I have to give Tom Bellefontaine an "A" for effort, but most of his tale is so far off base it isn't funny, nor is it complimentary to his ancestors or namesakes.
If he had done as much research on Pierre Gaudin dit Chatillon, as he did on trying to explain the connection of countries such as Germany and Spain to the political problems of Acadia, then he would have seen that Pierre had no middle name (Jacques) and he never did use a dit name of Bellefontaine. For heaven sakes, just look at his baptismal certificate.
Pierre came to Canada as part of contingent ( the Grande Recrue ) whose one and only job was to protect the outpost of Ville Marie (Montreal) from the Indians. Not one of that contingent left to explore Acadia, until many years later, when there was no longer a threat.
He has credited his forefather Gabriel, with accomplishments made by Pierre, Gabriel's father.
No where in this 10 chapter story, is there a mention of the many Godin/Bellefontaine families who were deported to Louisiana, and prospered.
I could go on, noting several parts of the seven chapters that are literally so far fetched, it is disgusting. The only sensible parts are those he quotes from reliable sources.
Please - please - if you are going to write a history of your family, take the time to do the research. To guess or use unconfirmed resources only makes a mess of your hard work, but nullifies it, and makes it useless to other members of your family, or future descendants of yours.
If Bellefontaine had done this, his story would have been a lot more believable and enjoyable.
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