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Armandine V.

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Armandine V.

So who is Armandine, spoken of at length by Zélie in her letters CF 128 and following? In her letter of January 17th, 1875, Zélie speaks of “Armandine V.”, and later in her letter:”I wrote immediately to the priest of Banner, where the little one comes from.” Now, there was no town with the name of Banner in the Orne. There was however in the Mayenne a town named Bannes, 97 km from Alençon. Zélie in her letter 145 spoke of “people who lived 30 leagues from here” which could be equivalent (1 league = 4 km). We don’t have the original letters of Madame Martin; it seems the copyist had thought the final “s” was a final “r”, thus Banner. On the site of the departmental archives of Mayenne, there was in 1866 a birth record of an Armandine Eugénie, born April 30th, daughter of Jean Baptiste Velleau, stone cutter and Périnne Guiard, age 30. Armandine V. was probably this Armandine Velleau; the ages match since Zélie spoke in her letter 127 of an 8 year old child. Armandine Velleau died in Levallois (le) Perret on 6?-9-1953.