This is quite a while after you asked but this is a note my great aunt wrote: It soulds like your great grandfather is/was my great uncle. I never met him but do remember some of his brothers & sisters.
For Jessie (Lupien) Witbeck who asked me for the family history. This is the best I know from what I gathered here and there from Grandma Lupien, and Grandpa Lupien, and Father, and Aunt Sarah Lupien Levitre.
My father, Edmond A. Lupien, was born in Arthabaska, Canada Aug. 22nd, 1844, son of John Lupien, Jr. His father was John Laboron, born in France. He was the man of war. Every man of war was under him, and he, John Laboron, was King Louis 16th’s first cousin. During the religious war, the Catholics against the Protestants, that is, all the those who read the Bible, the Catholics forbade every one, whoever they were, to read the Bible. They claimed that the Pope, and Bishops, and Priests were the only ones who could understand it, so, as they were constantly in the King’s palace, and obliging the King to do what they, the clergy wished, they won him over to fight against the Protestants. About the year 1772, when the war had been going on for some time, our Great Grandfather, John Laboron, told his best friend since birth that he could not see why people could have liberty of the mind as well as liberty of limbs to kill others, for all could not believe only one way. “It does not seem right to tell us to abuse and kill others because they do not believe as we do. They have just as much right to life as we have, but the Pope and all his class say not, and that you must get rid of all those who oppose the Catholic doctrine, for the clergy holds the world power, and every one must obey his orders. I, John Laboron, feel that every one born ought to have his mind free to do as he thinks best, for those who read the Bible are serving God the best they can, and so are we, only we must do as the Pope down to the lowest Priest tell us to do. That we must do or be abused or killed as they see fit. They claim to have the power from God, and we must obey.”
Two days after John Laboron said this to his friend, the friend had told the Priest confessor of the army. He in turn reported to the Bishop and Pope, and they sent word that he, the first man of war, John Laboron, must be shot on Friday morning at 9:00 o’clock, for he was not fit to live for not favoring the unbearable orders of the catholic clergy.
Soldiers then made him a prisoner of war - men who had been trained in war by him since the age of 7 years. They tied both hands behind him, and his feet were secured fast, too, and they obliged him to lay on his back on a little straw which had been strewn upon the ground. This was on a Thursday, late afternoon. He then prayed to God, who he feared greatly, and promised that if he would grant him and his family the liberty which he himself believed should be permitted, even to his own family, by not obliging them to be members of the Catholic Church, nor obliging them to teach others to be Catholic, that all would do as their consciences would permit them, for all cannot be of the same opinion.
At about 12:00 o’clock that night he managed to slip his hands free, and then soon had his feet freed, and as all the French people are heavy wine drinkers, and the soldiers had been drinking, and perhaps more than they should, for they thought the world of their Commander-in-Chief. There were four men inside the camp with him and many outside. John Laboron soon crawled outside and it took him until Monday night to reach home and family.
A few days after that he and his family were on an English ship sailing towards England, under the name of John Laboron di Lupien “di means “said” Lupien, for all the Lupiens in France were Protestant, and Laborons Catholic. Just after they had crossed the water line from France the ship officers had the signal sent to them from France that they had the first man of war, the most valuable man in France on their ship as a deserter.
Of course, Great Grandpa knew all the signs the ship was receiving in regards to his escape. He went to work at once and told all his family not to forget that their name was now Lupien. When the officers called on every one on the ship for their names, and found that the children from 2 years to 9 said “Lupien”, they decided that must be their names. More then this they asked the 4 1/2 year old child “Where is your father. You stand here alone.” He ran to his father, John Laboron. Then the officers told him, John Laboron, that he tallied with all the descriptions given them from the French shore, and felt it was their duty to put him under arrest as a deserter, and the smartest man in France at that. Great Grandpa answered, “It is your duty to put me under arrest if you feel sure that I as the man that you are looking for, but be sure that you do not make any mistake, for you know what trouble you will be in if you take the wrong man.” So they let him reach England with his family.
He sailed for Canada under the same name, John Laboron [said] di Lupien, and that was the second time he had signed his name John Laboron di [said] Lupien. He lost no time in applying for his papers to become a French-Canadian subject under the English government.
A few years after the war was over in France the French government asked England for the right to go to English Canada in order to take John Laboron di Lupien back to France as a deserter, for he was too smart and valuable a man to loose to any other country. But, as he was already making himself useful to his new country and home, someone came and told his wife that they were already in Canada, and even told her how near they, the French officers, were. She took a feather bed to the hay loft of their barn and lay a few loose boards so they would make a noise as if the floor was old and weak to walk upon, and covered the feather bed with hay. She told Great Grandpa, John Laboron di Lupien, when he came home, to walk past a neighbor’s house so they could tell the officers that he had been seen going the other way. He went, and in the darkness of night he came back to his home. He went to the barn and lay on the feather bed. He had been there only a few hours when he heard the officers coming. He heard his wife tell them that he had gone in a certain direction, so some went as she said, and others searched the premises, and in the hayloft, and they pierced through the hay with their bayonets. They struck him through the thigh just below the hip, but he made no sound, nor moved. He heard the soldiers say there was no use looking further there for no man could be found after that fearful work of theirs, so some half dozen men slept on the hay till morning. Then the remaining men came back and asked, “Have you seen the smartest man yet?” They talked about the work they did, and not having found their man, they asked John Laboron Lupien’s wife when she expected him. She told them that as he was employed by the State, she never knew when he would return. They then asked her for breakfast, which she gladly gave them. She was a smart woman, and brave, and knew the law as well as any man.
A couple of years later the French Government made the same request and this time they did the same thing in his barn, but his wife had taken the feather bed to the barn of one of their neighbors while the neighbors were away, and she knew that there was no one for five miles to see her. She left her children and those of her neighbor and drove to put the feather bed in the neighbor’s barn. She came back just three and a 1/2 hours before the officers called. She told the children that she had gone to take the cows in to the barn before the storm. The officers went to the Lupien barn and to the neighbor’s, and performed the same task as before, but they did not find him, although they pierced his ear and about 2 inches on his neck. As before, he made no noise or sound. The French officers said that they would be back again soon, and the length of time was not mentioned to me, but they did come again as before. Great Grandfather remained at home and received the French officers, and told them that he was willing to go to France with them for trial, but for them to be sure that they were not taking an English subject, and that it was better for them to go to the city and look up the records of him having become an English citizen and employed by them. He was considered the most valuable man in Canada. They never caused him any more trouble after that. He brought up twenty-two (22) children, and he had prayed that he might be spared to see all of his twenty-two (22) children at his table and then he would be willing to die. He saw all of his children at his table on New Year’s Day, and he asked God’s blessing before the meal, and then arose after dinner and thanked God for his blessing to have seen his family at his table. Now he was willing to lie down to die. He died just one week after that. His son Grandfather, John Lupien, was born in Canada and he, too, was Captain in the Canadian and Irish war. The Irish wanted to rule the French Canadians, but they lost that war about the year 1850. After the war, Grandfather John Lupien (he was my father, Edmond A. Lupien’s father) lost all of his property and savings by the war, so he came here to the United States of America, and Grandma Lupien came with the family in the year about 1852 or 1853.
Written by Sophie M. Lupien, to the best of her remembrance, as told by Grandma, Aunt Sara, Uncle Henry, and my father Edmond A. Lupien.
John Laboron di Lupien was one of the wealthiest men in France. His possessions were grapevines and winepresses. My brother, Rev. Edmond D. Lupien, when in France in 1918 paid $2.00 an hour to fine out about Grand, Grandpa Laboron di Lupien’s life and was told that he should be proud, for he was one of the wealthiest, and best beloved, respected man in France.
Great Grandfather John Laboron di (said) Lupien died upon his knees saying his evening prayer. He was, or would have been 108 years old.
My grandfather, John Lupien, died of dropy of the heart, age 77. He was buried on November 1st, the day that he would have been 78 years old.
My father, Edmond A. Lupien, died on old age April 16, 1935, age 90. He would have been 91 years old August 22, 1935.
My mother’s mother and father both died at the age of 88. My mother died May 4 and she would have been 65 years old the 10th.
Grandma Lupien died at the age of 86.
John Laboron di Lupien was the father of 22 children. His son and namesake, my grandfather, John Lupien, was the father of 12, and his son, your grandfather, had 13, and grand mother Lupien was one of 21 children. Her name was Ellen Marchasault. My mother’s name was Marie Mongon. She also was one of 12 children.
Grandfather John Lupien was Captain in the Irish-French-Canadian War. The Canadians won. The Irish wanted to rule the Canadians. The war of late 1840. He came to the USA in 1835. The family came in early 1854.
The priest was the matchmaker between Grandfather and Grandmother, Capt. John Lupien and Ellen Marchasault. A princess wanted to marry grandfather. She had written as much as three and four letters a week, and also called often at Great Grandfather’s home, but Grandfather was too proud and independent to marry in a royal family because his father had lost his fortune by leaving France, so he told her that he, was a tanner, could not give her a home such as she had enjoyed all her life. She replied that she did not care, for she knew the rank and class to which the family belonged, and was entitled to, but he insisted on refusing, so the parish priest heard of it, hence the match.
Grandfather, John Lupien, Jr., was born November 1 1804, married 1836, died October 29, 1882.
My father was born August 22, 1844 at Arthabaska, Canada, married November 6, 1863, and died May 5, 1910.
Father was a shoemaker. He started the first brass band in North Brookfield, MA. During the first of the Civil War he had the name of having the best family in North Brookfield, MA and also here in Cochituate, and was told of this by a woman by the name of Jessie Riley Clark in 1924.
Your father’s family:
The first born, Adolphe, died at the age of 9 ½ months.
Sophie was a shoe operative.
Alphonse was a shoe operative till 1897, then worked in the Gamewell Fire Alarm Company till 1938, except for a few months.
Joseph was a shoe operative till 1896, then worked in the Gamewell Electric Fire Alarm Box Company, Newton Upper Falls, MA. He made the first fire alarm box of that company. The number was 23. They gave him a bronze charm the exact duplicate of the box.
Adelord was a first class cutter, and called the fair man and trustworthy by all who knew him.
Clara has been a shoe operative, housework girl, schoolteacher, and a trained nurse, graduated from Boston Hospital 1903. Gave up money, life, trade, to keep open house for all the family. Her life has been sacrificed for all, with very little reward, after caring for, and nursing, supporting Father and Mother to the end, and making a home for all who came inside these doors. All who were ill and came home were looked after with the best of care.
Marie married at the age of 44, July 4 1920, to Albert Wilson. She went to California to live.
Edmond d. Lupien has been a preacher since 1901. He preached at Oxford, MA in the Methodist Episcopal Church for18 years. Now he has been in East Pepperell ten years.
Louis was a shoemaker and worked in the Gamewell Electric Fire Alarm Company for 30 years. He spent three years on a farm in Barre, MA. He died May 5. 1919 age 39 years, 11 months, and 8 days.
Henry has been a shoe operative. He made two years of grammar school and four years of high school here at home after his day’s work. Then in 1904, September, he went to Tufts College, working Saturdays and vacation time in the summer, Clara helped him all she could financially. He received his MD degree in 1908. He is a very successful surgeon. He is married and has 2 fine boys.
Enselmo A. Lupien was a shoe cutter and was elected Clerk of the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Natick MA, and was a choir boy. Born August 6, 1883, died December 19, 1903.
Israel has been a man of many trades, but was not strong enough for most of his undertakings. A good church choir singer, and worker. He is good for all public undertakings, always ready to help when called and willing to do anything to help, but his health has been a drawback. It is no fault of his. He has been, and is, Justice of the Peace for about 18 years. He has now a herd of goats, and has the reputation of having the cleanest and best fed herd in the state, so it shows he is willing to work to the fullest of his ability.
David is a first-class engineer, and has been foreman for 16 years in the Worcester Electric Company. He has been 22 years on the job in Worchester. He has two fine children.
LUPIEN FAMILY di Lupien:
John Baron di Villeneuve in Champagne, Creche de Troies (Troyes) in France. It was famous for its Roman Walls, 1st Cousin of Louis XVI
1. John Labaron di Lupien
2. 2. Nicholas Lupien (dit Barron, married to Martha Chevalier)
3. Joseph B. Lupien born 1695 m. Marie Ann Loford in 1720.
4. Antoine Lupien m. 1/5/1771 at Soule, Canada to Madeleine Brule.
5. Epiphone Lupien m. to Marie Louise Dupuis.
6. Antoinne Lupien b. 1826 @ St. Leon m. Sophie Mileete at St. Guillaune.
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