Goodness gracious, I don't *believe* I stumbled across this.
OK, Pascal Arseneau, son of Pierre Arseneau and Rose Hache, is my great-grandfather. Here's the story as I know it. Yes, he was married to Mary Doucet, in Bathurst, New Brunswick, but Mary passed away, in 1881. Soooo, he took in a teenage orphan girl to look after the kids, named Marie Patrionelle (later changed to Mary Patricia). *Married* her when she was 19, and he was 59. Had a bunch more kids!!! The youngest, John, was born when Pascal was 67. And John is my grandfather.
that's the quick version, we'll have to communicate more to exchange more.
As I said, I cannot believe my good fortune to come across this post. All of us from the "second" family have been vaguely aware of the first family, but other than some contact years ago with Peter, we have had no information whatsoever on that first family.
I'm going to e-mail this to you guys separately as well.