Joseph Severin S. Albert (1868 - 1949)

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Birthplace: St. Leonard, New Brunswick, Canada
Death: Died in Blue Bell, Victoria, New Brunswick, Canada
Managed by: Russell Varcoe
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About Joseph Severin S. Albert

Notes for Joseph Severin and Katherine Albert

Born 1866 in St. Leonard, N.B., his father died when he was young and his mother re-married a man named Gervais. Joseph Severin was a very determined, some say stubborn, man and was also very tough mentally and physically.

February 18, 1896 he married Katherine Albert, Step-daughter of David and Elodie Cyr, in Grand Falls, N.B. Their first child,Joseph Lucien, was born there March 18, 1898.

In September 1898, when Joseph Lucien was 6 months old, he moved his family to Nahama, Michigan. There he worked as a night watchman(security guard) for a lumber company at their sawmill operation. While in Nahama, they lost several children; probably in child birth or at a very young age. On March 15, 1908 my father, John Laurent, was born.

Nobody seems to know why, but in 1914, the family moved back to Grand Falls, N.B. Joseph Severin probably worked at farm work of some sort while they lived there. On August 20, 1915 they had a daughter, Laura Pauline and two years later a son, Samuel was born. In 1920, the family moved to Bell Grove N.B. where they took up a farm on new land. It was a very small farm with not much of it cleared.Times were very, very hard. Joseph Lucien worked to help support the family and John Laurent could no longer go to school because there wasn't a school there. I remember my father , John Laurent, telling me that he started working when he was 13 years old. It is on this small farm that my grandparents lived until their deaths in the late 1940's.

My grandmother, Katherine Albert, was the step-daughter of David and Elodie Cyr. Her maiden name was also Albert, decendant of Acadien parents. I remember my grandmother Albert as a very sweet, gentle and gracious lady. My mother always told me that she was a "Saint". She had a very tough life and never, ever complained about anything. As previously mentionned, she lost several children in child-birth or at a very early age. Her life in Bell Grove was certainly no picnic, for Bell Grove was back woods country with absolutely nothing there. The closest general store was 6 or 7 miles away. She worked very hard all her life. We must remember that in the era in which she lived, women were considered second class citizens with very few rights.

My grandmother was a very devout catholic. She could often be found in her rocking chair praying the Rosary. During the Second World War, her youngest son Samuel, was a prisoner for two years. During this time she didn't know if he was dead or alive. This had to be a tremendously stressful time for her; think about your own children and how you would feel in the same situation. I remember my grandmother very fondly and wish I could known her better and for a longer period of time.

The following are a few stories told to me about Joseph Severin Albert.

The first one is about a resident of the area who cut his foot while chopping wood . His family bandaged his foot the best they could, but could not stop the bleeding. There were no doctors in the area. After several hours , night arrived and he continued to bleed. His family was afraid he would bleed to death. Then someone suggested they get Joseph Severin to come and help for it was believed he could stop bleeding in other people. A member of the family was sent to get Joseph Severin. It is reported that when he walked into the room, the bleeding stop and the injured man recovered fully.

Was this a coincidence; I mean did the blood finally coagulate at the exact time Joseph Severin walked into the room, or did he, in fact, have some sort of mystical powers. You be the judge.

Another story told to me by my father,John Laurent, has Joseph Severin walking 18 miles from his home in Bell Grove to Grand Falls to have his teeth pulled. He woke up one morning with a toothache and told my grandmother he was going to have all his teeth pulled. The dentist Dr. Verrette told my father the rest of the story.

Arriving in Grand Falls he went to the liquor store and bought a pint of whiskey. After having consumed about half of this he went to see Dr. Verrette and told him he wanted to have all his teeth pulled. Dr. Verrette prepared the syringe to freeze (numb) his mouth so there would be no pain. However, Joseph Severin would have none of it. He told the dentist he had come to have his teeth pulled, not to have his mouth frozen. So the dentist thought he would try to pull a tooth, feeling sure the pain would change my grandfathers mind. That was not the case; the dentist pulled all his teeth without any sort of freezing and Joseph Severin didn't move or utter a word. He left the dentist office and walked 18 miles home, probably drinking the rest of his whiskey on the way. He was 75 years old when this took place.

Joseph Severin was also a horse trader; that is, he liked to buy horses that no one else could train and he would train them. He always had some wild horse that he would work with.

These notes on Joseph Severin and Katherine Albert were written from memory by David Albert, eldest son of John Laurent and Elise Albert.

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Joseph Severin Albert's Timeline

1867
September 26, 1867
St. Bruno's Church, Vanburen Maine
1868
October 19, 1868
St. Leonard, New Brunswick, Canada
1872
November 26, 1872
Age 4
St. Davids Church, Madawaska, Maine
1896
February 18, 1896
Age 27
Grand Falls, New Brunswick, Canada
1898
March 12, 1898
Age 29
New Brunswick, Canada
1901
September 3, 1901
Age 32
1906
January 27, 1906
Age 37
1908
March 13, 1908
Age 39
March 15, 1908
Age 39
Nahma, Michigan, United States
1915
August 20, 1915
Age 46
New Brunswick, Canada