Édéas Messier and Marie Marguerite Granger Family
The Messier family is established in the region of Stanbridge-Station since six generations. Indeed, registers indicate that Edouard Messier married Delphine Juaire on January 11th, 1853 in Notre-Dame de Stanbridge. Of this marriage is born, among others, a boy named Jean-Baptiste, who got married to Octavie Benoit on September 10th, 1881, in St-Armand, daughter of Jean-Baptiste Benoit and Marie Jetté.
On March 1st, 1891, they adopted two boys : Aldéi Racine, born on February 3rd, 1891 and his brother Hormidas (Armidas) Racine, born on December 14th, 1889. After trying to conceive for several years, Octavie gave birth to Édéas on May 5th, 1894 in St. Armand West.
They took up residence on a farm in St-Armand, that they have sold a few years later, to settle down on another farm, in Fall River, Mass. In 1908, they came back in Stanbridge-Station, on the farm which was transmitted from father to son afterwards. After commercial studies to the « Collège de Farnham », Édéas took over the farm in 1915.
Left photo : Édouard Messier and Delphine Juaire, grandparents of Édéas.
Right photo: Jean-Baptiste Messier and Octavie Benoit. The children are, from left to right,
Edeas Messier and two adopted children: Hormidas / Armidas and Aldei Racine.
Photo taken on September 19th, 1898
On January 22nd, 1918, Édéas married, in Notre-Dame de Stanbridge, Marie Marguerite Granger, daughter of Joseph and Victoria Roy, born on July 1st, 1896. Of this union were born 6 children :
born on October 15th, 1918,
married as a first marriage to Adrienne Racine (died on July 19th, 1948), 1 child,
and in second wedding to Noëlla Noël (died on November 11th, 1979), 6 children,
when she got married, Noëlla had a child born from her previous union with Doris Létourneau,
died on March 10th, 1999,
17 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild,
born on October 29th, 1919,
married to Rhéa Forgues (died on February 20th, 1993),
died on January 17th, 2011,
7 children, 21 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren,
born on November 24th, 1920,
married to Ghislaine Forgues (died on July 11, 2015),
7 children, 11 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren,
- a boy
born and dead on October 26th, 1921,
born on May 20th, 1923,
married to Albert Melaven,
died on May 11th, 2010,
7 children, 16 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren,
- Marie Rita
born on June 22nd, 1925,
married to Paul-Abel Rhéaume (died on February 28th, 2002),
died on February 3rd, 1972,
10 children, 15 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren.
As several women of her time, Marie Marguerite passed away after complications arose during her last childbirth on June 27th, 1925. Besides, to take care his farm, Édéas worked on contract on surrounding farms as to make plowings, pressing or threshing. He worked many years on an upright hay baler and sixteen years on a hay baler in a prone position.
Involved in his community, Édéas was a local councillor, then a secretary and treasurer for the municipality for 25 years, school commissionner, director of « La Société d’agriculture » and director of « La Laiterie Saint-Antoine (from 1939 to 1956).
During Fall 1945, pouring rains beat down on the region. It seems that the only way of getting back the corn from the fields will be to cut it by hand. Édéas appeals to the German prisoners of the Camp of Farnham to help him. Thus, for several weeks, 12 German prisoners found themselves on the farm to participate in the harvest. Four of them will spend all winter in Stanbridge-Station to assist Édéas and his family with their duties.
Édéas was the only owner of his farm until his death, which came too early, on March 25th, 1956.
Réjean Messier (12)
Family home built in Stanbridge-Station between 1914 and 1917
GENEALOGICAL LINE OF ÉDÉAS MESSIER
St. Denis le Thiboult
02 Jehan Le Messier
Perrier sur Andelle ?
01 Jehan Le Messier
St. Denis le Thiboult ?
00 David Le Messier
February 25, 1658
01 Michel Messier
Sieur of St. Michel
Pierre & Judith Duchesne
February 10, 1706
02 François-Michel Messier
Seigneur of Cap St. Michel
Marie-Anne Amyot dit Villeneuve
Jean-Baptiste & Geneviève Guyon
January 22, 1731
03 François-Michel Messier
Ignace & Louise Guillet
Catherine Marie Deslandes
Joseph & M. Catherine Jared
January 22, 1759
04 François-Michel Messier
Anne Marie Bousquet
Ignace & Marie Gadbois
August 8, 1785
05 Louis Messier
Geneviève Veilleux (Veuilleux)
François & Geneviève Lacombe
January 9, 1821
06 Louis Messier
Delphine Juaire (Rivière)
Jean-Baptiste & Archange Marguerite Sénécal
January 11, 1853
07 Édouard Messier
Jean-Baptiste & Marie Jetté
St. Armand West
September 10, 1888
08 Jean-Baptiste Messier
Marie Marguerite Granger
Joseph & Victoria Roy
January 22, 1918
09 Édéas Messier