Joseph Lepitre

1810 Nicolet, Quebec 1900  Chicago, Illinois

 

 

Continuation of tree (2nd child of Pierre Pitre/Marie Anne Lemire); all known surname descendants:

              6        Joseph Lepitre  b: 21 February 1810  St. Jean Baptiste, Nicolet, Quebec; d: 6 April 1900  Chicago, Cook, IL 

                             +Julie Marguerite Sills  b: 1817  Pointe du Lac, Quebec; m: 8 October 1832  St. Maurice, Pointe du Lac, Quebec [Paul/Marie Anne Alarie]; d: 21 July 1876  Chicago, Cook, IL

                        7        Joseph Moyse Lepitre  b: 13 July 1833  St. Jean Baptiste, Nicolet, Quebec; d: 25 September 1833  St. Jean Baptiste, Nicolet, Quebec

                        7        Louis Lepitre  b: 13 July 1834  St. Jean Baptiste, Nicolet, Quebec; d: 4 January 1922  Chicago, Cook, IL

                                     +Laura B. Boule  b: July 1842  New York; m: Abt. 1859; d: Bet. 1900-1910  Chicago, Cook, IL

                         7        Joseph Aime Lepitre  b: 28 September 1835  St. Jean Baptiste, Nicolet, Quebec; d: 10 April 1840  St. Frederic, Drummondville, Drummond, Quebec

                        7        Edmond Onesime Lepitre  b: 18 October 1836  St. Jean Baptiste, Nicolet, Quebec; d: 7 May 1840  St. Frederic, Drummondville, Drummond, Quebec

                        7        Moise 'Theophile' Lepitre  b: 7 October 1837  St. Jean Baptiste, Nicolet, Quebec; d: 22 February 1839  St. Jean Baptiste, Nicolet, Quebec

                        7        Marie Anne 'Philomene' Lepitre  b: 27 November 1838  St. Jean Baptiste, Nicolet, Quebec; d: 27 February 1900  Chicago, Cook, IL

                                     +Zephirin LeBeau  b: 30 August 1835  St. Joseph, Maskinonge, Montreal, Quebec; m: Abt. 1863 [Augustin/Marie Dorothee Sicard]; d: 15 March 1887  Chicago, Cook, IL

                        7        Marie Rose de Lima Lepitre  b: 26 August 1840  St. Frederic, Drummondville, Drummond, Quebec; d: 8 January 1919  Chicago, Cook, IL

                                     +John St. John  b: March 1832  Canada; m: Abt. 1856; d: 27 August 1912  Chicago, Cook, IL

                        7        Marie Clariste Lepitre  b: 4 October 1841  St. Frederic, Drummondville, Drummond, Quebec d: 2 August 1891  Chicago, Cook, IL

                                     +Calixte 'Kelly' LeBeau  b: 2 March 1835  St. Joseph, Maskinonge, Montreal, Quebec; m: Abt. 1855 [Joseph/Marie Delphine Rinfrette]; d: 4 June 1893  Chicago, Cook, IL

                        7        Marie Celina Lepitre  b: 7 March 1843  St. Frederic, Drummondville, Drummond, Quebec; d: 30 December 1928  Keego Harbor, Oakland, MI

                                     + Joseph Levi Marinier  b: 21 February 1829  Oka, Deux Montagnes, Quebec; m: Abt. 1863 [Pierre/Francoise Larose]; d: 29 September 1908  West Bloomfield, Oakland, MI

                        7        Marie Adeline Lepitre  b: 10 October 1844  St. Frederic, Drummondville, Drummond, Quebec; d: 5 December 1844  St. Frederic, Drummondville, Drummond, Quebec

                        7        Olivier Lepitre  b: 2 October 1845  St. Frederic, Drummondville, Drummond, Quebec; d: Bef. 1860

                        7        Julie Lepitre  b: 12 March 1847  St. Frederic, Drummondville, Drummond, Quebec; d: Bef. 1860

                        7        Paus J. 'Proscal' Lepitre  b: 14 July 1853  Chicago, Cook, IL; d: 1943  Preble, Brown, WI

                                     +Celia Johnson  b: Abt. 1857  Illinois; m: 30 August 1877  Chicago, Cook. IL; d: 28 October 1888  Chicago, Cook. IL

                                   *2nd Wife of Paus J. 'Proscal' Lepitre:

                                      +Matilda Hellen Christzzhanso  b: May 1868  Wisconsin; m: 26 June 1889; d: 1949  Preble, Brown, WI

                        7        Joseph Alfred George Lepitre  b: February 1857  Chicago, Cook, IL; d: 25 March 1925  Chicago, Cook, IL

                                    +Emerance 'Emily' Christen  b: 12 September 1857  Chicago, Cook, IL; m: 27 May 1877  Chicago, Cook, IL [Napoleon/Vouden Hoven]; d: 16 March 1922  Chicago, Cook, IL

                        7        Zephririn Xavier Lepitre  b: 31 December 1858  Chicago, Cook, IL; d: 28 March 1889  Chicago, Cook, IL

                                     +Nellie Downey  b: April 1863  Illinois; m: 3 August 1877  Chicago, Cook, IL; d: Aft. December 1928

 

 

Notes for Joseph Lepitre:

Census

- 1860 Chicago, Cook, Illinois:  Joseph Lapete 50 (laborer) [$3000 real estate/$200 personal], wife Julia 43, Mary 20 (seamstress), Selina 16 (seamstress), Clarisa 18 (seamstress), Kally 5, Alfred 3, Zophir 1.

- 1870 Chicago, Cook, IL:  Joseph Lupe 60 (railroad flagman), wife Julia 53, Proseel 17, Alfred 13, Xavier 11.


- 1880 Chicago, Cook, Illinois:  Widower Joseph Lepitre 70 (railway flagman), Zeph Lepitre 22, wife Nellie 18, Walter 2, Pearl 1; Alfred Lepetre 24 (iron molder), wife Emily 23, Eva 1.

 

Chicago city directory:

1873 - residence 19 Gold: Joseph Le Petre, flagman

1889 - residence 19 Gold: Joseph Lepitre (Englewood)

1891 - Joseph Lepitre, h. 19 Gold

 

Misc.:  Chicago Tribune, Saturday, 3 January 1885:  A family reunion of four generations was held New-Year's-Day at the residence of Kelly Le Beau, No. 19 Gold street.  The reunited families consisted of Joseph Le Petre, a widower, aged 75, and an old French settler of Chicago, his children, and his children's children to the fourth generation.  Mr. Le Petre is himself the father of twenty children by one mother, eight of them living.  There were present the eldest son, Louis, aged 51, and his wife, Laura; Mrs. Zeph Le Beau, the eldest girl, aged 46, and her husband; Mrs. J. St. John and husband; Mrs. L. Marinier and husband; Mrs. K. Le Beau and husband; Mr. Paus Le Petre and wife, Celia; Alfred Le Petre and wife, Emily; and the youngest of the twenty children, Zeph Le Petre, who was 26 years old New-Year's-Eve, and his wife Nellie.  There were twenty-one grandchildren present.  Summing up, there were eight married children and their weded partners, twenty-five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and three of the fourth generation, a total of forty-eight persons present.  The evening was spent in singing, eating, and sociability, and the company dispersed at 1 o'clock yesterday morning to meet again the old gentleman's birthday, Feb. 21, 1885.

 

Misc.:  The Inter Ocean (Chicago, IL), Thursday, 22 February 1900:  Hale and Hearty at Ninety.  Four Generations Celebrate Joseph Le Pitre's Ninetieth Birthday - The sic children, twenty-three grandchildren, and twenty-one great-grandchildren, of Joseph Le Pitre gave him a surprise party last night at the residence of his daughter, No. 285 South Sangamon street, the occasion being the ninetieth anniversary of his birth.  Mr. Le Pitre has been a resident of Chicago since 1848, in which year he came here from Nicholette, Canada, where he was born in the year 1810.  His wife died in 1866; she was the mother of twenty-one children, only six of whom are living.  They are Louis Le Pitre, Mrs. Z. Le Beau, Mrs. St. John, Mrs. Mariner, Pascal Le Pitre, and Alfred Le Pitre.  Their ages range from 40 to 65 years, and they were all present last night.  Mr. Le Pitre is hale and hearty, and his eyesight is unimpaired.

 

Obituary:  Chicago Tribune (Chicago, IL), Sunday, 8 April 1900:  Aged Flagman Le Pitre Dead.  In Service of Northwestern Road for Thirty-two Years - Hauled First Ties for Galena Division - Joseph Le Pitre, the man who hauled from the Chicago River in 1849 the first ties laid on the Galena division of the Chicago and Northwestern railroad, has died.  For thirty-two years he had been in the employ of the road, and during the last twenty years he had been a flagman at the Canal street crossing.  He was known familiarly to thousands of Chicagoans as 'Uncle Joe.'  Le Pitre was a French Canadian.  In 1848 he came to Chicago with his oldest son, Louis.  He found work with Gordon S. Hubbard, a packer in Lake street.  Early in 1849 Le Pitre went to work for the Northwestern, and it was in the spring of that year that he hauled the ties.  In 1868 he entered the service of the Northwestern as a freight handler.  Ten years later he was made crossing flagman.  Le Pitre was 90 years old on his last birthday, Feb. 21.  He left five children, twenty grandchildren, and twenty-two great-grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock at the house, 277 Sangamon street.  Interment will be at Calvary.

- Rockford Daily Register-Gazette, Wednesday, 11 April 1900:  Flagman Le Pitre is dead - Was in the service of the Northwestern thirty-two years:  Joseph Le Pitre, the man who hauled from the Chicago river in 1849 the first ties laid on the Galena division of the Chicago & Northwestern railroad, is dead.  For 32 years he had been in the employ of the road, and during the last 20 years he had been a flagman at the Canal street crossing in Chicago.  He was known familiarly to thousands as "Uncle Joe."  Le Pitre was a French Canadian.


Succession of Joseph Lepitre:  30 November 1896, Joseph Lepitre of Chicago, bequeaths his estate to his 3 sons Louis (also appointed executor), Pasqual & Alfred and his 3 daughters Phelema Le Beau, Delina St. Onge, & Celina Marinier, and to Nellie Lepitre (nee Downey) widow of son Zephire.  Will proved 7 May 1900.
 

Online photo:  http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/20061213/person/890770760/media/30a97093-232e-43fe-b11a-3ff6cd22d152?pg=32768&pgpl=pid

 

Notes for Julie Marguerite Sills:

-Obituary: Chicago Daily Tribune, 23 July 1876:  LePitre - Julia Silce, the beloved wife of Joseph LePitre, died at her residence, No. 19 Gold St., July 21, aged 59 years.  Funeral from the French Catholic Church at 12 p.m. today.  Montreal papers please copy.

 

Obituaries for the children:

Louis Lepitre:  Chicago Tribune (Chicago, IL), Friday, 6 January 1922:  Le Pitre - Louis Le Pitre, Jan. 4, aged 89 years, beloved husband of the late Laura and father of Lily, resident of Chicago eighty-three years.  Funeral Saturday, 9 a.m. from residence, 3215 Michigan av., to Notre Dame church, mass 10 a.m.  Interment Mount Carmel.  Kindly omit flowers.

 

Marie Clariste Lepitre:  Chicago Tribune (Chicago, IL), Monday, 3 August 1891:  LeBeau - Mrs. Kelly LeBeau, 19 Gold st., Aug. 2, 1891, at the age of 49 years and 10 months.  Funeral notice hereafter.  No flowers.

 

Marie Celina Lepitre:  Obituary, 1928, Mrs. Marinier, A Pneumonia Victim - Mrs. Selina M. Marinier, 85 years old, died at her home on Orchard Lake avenue, Keego at 5 p.m. Sunday, following an illness of nine days with pneumonia.  Mrs. Marinier had lived in Oakland county 23 years.  She came here from Chicago.  Her husband preceded her in death 20 years.  Surviving are four children, Edmund, Gilbert P., Miss Ella M., and Hector, all at home.  One brother, Pans LePitre, lives in Green Bay, Wis.  There are 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  Funeral services were held at 9 a.m. Wednesday at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic church, of which she was a member.  Burial was made in Mount Hope cemetery.  Those coming from away to attend the funeral were: Mrs. Nellie Smith, a sister; Miss Julia Labeau, a niece; Ernest LePitre and sister, Mrs. J.J. Keuns, and Fred Marinier, all of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Ray Massena, of Gary, Ind., and Albert Marinier and Miss Louise Beauveau of Detroit.

Tombstone Inscription:  Mount Hope Cemetery, Pontiac, Oakland, MI:  MARINIER  / /  Levi / Marinier / 1829 - 1908  //  Selina / Marinier / 1843 - 1928

 

Paus J. 'Proscal' Lepitre:  Tombstone Inscription, Lutheran Cemetery, Ephraim, Door, Wisconsin:  LEPITRE / PAUS / 1853 - 1943 / MATILDA / 1868 - 1949

 

Zephirin Xavier Lepitre:  Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, IL), Friday, 29 March 1889:  Le Pitre - March 28, at No. 21 Gold street, Zeph Le Pitre, beloved husband of Nellie Downey, and member of Court Liberty, No. 29, I.O.F. and of Apollo Council No. 29, O.C.F., aged 30 years.  Funeral Sunday at 9 o'clock to Notre Dame Church, thence by carriages to Calvary.  Friends invited.

 

 

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