A fresh look at Linden Street

A view of Linden Road, in entrance of Sacred Coronary heart Church, trying north; nearly the entire homes had been multiple-family dwellings. 143 Linden Road is the second constructing previous, and beside, the church.

The slides my father took on my First Communion Sunday, 15 Could 1966, in Fall River, Massachusetts, function a colourful time capsule of a bygone period. Sacred Coronary heart Church, now closed, as soon as lined the most important geographical parish within the heart of town. On that morning, greater than 60 kids, women in white and boys in black, having fasted for twelve hours in preparation for communion, processed into church with disciplined precision. We returned to church within the afternoon to obtain scapulars, prayer books, and rosaries, after which processed out of the church east alongside Pine Road for the Could crowning.

I’m the third boy from the left. Not lengthy after the event, my mom stopped sporting church hats!

From first via fourth grade, as a part of “Patrol Three Linden,” I walked 4 instances a day to and from Sacred Coronary heart Faculty alongside 5 blocks of Linden Road. I knew virtually everybody on that avenue, together with three-generation households. As a six-year-old, I gave little thought as to who lived in these homes on the turn-of-the-twentieth century.

Quick ahead to the current. Unresolved genealogical questions all the time simmer on the again burner. A lacking demise document stays a puzzle to resolve. Take into account the case of my Vermont-born father-in-law’s great-grandmother, Flavie Coté. In 1843, she married widower Michel Marquis in L’isle Verte, Québec, 286 miles northeast from Montréal. Flavie bore 13 kids over the subsequent 20 years. By the mid- 1860s, farm households just like the Marquises might not wrest a residing from exhausted soil, they usually moved into the Jap Townships, the place within the 1871 Canada census Michel, Flavie, and several other of their kids had been counted within the city of Durham, Québec. Michel Marquis died in 1882; his kids broadly scattered, usually discovering seasonal work in New England’s mill cities. Flavie has not been present in Canada’s 1891 census, a possible indication she was then residing with one among her kids in america.

A lot to my shock in 1900, I discovered “Fivali” Marquis residing at 143 Linden Road in Fall River[1] — a home I had handed lots of of instances!

Flavie’s eldest daughter, thrice-widowed Melvina Adam, headed the family which included 4 daughters who labored within the mills. Errors abound in “Fivoli’s“ census line, together with her age, off by 4 years; the variety of years married; and the variety of residing and deceased kids. Though Flavie and household lived a stone’s throw from Sacred Coronary heart Church, they might have walked one other mile to attend Mass at Notre Dame Church, the French-speaking parish in Fall River’s Flint Part.

Flavie and household moved once more with the subsequent yr. She died on 15 March 1901 at 78 North Eighth Road, Fall River; her demise certificates is notable in recording appropriately her age, husband’s identify, and fogeys Jacob Cote and Angelique Colombe.[2]

Flavie’s obituary, nonetheless, has numerous curious anomalies:[3]

Mrs. Flavie Cote, widow of Michael Moquin [sic], died at her residence, 78 North Eighth Road, on the superior age of 84 years. She was one of many oldest residents of this metropolis. She leaves a grown-up household most of whom reside out West. The funeral will happen tomorrow.

I don’t know of anybody in her household who went “out west,” however what a pleasant discovery to have made that my French-Canadian Vermont household touched down in my outdated neighborhood.


[1] 1900 U.S. Census, Fall River, Bristol, Mass., E.D. 155, p. 5. At the least 4 different households lived in the home.

[2] Mass. VRs, 1841–1910, 516:191. She is buried in Notre Dame Cemetery, Fall River.

[3] Fall River Each day Herald, 15 March 1901, 8.