A Surname Inquiry

Bechard, Godette

Lori Chalmers

 June 24, 2024

I am looking for my grandmother I was told she came from the Magnetawan reserve, Albertine Bechard born 1900 and the other is my grandmother I have nothing on her as well she lived in Midland Kathleen - Kathreen Godette both married Burgie men I have been looking for years I do have a census from Huron District S 112, 113 showing skin colour Red ??


  • Diane Shaw

    Birth registration from Parry Sound District Unknown Townships on Ancestry.ca
    BECHARD, no name, female, born 21 Dec 1899, father Fred Bechard, no mother given. Born Byng Inlet. Registration # 030485.There is a note on the registration saying “Name of child and name of mother not entered on return sent to me”. Baptism: Druoin Collection Ontario. {Roman Catholic] Records from Britt OntarioAlbertine Bechard, baptised on December 22 1899. Father Alfredo Bechard and Armina Pambert, spouses. The following name are likely sponsors. Bernardus Vaillancourt and Staysia [?] Bechard. Marriage:Albertina Bechard, 19, b Byng Inlet, Roman Catholic, d/o Frederick Bechad and Josephine Poulber? married Francis Burgie, 21, s/o Thomas Burgie and Kathleen Godette on 17 Sept 1919 at Midland. Registration # 02291901 census they are in Wallbridge and Brown Tsps, Muskoka/Parry Sound.Her birth date is given on 1901 census as 21 Dec 1900.1901 and 1911 census is free on http://www.automatedgenealogy.com 1911 They are listed living in Byng Inlet. She is listed as Bertina, aged 11, born December 1900. Parents are both born in Quebec, French origins, R Catholic, Father is labourer at saw mill. Parents cannot read or write. Nothing on either census to indicate they are natives. The R beside birth place means Rural. Kathleen GodetteShe and Thomas had the following children:William b 22 Sept 1895 in MidlandFrancis, b 10 Jan 1898 [from WW1 records]1871 census Tay Tsp, Simcoe North OntarioGAUDETTEJoseph, 40, b Quebec CatholicElizabeth, 38, b Ont [Elizabeth is listed as widow on 1891 census Tay Tsp]Marie 14, Joseph 12, Julian 10, Seraphine 8, Clotilde 6, [this is Kathleen], Adeline 5, Frances 3, Triflee 1. All born Ontario, all French, all Catholic.Baptism at Mattawa, born 17 Jan 1864, bapt 6 Feb 1864, Clotilde Godet, from legitimate marriage of Joseph Godet and Elizabeth Bernard. Will look some more up later on.There is no indication on any records I found of any native blood. Usually if they are native, the tribe would be given.

  • Carol Stevens

    Aboriginal records are very difficult to find. R on the census likely stands for Red or aboriginal. If they were listed in the census, there are likely other records kept by the government – birth, marriage and death. If Bechard is cacasion then records should be with government. The library or Museum in Parry Sound might be able help with on reserve (First Nations’) records. as a Magnetawan group were likely part of the Parry Sound First Nation.

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