An American Family History

Joseph Lapointe

The united counties of Leeds and Grenville are in southern Ontario, Canada on the border with the United States.The county seat is Brockville.

Joseph Lapointe was born about 1786

In 1841 the Joseph Lapoint household in Yonge consisted of ten people including one man, two women, two boys and five girls. 

In 1844 the Joseph Lapointe household in Yonge still had ten members. It included one man, one woman and four boys and four girls. 

In 1845 the Joseph Lapointe household had grown to 11 members. It now included two men, three women, three boys, and three girls.

 In 1848 there were two Joseph Lapoint lots. The household on Lot A Con. 9 had a total of seven members.

The other Joseph Lapoint household was on Lot 24, Con F. and had a household of six. 

In 1861 the household (Joseph Lapointe) consisted of Joseph age 75, Julia age 55, David age 20, and Charles age 17. 

In 1871, Julia Lapoint was in Brockville, Leeds (now Leeds Grenville) County, Ontario.  (District 68, sub-district B page 64.)  She was living with David, Charles and Anthony St. Louis age 53 a tinsmith, Johanna Govrey age 28, four Govrey children, and Joaqua St. Louis age 65. John and Thomas were also in Brockville.

Yonge Mills, Ontario was in Front of Yonge Township near Brockville. It is north east of Kingston and north of Watertown, New York. It is now a ghost town. In the mid 19th century, Yonge Mills, was a busy and prosperous village with a population of about 175. It had a sawmill and a fulling mill. There were hotels with taverns and a general store. The village also included two blacksmiths and a church.

The first European settlements in Ontario were after the American Revolution when 5,000 loyalists left the new United States.




The name Lapointe is a dit name. It could have been a nickname for a soldier (the point of a lance) or for a family who lived on a point of land.
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