Lesperance Family Genealogy Forum
HINTS FOR LESPERANCE RESEARCHERS
I have been researching the LESPERANCE name for many years and I have come to some conclusions. All or almost all are descended from someone who first came to the Province of Quebec from France in either the 17th or the 18th century. Many, but not all, were soldiers. I have never run into LESPERANCE as an original surname. In every case when the name can be traced back to the 19th century I determined that it was a dit (also known as) name added to the original family name. Then sometime in the 19th century, often when a family emigrated to the U.S. from Quebec, the original family name was dropped so a person was left with the name LESPERANCE. This makes it very difficult for someone in the U.S. to trace their ancestry back through Quebec or other Canadian provinces. Some of these original family names that sometimes became “dit” LESPERANCE are: Aubuchon, Binet, Compain, Cretot, Guerganivet, Guinard, Hebert, Hervieux, Lalonde, Landie or Landier, Lavarenne, Leduc, Letard, Levasseur, Magnan, Moreau, Remy, Rochereau, Tellier, Viau, Villoin.
I’ll use my ancestry as an example of what I am talking about. The name was Landie (acute accent over the “e”) when a young man joined the army in France in the 1740’s and added the dit name LESPERANCE. He then went to Quebec in 1756 as part of Montcalm’s army. For several generations in Quebec the family was called Landier dit Lesperance. When his grandson emigrated to the U.S. from Quebec about 1843 the Landier was dropped by U.S. border officials. So he and his descendants were thereafter known only as LESPERANCE.
For the above reasons, the LESPERANCE’s are not all related. In fact if you can’t trace your U.S. roots to Keeseville, NY or to the Lanaudiere Region of Quebec in the 19th century, I would say that we are not related.
Those of you who trace your ancestry to Ogdensburg, NY may well be from the VIAU dit LESPERANCE tree.
I have a request to all that post on this page. Many other family pages have become hard to use because there is no order to the postings. I will start a KEESEVILLE/LANAUDIERE page to address those of my Lesperance tree. I would rather no one “respond” to that posting unless they are reasonable sure they are of that tree. If you are unsure, start a new posting. Be sure to put in your title, the year (approximate year) and location of the earliest LESPERANCE you know of. A good title might be “ Francois L. 1870 Ogdensburg, NY”.