I have just learned that my 4th great grandmother's maiden name ~might~ have been Drouin (various spellings...DeRouin etc.)
From the 1850 Brunswick, Maine census living with my gggg grandparents was an Abner DELAWARE age 20 something - laborer- b. Canada. I have been told that Delaware is a 'dit' name for DROUIN. It is my belief that Abner (whose real first name may be some other 'dit' name form of Benjamin), is related to my Hannah. It is also reported that this Abner's father was a Joseph Drouin who married a Catherine Bolduc (possible various spellings of that too).
The middle initial 'D' is used a few times in this family (my family) around the early 1800's to the 1850's, however I have never seen what it stands for, but "D"rouin sounds like a good place to start to me.
I can find no documents containing the full names of those with the middle initial D.
Hannah's son that I am looking for was named Joseph D. Moody, which I believe was the surname given to him by her 2nd husband Joseph Moody in Brunswick, Maine.
In my family there is Native American heritage and we believe it came from the 'wives' side somewhere. Hannah's son Joseph D. Moody was a Native American doctor in Lowell, MA.
Since the Drouin name is found in St. Francis, Quebec and there are a lot of Native American's who came from Quebec into Maine, it is my thinking that Hannah may have been Native American herself or she married a man who was Native American in Maine; possible surname THOMAS. I believe she and this man (?) Thomas had a son born around 1809 in Maine(my Joseph D. Moody). For all I know, Hannah could have been pregnant with this child when she married Joseph Moody of Brunswick. At this time I do not know much but what I am typing here. I only have Hannah's age given in the 1850 census to go on which is age 56, but it could be off by as much as 5 years or more. If her son was born around 1807 to 1810, Hannah would have been Very young IF her age of 56 is correct in the census. It is not impossible as many brides in those days were considered to be Spinsters if not married off by age 16.
I do believe that Joseph Moody adopted this son of Hannah's and gave him his last name.
I know this is Very Vague information, but if Anyone has any idea about either a Hannah Drouin or a possible 'dit' first name for Hannah, who was born around 1794 who claims Maine as her birthplace, who may have married into a Native American family but left him or divorced him, with children in tow, who may have been related to the Abner Delaware/Drouin aka Benjamin or a possible George Drouin, and daughter of a Joseph and Catherine Drouin, PLEASE post a follow up message and I will check back.
Thank you for Any help
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