Nazaire Perrault and Demerise Simoneau

Nazaire PerraultMarie Nazaire Perrault was the grandfather of Robert Perrault and the fifth of fourteen children of Jules Perrault and Marie Consigny. He was born on 9 Jun 1859 in Montréal, Québec, Canada and baptized on the same day in the basilica of Notre-Dame de Montréal.1

In the 1861 Canadian Census for Montréal, Nazaire is listed at the age of 2 in the household of his parents, Jules and Marie, with his sister Délia who was 5 years old.2 In the 1881 Canadian Census for the Ste-Cunegonde subdistrict in Montréal, Nazaire is listed at the age of 22 in his parents’ household along with seven siblings.3

Nazaire emigrated to the United States in 1884,4 probably to seek employment, and married Marie Philomène Demerise Simoneau in Our Lady of Victories Church in Boston, Massachusetts on 8 Jul 1888.5,6 Their Massachusetts marriage registration record shows that Nazaire was a clerk and Demerise was an “operative”.
Nazaire Perrault and Demerise Simoneau -- St-Romuald d’Etchemin
Marie Philomène Demerise Simoneau was baptized in St-Romuald d’Etchemin in Lévis, Québec, Canada on 11 Jan 1864.7 She was the first child of François Simoneau and Philomène Jalbert who were married in St-Romuald d’Etchemin on 10 Nov 1863.8 François was the son of François Simoneau and Margaret Topping;9 Philomène was the daughter of Alphonse Jalbert and Rose Beaudoin.10

Nazaire and Demerise had eight children:

  1. a daughter, born 2 Feb 1889 and died 2 Feb 1889 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.11
  2. Mary Alice Perrault, born 3 Dec 1890 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts; died 2 Feb 1891 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.12
  3. Alexander William Perrault, born 1 Jan 1892 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts; died 1 Mar 1906 in New York City, New York.13
  4. Francis Gaspard Perrault, born 27 Nov 1894 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts;14,15 married Victoria Stella Aurora Hétu on 10 Dec 1917 in Schenectady, Schenectady County, New York; married Gertrude Deyo Ostrander abt. 1927; died Mar 1958 in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey.16
  5. Joseph Toussaint Hector Emmanuel Perrault, born 11 Sep 1896 in Montréal, Quebec, Canada;17 married Jessie O’Neil on 29 Nov 1917 in New York;18 married Margaret Louise Byerly on 14 Nov 1947;19 died 23 Aug 1980 in Boynton Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida.20
  6. Henry Honoré Hormisdas Perrault, born 8 Sep 1898 in Montréal, Quebec, Canada;21 died 16 Oct 1901 in New York City, New York.22
  7. Yvonne Alphonsine Perrault, born 10 Dec 1901 in New York City, New York;23 married Léopold Beauchamp on 16 June 1923 in Hochelaga, Quebec, Canada;24 died 27 Nov 1935 in Montréal, Quebec, Canada.25
  8. George Octave John Perrault, born 5 Jun 1905 in New York City, New York.26

Nazaire and Demerise were included in the 1900 U.S. Census for Charlestown, Suffolk County, Massachuesetts with children William A. (age 8), Francis (age 5), Hector (age 3), and Antonara (Honoré?) (age 1). Both Nazaire and Demerise indicated that they immigrated in 1884 and that they had been 16 years in the United States.27

Demerise died in Manhattan on March 25, 190728,29 at the age of forty-three. Nazaire married Marguerite Foubert on September 6, 1914.30

Nazaire and Marguerite were included in the 1920 U.S. Census as residents of Brooklyn, New York. Nazaire’s occupation was listed as “reserving clerk” for a steamship company. He indicates that he became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1892.31 Nazaire returned to Montréal, probably after Marguerite’s death in 1936 in New York City, where he died on 28 Oct 1937 at the age of seventy-eight.32

Notes and Sources:
1“Québec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967″ [database on-line], digital image, (, Notre-Dame de Montréal P.Q. Registres B.M.S. 1859, entry 1225, baptism Marie Nazaire Perrault.
21861 Census of Canada [database on-line], Montréal, Canada East, page 151, entry for Jules Perreault; digital image, (; citing Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Census Returns for 1861; Roll C-1247.
31881 Census of Canada, Ste-Cunégonde, Hochelaga, Québec, Population schedule, district 91, subdistrict G, division 1; p. 75, family: 412, line numbers 12-21, Jules Perreault household; digital images, ( : accessed 19 Feb 2011); citing “Census of Canada, 1881.” Statistics Canada Fonds, Record Group 3 1-C-1. LAC microfilm C-13162 to C-13286. Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa.
41900 U.S. Census, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Charlestown District, ED 1192, sheet 20A (penned), dwelling 191, family 389, Nazere Perreult household; digital image, (, citing NARA microfilm publication T623 roll 676.
5“Marriages Registered in the City of Boston for the Year 1888,” Vol 390/Pg 121, Nazaire Perrault and Mary P.D. Simoineau; Massachusetts State Archives, Boston, MA.
6Nazaire 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].
7St-Romuald d’Etchemin (Lévis) Registres B.M.S. 9 Oct 1854 – 30 Dec 1872 (microfilm, call #4M00-0381, Régional Office Archives nationales du Québec), baptism 6, Marie Philomène Simoneau.
8St-Romuald d’Etchemin (Lévis) Registres B.M.S., pg. 140, marriage 15, entry for Simoneau-Jalbert.
9“Québec Vital and Church Records,” St-Joseph de Lauzon Registres B.M.S. 1842, leaf 33, baptism 120, Frs. Xavier Sanschagrin dit Simoneau.
10“Québec Vital and Church Records,” St-Joseph-de-la-Pointe-Levy (Lauzon), Registres B.M.S. 1844, leaf 57, b.210, Philomène Jalbert.
11“Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988” [database on-line], digital image, ( : accessed 18 Apr 2012) Still-Born Infants in Boston 1889, #46, Parents: Nazaire & Demerise Perrault.
12Perrault Family Bible.
15“Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988,” Births registered in the City of Boston During the Year 1894, #11067 Gasper Francis Perrault.
16Perrault Family Bible.
17“Québec Vital and Church Records,” St-Jacques le Majeur de Montréal P.Q. Registres B.M.S. 1896, page 55, baptism 437, Jos. Toussaint Hector Emmanuel Perreault.
18Perrault Family Bible.
20Social Security Death Index: U.S., (Broderbund Family Archive #110, Ed. 6), Vol.2, M-Z, entry for Hector Perrault.
21“Québec Vital and Church Records,” St-Brigide-de-Montréal P.Q. Registres B.M.S. 1898, leaf 148, baptism 565, Honoré Hormisdas Perrault.
22Perrault Family Bible.
24Robert Perreault, Les familles PERREAULT du Québec, Vol 1; Le Groupe de Nicolas Perrot et de Madeleine Raclos, (Perreault, 2002), p. 237.
26Perrault Family Bible.
271900 U.S. census, Suffolk Co., Mass., sheet 20A, dwell. 191, fam. 389, Nazere Perreult.
28Perrault Family Bible.
29“New York, New York, Death Index, 1862-1948″ [database on-line], database entry, ( : accessed 12 May 2014), Demerise Perrault, 25 Mar 1907, certificate #10599.
30Perrault Family Bible.
311920 U.S. Census, Kings County, New York, population schedule, Brooklyn, Assembly District 7, ED 375, p. 6-A (penned), dwelling 46, family 139, Nazaire Perrault household; digital image, (; citing NARA microfilm publication T625 roll T625_1154.
32“Québec Vital and Church Records,” Montréal Cimetières de l’est Registres 1937, pg 272, entry 23818, Perrault Nazaire.