Hector Perrault and Jessie O’Neil

Jessie O'Neil and Hector PerraultJoseph Toussaint Hector Emmanuel Perrault (Hector) was the father of Robert Perrault and the fifth child of Nazaire Perrault and Demerise Simoneau. He was born on 11 Sep 1896 in Montréal, Quebec.1,2 Four elder siblings were born in Boston, Massachusetts, but Nazaire and Demerise returned to Montréal before Hector’s birth. In the late 1890’s, the Perrault family returned to the United States and settled in New York City.

Apparently, Nazaire was unable to care for the younger Perrault children after the death of their mother in 1907, and some were placed in orphanages. Hector was placed in the Mount Loretto Home on Staten Island. Nazaire may have returned with the children to Montréal before 1910 because no member of the family can be located in the 1910 U.S. Census; however, no members of this family can be located in the 1911 Canadian Census either.

On 29 Nov 1917, at the age of 21, Hector married Jessie O’Neil in New York City.3

Jessie O’Neil was born on 29 Dec 1897 in Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire (now Cumbria County), England. Her parents were Edwin George O’Neil, a steelworks laborer, and Jemima Connolly.4 Edwin was also born in England, but his father, Peter O’Neil, was born in County Down, Ireland, and the family may have originated in Scotland. Jessie departed from Liverpool on the steamship City of New York and arrived at Ellis Island on 31 Jul 1916.5 According to the ship’s manifest, Jessie traveled alone with $25 in her possession. She was described as being five foot four and one-half inches tall and having a fair complexion, light hair and grey eyes. Her sponsor was Mrs. Olley, an aunt, who resided at 298 Jay St., Brooklyn, New York. Jessie worked as a button holer in a textile factory, but it is not clear whether this was in England or New York.

Hector and Jessie are included in the 1920 U.S. Census as residents of Brooklyn, New York with their son Raymond who was then eighteen months old. Hector’s occupation was listed as “millinery salesman.”6 The 1930 U.S. Census shows them as residents of Dumont, Bergen County, New Jersey with their sons Raymond, now eleven years old, and Robert, seven years old. Again, Hector’s occupation is listed as “millinery salesman.”7 The 1940 U.S. Census shows Hector and Jessie residing in the Bronx, New York, with their son Raymond who was 21 years old at the time. Hector states that he was a salesman of wholesale millinery.8

Besides their two sons, Hector and Jessie had a daughter, Yvonne, who was born in 1920 and died in 1921.9 In both the 1920 and 1930 census, Hector indicates that he immigrated to the United States in 1897. However, his younger brother Henry Honoré Hanuidas Perrault was born in Montréal in 1898,10 so the year of his immigration may be incorrect.

Jessie died on 9 Jun 1947 in New York City at the age of forty-nine.11 After Jessie’s death, Hector married Margaret Louise Byerly of Winston-Salem, North Carolina on 13 Nov 1947.12 After retiring from millinery sales, Hector and Margaret moved to Winston-Salem. They later moved to Boynton Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida where Hector died on 23 Aug 198013 at the age of eighty-three.

Notes and Sources:
1“Québec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967” [database on-line], digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), St-Jacques le Majeur de Montréal P.Q. Registres B.M.S. 1896, page 55, baptism entry 437 Jos. Toussaint Hector Emmanuel Perreault.
2Nazaire Perrault Family Bible, The Holy Bible, new edition of version known as Haydock’s Bible, (New York: John Williams & Co., 1886); original owned after 1990 by Judith (Perrault) Delmar [The Perrault Family bible passed from Nazaire Perrault to his son Hector, to Hector’s son Robert, to Robert’s daughter Judith].
4Registrar General, England Birth Certificate, (Southport: General Register Office), Birth Registrations, District and Sub-district of Barrow in Furness, County of Barrow; 1st Qtr 1898, vol 8e, pg 857, #308, Jessie O’Neil [certified copy of birth entry].
5Ship City of New York, manifest pg 0247 (Second Cabin Passengers), Arrival 31 Jul 1916, Ellis Island Records, database and digital image, (http://www.ellisislandrecords.org), entry for Jessie O’Neill.
61920 U.S. Census, Kings County, New York, population schedule, Brooklyn Assembly Distict 3, ED 182, page 12-B (penned), dwelling 99, family 261, Hector A. Perrault household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); citing NARA microfilm publication T625 roll T625_1149.
71930 U.S. Census, Bergen County, New Jersey, population schedule, Dumont, ED 2-38, page 14A (penned), dwelling 316, family 339, Hector Perrault household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); citing NARA microfilm publication T626 roll 1311.
81940 U.S. Census, Bronx County, New York, population schedule, New York, 8 A.D., ED 3-1345-A, page 12A (penned), household 291, Hector Perrault household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); citing NARA microfilm publication T627 roll T627_2494.
9Perrault Family Bible.
10“Québec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967” [database on-line], digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), St-Brigide-de-Montréal P.Q. Registres B.M.S. 1898, leaf 148, baptism entry 565, Honoré Hormisdas Perrault.
11“New York, New York, Death Index, 1862-1948” [database on-line], database entry, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 12 May 2014), Jessica Perrault, 9 Jun 1947, certificate #5933.
12Perrault Family Bible.
13Social Security Death Index: U.S., (Broderbund Family Archive #110, Ed. 6), Vol.2, M-Z, entry for Hector Perrault.