de Bellefeuille, Napoleon (1864-1937)

Napoleon de Bellefeuille was an electrician who worked for the British Columbia Electric Railway for many years. He lived at 2020 Beach Avenue in 1906 and 1907.

He was born in Lachine, Quebec on September 26, 1864. (According to the birth certificate for Napoleon’s daughter, Paula, Napoleon’s full name was Joseph Napoleon Pourreau dit de Bellefeuille.) His father was Leon de Bellefeuille; his mother was Maggie (or Priscilla) Meloche.

On January 7, 1889, in Brockville, Ontario, Napoleon married Margaret Lachapelle. She was born in Brockville (although some sources say Quebec) in 1875. Her father was Louis LaChapelle; her mother was Esther Mathen (some sources say Mather or Mathew).

Boat Builders - Brockville - Ontario - R. L. Polk & Co.'s marine directory of the Great Lakes,  By R.L. Polk & Co, 1884, page 152; https://books.google.ca/books?id=IlAuAQAAIAAJ&pg=PA152&dq=lachapelle+mathen+brockville&hl=en&sa=X&ei=gyD9VLapIYnpoASIuIKICQ&ved=0CCYQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=lachapelle%20mathen%20brockville&f=false.

Boat Builders – Brockville – Ontario – R. L. Polk & Co.’s marine directory of the Great Lakes, By R.L. Polk & Co, 1884, page 152; https://books.google.ca/books?id=IlAuAQAAIAAJ&pg=PA152&dq=lachapelle+mathen+brockville&hl=en&sa=X&ei=gyD9VLapIYnpoASIuIKICQ&ved=0CCYQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=lachapelle%20mathen%20brockville&f=false.

It appears that Margaret died in Brockville on April 25, 1893.

Napoleon later appears to have married Maria Bourret, who was born in Quebec in 1875. In the late 1890s, Napoleon and Maria were living in Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory, where Napoleon was a public works foreman.

Napoleon first appeared in the Vancouver directories in 1902, although the spelling of his name was incorrect:

Napoleon de Bellefeuille - Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory - 1902 - page 642

Napoleon de Bellefeuille – Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory – 1902 – page 642

Napoleon de Bellefeuille - Seventh Avenue, East, Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory - 1902 - page 582

Napoleon de Bellefeuille – Seventh Avenue, East, Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory – 1902 – page 582

After arriving in Vancouver, Napoleon was at the following addresses:

1905 1324 Bidwell Street.
1906 and 1907 2020 Beach Avenue.
1908 1030 Robson Street.
1909 to 1916 1724 Alberni Street.
1917 to 1920 790 Howe Street [then known as the Vancouver Hotel annex, and later called the York Hotel].
1921 to 1937 789 Granville Street [Granville Mansions].

In the years just before 1920, Maria was practicing as a chiropractor.

The family continued to live in the Granville Mansions until Napoleon died on March 5, 1937. He was buried at Ocean View Burial Park in Burnaby, British Columbia.

Maria died in Vancouver on June 1, 1938. She was buried at Ocean View Burial Park in Burnaby.

Napoleon had at least one daughter. [There is a suggestion that Napoleon may have had another daughter who was living in Montreal in 1937, but no further details are available. This may be a daughter from Napoleon’s marriage to Margaret Lachapelle.]

Paula Emeilia Pearle de Bellefeuille

Paula Emeilia Pearle de Bellefeuille was born in Vancouver on July 5, 1902.

On March 4, 1930, in Vancouver, Paula married Birger Mansfield Brynildson, who was a merchant. He was born in Bella Coola, British Columbia, on September 3, 1897. His parents were Brynild Brynildson and Mattie Marie Hammer.

Birger’s and Paula’s marriage ended in divorce. (Birger later married Dorothy Jenneson. Birger died in Vancouver on February 18, 1962.)

On December 24, 1934, in Vancouver, Paula married Ernest George Strachan, who was a salesman with George Strachan Limited. He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on November 12, 1892. His father was George Strachan; his mother was Elizabeth Ann Craney.

In 1935 and 1936, Ernest and Paula were living with Napoleon and Maria in the Granville Mansions at 715 Robson Street. In 1937, Ernest and Paula moved to the Murray Hotel at 1119 Hornby Street.

Murray Hotel, about 1925, Vancouver City Archives, Hot N6 - [Murray Hotel, 1119 Hornby Street], http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/murray-hotel-1119-hornby-street.

Murray Hotel, about 1925, Vancouver City Archives, Hot N6 – [Murray Hotel, 1119 Hornby Street], http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/murray-hotel-1119-hornby-street.

George died in Vancouver on October 15, 1937. He was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Burnaby, British Columbia.

Paula lived with Maria for a short time. It appears that she was working for the La Salle Café at 950 Granville Street in 1938.

No further information is available for Paula at this time.

Possible daughter of Napoleon de Bellefeuille

The death notice for “Norman Bellefeuille” [sic] in the Vancouver Province, March 9, 1937, page 19, says “Born in 1864, he is survived by his wife and one daughter, Mrs. E.G. Strachan, in Vancouver. There is another daughter in Montreal.”

There is no other information on this unnamed daughter.

Sources

Napoleon De Bellefeuille

“Canada Census, 1881,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MVJB-4C9 : accessed 9 March 2015), Napolèon Bellefeuille in household of Jean Bte. Bellefeuille, Lachine (Town), Jacques-Cartier, Quebec, Canada; citing p. 55; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13222, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,375,858.

“Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FMVZ-KVC : accessed 8 March 2015), Napoleon Debellefeuille and Margaret Lachapelle, 07 Jan 1889; citing registration 006980, Brockville, Leeds, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,870,307.

Napoleon Debellefeuille and Margaret Lachapelle, Marriage; http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~maryc/leeds89.htm; 006980-90 Napoleon DEBELLEFEUILLE, 25, Electrician, Lachine, Montreal, s/o Leon DEBELLEFEUILLE & Priscilla MELOCHE; married Margaret LACHAPELLE, 26, Brockville, Brockville, d/o Louis LACHAPELLE & Esther MATHER; witn Louis LACHAPELLE & Mary Ann NOLAN, 7 Jan 1889, Brockville

Leeds & Grenville Co., 1890, part 1, http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~maryc/leeds90.htm; “006981-90 John LACHAPELLE, 31, Boat Builder, Kingston, Brockville, s/o Louis LACHAPELLE & Esther MATHEW; married Mary Ann NOLAN, 30, Brockville, Brockville, d/o James NOLAN & Mary BULGER; witn Napoleon DEBELLEFEUILLE & Margaret LACHAPELLE, 7 Jan 1890, Brockville.”

“Canada Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KHRP-QQV : accessed 8 March 2015), Nep D Bellefeuille, F, Unorganized Territories/territoires Non-organisés, The Territories, Canada; citing p. 10, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/View.jsp?id=114313&highlight=28&desc=1901+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Nep.%28%3F%29+D+Bellefeuille; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1901/z/z004/pdf/z000185964.pdf.

Canada Census, 1921, Napoleon de Bellefeuille, Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 18; Census Place: Ward 2, Vancouver Centre, British Columbia; Page Number: 4; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL2V-TKH : accessed 9 March 2015), Napoleon De Bellefeuille, 05 Mar 1937; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13159, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,953,192.

Napoleon de Bellefeuille, death notice, Vancouver 6, 1937, page 17: “De Bellefeuille – Passed away on March 5, 1937, at his residence, 717 Robson street, Napoleon de Bellefeuille, aged 72 years. Survived by his loving wife and one daughter, Mrs. E.G. Strachan. Funeral on Monday, March 8, at 10 .clock in the Holy Rosay Cathedral, where mass will be celebrated by Rev. Father Nichol. Interment in the Calvary Section, Ocean View Burial Park. The T. Edwards Co. funeral directors. No flowers by request.”

“Veteran Employee of B.C.E.R. Buried,” Vancouver Province, March 9, 1937, page 19: “Funeral services for Norman [sic] Bellefeuille, veteran meterman of the B.C. Electric Railway Company, were held Monday in Holy Rosary Cathedral. Rev. Father T.M. Nichol officiated. Mr. Bellefeuille had been employed with the B.C.E.R. since 1906., in both the line and meter departments. He retired last October owing to poor health. Before coming to British Columbia in 1901 he spent several years in the Yukon, first on road construction and then as a lineman on the first telegraph into the territory. He was also engaged in mining for a time. Born in 1864, he is survived by his wife and one daughter, Mrs. E.G. Strachan, in Vancouver. There is another daughter in Montreal.”

Margaret Lachapelle (wife of Napoleon de Bellefeuille)

“Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JDNK-12Q : accessed 9 March 2015), Louis Lachapelle, 20 Jul 1896; citing Brockville, Leeds, Ontario, yr 1896 cn 10709, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,853,832.

Maritime History of the Great Lakes, Louis Lachapelle, death notice, British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Jul 1896; http://images.maritimehistoryofthegreatlakes.ca/75141/data; News of the District – “Louis Lachapelle, senior member of the well-known boat building firm of Lachapelle & Son, Belleville, died suddenly on Monday from heart disease. Mr. Lachapelle was in the seventy-sixth year of his age. He worked for some time at his trade as a boat builder in Kingston.”

“Canada Deaths and Burials, 1664-1955,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F2P1-BY9 : accessed 9 March 2015), Esther Mathen Lachapelle, ; citing Cemetery, , reference P122 9; FHL microfilm 1,301,768.

“Canada Deaths and Burials, 1664-1955,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F25S-PZN : accessed 9 March 2015), Esther Mathen, ; citing St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Toledo, Leeds, Ontario, reference 122 9; FHL microfilm 2,032,234.

Ontario Marriages, Leeds & Grenville Co., 1887, part 1, http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~maryc/leeds87.htm: “6859-87 (Leeds Co): Joseph LACHAPELLE, 21, boat builder, Brockville, same, s/o Louis LACHAPELLE & Esther MATHEN, married Eva LEWIS, 18, Brockville, same, d/o Peter LEWIS & Mary SCOTT, witn: William & Victoria GAUTHIER of Brockville, 11 Sept 1887 at Brockville.”

Ontario Marriages, Leeds & Grenville Co., 1888, http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~maryc/leeds88.htm: “#006656-88 Albert LACHAPELLE, 28, Kingston, Brockville, boat builder, s/o Louis LACHAPELLE & Esther MATHIEU, married Mary FEX, 22, Leeds Co., Brockville, d/o Joseph FEX & Josephine DUFRENSE, witn: George LECONTE of Montreal & Margaret LACHAPELLE of Brockville, April 30, 1888, Brockville.”

“Canada Census, 1871,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M473-Y1M : accessed 9 March 2015), Margret A La Chappelle in household of Louis La Chappelle, West Ward, Brockville, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 80, line 9; Library and Archives Canada film number C-10002, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 4,396,624.

“Canada Census, 1881,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MVXD-KHR : accessed 9 March 2015), Maggie Lachapelle in household of Louis Lachapelle, West Ward, Brockville (City), Ontario, Canada; citing p. 7; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13231, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,375,867.

“Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JDN6-FJV : accessed 9 March 2015), Napoleon Z. Bellesville in entry for Maggie Lochapelle, 25 Apr 1893; citing Brockville, Leeds, Ontario, yr 1893 cn 9475, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,853,579.

Maria Bourret (wife of Napoleon de Bellefeuille)

“Canada Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MW58-5G6 : accessed 9 March 2015), Maria Bourret, Champlain Ward, Québec City, Quebec, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148216. (possible connection).

“Canada Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KHRP-QQK : accessed 9 March 2015), Maria Bellefeuille in household of Nep D Bellefeuille, F, Unorganized Territories/territoires Non-organisés, The Territories, Canada; citing p. 10, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLGT-NV5 : accessed 9 March 2015), Marie De Bellefeville, 01 Jun 1938; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13162, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,953,195.

Maria de Bellefeuille, death notice, Vancouver Province, June 2, 1938, page 17; Vancouver Province, June 3, 1938, page 21; Vancouver Sun, June 2, 1938, page 17; Vancouver Sun, June 3, 1938, page 21: “De Bellefeuille – Passed away on June 1, 1938, at St. Paul’s Hospital, Maria, widow of the late Napoleon de Bellefeuille, in her sixty-third year, late of 717 Robson street. Survived by one daughter, Paula, of this city. Funeral service Saturday, June 4, from the Holy Rosary Cathedral. Requiem mass at 9 o’clock, Rev. Father A. Angle celebrant. Interment Calvary Section, Ocean View Burial Park. T. Edwards Co. directors.”

Paula Emeilia Pearle de Bellefeuille (daughter of Napoleon de Bellefeuille)

British Columbia Birth Registrations, Registration Number 1902-09-122580; Paula Emlia Pearle de Bellefeuille, date of birth: July 5, 1902; place of birth: Vancouver; name of father: Joseph Napoleon Pourreau dit de Bellefeuille; name of motheras: Maria Bouret [sic].

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JDDW-YH9 : accessed 9 March 2015), Birger Mansfield Brynildson and Paula Amelia Pearl De Bellefenille, 04 Mar 1930; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B13759, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,074,555.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLRL-XXM : accessed 9 March 2015), Birger Mansfield Brynildsen, 18 Feb 1962; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13255, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,033,376.

Manitoba Birth Registrations, Registration Number 892-001659, Ernest George Strachan, date of birth: November 12, 1892; place of birth: Winnipeg; name of mother: Elizabeth Ann Craney.

British Columbia Marriage Registrations, Registration Number: 1934-09-419009, Ernest George Strachan and Paula Brynildsen; date of marriage: December 24, 1934; place of marriage: Vancouver; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=1a22e552-55cf-458c-93be-ab49f6b878c0.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL2J-GQP : accessed 9 March 2015), Ernest George Strachan, 15 Oct 1937; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13160, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,953,193.

Ernest George Strachan, death notice, Vancouver Province, October 16, 1937, page 17; Vancouver Sun – Oct 16, 1937, page 17, http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=wTBlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=GokNAAAAIBAJ&pg=1339%2C2127896: “Strachan – Passed away suddenly October 15, Ernest George Strachan, in his 44th year. He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, father and mother, one brother and two sisters, Robert and Mrs. L.G Couzens, all of the city, and Mrs. C.W. Traves of Calgary. He served overseas in the Army Service Corps. Funeral will be held Monday, October 18, at 2 p.m. from the parlors of the Independent Funeral Service Ltd., 705 W. Broadway, Rev. Dr. Henderson officiating. Interment in Forest Lawn Memorial Park.”

Possible daughter of Napoleon de Bellefeuille

The death notice for “Norman Bellefeuille” [sic] in the Vancouver Province, March 9, 1937, page 19, says “Born in 1864, he is survived by his wife and one daughter, Mrs. E.G. Strachan, in Vancouver. There is another daughter in Montreal.” There is no other information on this unnamed daughter.

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