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Re: Malanson/Dupre' , late 1700's
Posted by: William W. Large Date: May 27, 2001 at 10:31:12
In Reply to: Malanson/Dupre' , late 1700's by suzie ward of 2225

Dear Suzie:

My father is Haitian and my mother is Cajun. As a result, I have been doing research on both Haitian and Cajun genealogy. It seems as if my previous Cajun research will be helpful to you. All Melancon/Malanson (several different spellings) originate from the marriage of Pierre Laverdure of France and Priscilla Mallinson. They had three sons in what was Acadia (now Nova Scotia). Pierre (b. 1633) and Charles (b. 1643) used thier mother's last name as a nick name or "dit" name. It was pronounced Melancon. As you are aware, the Acadians were deported out of Nova Scotia. Many of them settled in the colony of Santo Domingo (Now Haiti). Some stayed and others fled in 1804. Please read Naomi E.S. Griffiths' book: The Contexts of Acadian History 1686-1784 for more information. Also, read Gabriel Debien's "Les Acadiens a Saint-Domingue," in Glenn Conrad, ed., "The Cajuns: Essays on their History and Culture(Lafayette, La., 1978), pp. 255-432. Your Malanson/Dupre' family tree were exiles from Nova Scotia.-William Large


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