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Subject: Re: [MI-CCGS] Interesting article by Dick Eastman this morning.
Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2007 10:09:17 -0400
To try to satisfy your curiosity, yes, I am a descendant of the Trudeaus of Cheboygan. Actually, there were several Trudeau families there, all related in some way, but I don't understand just how. And, sorry, no, the name Heaphy does not ring any bells for me. But that is not too surprising since I was born, raised, and continue to live in the Detroit area -- Warren MI, to be exact.
My father, Fred Trudeau, was born (1910) & raised in Cheboygan, the 8th of 12 children of Frank Trudeau & Rebecca Houle. My dad came to Detroit as a young man c. 1930 where he met & married my mother and raised our family. My parents went back north in retirement and both are buried in Cheboygan's Calvary Cemetery.
My particular branch of the Trudeau clan stems from Octave Trudeau and his wife, Apolline (Pauline) Denomme, who settled on a farm at Alverno in Cheboygan County around 1866, the year my grandfather, Frank, was born.
Octave and Apolline came together with their family and the family of Octave's brother, Pierre (Peter), and their own parents, Dominique Trudeau and Marguerite Chevalier. All of them, to the best of my knowledge, are also buried in Calvary Cemetery. There were also some other somehow related Trudeau families already in the area at that time.
So there you have more than you ever wanted to know about my relationship to the Trudeaus of Cheboygan. I hope it will satisfy your curiosity. Sorry I can't say that I ever knew any of the Heaphys. I'm sure they were, and continue to be, very nice people.
Have a happy Halloween,
Al Trudeau, Warren MI, member CCGS
From: John Heaphy <>
Sent: Tue, 30 Oct 2007 9:33 am
Subject: Re: [MI-CCGS] Interesting article by Dick Eastman this morning.
My curiosity has gotten the best of me when I saw your
name. My Father often mentioned the Trudeau family
with particular reference to an "Art" or "Al". I
suspect you are a descendant of the same Family
inasmuch as my Father would be 104 years old if he was
still living. He was born in Cheboygan in 1903 in what
was the Cheboygan County Poor House ( I don't know
what the proper title was) where his Father was the
Superintendent. His name was John Heaphy but went by
the name of "Merle" when he was young. Just wondered
if the name "Heaphy" rings any bells? Jack Heaphy
> I sure hope I've copied this correctly and that it
> goes through to all of you. It's an interesting
> article by Dick Eastman on what has sometimes been
> called the "Cloutier droopy eye syndrome". But pay
> particular attention to the commentary offered by
> Bertrand Desjardins at the end.
> Al Trudeau
> October 25, 2007
> Attention French-Canadian Descendants: Did You
> Inherit Oculopharyngeal Muscular Dystrophy?
> only do genealogists have the opportunity to learn
> about their
> ancestors, but they can also learn about various
> inherited diseases.
> Some of these medical conditions could be
> life-threatening while others
> are merely an inconvenience. By studying inherited
> diseases floating
> around in your family, you may save or prolong your
> own life or the
> lives of your loved ones. By identifying the risks
> early in a person's
> life, medical treatment often can be much more
> effective than the
> limited choices available after the medical
> condition becomes obvious.
> I find it interesting that one French-Canadian
> couple in the 1600s
> who are the ancestors of millions of living people
> have tentatively
> been identified as carriers of a common form of
> muscular dystrophy. It
> became more than "interesting," however, when I
> recognized the names of
> this couple as my ninth great-grandparents. Suddenly
> it wasn't just
> "interesting;" it was personal!
> If you have French-Canadian ancestry, now is the
> time to check your pedigree charts.
> Cloutier and Saincte Dupont, who emigrated to Canada
> from France in
> 1634, may have harbored the genetic defect
> responsible for the majority
> of today's French-Canadian cases of Oculopharyngeal
> Muscular Dystrophy
> NOTE: Saincte Dupont's
> first name has been spelled in many different ways.
> I have seen it
> listed as Saincte or Sainte or Xainte or Zainte
> Dupont. Zacharie's name
> also is sometimes listed as Zacarie Cloustier.
> Succeeding generations
> have spelled the surname in many different ways and
> have sometimes
> Anglicized it as well. Zacharie Cloutier's male
> descendants have
> spelled their last names as Cary, Cluchier, Clukey,
> Clurkey, Cluquet,
> Clouter, Lapensee, Nailer, and probably other ways
> as well.
> Zacharie Cloutier and Saincte Dupont were married in
> St-Jean de
> Mortagne, ev. Sees, Perche, France, on 18 July 1616.
> They set sail from
> the port of Dieppe in mid-April 1634, accompanied by
> his family. The
> fleet consisted of four ships under the command of
> arriving in Québec on June 4, 1634. Zacharie
> Cloutier was a master
> carpenter and is known to have helped build the
> manor house of Robert
> Giffard at Beauport, Québec. He also worked on the
> parish church and on
> Fort Saint-Louis in Québec. We can guess that he
> also helped build many
> of the houses of that settlement.
> Muscular Dystrophy is best known for a weakness of
> the muscles that
> control the eyelids, causing droopy eyelids, a
> condition also known as
> ptosis. However, that is not the only symptom. The
> disease often causes
> a weakness of the facial muscles and pharyngeal
> muscles (those in the
> throat used for swallowing), a condition known as
> dysphagia. Weakness
> of facial and limb muscles often occurs later.
> Symptoms of the disease
> usually don't begin until the mid 40s or 50s, but
> can occur earlier.
> A person with OPMD might have some of the symptoms,
> but not all.
> While the disease is best known for the droopy
> eyelids that severely
> narrow the field of vision, another person with the
> same disease might
> not display that symptom at all. However, a
> difficulty in swallowing is
> also quite common, even if it is not visible to
> When muscle tissue from a person with OPMD is
> examined under a
> high-powered microscope, clumps of proteins called
> inclusions are seen
> in the muscle cell nuclei (the cellular compartments
> that contain the
> chromosomes), and bubble-like structures (vacuoles)
> appear in the
> muscle cells.
> Oculopharyngeal Muscular Dystrophy is most common in
> families or families of French-Canadian descent.
> When the
> French-Canadian victims' family trees are traced,
> Zacharie Cloutier and
> Saincte Dupont always appear someplace in the
> pedigree charts, often in
> more than one place. They appear to be the only
> couple that is always
> found amongst the ancestors of every French-Canadian
> sufferer of OPMD.
> However, there's also a high incidence of OPMD among
> Hispanic residents
> of northern New Mexico. OPMD can also affect people
> who aren't of
> French-Canadian or Hispanic background although that
> is far less
> If you have difficulty swallowing or if you have
> droopy eyelids,
> check your pedigree chart. If you find Zacharie
> Cloutier and Saincte
> Dupont in the family tree, you might want to mention
> that fact to your
> For more information about OPMD, look at
> and on a Google search at http://tinyurl.com/2kgdwu.
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