Le Neuf Research Project. Family Secrets Revealed. Every family has secrets. Most of these secrets are harmless and as the generations pass they are often forgotten.
For some French families before the Revolution there was a secret that would be very important to keep hidden because of the social consequences. Some French noble families were really of bourgeois ancestry and had never been granted noble status by the king. If this was revealed, this information could threaten their status.
In France, to be a noble not only meant more prestige, but was also a very effective way to avoid paying many taxes. To be caught pretending to be a noble could have devastating financial and social consequences. Bourgeois ancestry had to be kept secret. Due to the thorough research of Roland- Yves Gagn. He has found that the family covered up their bourgeois origins and pretended to be nobles. This charade is true of Le Neufs on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Previous research had exposed that the Canadian Le Neufs were Huguenots, which was an additional family secret they had to hide in New France.
Protestants were not allowed to remain in New France. Those who did settle in the colony had to hide their religious persuasion. Through the research of Gagn. Du. Long—we know that the maternal lineage of the Canadian Le Neufs leads back to French royalty. He has established the exact relationship between the Canadian Le Neufs and their cousins who remained in France. He has documented the relationship between the Le Neufs and the Le Gardeurs back in France. Lastly, he traces these families back several generations in France.
This website is dedicated to reporting. Le Neuf family and to point readers to the necessary published findings that must be consulted. The Le Neuf siblings- -Michel Le Neuf, sieur du H. They were the regarded as the first French. Canada. The Le Neufs and Le Gardeurs became an influential kinship group in colonial New France.
The Le Neuf brothers played an important role in colonial New France and their lives are documented in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography: Michel Le Neuf du H. Despite holding prominent official positions, the Le Neuf brothers were not always well behaved towards their fellow colonists and could be difficult in their relationship with the church and the colonial administration. Their behavior was not that of nobles groomed to practice noblesse oblige, but that of bourgeois businessmen determined to make a fortune in the fur trade.
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Jacques Le Neuf left a mystery behind when he registered his proof. Soverign Council of New France. He provides a rich. Le Neufs extending back to Richard Le Neuf in the fourteenth. However, Jacques does not indicate how he fits into this lineage.
These two French Le Neufs are clearly identified in the Le Neuf. Jacques, nor Jacques'. Soverign Council. Although the Le Neufs were an important family in the history of New France, nobody now carries the surname Le Neuf in North America. They did leave behind descendants in Canada and the United States through female Le Neuf ancestresses. Also, after the fall of New France, some of the male Canadian Le Neufs returned to France and presumably have descendants there. Despite all the knowledge historians and biographers have provided to us regarding the Le Neufs in Canada, the mystery remained as to how they were related to the French Le Neufs.
These scholars failed to detect their bourgeois origins and Huguenot background. Due to the diligence and genealogical research of Gagn. Much that has been written about the Le Neufs in the past by historians will have to be updated. To date the research conducted on the Le Neufs has resulted in several important findings: The baptismal records of Josu. Unfortunately, just as Count Louis Bernadin Le Neuf reaches the level of the titled nobility the French Revolution came along and he was one of the Reign of Terror victims to lose his head on the guillotine. The Le Neuf story was even highlighted on Canadian television on the show Qui ?
In the image below Gagn. Here you will find the summary of the Le Neuf family prepared by the royal Judge of Arms based mostly on documents submitted by the family and now residing in the Cabinet des titres at the Biblioth. For your convenience I have prepared a copy of the chapter for you to view. Please note that the earlier generations must not be accepted without reading through Gagn. They left behind many Godefroy descendants. She remained in France, but two of her children came to New France. However, they did not leave descendants in Canada.
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University of Toronto/Universit. Barry, Mary J., trans., and John P. This is a translation of the papers Jacques Le Neuf, sieur de la Poterie, submitted in 1.
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Sovereign Council of New France to prove his noble status. These documents were previously published in French in George- Pierre Roy, Lettres de nobless, g. A draft of this article is presented here. Du. Long, John P.
Spring 1. 99. 3): 5. In this article you will find information about the Huguenot background of the Canadian Le Neufs, the Protestant marriage of their parents, and speculation on why Jacques Le Neuf, sieur de la Poterie, would be vague about his ancestors. A draft of this article is presented here. Du. Long thought that Jacques was hiding both his Protestant upbringing as well as the downward mobility of his family from the ranks of the nobility into the bourgeois. Dictionnaire biographique des anc. Although he is mentioned in passing, Michel Le Neuf du H. The authors establish that Anne du H.
Although progress is made in extending the Le Neuf lineage, we were unable to connect the Canadian Le Neufs to the noble French Le Neufs. The article then proceeds to trace the pedigree of Jeanne Le Marchand, the mother of the Canadian Le Neufs, back to several noble families and eventually to Robert II, King of France, and Charlemagne. It concludes with a demonstration of how the singer C.
We learn from this document that Matthieu Le Neuf, sieur du H. We also learned that Pierre Le Neuf, . Thus indicating that the relationship between the Canadian and the French Le Neufs is probably not as remote as we thought in the 2. Jett. Lastly, his series of articles reveals information about the Le Gardeurs not previously known. You can order copies of articles published in the M. You can visit the SGCF web site or write them at: Soci. A colored depiction of the arms can be found in the Biblioth.
They were second cousins, once removed. While Jacques Le Neuf de la Poterie was acknowledged to be of the same family and carry the same arms, Gagn. However, I know that Alexandre Le Neuf de Beaubassin, the eldest son of Michel Le Neuf de Beaubassin, governer of Acadia, and Marie Denys, and the grandson of Jacques Le Neuf de la Poterie, used these arms. In a letter mentioning his will from around 1. Le Neuf arms (ANQ, P1.
S3,D1. 25. 2). So we know that this captian of the Marines, knight in the order of St- Louis, and heir of Jacques Le Neuf de la Poterie had a seal bearing the Le Neuf arms. Whether or not his father and grandfather used the same seal I do not know. Michel Le Neuf used D'argent, . If either Jacques or Michel Le Neuf used the family arms, then they did so by presumption, even with the permission of their cousins. They were commoners posing as nobles in New France. Had they remained in France and had lived long enough, then they might have had arms assigned to them for the purposes of taxation in 1. The following generic arms were found for a Jean Le Neuf, merchant, bourgeois of Caen.
He might be Jean Le Neuf, the son of Jean Le Neuf, sieur de Vaux, and a cousin of the Canadian Le Neufs. These arms are registered in the Armorial g. The blazon would be D'or parti de sinople . Scanning pages before and after this illustration there are several similarly blazoned arms. The clerks assigned to collect the 1. It appears that this Jean Le Neuf was the victim of this tax scheme and was assigned rather plain and unimaginative arms.
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