Joseph-Alexis Roch (Ancestor # 5, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, 2015)

Joseph-Alexis Roch, 1911

Joseph-Alexis Roch, 1911

Joseph-Alexis Roch, born 31 August 1858, at St-Norbert, Berthier County, Québec,  was the son of Pierre-Amedee Roch and Domitilde Ferland. Not much is known about his early life. He married Marie-Louise Tellier on 28 January 1879 in St-Gabriel-de-Brandon. In the 1881 census they were recorded at Ile-Dupas and had one daughter, Marie-Emestine who was one month old. Joseph was teaching school.

By 1891 they had moved to St-Cunegonde (part of Montreal). The family had expanded to included Sylvio (1882), Clementine (1886), Charles Edouard Arthur (1888).

Again, in St-Cunegonde, in 1901, the family also included  Alfred (1891), Camille (1893) and Alice (1897). Sylvio was not living with the family.

By 1911 the family was complete with my grandfather, Joseph Pierre Paul (1903) included, while M. Emestine and Sylvio lived elsewhere. Joseph had retired from teaching by 1911 but before that he was apparently the principal of L’ecole Belmont on Rue Guy in St-Cundgonde.

from "An Account of the Schools Controlled by the Roman Catholic Board of School Commissioners of the City of Montreal, Montreal, 1893

from “An Account of the Schools Controlled by the Roman Catholic Board of School Commissioners of the City of Montreal”, Montreal, 1893

At some point my grandfather put together a series of photographs of his father.

"avec Maman, 1914

“avec Maman, 1914 (Marie-Louise Tellier & Joseph-Alexis Roch)

My grandfather tells us that he owned some property and a “Sucrerie”

"a sa Sucrerie 1915" (loosly translated: at his sugar shack, 1915)

“a sa Sucrerie 1915” (loosly translated: at his sugar shack, 1915)

"avec moi, 1925"

“avec moi, 1925” (Joseph-Pierre Paul Roch and Joseph-Alexis Roch, picture must have been flipped at some point since the license plate is mirrored)

J-A. Roch in Boston, 1928

J-A. Roch in Boston, 1928

rochfamilyphoto

c1906

I don’t know much else but a family member said this about him, “…a big man, approx. 6 feet tall, very stern looking & did not stand for any nonsense but had a big heart.” At some point he married a second time (Marie-Louise died in 1920) to Edwidge Bock.  He died at age 69 and was buried on 2 Feb 1929 at Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery in Montreal.

Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery

Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery

Cheers,

Dawn

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3 responses

  1. this is really cool Dawn.Regards Malcolm

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    1. Thanks Malcolm. J-A is from my mom’s side. He’s the first one I have done from that side. All the others belong to you too.

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  2. Stéphanie B. | Reply

    Hi Dawn, J-A his from my mom side too. I am the great granddaughter of Sylvio Roch. Belles photos! Thank’s for sharing. Love it.

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