Sunday, April 17, 2011
Was Andre LaCombe's wife a Native American?
Native Americans in French Canada and Acadia were baptized with Christian given names. When Native Americans married or received a sacrement in the Quebec province parishes, typically their parents names and their last names are omitted in the parish registers of sacramental acts of baptism, marriage, or burial.
Andre LaCombe*'s wife Marie Louise/Josette Gagne/Quirion/Roy had no parents listed at her marriage record. There seem to be a couple of witnesses representing the bride, but the relationship to her is unclear. More scrutiny of the marriage record will be discussed in a later blog.
Since traditional genealogical methods have been lacking, I am considering a DNA test which might unearth some clues about this ancestor and other ancestors.
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*A cousin in Belfast, Maine just let me know that her LaCombe relatives spell it with a capital C. I'll now do the same.
I thank the Native Americans whose generous hearts helped the Acadian and French Canadian settlers to survive and prosper.