Hi folks, I'm trying to find out about my 2nd great grandmother Marie Berard, or Bernard, Benard, Bearor...and rumor has it Little Bear. She was born about 24 November 1835, (I say about because this was taken from her death certificate). She married Charles LaFrance, 21 November 1854 in Henryville, Quebec.While talking to an elderly LaFrance relative a couple of years ago, he said Marie was indian.He said he'd found this out while doing genealogical research at the Canadian Archives.Unfortunately, he died before I was able to find out any more.Marie's parents were listed as Marie Thuot and Thomas Bernard (again, the vairations).Marie and Charles settled in Highgate Vermont, where she died in January 1911.She and her husband were buried in the St. Louis Cemetery across from the town hall.
I am guessing when I think she might be Abenaki, but I hope there's someone out there who can give me a clue as to her family or at least where to look! Thanks, Diane