Hi Howard cousin.I'm a great great grandaughter of Jerome Boneparte LaFollette the husband of Sophia Howard.My Great Grandfather was Charles LaFollette and my grandfather was Sherwood N. LaFollette.I've wanted to share with a Howard cousin for sometime. It took me an age to figure out Sophia Howard.She and Jerome were both related to Joseph W Howard, in that Jerome was his uncle and Sophia was his aunt, in that Jerome's Sister also married a Howard, with John W being the offspring of Jerome's sister. Sophia, is very interesting in that her great grandmother was Littica Hatchet Grey Durham it is my understanding and was Cherokee, just sort of sitting there quietly but being very fascinating in our family tree.I can get to Lettica's father but am thinking she was adopted.Any info you have on that would be wonderful to have. The Howards are very illustrious and fun to trace back in England, being very well connected in the house of the Duke of Norfolk and we are related to Saint Philip Howard.He was imprisoned in the Tower of London for his refusal to renounce Catholic faith, and he actually wrote on the one wall in the apartment where he was imprisoned in the Tower.Our family Howard is also related to Anne Boleyn and Lady Jane Grey and we go back to William the Conqueror.The Dukes of Norfolk were interwoven with much history usually being a little on the wrong side in the tussle during the War of the Roses, etc., but somehow they always managed to produce an heir before meeting their fate.I'm not sure if you were aware of that about our Howard ancestors. Also in our family, Usual was married to Nancy Lee and working her ancestory back, I find the Lee family and brothers to our ancestor were two signers of the Declaration... pretty darn cool! Usual's son Joseph was married to Hestor Henton and tracing this family back I find that we are related to the Boone's through marriage to the aunt of Daniel Boone, Percis Boone.Working the Boone family back into England I find that they were the Bohun family and are traced to William or Guilliame Marshall who was a sort of knightly sports figure of his day, Lord Marshall of England, a Knight Templar and signer of the Magna Carta.His effigy is in the Temple Church in London, as is his son's.We are also related to De Rose who another signer of the Magna Carta. I did find it very hard to trace Jean De Follet back into France.I found that his homestead was in a place called Brogden Meadows, NJ and he cleared a small property in a very pretty area (I think he may have done this mostly through sweat of his brow because he had very little money, which would make sense if he escaped France as a persecuted Huegonot in fear of his life.I believe the family trees that say his father was a Casimir Folliot are not accurate at all.Jean was captured by Indians who did not like his English allegiance in the French Indian wars and they burned him at the stake.I can find no trace of Isaac, but of course Jean's son Joseph is the father of our ancestor Usual and George, the other brother is sort of the ancestor of the more southerly branch of the family. You know how the family has this legend of Jean being really Jean de Follet, baron and there is a family chateau and a row of graves in France from the Huguenot terrors in France and of course Jean had brought his sons to NJ finally in escape from that fate.Also we have this legend that in 1066 our family ancestor had saved the life of the Duc de Maine and was rewarded for that bravery... ok, well via Ancestory.com I found a book of French ancestory for the Le Jeune De Malherbe family which very much mirrors this early family legend and Baron Follet was one of the titles of the family and it was 'dit' Follet which meant that's pretty much what they called themselves at the end of the family progression that interests our family.I cannot exactly get Jean to actually be stated as a family son right at the right time for him to have made it to America; however, right at the right time, I find rather a lot of the family had 'fate unknown' and the time period fits with the King renouncing his own Huguenot leanings and doing the 3rd terror against the religion and those that wouldn't renounce it.Sort of ironic because from the family account, our family took up that religion pretty much because his Duc and King also took it up.We had been staunch Catholics and supporters of the Ducs as Chevaliers all through history and were rewarded for our loyalty and service with various titles and good marriages from origins but our family name was Le Jeune De Malherbe pretty much it seems to me. What is sort of funny is that we saved the live of a Plantagenet Duc originally and sort of met our ancestors coming and going since through the Howards and the Bohuns (at the very least) we are related to the Plantagenets as well.Our French family was originally from Normandie and we were Le Jeune and the name was Le Jeune, Seigneur de Kaerjeune Jouhan,Kaerjeune means the 'fair' younger and I think might refer to the 'fair' Plantagenet that he saved.Kaer is in the old Celtic language. So what fun our family to trace back.Very much so.Also the family being hooked up with the Plantegenets was over in England as well when William was doing all his conquering and there is a family home in England as well.I sain I have trouble tracing Jean directly.Two things occur to me,perhaps he mentioned Le Jeune dit Follet and eventually just went by Jean which sounds like jeune in French or he composed his name to escape true detection.Also many Huguenots went up to Netherlands area and he could have been there originally, on the Isle of Jersey, or perhaps he went off to England to hang in London or at the family home in England.In any case, I can't get a good solid name for him, it could have been Louis and I can't find his sons' birth records in french records either.One thing I fing fascinating that our family, including the original Joseph, and then Usual's son Joseph and finally Jerome were horsemen and some repute and you mention this slightly...pretty neat to think that a Chevalier (which are family had a centuries long history of being) were horsemen and skilled at it to be thus rewarded since a knight needed his horse and that went down thru the family to Oregon.