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Notes for Marie Sophia LAVIGNE

She is mentioned in the entry for her daughter Marie/Maria, in Wisconsin Births and Christenings, 1826-1926.

In the 1850 US Census for Lawrence, Brown, Wisconsin, taken just a few months after the death of Lambert Pierre McAbee, his widow and children were enumerated as follows:
Sophia Macabee, 32, F, Real Property $100, b. Wisconsin
John L. Macabee, 7, M, b. Wisconsin
Catharina Macabee, 6, F, b. Wisconsin
Mary Macabee, 5, F, b. Wisconsin
Angeline Macabee, 4, F, b. Wisconsin
Josephine Macabee, 1, F, b. Wisconsin
Elizabeth Lavigne, 60, F, b. Wisconsin [this was Sophia's mother, Elizabeth (Huldrick/Uldrich) LaVigne]
Peter Huldrick, 18, M, Laborer, b. Wisconsin [probably a grandnephew of Elizabeth]
Elizabeth Lavigne, 14, F, b. Wisconsin [probably a niece of Sophia]

In the 1860 US Census for Lawrence, Brown, Wisconsin, the family of Sophia McAbee was enumerated with David Aymer, as follows:
Dwelling #258; Family #262
David Aymer, 75, M. Laborer, b. new York
Louis Macaber, 18, M, Laborer, b. Wisconsin
Lerette Lavigne, 70, F, b. Wisconsin [this is Elizabeth (Huldrick) Lavigne, mother of Sophia (Lavigne) McAbee]
Sophia Maccaber, 40, F, b. Wisconsin
Catherine Maccaber, 16, F, b. Wisconsin
Marie Maccaber, 17, F, b. Wisconsin
Angel Maccaber, 13, F, b. Wisconsin
Josephine Maccaber, 11, F, b. Wisconsin

In the 1870 US Census for Lawrence, Brown, Wisconsin, the family of Sophia McAbee was enumerated as follows:
Dwelling #48; Family #49
McAbee, Sophia; 53; F; W; Keeping House; b. Wisconsin; Father of Foreign Birth; Cannot Write
McAbee, Mary; 23; F; W; House Servant; b. Wisconsin
McAbee, Josephine; 21; F; W; House Servant; b. Wisconsin

On an 1875 map of Lawrence Township, Sophia is shown living next door to John Lewis. By birth she was half French (father) and half German (mother).
The Territory of Wisconsin, where Sophia was born, remained a territory of the United States from the end of the War of 1812 until it was admitted to the Union as the 30th state on 29 May 1848.
Sophia died at the age of 62 years, 10 months, 7 days.


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