The surname Brazeau

If you have been reading my posts, I’m sure you have figured out my obsession with finding the biological parents of my great grandfather, David Brazille Plunk.

Today, my curiosity has turned to his middle name, Brazille. At one time, I have thought this might be a family surname passed down. In actuality I still think it is, but my initial thought was that it was from the Rev. Bracewell family. Some variations of the surname Bracewell are Braswell, Brazell, Brazil, Breazeale, Brazille, anything that rhymes with dazzle.

But, there is apparently another possibility of the origin of his middle name. Of course, I’m no expert, and I have no proof, but merely offer this as a possibility and another avenue of research.

I’ve been researching Lucinda Coker’s son, Charles E. Nipps, and the women he may have known. During the Civil War, Lucinda was seeking passport from the Rolla Refugee Camp to St. Lewis, MO, along with her children, to join her then husband, Thomas Boatwright. Lucinda must have died between 1864 and 1865, because Thomas Boatwright married Rebecca Phillips in October of 1865, in St. Genevieve, MO.

So, at least for awhile, her son, Charles E. Nipps, was living in the St. Genevieve area. In fact, St. Genevieve, MO is where Charles E. Nipps met and married Margaret Catherine Albert Courtois. Margaret’s first husband was Francis/Francois courtois and they had a daughter, Antonia Elizabeth Courtois.

Out of curiosity, I started looking at the people living in St. Genevieve, MO during the time Charles E. Nipps would have been living there. In so doing, I ran across Jean Baptiste Brazeau married Marie Joseph Biroleau in St. Genevieve in 1755. No clue if this is Missouri or where or even if he is related to the Courtois family.

It’s the name Brazeau that caught my attention. There are, of course, several variant spellings of this surname which has its orginations in France. I’m wondering, if by the time the family made it into Missouri, considering the level of education available at the time, accents of the region, and other factors, could it be possible that my great grandfather’s middle name of Brazille was actually Brazeau?

The Nipps Sons of Lucinda Coker #9 of 52 Ancestors

You may want to read A Family for David, #7 of 52,to see why I am writing about the Nipps sons of Lucinda Coker.

I just had one of those moments where I have spent two hours writing a story and the whole thing disappeared. I doubt I will be able to do it justice in the rewrite as the hour is getting late, and I am getting tired.

As far as I have been able to find Lucinda Coker and Henry Nipps had three sons, Henry, Jr., Andrew Jackson, and Charles E.

The first son, Henry, Jr., born approx. 1845, is listed as blind on the 1850 census and he is missing on the 1860 census when Lucinda is married to Thomas Boatwright. Nor is he with Lucinda at the Rolla Refugee Camp, Rolla, MO in 1864. I can only presume that he is deceased by 1860.

The second son, Andrew Jackson Nipps, married Sarah Hawkes/Hawker and had several children. None of which would have been old enough to father David Brazille Plunk, born May 1879/80. Nor can I find a DNA connection in my autosomal results to his wife or the families of his children.

That leaves Charles E. Nipps, born 1849, who married Margaret Catherine Albert, the widow of Francois Courtois. Charlie died in 1924, being predeceased by his wife, leaving his entire estate to his step daughter Antonia Elizabeth Courtois Jackson Looney. Apparently, Charlie never had any children of his own.

Yet, I descend from one of these two men. One and I can find no DNA connection to his wife, nor his children. The other claims he had no children.

Pretty obvious I need to research the women living in Charlie’s household and neighborhood in 1879/80. Don’t you think?

A Kings Daughter (Claude Damise) # 8 of 52 Ancestors

I’ve very behind on my commitment to write about 52 ancestors in 52 weeks. The only excuse I have is that life gets in the way.

To be honest, I don’t know yet whether or not Claude Damise is one of my ancestors. She is a woman I found, of French descent, in my increasing volumes of research seeking my biological ancestral family. She is the ancestor of one of my genetic “cousins” so it’s possible she will turn out to be one of my ancestors.

I found her very intriguing in that written in hand in the margins of a French genealogy book, next to the name of Claude Damise was the words “kings daughter”. In my ignorance, I took that literally and was trying in vain to find a King of France with a daughter named Claude.

In actuality, the term “Kings Daughters” was the name given to a group of approximately 800 women that were sent to Canada from France by Louis IV. Their passage, after they had been scrutinized by the Church to be upstanding young women, was paid by the government. The purpose of the program was to encourage settlement of men in Canada “New France”.

This program was between the years of 1663 and 1673. According to Orphans in France, Pioneers in Canada: The King’s Daughters in the 17th Century. Part 2: Biographical List of the King’s Daughters, Claude Damise arrived in Quebec, Canada in 1668, at the age of 18.

Shortly thereafter, also in 1668, she married Pierre Perthius, a member of Carignan-Salières Regiment. She apparently settled into her new life, and began populating New France with their offspring.

Claude Damise Perthius died in Montreal in 1705. I haven’t found the cause of her death, but I can imagine the hardships she faced on a new frontier. I think she is a woman I would be proud to call my ancestor. I hope I get to keep her in my tree.