To: Raymond Waguespack
It appears from a quick review of my notes last night that your Colon family in Staten Island may indeed be the same Coulon family that arrived in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia in 1752. Below are a few basic facts of the family members as they relate to your message. As I mentioned in my previous posted message, I have additional information to review from my late great-uncle's papers and, as well, I happened to be in Lunenburg in September and found more relevant information. I have copies of land plots, etc. if you're interested (if you don't mind providing me with a mailing address or email address, I can forward copies to you along with more detailed information about the family members).
Anyway, it seems from what I can find that members of the Pierre Coulon family may have left Lunenburg just after 1762 as this might explain a lack of information for certain individuals of this family in our local research. Land sales indicate that most of the land Pierre Coulon, Sr. received in land grants was sold in 1762, 10 years after he arrived. This always puzzled us as our earliest ancester settled up the coast from Lunenburg on what appears to be his in-law's land instead of in Lunenburg on the granted land. Hence, I believe part of the original Coulon family may have left Lunenburg just after 1762 for parts unknown and perhaps one or more members of the family who moved away returned a few decades later. As well, Pierre Coulon (Sr. & Jr.), their spouses (both named Marie or Mary), and the son Jean-George have no death records in Lunenburg. In fact, we have no informaton at all on Jean-George.
This may also explain why there is no birth record in Lunenburg for our earliest ancester, Joseph Coulon, who we believe was born in May, 1766 but we don't know where. We have no record of his parents or siblings. He was married in Lunenburg in 1804 and his death record appears in Lunenburg as well. However, although we conclude Joseph Coulon was related to Pierre Coulon's family, we have been unable to find the dirct link. Perhaps the answer lies in your records!
The family who arrived on the ship "Betty" from Montbelliard, France in 1752 to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia (via Halifax, Nova Scotia) is as follows:
Pierre Coulon, Sr. - carpenter (age 46 when he arrived)
Marie-Madeleine (his wife) and their children:
o Pierre, Jr. – carpenter – age 19
o David – carpenter – age 17
Your notes were (and my comments) are as follows:
Pierre Coulon (Jr.) - Peter Colon (married Mary ?, died 10 Feb. 1789) -> You match your Peter to Pierre Coulon, Jr. As both Sr and Jr Pierres had spouses named Marie Magdalene (Mary Magdalene), do you have any more information to indicate which of the Pierres this could be? We have no death records for either Sr or Jr Pierre; Jr married his wife Mary in 1758 in Lunenburg. We're unclear as to their issue. We have no information about Pierre Jr's spouse, except that her maiden name was Boutilier, a family from Lunenburg.
Marie Madeleine - Mary Magdalen Colon (appears to be a widow. born abt. 1709, died 26 Oct. 1779 - age 70 yrs)-> This would be Pierre Coulon, Sr's wife. Pierre, Sr was born in 1706.
David Coulon died April 16, 1753 in Lunenburg.
Jacque Coulon - James Colon (married Catherine ?)-> married Catherine Calame May 18, 1762. Catherine arrived in Lunenburg also in 1752 on the other ship (Speedwell). They had a few children and we think this family remained in Lunenburg as their children appear to be baptized in Lunenburg between 1763 and 1773.
George Coulon - George Colon (b. April 1751, married Mary Limner 1st, Billetje Lewis 2nd)-> This appears to be a missing link for us. We have no information at all on Jean-George Coulon. We believed he may have been born in the 1740s in France, but were just guessing. Perhaps you could enlighten me here.
Jonah Coulon - We originally believed this to be a son of Pierre, Sr. but a note in my great-uncle's papers recently indicates that it may have been a daughter who married in Lunenburg.
Catherine Coulon - Was a daughter of Pierre Coulon, Sr. who arrived with the rest of the family from France. Uncertain what happened to her.
These are just some quick notes to indicate to you that my information appears to fill some gaps in your information and vice-versa. I'd like to put together a fuller picture over the weekend when I review the rest of my new information. If possible, would you be able to answer the following questions:
1. Which of the Pierre Coulon/Peter Colon family members is your direct link?
2. You say the furtherest date you can find relating to your Colons is 1764 in Staten Island. What type of record was this?
3. Do you have a list of George's children?
4. Is your Colon family Protestant or Catholic or some other demonination?
5. Do you have a "Joseph" in your family born in 1766?
6. Do you know how or when your family name was anglicized to Colon (assuming it was originally Coulon)?
In summary, it appears that Pierre (Sr and/or Jr) and/or their spouses and the son Jean-George may have emigrated to New York between 1762 and 1764. What do you think? I look forward to hearing from you.
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