Ben's Genealogical Research

The Direct Line

Stefan LeBlanc
Christopher LeBlanc
Tatijana Piroh
Ivy Victoria Hocking
Mary Lorette Saulnier
Irene Octavie Gaudet
Marguerite Saulnier
Elizabeth Comeau
Magdelaine Gaudet
Marguerite Belliveau
Marie-Madeleine Girouard
Madeleine Bourg
Francoise Gaudet
The ability to analyze DNA has the potential to change the level and depth of genealogical research. I would remind those that reference this “scientific” materiel as gospel in their research that a recent
Canadian CBC Marketplace investigation indicated that these tests are far more geared towards their entertainment value than perhaps actual scientific evidence.

Rene LeBlanc
b.1590’s, France
Daniel’s parentage has provoked great debate within the LeBlanc Genealogical community. Rene has been named as Daniel’s contested Father. My research, limited as it is, could not really confirm any evidence that Rene is Daniel’s father. Despite this lack of proof, people still add him to the list and some go even further and name Rene's father as Pierre of Alphonse.

It is this lack of proof that encourages researchers to speculate. Speculation is not always a bad thing when you wwant to tell a story, but eventually, it will lead people to the wrong conclusions. Needless to say, do your own research and be true to the facts that are available.

I only list Rene here to pass on this opinion, my actual research stops at Daniel.

Forgive me, I have since lost the source of the quote below regarding the parentage of Daniel, however, I still include it here because I believe that the writer was very well informed:

“This information has no reliable basis in fact. It was originally proposed by a Mr. d'Entremont from Nova Scotia many, many years ago. He found a family named LeBlanc in the La Chausee area of France and assumed they had to be ancestors of Daniel. The reference to Alphonse is the only one in the late 1500s that refers to a family named LeBlanc (or DeBlanc, perhaps), and some researchers, desperate for links to Daniel's past, assigned him to this family. Investigations conducted after Mr. d'Entremont's research revealed that there was no basis to his assertions. Unfortunately, Daniel's ancestry will have to remain a mystery.”

Daniel LeBlanc
b.1626, Martaizé, Loudon, Vienne, France
m. 1642 or 1645
d. 1690’s Annapolis Royal
Daniel has always been identified as the primary ancestor of most LeBlanc’s located in North America. Perhaps the first of many anyway...

According to the noted Acadian historian Placid Gaudet, Daniel was approximately 19 years old when he became one of the earlier immigrants to Port Royal, Nova Scotia in or around the year 1645. It would have been an amazing adventure for a young man to travel a world away and establish himself anew. Originally living in the small commune or district of Martaizé, ruled by the Lord Charles de Menou d'Aulnay who is claimed to be a pioneer of settlements in the New World, Daniel would have been recruited by d'Aulnay to work the land and even eventually fight for him because, as the Governor of Acadia, d’Aulnay was involved in more than just a few skirmishes. I wonder if Daniel was involved in the 1705 siege of St John?

Knowing what I know about teenagers, I suspect that Daniel may not have had any real plans other than to just go. In the mid-17th century, Daniel, a 19 year old had likely been on his own already for a couple of years, ready and willing to grab what he owned, get on the boat and worry about food and money when he got there. I wonder what circumstances lead to his decision to make that journey; what made him leave France? It should be noted that the 30 Years war had been raging for about 27 years by 1645 and may have been another good incentive to leave the continent. Was his father a casualty of the war? Perhaps they had a falling out or maybe it was just a 19 year old wanting to spread his wings with promises of wealth and adventure from d’Aulnay’ s recruiters.

Location of Daniel's Homestead

Daniel and other French colonists settled on the north side of Port Royal River, to the north-east of the Belisle march, about 6 miles from the fort, half a mile from St. Laurent Chapel.

He married the widow Francoise Gaudet and the date of their ceremony has always been in dispute. Some claim that the wedding was in 1642, another 1645 and Mr. Placide Gaudet thinks 1650. Perhaps she accompanied Daniel on the voyage over? He was one of the principal citizens of the area and almost 45 years later on 24 May 1690, when Sir William Phipps (who had just taken over the place) ordered the inhabitants to select six from among them to form a council that would ensure that peace & justice would prevail, Daniel was one of those selected.

According to a 1671 census for Port Royal, Daniel was listed as a 45 year old labourer with seven children; one girl and six boys. His wife Francoise was age 48 at the time and Daniel owned livestock totaling 18 cattle with horns and 26 female sheep. They worked 10 acres of land that was situated in two different locations. I read somewhere that "Dan" & "Fran" were buried in the Garrison Cemetery at Port Royal but I have to wonder about that. Their home is a good 10 miles from Port Royal and that would have been a long journey just to bury someone. I suspect that the couple are buried on their land somewhere or at the nearest parish in Belisle. The Garrison Cemetery does not have any headstones for LeBlanc’s; only a memorial plaque that states that Acadians used this cemetery so was assumed that they had been buried there.

Daniel’s arrival in the new world appears to have never been recorded. A document dated 05 Oct 1687 concerns a deposition made by Daniel and others about work done in Acadia by the Sire of D’Aulnay in 1650. Among those who signed, there was "the mark of" Daniel, this indicating he was living in Acadia before the death of D’Aulnay in June of 1650. The LeBlanc DNA web site that is referenced in the links above tries to explain that there is no evidence of Daniel's arrival in the new world from France because he was possibly born in the new world.

Daniel's Children:
Jacques - b.1651
Marie-Francoise - b.1653
Etienne - b.1656
Rene - b.1657
Andre - b.1659
Antoine - b.1662
Pierre - b.1664-d.1717
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Pierre LeBlanc
b.1664 in Port Royal
m. 1st- 1685, 2nd- 1694
d.1717 05 Nov, Annapolis Royal
The youngest son of Daniel LeBlanc, Pierre, was the only child to remain in the Port Royal area for his entire life. He married the beautiful Marie Theriault in 1685 and their son Pierre was born the following year.

Unfortunately, Marie died within the next decade and Pierre eventually re-married a Madeleine Bourque in 1694 and they parented an additional 7 children together. It is well documented in the Parish records that Madeleine & Pierre (mostly Madeleine) attended and witnessed many weddings, births and baptisms. The couple played an active part within Church and community; these occasions not only being important events in their own right, but were also a form of rare entertainment at the time.

I have always been curious where Pierre was buried. The data indicated that he died at Annapolis Royal, but there are no apparent french graves there.

Pierre’s children:
Of Marie :
Pierre - b.1686

Of Madeleine :
Joseph - b.1701
Jean-Simon - b.1703
Marie - b.1706
Paul - b.1711
Madeleine - b.1714
Charles - b.1716-d.1805
Pierre - b.1708
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Charles LeBlanc
b.1716 26 September (Dec?) Port Royal
m.1735, 10 January
d.1805, 30 September, Clare
Charles, apparently nicknamed "Cha", at the age of 19 was married on 10 Jan 1735 to 18 year old Madeleine Girouard.

Charles' Marriage record

Some translation: The Priest was De St. Poncy de La Vernède, Registration Date 10 January 1735, Witnesses: Pierre Landry, Paul Blanchard, Alexandre Hebert, the father, François Girouard and Claude Girouard.

Two decades after his marriage Charles (we assume his family was with him), with many other Acadians, escaped from the Great Expulsion of 1755 by fleeing as far away as New Brunswick where they eluded the vigilance of their pursuers and became useful colonists afterwards with those who returned from exile. Charles and Madeleine were among the first Acadians who lived in Clare during the spring of 1769. He was permitted a license of occupation for 200 acres of land in that township on 29 Jun 1775. A document may exist showing M. Charles LeBlanc giving his note for payment of expenses, 20 pounds, on 01 Sep of that year following one half in cash and the remainder in pork at current market prices. This and other documents are dated 14 Jan 1775 at Annapolis Royal. The tract of land that was granted to Charles was situated at Anse LeBlanc (LeBlanc Cove), being numbered 7 on the license and grant with an annexed plan issued afterwards. As Charles was founder of the settlement in that locality it was naturally called "LeBlanc's Cove". This anglicized literally, is known as White's Cove. Sadly, Madeleine his wife died on Saturday, 08 June 1805 and was buried in the cemetery at Church Point, where her grieving husband soon joined her in the September following. She was 90 years old.. The census of 1768 and 1770 shows Charles as owning a fishing boat and he had eight children in total.

Charles’ children:
Anne Gertrude - b.1735
Charles – 1738
Pierre - b.1740-d.1773
Madeleine - b.1743
Marie Modeste - b.1744
Felicite - b.1746
Rose Proxide - b.1749
Joseph – 1750
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Pierre LeBlanc
b.1740 21 August, Port Royal
d.1773 White's Cove - Anse Des Le Blanc's
Pierre married Marguerite Proxede Belliveau in 1766, Port Royal and fathered four children. Marguerite attended her son's wedding as a widow it would seem, but her eventual second husband, Denis Doucet was at and witnessed the ceremony, indicating that a relationship between the two may have already developed. It is likely that Pierre and his father read, “The Nova Scotia Chronicle and Weekly Advertiser” a common newspaper that was printed at the time. Pierre is buried in the first Acadian Cemetery located at LeBlanc Cove in St. Bernard, Nova Scotia. These days there is a newly renovated cross bearing his name & dates. Pierre was only 33 when he died and knowing that, on average, the LeBlanc Males live to about age 69, there must have been a sickness or accident involved in his demise.

Pierre's Children:
Pierre - b.1767
Marin - b.1770 - d.1845
Anselme - b.1772
Cajetan - b.1774
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Marin LeBlanc
b.1770 08 August, Port Royal or Annapolis Royal
m.29 August 1799, Church Point
d. August 28, 1845
I suspect that Marin and Madeleine (Magdelaine?) Gaudet, with their parent’s consent actually began living together on or about the 20th November 1794, long before being married; perhaps due to the lack of a priest in the area? 29 August 1799, is the date that the actual marriage took place and recorded. A letter of intent apparently was signed and witnessed in 1794 and presented to the church in 1799. Note that Madeleine would have been 8 months pregnant with their son Maurice during the marriage ceremony. Also note that at the wedding, there were only 3 people that could sign their names, Marin could not. (This was mentioned in the record) Marin and Madeleine eventually parented 12 children. (Info taken from recorded marriage) Marin, I'm told, is buried in St. Bernard, Nova Scotia. But now I'm starting to wonder, I suspect that he is buried in the St Joseph, Weymouth cemetery.

Maurice LeBlanc
b.22 September 1799, Port Royal
d.1881 Ohio, Nova Scotia
Maurice married Elizabeth COMEAU and fathered 4 children. I don't really know too much more.

This is Maurice's birth record translated:

“the 8 December 1799, I the undersigned priest officiated the baptism ceremonies for Maurice born 22 September of the current year of the legitimate marriage between Marin LeBlanc and Magdelaine Gaudet of this parish who had been baptized in my absence by Helarion Therriau as the mother of the child had declared; she presented the child in person, the godfather was Cajetan LeBlanc son of the late Pierre LeBlanc and uncle of the child, also of this parish. The godmother Judith Gaudet also of this parish declared not knowing how to sign.”

You may be pleased to learn that the house Maurice lived is still around! 7113 HIGHWAY 340, Weaver Settlement, Nova Scotia B0W3T0. (The white house in the back ground belonged to his son Luc)

It is painted green these days and the barn looks to be well maintained. In fact a LeBlanc family still resides there, however they are not directly related to my lineage. I have Maurice documented in the Census of 1871 listed as a 72 year old farmer and in the Census of 1881, where at 82 years of age he was living with his son Sinturien

Maurice’s Children:
M. Madeleine - b.1828,
Elizabeth - b.1830
Sinturien Gilles - b.02 Oct 1837
Luc (M) Hippolite - b.14 Aug 1842
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Luc M.(Hippolite) LeBlanc
b.14 Aug 1842, St Bernard, Nova Scotia
m.1869 St Mary’s Church Clare
d.08 Jan 1910, Weymouth, Nova Scotia (Influenza)
Luc married Marguerite Saulnier and parented 9 children. The census of 1881 reports 6 children including a girl named Nessi (age 1 year) and the census of 1891 shows 9 children without Nessi. Who the heck is Nessi I asked myself. I have to guess at this but I would say that she (Nessi) may have been farmed out by her parents. That is the only thing that makes any sense. My uncle said that Luc had no child by the name of Nessi. Now, unless something horrible happened to Nessi and it's not spoken of, I can only assume that she was someone else's child living with Luc. The “Farming out” of children happened all the time I was told. A family became too large at times, so the children were cared for by their relatives. After a couple of years, they would then be returned to their parentshe youngest son of Daniel LeBlanc, was the only child to remain in the Port Royal area for his entire life. He married Marie Theriault in 1685 and their son Pierre was born the following year. After Marie died he married secondly Madeleine BOURQUE in 1694 and fathered another 7 children. It is well documented in parish records that Madeleine & Pierre (mostly Madeleine) attended and witnessed many weddings, births and baptisms, perhaps it was a hobby of sorts or it was likely the closest form of socializing at the time.

My father also told me that the "M", sometimes included in Luc's name, may stand for Maurice his father. In the "olden days", when everyone knew everybody and everyone had a similar name, it was not uncommon for a person to be called by his first and his father's name, hence "Luc a Maurice" or "Luc M". Dad also noted that this terminology sometimes found its way into official documents like the census. When I first asked Dad about our ancestors, I remember him saying, "Fred a Mede a Luc a Maurice", named off the family line as if it was a common rhyme!

Luc's house is still standing! It is located about 150 meters behind Maurice's place in Ohio, Nova Scotia just south of Weymouth. The address is 7115 HIGHWAY 340, Weaver Settlement, Nova Scotia B0W3T0. I know this because as I was researching the location in 2017, I found that the house is for sale for $72K!! It would be fun to own it. Small detail though, the real estate listing states that the house was built in 1915, but Luc died in 1910. He is also documented in both censuses of 1881 & 1891. His wife, like every other woman I know, kept her age a secret, even from the census people. In 1881 her age was reported as 45 and in the census of 1891 her age was again reported as 45! Either that or Luc couldn't remember her birthday! Luc died from the Grippe, but he also had some form of heart disease.

He can now be found in the St. Joseph Cemetery in Weymouth, buried alongside his wife & their son Leo. All their names are on one stone. It was not a very cold day when Luc was buried even though it was January. He (they) have a huge granite headstone, not very wide but tall and cylindrical, standing straight up with a pointed top. You can easily see it form the road in Google Maps.

Luc's Children:

Marie Emelie - b.1870
Catherine Othalie - b.1872
Francois Leo - b.1873
Anselme (Samuel) Luc A - b.04 Aug 1874
Paul Amedie - b.1878-d.1968
Marguerite Lucie - b.1879
Nessie - b.1880 (in census of 1881, age 1)
Marie Eveline - b.1881/82?
Leander Joseph - b.1886
Emme Ida - b.1889

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Paul Amede LeBlanc
b.15 Jan 1877
d.1968, Weymouth, Nova Scotia

I found to my delight a photograph where I am actually sitting on my Great Grandfathers lap!

Records for Amedie appear to be missing. It has been impossible to locate his birth, marriage and death records. His name is otherwise everywhere; death and birth certificates for some of his children.

The following information was gleaned from an essay that my uncle, Amedie’s grandson Philip Arthur LeBlanc wrote and passed on to me.

My Great-Great Grandfather Amedie was described by his Grandson, Philip Arthur LeBlanc, as being a very thoughtful and determined man who was always ready to help his friends and especially his family. On a personal note, Amedie suffered from hay fever and asthma and in the evenings he would burn a funny smelling, yellow powder called Kellogg's Asthma Relief that he would inhale and it seemed to help him with his coughing and wheezing.

[Kellogg's Asthma Relief was an old-fashioned remedy for asthma containing the ingredients stramonium and lobelia. The ingredients were burned and inhaled to open constricted airways. They were sometimes combined with cannabis leaves (marijuana). There were even stramonium cigarettes for asthmatics to smoke. Side effects of stramonium include dry skin and mouth, dilated pupils, problems with urination, rapid heartbeat and hallucinations. For these reasons, the Food and Drug Administration has not permitted medications with stramonium for many years.]

Amedie was a jack-of-all trades; farmer, cattle rancher, butcher, millwright, sawyer. He was a mixed farmer; meaning that he grew crops and tended livestock. These types of small scale farmers made up the biggest, poorest and most environmentally sustainable agricultural system in the world. As well, in the fall, after the harvest, he was heavily involved with logging and operating sawmills. Amedie was both an accomplished Millwright and Sawyer (A Millwright is a craftsman or tradesman who installs, dismantles, repairs, reassembles, and moves machinery in factories, power plants, and construction sites and a Sawyer is a person who saws timber for a living.

When he was 20 years old (1898), he and his brother Anselm Luc (AKA: Sam or Sammy) set off on their own and after moving north to Weymouth from Ohio, began purchasing parcels of land. One particular large tract of land, about 2 square miles, located east of Weymouth, on the east end of Hogan road, proved to be a very lucrative investment because in 1912, the Dominion Atlantic Railway was building a railway right through this same property and was buying up land for good prices. Eventual sparks from a train engine was said to have caused a wild fire and the entire property was consumed in flames, destroying all the vegetation in the area. Over the next few years however, the property became excellent grazing land and after the railway fenced in the line, people brought in their cattle from miles away to graze there in the summer. Many years later, the property eventually became a large forest with a good array of both deciduous and coniferous trees and Amedie founded a steam powered mill to process the lumber. The whole LeBlanc family was involved in different types of sawmills, whether they be steam, compressed steam or run by water on a water wheel usually set up on a river of large stream.

Amedie was a great conservationist and would not tolerate wasted lumber or willful damage to young trees. When hiring people to log and cut pulp wood they had to go to a four inch top diameter and the remaining tree would be available for anyone to salvage for free firewood. He also sold prepared firewood, hardwood in 4 foot lengths and also 16 inch ready for stove or furnace. Uncle Philip spent a lot of his free time at the camp with his Grandfather.

He married Irene Octavie Gaudet (1881-1924) around the turn of the century, 1900 and fathered twelve children. Irene gave birth to nine boys and three girls and the youngest son Nelson, born in 1921, suffered from epilepsy and had to be carefully monitored throughout his life. In 1924, during the birth of their last child Theresa, there were complications and Mother Irene passed away three weeks afterwards. So Amedie was left to raise the 12 kids. Catherine, who was about 19 and Lucy Margaret, 14 pitched in and helped run the household while Amedie and some of the boys took care of the farm. After Irene’s death, Amedie’s sister, Marie Eveline Gaudet and her husband Mande Gaudet took on the duties of looking after baby Nelson until his death in 1942. Initially, Amedie’s brother took care of the newborn Theresa but that didn’t work out so she moved in with Sam and his family and lived there for the remainder of her childhood believing that Sam was her father and that all of her brothers and sisters next door were only cousins. She eventually married Isaac Amero in 1946 and moved to the USA.

In those days, cattle and pigs were slaughtered on site by both Amedie and Sam, usually in the late fall and the meat was generally pickled or smoked. At the beginning of the Second World War, Amedie had about 80 head of cattle, a pair of oxen and a heavy horse. Three of his sons joined the war effort and after five years, most of the livestock had been sold. Every year, while his sons were overseas, he would plant large vegetable gardens, enough to sustain the son’s families. He always made sure that there was enough root vegetables to hold out for the winter. As well, every fall each family had a pig to slaughter and on some occasions, a cow would be slaughtered. As far as I know, the three sons returned alive from the war.

Amedie's huge white house still stands. He and his brother built it themselves and incorporated a full basement, 2 1/2 stories and it measured about 60 feet long. Amedie lived on one side and the other end, near the barn, was his brother Sam, and later another relative named Felix replaced Sam. In 1997, my Great Uncle Philip lived in Amedie's old place, the other side being rented out.
The house looks great but the barn is in poor shape. The barn was actually built first and Amedie and Sam lived in there while they constructed the house.

Their wives, Octavie and Edith were both seamstress’ and employed by local tailors in Weymouth.

Amedie’s existence is positively documented in a few Canadian censuses. In 1881, in the Province of Nova Scotia, Digby county, St Bernard, he was 4 years old; again in 1891 (same place) at 14 years of age. Note that in all known records his name is spelled differently. In the 1881 census his name looks like Amuei & in 1891, Medi and again in 1901 Media. His relatives spell it a few different ways as well; Amedie, Amede, Amedee. This initially made it difficult to find his name in the records. In 1901 he was recorded as living in Weymouth Bridge with his wife and his brother Anselme (Sam) & wife Edith.

Joint owner of 1 x Water powered sawmill (Griffiths, now demolished), Owner of 2 x Steam powered Sawmills, 1 x 1st electric sawmill in Digby County, original site property of Evelyn LeBlanc only mounting for the huge electric motor left. Weymouth, Digby County.

Amedie is buried in the St Joseph Cemetery, with his wife beside him and he also shares his plot with a few other family members. On the front you have him, his wife and my Great Uncle Philip and on the back of the headstone there are 3 other names: Joseph Nelson, Pte Gustave J. and Pte Richard C. You can easily see the headstone from the road.

Amede's Children:

Joseph Bernard - b.1901
Frederick Joseph - b.1902-d.1970
Mary Catherine - b.1903
Charles Edward - b.1905
Lucie Marguerite - b.1908
Sgt Philip Luc - b.1910-d.2004 (WW2 Veteran)
Pte Charles Richard (Bing) - b.1914 (WW2 Veteran)
Amedee Adolphe (Ike) - b.1915
Pte Joseph Gustave - b.1919 (WW2 Veteran)
Joseph Albert - b.1917
Joseph Nelson - b.1921-d.1942 (Epileptic)
Theresa Rosalie - b.1924
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Frederick LeBlanc
b.23 Oct 1902, Weymouth, Nova Scotia
m.29 Jul 1931, Saulnierville, Nova Scotia
d.22 Jan 1970, Toronto, Ontario, (Heart Attack)

I was too young to actually remember my Grand Father but I do recall seeing a photo of him holding me. Fred married Mary Lorette Saulnier (1914-1999) in July of 1931. My father told me that Grandpa worked at a few different jobs in his lifetime, one being a stoker/fireman at the ship factory in Weymouth. This involved keeping the furnaces going to heat the factory. He also worked up north on Baffin Island doing much of the same thing and he injured his back while manhandling a 45 gallon drum.

In between harvesting wood off his own land and employment at the ship factory, he also worked at Tupper Warren's box factory in Digby, either in the saw mill or the box factory itself. Every Saturday at noon, the mill would close down and everyone would get paid if they had a wage coming. It was said though, that the French employees couldn't get paid in cash. They would be given a sack of flour or sugar and then they would have to go down to the "South End Grocery" and sell that to the store owner and then at least have some money to go home with. It was certainly a hard life as jobs go.

I understand that he had contracted Turburculouis and had been bed ridden for a little while. He struggled with this because he was used to being the bread winner of the house. I heard some story about Grandpa surviving a jump off a local bridge on a dare and it is known in the family that he had some mental health issues to deal with.

He sadly died from heart failure while visiting his son near Toronto, Ontario in January 1970. Fred is buried in the St Joseph Cemetery near Weymouth with his wife beside him.

Fred’s Children:

Philip Arthur - b.1931-d.2008
Mary Irene - b.1933
Peter Existe - b.1934-d.1997
Joseph Emile - b.1937-d.2013
Joseph Desiree - b.1939-d.2000
Mary Rosalie - b.1940-d.2001
Joseph Bernard –b.1941-d.1941
Mary Margaret Catherine - b.1942-2008
Cecile Ann - b.1943
John Willy - b.1945-d.1945
Theresa Octavie - b.1948
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Joseph LeBlanc
b.03 Nov 1937, Weymouth, Nova Scotia
m.03 Aug 1963, Brandon, Manitoba
d.15 Dec 2013, Brandon, Manitoba, 76 Years

My Father was born at his home in Weymouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. His family called him Emile until he joined the army in 1955 and from then on, he was known as Joe and in later years sometimes Little Joe. In 1940, at three years of age and for reasons he never knew for sure, he was farmed out from his home in Weymouth and lived at his Grandmother’s house (Mary Rose Saulnier) in Saulnierville a little ways south. Saulnierville was a predominantly French speaking village and as he grew up he learned to speak French, the little English that he knew faded away. He always joked that his folks could not afford to feed him but it was more likely something to do with space available in the house. In the summertime of 1943, he returned to the LeBlanc homestead in Weymouth and started to learn English before school started in September. It is interesting to note that Dad never really spoke French again. He completed grade 9 in 1953 and joined the Canadian Army in 1955.

The Canadian military pretty much defined my dad. He served a full 30 Years in the Royal Canadian Artillery and retired in Brandon, Manitoba in 1985. Something that always interested me was the way he liked to wear his watch on the side of his wrist (Check out the photo), he said it was easier to see it that way. He received a
Sterling (92.5% Silver) Medallion from the Government of Canada for 35 years of Service.

He often stated that he would live until he was 92….

Benedict Joseph – 1964
Sherry Lee - 1965
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Benedict Joseph LeBlanc
b. 1964, Iserlohn, West Germany
m. 1999, Zagreb, Croatia
d. Wait out….

Ben LeBlanc was born in Iserlohn, West Germany in the British Military Hospital (BMH) and named after his father’s good friend, Benny Dwyer. They were on a military exercise in Wainwright, Alberta a few years earlier when Ben's named had been decided upon. As an army brat, he followed the family around posting to posting until his Father retired and then he himself picked up the torch, joined the army in 1984 at the age of 19 and started the same journey. As of 2017 he retired from the military and was hired on as a federal public servant. He fancies himself an amateur artist, plays the guitar a little bit and he is somewhat of a handyman, knowing enough to be dangerous. Work in progress....

Married: 18 Dec 1999, Tatijana Piroh
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Chris 2001
Stefan 2004