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Volume: XVl I I
July August 2007
No. 4
remember those warm, summer mornings with
the sound of chirping birds and buzzing bees, the
feel of the grass under my bare toes and the lure
Summer is here. Chances are you will have of the many frogs in our brook. We would say to
some type of family gathering over the next few Mother, "Will you make blueberry cupcakes?"
and she would answer "if you pick the berries."
by Janice Burkhart
with a relative as you pass through a town on
your way to the shore or the mountains. Have
you ever considered these times as opportunities
to do a little research? It is a good time to gather
family stories. You wit1 find that your older
relatives really enjoy talking about the good, old
days. I remember gathering my mother and a few
of her cousins for afternoon tea. Once they
started reminiscing there was no stopping them.
They laughed and cried and had a grand old time
while my tape recorder caught it all. It is also a
good time to see if anyone can identify those
mystery people in your photos. Even better, it
might be a good time to collect copies of old
photos and documents that you don't have.
Copies are as close as your nearest Staples,
drugstore or copy center. Make this vacation one
to really remember!
and me,with a small bowl and the anticipation of
a special treat that afternoon. But our favorite
time would be when berries were plentiful and
Mother would make blueberry stump. I can
picture it now, sitting on the back steps on a
warm evening, pleasantly tired afler a day
roaming the woods and fields of Gramdpa's farm,
a bowl of blueberry slum topped by a large
scoop of vanilla ice cream on my lap, crickets
singing in the distance and the only concern was
what to do tomorrow. I give this recipe to you
today with my wishes that all your Summer days
be as sweet as these memories and this recipe.
For those of you who cook, make your favorite
dumpling recipe instead of this Bisquick recipe. t
add a small amount of cinnamon to the dumpling
recipe. The amount of sugar in the sauce could
be less if the blueberries are really sweet. Also,
the juice in the blueberry mixture is needed to
cook the d [email protected] - you - could increase the-.
liquid a little if the mixture looks like it is not very
Speaking ofphotosShave you- m-ade sure that
your photos are identified? Make sure you have
marked down as much information as you can
about your photos. Who are the people in the
picture? Where was the picture taken? What is
the occasion or why was the picture taken? 4 C blueberries 1 C sugar 1 C water 2 tsp. fresh
When was the picture taken? A few minutes lemon juice a dash of cinnamon
doing this now will surely answer a lot af
Bring to a boil in a covered pan. Boil for 5
questions for future generations in your family.
minutes over low heat. Make Bisquick dumpling
recipe. I add a dash of cinnamon. Drop by
spoonfuls into boiling berry mixture. Cook
uncovered for 10 minutes and covered for 10
Summer always reminds me of blueberries and minutes. Eat warm with cream, whipped cream or
ice cream.
blueberries remind .me of my childhood. I can
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Our h e monthly genealogy classes are proving to be
very popular. n e y will continue next year. A
information or to comment, please e-mail Janice
Burhart at [email protected]
A Book Review : "White Devil, A True Story of
War, Savagery, and Vengeance in Colonial
America" by Stephen Brumwell,
This unique 335 page biography of Robert Rogers
(173 1-95), the man regarded as the originator of
"Ranger skills and methods in warfare", is a narrative
culminating in the October 1759 attack on St. Francis,
the Christian Abenakis' home village in New France.
White Devil is the epithet given Rogers by the
Abenakis after the destruction of their homes.
It has been said that the Seven Years War, 1755-1763,
historically misnamed The French and Indian Wars,
still ".... remains one of the most fascinating, yet
vastly misunderstood, periods in the history of the
North American continent ."(I) Brumwell, a British
writer now based in ~rnsterdam,search-edarchives on
both sides of the Atlantic for factual, eyewitness
accounts of this terror-filled era. His story of the
adventures of Rogers and his men, fighting in this
brutal period of savage, wilderness warfare and
mindless bloodshed, opens to the reader a window on
America's past.
This war was in fact a series of French-Indian raids on
English encroachments into the homelands of the, and the counter-raids of British forces,
aided by their Iroquois allies. Atrocity begot greater
atrocity. The Redcoat Regulars of the British were
inept at frontier warfare in the American wilderness,
but were soon augmented by units trained by Rogers,
who became a favorite of the British Generals. His
exploits and successful reprisals against the Abenakis,
led to the assignment which crowned his career.
We meet a cast of actors from d l sides of the
carnage; from Jeffrey Amherst, the overly cautious
British Commander, to Thomas Brown, a Boston-born
private in Rogers' Rangers who wrote of his own
experiences and captivity. On the French-Indian side
we find Ateawanto, Chief of the Abenakis, who in
1752 warned the English against further land tdcings,
to the Marquis de Montcalrn, the brilliant French
Commandant, whose military judgments were often
watered -down by political decisions of those above
him. Notably, too, there was Susanna Johnson, wife
of a New Hampshire frontier trader, captured in 1754
by the Abenakis and held prisoner until the 1759 raid.
She later wrote her life story.
General Amherst, at Crown Point, would issue orders
to Rogers to form a 200 man force to attack the
Abenakis at St. Francis. The justification was
retaliation for the 1757 Massacre at Ft. William Henry
on Lake George. But Amherst's written order forbade
the killing of innocents, women or children --- a wish
soon forgotten in the bloodlust that ensued.
On the evening of September 13, 1759, Rogers' party
left in 17 whaleboats, and rowed 80 miles to
Missisquoi Bay, at the top of Lake Chaplain. By
day, they hid in forests of the eastern shore, wary of
French boats on patrol. Before dawn on September 23
they arrived, less some 40 men lost to illness,
accidents, and desertions. Their boats were hidden for
the return, guarded by two trusted Indians. These were
found the very next
day by a French patrol under LaDurantaye, and
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all their training, discipline, and humanity. They soon
become pitiful creatures, whom we cannot admire.
A l m s went out of a British invasion force, but the
Rogers divides his party at Lake Memphremagog and
French misjudged the objective, instead re-enforcing follows a route seeking the Connecticut River in order
the fort at Ile-aux-Noix. Rogers had set off eastward, to reach Fort No. 4, a trek of some 200 miles. It is an
avoiding detection. His route to St. Francis, thru
uncharted wilderness, which few white men had ever
awesome swamps, took 12 days, We arrived with just
142 tired, hungry, and exhausted men.
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A bold nighttime reconnaissance by Rogers, entered
the enemy village to judge the task ahead. It revealed
a celebration in process, He was surprised at the rows
of ample wooden structures, a real town instead of
hide-tents. Although runners had warned the Abenakis
of an attack, they refused to give credence to it. Most
of the warriors were away, on duty with the
French. The Jesuit Pastor, Pierre Joseph Antoine
Roubaud, a man of action who often joined their
warriors on expeditions, was away in Trois Rivieres,
some 20 miles north, across the St. Lawrence. At first
light on October 4th, the attack began. It was a frenzy
of mayhem and murder, with no pity to any human
resident. Scalps were taken, and booty stuffed into
knapsacks: rather than food for the return. Even the
famed silver Madonna of Chartres, said to weigh 10
pounds, was taken. Most of this loot was abandoned
along the rugged trail home. Some was found many
years later. The village was burned, left in ashes by
7:00 a.m.
He would arrive at Fort No. 4 on October 3 1, some
27 days after the attack, without most of his men. He
would send relief parties to rescue them but many had
died of various causes on the flight back. Several, too,
had bee^ caught by the pursuers. Two o f these
captives were exchanged and lived to write of the
Coming so soon after the Fall of Quebec to the British
on September 16, 1759, the St. Francis Raid cost the
French most of the loyalty of the many Indian tribes
allied to them. Rogers would be hailed as the
avenging hero in the newspapers on both sides of the
Atlantic. Amherst would be praised for driving the
French from North America, a feat now seen by
history as having led directly to the American
In summary, this is a book we can recommend to all
students of America's colonial origins.
(1) "The War that made America", Anderson, Fred,
How many died? Rogers reported 200 dead, but this is Viking Press, 2005, on overleaf..
reftited by French and Indian sources. They claim only
30 to 40, with most being women and children. Five
children were taken captive. Three of t!aem were those
of Indian Chief Joseph-Louis Gill, who was himself a
white man! Also, there were 5 English captives freed
and taken back with the raiders. By then, Rogers knew
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sewing the mixture into a small sac suspended by a
crocheted cord. This hung around our neck from late
Autumn to early Spring. It worked! We were very
We are compiling a list of people who might like to seldom afflicted with those bothersome respiratory
serve on the AFGS Boarcl of Directors. To qualify, afflictions of winter...... Of course, that might have
you must be willing and able to attend monthly Board been because none of our friends cared to approach us
Meetings at your own expense and you must be a while we used such efficient preventative medicine!
member in good standing of AFGS. If interested Our many cousins were similarly protected. We were
please contact Janice Burkhart at [email protected] a strong healthy contingent to behold!
I will send you an application form to complete. We
welcome Dermis Boudreau as our latest Board Should we be so ungrateful as to refuse Caroline's
ministrations, our father was skilled at preparing
-.- - m 4 t a z & p I a s ~ d mow chest% G ~ ~ D M MEDICINE
A ~ S
draw out the evil germs". Such a drastic situation
called for the placing of heavy blankets,. so as to
induce sweating in order to assist the "outing of the
gems". We were carefully monitored to be certain
that the mustard plaster didn't burn our skin. It
Ah! so many memories. I suwived the Golden Age of
worked! Never had a mustard bum, nor was there the
Home Remedies. Don't know if I'll survive this age of
need for more than 1 or 2 applications.
Modern Medicine.
Dad had learned from his parents, that you feed'a
My great-grandmother, Caroline Coucy Pelletier, fever and starve a cold. Again, we were well-cared
lived with us for many years. Dwing that time we for. After being sponged with alcohol, given aspirin
"benefitted" from her knowledge of what is now and covered with the usual heavy blankets, we were
called "Folk Medicine". Just like today's technological fed a steak dinner. THAT was a big deal and I'm sure
advancements, some worked and others didn't. a budget breaker. The occasional non-winter cold was
However, unlike today, what didn't work, usually addressed with lots of water and juices, no solids.
didn't harm us. I don't remember anytlung being Good practice even today,
recalled, or governmental advisory to discontinue
To cure fungus on toenails, one applied vinegar daily
usage. Cynics may say, " ~ o m u n i c a t i owasn't
to the affected toes. It was also considered a good
as today." Pfftt!- I say. I well
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remember that if something serious, was amiss, it
burns didn't work so well. Better results were
didn't take long for the neighborhood wireless system
achieved with coo1 water, and the juice fiorn a freshly
to go into action. Such news traveled quickly without
broken stem of aloe, which we grew in home. The
the assistance of the cell 'phone,the Pony Express, or
bane of elementary school shidents, head lice, were
the French language newspaper.
attacked with kerosene on metal combs dragged
the hair. I still smell the kerosene and feel the
I share with you the wealth of my experiences, learned
from Caroline, my grandmother, Marie Anne Lafond pain on my scalp. When I was in the sixth grade, a
Ploude, parents, Laurent Ploude and Beatrice nurse blessedly told me about @ell. I ran all the way
Rochefort Ploude, and many of our relatives and home to tell my mother the revolutionary news. Saved
neighbors in St. Mathieu's parish of Fall River's North at last! Alleluia!
End (Bowenville/Bonneville).
Toothaches and earaches brought about a different set
Until I was 12, my great-grandmother protected us
of responses. Great-mimkre dribbled holy oil in my
from winter colds and other communicable diseases
ear and gave me a bit of John DeKyper to hold against
by preparing garlic buds and secret herbs and lovingly
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Some topics could be: your family story; information
the offending tooth. While the liquid tasted good, it about your earliest ancestor or the person who came to
did not relieve the pain from the abscessed teeth for
the states; biographical information about a famous
very long, ( 1did witness my 97 year old great French-American person such as a sports figure, actor,
grandmother, Marie Louise give her spouse, Prime, a inventor, explorer; a book review of an interesting
tall shot of John DeKyper and then proceed to pull a book you have read; childhood memories; cultural
tooth from his 98 year old mouth. He didn't even information; information regarding life here in the
1880s- 1940s; in shod, anything that would make
interesting reading. If you are interested in helping,
Dad, on the other hand, offered the second line of please contact Jan Burkhart [email protected] We
possible relief, learned from his father, Antoine. He are interested in hearing your ideas.
would fill his corncob pipe (it had to be a corncob
pipe) and blow that special smoke in my ear. No
positive results, no worry. He would then remove the
offending and oftentimes loose tooth with the pliers Please let us know if there is something more
from his household tool kit. I knew I had a guardian AFGS can do to help you. If you have some
angel then, otherwise I would have succumbed to ideas about how to make your Society more user
lockjaw or a raging infection. The third line of remedy friendly, drop us a line. We are eager to please.
was to send me to a dentist with the greatly evidint
signs of an abscessed tooth. That's another story.
Are you a "Soucy" by birth, by marriage, a cousin, or
I remember blackberry brandy for diarrhea; coke
just interested in this grand family in North America?
syrup for an upset stomach; bromo seltzer in a blue
If so, why not come to Saint Roch-des-Aulnaies in
bottle; zinc oxide for sties; antiphk&gestine for boils;
beautiful Kamouraska, Quebec on August 11,2007
liver, cod liver oil and molasses for good health and
and join your cousins and friends for an in informative
"strong blood"; cocoa butter for stretch marks or
and fun day of appreciation of the Soucy family's
scars; and hot water bottles for PMS in the time before
heritage in the New World.
Midok and other rneds.
For M e r information in Canada contact Monique
Most of all, 1 remember being held and rocked when X Soucy-Roberge, [email protected],,globtro~er,net in the
was really sick. I also remember that my extended USA contact Ron Bernard, [email protected] Also,
family truly tried to alleviate my-aches and pains with visit www.genealoaie.or~/famille/Soucy
all the love, knowledge and means they had to make
me feel better. I remember that my mother saved me,
her first-born, with a formula she developed, when
AFGS is happy to announce a writing contest to begin
doctors and others gave-up and advised her that I
now. It is open to all members of AFGS and anyone
would soon die with a birth defect that is now
else who would care to participate. Cash prizes will be
comcted with surgery soon after birth. That's love
awarded to the winners who will be selected by an
and the ultimate folk medicine.
independent panel of judges. Articles will be accepted
on a variety of subjects concerning French Canadian
genealogy, French-Canadian or Franco-American
We are greatly in need of people who would write history, and like subjects. Further information will be
articles for Je Me Souviens. Currently our magazine included with our journal. Come on. Brush off those
is issued twice a year and is about 120 pages long. We old notes, organize your papers and get writing.
are committed to providing quality information to our Winners will be announced at our Spring Volunteer
readers. Could you submit an article to your J o d ? Day Celebration.
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We are pleased to announce that we now have the
Birth, Marriage and Death records, along with the
corresponding indexes, available for use at the library.
This gives us five more years of records for those
criticd years when ,people were still coming to the
United States fiom Quebec. The microfilms are now
cataloged and ready for use.
Even the DVDs about the time of Pierre Trudeau and
Rene Levesque gave me more of an understanding of
what our cousins to t h e ~ o r t h
went through. ~f you
have not borrowed these DVDs yet, I encourage you
to do so.
Our Spring edition of Je Me Souviens is finally at the
printers and should be in the mail in the next few
weeks. Our greatest thanks to Bill Pommenville,
Norm Deragon and Roger Bartholomy for the
tremendous job they did- punt-ng -the pieces togetkgr-.
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and gettjng this issue organized. This experience has
that we have completed a new library given all of us a renewed appreciation for dl the work
holdings catalog. This catalog is an important tool Paul Delisle did for all those years he served as editor.
because it ''lows
you to plan ahead when you are We will do everything possible to get our Fall edition
coming to the [email protected]
selectiog the books You out on t h e but we are
behind schedule. Our
want to use, You
time Once You get new editors, Dennis
and Norm Deragon
to the library. The catalog also includes a listing of our have established an editorial board to help them
Prouin not
so that you we expect, under their leadership, to see hejo&
the 'Irns you want before coming to the have some new and interesting items. ~t will evolve
library as well.
slowly, perhaps through trial and error, but we think
The catalog is being offered in paper form for $25.00
make Our
interesting journal
and in a fully searchable CD for $1 5.00. The CD is
I thank everyone who
MAC and PC compatible. This is good value for your responded to our call for help. We can still use more
.-.tabpart in Our
send us
money and people who have purchased it have been
some articles, volunteer in what ever way you can.
very favorably impressed.
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Baw J w w w e F 4 o n & - * * I want +-remind you h i +he-)endirsg library+
Canada, a Peoples' History on DVD. This series, find that it is not written in English? When we first
produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Company, is begin gathering original documents from Quebec, we
beautifully filmed and tells a compelling story. The often forget that they will be written in French and
series begins with the native people and continues sometimes even Latin. This can pose a very big
through modern times. You may be surprised at how problem if you read neither ! AFGS has the ability to
Canada's early history is so closely entwined with the translate these documents for you at reasonable rates.
history of the United States. For a complete listing of If you have an original birth, marriage or death
what is available, please go to the AFGS home page certificate that needs to be translated, please contact us
(afgs-org). Click on Lending library and the Canada, and we wilI make arrangements for your document to
a People's History button. At that point you can read be translated. We can also point you in a different
all the titles and decide what you would like to see. direction if you have longer documents to be
The DVDs are quite compelling. X was surprised as I translated. We can recommend people who are
viewed some of the more modem history films from available to offer private translation services. Give us
around the time my grandparents came to this country. a try. I think you will be pleased.
donating the money you receive for recycling hem
during the month of August. It might only be a few
For all those folks who signed up for our Quebec trip, dollars but if many people send a few dollars it could
Ray Desplaines is working on the itinerary and is add up to a few hundred. Should I hope for a hot
currently negotiating rates at the IocaI Holiday Inn for August?
those of you who will be spending the night in
Woonsocket. We hope to have a packet in the mail to
you by the middle of July. We are looking forward to We are looking for the parents of the following people
meeting everyone. See you in August.
who married in M.
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We are considering whether or not to keep the library
open on Saturday through June next year. We would
like to know if you would use the library if it were
open then and also if you would be willing to
volunteer your time for a Saturday or two. There are
many jobs that need to be done on the days we are
open and we will need help if we do attempt thkse
extra hours. Let me know what you think.
[email protected] or send a note to AFGS, P. 0.
Box 830, Woonsocket, RI 02895-0870.
Olive Brodew who married Dexter PotvidHarpin on
10 Jan 1864 at St. Charles, Woonsocket, RI
Mary Brodeur who married Narcisse Lavdlee on 07
Feb 1869 in Warwick, RI
Joseph Bronette who married Mary Bigelow on 07
Feb 1869 in Warwick, RI
Joseph Brooks who married Julie Lucier on 22 May
1869 in Warwick, IU
Dora Brosseau who married Alfred Dhanche on 20
Aug 1892 in Providence, ICX
Elise Brosseau who married Michel Daviau on 21 Jun
If it were available, would you like to receive your 1874 in Woonsocket, RT
newsletters and other communications electronically
rather than through the mail? We are exploring this Noel Brosseau who &ed
Josephine Soucy 27 Jul
possibility and would like to know what you think. 1897 in Pawtucket, RI
Please let us know. [email protected] or AFGS,
Marie Gauthier who married Joseph Brouillard on 23
P.O. Box 830, Woonsocket, RI 02895-0870.
May 1893 in Providence, RI
Maxime BrouiHard who married Margaret Donahue
This summer, we will be mailing our publication list on 16 Dec 189 1 in Providence, RI.
to libraries that have genealogy departments. Let us
know where you do your research and we will be sure Josephine Soucy who married Noel Brousseau on 27
to send your library a copy of the list. That way you Jul 1897 in Pawtucket, TCI
can have our publications close to hand.
These wonderful Summer days will pass more quickly
than we can imagine. Enjoy every one of them. We
wish you a healthy and safe summer. Let the
hurricanes keep out to sea, the forest fires keep away
Would you like to help with the Building Fund but are from our homes and the weather be mild and gentle. If
unable to pledge at this time? Well here is sometking you come to RI, please stop in to see us, We 'love
that you could do that might fit your budget. If you meeting our members and know you will find lots of
live in a state where you are able to recycle your resources at your library.
beverage cans and bottles, you might consider