|1660s Nicolas Denys envisioned in St. Peter's, Acadia|
Artist: Lewis Parker (Image courtesy Warren Gordon.)
History travels with all of us, in the genes that we carry along, like a matched set of luggage, maybe a little bulkier than we can manage, at times; yet, each case may be necessary to our comfort, being packed with our valuables — even keeping safe our family treasures. Anyone who has lost their travel luggage may appreciate, as well, the loss of genetic baggage, and its potential to dislodge entire generations, especially common during embattled times.
A chronicler's craft, too, may run deep in the blood. Les Notaires, whose explorer tracks are retraced, both humble and encourage the scribbling of scribes.
Great-Unclex9 Nicolas Denys arrived, in 1632, to the eastern edge of the great Turtle Island, when it was still known to its native people as Taqamkuk.
Place René Descartes
Gov. Nicolas Denys
In dire financial straits, the 70-year-old Acadian settler and explorer then penned the seminal geographic guide to North America, returning to his native France for publication in two volumes, thus demonstrating for future generations that it's never too late to write a bestseller.
|Ganong Brothers 1895|
Walter and Edwin (standing)
William and Arthur (seated)
|David Ganong #Canada150 Ambassador / Twitter Canada Day 2017|
The eldest of seven children, William's father, James H. Ganong and his uncle, Gilbert W. Ganong, had, in 1873, founded Ganong Brothers, where they perfected chocolate confections, created the country's first lollipops and lozenges, and introduced the now-classic heart-shaped box to help fulfill the aims of Cupid and commerce. The chocolatier is now touted as "Canada’s oldest independently family owned and operated chocolate company."
Genealogists Among Us
Renowned Quebec historian and genealogist René Jetté, was a 7th cousinx2 whose pioneering ancestor, Urbain Jetté, had arrived to the New World with my 5th cousinx11, Paul de Chomeday de La Maisonneuve, the colonial founder of Montréal, and its first Governor.
Mappe MondeSome related chroniclers have opted for illustrating our world with images, like the columns flanking this blog, borrowed from a 1782 Mappe Monde drawn by mysterious cousin Louis Denis, engraver, and, later, geography tutor, then cartographer, to (9th cousin x7) King Louis XVI.
Black Sheep CharadeMany more family historians than space allows have grown out our branch's leaves, yet must be shelved, for now, until time permits them to the party. Yet, a list of familial scribes would be quite lacking without the most dubious among us, would-be cousin Frédéric Gregory Forsyth, the self-styled Viscount de Fronsac.
Forsyth's highly disputed genealogy manages to pale in comparison to the infamy well-earned by his founding of the ignoble Aryan Order of America and the College of Arms of Canada, which operated from 1880 to 1937, when Adolph Hitler's growing power belied monstrous genocide.
None have described the travesty of this sordid individual quite so accurately as has the leading scholar of Denys Family research, Yves Drolet:
"From 1878 until his death in 1925, he published more than 30 books and articles in which he speaks at length about the Aryan Order and the College of Arms. Unfortunately, Forsyth was above all a literary man for whom the romanticism of the story took precedence over the truth of facts... a true mythomaniac who constantly reinvented his biography and the history of his movement. Therefore, it becomes imperative to check all his statements against independent sources, consisting mainly of newspaper articles... not easily accessible to researchers as they were not indexed or available through the Internet. In 2014, an article described how Forsyth falsified the genealogy of two families in order to claim a noble ancestry. These studies reveal that Forsyth de Fronsac advocated a monarchist, anti-democratic and racist-tinged ideology." (-Yves Drolet)Drolet's work is among the most thorough research ever conducted into the family Denys (aka Denis*), providing a key source of information to all Denys researchers.
Mundus AntiquusIn the family tradition, a new old generation, in turn, undertakes chronicling La Famille — lest the progenitors of our ancestry lose anchor to us, as they have for many, for centuries, becoming lost to our personal histories. As family closets opens, tall tales told true may come to light– each carefully preserved by the work of the many illustrators, cartographers, genealogists, historians and biographers who've come before us. To them, we owe true history.
x7 = seven generations removed
x9 = nine generations removed
x10 = ten generations removed
x11 = eleven generations removed
x11 = eleven generations removed
* Denys aka Denis; Denys de La Ronde aka Denis de La Ronde aka La Ronde aka Laronde aka Delaronde.
- Description géographique et historique des côtes de l'Amérique septentrionale, avec l'histoire naturelle de ce pays, tome I, Nicolas Denys; chez Claude Barbin, Paris; 1672.
- The description and natural history of the coasts of North America (Acadia), William Francis Ganong (English version editor); The Champlain Society; Toronto; 1908.
- The Chocolate Ganongs of St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Ganong Brothers 1895 image, David Folster; St. Stephen, NB; Ganongs, 1999, c1990. p 218 (12) p. of plates: ill; P. 92 © Public Domain. Ganong (TM). nlc-10063. Library and Archives Canada.
- Dictionnaire généalogique des familles canadiennes depuis la fondation de la colonie jusqu'à nos jours; by Cyprien Tanguay; Montréal; E. Sénécal; 1871.
- Dictionnaire genealogique des familles du Quebec; by René Jetté; Presses de l'Universite de Montréal; 1983.
- Mappe Monde; L. Denis, Illustrator/Publisher; Chez Basset; Paris, 1782.
- Memorial of the family of Forsyth, by Frederic Gregory Forsyth, Boston, S.J. Parkhill & Company; 1903
- From Migrant to Acadian: A North American Border People, 1604-1755', by N.E.S. Griffiths; McGill-Queen's Press; Montreal, Canada, 2005, p.87.
- The Aryan Order of America and the College of Arms of Canada 1880-1937, by Yves Drolet; Montreal; 2015, p. 6.
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