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Hedwidge (Menard) Fontaine (1821 - aft. 1885)

Hedwidge Fontaine formerly Menard aka Maynard
Born in Sorel, Richelieu, Canada Eastmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 1 Jan 1841 in St. Albans, Franklin, Vermont, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died after after age 63 [location unknown]
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Hedwidge appears to be the daughter of Joseph Menard and Hélène Rivard, born and baptized 18 May 1821 in Sorel, Bas-Canada. The Saint Pierre de Sorel parish register identifies her as "Hedwidge née aujourd'hui du légitime mariage de Joseph Menard journalier et de Hélène Rivard. Le parain Joseph Goin. Marraine Julie Ladebauche."[1]

It appears that on 1 January 1841, she married Andrew Fontaine in St. Albans, Vermont. The marriage record identifies her as Adriage Minor and Andrew as Andrew Surprenot, and officiating party as Orris Pier.[2] Census data suggests that the couple had 9 children:

No record has been found for her death; however, some family trees cite 10 Feb 1898, Centerville RI for death information. This needs documentation.

Census Data

United States Census 1870, North Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, USA[3]
Andrew Frontaine, Head M, 55, Canada
El* [Elwarj?] Frontaine, F, 50, Canada
Harriet Frontaine, 18, F, Vermont
Helen Frontaine, 15, F, Vermont
Amelia Frontaine', 12, F, Vermont
Josephine Frontaine 8, F, Vermont
Eulola Frontaine, 5, F, Massachusetts
Andrew Frontaine, 4, M, Massachusetts
Rhode Island State Census, 1875, Hamilton Village, North Kingstown
Census District 2, June 1, 1875, pp 61-62[4]
Alexander Fountain, 23, M, Head, Vermont, Operative
Adeline Fountain, 57, F, Mother, French Canada, Housekeeper
Millie Fountain, 18, F, Sister, New Hampshire, Mill Hand
Josephine Fountain, 13, F, Sister, Massachusetts, Mill Hand
Adelia Fountain, 10, F, Sister, Massachusetts
Andrew Fountain, 9, M, Brother, Massachusetts, School boy
United States Census 1880, North Kingstown, Washington [5]
Aderline Fountaine Head (Widow) F 61 Canada
Alexander Fountain Son Male 28 Canada
Josephine Fountain Daughter 18 New Hampshire
Adelia Fountain Daughter 15 New Hampshire
Andrew Fountain Son 13 New Hampshire
Edward Tatro Boarder Male 24 Rhode Island
Rhode Island State Census 1885, North Kingstown, Washington
District 215, Family Number 37
Edridge Fontaine Head F 67 Canada (parentage Canada) [6]
Andrew Fontaine son M 19 Massachusetts[7]

Research Notes

US sources identify Hedwidge's surname differently: Edvedge Goocher, per 1935 death notice for son Alexander Fontaine [8]; Edvidge Maynard per 1941 death notice for son Andrew Fontaine[9]; and Aderline Fountaine, per 1880 United States Census.[5] In addition, the Vermont marriage record for Andrew Surprenot and Adriage Minor is similar to one of Sophie Minor and Andrew Surprenot, who may possibly be her sister Sophie Menard. The officiating pastor, Orris Pier, was likely not Catholic. Additional sources are needed to support these marriages.


  1. FS "Canada, Québec, registres paroissiaux catholiques, 1621-1979," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 16 July 2014), Saint-Pierre-de-Sorel > Saint-Pierre-de-Sorel > Baptêmes, mariages, sépultures 1802-1827 > image 489 of 722; Archives Nationales du Quebec (National Archives of Quebec), Montreal.
  2. FS "Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 19 February 2021), Andrew Superenot and Adriage Minor, 1841.
  3. FS "United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), Andrew Frontaine, Rhode Island, United States; citing p. 33, family 276, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 552,972.
  4. ANC Rhode Island State Censuses, 1865-1935, pp 61-62, Images 67-68
  5. 5.0 5.1 FS "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 15 July 2017), Aderline Fountain, North Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States; citing enumeration district ED 156, sheet 352D, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 1210; FHL microfilm 1,255,210.
  6. FS "Rhode Island State Census, 1885," database with images, FamilySearch( : 4 April 2016), Edrige Fontaine, North Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island; citing 7, State Archives, Providence; FHL microfilm 953,919.
  7. FS"Rhode Island State Census, 1885," database with images, FamilySearch( : 4 April 2016), Andrew Fontaine, North Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island; citing 1, State Archives, Providence; FHL microfilm 953,919.
  8. FS ( : accessed 19 Jun 2014); "Rhode Island, Deaths and Burials, 1802-1950," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 19 Jun 2014), Alexander Fontaine, 27 Jun 1935; citing North Kingstown, Rhode Island, reference 5; FHL microfilm 1954199.
  9. FS "Rhode Island Deaths and Burials, 1802-1950," database, FamilySearch ( : 6 December 2014), Andrew Fontaine in entry for Andrew Fontaine, 11 Jun 1941; citing West Warwick, R. I., reference cn64; FHL microfilm 1,955,512.
  • FS: Abbreviation: Family Search Title: Database and images. Author: LDS Church Publication:
  • ANC.: [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2013. Original data: Rhode Island State Census, 1875. Microfilm. New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts.


Menard-1145 (originally Goocher-2) was created by Norm Lindquist through the import of DUNLAP JUL 2014.ged on Jul 16, 2014.

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