First of all, let me express my regret about your husband's illness. I know from past experience it is not easy to watch a loved one suffer.
Your points about Langille and the other fmaily names are all basically correct. These folks were all HUGUENOTS (OO-gen-oh) or French Protestants from the area where France and Switzerland meet (usually called Montbéliard). This are all kinds of sites on them on both sides of the Atlantic.
The Langille and Bezanson (note sp.) names are still common in NS, especially in Colchester County, where Tatamagouche is located. TRURO is the shire town where many records are kept (see e-mail and websites at end of this posting).
- http://www.angelfire.com/az/MarrHollow/Huguenots.htmlhttp://www.angelfire.com/az/MarrHollow/Huguenots.html - This was taken from a book called "Becoming America, The Revolution before 1776", by Jon Butler
Huguenots took up American colonization to alleviate their miserable exile in Europe. The Huguenot exodus had occurred just as a late-seventeenth-century colonization boom was beginning in America, and colonial entrepreneurs quickly advertised among the Huguenot refugees. Agents for William Penn and the proprietors of the Carolinas circulated pamphlets in the Huguenot refugee centers advertising their colonies.
Charleston VA was founded by 5,000 Huguenots and large numbers settled in Virginia. Many also settled in Florida and South Carolina. The first Protestants to settle in America near St. Augustine, Florida, about 1590 were led by Hugues Besançon (later Bezanson), leader of a group of Protestant (Calvinist) reformers from/in Geneva, Switzerland.
Try some of the following for general info:
In Alsace on the French-German border, is a town Haguenau (= AH-ghen-oh) which may derive from Huguenot, or may have given its name to the movement.
The surname Bezanson (beh-ZAN-son in NS) or Besancon comes from the French city Besançon, the capital of the "département" (province) of Doubs, just along the Swiss border and not far from the Swiss cities of Basel, Bern and Lausanne. Many Huguenots came from the French cities of Belfort, Metz, Nancy, Colmar, Épinal, Mulhouse (Fr. mool-ooz) or Mülhausen in German, and Strasbourg (Ger. Strassburg), and the smaller villages around them.
For European Huguenot research, you can contact:
Tel: (+44-20) 7380-7094
Centre de généalogie protestante
54, rue des Saint-Pères
with this kind of letter:
Je suis à la recherche des origines de la famille (place SURNAME here), qui peut être originaire de France. Pouvez-vous m'indiquer si vos fichiers contiennent des informations sur ce patronyme ou des formes approchées (write SURNAME and VARIANT SPELLINGS here) ?
Avec mes vifs remerciements.
Mes meilleurs salutations,
(place YOUR SIGNATURE
& PRINTED NAME here)
Don't forget to include up to 5 IRC (International Reply Cards) for the research and response. You can buy these at any postal outlet. THEY WILL NOT ANSWER YOUR REQUEST WITHOUT THESE. THERE MAY BE ADDITIONAL CHARGES AFTER THE FIRST SEARCH IF YOU REQUEST MORE DETAILS. In 2000, Canada Post charged CAN$3.50 per card.
Books: "The records of New Amsterdam from 1653 to 1674", edited by Fernow 1897; "Collections - New York Genealogical and Biographical Society", Vol. I, Marriages Dutch Church, New York; Vol II, "Baptisms from 1689-1730", in the Reformed Dutch Church.
Check Vital Records of: Milford, Trumbull, in Connecticut, of Long Island New York, especially of Jamaica, Oyster Bay, Huntington, Williamsburg, and Brooklyn; later of New York City; of Tyringham, Mass; The many VR: at the State House, Boston, MA. The VR's of North Yarmouth, Maine; and of Annapolis County, Nova Scotia, Canada. Also Records of the French and Indian Wars and the War of the Revolution.
The following (not exhaustive) list shows some Huguenot names - some are unchanged after hunderds of years, many have become totally changed in their spelling.
- http://www.uftree.com/UFT/WebPages/huguenot/default/index.htmhttp://www.uftree.com/UFT/WebPages/huguenot/default/index.htm -
or E-Mail @ - email@example.com -
ALLEN, ANDERSON, ANDREWS, ARNO/ARNAUD (>Norse "arn"=eagle),
BARBA/BARBEE, BARKER, BENNETT, BETTGER, BEUS,
Balew, Balleau, Ballieul, Balliou, Ballou, Belieu, Belew, Billiou, Bilyea, Bilyeu, Boileau (bwah-LOW), and even Billings
One Belyea site - members.tripod.com/~Cleadie_B/mfb/links.htm -
- the Bellew family originated in Northern France, taking a local place name for their surname. "Bel ewe" is old Norman French for "Good Water". Modern French is "Bel eau". Balleau may be another version. The original Bellews were knights who came to England in 1066 with the Norman Conquest. Some of them went to Ireland with the conquest of that country in 1170 and their descendant, Lord Bellew, still has a castle there.
BOYCE, BRO(U)WER, BROWN, BRUMLEY, BRUNNER, BUNKER, BURROW,
CAMPBELL, CARLSON, CHADWICK, CHIDESTER,
*D'AUGE (dozh), *DELOZIER, DEPEW, DONOHOO, *DOZIER (*same name ?)
In the 1780s-1790s, Depues (Depews) were listed as "good husbandmen" and settled on the West Bank of Niagara across from Fort Niagara. They followed the Secords, Showers, Lutes and Dolsons from Lewiston NY to Niagara Falls. There is also a Depew street in Niagara Falls.
ELDER, ELMER, ERICKSON,
FALCONER / FAULKNER, FLETCHER, FILLEUL / FILIEU[X],
GIBSON, GILBERTSON, GILL, GLINES, GOASLIND (GOSSELIN ?), GAUDWIN/GODWIN/GOODWIN, GRIFFIN,
HARDY, HARRIS, HOLMES, HYDE,
LARZALERE, LAHEW/LA HUE/LEHEW, LI(P)SCOMB, LUCAS, *LOZIER, LUNDELL,
MANLEY, MARAVILLA, MARKHAM, MARLET, MARLETT, MARSHALL, MATTATALL,
MEADOWS, MOORE, MORGAN, MORRISON, MOSHER/MOSIER/MOYSER
MCCURDY, MCKENZIE, MCOMBER/? MCCUMBER,
O'NEILL, O'NEILL-MEADOWS, OLSON, OVIATT,
PACKER, PERRIN, PETERSEN, PETERSON, PINAUD/PINEO/PINNEO, PRITCHARD,
REDD, REYNOLDS, RICH, RIGGS, ROLLINS, ROBERT (later ROBERTS)
SCERANKA, SCHAUFERT, SCOTT, SEATON, SECOR(D ? or SECOURS ?), SEVERE (SEVIER ?), SEVERSON, SEYBOLDT, S(C)HEIBEL, SIMKINS, SNOW, SPACKMAN, STRATTON,
TAYLOR, THORN, TIFFANY, TIMOTHY, TRIM, TRIPLETT,
VANNOY[T}, VAN WORKMAN, VIDITO (aka Videt, Videto, Vidette, Vedite, Vedette, Viditne, Videto, Vedite, Veditoe, Videtto, Viddito, Vittitoe)
WALL, WATKINS, WILKERSON, WILLIAM, WILLSON, WILSON, WINEGAR, WORKMAM, WORKMAN, WORKMANN, WORTHEN
Many of the above names are found in NS.
and info sources in Nova Scotia:
Colchester County NS (incl. TATMAGOUCHE) - http://www.genealogynet.com/Colchester/http://www.genealogynet.com/Colchester/ - first settled early 1760's by New England Planters who sometimes occupied former Acadian French land after the Expulsion of 1755 - http://www.rootsweb.com/~nscolche/index.htmlhttp://www.rootsweb.com/~nscolche/index.html - also an excellent new database by Jane Wile on surnames of Colchester County - www.genealogynet.com/resident/genejane/home.htm - When you get there, click on the tab for surnames. This will bring up about 2 dozen surnames. Sara Murray Leonard - firstname.lastname@example.org - posted extensive Crow information under CROW # 1644 - from the "Historical and Genealogical Record of Colchester County (NS)" by Thomas Miller, 1803. Colchester Historical Archives include: - Index to Colchester County Deeds 1771-1870 - Colchester Deeds 1770-1845 - Vital Statistics from newspapers from 1760-1908 - Township Books - Truro, Onslow and Londonderry, Westchester, Cumberland County, Guysborough County, Kings County, Annapolis County - Maps of early Colchester County
Pictou County NS - http://www.rootsweb.com/~nspictou/http://www.rootsweb.com/~nspictou/ -
or - rootsweb.com/~canns - or - http://www.ckec.com/pages/geneologhttp://www.ckec.com/pages/geneolog - or - email@example.com (MAY 2000: NOT FOUND)
- http://www.rootsweb.com/~nspcghs/http://www.rootsweb.com/~nspcghs/ - The Pictou County Genealogy and Heritage Society, P.O. Box 1210, Pictou, N.S. B0K 1H0 Tel: (902) 485-4563 - Administrators of the Hector Exhibit Centre and McCulloch House Museum - extensive library of books on Pictou County, specific communities, churches, prominent figures and records of other parts of Nova Scotia. Copies of both the "Ritchie Records" and the "Stone Books" which are very valuable transcriptions of almost all of the cemeteries in Pictou County.
Pictou County Historical Society - Tel: (902) 752-5583 or in Pictou Town at (902) 485-4563, 86 Old Haliburton Road.
Pictou Advocate (newspaper) (902) 485-8014 or FAX (902) 752-4816
Pictou County is located on the central north shore of Nova Scotia, Canada. The first settlers arrived from Philadelphia on June 10, 1767 on the brigantine "Betsey". In September, 1773 about 200 immigrants arrived from Scotland on the "Hector". Much of the culture of the County today can be attributed to these Scottish immigrants. Many soldiers of the 82nd Hamilton Regiment began settling in Pictou County in the fall of 1783 after peace was made with the United States. From 1767 to 1849 was the great period of British emigration; approximately 120 ships arrived in Pictou County carrying immigrants from Scotland, England and Ireland. Today it is the third largest population centre in NS and includes the "Five Towns" of New Glasgow, Stellarton, Westville, Trenton, and Pictou itself. Coal was first discovered in the late 1790s, one of the largest coal seams in the world, over 48 feet thick. The fortunes of Stellarton and area have risen and fallen over the Foord Coal Seam. The first train in North America, the "Samson" in 1839, ran coal from the mines to nearby ships. Stellarton has become home to one of North America's largest corporations, the Sobeys Inc. grocery and food conglomerate, with stores all across Canada and assets of billions of dollars. In the 19th century, this was a shipbuilding, industrial and manufacturing centre.
Cumberland County NS - http://www.rootsweb.com/~nscumber/http://www.rootsweb.com/~nscumber/ - on the border with Province of New Brunswick, only land link from NS to rest of North America. French settlements and forts from 1650 to early 1700's became English in period 1748-1758. Many records of French and English settlers including Yorkshire farmers who bought and settled on land around Oxford and Amherst in 1770's [and also next door in Dorchester and Sackville, soon to be part of the new province New Brunswick], and United Empire Loyalists fleeing American Revolution and settling places like Parrsboro in 1784-1790. The Tantramar Heritage Trust hosted "Yorkshire 2000", a gathering of the descendants of Yorkshire settlers who emigrated from northern England, going to Nova Scotia during the period 1772-1775. Go to - http://www.tap.nb.ca/tht/york2000.htmlhttp://www.tap.nb.ca/tht/york2000.html - or access it through Cyndi's List for Nova Scotia.
In the former coal mining community of Springhill, Cumb Co, NS, local historian Mary Willa Littler (tel: 902-597-2469) is compiling details about the 1891 mine disaster that claimed 125 lives, some as young as 12 years old. Two other deadly 'bumps' in 1956 and 1958, with a major fire in downtown Springhill in 1957, almost killed the town, but it has courageously fought back. Its biggest claim to fame nowadays is singer Anne Murray, whose museum attracts tens of thousands of tourists every year.
Wallace Museum in Wallace, Nova Scotia, Canada, is now on line. Charlotte Lou Moody at the museum is grand-daughter of John Moody and grand-niece of Thorpe Moody.
- http://www.CyndisList.com/novascot.htmhttp://www.CyndisList.com/novascot.htm - Cyndi's List for Nova Scotia - a great place to get started
- http://www.stillman.org/ns.htmhttp://www.stillman.org/ns.htm - has good basic NS map
- http://nsgna.cdnet.ns.ca/index.htmlhttp://nsgna.cdnet.ns.ca/index.html - Nova Scotia Genealogy Network Association
A great Canadian genealogy site is:
- http://www.king.igs.net/~bdmlhm/cangenealogy.htmlhttp://www.king.igs.net/~bdmlhm/cangenealogy.html -
NOVA SCOTIA Genweb Site - http://www.rootsweb.com/~canns/http://www.rootsweb.com/~canns/ -
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- http://www.nsarm.ednet.ns.ca/http://www.nsarm.ednet.ns.ca/ - Public Archives of Nova Scotia - Tel: (902) 424-6060 FAX: (902) 424-0628 - **NOTE: AS OF 2001, THEIR ACTUAL RECORDS WERE NOT YET AVAILABLE ON-LINE, so you must visit in person, employ researchers, or use "snail mail" if you live far away.
- http://nsgna.cdnet.ns.ca/index.htmlhttp://nsgna.cdnet.ns.ca/index.html - or - http://www.chebucto.ns.ca/Recreation/GANS/index.htmhttp://www.chebucto.ns.ca/Recreation/GANS/index.htm - Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia (GANS) - Leland Harvie, newsletter editor - P.O. BOX 41, Halifax, N.S. Canada B3J 2T3 - 902-443-9107, Halifax - 1,500 members - the main "chebucto" menu was changed after April 1999 to - http://www.rootsweb.com/~canns/http://www.rootsweb.com/~canns/ - with LINKS to many interesting sites.
"Genealogical Research in Nova Scotia" by Terrance Punch - ISBN 1-55109-235-2 - Terry is a professionally accredited Canadian genealogist who specializes in immigration from Ireland, Germany and Montbéliard (Huguenot Protestants French-Swiss border area). Terry also investigates the origins of surnames. He hosts a program on CBC (public radio) every 4 weeks (usually Mondays) and will answer questions by E-Mail to - firstname.lastname@example.org - or check out the Website at - http://www.halifax.cbc.cahttp://www.halifax.cbc.ca -
- http://www.library.ns.ca/regionals/http://www.library.ns.ca/regionals/ - NS Regional Libraries (for your enquiries, try the ones marked * first):
* Annapolis Valley Regional Library
_ Cape Breton Regional Library
* Colchester-East Hants Regional Library
* Cumberland Regional Library
_ Eastern Counties Regional Library
_ Halifax Regional Library
* Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library
_ South Shore Regional Library
_ Western Counties Regional Library