i can't beleive it but after a few years i have finally got the beast to work.
1) congratulations to ronald for all the work he has done in preparing and sending his genologic tour de force on this family's history in north america.
2) for what it is worth i recall once or twice my father joseph alfred royal laberge speaking of his few years as a child in Montreal's elegant residential area known as The Griff and his listening to the tales of one Capitaine Patenaude, apparently weather was for some reason very important to the silaors who dared the St. Lawrence in early spring and late fall, I think it may have been something to do with the ice on the river beeing hard on the ship hulls.
3) I would like to ask if anyone is willing to relate their being a Freemason? I am one, I hold the rank of Past Master under the G.L.C. in the Province of Ontario.
Besides being =intersted in the family histrory in Canada I research the history of the development and demise of trades of the artisans without whose efforts it is unlikely our family would have grown as large as it has. Specifically I am searching for the hallmarks or trademarks of craftsmen who had followed the blacksmith, cutler, armourer and as evidenced by the history in Sillery shipwrighting; but,after having recorded those family members who lived in Canada I now have turned to looking for evidence of thier existence in pre 1650 France and post 1638 Loiusiana. If tammy Tochette is still around I would love to know if she has any reference to the exploits of the cannoneers in the American War of Independence. Last item being a Freemason I have also been introduced to the possibility for the near non existent records of the Laberge/ lebarge line pre 1600 may be due as it is to the davieux line many were slaughtered as anabaptists in the wars of religion. reading how another meber of a Masonic lodge is now convinced one of the 70 names he has in his family's genology have resulted in his being the one of serbee. for those who think we have had a mix up with our lines cosnider this ther is a cathederal in holland which bears guido tells me the name of labarge.
thats all for now. if anyone is interested in exchanging as Ronald Senior has been very patient and expended much effort in doing that for Helga and I would appreciate hearing from any family members on the pages.
Ron with respect to you since you know well of our conditions, i offer this thought for each day: any day above ground, is, a good one.
Helga and John
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