NameJoseph Leduc63,65
Birth28 Oct 1829, Saint-Cesaire, Rouville, Quebec, Canada104,105
Immigration? 1831, United States Age: 1
Census28 Aug 1850, Leicester, Addison, Vermont106 Age: 20
Residence1864, Minnesota107 Age: 34
Reside MemoFrom 1895 MN census
Census19 Jul 1870, Belgrade, Nicollet, Minnesota80 Age: 40
Census1 May 1875, Belgrade, Nicollet, Minnesota108 Age: 45
Census22 Jun 1880, Belgrade, Nicollet, Minnesota109 Age: 50
Census18 Jun 1885, Mankato, Blue Earth, Minnesota110 Age: 55
Census22 Jun 1895, Belgrade, Nicollet, Minnesota107 Age: 65
Census MemoBirthplace as “S.C.”
Census30 Jun 1900, Belgrade, Nicollet, Minnesota75 Age: 70
Census MemoImmigration 1831
Census13 Jun 1905, Belgrade, Nicollet, Minnesota111 Age: 75
Death4 Feb 1908, Kerns, Belgrade, Nicollet, Minnesota Age: 78
Death MemoDeath certificate, W. W. Leduc death certificate (CA #47-060884)
Burial6 Feb 1908, Kerns Oak Grove Cemetery, Belgrade, Nicollet, Minnesota112
Alias/AKAJoseph Legget (1850), Joseph Ladduck (1870)
OccupationFarm laborer (1850), farmer (1870, 1900), landlord (1905)
FatherJoseph Leduc (1798-1878)
Spouses
BirthOct 1827, Quebec, Canada
Immigration1849, United States Age: 21
Census19 Jul 1870, Belgrade, Nicollet, Minnesota80 Age: 42
Census1 May 1875, Belgrade, Nicollet, Minnesota108 Age: 47
Census22 Jun 1880, Belgrade, Nicollet, Minnesota109 Age: 52
Census18 Jun 1885, Mankato, Blue Earth, Minnesota113 Age: 57
Census22 Jun 1895, Belgrade, Nicollet, Minnesota107 Age: 67
Census MemoBirthplace as “B.A.”
Census30 Jun 1900, Belgrade, Nicollet, Minnesota75 Age: 72
Census13 Jun 1905, Belgrade, Nicollet, Minnesota111 Age: 77
Death11 Dec 1907, Kerns, Belgrade, Nicollet, Minnesota114 Age: 80
Burial13 Dec 1907, Kerns Oak Grove Cemetery, Belgrade, Nicollet, Minnesota115
Alias/AKAEmily Desmois, Emily Desmaris
Marriageabt 1852
ChildrenAlmina (1854-1933)
 Philip Emmet (~1854-1944)
 William Willard (1856-1947)
 Henry D. (1866-1943)
 Rosetta (Died as Child) (1867-1869)
 son (Died as Child) (1870-<1880)
 Dora E. (1871->1933)
 John Joseph (1873-1948)
 Ben
Notes for Joseph Leduc
He fits into the profile for the 1840 census return as the son born 1825-1830.

Elsie Trask interview: they had 9 children, of whom 4 boys and 2 girls lived to adulthood. He was born in Canada and his parents came from France. Adaline Trask letter: He and his wife lived below the hill where the Kerns Cemetery is located. Robert Smith tore down the house about 10 or more years ago [before circa 1976] when he built a new home.

According the 1870 U.S. census (which spelled the name Ladduck [sound it out]), he would have been born in 1826-7. He shown as born in Canada. His parents were both foreign born, and were very likely the Joseph and Sophronia Le Duc in the next household. The 1850 census shows him as age 20 (born ca 1830, rather later) and the age profile of the children shows that Sophia was the second wife of Joseph, thus this Joseph's step-mother. He was attending school at that time.

Joseph Ladduck, #27 in the Belgrade agricultural return of the 1870 census: 45 acres improved, 35 acres unimproved, cash value of farm $900, cash value of machinery and implements $35, $14 wages paid in current year, 2 milk cows, 2 working oxen, 3 other cattle, 3 sheep, 4 swine, cash value of all cattle $175, 160 bu. wheat, 160 bu. indian corn, 75 bu. oats, 10 lbs. wool, 40 bu. Irish potatoes, $5 produce of market garden, 175 lbs. butter, 15 tons hay, 40 gallons molasses, cash value of animals slaughtered or sold for slaughter $34, estimated value of all farm products $425.

The 1880 U.S. census would have him born in 1829. The 1885 census only gives his name but no details on him or his family, not even their names. Is it possible that this might have referred to another Joseph Le Duc?

The 1900 U.S. census shows him born in Canada in Oct. 1825, in the U.S. for 69 years, and naturalized. He had been married for 51 years.

Early tax returns for Nicollet County show him listed just after the elder Joseph Leduc as “Joseph Jr.”

Nicollet Leader, 8 February 1908:
" Joseph LaDuc, an aged and well known resident of Belgrade township, died at 3:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, of cancer of the stomach. He was born at Brandon, Vt., and was eighty-three years of age. He moved to Belgrade township in 1864, and continued to reside there ever since. His wife died Dec. 11 last, but he is survived by four sons and two daughters; John and Philip, Mrs. Trask and Mrs. Goodrich of Belgrade township, William of Herman, and H. D. of Portland, Oregon. The deceased was highly respected by all. The funeral was held from the Kerns church Thursday afternoon. Interment was in the Belgrade Cemetery."84

Note that this reference has him born in Brandon, Vermont, not in Canada as virtually all of the census returns showed.

His headstone reads "Joseph Leduc, 1824-1908."116

There are discrepancies in the year of birth with the information from Patty Wilkowki.104
Medical Notes for Emily (Spouse 1)
Death certificate lists cause of death as pneumonia, suffered for 10 days, with contributory cause of senility. The attending physician was Dr. Aaron Schmitt, of Mankato, Minnesota. The undertakers were Landkammer & Davidson, of Mankato, Minnesota.
Misc. Notes
She would have been born in 1827-8 according to the 1870 U.S. census. She was listed as being born in Canada and unable to read or write. Her parents were both foreign born. She would have been born in 1825 according to the 1880 U.S. census. The 1900 U.S. census gives born Oct 1827 in French Canada, with father born in France and mother born in French Canada. The census confirms Elsie Trask's statement of 9 children with 6 surviving.

The 1905 Minnesota census gives her age as 77 years.

The information on the death certificate was provided by Louis La Duc of Mankato, Minnesota. I see that I don't have him in the database yet he is obviously a relative. Dig out more information.

Nicollet Leader, 21 December 1907:
" Mrs. Joseph LaDuc, who was reported sick with pneumonia last week died last Wed. The funeral took place from the Kerns church last Fri. afternoon and interment was at the Belgrade Cemetery. Mrs. LaDuc was about 80 years old. She came to Belgrade in 1866 and has resided there since. She leaves her aged husband, 4 sons John & Philip of Belgrade, William of Herman, Minnesota. and Henry of Washington and Mrs. Henry Trask and Mrs. David Goodridge of Kerns. A large concourse of friends and neighbors escorted the remains to the church and Cemetery. She was held in high esteem by all who knew her."84

Her headstone reads "Emily Leduc, 1826-1907."116

Note that the 1857 territorial census shows a Xarien Desmarais, age 38, living in T111, R26, of Nicollet County with his family. Some of the references I have list Emily's surname as Desmarais, so these may be relatives. (r. 3, p. 282), wife Rosette, age 30, children Xarien, 11, Rose, 8, Melia, 6, and Peter, 1.

Both Desmarais and Daignau surnames are seen in the area of Saint-Cesaire, Rouville, Quebec, where her husband was born. The Desmois surname is also seeen in the area.

There was a Henry Daigneau and Martha Daigneau listed with the nearby family of George W Fletcher at the 1885 Minnesota census.
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