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.
At some point my grandfather put together a series of photographs of his father.
My grandfather tells us that he owned some property and a “Sucrerie”
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.