great-grandmother Rosalie Sabraw/Sabourin-Rivett had a
few siblings that also moved to the Zilwaukee, Michigan area. As
I discover more information about them, I will post it.
Melino Sabourin, or
Lena, as she was known, was her younger sister. She was born
July 1, 1860 in Kemptville, Ontario. She came to Michigan about
1881 when she was only 21. Her life is very sketchy and we
believe that she was rather the black sheep of the family. She
worked at whatever odd jobs that she could find and later wound
up in Kawkawlin, Michigan working as a partner on a farm. Here
is where a real mystery occurs. Lena married a man named River
Tanta in 1902 in Linwood, Michigan. The farm where she worked
was owned by a man and his wife named Oliver and Vitalene
Tanta. Is River actually Oliver? Did Vitalene die and he then
married Lena? No one knows, but in 1930, Lena was a widow,
living in Saginaw. She did not have any children. Lena
died in Saginaw on June 30, 1944.
or Jennie, as she was known, was the next youngest sister.
She was born October 12, 1862, also in Kemptville, Ontario. It
is unknown when Jennie came to Michigan, but she married a man
named Roy Joseph Dorey on July 14, 1891. They too, settled in Zilwaukee and
proceeded to have seven children between 1891 and 1907. Joseph,
who was born in Quebec, worked in the local sawmills also.
Their seven children were Roy, Mary, William, IdaMae, Wilford,
Lena, and Lawrence. Mom always remembered her Aunt Jennie
as a happy lady and enjoyed her company. She died January 19,
1957 at the age of 95.
youngest brother was Joseph Sabourin, born June 4, 1875 in
Kemptville. He also moved to the United States, but came to
Michigan after first living in North Dakota, having entered the
country by rail in 1889. His exact whereabouts in the U.S. at
that time are unknown. In 1916, he decided to move to
Zilwaukee also, and he moved in with Peter and Rosalie. Later
he stayed with his brother Davidís family, probably until his
marriage to a widow, Florida Routier Sauve in 1920. As far as
determined, they never had any children. Joseph and Florida
lived in the city of Saginaw. He kept the original Sabourin
spelling. Joseph died August 23, 1961 in Saginaw.
Another of Great-grandma's younger brothers was David Sabraw,
who was born July 30, 1869
in Kemptville. He came to Michigan
in 1884 to work in the sawmills when he was about 15 years old.
He married Deliah LaBrach June 29, 1891, and they too, settled
in Zilwaukee. They had five children, George, Mamie, Lillian
Ann, Alice, Georgiana Rose, and David, all of whom settled in
Zilwaukee. David died March 6, 1917, at the age of 48. David also went
by the last name of Sabraw.
Great-grandma Rosalie had another sister, Catherine Sabourin,
born May 15, 1867. I have accumulated a bit more
information about Catherine, so I have included a separate page
Please click here to read about her.