Branching North America
The Lamoreaux family tree is far reaching

One September in the 1950s, I took my first trip to Fredericton. This was not a pleasure trip. I was being dropped off, leaving me all alone in a strange place, to attend Teachers' College.

Leaving the security of the home nest is something that every teenager experiences, but that doesn't make it any easier.

Things were no different for 19-year-old Carl Smith way down in Detroit, Michigan. On Sept. 6, 1949, his family took him to the train station. He boarded the train bound for Chicago with a final destination of Sacred Heart College in Watertown, Wisconsin. In addition to his suitcases, young Carl had box lunches from his mother and grandmother, $300 pinned to his shirt with a safety pin and enough advice to last for the duration of the trip.

Brother Carl has since served as teacher, librarian and religious superior in Illinois, Ohio, Mississippi, Louisiana, Indiana, California and now is living in Texas.

He is a fifth great-grandson of the French Huguenot, André Lamoreaux, and over the past 30 years, has been busy collecting genealogy related materials on this man's descendants in preparation for the publication of "A Line of Descent."

Brother Carl has a tin type of his great-great-grandfather, James Lamoreaux, who was born in 1758 in New York and married to Martha Cross in 1795 in St. John's Church, Gagetown, N.B. He left New Brunswick in 1808 for Ontario. He died at the age of 111 years and three months in Pickering Township, Ontario.

This 399 page book is filled with a lifetime of research. If you have a Lamoreaux ancestor in your family tree, you will be delighted with information on the family branches that have spread across North America.

Brother Carl Smith, CSC, donated a copy of "A Line of Descent, French Huguenot Emigré, André Lamoreaux, 1660-1706" to the Saint John Branch of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society. This copy was placed in the reference department of the Saint John Free Public Library, Market Square.

By the way, I would like to thank Philip for introducing me to Brother Carl's book. 

Ruby Cusack is a genealogy buff living in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. Readers are invited to send their New Brunswick genealogical queries to Ruby at When E-Mailing please put Yesteryear Families in the Subject line. Please include in the query, your name and postal address as someone reading the newspaper, may have information to share with you but not have access to E-mail. Queries should be no more than 45 words in length.

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