Fête au Petit Village in Repentigny on the weekend of September 18th and 19th, 2010 brought a few Americans back to the Rivet-Rivest home village. Ray, Vicky and I traveled to Repentigny and met many members of the Rivet family who remained in the vicinity and greater Montréal area. The street closed off for the festivities was Rue Notre Dame which runs along the northern waterfront of the Assumption River. Much to my surprise, there is a street named Rue Rivet where several brothers had homesteads and leads into Pont (bridge) Rivet. In the mid 18th century, six Rivet-Rivest brothers, all sons of Maurice Rivé and Marie Cusson, came to Repentigny to raise their families. They were Charles, Pierre, Michel, Alexis, Maurice and Nicolas. It accounts for the large number of Rivets-Rivests in the area. The Rivest descendants who immigrated to Cohoes NY were descended from Alexis and Marie Anne Migneron dit Lajeunesse.
|Cousin Ray looking just like the ancestors who lived on Rue Rivest!|