MEILLEUR, Joseph Yvon "Levi"
Another name for Joseph was Joseph Meilleur, Levi Meilleur.
Levi worked as a lumberjack in Grand Marais, MI and also owned a bar there. He moved his family by horse and sled to Munising, MI in the winter of 1916, where he took a job at a paper mill. In 1920, the family moved to Detroit, MI where Levi worked for a gas company, from whom he received a pension. Joseph legally changed his name to Levi Meilleur when he was naturalized a U.S. citizen in 1946. Levi's name appears in Michigan death records as Joseph Y. Meilleur.
Noted events in his life were:
• Naturalization, 1946, Detroit, Michigan.
Joseph married Marie Florida GOUPILLE, daughter of Francois Xavier GOUPILLE and Marguerite GODIN, on 24 Oct 1898 in Grand Marais, Alger County, Michigan. (Marie Florida GOUPILLE was born on 10 Aug 1877 in St. Isadore, New Brunswick, Canada, died on 29 Dec 1965 in Mt. Clemens, Macomb County, Michigan 11 and was buried in 1965 in Resurrection Cemetery, Mt. Clemens, Michigan.)
1 1920 US Census (District 305, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan). Surety: 4. Lists Oliva (as Levi, age 43, b. MI [incorrect]), wife Ada (age 42, b. Canada), and children Raymond (age 15, b. MI), Paul (age 13, b. MI), Charles (age 9, b. MI), Agnes (age 9, b. MI), and William (age 2, b. MI). Also in the household are nephew Roy Thomas [son of Ada's sister, Matilda] (age16, b. MI), and Ada's mother, Marguerite [Godin] Goupille (age 68, b. Canada). Oliva is listed as a "steam fitter" for an auto company. Roy is also working as a "stock cuter(?)" at an auto plant. Oliva incorrectly indicates that both of his parents were born in Michigan [they were born in Canada]. Ada indicates that she came to the U.S. in 1882 and was naturalized in 1905. Marguerite indicates that she came to the U.S. in 1882 and was not naturalized.
2 1930 US Census, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. Surety: 4. Lists Oliva (as Levi, age 55), wife Ada (age 52), son Paul (age 24), son Charles (age 20), daughter Agnes (age 20), and son William (age 14), living in Detroit. Oliva is listed as a "supervisor" at the "city gas company." Paul is listed as a "bus driver" for the "city bus company." Charles is listed as a "truck driver" for the "Buscott Company." Agnes is listed as a "telephone operator" for a "telephone company." Paul had been married to Dorothy Wilson in 1924, had a daughter who died in infancy, and then divorced. They would remarry in 1934 and remain together until Dorothy's death in 1977.
3 1910 US Census (Burt Township, Alger County, Michigan). Surety: 4. Lists Oliva (age 35), wife Ada (age 32), daughter Florence (age 7), son Raymond (age 5), son Paul (as Emmanuel, age 3), son Charles (<1), and daughter Agnes (as Mary A., age <1), living in Alger County. Oliva is listed as a "sawyer" for a "sawmill." This is the only census record known in which their daughter, Florence, appears. She died just nine years later as a novetiate at a convent in Chicago, Illinois. This is also the only official record found that lists their son, Paul, by his given name, Emmanuel. By the 1920 census, he is called Paul, and legally changed his name as an adult.
4 Marriage License (Alger County, Michigan). Surety: 4. Witnessed by William Meilleur (Oliva's brother) and Louise Goupille (Ada's sister).
5 Certificate of Naturalization (State of Michigan, County of Alger). Surety: 4. Oliva legally changed his name to Levi Meilleur at the same time.
World War I Draft Records (Alger County, Michigan). Surety: 4. Meilleur, Levi
DOB: 8 Jan 1875
Address: 913 Munising, Munising MI
Citizen by father's naturalization
Employer: Ford Eagle Plant, River Rouge, Wayne County, MI
Nearest relative: wife, Mrs. Adia Meilleur
Physical disqualification: 2 fingers & thumb right hand
Baptism Record (St. Andre-Avellin, Quebec, Canada). Surety: 4. En cette paroisse, le 8 Jenvier 1875 a été baptisé Jos. Yvon né le mine [?] jour fils Sig. de Levis Meilleur et de Auxilda Daoust. Parrains: Joseph Daoust et Visaline Seguin.
(Signé) J.P. Bélanger
Hector Jelle [sp?]
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8 Social Security Death Index. Surety: 3
9 Michigan Death Index: Death Index for Macomb County (Macomb County, Michigan). Surety: 4. Joseph Yvon Meilleur, died 10 Dec 1967 in Macomb County, Michigan.
10 Resurrection Cemetery (18201 Clinton River Road, Mt. Clemens, Macomb County, Michigan). Surety: 4
11 Michigan Death Index: Death Index for Macomb County (Macomb County, Michigan). Surety: 4. Ada Marie Meilleur, died 29 Dec 1965 in Macomb County, Michigan.