This section of our site is in tribute and honor to our ancestors, who were pioneers in the Ste Luce parish from the early 1800s,
and to their descendants who settled in the Saint John River Valley in Northern Maine.
The Ste Luce Parish portion of our site provides the following information:
- A brief history of the early chuch which is one of the oldest churches in the St. John Valley region and in the state of Maine.
- A brief biography of the patron saint Ste Luce.
- A brief history of its pastors for the first 100 years.
- The plot maps of the Ste Luce Cemetery as surveyed and planned by Walter Founier and Antoine Paradis in 2003 and 2004 based on the existing tombstones.
- An alphabetic listing of the existing headstones with a Notes column that for the most part was created by me to provide known relationships which I got from the original entry in listing provided, from Leon Guimond's Mariages de Frenchville (Sainte Luce) 1843 - 1970, or from my genealogy database.
- A cemetery database that expands the information provided by the Ste Luce parish for the existing headstone listing to include maiden name, spouse name, and parent names when known.
- A simple search that allows you to search for all occurences of a last name within the cemetery headstone database's buried person's last name column, the spouse's last name, the maiden name, and the parent's last names
- An advanced search that allows you to search by several fields within the database Note that not all relationships have been added, it is still a work in progress.
The Upper St John Valley web site at upperstjohn.com in addition to providing censuses for both sides of the St John Valley from the 1820s to the 1860s, an excellent history of the valley, also provides the following information on Ste Luce. Note that when you click on any of the following links, a new window will be opened and you will be taken to the Upper St John Valley web site.
- A very good overview of the parish history and the parish registers
- An excellent write-up on Father Dionne, the first pastor
- The baptisms from the Ste Luce Church Registers for the years 1843 to 1860.
- A simple search of the baptisms allows searches by last name of the person baptized, the last name of his/her father and mother. It allows searching with either the names or with the soundex codes and supports searching for dit names such as "Roy dit" for example.
- An advanced search allows searchs by the first and last name of the person baptized, by date, by sex, by home parish, by first and last name of the parents and/or godparents.
- The marriages from the Ste Luce Church Registers for the years 1843 to 1860.
- A simple search of the marriages allows searches by last name of: groom, bride, their parents, and their former spouses (if widowed). It allows searching with either the names or with the soundex codes and supports searching for dit names such as "Roy dit" for example.
- An advanced search allows searchs by the first and last name of the bride and groom, by date, by sex, by home parish, by first and last name of the parents and/or former spouse.
- The burials from the Ste Luce Church Registers for the years 1843 to 1860.
- A simple search of the burials allows searches by last name of the deceased person and of his/her father, mother, or spouse; you can search with either the names or with the soundex codes
- An advanced search allows searchs by the first and last name of the deceased person, by burial date, by sex, by burial parish, by first and last name of the parents and/or spouse, and by home of parents or spouse.
- Search All the acts in the Ste Luce parish register for any occurences of the entered last name in all the last name fields of the baptisms, marriages, and burials databases databases.
- 1858 Census of the Ste Luce parish and the Mission parish of St-François-Xavier, in St-François de Madawaska, New Brunswick, Canada.
- Parish of St-François-Xavier in St-François de Madawaska, New Brunswick, Canada.
Our Acadian, French Canadian, and Maine Ancestors was recently updated.
- The Ste Luce Cemetery database was updated to include photos that I have of the gravestones and military service plaques, which are viewable from the link on the Details page display. See Detail on Latheque Trudelle which shows gravestone photo provided by Carroll Deschaines. Don Raymond has taken pictures of all the tombstones still in existence in the Ste Luce cemetery. These photos are being added to the cemetery search results detail page. Thank you, Carroll and Don.
The Catholic Community of Daigle, Maine was originally served by the St Louis Parish in Fort Kent and the Ste Luce Parish in Frenchville before it became the Holy Family Parish. Thanks to Don Raymond, a very brief history of the Holy Family Parish, its pastors, cemetery photos, a cemetery plot map, and a database search of the Holy Family Cemetery has been added to the web site. See the menu entries on the left. The details page from the cemetery search results includes a link to the photo of the tombstone provided by Don Raymond, if the tombstone still exists.
The Catholic Community of Sinclair, Maine was originally served by the St Agatha Parish in St Agatha. If anyone has a brief history of the St Joseph Parish in Sinclair, I would appreciate hearing from you. A database search of people buried in the St Joseph Cemetery has been added to the web site. The cemetery listing was provided by Walter Fournier and the photo of the tombstone provided by Don Raymond.
The community of Frenchville, Maine included several men who served in World War I, among them were two who gave their all for their country -- Denis Cyr and Eddy Plourd, for whom the the Cyr Plourde American Legion Post 145 in Frenchville is named.
Several men from the St John and Fish River valleys served in World War II. You can click the link to search for World War II Veterans from the valley.
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