Hi, can't remember my past post's and without digging up papers: my Great great grandfather, Thomas Ellery (Damas Alarie(or similar)) said himself he was born in VT 1837, went through (lived in) Canada before(listed several cities; London, Hamilton and another?? before coming to Port Huron, MI in 1850. Before that two younger bros., Joseph & Philip were born in NY (Moriah Co. or (Fort)Port Henry, I belive)is listed on documents. He had an older sister(s) Julia and marie Ann, who listed Canada as birthplaces. They were all sea captains on the Great Lakes and Thomas sailed to Montreal and spoke French. A hired geneaologist told us we were likely from French Canada. Thomas' mother's name was Beaulliue (not sure I spelled it right). And I believe (without checking) the geneaologist traced them & belived they were from Drummondsville, St Louise or Trois Rivers- I think near Montreal. Thomas married a Scot-Irish named Amelia Hallinan in Port Huron, Mi around 1853-57). The only mention of his father stated he was a contractor (not sure what that means) and he's not on any census I can find. The siblings all have list as father's name Henry or August on their death cert.'s. The name seems rare and VT has no birth record (fire I think?). We've been at a loss to trace back. The one story passed down was that we were related (Maybe indirectly) to William Ellery, signer of the Declaration of Independence--not sure how that came about but it is something my grandfather told my Dad. I don't know how he would know the name was on the document if it weren't family knowledge? The names don't seem to link directly. Thomas' father is a mystery. I don't know if he died young , moved on or divorced. I can't find him in any Port Huron records and these children were only adolescents or teens when they arrived in PH.
Can you tell me if you have any Canada family info, maybe I can make a connection. The geneaologist sent baptismal records listing "Damas Alaire (or similar) that he believed was myThomas Ellery.