Thank you for your message and interest. I and my older
son have been working on the families histories for the past six months.
We have traced our Rivers line back into Vermont, then to Quebec and then back to several provinces of France.
And also back to England, and Ireland, and Germany.
They are connected as follows:
Thouvelin/Thouvenin/Touvelin+Renard La Riviere
Joyal/Moral/Vanasse/LePire, Danis, Domine-St Sauveur.
Also Moorhouse and McCaughey
We are related to the Garfields: the Hughes and
the Lester French and Graff families are related through
marriages with three Garfield sisters. And, I am also related to the Lester French family through the marriage
of his daughter, Velma to my Uncle Arthur William Rivers.
The French family we traced back to a Robert French who
married an Ida Goodrich in Vermont. The Graff family also
married into the Schwerdtfeger family (translates as
Sword Maker) who come came to the U.S. in 1875 from Germany
in 1875. Lester French and family lived in Massachusetts,
New York, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.
The Rivers connection to Quebec was complicated by
one of the Thouvelin La Rivieres emigrating to Vermont
in the 1840s. Sometime soon after that, he anglicized his
name and went by both Jack and John Rivers. His son, Basil,
preferred to go by his baptismal name of Paschal, but he as
well used the name Rivers in Vermont.
Let me know if any of the above helps you. If so, I can send you a master file via email.
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