The family of Joseph I. Comeau and Lucie Aubé
One family that I had a hard time connecting to the rest of the Comeaus was the family of Joseph I. Comeau and Lucie Aubé, as well as some related families. Lately, after some research, I was able to get some answers.
The first case was about Léon Comeau and Marie-Anne Roy, m. 3 oct 1905 in Beresford, NB. I had other Léons in the database, even one married to a Julie Roy, m 8 aug 1905 in Gloucester, NB.
We find our first Léon in the 1911 census, in Beresford, NB, 29 years old (April 1882), living with his wife Marian, 31 years old (June 1880), children Joseph, Cleophas, Patrick and Marie. And the connection was made with the marriage record, where it states that Léon was a widower and son of Joseph Comeau and Lucie Aubé. The second Léon’s marriage record states that he was the son of Jacques Comeau and Tharsile Haché.
So having already a son named Léon for Joseph, who was married to a Marie-Louise Boudreau, 20 nov 1900 in Beresford, NB, the correction was made and both Léons merged into the same individual.
At that point, Joseph Comeau was parentless in the database. I had him listed as Joseph I. Comeau, born 6 jul 1849 and married to a Lucie Aubé, born Jun 1851. The marriage was listed as 19 may 1873.
I had another parentless Comeau in the database, Louis I. Comeau (2 nov 1865), married to a Anne Aubé with children born in 1888 and forward.
Looking at the different censuses, you can see that they are living next to each other.
In 1911, in Beresford, households 142 and 143, both couples still alive.
In 1901, in Beresford, households 134 and 135.
In 1891, in Beresford, Joseph listed as Joseph I. with 7 children and Louis with 2 children and his mother in law, Reine Chamberlain.
In 1881, Joseph (32 yo) is listed as head of his household, with his wife Lucy (28 yo) and 3 children (one of them being Léon). He is living next to James Comeau (40 yo) and Tharsile Haché (31 yo) from earlier, still without a child. And we see Louis (17 yo), living with his parents Isaac and Salomée Comeau, with his brothers John, Jérôme, Pierre and his sister Angèle.
In 1881, the Aubé family is hard to follow. We know that Reine Chamberlain is a widow. We see a Margaret Aubé (19 yo) listed as living in the Amand and Marie Boudreau household. It could be Anne’s sister.
In 1871 we have:
COMEAU Isaac age 49 H
Comeau Salomee age 50 W
CH: Philomen 33, Joseph 21, Monique 19, Jean 17, Pierre 15, Jerome 13, Angele 11, Louis 9, Joseph 2?
AUBE (AUBIE)Reine widow age 50
CH: Luce 20, Virgini 18,Ainee 13,Margaret 11, Jean 22
So from all this data we can see that both Joseph and Louis are sons of Isaac Comeau and Salomée Doucet and that both Lucie (most probably) and Ann Aubé are girls of Reine Chamberlain and Michel Aubé, one of the 3 Aubé brothers who emigrated to NB from Bellechasse, Quebec. A fun fact is that Bellechasse is home to a Comeau branch that renamed itself to Macameau.
You can access the family by following this link.