On Saturday July 8, 2017, I went to see the Tall Ships first hand as they were anchored in the town of Bath ON to help celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary. It was an impressive sight indeed. I felt a deep connection to these ships because I know some of our shipbuilding ancestors sailed on and built ships very similar to these.
As I mentioned before, I have been researching the Beaupres for years and I can honestly say the time I spent researching the shipbuilders and sailors around Kingston and Portsmouth was the most exciting. When you’re young, you take the stories of the family history in stride, never really understanding what they represent and how they connect you to your home and community. I wish I had had this interest in history when I was in school! So, on to the sailors and shipbuilders….
Amable Edouard Beaupre above.
Amable Edouard Beaupre 1796-1863, my 2nd great-grandfather was born in Ste-Genevieve-de-Berthier, Quebec on 17 April 1796. He worked as a Sawyer and Shipwright with the British Royal Navy from 1814-1820 from the ages of 18 to 24. I found muster roles which list him working on the war ships The Bee and The Wasp and quite possibly The St. Lawrence. These ships were front and centre in the War of 1812.
He married Agathe Caisse in Sorel Quebec on 27 Oct 1817. He was 21 and she was 17. During their first years of marriage they moved a number of times. Their first child, Emelie was born in Amherstberg ON in 1818. By 1820 they moved to Prescott ON where their son, Edouard, my great-grandfather was born as were the next 6 children. All the subsequent 5 children starting with Remigius were born in Portsmouth ON.
Of Amable’s 13 children, 7 were males. William died at the age of 12. Edouard, Pierre, Isaiah all became sailors and shipwrights and Remigius became a hotel keeper. At this point I do not know if any of his daughters married sailors or shipwrights, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they had.