Descendants of James Alexander Poidevin

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Poidevin family tree compiled by Dale Hay

Descendants of James Alexander Poidevin (1829-1888)


  • Jacques (James) Alexander Poidevin

Born - 1 Nov 1829 Jersey, Channel Is. or France (No birth certificate found yet.)

Died - 8 May 1888 New Lowell, Sunnidale, Ont.

  • Spouse - Augusta Toop Beaton, d Robert and Elizabeth Kirslake

Born - 1832 St Helier, Jersey Is., Channel Is.

Marr - 11 Apr 1852 St Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands

Died - 1911


James Alexander Poidevin was born in Jersey, on 1 November 1829. He was the son of James Elias Poidevin and possibly Lousie ?. He died 8 May 1888 in New Lowell, Sunnidale, Ontario, Canada.

He married Augusta Toop Beaton on 11 April 1852 in St Helier, Jersey. She was born 22 December 1833 in St Helier. She was the daughter of (William) Robert Beaton and Elizabeth Kirslake. She died 1911.

Marriage Certificate. James Alexander married Augusta Toop Beaton 11 April 1852 in St Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands. James’ place of residence is St Helier his place of birth is St Helier, his occupation is Shoemaker. Augusta’s place of residence is St Helier her place of birth, St Helier and she is a spinster. Their marriage certificate lists James' father as James Elias Poidevin a shoemaker and Augusta’s as William Robert Beaton, a livery stable keeper. The witnesses are George Beaton and Mary Ann Orchard.

Census records

I have not been able to prove beyond a doubt that the Jacques in the 1841 census is my James Alexander Poidevin, but his name appears as Jacques Alexandre on his eldest son’s birth record and as James Alexander on the birth records of his other children. There is some discrepancy on his place of birth as well.

  • 1841 Census Trinity, Jersey:

Podevin, Louise, age 30, born foreign

Jacques age 12, born foreign

Alphonse age 10, born Jersey

Josephine age 2, born Jersey

  • 1851 Census St Helier, Jersey:

Poidevin, James A, lodger, age 22, shoemaker, unmarried, b St Helier, Jersey.

  • 1861 Census St Helier, Jersey:

Poidevin, James, age 31, shoemaker,

Augusta, age 27

James, age 7, scholar

Maria, age 2

  • 1871 Census St Savior:

Poidevin, James, head 41, shoemaker, b St Helier

Augusta, wife, 39, b St Helier

James, son, 17, gardener, b St Saviour

Maria, dau, 12, b St Helier

Frederik, son, 9, b St Helier

Jonathon, son, 4, b St Saviour

Selina, dau, 5 months, b St Saviour

  • 1881 Census Simcoe North:

James A. Poidevin, age 51, b England, French origin, shewmaker, marr to Augusta, 4 children listed.

  • 1888 Cemetery SB, New Lowell, United Church of Canada, Row # 9,

Poidevin, J.A. d. 8 MAY 1888 ae 58 yrs 6 mos.

  • 1891 Census Simcoe North only wife Augusta and 4 children listed.
  • From Ontario Directory and Gazeteer

1884 85 New Lowell, Ont. Poidevin, Jacques A., shoemaker

1886 87 New Lowell, Ont. Part 3 Poidevin, J.A., boot & shoemaker

1888 89 New Lowell, Ont. A country post office on Coat's Creek,

(which furnishes power) and on the N line N & N W div GTR (Grand Trunk Ry), in Sunnidale Tp, Simcoe Co., 16 miles west of Barrie, the county seat and nearest bank location. Settled in 1855, it contains a flour and sawmill, Presbyterian Church and a public school. Population 250. Telegraph, GNW. express, Vickers'. Mail daily. Lists 18 agents, one of which is Poidevin, Jacques A, shoemaker. (Jacques is James).

Children

Jacques Alexandre (James Alexander) Poidevin and Augusta Toop Beaton had the following children:

  • James Elias Poidevin b 8 June 1853, St Saviour Jersey; d 3 July 1931, Ontario, Canada
  • Amelia Augusta Poidevin b 16 June 1856 St Helier; bap 17 September 1856 Godparents George Beaton and Sarah Hopkins
  • Marie L Poidevin b 30 December 1858 St Helier; bap 09-01-1859 Godparents John Kingston and Mary Ann martin
  • Frederick William Poidevin b 25 November 1861, St Helier; bap 16 April 1862; d 7 December 1936; godparent James Turner
  • Emilia Augusta Poidevin b 24 November 1864; bap #1483 privately 28 May 1865
  • Johnathen Edward Poidevin b 1867 Jersey; d 16 April 1950, North Bay, Ontario, Canada
  • Selina J (Lena) Poidevin
  • William Robert Poidevin b 13 April 1876 Collingwood, Ontario, Canada

Emigration to Canada

Augusta Poidevin, birth abt 1834

Departure Liverpool, England

Arrival 28 Jul 1871 Quebec, Quebec

Boat, Minerva

Six children

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