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I have a paper trail for everyone in the database, but only about 30% of the records have been added to this site so far because it's a new site. I'll add content as quickly as I can. This has been a labor intensive project and I anticipate it will take about a year to enter everything.
Antoine Roy dit Desjardins was the first Roy of my family to come to the New World where he later had an affair and was murdered by his lover's husband. He left behind a son and a wife, Marie Major Roy. She was a Filles du Roi, one of five or six Filles du Roi ancestors of mine that came to Quebec, New France. My direct paternal lineage traces back to Olivier Roy (Antoine's father) born c. 1604 in Joigny, France. My FamilyTreeDNA Y-DNA results show a connection to others who descend from him. My mtDNA side (mother's mother's mother, etc) traces back to Mary Weyman/Weimer Bussinger of Lancaster, Pennsylvania in the early 1800s. The Weimers of Lancaster originated in Alsace-Lorraine on the France/Germany border and I have a pretty clear DNA connection to them through my grandmother who also has been tested on Ancestry.com.
My ancestors Joris Rapelje and his wife Catalyntje Trico Rapelje were part of the Dutch settlement at New Amsterdam and they are responsible for many descendants in New York today. My tree also contains many Loyalist ancestors that were refugees after the American Revolution. They escaped to St John, New Brunswick in 1783 and unfortunately their paper trails are tough to follow to pre-revolution. Many were likely from Connecticut and New York, so starting a new life in the wilderness of Canada must have seemed brutal to them after losing their property and livelihoods back home. Their hastily fashioned cabins weren't much of a match for the frigid temperatures that first winter. A generation later, William McDougald, served in the 104th Regiment of Foot in New Brunswick and took part in a well-documented march from Fredericton, New Brunswick to Quebec City in -25° temperatures in mid-winter.
At least four of my great-grandfathers served in the American Civil War for the Union. One of them, Francis Wells, fought at Gettysburg in the 99th PA Infantry. He was shot during the siege of St Petersburg, resulting in the loss of his leg. An interesting character, George B. Brown, was orphaned very young and in Ireland joined the British Army and fought in India before coming to Canada where he deserted and eluded capture by hiding his uniform in some bushes and sneaking across the border to the United States. He fought in the Civil War for the 30th Maine Infantry some 30 years later as a substitute for someone who paid him to serve in their place. J. Gottlieb Nagele of Wurttemburg, Germany, immigrated to Philadelphia in 1853 and served in the 75th Pennsylvania Volunteers during the War. William Bubar served in the 1st Maine Volunteer Infantry in and around Washington, DC. Gottlieb Nagele's and Francis Wells' regiments were both at the Battle of Chancellorsville.
There are many French Canadian Catholics in my tree and they are some of my best-documented ancestors I have, thanks to baptism, marriage & death records kept by their parish churches. Four years of high school French sure helped me there. Pierre Boucher was a soldier, officer, naturalist, author & governor. Boucherville, Quebec, Canada is named for him. One of the first of my ancestors to arrive in the New World was Louis Hebert, regarded by many historians as the first European farmer and apothecary in New France. He even traveled with Samuel de Champlain.
The last of my ancestors to come to the United States were Patrick Fallon and Julia Lally Fallon, my 2nd great-grandparents and poor Irish immigrants who arrived in Boston in 1897. For reasons unknown to me, they eventually returned to County Galway.
Many of my ancestors were small business owners, as am I. My grandparents ran a restaurant for a couple decades in Maine. Richard Coffey owned a roofing and supply business in Philadelphia for a couple decades. John Nagle owned and ran a coal delivery company during the daytime and worked a night job too in order to help his family tough out the Great Depression. Jerry St Onge owned National Granite in Montpelier, Vermont which had to be a really tough job in his day. I've noticed many of the men who did that kind of work didn't live to be very old. Haze McDougal Sr ran a small firearms dealership from his home probably to support his own gun collecting habit. Harriet Nagle Coffey made and sold doll clothing at a little shop located in the hotel where my great-grandfather John Coffey worked at in West Palm Beach during the winter. Just a generation beyond my great-grandparents though, most of my ancestors were farmers that owned and operated their own farms with the obvious exception being those in Philadelphia.
I have many ancestors from the following places:
- Aroostook County, Maine
- Cheshire & Hillsborough, New Hampshire
- Philadelphia, Bucks & Lancaster, Pennsylvania
- Barre, Montpelier & Bloomfield, Vermont
- Carleton County & St John, New Brunswick, Canada
- Quebec City & Riviere-Ouelle, Quebec, Canada
- Stuttgart, Württemberg, Germany
- County Galway & Tyrone, Ireland
- New Brunswick & Salem, New Jersey
- Joigny, Paris & Normandy, France
- Baselland, Switzerland
- Goderich, Ontario, Canada
- Nova Scotia, Canada
- Nottinghamshire & Surrey, England
- Flatbush (Brooklyn), New York
- Licking County, Ohio
- Pris, Belgium
My estimated ethnicity and haplogroups
100% European | Y-DNA: I-Z132 | mtDNA: T2b24
Y-DNA 111 with I1-M253 SNP Pack & mtDNA Full Sequence