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Until November 2000, I was sure that all the L'Heureux in North America
the US distribution) descended from a single ancestor, Simon
Lereau from Maine, France.
I have since been informed that there is another branch (although much
newer and very small) that originated with Desiré Lheureux
From Maine, France
Most of the L'Heureux in North America descended from a single ancestor,
Simon Lereau who came to the Nouvelle France around 1652
from Maine, France. The descendants include the surnames L'Heureux, L'Hérault,
Lereau, Lurix, Happy, Louria, L'Héreault, L'Héros, Laraux
and possibly other variations yet to be found. This ancestor is:
Simon Lereau dit L'Heureux,
(son of René Lereau and Marguerite Guillin) born on October
10, 1624 in the parish of Saint-Martin in Igé, Orne, France.
His family later on moved to Saint-Cosme-de-Vair, Maine, France, a few
miles South of Igé. He sailed to the Nouvelle France around
1652 and on 27 Nov 1655 on l'Ile d'Orléans, he married Suzanne
Jaroussel (daughter of Pierre Jarousseau and of Jacquette Touraude).
Their seven children included two sons, Pierre and Sixte. I am a descendant
of Sixte and of Pierre (via my mother).
Find out more by browsing the page Our
Ancestor Simon Lereau dit L'Heureux.
Simon's sister Marie Lereau, who with her husband Gervais Bisson,
came to Canada at about the same time as Simon, are the ancestors
of most of the Bisson in North America. With the help of 90 plus Internet
cousins, we have accumulated a large database of descendants of René
Lereau (Simon and Marie's father). This web
accessible database is maintained by a cousin, Robert L'Heureux.
Simon Lereau is my eight great grandfather via his son Sixte. I have
a second connection to Simon via my mother (her great grand mother was
Louise Julie L'Heureux) and Simon's son Pierre.
Two brothers, Desire and Pierre Joseph Lheureux
Desire Lheureux was born in Belgium 12 Jun 1840 and
in 1870 moved to Braidwood, IL. He was married to Mary (Marie)
Louise Bourges of Terre Haute, IN. on 4 Dec1877. They moved
to Rice, KS in 1844 where they settled on a homestead in Center township
and remained there until his death 2 Nov 1913., age 73 years, 5 months
and one day. To them was born five children, three daughters and
two sons. He leaves to mourn his departure a wife, three sisters,
three daughters, a son and five grandchildren and a host of relatives
and friends. He lived a consistent Christian life and was a member
of the Presbyterian Church. They had five children.
The obituary on Marie Louise Bourges, Desiré's wife read:
- Mary Lheureux (b. 11 Sep 1879, d. 18 Apr 1973). She married Anthony
Naillieux (b. 13 Jan 1864 d. 2-7-1926).
- Lucy Lheureux-Barker
- Sedonia Lheureux-Pick (who later on married again to someone
- Anthony Lheureux (b. 19 Nov 1866 in Rice, KS, d. 22 Nov 1954
in Concordia KS). He married Mary Naillieux (b. 8 Jan 1891 in Concordia,
KS, d. 6 Jan 1985 in Concordia KS).
- Joseph Lheureux (b.1883, d. 5 Aug 1899 at the age of 16 years,
8 months and 2 days). He never married.
Marie Louise Lheureux, a pioneer of Cloud County Kansas
died on 2 Oct 1947. She was born in France 18 Nov 1858 dauhter of
Mr. & Mrs. John Bourges. As a small child she came from France
to Terre Haute, IN with her parents. In 1878 she was married to Desire
Pierre Joseph Lheureux was born in Belgium and also moved to the US. More info to come on his descendants.
Desire Lheureux was the great-grandfather of Shirley Sturgil (via
Lucy Lheureux-Barker) who sent me this information. Most of the descendants
still live in the Rice and Concordia area of Cloud
County Kansas but according to Shirley, there may not be any living
descendants of this branch that have the surname Lheureux. I no longer have any contact information on Shirley Sturgil. If you
know how to reach her, please let me know.
Pierre Joseph Lheureux was the great-great grandfather of Thomas Owen who has more information on this branch. There is currently only one descendant of Pierre Joseph with the surname Lheureux. If you would like to contact Thomas Owne, contact me.
It is possible but very unlikely that the ancestors of Desiré
and of Pierre Joseph Lheureux in Belgium had any connections with Simon Lereau whose parents
in France used the surname L'Hérault.
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A gathering is being planned for 2005 for the descendants of Moïse
L'Heureux and Sophie Pichette who moved to Jackfish Lake, SK in the 1880's.
See the Moïse and Sophie webpage for
There has been several reunions in the past to honor various L'Heureux.
- A Reunion attended by over 100 cousins took place in September 1998
in Montreal. A summary of what went on can be found at the Reunion
Home Page. You can also view the
pictures that I took at the reunion.
- One apparently took place in St-Hyacinthe, QC a few years ago (no
other details known)
- Another took place in 1987 in Saskatchewan, to honor the descendants
of Moise L'Heureux and Sophie Pichette
who settled in Jackfish Lake in the 1880s. Their descendants number
in the thousands.
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