What is the difference between a sinner and a fisherman? In French, the accent… Pécheur = sinner; Pêcheur = fisherman.
A new lesson learned… When transcribing a document from an alternative language it is key, for the purpose of translation, that even the accents are correctly copied and placed. In genealogy it would make all the difference in the world, especially if two little accents make the difference between a sinner and a fisherman. GGGG-grandfather Timothée’s father, ggggg-grandfather Michel Parisé was most definitely a fisherman. I can only answer for his occupation. I can’t answer for ggggg-grandfather Michel’s character.
Here are the images from The Drouin Collection as downloaded from Ancestry.ca.
My attempt at the transcription appears to cover almost word for word from both Registers.
Le premier Septembre, mil huit
cent trent neuf, nous pretre Curé
sou∫signé avons supplie les Cérémo
nies du Baptisme à Timothée,
né le dix-neuf juillet dernier,
du légitime marriage de Michel Pa-
rise et de Marie Thérese Duguay
pêcheur de Port Daniel. Parrain
Timothée Parisé, Marraine Ros-
lie Parisé, qui n’ont pû signer.
My attempted translation –
On the 1st of September, one thousand eight hundred and thirty nine, we the undersigned Priest and Curé, have conducted the Ceremonies of Baptism for Timothy, born July 19 last, of the legitimate marriage of Michel Parisé and Marie Thérese Duguay, fisherman, of Port Daniel . Godfather: Timothy Parisé; Godmother: Roslie Parisé, who could not sign.
It would appear that gggg-grandfather Timothée may have been named for his Godfather and Sponsor Timothée Parisé. An obvious question – Who was gggg-grandfather Timothée’s Godfather?