The Ancestors of Mark Forest
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In 1621 King James I of England awarded the lands of Acadia to Sir William Alexander for the purpose of founding the colony of Nova Scotia.
In 1632 his son King Charles I ceded Acadia back to France, and, under the Company of New France, a renewed period of French colonization followed.
Acadia was under English rule from 1654 to 1670 and then reverted again to French rule and remained basically under French control for the next 40 years.
On October 16, 1710, as part of the War of the Spanish Succession (1701–1714), Port Royal was captured by the British. The Treaty of Utrecht (1713) gave Nova Scotia to Great Britain but left Cape Breton Island and Île Saint-Jean (from 1799 Prince Edward Island) with France. In 1755 many French-speaking Acadians were deported by the British because of the imminence of war with France and the question of Acadian neutrality, and the possibility of a revolt.
Around 1645 Claude "Sieur de la Fleur" Petitpas (ninth great grandfather) emigrated from France to Acadie, New France. He was the "Civil Clerk" of the Settlement of Port Royal, Acadie, New France.
Around 1707 Francois Moise Morin Chenevert (eighth great grandfather) left Niort, Deux-Sevres, Poitou-Charentes, France and settled in Trois Rivieres, Québec, New France. Francois married Marie Madeleine Lafleur (eighth great grandmother) in Quebec, the couple remained in Quebec. Francois and Marie had at least one son, Francois Chenevert (seventh great grandfather) who married Marie Josphe Poiter (seventh great grandmother) about 1747 in Quebec. Not sure if this family remained in Quebec or relocated to Louisiana by way of the Mississippi River. The Couple had at least one son.
Francois Chenevert, II (sixth great grandfather) born in Trios Rivers, St. Maurice, Quebec, New France, not sure if he emigrated with his parents or came to Spanish Louisiana on his own, but he married Marie Therese Riche (sixth great grandmother) on March 4th 1774 in Pointe Coupee, Spanish Louisiana. There is a lot of work to be done to sort out the Chenevert Line.
Two of my ancestors were sent to Mobile, French Louisiana in the early 1700's. One a Soldier and one a Blacksmith for the King. Urbain Berthelot (sixth great grandfather), the Blacksmith, arrived around 1715. Sergeant Jean Louis Fontenot (sixth great grandfather), arrived around 1720. Both of these men had families and The Berthelot's remained in the Mobile area while the Fontenot's were relocated to the frontier post of Ft. Toulouse(Poste des Alibamons) near present day Montgomery, Alabama. Some of the Fontenot Children moved to the New Orleans Area.
The Berthelot's had a son and the Fontenot's had a daughter, Jean Louis Urbain Berthelot (fifth great grandfather), and Marie Louise Fontenot (fifth great grandmother), were married about 1742 at Fort Louis, Poste Des Allemans,Louisiana, New France. Louis was a Soldier stationed at Fort Louis, the French Settlement at what is now Edgard, Saint John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana. After being discharged from the Army, Louis and his family settled in the same area. Lucy, Louisiana (Lucy is now part of Edgard) where Louis and family established a Plantation.
There were a lot of Forests in Louisiana. The first to arrive, in the late 1760's, were Acadians exiled from Acadie, New France, what is now Nova Scotia, Canada, by the British. These Acadian Forest are not direct ancestors, but some of these Forests did marry some Siblings, Uncles and Aunts of some direct relations.
My direct ancester that brought the Forest Surname to Louisiana in 1856 was Jean Marie Theodore Forasté born June 23rd 1838 in Mauleon Barousse, Department Hautes Pyrenees, France.
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