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
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64 LAMBERT BODART - CELESTINE WOLPUT From the files of Mrs. Mildred Hannon, deceased; donated by Marjorie Hannon Pifer, 815 Summer Street, Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701 Lambert Joseph Bodart was born September 7, 1829 in Grez-Doiceau, Belgium, the son of Jean Baptiste Bodart and Jeanne-Joseph Lambeau. In april 1852, Lambert married Marie Celestine Wolput, the daughter of Constant Wolput and Marie Vanneput. Lambert and Celestine had one daughter born in Belgium before they departed for the United States in 1853. They had 7 other children after they settled in Wisconsin. 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, "He 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 human way." Lambert Bodart died July 3, 1902 and his wife died April 18,1902. JEAN COLLIN - ANTOINEITE LHOST 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 on May 15, 1823. They purchased 40 acres of land upon their arrival in the Town of 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 and 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 when harvesting or plowing a field. John served as a Private in the Wisconsin Drafted 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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