For years I have searched from my grandfather Damien LeBlanc's death and burial record. Burial records for Sacred Heart Cemetery were searched but nothing was found. Death records for Lawrence, Massachusetts yielded nothing. After years of searching, I began to wonder if I would ever find his death record but I was determined to never give up. However, I kept wondering whether or not his death record might be forever lost to me.. or not?
Something I had found in U.S. Census records kept coming back to me. Every time I found my grandfather in a census record, he was listed as "Daniel" LeBlanc. I found these on Ancestry.com and added the "correction" of Damien.
No search in any vitals for Massachusetts ever turned up a death record for Damien. I had copied all of the LeBlanc deaths in Lawrence from the index cards in the City Clerk's office in Lawrence and would go over all of them from time to time never seeing my grandfather's death was on that list. Suddenly one night as I was going to sleep it was like a huge light went on. I sat up straight in bed and remembered that my grandfather Damien no longer showed up in Lawrence City Directories for 1913. Of course, he had always been listed as Damien in those directories so why would I expect to find him under anything but Damien I would ask myself. But when this light went on, I remembered that in my notes I had recorded a Daniel LeBlanc who had died in 1913. Hmmmm.. It was late so I decided to go to sleep and check my notes in the morning.
First thing next morning I took out my notes, went to the Mormon familysearch.org pilot site, typed in the name of Daniel LeBlanc with the death date I had before me and *bingo*!!! There was my grandfather's death record. Now how could I be sure this was my grandfather? Fortunately, a Mrs. Pierre LeBlanc gave the information that he was a widower and that his parents were Sylvin LeBlanc and Dometilde Arsenault. Those were indeed the names of my great grandparents and my grandmother Odille Doiron had preceded him in death at the young age of 42.
To top it off, I later learned that many Acadian men whose names are Damien often change their names to Daniel. This was something unknown to me.
This is proof once again that we should never give up the search no matter what. For years I had my grandfather's death date and place in my notes but didn't even know it. At some point all of the data I had seen over the years, like those census records, converged in my mind and I could finally put this part of my search to rest. Yes, I did the happy dance!
As is quite typical in genealogy research, this mystery has been solved but now I have another mystery? Who was Mrs. Pierre LeBlanc?
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