I've laid out my LeBlanc genealogy in the form of an ahnentafel,
as well as in a simple chart showing my
descent from Daniel LeBlanc through his children André, Jacques, René,
and Françoise. The information in it was obtained largely from the research of Stephen
White, whose 1991 letter to my mother helped to
stimulate my search for Acadie.
LeBlanc Consentino tells the story of several generations of our
common LeBlanc heritage, from patriarch Daniel, who settled in
Port-Royal ca. 1650, to Firmin LeBlanc, founder of St-Anselme. After
that, our families diverge; Lucie is descended from his son Sylvain
dit Sailor (Lucie à George Charles à Damien à Sylvain à
Sylvain dit Sailor à Firmin) and I'm descended from his son Jean
dit Bis (William Cork - Wilifred Smith - Frederick Smith -
Domithilde LeBlanc à Simon à Laurent à Jean dit Bis à Firmin),
which makes us fourth cousins twice removed.
See also the genealogy of
Dionne, who is also descended from Jean dit Bis, making us
fourth cousins once removed.
In his 1991 letter, Stephen White included a photocopy of a chart of the
descendants of Firmin's father, Joseph-André dit Jos-André (à
Claude à André à Daniel), which appears in the appendix to Paul Surette, Histoire des Trois Rivières, vol. 3: 1763 à1832, Le Grand Petcoudiac
(Dieppe, NB: la ville de Dieppe, 1985). I've compiled Surette's
research is aimed at better understanding what happened after Simon
LeBlanc came to the US, ca. 1884.
More of my genealogy may be found
elsewhere on The
My father's family intersects with the Acadian story in a rather
ironic way: one of my father's ancestors was John Winslow, brother
of Plymouth governor Edward Winslow. A namesake of John's would be
instrumental in carrying out Le Grand Derangement (this was his
brother's great-grandson). This
first John Winslow, however, seemed more kindly disposed to the
French-speaking Catholics of North America, and as Plymouth's trading
agent at Kennebec, was instrumental in arranging the first visit
of a Jesuit to Boston.
My wife, on the other
hand, descends from French Protestants brought to Nova Scotia by the
British. I've included a page on Joy's family.
Her mother, Thelma Longard Cheney, was born in Tantallon, NS. When
Joy was a child, her father was pastor of the Seventh-day Adventist
church in Moncton, NB.
For more on Acadian genealogy, see the genealogy section of my