|This tintype (a photographic print on metal) of Léandre Sauriol and Olympe Bergeron was in the possession of Charles Sauriol and became part of the collection he bequeathed to Toronto Archives. It seems, judging from the clothing and their ages, to have been taken in the late 1860s or possibly 1870s, and is heavily retouched. Charles Sauriol thought, after examining the image, that Léandre might have had false teeth.|
The image on the left reconstructs the outfit of a soldier of the Compagnies franche de la Marine dressed for winter about the time that Pierre Sorieul came to Canada. The more idealized one on the right dates from 1757.
Quickly tracing the connection to the Hood family, Pierre's son Louis Sauriol (1727-1805) married Marie-Josephte Couvret in 1751, in Saint-Martin, Quebec (now part of Laval), where the family lived for several generations. Their son Louis-Charles Sauriol (1753-1834) married Marie-Clémence Taillefer in 1774; they in turn had a son named Jean-Baptiste Sauriol who married Judith Cédillot Montreuil in 1804.
Incidentally, much of this information was collected by a Quebec priest named Timothée Sauriol in his Notes genéalogiques sur les familles Sauriol et Brien dit Desrochers, which is available on microfilm and in an original copy at the Toronto Reference Library. There are also print directories of vital records for the Saint-Martin area, and with the release of the Drouin Collection of Quebec records through Ancestry.com, the original birth, marriage and death records for most of these families are now universally available.
Jean-Baptiste's son Léandre Sauriol (pictured at the top of this post) was born about 1826 in Saint-Martin. He married Olympe Bergeron (born sometime after 1833) there on August 9, 1852. By 1855 the couple had moved to Williamstown, Ontario. They had a big family, and several of their sons became machinists and moved to Toronto, where they found work with the Gendron manufacturing company, which assembled electric railway cars; it also became known for its baby carriages.
The sad story is that the older couple came to Toronto to visit the younger generation in April 1897 and stayed at a rooming house or hotel on Parliament near Dundas. Not being familiar with gas lighting, they "blew out the candle" at bedtime and were both asphyxiated. They're buried at St. Michael's Cemetery at St. Clair and Yonge.
Most of the family members had nicknames, so it's difficult to match official records with verbal recollections, but it seems likely that they had 12 children, who were:
1. Herma, born about 1834, who died around the age of 24.
|Here's the formidable Aunt Liz, all in black at a beach outing (perhaps in Toronto?) with Barbara and Hugh Hood, so in the early 1930s when she was in her early 70s.|
|Aunt Liz's son Charlie McKinnon|
6. Joseph (born about 1864) left home at 12 and worked as a blacksmith in Cornwall, then as a dredgeman on the Tey Canal at Perth, Ontario. He was also engineer at Gendron from about 1891 to 1924, then worked as a maintenance man at St. Mary's Hospital on Jarvis Street in Toronto, under the Soeurs de la Misericorde. His son Charles said "My father never earned more than $30 a week, and when he died he owned four houses. He owned number 11, number 13 and number 15 Munro, and 388 Leslie Street." His children were Eugene, Marie, Joseph, Marguerite, Harry, Leon and Charles.
|Marie Sauriol with friends. Copy from a photo collection lent to me by Charles Sauriol in the 1980s and now likely with Toronto Archives.|