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Note: New data has been collected on many of the Ocha family members. I have ordered various obituaries and vital records to tie up more loose ends in this family.

Antoine OCHA was born in Canada in 1812. The only thing we know about his parents are two censuses that have conflicting information, one says they were born in Canada and another says they were from France.

Most of the information as far as dates and places that happened in Antoine's life were found in his son Joseph's Civil War Pension Files. Joseph died during the civil war and Antoine was aged and sick at the time so applied for and received a pension for Joseph's service.

Antoine and his wives produced brave and courageous children who served their country, and have performed their duties within their service to the point of receiving recognition for it in newspapers of the day, history books and pleas to the U.S. Congress.  One son is still being written about today although he died in 1912 while in the US Life Saving Service.

The Fontaine family line is widespread in North America.  The spellings are varied Fontain, Fountain, Fontaine, Fantan, Fontin, Fountin are found in source files. I had help from the Fontaine Surname Association of Canada, precisely Roger Fontaine, in constructing Georgiana's line back to the original settler in the Canada on this line.  I am continuing research and gathering the evidence for this line from films of the original parish records.

Sons Franklin J.  and Albert H. were both in the US Life Saving Service and some of their sons and a stepson, also served when the service changed to US Coast Guard in 1915.  If you would like to read more about the US Life Savers and US Coast Guard please visit my pages Great Lakes Shipping "Downward Bound".

New video of the history of the US Life Saving Service along Lake Superior's southern shore known as Shipwreck Coast, includes Albert H. Ocha and others.

 


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