Roughly speaking our Acadian history can be divided into two parts. The Acadians before 1755 and the Acadians during and after the Dispersal. Bona Arsenault's "History of the Acadians" published by Lemeac is perhaps the best all around history of the Acadians with references to individual families.
1. Jacques LeBlanc married Catherine Hebert
2. Francoise LeBlanc married Martin Blanchard
3. Etienne LeBlanc "a sailor. . . left Acadia."
4. Rene LeBlanc married Anne Bourgeois
5. Andre LeBlanc married marie Dugas
6. Antoinne LeBlanc married Marie Bourgeois
7. Pierre LeBlanc married first Marie Terriot and then Madeleine Bourg after the death of Marie Terriot.
LeBlanc Family Reunion at Moncton in the 1950's.
There are seven families from which most of the LeBlanc's in Canada and the United States are descendent. One of those lines, that of Francoise does not appear on paper as LeBlanc history but as Blanchard history because Francoise was the only girl in the family. Another line, that of Etienne is a mystery since he became a sailor and left Acadia. Where he settled, if indeed he did, and who his descendents are and where remains to be discovered.
A smaller LeBlanc line concerns a soldier stationed at Louisbourg. He was a LeBlanc who married and had children, but not quite as prolificly as that of Daniel and Francoise. Yet, the Louisbourg LeBlanc has descendents scattered throughout the United States and Canada too but, to the best of our knowledge, they are not closely related to the Acadian LeBlancs.
I know of one family in Waterbury who is related to the Louisbourg LeBlancs and one day will have to research their family line.
Our LeBlanc Family Newsletter is concerned with locating and identifying the greater family of Acadian LeBlancs, in collecting their genealogies for inclusion in the various French-Canadian Libraries in the U.S. and Canada. But more than that, we are dedicated to finding their stories, collecting them and including them at the mentioned libraries so that history will not forget them, nor ourselves, for that matter.
If you mention Acadians few people have any idea what you're talking about. If you say Cajuns, there's no confusion. But few people know that only a small number of exiled Acadians reached Louisianna where they then integrated into the community and established that unique band of people known as the Cajuns. Less is known of the Acadians who settled along the East Coast or "the Islands." And, of course, the great number who made the trek back north and returned to Canada is a story hardly heard at all. One excellent book is Antonine Maillet's "Pelagie" as translated by Philip Stratford and published by Newpress Canadian Classics.
In the classics we find Longfellow's "Evangeline" which has been made into a movie and has been published hundreds of times over. Here we find Rene LeBlanc the notary of Grand Pre and the story of the two Acadian lovers who are torn from each other's arms and the trajedy of their lives.
The Reverend Parkman of "Oregon Trail" fame was a friend of the Acadians and especially of the LeBlanc family and their names turn up often in the pages of his books on the French of "The Old Regime."
There is a decent number of researchers in the field studying the history of Acadia and the exiled people. But there is one area that is difficult to deal with. At one point, say 1955 when the LeBlanc family met at Memramcook for their 300 year celebration it was determined that there were over 100,000 descendents of the original Acadian LeBlancs. Now there are more. But the stories of those who moved on in time, to become "us" right now, have been lost by the roadside, many of them.
So, our LeBlanc Family Inn is dedicated to becoming a wayside where those stories can be told, written down and then delivered to those libraries around the country and the world who value, rather treasure the history of all people.
Janet Jehn of Covington, Kentucky in her "Acadian Descendants" Volume III "The Genealogy of Antoine A Daniel LeBlanc and Marie Bourgeois." has created the definitive work on my side of the LeBlanc family. But her work comes to an end with our great-great grandfather Pierre LeBlanc who married Marie Luce Hebert at Napierville in 1833.
It is our task to continue the research and add the name of Louis Degonzaque LeBlanc who married Mary Yandow dit Marie Theophile Guindon at Essex, Vermont in 1861 to the list.
There are stories to be found, stories to be told and stories that are lost to us forever.
Today I thought of a question concerning family history that I'm sure my father could have answered without blinking an eyelash; but no more will his voice reply to our queries. During the last days of December 1995 we lost him. Arthur James White or Bob (dit LeBlanc) 84 years of age, born 11-11-11 son of Arthur Peter White (dit LeBlanc) and Ruby May Lafayette of Vermont. Arthur, dubbed Bubba for (little brother) by his older sisters Betty and Irene lived in Brookfield Vermont with his mother, father, 2 sisters and little brother Oliver. In the same household lived grandparents Louis DeGonzaque White and Mary (Yandow).
Family of Louis DeGonzague LeBlanc and Mary Yandow.
Once, according to the legends, people lived in quiet little villages. They worked hard, raised large families and knew their neighbors. When a neighbor's barn was struck by lightning and burned to the ground everyone got together, and in the space of a day or so, put a new barn back up again.
Often there were several generations living in the same house and grandma and grandpa were an important part of that circle. Each person had their job and was relied on to be responsible for certain chores. After supper the grandparents might tell tales, if everyone wasn't too tired from the day's labor. Mornings came early and folks had to get up before sunrise. There were eggs to gather and cows to milk and clean up after. Children were an important part of the family and were needed to do their chores.
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Le Blanc Last Revised: October 16, 1996
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