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Hi from Canada, My grandma was a Pertus (i.e. an anglicization, I believe, of Perthuis) Apparently, ancestors began in FR. went to Quebec, back to Fr., down to Senegal, back over to N.Car. U.S. and finally up to N.S. Canada about mid 1800's. If correct, the progenitor was a CHARLES P. who had two sons in Que. (Joseph and Jean Baptiste Ignace) of which a LATER J.B.Ignace APPEARS to be a direct ancestor of quite a few Canadian and American citizens. (HIS ancestor(?) CHARLES, became a wealthy merchant in Quebec, whose sons in turn were well to do and connected with the Royal interests of the day. They returned to Fr. when things got hot during the British takeover and ended up in Paris around 1767. Problem is, the gap between THOSE two brothers, and our earliest verifiable ancestor (i.e.J.B.Ign.) is about 2 to 3 generations. Hence, my query should anyone out there know more about that lineage.)
Hope this helps and please adv. if poss. Thx