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Defnet, Mary A.; Ducat, Jean; Eggerickx, Thierry; Poulain, Michel / From Grez-Doiceau to Wisconsin : contribution à l'étude de l'émigration wallonne vers les États-Unis d'Amérique au XIXème siècle

Annexes,   pp. [63]-71 ff. PDF (2.0 MB)

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 From the files of Mrs. Mildred Hannon, deceased; donated by Marjorie Hannon
 815 Summer Street, Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701
        Lambert Joseph Bodart was born September 7, 1829 in Grez-Doiceau,
 the son of Jean Baptiste Bodart and Jeanne-Joseph Lambeau. In april 1852,
 married  Marie Celestine Wolput,  the daughter of Constant Wolput and Marie
        Lambert and Celestine had one daughter born in Belgium before they
 for the United States in 1853. They had 7 other children after they settled
        Lambert Bodart was one of the 21 men who organized the Robinsonville
 Presbyterian Church in 1861. He became one of the church's first members
and was
 one of the 3 Elders, a post he held until his death. There was no Minister
in 1861 and
 Lambert preached some of the sermons.
        Mr. and  Mrs. Lambert  Bodart  are buried in Robinsonville Presbyterian
Cemetery. When Mrs. Bodart died, the Reverend Joseph Maynard said, "For
40 years
she was a faithful and devout member of the Presbyterian Church and she died
in the
faith of the Savior." When Mr. Bodart died, Reverend Maynard said,
leaves an
example of piety, of zeal, and fidelity to be envied. Lambert Bodart and
his wife had
an unbounded faith in Jesus, their Savior. They were humble saints in their
      Lambert Bodart died July 3, 1902 and his wife died April 18,1902.
Information from Alvin and Mary Bader; donated by Mrs. Ida Ann Flavion, 2721
Finger Road, Green Bay, Wisconsin 54301.
      John and Antoinette Collin were among the first settlers of Robinsonville.
John was born in Belgium on June 27, 1828. Antoinette was born in Belgium
May 15, 1823. They purchased 40 acres of land upon their arrival in the Town
Green Bay. The little farm had a stream, a spring, and a rock quarry. In
addition to all
of the other hardships of these new immigrants, John was drafted into service
for the
Civil War at age 35. The War was a setback to many of the new settlers. Women
children were left alone to work the farms as best they could. During these
days, it
was not an uncommon sight to see the Belgian women driving a yoke of oxen
harvesting or plowing a field. John served as a Private in the Wisconsin
Militia. He was in Company H, 34th regiment and served nine months.
      On the 1860 Census, John Collins occupation is listed as farmer. The
value of
the farm was $175 and their personal property was valued at $50.

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