Anyone know what the original spelling of the family name, Leaor? The family came from Quebec.

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Anyone know what the original spelling of the family name, Leaor? I have also seen it spelled, Lear. The family came from Quebec.
WikiTree profile: Israël Leaor
in Genealogy Help by Susan Pombrio G2G6 Mach 1 (11.9k points)
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Is there a profile you are working on? Maybe we can find some Quebec records?
by Christine Daniels G2G6 Pilot (174k points)
Yes, Israel [Leaor-1] born in Canada Feb 1849. He probably died in New Hampshire but I haven't found any record yet. I haven't found his marriage record yet but still hoping. Family stories claim he was married in Sciota, New York in 1881.

How about Liard? See this Census record from 1851

Good possibility; I will explore. Thanks for the suggestion.
I've gathered a lot of information, including sources & links, but I don't see a copy & paste option.
hi anonymous, they changed the system, to copy and paste in G2G, you copy whatever as usual, to paste in here just press Ctrl and V together.
Thanks Danielle.  First time responding & I was unsure how the system worked.
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I am not sure but this spelling reminds me of Leonard which is a common family name in Quebec.

It is just an educated guess. There is also Eleanor but this name is more commonly used as a first name and is not that common in Québec.

There is also the family name Léard but I guess if one wants to anglicize it, you could just use Leard (no accent). No need to change it for Leaor. That is why I think Leonard might be an interesting possibility.

I also found Liard which is even closer to the English because "i" in French is spelled the same as "e" in English.

Thanks for the suggestion; I will explore. Of course they couldn't read or write so the census takers wrote it down by the pronunciation.
Hello Sue,

After more reflections, from the phonetic spelling, Liard would be the closest to Leaor.

+3 votes

He could easily be Israel Liard, the son of Charles Liard and Onésime Roy.

"Paging Madame Liard, Madame Danielle Liard! Please report to a white courtesy phone to retrieve your third cousin thrice removed."

"Canada Census, 1851," database, FamilySearch( : 3 August 2016), Israel Liard, St Joseph de Chambly, Chambly County, Canada East (Quebec), Canada; citing p. 21, line 44; Library and Archives Canada film number C_1116, Public Archives, Ontario.

"Québec, recensement, 1861," database, FamilySearch( : 9 March 2018), Israel Liard, Chambly, Chambly, Quebec, Canada; citing line number 15, p. 113; Library and Archives Canada film number C-1271, Archives Publiques, Ottawa (Board of Registration and Statistics. Public Archives, Ottawa); FHL microfilm 517,364.

by Karen Lowe G2G6 Pilot (196k points)

The 1851 Canadian Census didn’t start until Jan 1852, so all the ages are off.  

Thank you.
Thank you for your help. If I can prove this is him, which it really looks like it might be, I will certainly have plenty of information to add to my research.
Yes, Onésime Roy and Catherine Roy in this instance are one and the same woman, don't ask me why she went by Onésime, might have been a family name on her side.  Updated her profile.

Alphonse André born in 1850, don't know what happened with him, no funeral for him before 1862 (current cut-off date for indexing baptisms and funerals, although one can get marriages much much later).

So Sue, out of curiosity, if this man turns out to indeed be the same, what relationship does it work out for you?  For me he would be 3rd cousin 3 times removed.

M. StJ, PRDH gives their opinion of variations, but they are not including some which I know for a fact exist, like Diard, and the Iliard and Leliard aren't in it at all.  The name was originally Guyard/Guillard, and parish priests arbitrarily changed it at one point.  Who knows why.
Husband of 3rd great-Aunt. I've been searching through the county deeds looking for clues. If it is the same person he didn't live in New York very long. So I'm thinking maybe it was the family that moved.

Thanks again for the help.
Since the baptisms you list on Charles Liard and Catherine Roy's profile Catherine is listed as Onésime I thought I would look at the PRDH-IGD Records under the name Catherine. This is what I found: Marie-Catherine Liard born/baptized 25 Nov 1844 Chambly, Marie Azilda Liard born 4 Feb 1846/baptized 5 Feb 1846, Death/Burial Marie Catherine Liard 1 Mar 1845/3 Mar 1845, Death/Burial Marie Azilda Liard 29 Apr 1847/1 May 1847, Death/Burial Abraham Alphonse  4 Feb 1849/6 Feb 1849 7 months

Father of the above is listed as Charles and all takes place in Chambly.
sounds about right without looking again, there are several children who died young, that I do remember.
Danielle, may I ask who Louis parents were? I think I can place him as a grandson of the Revolutionary War soldier Jean-Baptiste Charles Hamelin. That family originates from Chambly.
Louis' parents were Louis Hamelin and Julie Patenaude, who married on 18 Jun 1838 in St-Édouard-de-Napierville.  

Louis Hamelin's parents are cited as Joseph Hamelin, deceased, and Charlotte Longchamp, resident of Chazy NY.  Julie Patenaude's parents are listed as Jean Baptiste Patenaude and Catherine Poissant, resident of Hemmingford township.  Don't find a marriage for Joseph and Charlotte here.
Thank you for getting back to me. I have Joseph as born 15 Aug 1796 in Chazy, NY and baptized 15 May 1797 in Chambly along with his twin sister Genevieve. Joseph is the son of Jean Baptiste Charles Hamelin (Amelin, Amlaw, Amlane) who served in Hazen's 2nd Canadian Regiment and settled in Chazy in the Refugee Tract.

The family name ends up being Amlaw. Joseph will freeze to death while trying to cross Lake Champlain in the middle of the winter when he fell into a crack on the ice.

His son Louis was born ca 1816 I don't know where he was baptized. Too early for Clinton County so they would have to have brought him back to Quebec or wait for a missionary to come through. I don't find Louis and Julie in Clinton County. I do have Louis listed as dying in Nashua, New Hampshire between 1873-1880. Again thanks. I will try to get some of this listed soon. And of course I'm looking for anything that proves the connect to Leaor family as I go.
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Israel Leaor died 17 June 1928 in Nashua, New Hampshire & was interred on the 19th at East Cemetery

Source:  New Hampshire Death & Disinterment Records, 1754 - 1947

Israel Lear (sic) / Place of Death: Nashua, NH / Age: 77yrs / Usual Residence: 142 ½ Ash Street / How long a resident: 40yrs / Previous residence:  New York / Where from:  Nashua / Place of Birth: New York (sic?) / Date of Birth: 1851 / Married


Residence & DOD confirmed in the Nashua, New Hampshire City Directory

Leaor, Isreal died June 17 1928

Leaor, Margaret wid Israel h 142 ½ Ash

Leaor, Edith        opr res 142 ½ Ash

 Source:  Nashua, New Hampshire City Directory, 1928



Other Info . . .

Son Charles Leaor:  circa 1881, West Chazy, NY / Occupation: Shipper.  Parents: 44yr old Israel (circa 1855 (sic?), Canada) / Occupation: Carpenter & Margaret Pombrio (circa 1858, NY) --- Married by Charles L. White, Baptist Minister on 2 Dec 1899 --- Ethel B. Rich (circa 1881, Maine), Parents: Forrest (circa 1856, Maine) & Nellie Caverly (circa 1862, Maine)


Daughter Edith L. Leaor / DOB 16 April 1886 in West Chazy, NY / Died 14 Aug 1930 in Nashua, NH / Spouse:  Eli Faucher / Occupation: Paper Accountant / Residence 142 ½ Ash St (same as parents) / Parents: Israel Leaor (farmer, born in Canada) & Margaret Pombrio (born in NY) / Interred 16 Aug 1930 at East Cemetery


Daughter, Emma Leaor:  born 25 March 1883, Altoona, NY / & died on 30 Oct 1940 at the age of 57-07-05 in Hillsborough, NH & interred 02 Nov 1904 at East Cemetery / Spouse: Frank Norton Rule / Parents: Israel (birthplace cited as NY State) & Margaret Pombrio (birthplace cited as Cooperville, NY)

Source: Death Certificate

Emma on FindAGrave:



Census Info: 

1880: Israel (1851, Canada) (Occupation: Pipe Layer) & “Maggie B” (1851) + 22yr old brother-in-law, Frank Bombrain (sic) (Pombrio) (1858) – living in Hillsborough, NH


1900: Israel (Feb 1849, Canada) & Margaret (Dec 1850) living in Hillsborough, Nashua, New Hampshire & had been married 20yrs.  4 children born & 4 living


1920:  Israel (1852, Canada) & Margaret (1851) + 33yr old single daughter Edith (1887) living in Nashua, NH



Possible match  - Israel Laurier, Lachenaie, Assomption, Quebec / possible parents: Charles & Angele Desjardins


Re Margaret Pombrio:

1860 Census:  10yr old Margaret Pombrio living in Altona, Clinton, New York


Margaret died in Amherst, Hillsborough, NH on 22 Dec 1938 at the age of 88-00-02 & was interred on the 24th at East Cemetery.  DOB is cited as 20 Dec 1850, in Cooperville, NY  / Parents: Joseph & Angeline Lepine

Source:  Death Certificate


ETA:  Unfortunately Israel's parent's are not cited on his death record + on nearly 1/2 the records - he's cited as being born in Canada & the other 1/2 in New York.  I'll continue to search for his circa 1880 marriage record.    

by M StJ G2G Rookie (230 points)
Thank you for your assistance. I believe that they were probably married in Nashua. They are listed as married in 1880 and living in Nashua, NH. The marriage records for Clinton County New York have been published up to 1880 and there is no mention. They may have been married before 1880 but not in New York.

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