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151 Allen Torkelson
Age: 87
Published: Sunday, December 21, 2003 3:00 AM CST
Bayfield County Journal

Rev. Allen R. Torkelson, 87, Washburn, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003 at Riverside Medical Center in Waupaca. He was born May 31, 1916 in Bayfield, the son of Adolph S. and Mabel (Thoreson) Torkelson.

Allen attended Northland College in Ashland where he was a member of the college choir and the Theta Pi fraternity. He later graduated from the University of Wisconsin -River Falls with a degree in Sociology and Psychology. He married Helen Lindseth on April 14, 1941 in Morehead, Minn. The couple settled in Washburn where Allen worked for DuPont. Allen served in the U. S. Army in Europe, the 87th division, at the Battle of the Bulge, during WWII. After his military service, Allen opened a dry cleaning business in Washburn with his brother Ted. He served as pastor at the Methodist churches in Clear Lake and St. Croix Falls. In 1965, he moved to Waupaca where he was a social worker until his retirement in 1975. He then served as pastor at the Free-Methodist Church in Pine River then moved back to Washburn in 1989 and was pastor at the Odanah Methodist Church. Allen enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, camping and making maple syrup. He played piano and sang in the Washburn community choirs.

He is survived by his three daughters, Ann (Edward) Weigl, Deerfield, Ill., Susan (Gregory Roseberry) Bergwall, Ankeny, Iowa, and Gwen (Gale Dushack) Torkelson, Oxford; four sons, Lynn (Constance Petersen) Torkelson, Hancock, Mich., Jon (Eleanor Aldrich) Torkelson, Auburn, Calif., Raymond Torkelson, Stoughton, and Kevin (Darlene) Torkelson, La Vaca, Ariz.; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceeded in death by his parents; wife, Helen in 1992; infant son, Galen; sister, Evelyn Sharratt; and brothers, Robert and Ted.

A funeral service was held Dec. 13 at the United Methodist Church in Washburn with Rev. Don Nickolson officating. Burial will be held in the Woodland Cemetery of Washburn at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church of Washburn. 
Torkelson Allen Ray
152 The First Generation in Canada
Written by Leandre Vachon

Our ancestor, Paul Vachon, arrived in New-France about 1650. It has not been possible to confirm the year or the name of the ship on which he sailed across the Atlantic. He settled in Beauport, in the seigniory given to Robert Giffard in 1634. The first sign that we find of Paul's presence in this country is that of his marriage, to be found in the registers of Notre-Dame Parish, in Québec, dated October 22, 1653. The marriage was not celebrated in Québec, but in Beauport, in the house of one Mr. Jean Juchereau, sieur de la Ferté and son-in-law of the seigneur of Beauport. The nuptials were blessed by Father Berthelémy Vimont, former superior general of the Jesuits and former parish priest of Notre-Dame de Québec, during a mission in Beauport. Paul Vachon married Marguerite Langlois, daughter of Noël Langlois and Françoise Grenier. The Langlois family had been in the country since 1634. It was as a bricklayer that Paul Vachon came to Canada. His work must have kept him in Québec because an act indicates that, along with Mathurin Roy, he contributed to the construction of the Chapel for the sick, at Hôtel-Dieu Hospital in Québec. During the same year, he signed, on the 25th of September 1654, a masonry contract with Martin Grouvel before Notary Audouart. He was hired to construct . For the first time in our archives, Paul Vachon signed at the bottom of a notarized act. But he soon set aside his mason's trowel and took up the notary's pen.

In 1656, the Jesuit Fathers appointed our ancestor Notary for the Seigniory of Notre-Dame des Anges. At the beginning of the colony, agreements were made verbally. A little later, they were settled in writing. Under the French Regime, there were two kinds of notaries: the Seigniorial Notary appointed by the owner of a Seigniory, and the Royal Notaries, named by the King or his representative in the country. Their functions were the same.

In 1659, Paul Vachon also became the Notary for the Seigniory of Beauport where he was living. On the 10th of November, he received, from Bishop Laval, the necessary papers appointing him Notary for the Côte de Beaupré (hillside or slope) and the Orleans Island. In November 1667, the widow Madame d'Ailleboust named him Notary for the Seigniory of Argentiny. So, for a period of about forty years, he practised the function of a seigniorial notary. An inventory of Paul Vachon's records were drawn up in 1732 by Mr.Verrier, the Attorney General and placed in the Province of Quebec Archives. We find about 1500 acts. Many people still consult them today. (Michel Langlois, Nos ancêtres Beauportois)

If our ancestor was, in the beginning, a mason and particularly a notary, these professional responsibilites were no reasons for to neglect his farms. He lived on his land in Beauport where he managed the cultivation and he appointed a farmer to oversee the land that was bequeathed to him by Bishop Laval in 1660, on Ile d'Orléans. Despite an exhaustive research, the exact placement of the Beauport farm has not as yet been identified. The same applies to his house situated in Bourg du Fargi. In 2000, during the 350th anniversary celebrations of Paul's arrival in New-France, a commemorative plaque was dedicated to him. The Paul Vachon Descendants Association (Vachon and Pomerleau families) proposes to erect this plaque on the site of his first farm once the site has been confirmed. 
Vachon Paul
153 Our Ancestors in France
Written by Leandre Vachon

Research of our ancestors' origin in France confirms the presence of the patronymic Vachon, residents of La Copechagnière, a small commune of Vendée in Poitou. To place Poitou in history, this region is the ancient land of the Pictaves, at the time of the conquest of Gaule by Julius Cesar. In the Middle-Ages, Poitou was the main passageway between Aquitaine and the Paris Basin. It was the location of three great confrontations : that of Clovis and the Visigoths at Vouillé in 507, that of Charles Martel and the Arabs in 732, and that of the French and the English in 1356. In the 10th century. The feudal system was developed here and, in the 16th century, the province was ruined by religious wars (battle of Montoncour).

In July of 1976, my wife, our twin sons, Michel and Martin, and I were camping in Poitou, a holiday we had planned to enable us to visit the place where our ancestor, Paul Vachon, was born. We parked our trailer at the La Belle Henriette Campground, in La Tranche sur Mer, on the Atlantic Coast. To begin with, I consulted documents at the Departmental Archives of Niort, Luçon and La Roche-sur-Yon, then made my way to the Commune of La Copechagnière. The Archives' personnel strongly recommended that I take along with me a genealogist (expert in paleography) who would be able to read the ancient documents. After having made an appointment with a certain Father P. Boisson from St-Fulgent (a well known palaeographer in the region), we presented ourselves at the commune's Town Hall on the 8th of July 1976. A pleasant lady allowed us to consult the two documents that were of interest to us. The first, a Baptismal List from 1597 to 1697, was an original document in very bad condition, protected under plastic, in the register. A second document, a copy of the Baptismal List from 1593 to 1704 (dated September 10, 1853) was conserved in a note book. Reading these Baptismal Lists confirmed the following facts :

- Vincent Vachon and Sapience Rabeau baptized their daughter, Marie, on the19th of November 1632 and another daughter, Jeanne, in December 1637;

- Jean Rabeau and Catherine Vachon baptized a son, Jean, on the 6th of May 1632;

- Denis Boiceleau and Catherine Vachon who could be the same Catherine married to Jean Rabeau (a second marriage);

- Jean Boiceleau and Perrine Vachon baptized a son, Daniel, between the 1st of October and the 31st of December 1634, a daughter, Françoise, on the 6th of February 1640, and another daughter, Catherine, on the 28th of March 1641;

- Étienne Vachon and Catherine Guibert baptized a son, Étienne, on the 10th of October 1656;

- Jacques Grimaud and Jeanne Vachon baptized a son, Jacques, on the 22nd of August 1666 (Étienne and Jeanne could be cousins to Paul Vachon);

- Étienne Rabeau and Sara Robin baptized a child in 1594 (the first name, the day and the month were missing), a daughter, Sapience, on the 22nd of February 1599 (Sapience Rabeau could be the name of Vincent Vachon's future wife and Paul's mother), and a son, Pierre, on the 10th of June 1602.

Unfortunately, the consultation of these two documents did not allow us to confirm our ancestor Paul Vachon's baptism in La Copechagnière. It is possible that, at the time of his birth, the parents were living elsewhere in the region. In fact, the archivists were able to establish that Paul had lived in La Copechagnière, but could not confirm where he was born. However, I have found, while consulting the registers of persons admitted to the Hôtel-Dieu Hospital in Québec, that, on the 8th of March 1690, the name of Paul Vachon, aged 64 years, is recorded as being from Saint-Jean-l'Évangeliste, Bas Poitou. Did they want to be more specific regarding the region or is this another clue we should follow? 
Vachon Vincent
154 Fille du roi Valet Louise
155 Of Brioux-sur-Boutonne, diocese de Poitiers, France. Vignault Abel
156 Fille a marier Vigneault Jeanne
157 Census Returns of England and Wales, 1841, Kew, Surrey, England: TheNational Archives of the UK (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO), 1841 Source: 1841 England Census
158 Library and Archives Canada, Census of 1851 (Canada East, Canada West,New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia), Ottawa, Canada: Library and ArchivesCanada Source: 1851 Census of Canada East, Canada West, New Brunswick, and NovaScotia
159 Census Returns of England and Wales, 1851, Kew, Surrey, England: TheNational Archives of the UK (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO), 1851 Source: 1851 England Census
160 United States of America, Bureau of the Census, Tenth Census of theUnited States, 1880, Washington, D.C.: National Archives and RecordsAdministration, 1880 Source: 1880 United States Federal Census
161 Customer pedigree. Source: Ancestors/Relatives
162 At least one living individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Source: Ancestry Family Trees
163 At least one living individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Source: Ancestry Family Trees
164 Filby, P. William, ed., Passenger and Immigration Lists Index,1500s-1900s, Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2006 Source: Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s
165 Gabriel Drouin, comp, Drouin Collection, Montreal, Quebec, Canada:Institut Généalogique Drouin Source: Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967
166 Social Security Administration, Social Security Death Index, MasterFile, : Social Security Administration Source: Social Security Death Index
167 Social Security Administration, Social Security Death Index,MasterFile, : Social Security Administration Source: Social Security Death Index
168 Source: Vital Records Index - Scandinavia - Denmark
Event Type: Christening
Recorded in: Ugerlose, Holbaek, Denmark
Collection: Ugerlose; Den Danske Folkekirke
Total Count: 1083
Reference: FHL 49543 Marriage 1837 - 1870 196
Reference: FHL 49543 Christening 1837 - 1871 887 
Source: Ugerlose, Holbaek, Denmark (Extracted records)
169 Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services, WisconsinMarriages, 1973-1978; Wisconsin Marriages, 1979-1997, Wisconsin, USA:Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services Source: Wisconsin Marriages, 1973-1997
170 Customer pedigree submitted by Claire Brown Source: World Family Tree Vol. 32 (Disk #2), Ed. 1
171 United States, Selective Service System, World War I SelectiveServiceSystem Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Washington, D.C.:NationalArchives and Records Administration Source: World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918

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