Alfred was born June 16, 1865 in Rimouski, Quebec. His parents were Francois Regis Roy and Philomene Dube. He was baptized at the Cathedrele St-Germain. His name was Pierre Alfred Roy. People in Quebec went by their middle name.
Alfred Peter Roy's birth entry in the church book for Cathedrele St-Germain, Rimouski, Quebec
11, Rue Saint-Germain Ouest
In 1885 or 1887 when Alfred was 20 or 22, he left Rimouski for Minneapolis, Minnesota. The rest of his family did not immigrate.
Alfred appears in the Minneapolis City Directory for the years 1891 - 1892. He lives in the same building as Etienne Beaudoin, his future father-in-law.
Minneapolis City Directory 1891 - 92
Minneapolis City Directory 1891092
Alfred's future wife was living with her parents and siblings in Minneapolis as can be seen in the City Directory for the years 1888 - 1889.
Minneapolis City Directory 1888 - 89
Alfred and Amanda probably married in Minneapolis in 1891. Amanda's father died in 1892 of pneumonia and the couple moved to Superior, Wisconsin. Supposedly Alfred found work with the railroad. Their first two children, Anna and Dora were born in Superior, Wisconsin in 1894 and 1895.
Their next child, Alfred Joseph, was born in 1896 in Rhode Island. Supposedly Amanda wanted to move to Rhode Island to be near her sister Delphine who moved with her husband, Francois Bouchard, to Rhode Island in 1891. Also moving to Rhode Island was Amanda's other sister Delima and her husband Achille Lavoie. Delima and Archille moved to Rhode Island from Superior, Wisconsin about the same time as Alfred and Amanda did.
Also moving to Rhode Island were some children of Alfred's brother Samuel. Samuel's daughters Marie Reine Hosanna Hectorine who married William Reilly and Marie Alice who married Fred Charboneau lived in Rhode Island. Samuel's son Josephe Alphonse Roy who married Florida Sawyer lived in Warwick, Rhode Island. Samuel's daughter Fontina (who went by Marion) married Derias Mimeault and mostly lived in Fall River, Massachusetts.
Alfred and Amanda had ten children, eight lived to adulthood.
|Anna Marie||January 13, 1894||July 5, 1938|
|Dora Marie||July 20, 1895||September 13, 1978|
|Alfred Joseph||September 23, 1896||February 4, 1957|
|Yvonne A||February 22, 1898||April 17, 1971|
|Leo Regis||June 16, 1900||February 25, 1989|
|Napoleon Charles||May 8, 1902||June 10, 1995|
|Louis Auguste||August 14, 1904||Decmeber 1968|
|Emil||May 17, 1908||April 25, 1909|
|Eugene Emil||June 27, 1909||September 12, 1987|
According to the 1905, 1910, and 1920 census Alfred was a carpenter working on houses. In the 1935 Rhode Island census he is listed as a farmer. In the 1930 census he is listed as a farmer working on a truck farm. Truck farms raise vegetables for market. From his son Leo's wedding announcement, the firm was called Roy & Sons and they were market gardeners.
From the 1905 Rhode Island census Alfred could not read or write.
Here are some newspaper articles that mention Alfred:
The complaint of John M. Tourtellot, C.
A. Brigham and others of Norwood
against a "piggery" maintained on the
Apponnaug road, between Lincoln Park
and Norwood, by Alfred P. Roy, was re-
ceived, alleging that the place was a
nuisance and a menance to health. It was
referred to Dr John A. Mack, health of-
ficer, with instructions to report at the the
Alfred Roy, who was arrested a week
or more ago on complaitn of Truant
Officer John J. Hargraves for keeping
his three children from school, was ad-
judged probably guilty to-day by Judge
Hebert in the Fourth District Court at
Apponaug and sentence was deferred on
payment of costs.
The Warwick Town Council voted
at a special meeting at Apponaug last
night to have an investigation of the
condition of several wells at Oakland
Beach. A resolution was also adopt-
ed ordering the removal of a garbage
nuisance at Norwood, after a petition
signed by about 70 residents of the
village was presented to the Coun-
James Mohr, in speaking in behalf
of the petitioners stated that the
dumping of swill on the property of
Alfred P. Roy by Mr. Roy and others
consitituted a nuisance. The odor from
the garbage heap, according to Mr.
Roy and others, is very disagreeable,
and dangerous to the health of the
comunity. During the discussion
of the alleged nuisance Orrin Hebert
complained of the number of rats
that infest the garbage heap and
stated that he has had to stay up
night shooting them.
If one can judge by the comment
heard in Norwood in regard to
Council President Harrington in-
structing the sergeant-at-arms to
remove a taxpayer who had ap-
peared before the council to defend
himself, there is more than the de-
sire to rid the town of serving as
a dumping ground for swill. At a
previous meeting the council presi-
dent led the fight against Alfred
Roy, who it appears has only six
pigs, and what swill he brings into
the town is used as fertilizer.
When an investigation was
ordered and inspection made of the
place complained of, it was found
that the swill had been plowed in
and not exposed as stated by the
complainant, who it appears is a
It will be recalled by many that
this is the man that Harrington
stopped on the highway for carting
swill without a permit, and his pos-
ing as the health officer at that time
caused a furor that threatened for
a time to wreck the party. It is re-
ported that State Committeeman
Robertson and Health Officer Lock-
wood have had but little in common
since then. It was stated at the time
and probably used to defend Har-
rington that he had no intention to
ursurp the powers of the health of-
ficer when he stopped the swill
team, but thought the driver was
lost and was directing him to Lake-
wood where the political hogs live.
Harrignton's action has stirred up
the feelings of the Norwood citizens
who are not in sympathy with such
strong arm methods, frankly state
that Harrington's mad desire for pub-
licity will react agains him next
fall and his political career will be
Residents in Norwood who live
near the highway and in a position
to know, ask why Roy is being dis-
criminated against when another
resident who resides only a short
distance from the council president
is carting swill daily through Elm-
wood avenue in an uncovered wagon
and at times with side boards used
to keep some of it from dropping
all over the street, while the wagon
used by Roy conforms with the law
and is covered completely.
Amanda died Dec 21, 1910 from a burst appendix. Alfred remarried in 1933 to Adeliska Giroux. He was 67 and she was 54. It was her first marriage.
Alfred and Adeliska lived at 25 Chestnut Street, Warwick, Rhode Island. It is now an industrial area off Jefferson Boulevard.
Alfred died August 10, 1938 of cirrhosis of the liver which he had since November of 1887. He is buried in St. Ann's Cemetary, Cranston, Rhode Island. You can see a copy of the death certificate at the FamilySearch website. You will need to sign up for a free account to look at records. Here is the link to the death certificate - https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L9H7-DJX
Adeliska died in 1955.
The funeral of Mrs. Adeliska
M. (Giroux) Roy, 78, of 54 Iona
Ave., Norwood, will be held Fri-
day at 8 a.m. from the home with
a solemn requiem Mass in St.
Williams Church at 9. Burial will
be in St. Ann's Cemetery, Cran-
Mrs. Roy, widow of Alfred P.
Roy, died Monday at her home.
Born Nov. 1, 1876 in Provi-
dence she was a resident of War-
wick for 22 years.
She is survived by a brother,
John A. Giroux of North Smith-
field. She was a member of St.
William's Rosary and Altar So-
1910 U.S. census, Kent County, Rhode Island, page 27, dwelling number 215, line 38, Alfred Roy head, digital image, Heritage Quest, accessed 20 January 2008, from National Archives microfilm T624, roll 1436.
1910 United States Federal Census, Census Place: Providence Ward 7, Providence, Rhode Island; Roll: T624_1444; Page: 13A; Enumeration District: 0222; FHL microfilm: 1375457, Achille Lavoie head.
Ancestry.com. Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2008. Original data: Gabriel Drouin, comp. Drouin Collection. Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Institut Généalogique Drouin, Rimouski (cathedrele St-Germain) 1865 image 18 of 39.
Evening Tribune, Saturday, November 27, 1926, page 5
Providence, RI: Alphabetical Index of Births, Marrriages and Deaths, 1931-1940. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011. Originally published as: Alphabetical Index of the Births, Marriages and Deaths Recorded in Providence, Rhode Island 31 vols. City of Providence, 1879–1945. Volume Marriages 1931 - 1935, page 390 of 485, 38:226.
Rhode Island State Archives, Deaths Registered in the City of Providence, R.I., December 21, 1910, Amanda Roy.
"Rhode Island State Census, 1935," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MPRP-XD1 : 11 March 2018), Alfred P Roy, Kent, Rhode Island, United States; State Archives, Providence; FHL microfilm 1,712,071.
Roy,Alfred, death certificate city or town no. 38-132, 1938 Deaths Vol. 15 (10 August 1938), Department of Health, Providence Rhode Island.
"United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MJVZ-7Q3 : accessed 16 December 2019), Leo Roy in household of Alfred Roy, Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island, United States; citing ED 20, sheet 3B, line 95, family 82, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 1671; FHL microfilm 1,821,671.
"United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XMZJ-WJC : accessed 16 December 2019), Leo R Roy in household of Alfred P Roy, Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 12, sheet 10B, line 91, family 268, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 2169; FHL microfilm 2,341,903.