Lizzie’s marriage records gave us more new clues to follow. Not only did we learn that she lived in Montreal, but more importantly, we learned her maiden name. Adding “Elizabeth Nestor” into our search criteria produced a hit within the 1881 Census of Canada, were a 12 year old Elizabeth “Nastor” is found living in Montreal with her very large family.
According to the records, the Nastor family consisted of Lizzie’s:
- Father: Francis Nastor, a 45 year old Cordonnier (French for shoe maker)
- Mother: Mary Nastor (45)
- Sister: Catherine Nastor (22)
- Sister: Bridget Nastor, a 20 year old “servante”
- Brother: Edward Nastor, an 18 year old “garcon de table.” Assuming that he’s a waiter.
- Sister: Margaret Nastor (14)
- Sister: Ellen Nastor (8)
- Brother: John Nastor (6)
- and Attie Durocher (1/12), an infant that is only listed as a “batarde” or the french word for “bastard.” (Yikes!)
But the new information didn’t stop there. In addition to the census results, the search term “Elizabeth Nestor” also lead us to the church records for Lizzie’s baptism. According to those, Lizzie was baptized at the Basilique Notre-Dame located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in February 1868.
Although the baptismal records don’t mention her exact birth date, the fact that the event occurred on “La trois Février” (February 3rd) allows us to make an educated guess that a good, Roman Catholic family would have their newborn baby girl baptized fairly quickly. With Lizzie’s birthday being at the beginning of February 1868, and her wedding date being in June 1885, we can deduce that Lizzie was a seventeen year old bride.
What data to trust?
Lastly, after reading through the results of five censuses, I’m becoming wary of inconsistencies. Take, for example, the last names “Nestor” and “Nastor.” For now, I’m going to make an executive decision that Lizzie’s maiden name is “Nestor,” based on consistency in both her baptism and marriage records. My rationale is based on the odds that the parish had more intimate family knowledge than a random census taker.
Sources used in this post:
- Quebec, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967 (Lizzie and Patrick’s Marriage records)
- 1881 Census of Canada
- Quebec, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967 (Lizzie’s Baptismal records)