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MONUMENT IN RIVIÈRE-OUELLE

At our annual meeting in Rivière-Ouelle on September 18, 2004, some 150 participants attended the dedication of a commemorative monument and the unveiling of a commemorative plaque in the parish cemetery. Our president Richard stressed the importance of this act: “For thousands of years, men and women have left tangible proofs of their presence on the land on which they lived. Throughout the world, old stones and commemorative monuments remind us of our numerous forebears who forged links in the chain of life. The Dubés of America, proud of their origins and history, established an association not only to discover their common roots and the migrations of Dubé families but also to attest of their presence.”

 “Today, by dedicating this monument and by unveiling this commemorative plaque, we make an act of commemoration, perhaps the most important since the founding of the Association. Indeed, it is here in Rivière-Ouelle that the children born to Mathurin and Marie established their families and set up the ramifications of a tall and large family tree. The Saint-Jean parish on Orléans Island was the birthplace of the first Dubés born in America; it was the family’s first cradle. Later, Rivière-Ouelle and the surrounding area became the place where our ancestors’ five children settled and continued the fabulous budding of Dubés in America. Our ancestor Mathurin Dubé lived some 30 years on the shores of the St. Lawrence River. He was 34 years old when he arrived in Quebec City, nearly 40 years of age when he married. He was 55 years old when he moved to the Rivière-Ouelle area. At his death, he was about 65 years of age.”

“The commemorative plaque indicates the major places and dates associated to Mathurin, Marie and their five children: Mathurin (son), Madeleine, Louis, Pierre and Laurent. Travellers and visitors who spend a few moments here, at the cemetery’s entrance, will read these historical nuggets and remember that before them, in the 1600s, a Dubé planted his roots in America. To those of you who come to this place, please remember that a young man from Vendée and a young King’s Daughter gave birth to a prolific progeny. Their names are forever engraved in bronze.”

Our founding president, Charles-Henri Dubé, also addressed the Dubé participants before the dedication of the monument: “This is an important moment in the life of the Association. This is a memorable day in the history of our large and beautiful family. Indeed, we want to pay homage to our ancestor Mathurin, his wife Marie Campion and his sons, who established their roots where we now stand in Rivière-Ouelle. Let us also pay homage to their descendants and spouses who anchored our family name in all areas of America. Let us warmly thank and congratulate all men and women who contributed to this important event. Let us now unveil this monument, which will attest to our faithfulness towards our ancestors.”

By their exceptionally generous support to the Commemorative Fund, several Association members made possible the unveiling of this monument. Numerous visitors who come to this place, where other founding families sharing the same cradle have also erected their own commemorative monuments, take a moment to remember our first ancestors and to take pictures near the monument.

 

 

 

 

MONUMENT IN RIVIÈRE-OUELLE

 

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