Levi (Barbeau) Baraboo

Onezime (Barbeau) Baraboo (abt. 1843 - 1932)

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Onezime (Levi) Baraboo formerly Barbeau aka Barbeau dit Boisdore
Born about in Sainte Maritine, Chateaugay County, Province of Canadamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Ste. Annie's Mooers Forks, Clinton New York, USAmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Egg Harbor, Door County, Wisconsin, USAmap
Profile last modified | Created 9 Nov 2015 | Last significant change: 9 Jan 2019
21:07: Jerry Baraboo edited the Biography for Onezime (Barbeau) Baraboo (abt.1843-1932). [Thank Jerry for this]
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Categories: Province of Canada 1841-1867 | Canadian Immigrants to Clinton, New York | Canadian Immigrants to Door County, Wisconsin | Canadian Immigrants to Wisconsin | Tanners | Farmers | Butchers | Hoteliers.

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Levi (Barbeau) Baraboo migrated from Quebec, Bas-Canada to USA.
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Levi (Barbeau) Baraboo has French origins.

Onezime Barbeau dit Boisdore

Research Notes:

Note: His first variants include: Onezime, Onesime Baraboo-1 18:13, 26 August 2018 (UTC)

Note: His birth year is listed from 1841-1845 in the federal censuses. The birth year is also found from the obit, memorial stone( June 16, 1841) and commemorative articles that may have surveyed family records at the time. However, A Catholic hand written birth document lists the Baptism date as September 19th, 1843. Generally during that time in the catholic faith baptisms took place in time close to the birth. Confirmation is meeded. [1] Many thanks to researcher " Damian Figueroa" for that submission. Baraboo-1 18:20, 26 August 2018 (UTC)

Note: Dit Boisdore is an ancient French noun recorded as early as 1400 to the Barbeau- Barbot family line. Boisdore was also spelled Bois Dor, or Bois Dore. Dit Boisdore is a French dit noun. It identifies something about the person or family. This dit was carried from France to Nouvelle France and refers to a master craftsman gold guilder. It remains a modern gold gilding definition. Dit Boisdore may have also referred to a French seigneury named Boisdore in France. Eventually most dit identifiers were dropped as families became nationalized in North America and discontinued after the French Revolution. Onezime probably did not used the dit and it is added here to provide a valuable ancestral reference. Baraboo-1 20:55, 9 January 2019 (UTC)

Note: Onezime Barbeau represents the first Barbeau dit Boisdore generation to change the surname to Baraboo when he became an american. He made the change in Wisconsin sometime between 1870 and 1890. Baraboo-1 20:55, 9 January 2019 (UTC)

Note: There were three Barbeau brothers Levi, Joseph and Louis who migrated to the Wisconsin Michigan area at about the same time. They each married three Menard family sisters.

Levi Barbeau changed his spelling to Baraboo and he named all his children born in Wisconsin Baraboo. His children not born in Wisconsin were named Barbeau.

Joseph may have changed his spelling to a variation "Barboo" as many of his children born in Wisconsin and Michigan carried Barboo as their surname. His memorial stone also is spelled Barboo.

Louis may have also used Barbeau and Baraboo as a spellings, however his children born in Wisconsin and Michigan kept the Barbeau spelling. Baraboo-1 20:55, 9 January 2019 (UTC)

Note: Onezime "Levi" may have changed his surname from "Barbeau" to "Baraboo" upon a "naturalization" process, by choice, by adopting the spelling given by a Wisconsin federal census taker and or he may have taken the americanized spelling to make an american transition and at the same time honor his ancestral Barbeau voyageur roots that are a well known part of the Baraboo river French history. Several generations of Barbeau dit Boisdore have trading history with the Indian Nations once located on what is now the Baraboo River region.

Note: Levi and Mary's first daughter Delia was born in New York and given the surname Barbeau. Both of Levi's sons were born in Wisconsin and given the surname Baraboo.

Note: He married Marie Menard and on the marriage license his name is spelled Onezime Barbeau. Baraboo-1 19:40, 11 October 2016 (EDT)

Note: Levi's Memorial Stone states Baraboo as his surname. Baraboo-1 20:24, 11 October 2016 (EDT)

Wisconsin State Census, 1895

Name Levi Baraboo

Event Place Egg Harbor Town, Door, Wisconsin

Number of White Males 3 Number of White Females 2

Birthplace United States: 3; British America: 2; Form Type Inhabitants "Wisconsin State Census, 1895," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MM9C-3BY : 14 November 2014), Levi Baraboo, Egg Harbor Town, Door, Wisconsin; citing reference 24, State Historical Society, Madison; FHL microfilm 1,032,706.

Commemorative Door County Historical Article

" LEVI BARABOO, proprietor of the " Leplant House," in Egg Harbor, Door county, was born June 16, 1841, in Upper Canada, third son of Andrew Baraboo, a native of the same country.

His father Andrew Baraboo was twice married, and by his second wife had six children—four sons and two daughters—of whom our subject was the fifth in the order of birth.

The father died when Levi was but twelve years old, the mother a few years later, thus leaving the lad obliged to support himself at an early age. Note: Levi's father died in 1855. At 12 years of age that would suggest Levi was born approximately 1843. That would coincide with his baptism record. Baraboo-1 14:54, 27 August 2018 (UTC)

For a short time after his father's death Levi Baraboo lived with his eldest sister, who was married, and at the age of thirteen began to work in a brickyard, being employed four summers by the same man, during the winter season living with an uncle, who was a tavern-keeper.

By this time he was old enough to work at lumbering, an occupation he followed until he reached the age of twenty-five years.

In the fall of 1865 he went to Crown Point, N. Y. , near Lake Champlain, in the neighborhood of which place he found employment cutting wood, and here he was married, in 1867, to Miss Mary Menard (Minor), also a Canadian by birth.

After his marriage he continued in the neighborhood of Lake Champlain about a year, working in a tanner and then moved to Door county. Wis., where his father-in-law and two of his brothers had already located.

In Section 29, Egg Harbor township, he bought forty acres of timberland, for which he paid $336, cash, and taking up his residence in the small log house which stood there on set himself to work to clear the ground for agricultural purposes.

He lived there until 1884, in which year he bought a lot in the village of Egg Harbor, on which he erected a building, and in partnership with his brother Louis opened a butcher shop, afterward buying out his brother's interest and carrying on a grocery.

In 1889 he embarked in the hotel and saloon business, in which he has since continued,conducting the " Leplant House," which was established a number of years ago.

Mr. Baraboo still retains his farm property, owning eighty acres, forty of which he has cleared, and by hard work has succeeded in putting it in a good state of cultivation.

He is a self-made man in the strict sense of the term, having built up his own fortune from a start of nothing except industry and perseverance, and he is regarded as one of the substantial well-to-do citizens of that section.

Giving his whole time and attention to his business interests, he takes no active part in politics beyond casting his vote as a stanch supporter of the Republican parts'.

Mr. and Mrs. Baraboo have had children as follows:

Delia, Mrs. Charles LaRush, of Egg Harbor; Mary, Mrs. Thomas Carmody, of Egg Harbor; Victoria, Mrs. John Bunda, of Sister Bay, Wis. ; Elda, Theodore and Albert, at home; and two daughters who died young.

In religious faith the family are Catholics. " [2]

Concord Hotel History

" 7778 Hwy 42-Concord Hotel now Mojo Rosa’s

Built by Levi Baraboo about 1890 destroyed by fire in 1897 and Levi rebuilt.

The local people played basketball in the dance hall until it burned in 1934.

Later sold and named the LaPlant House. Patty Gray is remembered for his Irish setter dog and his horse Goldie May, who he used for harness racing. Murphy Moore named it The White House, operated by Sylvester Thiel and later Ken Herbst who also was a barber in the connected shop. Other barbers were Bob Delain and Wendell Vandertie. Bob and Jean Sawyer named it Midtown Tap, Tony and Sharon Demarinis, Old Stage, Rick and Pam Grant had it for 15 years as Grant’s Old Stage. Kim and Todd Jensen and Mary Jo Delorit are present owners along with the added Pink Bakery." (2016) [3]

Barbeau Family of Voyageurs

The Barbeau voyageur trading history is first documented about 1632 ( Kirk Brother History in Quebec) when Joseph Barbeau tried by force to retrieve his furs that the Kirk brothers had illegally stolen.

There were several generations of Barbeau Voyageurs from Montreal, Quebec and Prairie du Rocher that represented Levi's ancestors. Several Barbeau brothers formed their independent Nouvelle France fur trading company in Montreal circa 1699-1706 with the Revard family.

From 1740 to 1770 fur trading licenses were issued to several Barbeau family members.

James Stanley Goddard noted in his official record that the river known today as Baraboo was called "River de Barboux" in 1766.

Goddard was also a fur trader at that time and knew the Barbeau voyageurs.

Later, In circa 1830-1840 ish, Pierre Barbeau dit Boisdore of Sault Ste. Marie, acted as successful voyageur and agent with the Northwest Fur Trading and later with the American Fur Trading Company. He is known to have traded in the Baraboo river region with the Winnebago Nation and may have had one daughter born there.

The State of Wisconsin's , Baraboo river is named for its Nouvelle France Voyageurs, ( several generations from 1724 est. to 1832 est.) and their fur trading with the Indian Nations of the region. Baraboo-1 14:14, 16 December 2016 (EST)

St Michael Catholic Church Note:

In 1865 French Canadian families started to arrive in the Door County area. Among the first to come were Levi Baraboo, Peter Parent, Jerry LaMere, the Monicas and the Vertzes.

"On November 8, 1892, Mr. Carmody was married to Miss Mary Baraboo, a daughter of Levi Baraboo of Egg Harbor" [4]

United States Census, 1880

Name Lisenne Baraboo

Event Type Census Event Date 1880 Event Place Egg Harbor, Door, Wisconsin, United States

Gender Male Age 35

Marital Status Married

Race White Race (Original) W

Occupation Farmer & Butcher

Relationship to Head of Household Self Relationship to Head of Household (Original) Self

Birth Year (Estimated) 1845

Sheet Letter B Sheet Number 25 Person Number 0 Volume 1 HOUSEHOLD

L Baraboo Self M 35 CN

Mary Baraboo Wife F 32 CN

Delia Baraboo Daughter F 8 New York, United States

Mary Baraboo Daughter F 6 Wisconsin, United States

Victoria Baraboo Daughter F 4 Wisconsin, United States

Eldia Baraboo Daughter F 2 Wisconsin, United States

Note: Levi and Mary are listed as not being able to read or write English. His brothers Louis and Joseph Barbeau are also listed as Baraboo in the 1880 census. [5]

United States Census, 1900

Name Levi Barbeau

Event Type Census Event Year 1900 Event Place Egg Harbor town, Door, Wisconsin, United States

Gender Male Age 58

Marital Status Married

Race White Race (Original) W

Relationship to Head of Household Head Relationship to Head of Household (Original) Head

Years Married 30

Birth Date Jun 1842

Birthplace Canada Fr

Marriage Year (Estimated) 1870

Immigration Year 1868

Father's Birthplace Canada Fr Mother's Birthplace Canada Fr


Levi Barbeau Head M 58 Canada Fr

Mary Barbeau Wife F 54 Canada Fr

Theodor Barbeau Son M 19 Wisconsin

Albert Barbiaa Son M 15 Wisconsin [6]

United States Census, 1920

Name Levi Baraboo

Event Type Census Event Date 1920 Event Place Egg Harbor, Door, Wisconsin, United States

Gender Male Age 76

Marital Status Married

Race White Race (Original) White

Relationship to Head of Household Father Relationship to Head of Household (Original) Father

Birth Year (Estimated) 1844 Birthplace Canada

Immigration Year 1872

Father's Birthplace Canada Mother's Birthplace Canada

Sheet Letter A Sheet Number 4 HOUSEHOLD

Albert Baraboo Head M 33 Wisconsin

Levi Baraboo Father M 76 Canada

Baraboo Mother F 72 Canada

John Bunda Nephew M 16 Wisconsin Note: Levi is listed as a farmer who can not read and write but understands English. [7]

United States Census, 1930

Name Levi Barabas (Baraboo)

Event Type Census Event Date 1930 Event Place Egg Harbor, Door, Wisconsin, United States

Gender Male Age 88

Marital Status Widowed

Race White Race (Original) White

Relationship to Head of Household Father Relationship to Head of Household (Original) Father

Birth Year (Estimated) 1842 Birthplace Canada

Immigration Year 1865 (First to New York then to Wisconsin probaly about 1869-1870) Baraboo-1 20:17, 11 October 2016 (EDT)

Father's Birthplace Canada Mother's Birthplace Canada


Levi Barabas Father M 88 Canada

Albert Barabas Son M 44 Wisconsin

Note: The 1930 Federal Census transcription spells the name Baraboo as Barabas. On the original image it is clearly Baraboo. He and his son Albert are living together. [8]


Levi Baraboo

Birth: Jun. 15, 1841

Note: Good Memorial stone image is included. It appears that the birth date listed is transcribed correctly from the memorial stone. However, given his baptism date is listed as September 19, 1843 this would suggest a significant time lapse before baptism took place. In the Catholic faith and in Canada at that time baptisms usually took place close to the date of birth. Confirmation is needed. Baraboo-1 14:49, 27 August 2018 (UTC)

Death: Aug. 8, 1932

Family links:


Mary Baraboo (1846 - 1926)


Mary Ada Baraboo Carmody (1874 - 1916)*

Elda Baraboo Roeser (1877 - 1965)*

  • Calculated relationship

Burial: Saint John the Baptist Cemetery Egg Harbor Door County Wisconsin, USA Created by: K. Roberts (Credit) Record added: Mar 08, 2010 Find A Grave Memorial# 49426561 [9]


  1. [( Document 4152597 Ste. Martine www.prdh-igd.com)]
  2. [(https://archive.org/details/commemorativebiobkd00jhbe)]
  3. [(https://ia801002.us.archive.org/13/items/commemorativebiobkd00jhbe/commemorativebiobkd00jhbe.pdf)]
  4. [(http://www.stellamarisparish.com/history.asp)]
  5. [("United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MN4X-ZSR : 24 December 2015), L Baraboo, Egg Harbor, Door, Wisconsin, United States; citing enumeration district ED 38, sheet 25B, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 1424; FHL microfilm 1,255,424.)]
  6. [("United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MMKD-VFG : 22 January 2015), Levi Barbeau, Egg Harbor town, Door, Wisconsin, United States; citing sheet 1A, family 11, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,241,785.)]
  7. [("United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MFK1-SZL : 14 December 2015), Levi Baraboo in household of Albert Baraboo, Egg Harbor, Door, Wisconsin, United States; citing sheet 4A, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,821,983.)]
  8. [("United States Census, 1930", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X9Q7-5KX : 8 December 2015), Levi Barabas in entry for Henry Henquinet, 1930.)]
  9. [(http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=49426561)]
  • Ancestry Family Histories Baraboo, Menard, Barbeau
  • Web: Wisconsin, Find A Grave Index, 18362012

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Nouvelle France Barbeau dit Boisdore Coat of Arms
Nouvelle France Barbeau dit Boisdore Coat of Arms

Levi Baraboo 's Egg Harbor, Wisconsin House circa 1900
Levi Baraboo 's Egg Harbor, Wisconsin House circa 1900

United States of America, French Canadian and French Louisiana, Historical Representation Francho Flag
United States of America, French Canadian and French Louisiana, Historical Representation Francho Flag

Door County and Egg Harbor Wisconsin 1895
Door County and Egg Harbor Wisconsin 1895

St. Michael Catholic Church 1880-1909
St. Michael Catholic Church 1880-1909

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