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 Josette Bernadetta <I>Goudreau</I> Keyandwy

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Josette Bernadetta Goudreau Keyandwy

  • Birth 31 Mar 1859 Saint Ignace, Mackinac County, Michigan, USA
  • Death 4 Dec 1912 Saint Ignace, Mackinac County, Michigan, USA
  • Burial Gros Cap, Mackinac County, Michigan, USA
  • Plot Block 7, Lot 7
  • Memorial ID 24094506

Marker reads: Josette Kywondway
Josette is the daughter of Amable (1824-1882) & Mary Marie Vallier (1826-1895) Goudreau. Marker is across from the Epoufette Cemetery on the shores of Lake Michigan. It reads "Epoufette has been a fishing village since 1859, when Amable Goudreau, born in Quebec around 1824, established a commercial fishery. More than a century after his death in 1882, some of his descendents continued fishing operations. Father Edward Jacker, then serving the Saint Ignace and Mackinac Island missions, visited Epoufette in August 1875. He reported a thriving fishery, with nets as far as forty miles distant, which kept two coopers busy from dawn to dusk making barrels for shipment of salted fish to distant markets". Note: In his notes, Father Jacker mentions the death of Joseph's first wife, Mary Lavake.

Source: Mrs. Emerson (Margaret) Smith, 1961
Amable Goudreau, pioneer of that family who came from Canada with the idea of extracting the oil from the whitefish, to be used for oil lamps. He worked for the Hudson Bay Fur Company and made a fortune in real estate in the St. Ignace area. Some of the streets of St. Ignace are named for his children (Abe Street, Mary Street, Joseph Street and of course Goudreau Street).

Josette married Joseph Keyandwy, April 29, 1826 and they had eleven children.



  • Created by: Betty Joan Cogan
  • Added: 22 Jan 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 24094506
  • Betty Joan Cogan
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Josette Bernadetta Goudreau Keyandwy (31 Mar 1859–4 Dec 1912), Find A Grave Memorial no. 24094506, citing Gros Cap Cemetery, Gros Cap, Mackinac County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Betty Joan Cogan (contributor 46965261) .