A man in France named Gerard Anglade has become fascinated with the story of Dr. Francis, the first of the North American LeBarons.
He is researching in French maritime archives, and has found original documents that trace the ship L'AIGLE and the other privateer ships in the squadron. He has verified their fitting out, and their movements from 1692-94, including departure from France, action off the coast of Newfoundland, and return to France-- with sources quoted. This is really helpful and exciting for American LeBaron descendants.
So far, Gerard Anglade has not found any other positive connection with Dr. Francis. (Not surprising, considering the legend of the political fugitive, the adoption of the infant son, the change of name, the shipwreck in America....)
However, he is labouring without PRIMARY SOURCES (except for Dr. Francis' tombstone)from America, just transcriptions and stories. Does anyone have PHOTOCOPIES of Dr. Francis LeBaron's will? Or the document that he witnessed in Plymouth? Either of these will have signatures for comparison.
Or does anyone have PHOTOCOPIES of the 1695 marriage record to Mary Wilder, or the birth or christening records of the three LeBaron sons in Plymouth 1696, 1698, 1701?
I'm sure it would be encouraging to him if LeBaron family members in America could send him copies of any original documents from this early period.
Here are the websites for Gerard Anglade's research. The French version has a good timeline--if you can read French.
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