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Re: Who were Nicolas' two brothers?
Posted by: Yamila Date: August 12, 2000 at 18:21:45
In Reply to: Re: Who were Nicolas' two brothers? by Ana Legare' Reeves of 514

Dear Ana,
Thank you very much for your response to my message. I am completely intrigued by the information you shared, and have spent the past several hours studying it and the genealogical data I have on my own "Quebec" line and looking for connections. The only way it makes any sense is if Gilles and Solomon the Elder are in fact the same person, and then everything fits perfectly. Only three Legare brothers [the sons of Gilles] came with Mgr. de Saint-Vallier ca. 1686, and these must be the three who, you relate, were later considered "lost" by the descendants of his fourth son, their half-brother, who settled in Carolina. One of the three elder brothers, Nicolas, is the forefather of the Canadian [Roman Catholic] branch that I have knowledge of, and from which I am descended. {I don't have any information yet about the other two brothers, but imagine that it should be possible to find some clues in early Quebec records.}

As for Francois Legare, who appears in Braintree, MA ca. 1686 and then one of his sons, Francis Solomon, moves to Charleston, SC, he is supposedly from Lyons, so I am assuming that he is a cousin of Gilles [who was born in St.-Remy]. {Furthermore, the birth date given for him -- ca. 1636 -- makes him too old to be a son of Gilles who was born in 1622.}

Wasn't it a Huguenot custom to take an Old Testament name upon converting? If so, this could explain why Gilles would appear in later life as "Solomon".

Finally, do you have the name "Janette" or "Jeanette" among your Legare ancestors? Just wondering, because this is the name one of my sources gives for the mother of Solomon who, it says, arrived with him in SC in 1686 ...

I look forward to hearing your thoughts about all of this!

Best wishes to you and your family and to all of our Legare cousins,
Yamila


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