Thank-you so much for the reply.The Carbonneau(no "h")line I am related to is in and from France.My father was born in Belesta, France. Charbonneaus (with the "h")arrived in North America in the late 1800s and early 1700s and were primarily located in Canada.Most Charbonneau's in the US come from Canada as did Touissant Charbonneau who was a guide for Lewis and Clark. Touissant was French Canadian and Metis and descended from a frenchman, who arrived in the late 1600s. Touissant and Sacagawea's sons name was Jean Baptist (Pomp) and his son by another Indian woman was Touissant Jr.It is possible he had other sons. I have always heard the toussiant was referred to as Louis Charbonneau but I am not sure of this.I remember this becuase I always thought how funny it was that my dad had the same name.I am now very curious about whether or ntohe really was called "Louis" or if they are referring to another descendant of his, possibly another son or son of Jean Baptist Charbonneau.
My Simms go back to Fairfax County, Virginia in the mid 1700s' and earlier and possibly Maryland before that. My GGGGGGgrandfather William Simms was constable in Fairfax co. in 1758(bond on file at the county clerks office). I'm trying to find William's( b. Abt. 1730) parents.
Simms and Douglas together sound familiar. Col.Charles Simmsb.1755 of the Revolution married Nancy Douglas.I believe her father was a military officer also. Col. Charles Simms was of Fairfax Co. also and we have been tying to find a link to our family with his. Maybe there is a link to the boat builders.There was an Alexander Semmes of Maryland (of the Maryland Semmes) who built boats but he died at sea and I am not sure of the time period. Let me know what you find out. Check out "Semmes America" by Anderson Humphreys,You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.