Emily LaFlair

Female 1886 - 1964  (78 years)


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  • Name Emily LaFlair  [1
    Born 1886  Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died 30 Jun 1964  Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I5093  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 3 Jul 2021 

    Father Louis Napoleon Beique dit Lafleur,   b. 19 Apr 1823, Montreal, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Dec 1897, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Mary Polly,   b. 12 Jan 1845, Russian Corners, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Nov 1922, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Abt 1870 
    Family ID F73  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Harvey Napolean LaFlair,   b. 24 Sep 1887, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Sep 1953, Bath, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 1 Mar 1911  Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Harvey Lawrence LaFlair,   b. 24 Mar 1911, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Feb 1986, Sidney, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 3 Jul 2021 
    Family ID F2849  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • - 1900 U.S. census: Emmie is 14 years old and is living with her mother Mary Polly LaFlair on Pickering St. She was born in April 1886. She is single. She was born in Canada as were both of her parents.

      - On March 1, 1911, Emma married Harvey LaFlair, the son of her first cousin Louis N. LaFlair, after she became impregnated by him. He later sued to have the marriage annuled, claiming in court that he was forced into the marriage more or less at gunpoint, by two police officers. That testimony was contradicted by Emma's aunt, Catherine Laflair Walling, who testified that Harvey admitted impregnating Emma and insisted on marrying her.

      - Ogdensburg Journal, Sept. 12, 1928: Harvey LaFlair Claims Policemen And Woman Forced Him To Wed... Wants Marriage to Emily Beique 17 Years Ago Annulled on Grounds That She Was Insane and Incompetent When Ceremony Was Performed - Marriage License Found Defective.
      CANTON, Sept. 11 - Testimony charging that two local policemen aided an Ogdensburg woman in forcing Harvey LaFlair, Ogdensburg, to marry her insane daughter here 17 years ago was heard in Supreme court here Monday. One of the policemen who Is alleged to have aided in forcing Harvey LaFlair of Ogdensburg to marry Emily Beique, is dead, and the other has since left the force. The mother-in-law was later committed to an insane asylum, and has since died.
      The action, which was brought by Attorney P. K. Moreland to have the marriage of LaFlair and his wife annulled, also involves the fact that the marriage was performed by an Ogdensburg clergyman, who has also been committed to an insane asylum. According to the testimony sworn to by three Ogdcnshurg persons who took the stand yesterday, Harvey LaFlair was forced into his marriage with Emily Beique under peculiar circumstances.
      LaFlair was 21 years old at the time and his wife was 30. Harvey LaFlair had been absent from. Ogdensburg for more than a year prior to March 1, 1911, it was testified. He had met the Beique woman but once in his life, and that was about the time he had left Ogdensburg in 1910.
      When LaFlair arrived in Ogdensburg in the spring of 1911, he was asked to come to the house of Mrs. Beique, according to the testimony. Thinking nothing of the invitation as unusual, LaFlair went to the Beique home on this particular day. When he arrived at the door, Mrs. Beique invited him into the house and he unsuspectingly went in, it is charged.
      Mrs. Beique's daughter, Emily, was also in the house. After some conversation, Mrs. Beique excused herself and left.She was gone for about half an hour when she suddenly returned with two policemen. A clergyman was also on hand. LaFJair was told that he had to marry the woman, then and there, it is alleged. The woman was an expectant mother, and cowed by the presence of the two policemen, LaFlair consented to the marriage, fearing arrest without time for explanation. Two other men had also entered the house and acted as witnesses as the clergyman proceeded with a "ceremgny," which in. itself was not legal, it was asserted by Attorney Moreland.
      The marriage license which was produced in court by Attorney Moreland does not have the city clerk's signature upon it nor the signature of either of the parties. The marriage certificate does not bear the signature of the clergyrman or the witnesses. At the conclusion of the ceremony, LaFlair grabbed his hat, and not only left his new mother-in-law, and his bride, but left Ogdensburg as well, and remained away from the city for four years.
      LaFlair was induced to return to Ogdensburg at the representation of his pastor, who wrote him that it was his duty to come back to the city and take care of his wife and the child. LaFlair, moved by the letter, accecded to the pastor's wishes, and arrived back in Ogdensburg. He joined Mrs. Beique, went to a. church, had the marriage blessed and "adopted" the child which had been born three days after the wedding. LaFlair lived with the woman until 1918, when she was committed to the Newark State School for Mental Defectives, at Newark. Since that time, a communication received from the Institution by Attorney Moreland, informs him that examination, showed that Mrs. LaFlair had the mentality of a six-year-old child. It was testified that the neighbors regarded Mrs. LaFlair as being crazy ever since she was a young child.
      Mrs. John McPherson, one of the witnesses, testified that she had known the woman since childhood and that she was a mental defective in her opinion. All through her life she had performed many irrational acts and had always been incapable of telling time, counting money, etc. Neither could Mrs. LaFlair do any housekeeping and was seldom seen doing anything in that line around the home.
      Before a summons could be served upon the woman at the school where she is confined, Attorney Moreland had to procure an order from the court, permitling such an action, And because the defendant was incompetent, the court ordered Alfred Wells to act as special guardian for the trial.
      After the case was presented to the jury yesterday, the judge directed the clerk to write out the
      testimony and requested Attorney Moreland to submit the findings. Decision in the case will be handed down later. The action, which has been brought to annul the marriage has been based on the grounds that the defendant, Mrs. LaFlair, was insane and incompetent when the marriage ceremony was performed.

      - Ogdensburg Journal, Sept. 14, 1928: Headline: Witness to LaFlair Wedding Tells Her Version of Affair; Mrs. Kate Walling, whose name appears on wedding certificate filed at city clerk's office, claims Harvey LaFlair urged Mrs. Mary Beique to be allowed to marry her daughter.
      Story: Another witness came forward yesterday to give her version of the marriage ceremony between Emily Beique and Harvey LaFlair 17 years ago (in 1911.) This witness, Mrs. Kate Walling, 923 Congress St., is Emily Beique's sister and, with another sister, Mrs. Samuel Boyer, now of Syracuse, a signer of the marriage license. Mrs. Walling asserts that not only was LaFlair not forced into the marriage by two local policemen, as testimony at trial in supreme court at Canton Monday declared, but actually insisted upon it. The marriage license which was produced in court does not have the city clerk's signature, nor the signature of either of the parties. The marriage certificate does not bear the signature of the clergyman or the witnesses. A marriage license in the city clerk's office, however, has the signatures of the witnesses, one of them Kate Walling.
      According to Mrs. Walling, LaFlair came to Emily Beique's mother and begged her to let him marry the girl, declaring that he was the cause of her trouble. Mrs. Beique, after some hesitation agreed, and on March 1, 1910, they were married at her home. According to court testimony and stories widely published, LaFlair had met the girl but once in his life, a year before his marriage with her. Mrs. Walling asserts that he is a cousin to her and had known her since childhood.
      For a year after the marriage, LaFlair stayed with Mrs. Beique. A son was born to Mrs. LaFlair on March 24, 1910. At the end of the year LaFlair left Ogdensburg, staying away four years. During his absence, Mrs. Beique and Mrs. Walling cared for his wife, but when the girl was taken ill with influenza, they begged LaFlair to take her. He answered, according to Mrs. Walling, that he would throw her out if they brought her to his home. As a result, the woman was placed in the hands of Mrs. John McPherson. Admitting that her sister was a mental defective, Mrs. Walling said that her mother firmly believed that LaFlair should be given a divorce, but for some reason not disclosed, he objected.
      It was finally decided, Mrs. Walling said, that the best plan would be to put the woman in an institution and accordingly, she was placed in the Newark School for Mental Defectives at Newark. When LaFlair brought his suit for annulment, his lawyer obtained an order from the court naming Alfred Wells to act as special guardian for the woman. On Sept. 10, the judge directed the clerk to write out the testimony, and a decision in the case will be reached later.

      - Syracuse American, Sept. 23, 1928: Article about Harvey LaFlair trying to have his marriage to Emily LaFlair annulled, and get custody of their child. There is a copy of the marriage certificate in the article. Emma LaFlair lists her name as Emily Beique, and her parents as Napolean Beique and Mary Polly. Their wedding was witnessed by Kate Walling and Francis O'Hagan. She lists her age as 25 at the time of the marriage on March 1, 1911. The child's name was Lawrence LaFlair and he would have been born in 1911. At the time of the article, Emily was living in the New York State Custodial Asylum for Feeble Minded Women, at Newark, NY, between Rochester and Syracuse. Emily was supposed to have been confined there beginning in 1918. At that time the baby went with the father.

      - Information from Steven Barcomb, November, 1991: Emily was born in April of 1886 in Ogdensburg, N.Y. She was married to Harvey LaFlair.

      - Funeral notice of Mary LaFlair Boyer - Dec. 5, 1943: Emma is listed as the only surviving sibling of her sister, Mary LaFlair Boyer when Mary was buried in December of 1943.

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