So I am digging around in the parish records of Ste. Croix and I find myself wishing Benoni Boisvert dead. And why? Because there are two of him and I only need one for my story.
How am I going to pick? Both Benonies were born in 1810. In fact, they were born two months apart: one to my GGGGgrandparents Antoine and Angel (Desrocher) Boisvert and the other to Joseph and Marie (Hamel) Boisvert. They were probably cousins.
And one of them (only one) is a “bedeau” or beadle in the 1851 Canadian census for Ste. Croix. And a beadle is a lay official in a church who might help with keeping order or civil functions. Being a beadle would explain why there is a Benoni Boisvert attending a good number of deaths when my ancestors were stricken with cholera in 1834. Not just Boisvert deaths, but any death in the community.
And so I find myself in the regrettable position of wishing to find a short life in these parish records because how else will I find out if my ancestors were interred by Antoine’s son or his nephew if one of the Benonies doesn’t die off quick?