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The Beaver is interesting to me - owned by some ancestor of my husbands!
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From: "Janet Sheridan" <sheridan(a)magpage.com>
Sent: Tuesday, February 27, 2001 9:00 AM
Subject: [LAFORGE] 1659 arrival
I came across some information at the Olive Tree website that may be of interest.
On the ship "Beaver" arriving in new Netherlands in April 1659 was:
Amadeus Foa/rgie Frenchman, farmer
Could this be LaForge?
Interesting! The Westchester branch started to use the "U" around the beginning of the 19th century. Those family wills and land records all have the "U." as does the PEI branch. It may have all started as a copy error or as as distinct form of identification for the Hudson Valley line. It may be that the Michigan line has the "U" for the reasons you have outlined, and there is no close connectio between the branches.Thank you for your interest. Perhaps the families you met at the reunion will turn up. From Virginia T.
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From: P. V. LeForge
To: Virginia Tubbs
Sent: Thursday, February 15, 2001 2:33 PM
Subject: Re: [LAFORGE] WASHTENAW, MI
The change of spelling from LeForge to LeFurge actually began with the Ypsilanti LeForges. I believe it was Issac, brother of Insley Boice LeForge that changed it to LeFurge, even though there is a street named LeForge in Ypsilanti where the family once had a home.
I suspect that they changed it because one of the inscribers of the Ypsilanti Bible did not make clear letters, and often one letter looked like another. It may have also been true in a letter I saw from the father to the son.
In any case, there are a ton of LeFurges wandering around, some of them with big fat notebooks of family information. I met two of them at a LeForge family reunion in Michigan several years ago, but did not get an address. If they are on line, I have not heard from them.
Hi Pete LaForge: Thank you. Your web page is a lot clearer than the paper I have from the Huguenot Society.
I have puzled over these names; they sound like a descendant's recollections of family events and remembered names. The John, Peter and Benjamin may be from the line I study, but then again various branches repeated the same given names.
I was curious as my branch changed to the "U" instead of the "O."
Daughter-in-law Phyllis borrowed "The Counting Coup" by Sharon LaForge when she was here at Christmas. The book was so engrossing that it went back to Washington State. I haven't sen it since! Va
Hi: Are any of you descendants of either an Isaac Lefurge or a Jacob Lefurge found in the 1850 Census index from Ancestry.com for Washtenaw County, MI. Is this the same family who owned the Ypsilanti Bible?
I'll appreciate any comments. Thank you Virginia Tubbs (Lefurgy,New York)