Monday, December 19, 2005

Mother's Tree

First, my chocolate balls came out great and they were a big hit. I'm going to get more creative with them next time I make them. Maybe put a cherry or a mint in the middle.

I started working on my Mother's Tree again. I finished the first name on the second line Friday. Then I switched back to working on my Mira RR. Then the girls got orange stuff on it so I washed it and while it was drying, I went back to my Mother's Tree. I finished the last name on the second line and then I started looking at my charts. I charted this all out several years ago and then had problems with the program I charted it in, so all I had were some screen shot pictures of the pattern. I realized a name got cut off and I couldn't find my notes or anything to fill in the gap. So I was freakin' out all weekend trying to figure out what name got cut off. I couldn't find any family trees online that had the full list of children for the mother that I had. This was back in the 1600's when people had like 16 kids, so it's not uncommon for some of the trees to not list all the kids. I was getting all upset thinking that I was to get another subscription to, which I really didn't want to do because it's like $80. Finally, I got a link to which is the free version of I was able to get all the information that I needed. Elizabeth Hebert (b. 1698) was the name that I was missing.

So here's my list:
1580 Renee Courtin mother of
1603 Catherine Vigneau mother of
1641 Andree Martin mother of
1674 Isabelle Pellerin mother of
1698 Elizabeth Hebert mother of
1715 Brigette Apart mother of
1735 Susanne Boudreaux mother of
1760 Marie Rose Benoit mother of
1782 Marie Solange Prejean mother of
1813 Marcellite Marie Derouen mother of
1835 Genevieve Louviere mother of
1859 Octavie Bonin mother of
1887 Eunice Hebert mother of
1925 Sylvia Margaret Hebert mother of
1956 Karen Ann Guedry mother of
1977 Me!

Someone in my cross stitch group was complaining that you couldn't do this if there was a generation that didn't have any girls. I kept thinking that was wrong, but couldn't figure out why. But, everyone has a mother, if there were no girls in a generation, the mother line would have ended. You only can't continue it if you yourself are a man and you have no sisters, or you're a woman that only has sons.

Anyway, whenever I do this research I always wonder what kind of people these women were. Renee Courtin moved from France to Canada and I always wonder why. Around the Isabelle Pellerin/Elizabeth Hebert generation they moved from Acadia Canada to St. Martinville Louisiana. I know why, but I always wonder what that must have been like. Everybody else down that line was born and died in either St. Martinville or Opelousas. Until Eunice Hebert, then they moved to Donaldsonville, Louisiana. Then my mom, my girls and I were all born in Baton Rouge. That's pretty amazing that so many generations were born and died in such a small geographic area.


Terri said...

Oh my! I just realized I'm old enough to be your mother! LOL I'm really looking forward to watching your progress on this. I have a few names for mine, but need to gather more. Mine will end with my son :)

Jenny said...

That is really cool that you have so many generations. I think I only have 6 or 7 - will have to check. Also very cool that so many are from the same geographic area - that really helps in being able to go back so far. My trail ends in the early 1800s which is when that family came to the US. I suppose I could find a way to research back to England where they are from, but I'm just not that ambitious! :)

Glenda said...

The French settled in Nova Scotia (L'Acadie)to pursue "miltary and commericial interests".

If Renee Courtin came over about 1600, she probably settled in Port Royal (now Annapolis Royal). But the name Vigneau is most common in and around Ile Madame (in Cape Breton which could mean a Louisbourg connection).

Autumn said...

That's right Glenda. Port Royal is the listed birth place for the next several generations.