The following is taken from The Deans (as told to Louise by Mary Dean) graciously submitted by Laura Pelletier:
The Deans, shipbuilders for the British Navy, were given land in Nova Scotia during the reign of Queen Anne. As the timber was cut the family moved westward.
Alexander Dean owned a farm from which the timber had been cut at New Mills on the St-Lawrence River. He had married Matilda Garrison, one of whose ancestors was descended from a Pennsylvania Dutch family who had migrated to Canad during the American Revolution to which they were opposed...
Alexander Dean had no great love for farming. He was a lumber man... All went well enough as long as Matilda lived, Matilda who had a natural knack for it, inherited perhaps from her Dutch ancestors.
But when Matilda died, the burden of the household fell onto Mary and Eliza (her daughters).
Then Gaspard came along. He was working at the time for the Grand Trunk Railroad which had bought part of the Dean farm for right of way.
Every day he came to the Dean well for water and fell in love with Mary. At first Mary wouldn't listen to him at all, but he children loved him, especially the 3 little ones: Belle (Isabel), Sandy, and Jennie,
Then the camp moved 3 miles farther down the line and the children missed Gaspard, and every day asked when would Gaspeard be back.
One day everything went wrong and to make matters worse, Daddy Dean came home and scolded Mary; things hadn't been going so good for him either.
So Mary sat down and cried and said, “If Gaspard were here now, I'd marry him.” Little 7-year old Belle heard her, didn't stop for a hat, but ran all the 3 miles to tell Gaspard what Mary had said. And Gaspard threw down the tool that he was working with and went to take Mary at her work (?word).
“But ,” Mary said, “who is to take care of these little ones?" “We will,” said Gaspard.
And they stayed in New Mills for 3 years.
Then Will and Jim, having heard that there was a lot of lumbering in Wisconsin, persuaded their father to sell the farm and go there. It didn't take much persuading. Daddy took the family to the U.S.A., all except Annie who became a Catholic and had entered the convent.
Gaspard and Mary moved to Québec.