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The Origins of Graveline
Posted by: Bernard Beaudreau (ID *****2309) Date: September 05, 2011 at 11:38:10
In Reply to: EUREKA!!! EUREKA!!!! AFTER 40 YEARS OF SEARCHING, I HAVE FOUND!!! by Bernard Beaudreau of 14

Following up on my previous post, I have often wondered about the origins of our ancestors second surname, Graveline or Greveline. After all, there is no trace of the surname in the Maine region of France. It is my belief that Greveline was a fictious name concocted by our paternal ancestor Urbain, to mislead the authorities. It is also my belief that the Bottereau family was protestant.....Calvinists to be precise. As JÚrome Le Royer and other directors of the Company of Mary (whose mandate was to bring settlers to Montreal) was instructed to recruit only Roman Catholics, Urbain was faced with a dilemma.....reveal his true identity and not be recruited, or mislead. On both occasions, when embarking for Canada, he went as Urbain Greveline. However, once on this side of the Atlantic, he reverted to Bottereau.....or Baudereau, Baudreau, Beaudreau.
Judging by his ambition and his wealth at time of his death, everything points to Urbain as a Calvinist.


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