Just thought I'd post the results of some research I've been doing on the Belanger family. Paul and Louis are NOT related! As most of you know they married sisters, Louis married Genevive Montreuil and Paul married Angelique Montreuil.
Using the St. Anne's CD, looking at the sacraments there is a Benjamin Belanger who seemed to be close to Paul (they show up in each other's kids' baptisms). Benjamin's third marriage to Catherine Plant lists his parents and home parish. The parents listed were Joseph Belanger and Josette Fortier. The home parish is St. Guillaume d'Upton, very close to St. Michel d'Yamaska, home of Louis Belanger's parents Chrysostome Belanger and Therese Petrin. Both Louis and Paul named a son Joseph, so a cousin? Benjamin's records were found at Maskinonge, but his parents were married at Yamachiche. Benjamin's parents were Joseph Lefebvre dit BOULANGER and Josette Fortier. Boulanger not Belanger. At Yamachiche is a baptism for Paul dated 12 Dec 1809. 1809 is consistent with census records.
I got an email from Susan Neumann who has been researching Benjamin Belanger and she supplied me with the following passage from the Richard G. Hulbert Diary, p. 128, Sept 1890 "4 Sept Benjamin Balongi (brother of Paul Balongi (Sen), who is now living at Scott's Point) called on me today. His home is at Anastique, Wisconsin, near Green Bay. He will return probably to Anastique.
Scott's Point is now called Point Patterson. I have in my records land transaction from Newton Township which is where the Point is located. Paul Belanger and his wife lived there until the mid 1890s - the last official documents I have for them. No death date for either Paul or Angelique has yet been found.
A couple of months ago I published an article in the Habitant Heritage about Marie Belanger (daughter of Paul) and Oliver Therrien. In the court records the Belanger named is spelled Boulanger. Go figure?! Is this circumstantial evidence or proof?