Subject: Re: Going to France;Where do I Look?
Added on Date: 2/19/06
Message Number: 17791
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Cheryl's trip to France ...
Meeting with ...Laurent Desché...there
I tried to e-mail you directly but it don't works.
So please write me at:
And...Sue Woods request to translate the
info on the document/posting by Laurent Desche' ?
Also..the last posting I saw, by Cheryl, was to someone on an island in the Caribbeans (I think..sounded French)
Saying that she hadn't had any success in finding info in France, on this line of the Raison family..
The Marquis Louis M. Raison de la Geneste and/or
Luis Langlois/Laugier or the wife of Louis, who may have been in the Caribbean, instead of France when they married as Luis L..whatever/however he spelled the surname was supposedly another plantation owner there.
Nothing on the daughters of Louis Raison de la Geneste, either; one, who supposedly married Joseph Gardner, on the island of St Dom, prior to the slave uprising, or the other, who married another plantation owner, Pierre Antoine Fontaine/o de Chaussenelle, fleeing to Cuba, then NOLA... or the guy in Jacmel, Phillipe Ridore/o, who married Louis's widow, Lady Langier-Raison and may or may not have died in St Dom, & didn't make it to Cuba/NOLA..? For these people to have been supposedly of some pretty good stock, and a descendant who states the Raison family's roots go back 12 generations with a well-known coat of arms, etc.. there's surely not a lot known or shared about whoever they were, in France, prior to being in St Domingo; except for the family stories about Louis's father, Louis who is said to have died, also, when Lady Langier-Raison was widowed, & who never returned to St. Dom from his trip to France, leaving her a widow, to marry Philip Ridor and the blending of their families, including a God-child, a mulatto, in Jacmel, St Dom. just prior to the slave uprising. The info on the marraige was online in French, which I translated thru an online translation service, like Bablefish, which has mysteriously disappeared and which isn't that uncommon, with the info on these people etal. Instead of more becoming clear, it seems to be becoming more shrouded, instead...Why? Is my question. On some of the south LA geno sites, I've come across some things that suggest that there may have been some info, from during the uprisings that the descendants either don't know or was better left unsaid; but, there should be enough info released that the decendants might fill in the trees and research from, I'd think. I have read that the remarried widow and the dtr who married the Pete Fountain de Chausenel, was buried in the St Louis Cemitary #1, in the French Qtrs, but all I've found is a John Gardner buried there. There are several John Gardners, of MA, who are left w/o places or date info for their deaths. Joseph Gardner and my ancestor, Marie therese' Chlotilde Raison de la Geneste are buried with tombstones, in Barbourville, Cabell Co.,W.Va. with at least a couple of their kids, who married into a Mueller/Miller family there, or in Greenup, Co.,KY or Boyd Co, prior to being in VA (the state/counties borders changed during that time..early 1800's) Of the 3 siblings who excaped St. Dom, Louis MM Raison married into the Young (maybe had been JUNG) family; Marie TC Raison m:Joseph Gardner, St Dom/see above..don't know the exact details of how he managed to be where he was & when...(I've heard/not seen "proof") Maria Theresa the youngest sibling, who married the Fontain de Chausenel (however it's actual spelling) is said to be buried in NOLA with her mother, who may have dropped her surnames, in favor of Geneste, as there were 6 families in the 1880 US census, one of which was in S.Louisiana and the only "gunsmith" listed in the US census, as such. There is also an acclaimed Raison, in Ohio, who was an acclaimed gunsmith. There are also the Jeunesses around the Canadian border, the Great Lake region, near the Raison river; some listed as Indian, on a reservation. I believe that by any other name(s)...they are all one and the same.
I hope we can bring this family back together again.
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