About Jules Alexandre Nicolle
Jules Nicolle was born in 1848 in a small village of Vieux-Bourg, Department of Calvados (14), France to Elie Pierre Nicolle of Vieux-Bourg and Julie Joséphine Dubois of Mesnil-sur-Blangy, also in Calvados. He enlisted in the French Military, the class 1868. Then in 1869, he married Désirée Joséphine Vitaline Galichet in Guerny of Eure in Normandie. Their first child, Vital "Felix" Constant was born in 1872 in Ivry-la-Bataille of Eure, Normandie.
From there, Jules and family, moved east across France where he was still enlisted in the Army. His various other occupations included labor jobs to hotel manager. Then, In 1874, the couple had their second child; a girl, whom they named Louise Célestine. She was born in Saint-Germain-des-Prés in the department of Loiret, in the Centre region of France
Between 1875 to 1880 their residence was in the Departments of Meuse, Haute-Marne, moving where the Army would send him. Whether they had another child is unknown. There was a 'Henri Nicholl' listed on Leonie's youngest daughter's baptism record that records him as Leonie's brother, but at this writing, I have not found any information on Henry Nicolle/Nicholl
The next occurance came in 1880 with the birth of Léonie Joséphine in Saint Mard, in the province of Luxembourg, Belgium. My father wrote in his journal that Belgium is where the Nicolles and the Morenier family first met.
I've not been able to locate information on what ship Jules Nicolle and family sailed on, but according to Léonie Nicolle, they sailed out of Lilliers, France to New York between in 1882. On arrival, they traveled to Québec, Canada and onto to Saint André Avellin, Papineau county, where they met up with Leopold Morenier's family. Before 1883, they located to Sudbury in Ontario, where they settled for a while. For some unknown reason, they left Louise behind with relatives who treated her badly.
In 1883, Jules and Vitaline's son, Daniel, was born. At that time, Sudbury was newly incorporated, with mining and forestry as the main industry and occupations for new settlers.
In 1886, the Jules Nicolle family moved back to Saint-André d'Avellin, Quebec. Jules Nicolle's wife, Vitaline Galichet, was already or became seriously ill. I assume they wanted to be with the Morenier family for support. In 1886, Vitaline tragically died leaving Jules with three small children. A year after Vitaline died, Jules married 17 y/o Justine Françoise Morenier, 3rd daughter of Leopold Morenier and the late Marie Catherine Mahut in Saint André Avellin, 1887. I assume it was a marriage of convenience.
Jules Nicolle moved his new bride, Justine Morenier, and his children, back to Sudbury where they shared heartache. They had two children together in Sudbury. The first one, a son named Camille, was born in 1888 and died in 1889 from drowning.
The next child was a daughter, Mathilda Florida. She was born in 1890 and died in 1891 in Sault St. Marie, Ontario as the family were traveling to Michigan.
They settled in Princeton, in Marquette county, located in the upper peninsula of Michigan 1891. Jules was one of the first pioneers of that town. He worked in the mines, was a timberman, a union worker and teamster< p> Jules and Justine Nicolle had 5 more children. Emile b 1892, Maximillen Joseph Leopold; b 1894, died 1895 from Cholera, Mathilda Audrienne (my grandmother) b 1898, Maximillen 'Albert' b 1899, and Bernadette Anne b 1904.
Both Jules and Justine contracted small pox in the autumn of 1915. Jules recovered and was back to work after a few months, but Justine did not survive it. She developed pneaumonia from the small pox and died in Dec 1915. After grieving and brooding for two months for his wife of 28 years, he took a shot gun and killed himself in his home. He was 68 years old. It was tragic and still hard to understand why, since he still had children living at home. He left behind Felix, Louise, Leonie, Daniel, Emile, Matilda, Albert and Bernadette Nicolle.
He is buried with Justine, in Gwinn Cementery, Forsyth Twp, Marquette, Michigan