Finding this family has been a long time coming. When I was about 5 yrs. old, my father told me that I should always remember that I was a DeLauzon and not an Altmeyer, which is the name he was given at age 5 when he went to live with his gr. aunt. His mother's aunt. It is a long story. His mother became addicted to alchol after his father died, which was about 3 months before he was born. He had 3 older sisters and an older brother. His oldest sister married and the others were either adopted or went to foster care. He was taken by his great aunt who had no children. His one sister and brother kept in touch and both attended their mothers funeral and his sister had some letters from their oldest sister which their mother wrote to her and they told the story of how Emma Picot made Edward DeLauzon (his father) sign over an inheretence ( this is what made me think she was his mother) just before he came of age. This supposedly consisted of a Hotel, lots, farm, stable and tanneries in Montreal area. I believe around Lachine. I don't know that she was married to Edward. Never have found a marriage, just assumed. I now suppose she may have just raised him. The letters were given to George ( my dad's brother) and wound up with his oldest daughter who gave them to a lady in Calif. to try to find her family and she never came back for them so this lady after keeping them for years, decided to (thank the Lord) put them on the internet so that someone would find them. I just happened on them by a search engine. This enabled me to put together my real family as much as I have it now. My father told me he had a brother who lived in Pennsylvania and older sisters. I have researched the Picot family back to their arrival in Newfoundland in the 1700's but now I am pretty sure that they are not really related. Edward went to Cleveland, Oh. and married Margaret "Maggie" Bond in 1889. I have a marriage confirmed by official records in Cleveland. She was an artist. They had a daughter in 1892 and the rest of the children were not born until 1902 and later. He died 13 May 1906 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Nathen Picot family also moved to Cleveland where Emma still lived in 1910. Her father died there. Unknown where the mother died. Havn't found Emma, Anna (Pippy) Picot or Edward are buried.
These letter's stated that Edward DeLauzon was the son of Edward DeLauzon, Prince and he was the son of Edward DeLauzon, Duke. I don't think that they were royalty though.
One letter supposedly said there was another son of the first Edward that was named Hormisadas. I have never found any of these others.
From the letters, it sounds as though Emma was a very nasty person. When Maggie and the children stayed with her she made the children stay outside most of the time and they had to bath in a nearby river. She didn't take any of them when they were taken from their mother.
Did the 1870 census say what relationship Edward and Susan were to Nathan? Were they perhaps just boarders in the home. Did it list an occupation for the men?
The children were; Eveline/Evelyn b. 1892 m. Schneider, lived in Chicago
Edna L. b. 1902 m. Roy Miller
Dorothy Irene Foquet (Adopted)b. 1903 m. Clarence Colwell Halstead, lived in Pa.
George Edward Maynard (Adopted)b.1905 m. Lena Gertrude Beebower, lived in Pa.
James W./Lewis Altmeyer (Foster)b.1907 lived in Ca. and Oh.
I would be grateful for any additional information you may find. I have tried on the internet and have not been very sucessful. I cannot leave the house to research. Mary
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