DNA: I had only the minimum testing done but others who have tested belong to haplotype H2a2a1a, so I would too. My maternal line goes to "Unknown" Marie who married Francois Gautrot around 1635 and has been validated by Stephen A. White, University of Moncton, Mothers of Acadia Project. Marie is #76. -------, Marie (m v 1635 Francois Gautrot) Founding Mothers of Acadia.
Since joining WikiTree in September 2014 I have had something constructive to do with my time every single day, if I choose! I made all the usual mistakes and even after months of going through profiles, I still find something to change or improve. I've met so many cousins who are always so kind and sincere. I feel most comfortable working with the Louisiana Acadian profiles as that is where all my Louisiana ancestors were born and reared, me included, though I now live in Texas. I love to merge profiles and clean-up the biography sections. Seriously, I'm a nerd!
My father is descended from the pioneering Acadian couple Francois Girouard and Jeanne Aucoin. My Louisiana Girouard is Firmin, who was deported with his family but decided to join the Beausoleil Broussard party to Louisiana rather than go to New Brunswick with the rest of his family. They settled in a large area known then as the Attakapas, but which has since been divided into several parishes such as St. Martinville, Vermilion and Lafayette. On WikiTree, I've connected with a cousin living in New Brunswick who descends from one of Firmin's brothers who stayed with the family. How cool is that?
My mother descends from Acadian pioneers Jehan Theriot and Perrine Rau and also Louisiana French pioneers from France and Alsace-Lorraine on her mother's side. The French and German Louisiana pioneers, known then as Creoles which served to separate them from the Acadians, also intermarried with Acadians. These Louisiana first families settled along the German and Acadian Coasts of the Mississippi River and various bayous. Once the Acadians arrived beginning in the early 1760s they became the predominant culture in the Acadiana parishes of Louisiana.
I like point out that New Orleans is not representative of Acadians (Cajuns) as most people imagine. One might say (I do) that the Acadian culture (brand) has been co-opted by the tourism industry in New Orleans. The Acadians largely settled along the upper Mississippi River and the major bayous above New Orleans. Although the Acadians were originally from France, they had been well established in Acadie for nearly 150 years by the time they emigrated to Louisiana and had their own unique culture; whereas, New Orleans was settled long before that time by French, German, Spanish and Africans (both free and enslaved), as well as native-Americans (more nomadic) and many other emigrant groups which settlement continues to this day.
Sadly, during my research, I've learned of Louisiana ancestors who owned slaves. I've noted that the slave owning ancestors generally became more prosperous than those who did not own slaves. A shameful part of our history no doubt.
Happily, I've also learned of a few cousins and uncles who legally married former slave women in Louisiana even as the Civil War was raging. I've also learned of white great-grandfathers, cousins and uncles who fathered children with black women while they were married with white wives. I can only hope these women and their children were treated well and enjoyed the relationship, but, their stories haven't been told. I think it's important to acknowledge and document this history as we continue to work toward mutual trust and understanding even today.
Jacqueline Girouard's DNA has been tested for genealogical purposes. It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Jacqueline or other
carriers of her ancestors' mitochondrial DNA.
Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line:
Family Tree DNA mtDNA Test HVR1, haplogroup H, FTDNA kit #402205
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Jacqueline:
I simply love your biography, especially the names of your ancestors - which we both Share! I hope to spend some time checking if your ancestors (i.e., Jehan Theriot and Perrine Rau) are also my great grandparents!
I saw it in passing before, but didn't know how to get back to it..Thank you..Been a busy day here so checked the link and won't lose it..Lot of reading to do to figure out just what it's about in the long run.. :)
I don't know yet John Abshire's exact birth year, but it was mid 1700s... and according to the earliest document I have, he was in Louisiana in 1788, and he was from Germany...but could have been in Pennsylvania prior to Louisiana..I just don't know yet because I have no known cousins from John with the Abshire name...There are other descendants from John in wikitree, but I have not heard from them so far..
There is a question as to what his birth name really was, as Abshire is not a German name..The earliest document "copy" that I have has it spelled Abcher..but later ones have it as Abshire..I am hoping to get images from a couple of the original documents from Louisiana..I am in Oklahoma.
I'm sure there are descendants of John still in Louisiana..But I do not know any of them...
Has the Abshire family you know always been in Louisiana?
Thanks for catching the error on Domine Thériault-450 re: birth date. I have added a "Research Note" category and noted in my GenJournal to check it more thoroughly. I suspect it is related to a typo...
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