Peter Ezra (Menard) Manor
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Pierre Désiré (Menard) Manor (1820 - 1901)

Pierre Désiré (Peter Ezra) Manor formerly Menard
Born in Saint-Philippe-de-Laprairie, Bas-Canadamap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died at age 80 in Waubeek, Pepin Co, WImap
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Pierre was born in 1820[1] in Saint-Philippe, Montérégie, Quebec[2], not long after the conclusion of the War of 1812-1815. He was the son of Joseph Menard, a tinsmith, and Marie Louise Lussier. Documented siblings included Joseph (1818-1895) and Eli Hubert (1822-1885); others have also been suggested.

Pierre and his family moved to the US around 1833[3], just in time to avoid the Lower Canada Rebellion of 1837-1838. In New York, his given names were transformed to Peter Ezra. He married another Quebecois, Aurelie LeBeau, reportedly in New York in 1843[4]. In 1844, when he obtained US citizenship, they lived in Chazy. Pierre and Aurelie began to raise a large family. In the early 1850s, they moved to Wisconsin, settling in Pepin County. Pierre passed away in 1901 and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Dunn, Wisconsin.


The original surname is Ménard. Upon transition to English-speaking areas it was most commonly rendered Manor or Manore in this family, but also appears as Menor, Minor, Musser, Maure, etc. Some in the Chippewa Falls-Eau Claire region kept the Menard spelling and the accent on the second syllable but otherwise anglicized the pronounciation.

Apparently Peter himself could not read and write[5], which would make it harder for him to standardize the spelling.

Familysearch (LHPL-ZZR) lists some extra children, yet to be confirmed: Josephine, 1855-1939; her marriage record lists her parents as John and Emelia Manore, possibly Peter's brother. Jed Guy, b 1861 in Genoa City, WI appears on some ancestry trees as well but I cannot find any sources for him.


  1. Per baptism record, which is likely to be more reliable than his own memory of 1821 in the 1900 census
  2. Quebec Catholic parish registers
  3. NY County naturalization records in 1844 report he had come to the US age the age of 13
  4. No documentation found in New York records so far.
  5. See 1850 US Census

Canada, Quebec Catholic Parish Registers, 1621-1979, St-Philippe [la Prairie]. Baptêmes, mariages, sépultures 1809-1823. Image 464 of 578. Image on Familysearch. There are a large number of Pierre Ménards born around this time in Québec, but we suspect this is the right one because we know his father's name was Joseph, and because his second name, Désiré, seems likely to have been converted to Ezra in the US.

"Soixante dix neuvième feuillet G.P." (i.e., seventy-ninth page G.P.)
Le vingt six novembre mil huit cent
vingt par nous prêtre sous signé a été
baptisé pierre desiré né aujourd'hui de legi-
time mariage de joseph menard ferblantier [tinsmith]
en cette paroisse et de marie Louise Lussier
Le parrain a eté pierre lefebvre la marraine
marie perrier qui et le pere present n'ont
su signer. Brouillet MD"

I.e., Pierre Désiré Ménard baptized 26 Nov 1820, born today. Father Joseph Menard, tinsmith, of this parish [St-Philippe, La Prairie]. Mother, Marie Louise Lussier.

Liner notes record the parish as "SAINT-PHILIPPE de Laprairie, 11 rue Foucreault, Saint-Philippe, Cté de Laprairie, P. Qué." I have not been able to find any other reference to Fr. Brouillet nor what MD stands for unless he was also a medical doctor.

Also Gabriel Drouin, comp. Drouin Collection. Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Institut Généalogique Drouin: Baptismal record, unfortunately behind a paywall.

Lower Canada Census of 1825 (Images on FamilySearch) contains several possibilities that could be the right family among the 155 Ménard households:

St-Philippe, Huntingdon: Joseph Menard, 3. Joseph Menard, 8.
La Prairie, Longueuil, Roussillon, Huntingdon: Joseph Menard, 6.

1840: We suspect the family was in NY by this time.

Chazy lists two Joseph Minors, one likely to be Peter's father
Champlain: Peter Manor household not including any 20-year-old men.

See also Clement S Minor, Chazy; Pascal Minor, Beekmantown; 2 Paul Minors in Peru. No Menards in Clinton Co.

1844: New York County Naturalization Records is a long list of people with M surnames that applied for, and granted, citizenship in the 1840s in Clinton Co. Image on Familysearch. Image 167/219, line 17. Peter Manor, age 23, declaration 7 Oct 1844, resident in Chazy, admitted 7 Oct 1844.

Image on Family Tree of declaration of intention, character reference, and oath of allegiance from New York County Naturalization Records, 1791-1980, petition evidence 1844-1866 drawer 45, packet 10, image 186-189/293.

"United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), Peter Minor, Chazy, Clinton, New York, United States; citing family 1274, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Peter Minor, 29, Canada, farmer, not able to read or write
Aurilla Minor, 22, Canada, not able to read or write
Ezra Minor, 6, NY
Joseph Minor, 4, NY
Wm Minor, 2, NY

In the same house, but listed as a separate family:

Joseph Minor, 64, Canada, laborer, not able to read or write
Mary Minor, 63, not able to read or write

Nearby is the family of Joseph Labore; wonder if this is a relative of Aurelie LeBeau.

"United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 December 2017), Peter Maure, 1860. Bloomfield, Walworth, Wisconsin.

Peter Maure, 39, Canada, farmhand
Orilla Maure, 42, Canada
Ezra Maure, 16, NY, attends school
Joseph Maure 13, NY, attends school
William Maure, 11, NY, attends school
Mary Maure, 9, NY, attends school
Orilla Maure, 7, NY, attends school
Amelia Maure, 6, WI, attends school
Frances Maure, 3, WI
Jane L Maure, 3 months, WI

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; Consolidated Lists of Civil War Draft Registration Records (Provost Marshal General's Bureau; Consolidated Enrollment Lists, 1863-1865); Record Group: 110, Records of the Provost Marshal General's Bureau (Civil War); Collection Name: Consolidated Enrollment Lists, 1863-1865 (Civil War Union Draft Records); NAI: 4213514; Archive Volume Number: 4 of 4

June 1863. Town of Bloomfield, Walworth County, WI. "Persons of Class II, subject to military duty." Peter Manor, 42, W, farmer, b Canada. Also Eli Manor, 43, W, blacksmith, b Canada.

"United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), Peter Musser, Town of Waterville, [Pepin Co; includes Arkansaw] Wisconsin, United States; citing p. 7, family 56, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 553,230.

Peter Musser, 50, farmer, Canada. Not able to read or write. Citizen of US.
Aurelia, 42, keeping house, Canada. Not able to read or write.
William, 21, farm laborer, NY; citizen.
Aurella, 18, at home, NY
Amelia, 16, at home, IL; attends school; not able to read or write.
Frances, 14, at home, WI; attends school; not able to read or write.
Jane, 12, at home, WI; attends school; not able to read or write.
Ellen, 10, WI; attends school; not able to read or write.
Timothy, 8, WI; attends school
Ulysses, 5, IL (Did they move back to IL for this?); attends school
Victoria, 3, WI
Jacob, 3 months (March 1870), WI
Son Joseph may, possibly, be on p.15 as "Joseph Moron" with wife Sarah.

"Wisconsin State Census, 1875," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 10 March 2018), Peter Manore, Town of Waterville, Pepin, Wisconsin; State Historical Society, Madison; FHL microfilm 1,032,693.

Peter Manore, 3 white males, 5 white females. Joseph Manore, listed immediately below with 3 males and 1 female, is likely to be Peter's son, then about 29, with his wife and youngest children. One J.M. Manore (1 male, 3 female), 7 lines down, is not as easily identified.

"United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 15 July 2017), Peter Manor, Dunn, Dunn, Wisconsin, United States; citing enumeration district ED 151, sheet 287A, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 1424; FHL microfilm 1,255,424.

Peter Manor, 59, Canada, farmer, widowed
Jennie Manor, 21, IL, keeping house
Hellen Manor, 19, IL, keeping house, attends school
Timothy Manor, 16, IL, at home
Ulizssus Manor, 15, IL, at home, attends school
Lizzie Manor, 12, WI, at home, attends school
Etta G Manor, 8, WI, attends school

"United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 10 December 2018), Peter E Manor in household of Timothy Manor, Dunn Twp, Dunn, Wisconsin, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 82, sheet 11B, family 214, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,241,787. Incorporated city/town/village: Downsville.

Timothy Manor, 37, WI, Nov 1863, married 8 years, farmer.
Mattie B Manor, wife, 32, WI, Apr 1868, married 8 years, mother of 0 children
Peter E Manor, father, 79, Canada, widowed, Nov 1821. Immigrated in 1834, 66 years in the US. "Naturalization: Un." Retired farmer. Cannot read or write.
David C Manor, nephew, 16, WI, May 1884, single, at school.

"Wisconsin, Death Records, 1867-1907," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 March 2018), Peter Ezra Manore, 1900; citing Death, Dunn, Dunn, Wisconsin, Wisconsin State Historical Society, Madison; FHL microfilm 1,310,182.

WI Deaths: Peter Ezra Manore d 6 Jan 1901, Dunn, WI. Age 79; widowed; b 26 Nov 1821 Canada; buried Evergreen Cemetery. Father: Joe Manore, b France. Mother: Mary Manore, b France. Wife: Orilla Labs.

Findagrave memorial for Peter Ezra Manor, b 26 Nov 1821, Quebec, Canada. Died 6 Jan 1901, Dunn Co, WI. Evergreen Cemetery, Dunnville, Dunn Co.

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In Regard .. Menard is the original French surname and follows the French convention when spoken in French. There were no phonics nor syllables used in the French speech.

A basic representation can be heard in French and English at:

The other surnames are variants of Menard by choice or misspellings.

It is interesting that pronuciation in his birth location would have been French and then "transitioned" into English when he migrated. Many of my French Canadain ancestors experienced the same changes in the Wisconsin. C'est Bon Magnifique !

posted by Stanley Baraboo
Manor-184 and Menard-809 appear to represent the same person because: Name and birth/death dates are the same (Manor was often spelled in a variety of other ways including Menard). Wife's name is the same. Daughter Frances Juliet and her birthdate are the same.

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