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I feel my grandfather was a "dit" naem LeFleur. It was eventually
changed to FLORA. I always felt that it was something besides just
plain FLORA especially since I found out he used the name of Charles E.
Jones when making the first draft of his will. MY FATHER found mail
addressed to Mr. LeFleur and called my grandpa Mr LeFleur and gandpa
told him never to call him by that name again. Hmm...something was up
there. Hopefully one day I will find out what it was. There are so many
names associated with this name that I don't think I will ever find out
who my grandpa really was or anything about his famil.y. At least .that
is. how .I feel now. I'm sure I will be inspired again somewhere down
the road. Thanks for your email. Keep me posted if you think you know
who my family might be.
Ray, one more thing, my grandfather eventually adopted the name of
FLORA. Charles Edward FLORA. He was a member of the Mason's in Duluth,
MN too. Couldn't remember if I had told you or not and his wife was Mary
L. Spence of Canada and then NDAK. Thanks, Mary Flora-Cox
My grandfather was b. 12-6-1870 according to his death certificate. .I
have seen it as 1866 and a possible 1861. Other than the deaeth
certificate info and some census info I found from Pembina County,
Wallhalla Village, NDAKOTA in 1900 I cannot find him EXCEPT for in
DULUTH,. MN from 1901 until his death in 1948. He is on the 1910 census
for that city. SUpposedly his father was named Edward or possibly
Eduard. He was French and had been known to say he was a FRENCH
HUGUENOT. Of course the Huguenots were from a much earlier timeframe
and as my cousin told me she took it to mean that he was Protestant.
THe Dakota Territories were at one time part of CANADA so when my cousi
also said that he came down out of Canada and left his family and never
returned to them. Supposedly he didn't like them very much. I do know
that while in NDAK he ran a billiard's parlor. Not sure if it was in
WALLHALLA VILLAGE or not, but it does show it on the census for 1900. It
also shows that his folks were born in MD also. Supposedly he left over
some trouble about money. Muy dad and grandmother told me most of this
stuff when I was 16 except they did not say that he left over money nor
that he left his family there. When I asked why he left they just said
there was some trouble. I wonder if he didn't get in trouble with the
law or something. Hard to say. All of my elder folk are gone now so I
have only the written records to rely on. I do know that my father was
in the attic when he was a young man and he found letters addressed to
Mr. LeFleur and he said "how ya doin' Mr. LeFleur" and my grandfather
told him never to call him by that name again. Something happened I just
don't know what. Also to make the pot boil a little harder,. he had also
called himself C. E. JONES at one time. That is the name on one segment
of his will. Maybe he was a bankrobber or something....it is a lot to
think and wonder about. Maybe some day I'll know. Oh and supposedly my
grandfather's mother's last name was Tracy........thank's for the
inquiry and I hope you know something about my grandfather's family.
Sincerely, Mary FLORA-Cox
My LaFleur line is a dit for SEVIGNY. They come from the Portneuf area of
Quebec Province. They migrated to New England, primarrilly MA. Portneuf is
located on the north side of the St Lawrence River, between Quebec and 3 Rivers.
I beleive that Lafleur is a dit name for about 50 different surnames. These
are the families I am researching : RACINE, MENARD, HERBERT, GAUTHIER dit ST
GERMAIN along with SEVIGNY dit LAFLEUR. I have all the males back to 17 and
1600s, except for HERBERT. Let me know if I can help.
I am assisting several others to research an ancestor known as Pauline "Polly" LaFleur b.1838 in Michigan. However, her"LaFleur" family is listed in the 1850 Michigan census under "see Generean family". In the family her mother is known by the name Catherine Gan. But this is how the family listing goes.
1850 St. Joseph County, MI Census GA-GL
Page 132, Mendon twp., Generean family
, Francis, 55, Canada
, Catherine, 55, Canada
Lafleur, Frecerick, 23, Mich. (I presume this is really Frederick)
, Louis, 21, Mich.
, Peter Generean, 17, Mich.
, Polly, 12, Mich.
My research on LaFleur, Generean, and Gan leads me to believe that LaFleur may actually be a "dit" LaFleur surname. I can find no connection between Gan and Generean unless they are two different americanizations of an original French surname. Such as, Genereau, Genereaux, Generaux, Generoux. I have found one source saying that the surname Gendron was often a dit LaFleur, but I had no luck with Gendron, Gendreau, Gendras, etc.
Tips on finding "dit" names would help greatly. Catherine Gan is also listed as Canadian or French and was believed to be part Indian.
Gayle Foss Ewing