Notes for Maurice Godin cavalier de Givet: A knight from Nemur in modern Belgium named Maurice Godin departed his home in the village of Bellefontaine and settled at a place in nearby France called Châtillon-sur-Seine where he and his new wife Huguette Pampeluna Navarre settled down and spent the remainder of their lives and where, shortly thereafter, was born their son Vorle who was named for the parish church he was baptized in, which was named for a saint of the same name who lived in the sixth century in the region of Champaign and died circa 591 AD.
The name Godin is cited in numerous books on ancient Belgian surnames, styled as Godin, Godinne, Goddin, Goddyn, Gaudin, Gautin, Goden, Godon, and Gawdin. The name appears in the history of Nemur as early as 1224, while the earliest listing of the name in terms of nobility relates to an ancient and noble house who were Barons named Godin.
Châtillon-ser-Seine, the adopted home of Maurice Godin and his wife Huguette, is near to where the Knights Templars obtained water enroute to the Holy Land during the Crusades, from the Well of the Templars (Bure-les-Templiers) denoted on the map above south east of Châtillon-ser-Seine. It was in the parish of Saint Vorle that the Knights Templars first were envisioned by a monk named Bernard (later Saint Bernard). Saint Bernard, it is supposed by some, took three drops of milk from the breast of the Black Virgin of Saint Vorle, at Châtillon-sur-Seine (the Black Virgin being a statue in the parish of Saint Vorle). Saint Bernard went on to build a religious house nearby called Clairveaux from which came forth the Knights Templars.
It is perhaps worth noting that the second last Grand Master of the Order of the Knights Templars was a certain monk said to have been from Belgium named Thibaud Gaudin, while a Nicolaus Gaudin appears to have been among the Chevaliers François who accompanied French King Louis VII to Palestine in 1147 to liberate the Holy Land. And on the subject, the last Grand Master of the Knights Templars, Jacques de Molay, was born some fifty miles from the small town where chevalier Maurice Godin at one time lived, proving if nothing else than that the region where Maurice Godin was born was a cradle for chivalry and as well for Templar recruitment. Indeed, several miles from Bellefontaine, where lived Maurice Godin, is the town of Bouillon, birthplace of Godfrei and Baudouin. The latter two were installed by the Knights Templars as the rulers of Jerusalem during the era of the Crusades in the Holy Land. The sepulchre is styled on the one said to have been used by Christ and was constructed within the parish of Saint Vorle in the 16th century.
Maurice Godin, arrived in Bellefontaine in the mid 1500s, not far from Sai ntes, which for a time was considered as a possible Huguenot semi-autonomo us canton within France (the Huguenots were the Protestants of France a nd other nearby areas in Europe). In the middle 1500s Maurice married Hugu ette Pampeluna and in 1653 their great-grandson Pierre sailed to the New W orld. Pierre`s wife, Jeanne Rousseliere, was born in 1636 in Moeze, Sainte s, Saintonge. Their descendants would include Anastasie Godin Bellefontain e, whose married name was Paré, also sometimes spelled Parét. Maurice Godin married Huguette Pampelune somewhere in the region of Bourgo gne, France. As far as I have been able to determine, they had one child n amed Vorle Godin. http://judy-ann.goodine.com/tree.htm Maurice Godin cavalier de Givet was born circa 1540 at Champagne, France .1 2 He married Huguette Pampelune circa 1560 at France.1 Huguette Pampel une was born circa 1540 at Sedan, France Child of Maurice Godin cavalier de Givet and Huguette Pampelune: Vorle Godin+ b. c 1565  Kenneth Breau, "Kenneth Breau Research," e-mail to Joël Morin, 1999-03 -23.  Stephen A. White, Dictionnaire généalogique des familles acadiennes, p 741 (suffix). -------- The following is intriguing as both Maurice Godin/Gaudin and Templar Gra nd Master Thibaut Godin/Gaudin are mentioned. This is taken directly fr om the following online source, which if you go to it also includes intere sting pictures and copies of documents: http://www.borderdata.com/Part1/index.htm There are more parts. To go to them: http://www.borderdata.com/Part2/ etc. The Bellefontaines of Chezzetcook, Nova Scotia descend by way of a knig ht from Namur named Maurice Godin who arrived in the town of Bellefontai ne in France in about 1550. The town reputedly was established in the fir st Christian millennium, founded near the site of the fountain of Saint Bl aise, a place considered miraculous. Maurice Godin`s great-grandson Pier re Godin (who sailed to the New World in 1653) assumed the name Pierre God in dit Châtillon et Bellefontaine, meaning 'Pierre Godin from Châtillon a nd Bellefontaine'. This method of naming is a form of patronym, wherein a place name is us ed as a person`s surname. The term dit (basically meaning 'from') general ly is considered a French language term but the word also is seen in old D utch names as well and therefore the term possibly originally was a Wallo on or Flemish word. Maurice Godin arrived one day in Bellefontaine where he met and marri ed a woman named Huguette Pampelune de Navarre, said to have been bo rn in Sedan, Champagne but whose surname alludes to the Navarre border ter ritory of the Pyrenees region between France and Spain (and where was he ld one of the first instances of the mass burning of religious hereti cs by the Catholic Church centuries before). Maurice and Huguette Godin h ad only one child, a son named Vorle, who was named for the church he w as baptized in, the parish of Saint Vorle, Châtillon which was built at op a site dated to the first Christian millennium. Saint Vorle is believed to be the man who oversaw the creation of a seco nd sepulchre of Jesus, constructed inside the parish at Châtillon bas ed on drawings of the original tomb, so as to allow pilgrims to visit t he tomb of Jesus in a manner of speaking without risking life and li mb by traveling to the hostile lands of Phoenicia. Between that second tomb in Châtillon and the original tomb in Jerusal em is located the Bure-les-Templiers, shown on the map above, located sout h-east of Châtillon. In English, the place-name means 'the Well of the Tem plars'. It was named for the Knights Templar riding from Châtillon who obt ained stores of water from the well for the long journey to the Holy La nd during the first crusades to liberate Jerusalem. Odo de Châtillon (lat er Pope Urban II) was a proponent of the Crusades in Jerusalem. Families f rom the region of Châtillon were said to have been the hereditary Kin gs of Jerusalem, Kings of Cyprus, Princes of Antioch, and the Lords of Jor dan. Incidentally, the Grand Master of the Order of the Knights Templar to ward the end of the crusade era was Terry Godin (styled Thibaud Gaudin) w ho at the fall of Acre succumbed to his wounds. Jacques de Molay, Godin `s successor, would be the last Grand Master of the Order of the Knights T emplar. Vorle Godin had a son named Claude who was the father of Pierre Godin d it Châtillon et Bellefontaine, one of the party of one hundred men who sai led to Canada aboard the ship La Flèche (the Arrow) and arrived at Ville M arie, later renamed Montréal, in late 1653. Upon the arrival of Paul de Chomedy, Pierre Godin, and the others at the v illage of Mary (which Sieur de Maisonneuve renamed Montréal about a deca de after Pierre Godin had departed) some of the arrivees struck out to exp lore the vast new continent. The French had sent settlers to the New Wor ld before, to Port Royal in 1604 under Samuel (Sieur de) Champlain, but t he early habitants could not withstand the terrible cold of Canadian winte rs, and the hostility of certain tribes of natives. And so the Grand Recr ue of 1653, as it was called, was another effort to establish modern Canad a. Pierre Godin dit Châtillon et Bellefontaine (hereinafter refered to as Pie rre Godin) was a master carpenter as well as a soldier, sailor and settl er and was contracted by the Governor of Acadia to rebuild Port Royal in t he late 1670s. Pierre married at Montréal and he and his wife Jeanne Rouss eliere lived at Chateau Richer where were born their children, including L aurent. Laurent Godin (Sieur de Beausejour) was the godson of the founder and fir st Governor of Montréal, Paul Chomedy (Sieur de Maisonneuve). Laurent's k in included Pierre Godin II, the individual who explored much of the terri tory now called New Brunswick, while Gabriel Godin (Sieur de Bellefontain e) is considered to be the founder of what is today called Fredericton, ca pital of New Brunswick (formerly Saint Anne). A hundred years after Pierre I Godin arrived in Canada, the English beg an reconnaissance of the territory of Saint Anne and, in 1755, with Engla nd and France at peace, the English sent their military forces to carry o ut a forced repopulation program against the people of what is today call ed Atlantic Canada. The titleholders to the territory of Saint Anne were " either slaughtered on the spot or brought eventually as prisoners to Halif ax" (according to noted Acadian genealogist Father F. J. Melanson) and a ll of their lands were seized as a "prize" of war. "In 1737 some Indians robbed an English vessel...Governor Armstrong of No va Scotia summoned Joseph Bellefontaine (Sieur de Beauséjour) and Michel B ergeron as interpreters and Bellefontaine was then also asked to ma ke up a list of the people living on the Saint John river." (from Irene Do yle's website history of the Godins of New Brunswick) Joseph Godin Bellefontaine (Sieur de Beausejour) was fluent in Native Amer ican and in several European languages which is why the Englanders convinc ed Joseph into thinking he was doing a good deed. Eventually the townspeop le were slain or seized and the town was razed to the ground and subsequen tly renamed for one of the cousins of the Windsors of London, a Gothic swo rdsman from Germany named Frederick of Saxony-Gotha while the rest of t he land was renamed for the Prussian prince George von Brunswick dit Winds or. "I believe we have near 5,000 [Acadians]...As they will be useful in getti ng in wood and other necessaries for the garrison, the general and I propo se to [use them as slave laborers]. We are determined by no means to let t hem remain..." Peter Warren, July 4, 1745 England's German kings had laid claim to the coat of arms of Gotha, Germa ny in 1850 but when the Germans went to war against each other half a cent ury later, the fellow living in London who had been hired as king publical ly renounced his ancestral past and assumed the alias of Windsor. In o ne of those strange twists of fate, when the lords of London resolved simp ly to slay the inhabitants of the territory of Saint Anne and steal the la nd, one of the ancestors of this writer observed a poster nailed to the fo ur sides of the fountain erected in the town of Gotha in honor of the cous in of the king of London (their clansman Frederick, apparently for whom Sa int Anne later was renamed Fredericton following the massacre). The poster s, which were plastered not only in Gotha but in towns all across Germa ny in the 1740s and onwards, declared: "ACHTUNG: Fifty acres of land each, free from all rent and taxes for ten y ears...and further privileges...the climate of the land...was healthy, t he soil productive and furtile. Yielding an abundance of everything necess ary to support life..." This was the start of the plan of forced repopulation begun by the lor ds of London shortly after the government of England had declared that t he nation's prior king had abandoned the country, whereupon the Englande rs promptly went king-shopping in Europe, and ended up hiring a madman fr om Germany. "We are now hatching the noble and great project of banishing the...Neutra ls from this province...it will have been one of the greatest deeds the En glish...have achieved; for...the part of the country which they occu py is one of the best soils in the world...In the meantime it will be nece ssary to keep this measure as secret..." (Letters from Colonel John Winsl ow to Colonel Robert Monckton) On February 28, 1759 soldiers under the command of the king of London atta cked the town of Saint Anne where they murdered those inhabitants unluc ky enough to have been captured, and then they wiped the town of 147 build ings from the face of the Earth so as to cover up their crimes. This is h ow 'Fredericton' came to be, in the Saxon province of New Braunschweig.2 The remaining surviving members of the Godin-Bellefontaine family, interes tingly, were not shipped to concentration camps or to countries around t he world like the rest of the Acadians. Charles Bellefontaine, junior, a nd his wife and eight children subsequently allegedly were forced into sla ve labor for half a dozen years, including being forced to cut the first ' English' highway in Canada, from Halifax to Windsor (ironically the name a ssumed by Elizabeth von Windsor and her kin 150 years later) until the sig ning of the 1763 Treaty between the attacking nation, England, and the oth er parties to the treaty, Portugal, Spain, and France. Monsignor F.J. Melanson (Genealogies of the Families of Chezzetcook, The B ellefontaines, revised edition, 1982) wrote of the family, "[W]hen Colon el Monckton sent a surprise expeditionary force, under the heartless offic er Moses Hazen, in the winter of 1758-59, many of the helpless fugitive s, including the Bellefontaines, were either slaughtered on the spot or br ought eventually as prisoners to Halifax." 3 According to authors Sally Ross and Alphonse Deveau (The Acadians of No va Scotia : Past and Present, Nimbus, 1990), "Several hundred Acadians we re brought to Halifax as prisoners between 1758 and 1762...a certain numb er of these former prisoners made their way across Halifax Harbor to Chezz etcook...Family names...which can be traced to these former prisoners a re Boudreau, Bellefontaine, Lapierre, and Wolfe." These same authors note that the last remaining authentic Acadian clothin g, stored at the Nova Scotia Museum, are items of clothing worn by membe rs of several generations of the Bellefontaines of Chezzetcook including C harles Bellefontaine's grey waistcoat. Authors Ross and Deveau in their wo rk cite Frederic S. Cozzens, who visited Nova Scotia in 1856 and who is cr edited with having written the first travel guide to the province of No va Scotia, titled Acadia, or a Month with the Bluenoses. "It may intere st the reader to know [wrote Cozzens] that these [ambrotype photographs] a re the first, the only likenesses of the real Evangelines of Acadia." 1The Chezzetcook Song, sound recording donated to the Fredericton, New Bru nswick archives in 1958 on the eve of the two hundredth anniversary of t he massacre at Saint Anne, by J.J.F. Winslow, a likely descendant of Colon el John Winslow. The first line of the song is "My name is Bellefontai ne - fontaine - fontaine." (A second copy of The Chezzetcook Song is stor ed in the Nova Scotia Government archives: Rec no. 3557, Loc. no. AR 58 94 MF no. 289.752 donated by Dr. Helen Creighton) 2Braunschweig (also spelled Brunswick) is a city located in Saxony, German y. "It achieved an inglorious fame by making Adolf Hitler a German citize n, which allowed him to [become a] candidate for the German Reichstag a nd become leader of the state." (Copyright NationMaster) 3Frederic Joseph Melanson was educated at St. Anne's College and studied c anonical law at Rome. He was President of both the Chezzetcook Historic al Society and the Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia
More About Maurice Godin cavalier de Givet: Occupation: 1550, A Knight.20
More About Maurice Godin cavalier de Givet and Huguette Pampelune de Navarre: Marriage: Abt. 1555, Namur, France.20
Children of Maurice Godin cavalier de Givet and Huguette Pampelune de Navarre are:
+Vorle Godin, b. Abt. 1570, St-Vorle, Chatillion, Sur-Seine, Champange, France21, d. date unknown.