About a year ago I started researching my ancestry and my wife’s.
Hers has a better paper trail than mine. Through her great-grandmother’s line which is French-Canadian I came across the below story.
The short version here is that my wife’s distant relative lived in early Durham, New Hampshire, c 1694, a town not far from Boston, Massachusetts. As a young woman her family was massacred by Iroquois or Abenaki Indians allied with the French and she was taken captive to Quebec.
Apparently she was ransomed so-to-speak by a French Canadian military officer who adopted her. Later she married another French-Canadian but as a Protestant this would not do so she was baptized a Catholic. Her line of descendants would evolve to my wife’s great-grandmother, Jessie Despins who left French Canada (Quebec) to move to Wisconsin (1850′s) where she met James Robinson, a transplanted Scotsman who also settled in Wisconsin after service in Civil War. They married in 1865.
Amazing story. Never know what you might find. Here’s the existing data.
MARIE URSULA MERCY PLAGNOL4 ADAMS (REBECCA3 SMITH, GEORGE2, THOMAS1) was born March 13, 1673 in Oyster RiverPlantation, Durham, New Hampshire, and died September 15, 1728 in Yamaska, PQ.
She married CHARLES DIT BRISBOIS DUBOIS August 03, 1704 in St. Francois du Lac, PQ, son of RENE DUBOIS and ANNE-JULIENNE DUMONT. He was born December 05, 1680 in Quebec.
Notes for MARIE URSULA MERCY PLAGNOL ADAMS: Marie apparently got to Canada as a captive of the Iroquois from their attack on Durham in 1694, aided and abetted by the French. Both her parents were killed by the Iroquois during the Oyster River Massacre. The Oyster River flows through Durham, NH. Her name appears in one NH source as “Marcy or Ursula” and her married name as”Brisebois”. (should be Dubois) Charles Antoine Plagnol, the commandant of the fort at St. Francois du Lac adopted Mercy.
On Apr 6 1697 she was baptized as Ursule, a name chosen for her by her godmother, Maruerite Swigneuret, wife of Jean Boudor. Ursule (Mercy) married on Aug 3 1704 at St. Francois du Lac to Charles Dubois dit Brisebois
Notes for MARIE URSULE (MERCY) ADAMS: Abenaki-french captive 19 July 1694 raid and massacre on Oyster River Plantation. Durham NH Marie Ursule Plagnol-Ely-Meystrey -adoptive parents, godparents AFGS spring 92 vol 15 #1 p 53 Je Me Souveins portraits pionnieres v2 p 116 More About MARIE URSULE (MERCY) ADAMS: Christening: April 06, 1697, St Francis du Lac, Yamaska, Quebec5
Fact 1: July 19, 1694, captured and taken to canada Fact 2: 1694, adopted by Charles Antoine Plagnol, commandant
Fact 3: April 06, 1697, baptised, Godmother-Marguerite Seigneuret