Joseph had a grandson named George Abraham Bourgeois (Boss). George used both names interchangeably. Massachusetts phone listings show him as Bourgeois, but census records show him as Boss. Which name did he feel was really his? I don't know.
George had two sons, Henry and Walter. While living with George, they were listed in the same manner as he, even as adults. However, after George died, one son used Boss exclusively, while the other chose to embrace his French heritage and reverted solely back to Bourgeois. And thus my family went forward with both names.
|George and Ella Boss with son Henry. 1907 Easthampton, Massachusetts.|
Some other lines, I've been told, hailing from Bourgeois in the Vermont area used the name Foreman; after all, a foreman on the job is in essence the boss. So if you have a Boss or Foreman in your family, keep in mind that they may actually be French descendants of Bourgeois!