New member introducing myself

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Hello, I am John E. Piatt, I have been studying and recording family history since 1964. My paternal surnames are LeFleur, Peat', Piat, Pyatt, Peyatte, Piatt, Peatt, Harriman, Harman, Harmon, Howell, Palmer, Hayslip, Trotter, Black, Dunham, Waddell. Maternal surnames I research are Hayes, Lane, Gillilan, Ours, Quivey, Young, Barton, Baily, Perdun, Greave, Gandee, Chandler, Cloud.

I also have researched and recorded my wife's family since 1967, Paternal surnames include; Divine, O'Connor, Huddleston, Barber, Barbour, Pence, Shidler, Shideler, Penn, Iams, Plummer, Cheney and  maternal surnames of Beh, Leonard, Harvey, Fleury, Sheehan, Bulger.

My wife of 53 years and I live in Historic Western Ohio just north of Dayton, We were both born in Columbus, OH.

We have two sons, two daughter-in-laws and three grown grandchildren. While retired I still work as Information and Reference Coordinator for the very historic Piqua Public Library,

I am an avid Ohio State Buckeye and Green Bay Packer and New York Yankee fan since I was a boy in 1950's

WikiTree profile: John Piatt
in The Tree House by John Piatt G2G Crew (490 points)

5 Answers

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Best answer
Hi John, welcome to the tree!  That's a lot if years in doing genealogy!  Jeez, I'm only at 22 years now, so I commend your commitment to it.  I would image it was much harder for you in the beginning, without the internet accesses to records.  I know when I first started about 1998, internet was still very new to me, I didn't begin even finding records online I think till 99, and even then they were far and few between, it was more a thing of finding the people who had gone to libraries and archives and then posted the records from these places.

I recognize a few of your names for you and your wife.

Lefleur is a "dit" name of a few different Canada Families, many of which bounced between Canada, NY, Ohio, Pennsylvania and other states that border Canada.

Young in Canada is derived from LeJeune (the word lejeune in Archives in Nova Scotia (Acadia) was used within records to describe a "younger sibling" who shared the same name as an older one. Lejeunes started using dit with the Name Young, I think it was late about mid 1800s, and as the the 1800s came close to ending, about 1880's 90's we see more of the Lejeunes only using the Young surname although their parent may have used LeJeune throughout their whole lives.  (Since you work at a library as an information and Reference Coordinator you  probably already know all of this, especially with all the years you've been at it.

Fleury is another that is found in Canada.

Can't wait to see your connections into our tree, I'm already wondering how you and your wife maybe related!

Happy you found your way here, hope you enjoy the tree!


edited to correct wording
by Arora Anonymous G2G6 Pilot (125k points)
selected by Cheryl Hess
I have LeJeune maternal MtDNA matches back about that time in NS, wow didn't know about the surname becoming Young will have to check it out!! It's in a brick wall line in Tennessee and Georgia. Thank you!
I have my 5th great maternal grandmother as a brick wall. She died in Tennessee but can't find her parents. U4c1 is my mtDNA haplogroup.

Loretta & Greta & John or anyone else that has LeJeune/Young- if you have brick walls send me a private message on my page-

Send with a link or links to the person/families on wikitree that are brickwalled.  If you don't have them added in your trees yet, show me the last line connections that they should belong to along with any other infos you may have. I will see if these ones are possibly part of the ones displaced that ended up in US from Canada. & will see what other infos, docs, records I might be able to find for you.

+10 votes
Welcome to WikiTree & G2G, John! It sounds like you have a great start on your family research.

Congrats on your 53 years with your wife!
by Laura DeSpain G2G6 Pilot (405k points)
+6 votes
Hello and Welcome to the WikiTree Family, John! :)
by Greta Moody G2G6 Pilot (184k points)
+5 votes
Welcome to the Wikitree family, we are glad you are here.  You will find the folks on here helpful and we can't wait until you make all those valuable contributions and backed by years of research and sources you have gathered part of the big tree.
by Loretta Morrison G2G6 Pilot (158k points)
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Welcome to WikiTree, John. You are researching a lot of surnames.  I am familiar with your area of the country and it is beautiful. I live in Illinois and we get the beautiful changing of the seasons.

It is wonderful that you have decided to join you, and I hope you enjoy WikiTree as much as I do.
by Cheryl Hess G2G Astronaut (1.7m points)

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