52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Marie Cote’


Marie Cote’ was born in Feb 1858 Canada to Xavier and Felicite Cote.1 She married Hilaire Fontaine  in 1876 at St. Michel, Sherbrooke, Québec.2 They had seven children, the eldest two being born in Quebec and the balance born in the United States.

Joseph Ernest b. 31 May 1877 in Sherbrooke, Quebec3
Prosper John b. 10 Feb 1880 in Canada4
Arthur W b. abt Oct 1880 in New Hampshire5
Sophia R b. abt Mar 1883 in Massachusetts6
Cora b. abt Mar 18857
Rosa Mae b. March 30, 1888 in Lancaster, NY8
Willie Grover b. 1 Jul 1894 in Vermont9

In 1880, the family moved from Quebec to New Hampshire.10 Once in the United States the family changed their name from Fontaine to Springer. Marie lost her first husband on 10 Jun 1895 in Worcester, VT due to an accident. It was thought for over 100 years that Marie never remarried. Research into her life shows that she married at least one more time after the death of Hilaire.

In 1910, Marie / Mary is found living with her daughter Rosa Mae and her family in Moreau, Saratoga, New York. It is here that we saw the first glimpse of a possible marriage, as her last name is listed as Robichaud, though there is no husband enumerated with her. Marie married Joseph C. Robichaud on 23 Sep 1901 in Rumford, ME.11 This was Joseph’s first marriage.  Joseph and Marie have not been found in the 1920 US Federal Census. By 1930, the census tells us that Marie has moved to Chicago and is divorced and she has reverted to using the name Springer.12 No records have been found to confirm the time and place of Marie’s death. Family legend states that she moved from Chicago back to the east coast and died there in the 1950’s.13



  1. 1900 US Federal Census and Robichaud – Fontaine Marriage 

  2. Fontaine-Cote’ Marriage 

  3. WWII Draft Registration 

  4. 1900 US Federal Census 

  5. 1900 US Federal Census 

  6. 1900 US Federal Census 

  7. 1900 US Federal Census 

  8. O’Connell – Springer Marriage 

  9. Willie Grover Springer Birth 

  10. 1900 US Federal Census 

  11. Robichaud – Fontaine Marriage 

  12. 1930 US Federal Census 

  13. Family interviews, names withheld for privacy 



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