The first time I heard the name of Jeanne Marguerite Chevalier was over twenty years ago. A book about her life started to take shape in my head roughly eight years later, in 2002. Preliminary research followed. The drive to learn more about Jeanne and write her story, however, only became an obsession one cold February day in 2011 when I stood in St. Nicolas church in Coutances where she was baptized on June 8, 1643. And now, finally, I am happy to announce the publication of this first version of the history of her life, just one day before the 300th anniversary of her death.
After months of silence, I am back writing for my blog and along the way, have run into some problems. I would like to apologize for any strange announcements that you might have received from my blog. I hope that we have resolved them and there won’t be any new “glitches.”
Silence has not meant absence of progress, rest assured. [⇒]
Hello to those of you who have signed up for new posts and have hopefully not had to manage through too many confusing notices about the changes to my website.
At last, I am thrilled to announce that the web site and its blog posts are now all available in French! All you have to do is click on the French flag in the top right corner of any page to access the French version. I owe ever so much to my cousin Father Peter Dumont in New Hampshire and his cousin Michel Moisan in Quebec City for all their incredible and invaluable help in making the translation possible!
Once again, thank you for your interest in Jeanne Chevalier, my 8th great grandmother! I hope to have some new posts available soon (in English and French!)
Most warmly, Lynne
P.S. Apologies if this is a repeat of a prior message. We found a few glitches and they are now fixed!
The posts in this blog tell the story of Jeanne’s life, set against the backdrop of the history of France and New France at the time. They provide information on the Filles du Roi (Daughters of the King) program, on the places she lived, and on the individuals in her life. There are also posts that describe my journey to find and write the story of her life. The posts are grouped by categories. However, when they are posted, they do not end up necessarily being arranged in chronological order.
There are of course posts that don’t fit into any specific category, such as updates on my research. You can find them filed under the category “General.”
Here is a suggested Table of Contents that describes the flow of the posts about Jeanne and her life. As new posts are added, I will do my best to update this Table of Contents! Readers are, of course, invited to pick and choose among the posts as they wish!