S: The Benoits Of Wardsboro, Vermont
BC: No Vermonters In Heaven I dreamed that I went to the City of Gold, To Heaven, resplendent and fair, And after I entered that beautiful fold, By one in authority then I was told That not a Vermonter was there! "Impossible, sir, for from my home town Many sought this delectable place, And each must be here with a harp or a crown And a conqueror's palm and a clean linen gown Received thru a merited grace." The Angel replied: "All Vermonters come here When first they depart from the earth But after a day, or a month, or a year, They restless and lonesome and homesick appear, And sigh for the land of their birth. They tell of the many and beautiful hills, Where forests majestic appear, They tell of its rivers, its lakes, streams and rills Where nature, the purest of water distills, And they soon get dissatisfied here. "We give them the best the Kingdom provides; They have everything here that they want, But not a Vermonter in heaven abides; A very brief period he resides, Then hikes his way back to Vermont."
FC: The Benoit Family History in Pictures and stories | "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow."
1: The Book Of Begats It's an amazing thing to discover that "facts" that you grew up with aren't really the facts at all. In researching our family background for this book I ave discovered so much that was previously unknown to our family. For example, Sunny Benoit's real name was John Henry, not Harvey. Harmidas was called Joe as a young man. I was also told that there were no birth records for him because the church where he was baptized had burned down, destroying all of the records. Well, the church may have burned but the records weren't destroyed since I found his birth records and his marriage certificates. It has been a wonderful journey for me and I hope that you all enjoy the fruits of my labor. What stared out as mere curiosity has ended up being an obsessions for me. The more I found the more I wanted to know. And so, I dedicate this book to all of my family, which is quite large. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed creating it. Gloria E. Hudson, daughter of NoElla Benoit Appi Van RanslarVan Tassel of Broadalbin, N.Y was the father of Sarah Augusta who married John Walter Allen of Providence, N.Y and gave birth to Robert, Martha Delight, John, Sarah Augusta, Ida May, Fannie and Chloe May. Martha Delight Allen married John Albert Edwards of Stratton, Vt.and gave birth to George Henry, Florence May, Arthur Sherman, Maude Augusta, Alta Frances and Charles Albert. She later married George A. Tudor and gave birth to Emma Lanara Tudor. Florence May Edwards married Joseph Harmidas Benoit of Marieville, Quebec, Canada and gave birth to Martha Delight, Wilfred Henry, Lucille Maria, Mary Margaret, Alta Frances, Arthur Edward, Rena May, NoElla Esther and John Henry. Felix Benoit married Aglae Dupras Quebec, Canada and gave birth to Joseph Harmidas. After the death of Aglae, Felix married Rebecca LaMarche in Rhode Island and had Elizabeth, Felix, Florene, Olivier, Maria and Theodore from that union. Harmidas was married in Rhode Island and had a daughter, Aurora. He later divorced her, married Florence Edwards and moved to Wardsboro.
2: Florence May Edwards daughter of John Albert Edwards and Martha Delight Allen Born in Londonderry, Vermont on September 18, 1897 Died in Springfield, Vermont on April 26, 1962 | Joseph Harmidas Benoit son of Felix Benoit and Aglae Duprah Born in Marieville, Quebec Canada on May 27, 1882 Died in Wardsboro, Vermont on January 31, 1937
3: Top Row: NoElla, Flossie, Edith, Divid Paye, Mary, Lloyd, Lucille, Alta, Fran, Rena Bottom Row: Kenny, John, Patty, Betty, Buddy
4: Martha and Earl Armstrong | Ralph and Martha Blanchard
5: Emmet & Jean, Emmet was born a year after Sonny so he was nicknamed Moony | Below: David Armstong and Family | Bobby Armstong
6: Wilfred Henry Benoit 1915 - 2002 | Wilfred and Emily's 25th anniversary
7: jgjgjgjgffWilfred | Emily Hubbard Benoit and Francis Cole | Wardsboro Baseball Team at Knapp Field. Willy is in the back row under the # 6 and 7 | Ken Benoit and Carol
8: Lucille Benoit & Lloyd Reasoner | Betty - May 1942
9: Great Grandparents | A favorite tradition of the Benoit family was to re-enact the wedding ceremony of whomever was celebrating their 25th or more anniversary. One of the men would dress up like the bride while one of the ladies would be the groom and anyone else who wanted to would be the parson. The script was always the same - funny and sometimes bawdy. I was always great fun. | Lloyd and Lucille's 40th anniversary
10: David Paye Mary Margaret Benoit 25th Wedding Anniversary
11: John Paye | Richard, Rodney, Wayne, Wilfred, John, Jimmy | David Paye | Mary, Rodney, David, Richard, John 1946
12: Alta Benoit and Chester Cole | The Cole Children: Fran, Joan, Ruth, Bill, Robbie and Robertas
13: The front porch of the Cole house in Wardsboro | Burt and Phil | Joan and Don | Fran and Ivan Larabee | Bill | Rob
14: Lorraine and Pat
15: Arthur Edward Benoit 1925 - 1957 | Arthur Benoit Jr. | Anne & Dianne | Anne & John Shaffer | Dianne, Anne & Mom, Lorraine
16: Rena Benoit Donald LaMarche | Keith, Donna and Barry
17: Donna, Keith and Barry LaMarche | Keith and son Matthew | Barry and mom Rena | Keith and Barry
18: NoElla Esther Benoit & Andrew Appi, January 15, 1949 | Andrew Appi and NoElla Benoit | Gloria, Andrew, Sharon and NoElla
19: NoElla and Ruth | Gloria, NoElla, Andy and Aunt Chloe Edwards | Diane, NoElla and Ann
20: John Henry Benoit 1933 - 1970 | Mary Ann Parker 1935 - 2007 and Sunny Married June 13, 1953 | Darlene, Eddie, Douglas, Mitchell & Michael
21: Mitchell, Douglas, Darlene, Eddie | Mitchell, Darlene, Douglas, Michael
23: Louis Tetrault, Theodore Benoit, Andy Appi
24: Rena, Don and Keith | Bud Reasoner | Donna and Joan
25: Maria Tetrault, Rena, NoElla, Alta, Martha, Lucille, Aurora, Wilfred | Below: Sunny, Noella, Pat, Lorraine, Lucille, Chet Cole, Martha, Earl Armstrong, Emmett, Lloyd, Gramma Reasoner, Bottom Row: Betty, David, Bobby, Buddy, Patty
27: Sunny, Chet Cole and Marianne | Emily, Lorraine, Lucille, Martha
28: Lucille, Mary, Alta & Pat | Foreground: The Allen Sisters
29: David Paye, Lloyd Reasoner, Flossie
31: eVERYONE BROUGHT THEIR SPECIAL "DISH" TO THE FAMILY PICNICS. iT WAS NEVER PLANNED OUT BUT WE ALWAYS HAD ENOUGH OF EVERY COURSE. Fran always brought the best homemade baked beans. noella brought the ham. there was the assortment of meats and desserts And then there was the birthday cake for the summer babies - lucille, martha and mary
32: Set tub baths were always easier in the warm weather. This is the front yard of the Cole house in Wardsboro. Florence Benoit's house is in the background
33: Venison was a staple in Wardsboro. | Wilfred Benoit, David Paye, Lloyd Reasoner 1939
34: Kenneth Benoit | Donna, Joan and Ruth | Sharon Appi | Alta, NoElla and Sharon
36: Chloe Lynch and family | Wilfred, Emily, John Lynch, Chloe, Alta and Andy | Martha and Lucille | Lloyd Reasoner and Martha
37: Joe Appi was a frequent visitor to Wardsboro
40: Florence May Edwards 1897-1962 | Martha Delight 1913-1995 | Wilfred Henry 1915-2002 | Lucille Maria 1918-2006 | Mary Margaret 1921- 2014 | Alta 1923- | Emmett Earl Armstrong 1892 - 1967 | Emily Lucy Hubbard 1917-2002 | Lloyd Earl Reasoner 1906-1989 | David HaroldPaye 1899-1970 | William 1923 | EmmetEarl Armstrong 1934 - 2010 | Robert Julius Armstrong 1937 | David Benoit Armstrong 1940 | Kenneth E. Benoit 1940 | Bruce Benoit 1948 | Lloyd Ear; Reasoner Jr 1938-2007. | Patricia Ann Reasoner 1939 | Elizabeth Lucille Reasoner 1940-2013 | Peter Ellis Reasoner 1959-2011 | John Edwin Paye 1940 - 2014 | Richard Ely Paye 1943 | Rodney David Paye 1944-2006 | Wilfred PaulPaye 1946 | Delmar James Paye 1948 | Wayne Benoit Paye 1950 | William Chester Cole 1947 | Robert Gale Cole 1949 - 2011
41: Joseph Harmidas Benoit 1882-1937 | Arthur Edward 1925-1957 | NoElla Esther 1929-2004 | Rena May 1927-2003 | John Henry 1933-1970 | Lorraine Welch 1927 | Donald David LaMarche 1913-1983 | Andrew Charles Appi 1923 2010 | Mary Ann Parker 1935-2007 | Chester Cole 1984 | Frances 1984 | Gloria Evelyn Appi 1949 | Sharon Kay Appi 1954 | Dianne Marie Benoit 1949 | Anne Marie Benoit 1951 | Arthur Edward Benoit 1956 | Donna Marie LaMarche 1946 | Keith Donald LaMarche 1947-2001 | Barry Lynn LaMarche 1949-2006 | Frances Alta Cole 1939-1990 | Joan Marie Cole 1944 | Ruth Ellen Cole 1946 | Roberta Ann Cole 1949 | Michael Joseph Benoit 1954-2004 | Mitchell Donald Benoit 1955 | Douglas John Benoit 1958 | Darlene Ann Benoit 1959 | Edward Parker Benoit 1965
47: Mary Paye, Emily Benoit Lucille Reasoner | Putting Ice Down Andy's Back - An all time favorite at the family picnics
50: Betty & Ivan Larabee family | Betty, Andy, Pat
51: Many wonderful Christmases were held at Ceil and Lloyd's Springfield home.
54: Willy's Farm in Warwrick, Mass | NoElla, Sunny, John Paye, Bob Armstrong
55: Wilfred Benoit's Farm, Wawrick, Mass.
57: Rena, Alta, Martha, Lucille, Sonny, Mary, NoElla, Wilfred
58: Frances Cole and Richard Lucier
59: Fran and her family ran a successful Maple Syrup company for many years. Tapping their own trees and then piping the sap down to the sugar shack kept them busy throughout the season.
60: Like branches on a tree, our lives may grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one.
62: Chloe and Augusta Edwards | Maria And Louis Tetrault | Aurora Metavias and Family
63: Martha Allen was first married to John Edwards. Her Mundell cousin was ill so she went to take care of her. That cousin was George A. Tudor's first wife. Lidy and George had an affair and once the Mundell cousin died, Lidy asked John for a divorce. so that she could marry George. | Martha Delight Allen Edwards Tudor (Lidy) | Charles, Nellie and John Edwards | John Edwards (center) at the hog butchering
64: Rena and NoElla were the youngest of the six sisters. NoElla is on the right and Rena is in the centers.
65: Rena and NoElla 1939
66: When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. ~Joyce Brothers
67: Lucille, Lloyd, Lloyd Jr., Betty and Patty
69: The Baby Boomers
71: Gram Tudor, Alta Edwards, Mary Paye | Lucille, Alta, Emily
76: The story that was told as a child was that the house was purchased with Uncle Willy's prized cow. To make ends meet the upstairs was used to house boarders. There were two large cedar trees in front of the house that were cut down after Flossie's death and some of the wood was used to make into candle holders for the family by Uncle Lloyd. Aunt Alta and her husband, Chester built their house next to this one after they got married.