S. Mills. Adelaide, South Australia.
My name is Sara, and I am also a descendant of MCL DeLaine (he is my GGG Grandfather, a decedent of his 10th child, Arthur); and I am trying to trace him back too. The information you have is great, it's more than I know myself from my Grandma, and the DeLaine Family History Book (which we inherited after she died in 2009). I have hit a brick wall too when trying to establish MCL's French decedents, but I am studying at Flinders to be an Historical Archaeologist, so am taking any opportunities and tips to find new leads. I am going to some archive/family history search courses during May (History Month), and am planning to ask someone I know, who speaks French, to help me access the Le Havre Seine-Maritime archives. I will let you know if I can come up with any updates!
I would love to be able to add/update the DeLaine family book, as we have at least 9 new GGGG Grandchildren to add to the list since it was published in 2008!
Sorry I can't add anything new, but I thought you might be interested that my family is also looking for information on MCL!
My husbands family are from the Arthur Edward line of Mathurin Charles Leon Delaine.
I use the Ancestry.com as well as other sources and have found that as an 11year old Mathurin or as he is listed on the passenger list Charles Laine accompanied his mother Berenice and step father Asa Bullard Casper and half brothers and sisters to America, arriving in New York in 1829. His mother seems to have been unmarried at the time his birth was registered. She married Asa in England in 1824 they had four children and then had another marriage ceremony maybe civil in 1828 in France. Of course this is what I think from what ive found, I'm open to other interpretations. I can't find anything further regarding the family in the US. The Mythology within the family has led me to believe that Mathurin was on the French whaling ship the Mississippi when it called int Pt Lincoln for supplies in 1839 .It was the first foreign ship to call into that port so there are newspaper reports of the event. The ship left then returned to try to locate two crew who jumped ship. No documentation as to what they found when they returned, but family mythology is that Mathurin jumped ship with the cook. My husband always thought it was Pt Adelaide but apparently at the time he is supposed to have jumped ship there was no Pt Adelaide. Your information regarding LESNE is new to me, I'll start looking for that on Ancestry. I certainly cant say what I have written is definative but the passenger list clearly indicates the details I have outlined. Frustrating to get a dead end in the US.
Looking forward to sharing information !
It's been a few years since I've looked into the Mathurin line (and stumbled here by chance) so pleased much more has now been verified to fill in the gaps.
I'm a 4th descendant of Arthur Edward via Verna (GGG Granddaughter of Mathurin). Also in Adelaide, there seem to be so many of us out there!
Will be interested to follow this information further.
I certainly remember Ians mum and dad talking about Aunty Verna when they were alive.
Since I've been looking at family trees both mine and Ians I've realised we should have asked more questions when the older generations were alive. I use Ancestry.com but it is still limited in what it provides. This forum has provided access to other branches which is great. Looking forward to hearing from all those in this thread.
My great grandfather was William Casper. Evidently he was still alive when my brother Peter was born (he will be 70 this year) and Mum was disappointed when they didn't take a photo of 4 generations. Norman Louis was my grandfather and he died when I was about 5.