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Peter Bessette (#46930092)
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Shawn Bushway
RE: Trayah Family
Was Joseph born in 1861 and did he die in 1937? If so his parents are Stephan Trayah (formerly Trayeau) and Josephine Mossey - sadly that is as far as the research has gone. We know that they had a ton of kids and we know they started the Trayah family line that exists in Vermont today (largely in the Milton area) but that is pretty much all we know. Stephen died before VT started keeping accurate records. There is a record of his death - it states that he died at 58 from Dropsy (edema due to congestive heart failure) and that he was born in St. Mary Quebec. Apparently his wife and his children didn't know anymore about their dad than we do today because the lines for the names of his parents are blank.

Josephine died in 1905 at age 65 and her parents are listed as Charles and Margaret Mossey both from Canada. I've not been able to substantiate that and since that information is often provided by next of kin it's not always the most reliable. I did find a Charles and Margaret Mossey from England born in 1814 (so definitely the right age) but they were still living there in 1851 and so that kind of rules them out because Josephine was born in Canada in 1840. In terms of Stephen, I am not aware of anyone that knows a darn thing about his past. There's a lady in Burlington who has more information on the Trayah side of the family than anyone and she doesn't even know. She sent me copies of everything she had and there's nothing about Stephen's parents or what he did for a living or if he served in the civil war - nothing.

If I have the right Joseph - I do have a picture of him if you want it - however, the email you used here doesn't appear to be a legit address so you'd have to provide me with an address that works. If you don't want to leave it here - you can email me at
Added by Shawn Bushway on Jun 25, 2016 1:13 PM
Jennifer N.
Hello, do you have information about the Bessette's in Vermont around the time of the Civil War? I descend from Joseph and Miranda, but can't find previous generations. I also notice some inconsistencies and was wondering if you had better information! Thank you,
Added by Jennifer N. on Jan 17, 2016 9:16 AM
holly m laporte
wanda bassette laporte and marlene bocash
Dear Peter, I am Holly Laporte, Wandas daughter. I see that you had supplied a picture of my mom and my aunt. Can I somehow get a copy any pictures would be great! all the pictures i had of her were lost in a flood many years ago and would love to have something to pass to my children. Thankyou, Holly
Added by holly m laporte on Nov 11, 2011 12:16 PM
Barb Destromp

Hi Friend....
Just wanted to wish you a very Happy Holiday.
Added by Barb Destromp on Dec 16, 2009 3:37 PM
Barb Destromp
Family Research
Hi, Thanks so much for being my friend. You truly are a "very special person".
Added by Barb Destromp on Apr 23, 2008 3:43 AM

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