Acadian Genealogy

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.

Lucie 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 Marc 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 information here.

My current 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 Oak Tree

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 links page.