Lucy Maria Caven
Lucy Caven (1865-1940)
Lucy M. Caven was born on 20 March 1865 in Edinburgh, Scotland. She is the daughter of John Caven, a professor at Prince of Wales College, and Catherine (Kate) Maxwell Rigg.
Lucy had five siblings: Mary (b. 18 August 1856), Kate E. (b. 8 June 1858), William W. (12 January 1860), John J. (b. 12 Dec 1862), and Thomas Paul (b. 9 August 1866). They were all born in Scotland, but Canadian records only indicate that Kate, William, John and Lucy were in Canada. Mary died sometime before the 1861 Scottish Census and Thomas Paul died sometime before the family came to Canada.
Lucy had her first communion and her confirmation on 28 March 1878 in St. Dunstan’s Cathedral in Charlottetown.
On 6 September 1880, Lucy entered the Convent of the Sacred Heart, in Halifax, and was a boarder there throughout her schooling. She completed her education at the Convent in June 1883.
Lucy’s mother died on 20 August 1888, at the age of 58. Lucy would have been 23 years old. Only a few weeks before, on 7 August 1888, Lucy stood as a bridesmaid for Virginia M. Newbery to her marriage to George Conroy.
In the 1891 Census of Canada, Lucy 25, is living with her father, her sister Kate, and her brother William. They have a domestic servant in the home, Flora McLeod.
On 15 January 1902, Lucy became the third wife to Francois Xavier Thomas Berlinguet. They were married in Notre Dame Cathedral in Quebec City.
Lucy and Thomas had two children together; a son, Lorne Francis Caven Berlinguette, baptised on 27 November 1903, and a daughter, Marie Madeline Catherine Barbara Berlinguette, baptised on 23 December 1905. Both children were baptised in Granby, Quebec, near Montreal.
By 1911, they were living at 111 Rue Laviolette in Trois-Rivières, Quebec and they were still there in 1921, but moving next door to 113 Rue Laviolette.
Lucy died in 1940, and is buried in Trois-Rivieres PQ. Her husband, Thomas, died in 1957, at the age of 102.
UPEI’s Provenance Collection includes the book Natural History of Animals. by Sanborn Tenney and Abby A. Tenney. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1866. Inscribed inside in ink is Lucy Maria Caven, Sacred Heart Halifax and on the next page, written in pencil, is Lucia Caven.
1881 Census of Canada. Census Place: Charlottetown Royalty, Queens, Prince Edward Island; Roll: C_13163; Page: 146; Family No: 700
1891 Census of Canada. Census Place: Charlottetown Royalty, Queens, Prince Edward Island; Roll: T-6383; Family No: 68
1911 Census of Canada. Year: 1911; Census Place: 29, Trois-Rivière and St Maurice, Quebec; Page: 14; Family No: 124
1921 Census of Canada. Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 147; Census Place: Trois-Rivières (City), Three Rivers-St Maurice, Quebec; Page Number: 13
Canadian Archival Information Network. Series S227 Francois Xavier Berlinguet. Accessed on 6 December 2016.
Convent of the Sacred Heart, School Registers.
The Daily Examiner Tuesday, 7 August 1888. Accessed from PEI News Items. 1888 on 5 December 2016.
Drouin Collection. Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Institut Généalogique Drouin. Gabriel Drouin, comp. Lorne Francis Caven Berlinguette, Baptême (Baptism) 1903.
Drouin Collection. Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Institut Généalogique Drouin. Gabriel Drouin, comp. Marie Madeline Catherine Barbara Berlinguet, Baptême (Baptism) 1905.
Drouin Collection. Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Institut Généalogique Drouin. Gabriel Drouin, comp. Lucy Caven, Enterrement (Burial) 1940.
Drouin Collection. Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Institut Généalogique Drouin. Gabriel Drouin, comp. Lucy Mary Caven and Francois X Thomas Berlinguet, Mariage (Marriage) 1902.
“Dr. Caven” (obituary). Charlottetown Guardian 27 August 1914, p.3. Accessed from Island Newspapers on 6 December 2016.
Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013. FHL File Number: 6035516.
Some information was provided by the Sacred Heart School of Halifax formerly the Convent of the Sacred Heart.