~ Like branches on a tree, we grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one. ~
~ I am bound to them. Though I cannot look into their eyes or hear their voices, I honor their history, I cherish their lives,
I will tell their story. ~
Edward Joseph LaBelle was born Adelard Joseph Levac, July 15, 1879 in Ste. Anne de Prescott, Ontario, Canada. He was the son of Anselme Levac (Narcisse Levac & Josephte Seguin) and Edesse Courville, (Jean Baptiste Courville & Emilie Tessier Lavigne) of Ste. Justine de Newton, Quebec. The 1881 Canadian Census shows Edesse Courville as widowed, living with her parents. Ontario records confirm the death of Anselme Levac in St Anne de Prescott, Ontario.
Edesse Courville married Charles Labelle Oct. 24 1882 in Ste Justine, Quebec. 1900 U.S. census lists all family members living in Canton, New York. This census record shows the family living in the U.S. since 1892. * link below
Adelard Levac and Vitaline Desrochers were married June 11,1901 in Chute a Blondeau, Ontario, Canada. Soon after they settled in Canton, New York, then to Watertown, using the names of Edward and Laura LaBelle, beginning a family of four sons. My grandmother Laura died May 26, 1915 at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland. She is buried in Glenwood Cemetery, Watertown, New York. My grandfather Edward LaBelle, died July 14, 1941 in Watertown. He was an engineer for the St. Lawrence division of the New York Central Railroad.
The LaBelle line can be accessed at Daniel LaBelles site: http://www.leslabelle.com. Our LaBelle line is included there. (see Charles LaBelle and Edesse Courville) Uncle David LaBelles line is also linked.
My research has led me searching through many Quebec parish registers for sourcing and the University of Montreal PRDH website. All Catholic Church records were kept for baptisms, marriages, and deaths of families living in that area. For anyone who is new to French Canadian genealogy, you will find many Quebec resources available, see some links below. ( note: some census records have the incorrect spelling of names of some individuals. )
~ I owe a very special... thank you... to ML for the wonderful help with my research. : ) I couldn't have done it without her. ~