A Mouse's Tale

Random scurryings of a writer.

Franco-American Connections

Vaughn (My mother’s fraternal side)
The Vaughn side of my family is very interesting. Originally from Wales (original spelling was Vahan), they came over into Massachusetts and migrated into Rhode Island early on. One of the things that I have found difficult is trying to trace back the “why” for the move for my maternal grandfather’s family from Rhode Island to Nova Scotia. I think I might have it, but it would be so much better if I had more time to delve into this today. I’ll share what I have so far.

The family member I’m talking about is David Vaughan, II. He was born in 1704 in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, and died 1761, Beekman, New York. The only reason that we know he and his family went to Nova Scotia at all is because of the passing date of his wife, Dinah (1772 in Nova Scotia) and that a few of his children decided to remain in Nova Scotia and the surrounding area. Because all of his children were born in Rhode Island and the oldest, Anthony, was born in Rhode Island in 1751, it seems that they moved after that time.

For the bits of research I’ve found, the earliest date that applies is 1749, but that would be before the oldest boy was born. However, it is important to note this:

[ http://www.ecf.utoronto.ca/%7Eshirley/african/timeline.html ]1749 Halifax is founded by British to counter French presence at Louisbourg

So, already the British were developing a colony in the area. Shortly after this the expulsion of the Acadians begin. From [ http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=81839 ]a journal dated 1751 in the original printing, there is this:

Nova Scotia.

Read a letter from his Grace the Duke of Bedford, dated the 30th January, 1750–1, signifying his Majesty’s approbation of the Board’s proposals for contracting with Mr. Dick for the transportation of 1,000 foreign protestants to Nova Scotia and of Monsieur Pasquier transporting 300 Swiss.

Ordered that the Secretary do write to Mr. Dick to acquaint him therewith, and that the Board is willing to agree with him for the transportation of 1,000 foreign protestants to Nova Scotia upon the following terms to be ascertained by a regular contract, viz.:—
That 1½ ton of shipping be allowed to each person.
That there be allowed to all and every the said foreign protestants from the time of their going on board during their voyage and for fourteen days after their arrival, unless debarked sooner, good and wholesome provisions according to the terms of the agreement made by their lordships last year with Mr. Heyliger, who transported the settlers from hence.
That the said foreign protestants be embarked on or before the 10th of April.
That one-third at least of the said foreign protestants do consist of labouring men from the age of 15 to 45.
That in order the better to preserve the health of the people during the voyage, a ventilator be fixed up in all and every the ship or ships employed by him in this service for which purpose an experienced person shall in due time be sent hence to Rotterdam.

Read a letter from Mr. Scrope, Secretary to the Lords of the Treasury, dated this day, inclosing a memorial of Mr. Chauncy Townshend to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury for a contract for victualling the settlers, artificers and labourers at Nova Scotia for the year 1751 upon which memorial their Lordships desire the opinion of this Board.

David would have been 46, which would have been a little over the desired age, but because of the large family including 8 boys, there’s a chance that they were given passage as a few of these 1,000. Then, back to the first source, we have:

1759 Proclamation issued by Governor of Nova Scotia invites New Englanders to settle there

So it seems that the Vaughans went into Nova Scotia as part of the resettling of the area.

Roughly around 1925, when the distant grandson of  David Vaughan was around 20 years old, Archibald Vaughn, who changed the spelling to the name to distance himself from the Hallowell Vaughans, moved down through the state of Maine, leaving his home in Steam Mill, Queens, Nova Scotia, to do logging and lumber work in the Rumford area.

It’s unknown as to whether or not there was any French blood married into this family. Archibald’s wife’s maiden name was Kazier, a highly German name, so it’s possible there’s no French blood on this side of the family. HOWEVER, the Vaughans are listed as one of the founding families of Nova Scotia.

Simard/Boucher (My father’s maternal side)
This was the family I talked about in class that includes my Meme Simard, which I never knew that the term was Franco until yesterday. Thanks, Betsy, for that piece of information! I’ve never taken French (looking int it, though) and found that really interesting.

I don’t have as much interesting information as to the why and hows of the movement of this family except for pieces of stories I’ve picked up here and there. When my Nana (grandmother) was younger, it was really pushed to not be anything other than American. Nana was born in Maine and is one of 13 children. Her mother, my Meme, Marie Augie (Boucher) Simard, was born in Plessisville, L’Erable Regional County Municipality, Quebec, Canada. She moved into Maine after marrying her husband, Joseph Simard Sr. (Meme pased away just last year. She was 97, a week away from her 98th birthday if I remember right. My first car, ironically, was one that she had put into a ditch close to eleven years ago. She still had her liscence when she passed away.)

A lot of the records that I’m finding for my Nana’s family point to them originally setteling in the Auburn/Lewiston area before moving into Rumford. There are records of three Simards, all age ranges and first name fitting those of my great-uncles being drafted. I’m hoping to eventually get the time at some point to sit down with Nana and talk to her about the family history. She’s currently taking care of my grandfather (Alzthimers) and is mentally too worn most of the time to carry on a conversation for very long.

Raymond (My husband’s father’s fraternal side)
My husband’s family, the Raymonds, have only been in Maine for three generations. His grandfather, Leo Raymond, was born in Eagle Lake, Aroostook, and was a logger for many years. he only had an eighth grade education, but was brilliant with his hands. he became a foreman later on due to his knowledge of English, working as a go-between for the higher ups that knew no French and the loggers who spoke no English.

Tracing the family back into Quebec took a lot of translation as a lot of the documentation I found was in French. (On the plus side, I can now read a good deal of French genealogical records and understand them.) Michel-Gabriel Phocas dit Raymond is the first one that I came across being born in Canada. His birth is recorded at being at Kamouraska, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Quebec, Canada, in 1761. Michel-Gabriel’s father was the first generation of Raymonds born in Canada. Romain Phocas dit Raymond came over from Saint-Pierre, Langon, Fontenay-Le-Comte, Pays de Loire, France.

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