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 served in the Royal Navy from 1814-1820 from the ages of 18 to 24, defending Upper and Lower Canada from the threat of invasion from the United States. I am assuming it was during this time, while he sailed the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario and Lake Huron patrolling the boarder, that he decided to settle near Kingston at Hatter’s Bay (Portsmouth). 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 as their first child, Amelia was born somewhere in Ontario and their son, Edouard, my great-grandfather was born in the county of Prescott. All the subsequent 8 children were born in Portsmouth.
Of Amable’s 10 children, 5 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.