|Joseph Bissonnette, also spelled as Bisnett, Bisnette|
|Death Certificate - Click on Image to enlarge and read it|
We can find his life in flashes every ten years starting in the 1850 Federal Census of Cohoes, NY. He was only one year old.....
|1850 United States Census - Cohoes, NY|
In 1860 he is ten years old and listed with his parents in the Federal census of Cohoes. Father, Moises Bissonnette is 34 years old and working as a axe maker. His mother Julia is alive and his older sister, Julia, 16 years old, is working in a factory. The census states Joseph was born in New York.
|1860 United States Census - Cohoes, NY|
The image below may be difficult to read (click on the image to enlarge it a bit). In 1870, he is married (to Celenie) and living in Brandon, Vermont, farming. Their first child, Julia, is one year old.
|1870 Census, Brandon Vermont|
How long did he and Celenie remain in Brandon, Vermont? We can't know for certain but in 1880, the family is back in Cohoes, now with five children. For all five children, the census taker wrote down that the father, Joseph Bissonnette, was born in New York. He earns his living as a butcher.
|1880 Census, Cohoes, NY|
Eight years later, Joseph died of tuberculosis, often called "consumption" in the 19th century. This is an infectious disease usually caused by a strain of mycobacterium - usually Mycobacterium tuberculosis in humans.
However there is a strain of mycobacterium found in cattle called Mycobacterium bovis which can "jump" to humans causing tuberculosis as illustrated below:
There is an article published in German in 1958 entitled, Pulmonary tuberculosis as an occupational disease in butchers & persons employed in agriculture. Although, we will never know exactly, it is interesting to speculate if Joseph Bissonnette died as a result of an occupational disease as a result of working as a butcher in a time before US Department of Agriculture inspections and pasteurization.
A Case report of a fifty two year old man in Australia, illustrates the possibility of Joseph Bissonnette contracting Mycobacterium bovis....
|CT scan of patient , a butcher for 35 years, with Mycobacterium bovis infected tuberculosis|
Celenie Beauvais Bissonnette was widowed on May 1st, 1899. At the time of his death, Joseph and Celenie were living in 35 White Street, Cohoes, NY. They were married approximately 31 years.