This picture brings so much good memories from the 60s when I was in my 20s.
Little did I know back then that I would be writing about Chrétien Lemaire who could me a Hessen Hannau Jäger in 1777.
Hesse-Hanau was a semi-independent appendage of Hesse-Kassel, governed by the Protestant Hereditary Landgrave William, eldest son of the Catholic Frederick II of Hesse-Kassel. When William received news of the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775, he unconditionally offered a regiment to King George III. During the course of the war, Hanau provided 2,422 troops; only 1,441 returned in 1783. A significant number of Hessian soldiers were volunteers from Hanau, who had enlisted with the intent of staying in the Americas when the war was over.
Colonel Wilhelm von Gall is one well-known officer from Hesse-Hanau; he commanded a regiment from Hanau under General John Burgoyne. Among the units sent to North America were one battalion of infantry, a battalion of jägers, a battalion of irregular infantry known as a Frei-Corps, and a company of artillery. (Wiki)
Everything is about memories from the past you know.
Even distant ones.
I have a lot of memories in my genes, and this is the main reason I write a lot.
I’m French Canadian.
I have always lived in the province of Quebec. My mother tongue is French, but I always had no problem with the English language. The proof of the pudding is this blog about genealogy with close to 600 posts.
Little did I know back in 2007, when I got hooked on genealogy, that I had genes that came from the U.S.
In 2009 I found that my grandfather and his parents were living in Bristol, Connecticut.
1900 U.S. Census
This quest led me to find all that I could find about people related to my grandfather Léo and the Lagassees, Lagasses, Lagassées, Lagassés, Lagacés, LaGasses that had emigrated to the U.S. in the 1800s.
Agnes Lagaser (Lagasse) was one of them.
Her headstone Joe found at St. Joseph Church Cemetery led me to Steve Myers and to his father who is now looking at a whole bunch of old pictures I sent Steve.
While Steve’s father is looking, I will be looking at Christoph or Chrétien Lemaire a Hanau Chasseur (Jäger) if he is in fact Steve’s ancestor.
Chrétien Lemaire appears on this list found on a forum in 2007. It’s written in French and in English by Claude Crégheur.
Bonjour à tous
Voici la liste des Chasseurs de la Compagnie du Capitaine Castendyck
“congédiés” entre 1777 et 1783 au Canada.
Here's the list of Hesse Hanau Chasseurs form the Captain Castendyck's
Company discharged between 1777 and 1783 in Canada.
Reference : MG 21/ Sir Frederick Haldimand / Letters of Officers of the German legion, with reports, 1778-1784
Microfilm A-743 ANC/PAC
Caporal Jacques Werner
Chirurgien Sebastian Burgy
Tous les noms qui suivent sont des Chasseurs qui, majoritairement, faisaient partie de La Compagnie Kornrumpff à leur arrivée au Canada.
All the following names are Jägers who, for the most, were in Capt.
Kornrumpff's Company at their arrival in Canada.
We are never sure about our ancestors unless you find documented evidence of who our ancestors were.
This is the first official document leading us to someone whose name was Chrétien Lemeyère. He could be Chrétien Lemaire found on the list above.
Jean-Baptiste Lemeyère’s marriage act
Jean-Baptiste Lemeyère, son of Chrétien Lemeyère and Josephte Vincent dit Lagarde married Marie Paquet in 1808.
His mother Josephte Vincent dit Lagarde is said to be deceased. His father Chrétien Lemeyère is still living.
When did Chrétien Lemeyère’s wife died?
I found that out and probably more clues that will lead us to Chrétien Lemaire, Steve’s ancestors.