My grandmother and Orra E. Monnett were first cousins. All the cousins in Bucyrus, Crawford Co., Ohio and there abouts were very interested in gaining membership in the Daughters or Sons of the American Revolution. Research had to be done to prove direct descent. Orra and his sister did that research.
Orra married a Hull and his sister married a Hull. Orra was primarily interested in documenting his daughter's lineage through the Monnet and Hull lines. She was accepted into the DAR with 10 patriot ancestors! Five from the Monnet side and five from the Hull side. Normally you attach to one patriot ancestor.
Orra's book has many flaws and errors. Like any vanity press book, the individuals interviewed or who returned surveys severely edited their entries to their best advantage. Whole branches of the family were left out. "Facts" and dates are recorded incorrectly. Orra did not research the three other children of Pierre Monnet and Catherinen Pillot other than to mention their existance. None of the cousins from Canada, Staton Island or Maryland are included in the book that I have been able to discover. I am afraid his book's purpose was to document his daughter's illustrious lineage. That does not make it a bad book, it is just not as complete as it could be, nor as accurate. It is a very good place to stare looking for further documentation.
Orra's daughter is living in California and forwards all inqueries to the Los Angeles Public Library where all of her father's notes and books are now housed. She is not interested in Family History, she wrote me she "had too much of it when I was a girl".
Check with a library in a big city. Most large municipalities have a copy or can borrow one on Micro Fiche. Take a look before you purchase the book. It works for me but I do not think there is enough information on the connection with France to justify your purchase. You can write me directly and I will check my copy for information if you like.
Barbara L. Frye (another Barb)
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