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Jeannette Leboeuf-Kassam ~ Family & Ancestors

Updated October 21, 2005

I am researching the following family lines including variants:
Lebeuf / Lebeuf
Proulx / Stayton / Staton / Staten / Stayten
Mankin / Mankins / Harmon /
Schmitt / Martell

I've become very interested in the historical aspects of genealogy, and was surprised and delighted to discover that two of my family lines passed through North Carolina, where I settled about ten years ago. I have the good fortune of having access to the extensive library system of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and in the Maps Collection, I have found some wonderful old maps depicting the Virginia-Maryland-North Carolina area from the middle of the 1600's.

In the Library's North Carolina Collection I found early marriage records of several Staytons in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina (the one in my line married an Alexander), before some of them moved on to Kentucky and then to Arkansas, and eventually to Tulare County in California. Staton and Staten marriages are also recorded. I also found a marriage record for Mankins and Bracken in Orange County, North Carolina, where I live now. It was only after I returned from Kenya (where I lived for many years) to the United States, settling in North Carolina, that I discovered information about my family. It is curious that I should return, all unknowing, to a place where my ancesters lived.

Along the way, the Stalcup/Stalkup, Bracken/Brackin, Gibson, and Harmon lines joined the Mankins and Stayton lines. During the same span of time (from early 17th century til 20th century), the Leboeuf/Lebeuf family migrated from France (Channel Islands, I think - I need to check our records) to Canada, and eventually to the United States joining with Proulx along the way.

Leboeuf and Proulx, and others in their line, and Mankins and Harmon, Stayton and Gibson, and Schmitt and Martell, were my great-grandparents, surviving into the early 20th century, all now deceased.

I'm also looking for the source of the name Masa (she married Mankins), which is thought by some to be a Delaware Native American name.

I'd love to hear from you if you have any ideas on this, or if you have an interest in any of the names I've mentioned.

Previous archivists of our family's history have provided me an interesting and useful collection of documents and family knowledge, and my interest in our family's history has offered me the prospect of continuing the process.

While I have taken care in searching my family tree, there may be mistakes, and unsupportable assumptions, (although I hope not), so the usual disclaimers apply. (That means don't trust everything you read!)

You are most welcome to write or email me about any of these family lines. I'd love to exchange information, or just share with you what I have already.

In case you would like to explore the online resources at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I have included the URL. Try selecting library from the home page menu, and then choose whatever interests you.

Happy researching!

Jeannette Leboeuf-Kassam

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