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30 Jan. 2017

----Original Message-----
From: bmartin <XXXXXXXXXXX>(Private)
To: Chief Paul J. Bunnell, UE <bunnellloyalist@aol.com>
Sent: Sun, Jan 29, 2017 10:31 pm
Subject: hello
 

Dear Paul,

I received your newsletter in the mail on Friday and have been perusing it...you do a wonderful work...along with your fellow contributors. I am really amazed at the body of work and your accomplishments...what a great gift you have and you share it with others. I want to apologize for not emailing much, much sooner but we returned to Ontario from the Maritimes at Thanksgiving and have been on a whirlwind ever since. I have honestly not been able to give my time to your work nor to mine related to genealogy. I have made it a priority for the new year. My husband has just left for Mississippi to golf for a week and after some serious sorting and cleaning, I will give it my undivided (well, that is never exactly true)...attention. Hope this email finds you well. All the best and thank you for all you have and continue to do. beth

 

20 June 2013

Dear Chief Paul , 

The 2013 NERGC Conference Chairs would like to thank you for making this conference a huge success.  Without the quality of presentations you represent,  NERGC would not have the following that it has from individuals in New England and the entire United States.

Carol Bosworth

Pauline Cusson

Gerry Savard

NERGC 2013 Tri-Chairs

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11 June 2012

Dear Paul,

Thank you for the email. I recommended your Loyalist Index be purchased by the National Library of Scotland, which they did and I have enjoyed using them. They are a good piece of work.

My subscriptions look at Loyalists from New York from 1775-76, which would mean that your ancestors are unlikely signatories. I am, however, planning to look at New Jersey Loyalists after my doctoral thesis so I can attempt to compare NY with NJ. I will keep in touch regarding this issue.

I will be publishing my thesis, some months after completion. I will let you know.

Best wishes,

Christopher

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Christopher F. Minty

Ph.D. Candidate

History and Politics

School of Arts and Humanities

University of Stirling

Stirling FK9 4LA

Scotland UK

e: c.f.minty@stir.ac.uk 

 

10 April 2011

I am pleased to review this excellent book by Thomas B. Allen and Tory Trails FHH who had posted this observation that in this book Mr. Allen drew upon the great talents of the UEL including the honor of consulting my opinion and help 4 years ago while this was still in the project stage.

This recent account of the first American Civil War was put together in such a way that the reading is educated in both sides of this war of American Independence. In the beginning Tom has descripbed in detail the Loyalists, Ruggle's, spies, and British Gate's in their struggle to keep control of the colonies. His details are very good and I found it very educational in understanding what many of us researchers have tried to present; the reasons for actions taken on both sides. This book, "Tories" is a must read. Below are other comments. I recommend buying this book for your loyalist library. Paul Bunnell 

 Tories -- The Review
    To begin the review of a new book with reference to the author's acknowledgements is a rather strange way to get to the actual writing.  With Tories: Fighting for the King in America's First Civil War, the inclusion of names familiar to the UELAC membership stresses the rich resources consulted by the author, Thomas B. Allen.  "Thomas W. Braisted, UE, founder of the On-Line Institute for advanced Loyalist Studies, answered numerous inquiries, especially those concerning Loyalists who served in military units.  Paul J. Bunnell, UE, editor and founder of the Loyalist Quarterly Newsletter, also educated me about contemporary Loyalists and why they put "UE" after their names.... Stephen Eric Davidson UE especially helped me understand the pride of present-day Loyalists. His work on the Loyalists past is a model for genealogists, for he adds human details and family stories to the "begat, begat, begat" of traditional genealogies." He also credits such familiar sources as the Harriet Irving Library at the University of New Brunswick, The Loyalist Research Network and the David Library of the American Revolution as well as Pat Kelderman UE, a past president of the Thompson Okanagan Branch who shared her genealogical research.
    A week after the book was first mentioned in Loyalist Trails( 2010-45: November 7, 2010 ) Stephen Davidson drew my attention to another quote by the author that would "warm the cockles of the heart of any member of the UELAC -- an organization dedicated to connecting people to their loyalist ancestors."
"By gleaning information from genealogies, I defied the belief of an historian who, writing in the early twentieth century, said that he eschewed family recollections as sources because they rest on "the lowest rung on the ladder of evidential credibility". I found that it is on that rung that the understanding of Tories and Rebels begins."
    In this review, Colin Morley UE of the Col. John Butler ( Niagara)  and Hamilton Branches initially presents the biases he held when he read Tories: Fighting for the King in America's First Civil War. He doesn't spend time with the acknowledgments but reports what readers need to know about the content.  If you haven't read the book yet, perhaps his assessment will give you further encouragement.
    To read Colin's review, click here.  For other Loyalist reviews, click here.
                FHH

Note to me from Tom: 26 April 2011:

"Paul, Thanks for the kind words. And thanks once again for the help you gave a hapless Yankee who was trying to write a book.
Best, Tom" 

Listed in
Doug Grant UE , Editor of Loyalist Trails and Manager of www.uelac.org
United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada (UELAC)  Tel: (416) 921-7756

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Paul           3 March 2011
I receive the Metis of Maine newsletter and found you mentioned in it -- and that you had met Bob.
 
Once you attend the functions, you meet people who were born of Indian parents, grandparents, but no longer live on reserve, etc.  I also have met people there who are of Mi'kmaq ancestry, but who have married into other tribes and do live on reserve.  Then I find people who know they are of Mi'kmaq and Acadian ancestry and recognize the blending.

It's a great group and I've always enjoyed visiting up there and was surprised to find you mentioned in their newsletter!  But it was a nice surprise!

 
Marie

President, North Fork Technical Solutions, L.L.C.
http://www.northforktechnicalsolutions.com
Director, Family Heritage Research Community

http://www.familyheritageresearchcommunity.org
Administrator, Amerindian Ancestry out of Acadia Family Tree DNA Project

http://www.familytreedna.com/public/AcadianAmerIndian/default.aspx

Read About  DNA, Genealogy, History, and A Search for Identity; Order Marie's Book - Revisiting Anne Marie - How an Amerindian Woman of Seventeenth Century Nova Scotia and a DNA Match Redefine American Heritage


 

 

18 Feb. 2011

 

Hello Paul,
  I received your letter today! Thank You! You have no idea what this means to myself and my family. We can now hold our heads up when we say that we are Native American. This is going to be huge for my youngest son and his education. He is putting himself through community college for his first two years. (4.0) Now, he can choose whatever school he wants. He says that he is going to study environmental biology. Two years ago it was wildlife management and environmental science. Who knows what he will decide in a year, but I am sure that it will involve the environment, the outdoors and the earth. Again, Thank You so much!
  I would like to receive the Dawnland Voice, I will be sending you a check. If I get anywhere up near that way this summer, I will let you know what powwow I will be at. I am looking forward to meeting you in person.
  Happy Valentines Day to you too!
  

 

28 Feb. 2009   Comments from a most professional translator of old books

Paul

Regarding the donation of all my works to the Amesbury, Massachusetts Library: "Great idea and they will be delighted to get all your work.  Your work is off the walls marvelous but I keep telling you that." 
 

16 Nov. 2008   Comments About Our Loyalist Quarterly Newsletter

 

 

17 Sept. 2008    Comments from Research Results

Dear Paul Bunnell,
 
Received an important letter from Senior Colonial Era Specialist  Patricia Kennedy Canadian Archivist Main Branch.  She wrote last week  regarding your new book -that after hearing of your conference in Canada and the celebration in St  John she was excited and has  looked for your new Index 7 among the archive holdings in July ;however, it has not as yet been acquired by the  National Archives in Canada. I thought this would make you smile! Her input as always is vital to the research here for James.
 
I am still working  diligently regarding the NSDAR reinstatement case for James Breakenridge and continue to provide evidence of his patriotism.. Both you and Archivist Kennedy have given great scholarship and shape to this case using expertise and keen insight and abundant knowledge to define his actions as a patriot. Thank you. Without the teamwork of those who can define James Breakenridge against all odds-  this case would remain a mystery.
 
Ever Best,
JGC

 

31 July 2008        FINAL REVIEW OF THUNDER OVER NEW ENGLAND, Benjamin Bonnell, The Loyalist

Dear Paul,

I finished “the read” on your Benjamin. And you are correct it is a natural script for a film. Perhaps the Canadians would produce the film as you said as a ying and yang to The Patriot Movie-set in the south. Benjamin could be as far north as the Revolution extended-into Canada.

Any colonial researcher is aware of how little material exists in America after Revolution.  My experience with the Main Branch Canadian Archivist is that the crown records are intact,  organized and easily accessed.  One sees Canadian films produced in timely matter perhaps with this wealth of material the government or history channel could produce such a movie about a Quaker who had no choice of conscience but to join the Loyalist Cause.

All the papers of General Haldimand and correspondence with America and Britain are housed in Canada which makes me think it a natural birthplace for a movie like The Loyalist.

Second thought- no one has really examined, to my knowledge the Quakers part in the Revolution. I know NSDAR researchers have found ways to declare Quakers patriots if they contributed to cause but did not take up arms.  One of the Breakenridge researchers is very knowledgeable about Quaker history- and she  is  located in the heartland of Quakerism in Lancaster Co PA. ( William Penn’s own”) There may be a Quaker group interested in this book; though he has to say farewell to his Quaker roots when he leaves NJ. I do not know Quaker rules, I think after leaving they are wiped from the list?

Loyalists, American Loyalist, Tories are not household words in the states. Benjamin Bunnell’s link to the past and present may be the bridge to that understanding.

I can see it as a children’s movie- as in Dreamworks..Spielberg perhaps? Or strictly historical production. I am not knowledgeable on movie production, but you are correct it makes a good foundation for the movie showing how religion, geography, relationships, location and ties to Britain all play an important roll.

Perhaps HBO…the important thought is to define who is a Loyalist and why today it has emerged with U.E. after descendants names-that is a story in itself. Benjamin’s story shows the confusion of the times, the propaganda generated i.e. Martha has left George Washington- that made me stop and short- and then move on to next line where it states its mere propaganda.

The fishing pole and little boy- the logo for the book makes perfect sense after your explanation. Many thoughts are twirling around in my head from NJ to NY to St. John’s and then back again as this generation carries the name forward.  We never think of their departure being so permanent- no return to their home nor family. A great sadness.  When the Irish left during the famine it was called The Great Silence- I think the Loyalist forced to depart from their birthright or adopted country would be called The Great Sadness.

I will be rereading Benjamin Bunnell again and thinking about the different aspects of life on his journey north as a Loyalist.

 Thank you, Ever Best, JGC

21 July 2008         REVIEW OF THUNDER OVER NEW ENGLAND, Benjamin Bonnell, The Loyalist

Dear Paul,
 
Perhaps you have returned from St. John’s and the 2008  Conference and Anniversary of your ancestors landing ? I hope it was a success in all ways -personally and professionally and intellectually.
 
To date I am in the midst of  time traveling with your Benjamin Bonnell/Bunnell Book- I am in the middle of the text book with Benjamin- and my thoughts are everywhere- a stopper appeared when Benjamin heard the news report among the Loyalists who stated to the  Loyalist group within earshot that Martha Washington had left George Washington?  With that announcement -I just stopped short- and could not believe nor would have imagined that data - then continued  to read the rest of the sentences with explanation- Loyalist Propaganda.…I had never thought about propaganda as a tool 1776…clever-  very clever author’s twist-It is a great read! One does not normally think of Martha leaving George Washington but your text did make the reader stop and think about this topic as  the current Revolutionary War gossip in the  loyalist taverns.
 
Benjamin’s Quaker roots are also a landscape of  thought comparisons and politics in conflict -- - Patriots Loyalist and Quakers on same theme song- but very different titles.
 
Will write when I finish the book and then can give  a complete summary response- but to date regarding this Benjamin book and American Loyalist Index books your other works-and, there is no doubt  that your mission and  work on American Loyalist History is  an important contribution to all. Clearly, you are indeed a source and wealth of information; and have a tremendous pool of knowledge on Loyalists and  Loyalist activity during the Revolutionary War. And most importantly, you  have actively contributed much to history and  have provided  vital aids and hints  to other researchers by your publications and guides on Loyalists. Thank you.
 
Ever Best Regards,
 
Jeannie Celli

12 June 2008

From Jeanne Celli

Having been steeped in Loyalist literature since meeting you- what I understand is that Americans do not understand Loyalist- so your work is important to future generations. I know some of your "blue hardcovers " are in the NSDAR library as reference books- think normally used by the staff.

 My husband said when one finds their ancestor is a Loyalist in a book - they
stop looking for more data; however/- when they find a patriot in a book they do
further research. For this reason there are few who understand definition and
action of Loyalist and this is majority of researchers at NSDAR. I know they do
not know what makes a Loyalist definition. They have a simplified version- if
they fought in a battle or supplied troops- that works or signed oath of
allegiance- James signed with NY which was mandatory in 1775 and then with
Dorset Convention 1776- so no evidence other than patriot - he was for VT. 
Considering the time and place- Lt James would have known your ancestor and he
Lt James- I would like to meet "your" ancestor. So do send the book-price and
postage and where to send the check-
Thank you

12 Feb. 2008

THE SADDLEBROOKE GENEALOGY CLUB

Richard G. McQuate, Vice President of the Saddlebrooke Genealogy Club was kind enough to send me a thank you note that I would like to share with you all as the organization is growing with great success and I encourage everyone to support them in the future.

Dear Mr. Bunnell, On behalf of the Saddlebrooke Genealogy Club, I wish to thank you for supporting our 2008 Genealogy Seminar and Fair by donating door and/or raffle prizes. We were fortunate enough to make more than $500 on raffles alone. We had planned for a maximum of 100 attendees and actually had 155. So, with your support, our event was a huge success. Sincerely, Richard G. McQuate, VP.

Website is: http://sb-genealogy.org/index.html They also have a newsletter.

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2006

Thanks so much Paul.  Coming from you who do so much, the comment is appreciated.  We try.

Wish you and yours the best of the season.

....doug

 Douglas Warner Grant  UE
Past-President,  United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada     www.uelac.org
doug.grant@insurance-canada.ca   Tel:  (416) 921-7756    Fax: (416) 753-7202
315 Carlton St.,  Toronto ON   M5A 2L6   Canada
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Késsinnimek - Roots - Racines

Book Review
French & Native North American Marriages & Other Sources, Vol 3.

by      Norm Léveillée

29 July 2006 - Book Review - French & Native North American Marriages & Other Sources, Vol. 2

Reviewed by Normand Leveillee of Kessinnimek - Roots - Racines found at website: http://www.leveillee.net/roots/norm6-8.htm  My thanks go out to Norm for all his support.



Késsinnimek - Roots - Racines

French & Native North American Marriages & Other Sources Vol. 2
Book Review


by Norm Léveillée

 

 

3 June 2006 - Comments/Review - Thunder Over New England

I meant to write you on the 7th. and tell you how much I enjoyed your story that was portrayed so well. It would make a great Loyalist film and that part of history deserves to be told in the US. It's a well kept secret. Well done! I talked with someone whose wife has Canadian roots and he never heard of the Loyalists. I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your book. Your October conference in Maine conflicts with a weekend we are working on for our square dance club in Gorham, NH. Hopefully, there will be another time. Keep in touch. Fran.

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24 April 2006 - Research Results

Paul, I am so terribly delighted with your wonderful information!!!!! It is a wonder that you have found all of this. Your work gives people such an uplift when they have hit dead ends.  Thank you again and again for your gift of this history and sites.  My family will be so interested and Earl, my cousin, will be jumping up and down, so to speak.  He still works full time and is buying a new computer, so leaves the fun stuff to me as he hasn't the time right now. I want him to hurry home today so I can call him in Mass. You've been wonderful!   Betty
 
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Fall 2005 - Research Results
Hi Paul
Only an hour ago rec'd the packet of material you sent, and I've been pouring over it ever since.  Such a TREMENDOUS amount of research you've done for me and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
 
I'm thrilled to get the additional information on Isaac Bunnell -- you've gone back beyond his parents -- I knew nothing of those generations.
 
I've glanced through the Peter Stover pages, and there's material there I'll definitely be following up on as well.  
 
And the extensive Hall notes present all kinds of interesting possibilities.  I've always known "Hall" was not an uncommon name, but I never dreamed you'd be making so many hits during that Loyalist period.  I'll have my head in that stuff until I'm old and gray (oops -- that's just around the corner, so maybe that's not the best way to say it).  Let's just say you've provided me with days and weeks and months of great fun.
 
Thanks, Paul.  And thank you again for all the many years of work you've put into your wonderful research.  Will look forward to receiving my first copy of your Loyalist Quarterly.
 
Sincerely,
Maizie
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Winter 2005 - Review Loyalist Quarterly Review by Journalist, Sandra Devlin Winter 2005 in "Generation"

Check this great review out at our button for the Loyalist Quarterly. We listed it there. Thank You Sandra.

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4 Oct. 2005 - From American Canadian Genealogical Society, Manchester, NH

Dear Paul, A special thank you from the ACGS Fall Conference Committee, we greatly appreciate your donating the reimbursement for your mileage to the Drouin Collection Fund.

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Dated 31 July 2005 - Book Review - French & Native North American Marriages, 1600-1800         

Here is a great review of my book by Norm Leveilee, renown Native American Researcher. His website is: http://www.leveillee.net/roots/index.html He writes the following:

Késsinnimek - Roots - Racines

Mon Petit Coin   by   Norm Léveillée


 

A Book Review
The revised editon of Paul Bunnell's book French And Native North American Marriages 1600-1800 is a marvelous book dedicated to all our Native American and European ancestors who married to create a new nation of Métis. Paul has spent considerable time in this second edition, bringing up-to-date data based on more accurate resources.

In the introduction, Paul writes:

This work is dedicated to my Huron ancestors to whom I am related, in some cases several times.

And for the next two pages, he lists several of his Native American and European ancestors: Nicola Arendanki/Anenontha (Huron) who married Jeanne Otrihouandat/Otrihandit/Otrihoandit (Huron); Germain Doucet (possibly Micmac) married Marie Jeanne Bourgeois...;Jean Claude Landry (Micmac) married Marie Sale/Salle;...;Martin Aucoin married a Métis Woman (needs more research...); Pierre Lejeune married a MicMac/Mi'qnak Woman; Radegode (MicMac oral history says she was of First Nation People married Jehan/Jean Lambert are among those listed as his ancestors.

Paul also writes in his Recognition

The following recognition is worth the mention from this author because of their hard work and dedication to the discovery, identification and corrections to our First Nation and Metis familes. I thank them all

Metis in Québec and Eastern Canada
http://www.metisduquebvec.ca/

Norm Léveillée of West Greenwich, Rhode Island
http://www.leveillee.net/ancestry/ and
http://www.leveillee.net/roots/

"Programme de recherche en démographie historique" from the University of Montreal, Quebec (PRDH)

Dictionnaire Généalogique Des Familles Acadiennes, English Supplement by Stephen White, published 2000 by Centre D'Études Acadiennes, Part I, 1636 - 1711. (And his added correction materials.)

Gail Morin Metis Families, of Elmer, Washington
http://www.televar.com/~gmorin/vandal.htm

American-Canadian Genealogical Society, Manchester, NH
www.acgs.org

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In his Preface, the opening paragraph states the reason for writing his book:

I compiled this book because of the need to identify the mixed marriages in Canada between mostly the French and the Canadian North American Indian population during the early settlement years. (In some cases there are some non-French records). This material can help others establish their proud Indian heritage. Unfortunately, the Native American people did not record their genealogy, but only in oral tradition,s o nearly all marriages, births, baptisms and deaths will at best have their parents listed from French records. There is very little knowledge beyond that first generation.

It is very important to note that many of the early sources had errors, some in translation. The works of Jetté, Tanguay and Arseneault are just a few to watch out for. There are corrections out there as in the case of Stephen White's Dictionnaire. The corrections in this printing would not have been created without the hard work and dedication of Norm Léveillée. It is always good to cross check when possible. Any further corrections will be posted on my website:
 

http://www.bunnellgenealogyworks.citymaker.com

Good luck and I hope that you find your Native North American Ancestors.

In his "Source Codes" pages, he has listed 36 sources.

I will quote several data to give the reader an idea of how Paul's book is arranged alphabetically.

8AL8LAK
Simon (8ab8lak), died 7 Sept. 1765 au Lac-des-Deux-Montagnes (Grand Chief of the Algonquins, meurt de la picotte died of measles Ed. . Source TD

ARDOUIN - LESIEUR
Madeleine Ardouin, an Illinoise (Indian) married Joseph LeSieur after 1700. Source - TD

BREDEL - ST-JEAN-LAVALLEE
Jean Bredel, son of Pierre Bredel and Marie Chagrin of D'Ecrainville, diocese de Rouen, Normandie, France. Jean was a Sergeant in Cie de M. Le Vasseur outfit. He married Madeleine St-Jean-Lavallee, of Nation des Onontagues on 28 April 1696 at Montreal, Quebec. Source - DNCF

COUC - LAFLEUR - MONTOUR LINES
The following Couc family has had much added or corrected based on Norm Léveillée, Suzanne Boivin Sommerville, and PRDH research and documents found in primary and secondary sources. Websites to be consulted for expanded maerials are:
http://www.leveillee.net/roots/suzanne8.htm (Suzanne Boivin Sommerville's articles on Késsinnimek-Roots-Racines (magazine Ed.).
At these sites there are several articles and stories by the authors on the Couc-Montour families. Jetté had committed several errors in regards to Marie Mit8ameg8k8e, the eighth great-grandmother of Norm Léveillée. His own story on her can be found at http://www.leveillee.net/ancestry/mariem.htm based on all the documentation he found. I have left the other source findings listed here, but the most recent findings by the above researchers must be considered and added. Source - LEV & PRDH

DUBOIS (SAUVAGE) - CAMPAGNA
Michel Dubois (Sauvage) married 8 Jan 1757 at St-François-du-Lac to Marie-Joseph Campagna, daughter of Jean-Baptiste, born 1736. Children were: Marie-Joseph, baptism 7 Aug 1757, died 4 Jan 1758; Michel, baptism 16 Dec 1758, died 28 April 1760 at St-Laurent, M., Quebec. Source - TD

ROY - OUABANQUIQUOIS
Pierre Roy married Madeline Ouabanquiquois of the Miamis Nation. He died 31 Oct 1732 at Detroit. They had a daughter, Marguerite, born 27 April 1704 who married 27 April 1739 to Jean Robin at Quebec. She died 21 April 1755. Source- TD

SAUVAGES
Ed. note: Paul has listed several pages of "Sauvages" - Native people, giving at times their birth, baptism, marriage, and/or burial dates along with the tribal affiliation. "Sauvages" has been mistakenly translated as "savages". The word, originating from the latin, really means "people of the forest".

YOU - SAUVAGESSE (Indian woman)
Pierre You, baptised 1658, died 28 Aug 1718 at Montreal married first to Elisabeth Sauvagesse, a Miami. They had a child, Marie-Anne, baptised 1694, married 15 aug 1718 to Jean Richard. Pierre marrie3d second to Madeleine Juste. Children were: Lousie, baptized 21 March 1;706, died 7 Sept 1728; Marie-Catherine, baptized 10 Sept 1708. Source - TD

I have quoted only a few of the hundreds of entries on 160 pages of this revised edition of a very helpful and well-research resource book.

For your information, Paul Bunnell's book French And Native North American Marriages 1600 - 1800 can be ordered from

Heritage Books.
The cost is USA $25.00. Order No. B2595.

I firmly believe that this book will be helpful for all who are searching for their Native American ancestors.

Dated: 14 June 2005 - Comments/Review - French & Native North American Marriages, 1600-1800         

Dear Paul:   I just finished reading my new copy of your book "French and Native American  Marriages, 1600-1800"

I was very impressed with the research you have done to compile all that information. and publish it in book form.  I am of French-Canadian descent on both my parents families, and many among them were fur-traders or courier-du-bois and also married Indian women in their wilderness lives.  I found references to many of my ancestors, surnames and etc.  Thanks for all your work.  I am sure that by using your book, I can add much to my genealogical records.  I also read the list of your other works, and would like to have a copy of your "Acadian and Cajun Cooking and Home Remedies" to add to my library, as I also have many Acadian ancestors in my  lines. My French grandmother became a sort of "medicine woman" living among the Indians in the N/W Territory, (now Alberta Province), where my mother was born. I have been acquainted with Janet Jehn for many years, and also am a member of many French-Canadian-Acadian.genealogical societies.  I do not speak French, although I can find my way around little on the French records.  Like you, my parents spoke the French-Canadian language, but never took the time to teach their children the language.  Over the years, they finally dropped it altogether, as they did not have friends or family around to use the language. All my long life has been lived in California, and my parents came here from Wisconsin where my father was born. Bernice Charron. Hackney

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Spring 2004 - Review - Thunder Over New England, Benjamin Bonnell, The Loyalist

Review by Peter W. Johnson, UE, The Loyalist Gazette, of United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (page 54, Spring 2004 Issue)

Paul Bunnell is the author of a number of books focusing on the Loyalists, and should be no stranger to the membership. On this occasion, he has chosen to revise and update his first book, which was originally published in 1988. In short, Benjamin Bonnell came from a Quaker background in New Jersey. Quaker you say?? How could he be a Loyalist? He left his Quaker background, undoubtedly with some reluctance, and in 1781 he was a member of Arnold's British Legion during the attack on New London, Ct.. After the war he ended up in the Maritimes, where there are still numerous descendants, as well as a good number from branches that returned to the States. The first hundred pages covers Benjamin's story from his early days to the end of his life, with particular attention to the war years. He was also involved in counterfeit money schemes designed to destabilized the Rebel economy. Paul devotes some space as well to what could be termed psychic experiences and related incidents, and includes a photo of Benjamin's ghost, which does tend to be a bit problematic, because the one complaint about the book is that the photos and documents are often hard to see. The writing style is rather folksy, but the reader gets the impression that Paul is speaking to you, not DOWN to you. A considerable portion of the book is devoted to updating Bonnell familylines, which much post-1988 information. The information is quite complete, including, surprisingly enough, rather detailed medical histories. There are extensive notes at the end and a surname index. Since the family lived for so long in the Maritimes, there are links to other families there which may be of interest. Keep writing, Paul!

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16 June 2004 - Comments/Review - THE HOUSE OF ROBINSON

Dear Mr. Bunnell. May I add my congratulations to those of many others who I trust have seen your genealogical book on the Robinson family of Rhode Island. Very Sincerely, Tom McFarland, Madison, Wisconsin.

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22 June 2004 - Customer Comments - Research

Good morning Paul,

Many thanks for sending me the info re: Daniel Fowler.  The land grant is very interesting and it is great to have the map. I have referred a contact to you concerning your Robinson book.

Thanks for your offer of assistance. My next move is to find an "Indian" grt. grandmother. What are the chances!!

Sincerely,

Portia 

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July 2004 - Book Review - Life of A Haunted House, The Barnstable House, of Barnstable, Mass. 

 Reviewed by Joyce S. Pendery, CG, of Falmouth Genealogy Society, Falmouth, Mass., says Paul, formerly a very active member of the Falmouth Genealogy Society now a resident of Amesbury compiler of Barnstable cemetery inscriptions and author of several volumes about New England Loyalists has most recently written Life of A Haunted House. Paul relates the history of the Barnstable House and the experiences and genealogies of its various owners from 1713 to the present, including the ghost stories. This book was donated to The Falmouth Public Library.

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15 July 2004 - Research Assistance To Application Process to the UEL Association

Wow ! Talk about a quick response. Thanks for the info - I'll look into it all and get back to you. Paul T. (Ontario, Canada).
 
ADVICE
I have a family heirloom powderhorn; engraved on it is the seal of George III and the words :His Majesty's Royoile Sence of Pepper." I'm not sure of its origin only that it may be my ggg grandfathers; he immigrated from Norfolk County England to Ontario probably as a Loyalist in 1835. He married a Ward who was related to General Artemus Ward. Would like your ideas on this. Regards, John
MY RESPONSE
Hi John,
Thanks for writing. It sounds like you have a real gem. I would contact a museum in Ontario to get an idea of its worth. You might want to contact the National Archives of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario. They will know who or how to contact the right department. It sounds like a real nice military item. Good luck. Let me know how you do.
With Royal Regards, Paul J. Bunnell, UE
 
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25 Aug. 2004 - Comments/Review - Thunder Over New England, Benjamin Bonnell, The Loyalist

Hello Paul,

Me again. I read your book (from the Cornell library) and thoroughly enjoyed it. Oddly, I had never thought about the bond that you describe among the loyalist families that emigrated. I also didn't realize the extent to which the British looked after them in Canada, ie. land, temporary supplies.

 I really want to add something to the epilogue of my book about the loyalists who went to Canada (and England)…even if it's just the sheer numbers who settled there after the war. I have the source list in your book for Canada but do you have any specific web sites or a contact that could help with that? I'm also still trying to track down Hannah Arnold's life after Arnold's going over to the British if you have a thought on a place to start on that?

Again, congratulations on your book. And I agree I think the loyalists' story would make a great movie.

Forrest

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October 2004 - Comments - HAUNTED LECTURE
 

8 Dec. 2004

Hi Paul,
Just another thank-you for the informative (and captivating) lecture. We're all in agreement that very strange things are afoot in this life of ours and who are we to argue? We very much enjoyed having you here again and hope to see you soon at one venue or another. Best Regards, Lynda Byrne.
(Wareham, Mass. Genealogy Club, Wareham Library, Wareham,

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6 Jan. 2004 - Comments/Review - Acadian & Cajun Cookbook, The Way Memere Use To Make

Paul, Received the cookbook yesterday. Reading it brought back fond memories of my "Memere" who passed away in 1984. My Grandparents were Acadians from New Brunswick. I was born and raised in Fitchburg (Mass). Thanks again, Marilyn.

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French & Native North American Marriages 1600-1800

I live in Manchester (NH) and I belong to the board of directors at the American Canadian Genealogy Society. Last night when I was at the library I found your book. I was so excited. I have been doing research on my great grandfather Joseph Rivard who married an Indian name, "Morning Star" but no luck. Anyway, in your book I found one of my dad's ancestors who married an Indian. The name is L'Herault. It is on page 66. I definitely will be buying your book. Where can I get one? Thank you so much.

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LOYALIST QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER

Reviewed by the UEL Asso. of Canada, Grietje R. McBride, UE, B.Sc & Thanks to Michael Johnson, Asst. Editor to the Loyalist Gazette.

Editor, Paul J. Bunnell, FACG, UE, began publishing the on-line Loyalist Quarterly Newsletter in Sept. 2004 with a second issue in Jan. 2005. It is listed as "The Only U.S. Newsletter Devoted To Loyalist Studies." Mr. Bunnell brings over twenty-five years of expertise in genealogy and Loyalist studies to this newsletter. Written in a conversational and folksy style, this newsletter provides its readership with short stories of both Patriots and Loyalists. It cites many Internet sources balanced by print sources. With improved editing, I believe this on-line newsletter has the potential to create interest among its readers to dig deeper on Loyalist topics discussed as it provides sources for future study with a page devoted to a bibliography."

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24 April 2005

Concord Monitor Newspaper, Home & Family, Section E (Front Page)

Monitor reporter, Paula Delbonis-Platt did a wonderful one, and one quarter page article on my Loyalist work, including all my other projects. A large 6X10 color photo of me in my library along with a photo of Brig. General Benedict Arnold commanded the page. "Embracing The Past" was the title and I cannot commend Paula enough for her accuracy and exposure of all my efforts to educate others about our Loyalist ancestors. I plan to have a poster copy available at the conferences I attend. Thank you, Paula, and the Concord Monitor.

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Cape Cod Genealogical Society, Brewster, Mass. 11 May 2005 Haunted Experiences During Genealogy Research Lecture

Hi Paul, you fullfilled all of our expectationsand more by your excellent presentation today at CCGS. Several people came up to me later to say it was a very interesting presentation; you certainly held everyone's interest. I hope you were able to distribute some of your books to those in attendance also. Thank you so much for a fine job, and we look forward to continuing our contact with you. All the best - Dave Martin, Lecture Chairman

 

 

I recently received a copy of Paul J. Bunnell's French & Native North American Marriages & Other Sources Vol. 2. Paul has continued his research into our French and Native Americans as he did in his Volume 1.

 

I would like to begin my review by quoting from his "My Reflections":

When I was young boy in Pacoima, California growing up in a new western environment, much different from my Masschusetts birthplace, I always thought I was Canadian and loved that country in all its glory. But Inver knew why? In elementary school, the teacher taught us how the Indians made adobe bricks and built wickiup reed and stick homes. I felt a close connection to that history and when we played cowboys and Indians, I always was the strong Native brave who hid in the hills and felt proud of my chiefly position. Many days were spent daydreaming of the high mountains and deserts that called out to me...

After suddently becoming interested in genealogy thanks to two wonderful Mormon friends of mine, I started exploring all my family roots. That was when my eyes opened up to my earlier visions.

The first awakening came when I found that my great-grandfather came from Canada and was of American Loyalist lineage...

But, my big surprise came when much of my research entered an advanced state. My charts were filled with my entire family heritage of French Canadian, American Loyalist, American Colonist, Irish and Italian...

I discovered I had Native North American genealogy...

I found the book to be a valuable aid to anyone searching for his or her Native American ancestry. There are many names in his Listings. Paul has included a Source Code at the beginning of the book. He has listed some 43 sources or references at the beginning of his book. Each has a Source Code, which is then referred to in his Listings.

Since Paul has used my website as a reference in his Volume 1, I immediately looked for my source under LA. Unfortunately, the reader would not be able to access my website, since the URL address is misspelled (www.leveille.net/mainsite.htm). It should read www.leveillee.net (two "e" at the end of my last name). The URL address for the magazine Késsinnimek - Roots - Racines is also mispelled in the same manner. That should read www.leveillee.net/roots/.

As a result, I began to check out other URL addresses listed in his Source Code. I found that many URL were unattainable, either it could not be found or the URL address was too long and too complicated to be useful.

I was especially interested in any of my Native Ancestors listed in his book. I found several, only one of which referred to my source. I was especially disappointed that Paul had not used my website as a reference for the Couc - Montour Métis as found in the Listings, page 47, since I have devoted much research over the years to my 8th great-grandfather Pierre Couc dit Lafleur and his Algonquin wife Mite8ameg8k8e, and their descendants: Couc, Montour, Delpée, Fafard, Turpin, Massé, Germaneau, Ménard.

On page 119, the "Tegakwita" refers to Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha. The only source he cites is from the Jesuit Relations. There have been many books and articles written about this Algonquin-Mohawk native. I have devoted a website to Tekakwitha: www.kateritekakwitha.org/kateri. On the site there are two stories about her "A Litany to My Cousin" and "Fleur-de-la-Prairire (Prairie Flower)" - the latter is my translation of Juliette Laverne's "The Graceful Life of Catherine Tekakwitha". In our magazine Késsinnimek - Roots - Racines, there have been many articles about the life and times of Tekakwitha.

I have to admit that my Book Review does have a bias, because of my Algonquin heritage and the many Métis descendants of Pierre Couc and Marie Mite8ameg8k8e, as well as my devotion to my cousin Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha.

However, despite this bias, I can recommend this book French & Native North American Marriages & Other Sources Vol. 2 for your research. Paul has done good work in assembling some 125 pages of Métis Sources and Listings. The reading of it will be worth your while.

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  In past issues of our magazine, I have reviewed books on Native American marriages written by Paul J. Bunnell.
Paul sent me a copy of his latest work French & Native North American Marriages & Other Sources, Vol. 3. In his Forward Paul writes:

This third volume has many First Nation Eastern North American Peoples listed as recently as 1871 census. There are also some source cases of mid-Canadian records listed. And where "Amerindienne" is noted, they are Native American. Not all main highlighted surnames are the Native American, but could be the spouse of the Metis or Native American...

I want to thank all the genealogists and historians who have supported me through these many years of research. And I always worry over the information that I pass on to you, hoping it is what you are looking for, or at least that I am giving you the leads that pull out the truth in our verification process...

On page 4, Paul lists his five Sources:

GFF
Genealogies of First Families, at The Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, Canada, compiled by Robert F. Fellows, 6th Edition, Jan. 20006...

METIS
From Metis Webpage: http://metisgencom, Archives: http://archiver.rootsweb.com/ submitted by various members of some other sources listed at this site... (and he lists several persons)... This site has been very valuable in connecting Metis but the information that has been submitted are from individual files and records and therefore must be verified

MIK
Mi'maq 1871 Nova Scotia Census, mostly compiled by Daniel P. Strouthes and found at the Public Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Paul indicates that the information was submitted by people who really didn't understand the language and this may cause some misinforamtion)

MPR
Mi'kmaq Parish Registers dated 1764 to 1848 for Islands of Saint Pierre and Miquelon located in the St. Lawrence River Way. (Paul indicates that this is only a partial listing from the compilation of Charles A. Martijn)

PRDH
Programme de recherche en démographie historique, Généalogie canadienne-française du Québec. Website: www.genealogy.umontreal.ca...

It appears to me that his Sources were derived mostly, if not entirely, from Secondary Sources. In the first four Sources, there is reference to "compiled by". This means that this person made a "compilation" of the marriages found from the original or primary source, or even from another secondary source. Therefore, there could be errors, especially if the compiler was not well founded in the language of the primary or secondary sources being copied. Paul has listed many Native Americans for Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, I'm wondering why he didn't use Stephen White's three volume work!

I did not have the time to verify every single piece of data that is contained in this booklet. The marriages start with

?, Charles
Charles...?(Negre (negro), married 10 April 1752 at Detroit, Michigan to Marie, an Amerindienne Panise and widow of Albert Parent.
Source - METIS

And the second entry is:
ACQUIN (Acquin), Gabriel
Born 1816 in New Brunswick, Chief of the Maliseets. Died Oct. 1901. Married #1 to Mary...? who was born 1821. Married #2 to Delurd who was born 1829. They settled on teh St. Marys Reserve, Saint Marys Parish, York County, New Brunswick. Children were:...? Born 1841, Francis, born 1843, died before 1881,...? VBorn 1845 married #1 Elizabeth, #2 Catherine, Hannah, born 1848 who married Peter Sapier...?Born 1851, Catherine born 1856, Stephen, born c. 1857.
Source - GFF

The last entries are:
WILMOT, Thomas
Listed in 1871 Nova Scotia Census as a Mi'kmaq, age 55, living in a Shanty, Illiterate, No Occupation Listed, Pictou County Division 3.
Source - MIK
ZASTE, Gonzague
Son of Andre Zaste and Marie Contre dit Sansoucy, born 5 April 1802, Berthier-en-Haut, Quebec, arried Angelique Parisien, daughter of Jean-Baptiste Parisien and Louise Forcier, born 1814 at Riviere-Rouge, married 18 May 1833 at St-Bonificae, Manitoba.
Source - METIS

ZASTE, Peter-Elmer
Son of Elzear Zaste and Adele Falcon, married Dorothy Tipps, daughter of William Tipps and Virginia Payes on 1 July 1944 at St. Ann, Belcour, North Dakota.
Source - METIS

There are 116 pages containing over 1044 individual entries. I must admit that Paul put a lot of work into compiling these marriages alphabetically.

I browsed through each page looking for any of my ancestors. I found several as listed below. The data found at the references listed for my website have all been verified using Primary Sources.

The first was Marie-Louise-Thérèse AMIOT dit Villeneve on page 8, listed in Bunnell's book as "daughter of Daniel Amiot and Domithilde Kapiouapnokoue (Indian), born 10 Jan 1720 in Michillimakinac, married 2 June 1736 at Michillimakinac to Claude Gauthier St-Germain De Vierville, soldier, ecrivain du Roi (king's writer) 1748 to 1750 - Source - METIS".
I have this same ancestor listed on my website at http://www.leveillee.net/ancestry/famille10471.htm which is a copy of the data from PRDH. There is no date listed for her birth other than "before 1710 in an unknown location". No marriage date, but there is a date of death as 1714-11-07 at Montreal. If you will notice that there are discrepancies between the METIS source and PRDH. I wonder if these are two different women? I wish that I knew what the Primary source was so that I could make corrections to my website if needed.

On page 19, Paul lists BOUCHER, Pierre and source is listed simply as METIS. The verified data for this ancestor can be found on my Ancestry website at http://www.leveillee.net/ancestry/d307.htm. There are several links on that page for data collected at PRDH and the research of Jacques Dunant, an author of our magazine Késssinnimek - Roots - Racines.

There are several GAGNON ancestors in my lineage. However, none are apparently related to GAGNON, Jean-Baptiste as listed on page 43.

On page 43, GERMANEAU, Joachim is listed as married to Elisabeth COUC dit Montour, daughter of my 8th great-grandparents Pierre COUC and Marie Mite8m8g8k8e. There is verified data of this marriage and an historical account of who Elisabeth COUC or Madame Montour on my site at Élisabeth COUC & Joachim GERMANEAU. All the data on this page and on the links have been verified using Primary Sources. Please note that Elisabeth's was also known as "La Chenette", and not "LaVhenette" as listed on that page.

Paul listed four LAMBERT Metis. However, none of these are related to the many LAMBERT found in my website. By the way, if you go to Index of Names, there is an alphabetical listing of all ancestors with a link to their data.

On page 117, VIGEANT, Jean is listed as the son of Laurent Vigeant and Marie Boileau. There is a list of Laurent & Marie's children on my site at Laurent VIGEANT & Marie BOILEAU. I'm wondering if this "Jean" is the same as the JEAN who married ARCHANGE COLLET PICARD RIGAUD in Chambly on 29 September 1790. Perhaps his marriage to Marguerite, dite La Sauvagesse was his second marriage.

The translation of Jean Daigle was poorly done. I wrote to Paul about it. He wrote back. I'm including his comments and a better translation, which will appear in subsequent editions of Volume 3:

The early documents proving many French Acadian/Amerindian marriages were destroyed. These records also contained birth, death, and other types of contractual records. A quote (Translated to English) by Jean Daigle of Acadian Maritimes states the following:
The Acadians who had taken refuge on Île Saint-Jean only benefited from a brief respite, since a detachment under the command of Rollo rounded up approximately 2,500 inhabitants on the island and, during the second phase of the Deportation, banished them to France. Despite their efforts to escape the enemy, many Acadians who had hid in the woods and along the coastline continued to be captured. The arrests went on until 1763.

The odious nature of the Deportation was increased by the practice of burning all traces of Acadian habitation, thus preventing the population from returning. In addition, the practice of scattering individuals shattered solidarity and emotional ties. The dispersal resulted in the loss of many lives, especially on board ship. In some cases, over a third of the passengers perished because of poor sanitary conditions and the lack of food and fresh water. In other cases, vessels and passengers were lost at sea during storms. In addition to the loss of their belongings and separation from members of their family, the Acadians who landed in any of the colonies from Massachusetts to South Carolina were greeted with hostility by the local inhabitants, who complained about the unexpected arrival of these prisoners and the extra expenditures that they would incur.

Note: Summary of Jean Daigle's historical synthesis in Acadia of the Maritimes, published by the Chaire d'études acadiennes, Université de Moncton, 1995. Translation by Sally Ross. Ref: http://www.umoncton.ca/maum/acadian_hist_an.html

I just wish that Paul had listed the individual reference, source and page, after each Listing. This would have made it a lot easier for a researcher to go to the source for verification. Despite this criticism, I believe that Paul Bunnell created an interesting and worthwhile booklet in this Volume 3. It can prove useful to those who are seeking Native American or Metis ancestors in their lineage. For this reason, I can recommend that you read and study this book.

You can visit his Internet site at http://wwwbunnelgenealogybooks.citymaker.com
and his Email address is Bunnellloyalist@aol.com

 

 

 

 Hello Paul :

 Sorry!  I forgot to tell you how much I appreciated your magazine. It is  informative and  easy to read, designed nicely. What more can we ask?
 Thank you.
 Delphine Cameron Large UE