Hi Linnie and Michael, I am the one who "wrote the book." It is called, "Some Descendants in the United States of Albert Parot and Marie Louise Letourneau of St. Philippe de Laprairie, Quebec." I published in 1985 and held a reunion that year in Burlington, VT. I'll bet some of your relatives attended, Michael. Anyway, your line is in it. I am from Jacques and Catherine Robert, Joseph and Emelie Dome, Charles and Margaret O'Neill, William and Mabel Willard, Harland and Mary Rogers.
I will be happy to send you a copy of the book. Just email me and I'll let you know the details.
Regarding Marie Monna, the mother of our Albert, here is some information I have learned in reading the French records at St. Martin d'Aulas church where he was baptised.
First of all, a translation of Albert's baptismal record reads: (my translation) "1735, the 23rd day of July was baptised Albert, son of unknown father and of Marie Monna, of a farm near Aulas, born the day before, godfather was Sieur Albert Bonner/Bonnet and godmother Marie Reboul (not certain of this sp), wife of Jacques Caminade."
Sieur Albert was a town official and he got to sign off on a lot of baptisms, especially for children of unknown fathers, which was not rare in those days. One of the reasons there may have been so many babies baptised like this was that at this period in history there were soldiers quartered in the town, living with these families. Some of them became very much like members of those families, almost like being adopted by them.
Marie Monna's family ran something like a farm cum inn and she probably worked there and raised her son in that environment. I suspect they quartered soldiers there and that is how Albert came to join the military at a young age. Marie was born on 24, baptised 27 April 1702, the daughter of Pierre Monna and Jeanne Bouralli who were married on 7 Oct 1701 at Aulas. Pierre was the son of Antoine Monna and Marguerite Martell and Jeanne was the daughter of Pierre Bouralli and Suzanne Boissiere.
Marie's siblings were: Pierre Monna b 1708 d 1713, Laurent b 1705, married Marie Helie/Jelie and they were the parents of Louis Alexandre who also joined the military and went to Quebec with Albert his cousin; Marguerite b 1716, Antoine b 1719 died young and Francois b 1721, Jeanne b 1726. Laurent's godmother was Gentille Monna who married Pierre Reillau in 1701. I suspect Gentille, bc 1680, was an aunt.
Marie married on 23 January 1721 Pierre L'Hert, son of Pierre L'Hert and Jaquette Caucanas of Aulas. This record makes a point of saying that her groom is in great danger of death, and indeed he did die on 2 February and was buried the next day. I suppose they were engaged to each other and something happened---the record does not say if it was illness or injury---so they decided to marry anyway.
She had one child, who died and was buried on 8 Nov 1727, called a "natural" but not legitimate son, age 15 months. No name was given in the record to this child.
The Monna family seems to have been much involved in the weaving trade, and if you look at the history of that area of France you will see that silk weaving was big there. So I found many members of the family being listed as carders and weavers. The name is seen in all the little villages of the area, not just Aulas. Notary records show that the name was solidly planted in Aulas in 1624 when Gellio Monna married Pierre de Peire.
The one really good clue to the possible father of our Albert comes in looking at the baptisms of the children of Laurent Monna and Marie Helie/Jelie. Their dau Jeanne was baptised on 1 December 1730 at aulas. Her mother is called Marie Giraude in the record, because she was probably named for her mother Giraude Prieur who married Jean Helie, a bailiff. Godparents of Jeanne were listed as: Jeanne Boralli (grandmother) and Sieur Estienne Barthelemi, dragoon of the company La Roche, Regiment Dauphin. Their daughter Magdaleine was baptisted on 23 Feb 1733 Aulas. Her godparents were Magdaleine Albarer/Albaret and ANTOINE PAROD, dragoon of Company du Verger, Regiment d'Epinai.
This Antoine Parod could be the man we are looking for, but we will never know for certain. My hope is that we may find out something more about this man. Parod could so easily have been spelled Parot. Our cousin, Kim Monaste of Quebec deserves credit for finding this record. She is a descendant on the Monna side of Laurent.
Email me if you are interested in more.
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