Posted By:Armand Rodolphe Fredette
Subject:French Speaking French-Canadian Lymans
Post Date:November 14, 1999 at 18:08:37
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Does anyone have any idea how the French Canadian Lyman families evolved?

My paternal great grandmother Phelonise/Fanny Lanouette/Lyman used the name Fanny Lyman much of her life in vital records and census records. For instance my grandfather Hilaire Fredette's birth record and those of a couple of his siblings show her as Fannie Lyman. However, the church record of my grandfather's marriage in 1899 in Fall River, MA lists his parents as Adolphe Fredette and Phelonise Lanouette. In Feb 1901she is also listed by that name as godmother to my Aunt Lillian (my grandfather's first child).

Her Certificate of Death on May 1, 1901 shows her as Fanny (Lanouette) Fredette and shows her parents to be Eubert Lanouette and Isabel Mathieux. Both as well as Fanny/Phelonise were born in Canada. I have information on her ancestors in the Rivard-Lanouette line tracing back to the 16th century in France.

Phelonise/Fanny's parents, Hubert-Aubert Rivard-Lanouette and Isabelle Mathieu were married on 28 Nov 1843 at St Simon, PQ. The children that I know of from this marriage (Alexander Lanouette/Lyman b. abt. 1845, Phelonise Lanouette/Fanny Lyman - my great grandmother. b. Apr 1846 and Joseph Napoleon Lanouette/Lyman b. abt 1848) after settling in Windham County Connecticut during the 1860s and 1870s began using the surname Lyman. We do not know exactly when and more important we do not know why this occurred. The families today use Lyman but a few of those still living were baptized Lanouette.

I have more information on the descendants of the Lanouette/Lymans and will be happy to share it.