my great grandfather, Nelson Constantineau!! Don't you just love that name, Constantineau!! I do!! Apparently Nelson didn't. Born in St. Jean's (St. John's) Quebec, Canada,(I believe his actual given name was Narcisse) Nelson immigrated to the United States and settled first in New Hampshire then in the Lowell, Massachusetts area. He went by several different surnames, from Constantinople, Constantino, and my favorite just plain Teno or Tino!! Makes it fun to do family history research when your ancestors can't keep their name straight.
At the young age of nineteen, Nelson served in the Civil War in the Fourteenth Regiment Maine Volunteer Infantry. On November 10, 1866 he married fellow French-Canadian Mary Raymond in Lowell, Massachusetts. There were the parents of six daughters and three sons!! Nelson died at the very early age of 39 due to consumption (tuberculosis), he contracted while serving in the military.
I never thought I would see a picture of Nelson. I received an early Christmas present in December 2004. It was a letter from a second cousin I didn't know yet, with a picture of Nelson. While cleaning out the home built by one of his sons, her grandfather Perley, she found these pictures. There was no name on the back so she wasn't sure of the identity. She went searching and found that I had done some research on this family. I had copies of Nelson's military records so I knew he served in the Civil War. So, it just had to be him!! I love the pictures, they are indeed treasures. My heart turns to this ancestor because of my gratitude for him in immigrating to the United States so I could be an American. And in serving this great country in the military. I'm proud of my Constantineau heritage and look forward to a great heavenly reunion with my ancestors.