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Re: Davids from France in New York City from 1840s to 1900s
Posted by: Earl David (ID *****1663) Date: August 05, 2010 at 10:40:23
In Reply to: Re: Davids from France in New York City from 1840s to 1900s by Kevin David of 1746

Kevin,

The only other information on Jean Pierre David beyond 1695 is that his father may have been Jean Baptiste David born abt. 1675. This is just hear say that I've run across in my research with no primary source to substantiate it. His mother is unknown at this time. Jean Pierre was a blacksmith by trade and I would highly suspect that his father was a blacksmith.

You probably may know this already but I'll mention it anyway. In early France and New France in order to distinguish identical surname family groups from another, a dit name was adopted as a suffix to the family surname. Often, a suffixed dit name indicated a location from where a family originated. Somewhere along the line, Jean Pierre adopted the dit name David dit Saint Michel. It is not known if this adopted dit name identified a region in France or New France but could very well have been associated with one of the small “Saint Michel” villages near Quebec City, such as Saint-Michel-de-Bellchasse approximately 75 miles east of Quebec City on the Saint Lawrence River where Jean Pierre may have disembarked when he arrived in New France. There is some logic to this since he married a girl from Quebec City abt 1717.

I have located numerous images of original primary source documents from the www.archivescanadafrance.org website that show his name as "Jean David dit Saint Michel".

If you wish to contact me directly, you can do so via ejdavid2@mindspring.com.

Earl


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