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Mary Gardner aka: Marie TC Raison de la Geneste
Posted by: Sherry McClellan (ID *****4618) Date: April 10, 2007 at 05:37:42
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Dtr of French exiles to St. Domingo.
had another sister who m: Pierre Fontaine du Chausenel
a brother, Louis Raison de la Geneste
Raison is the Surname of this family.
Geneste is the region near Bordeaux France, where their
family had vineyards. Due to not being able to figure out the French naming system, some took the Geneste. Others of the Raison family, which translates to Reason, go by that Americanized spelling. There are other spellings, also, due to distinguishing one family line from another and other factors such as pronounciations and spelling errors, etc;, by census takers.
Louis Raison married Rev. John Young's dtr, Aramathea (KY)
Marie TC Raison de la Geneste married Joseph Gardner.
Joseph was delivering goods to the Wilburforce Commission house in St. Domingo, when he met his future bride, there.
The younger sister, Marie Louise Raison du Chausenel and their mother, fled to Cuba with her husband and a dtr was born there, Julia...who would marry into another family of the same background, in New Orleans, LA...in St. Louis Cathedral; to the Dubieneaux'd family. A hotel by that name still stands. Another spelling, found around the Great Lakes is Jeunesse and Young as Jung/Yung. A Marie Jeunesse was found on a Reservation there.
I descend from Mrs Joseph Gardner. They lived in Greenup KY and then moved to Barboursville, Cabell Co., VA (wva) She was active in est churches and schools there as being among the lst settlers. Their descendants ...Millers, Moores, Clendennins, etc...all prominent pioneers of the day. Due to the strife of the Civil War, many of the recorded documents were lost and are deteriorating in the Huntington Cabell Co., WVa Courthouse basement, where they were moved when they moved the county seat from B'ville, after the war and the road went around it. It would be wonderful to have a digital camera to take pix and preserve these fragile documents, which can't be photocopied. The Thornburgs of the Academy, are descendants and might be interested in preserving these documents, there.


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