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Ambrose Godbout
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Birth: May 14, 1819, Canada
Death: Jan. 13, 1917
East Grand Forks
Polk County
Minnesota, USA

The immigrant.

Ambrose GODBOUT (also GOODBEAU or GOODBOE) was the son of M. Modeste FORTIN of Canada, the third wife of Jean-Baptiste GODBOUT of Quebec, Canada.

Ambrose and his parents were probably Metis, people of mixed Indian and European ancestry. If so they may have spoken both French and Michif, the jargon of the Metis culture in Canada.

In 1847 in Quebec, Canada Ambrose married Louisa LESSARD. They immigrated to the U.S. in 1848, living in Massachusetts for about 8 years, where at least one child, Delia, was born. They moved west to Minnesota soon after. On the 1900 U. S. Census Louisa stated she was the mother of 12 children, of whom 6 survived at that time. However records show at least 7 children were still alive in 1900.

Their known children:

1) Delia Goodbeau Hayden, 1847-1940.

2) Sarah Goodbeau, 1851-?

3) Louisa "Babe" Goodbeau, 1853-1940.

4) Lucy Goodbeau, 1859-1940.

5) Eli Pierri Goodbeau b. 1865 d. 1940.

6) George Goodbeau, 1865-1925.

7) Rosa Goodbeau, 1868-1940 .

8) Samuel Goodbeau, 1869-1926
9) Unknown Goodbeau

10) Unknown Goodbeau

11) Unknown Goodbeau

12) Unknown Goodbeau

From Minnesota Ambrose served in the Civil War in the 11th Infantry Regiment, Co. B, MN Volunteers from 1864 to 1865..

He was a long-time member of the Grand Army of the Republic.

In 1865 Ambrose was living with Louisa and their children in Hassan, MN according to the territorial census. In 1880 they were living in Lake Pleasant, Polk Co, MN. In 1884 Ambrose became a naturalized citizen, which automatically naturalized Louisa. On 1 March 1886 Ambrose filed for 160 acres with the U.S. General Land Office in Crookston, Polk Co, MN (document # 2367).

In 1884 Ambrose presented his "soldier's papers" in Crookston, Polk Co, MN to the 11th Judicial District Court for naturalization. He became naturalized on 9 Dec 1884. The friends who swore for him were Octave Revard and M. Y. Fontaine. His records documentation consisted of "soldier's papers" from the "War of the Rebellion".

1900 census - Ambrose and Louisa were living in Terrebonne, Red Lake Co, MN. They had been married 52 years.

1910 census - Ambrose is listed as the father-in-law of Anthony Lessor, husband of Louise Lessor who was probably Ambrose and Louisa's daughter. At this time Ambrose was listed as a widower living on his Civil War pension.

Sources: MN Territorial and State Censuses, 1849-1905, MN Naturalization Records Index, 1854-1957, U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907, U.S. census, and obituary in the Crookson Daily Times. 
Family links: 
  Jean-Baptiste Godbout (1780 - ____)
  M Modeste Fortin Godbout (1799 - ____)
  Louisa Lessard Godbout (1822 - 1909)
  Eli Pierre Goodbeau (1865 - 1940)*
*Calculated relationship
Calvary Cemetery
Grand Forks
Grand Forks County
North Dakota, USA
Plot: Sec. 8, Row 19
Maintained by: D. Goodboe
Originally Created by: lk51t
Record added: Sep 12, 2007
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Ambrose Godbout
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Ambrose Godbout
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- quebecoise
 Added: Apr. 22, 2013
Thank you Ambrose
- kateb
 Added: Sep. 15, 2010
Thank you Ambrose for your service - CO B 11 MINN INF CIVIL WAR
- kateb
 Added: Jul. 23, 2012

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