatives, in our village After the visit, I would bike back to my home, passing by the houses of several uncles and aunts (Léveillée and Bélanger).
The saying "It takes a village" applied in my early life.
Most of our grandmother's grandchildren were born in her home; she served as midwife for her children. Here are Albert BÉLANGER, son of Edouard BÉLANGER & Émilienne MÉLANÇON (on the left) and Donat PARENTEAU, son of Marie Yvonne BÉLANGER & Donat PARENTEAU (on the right).
I related these stories on this web page for the benefit of my two grandchildren Alexia KELLEY and Phillip KELLEY. They love to hear about my past.
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