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Maurice Godin was born 1535 in Givet, Ardennes, France. He married Huguette Pampelune.

 Includes NotesNotes for Maurice Godin:
1. Maurice Godin, arrived in Bellefontaine in the mid 1500s, not far from Saintes, which for a time was considered as a possible Huguenot semi-autonomous canton within France (the Huguenots were the Protestants of France and other nearby areas in Europe). In the middle 1500s Maurice married Huguette Pampeluna and in 1653 their great-grandson Pierre sailed to the New World. Pierre`s wife, Jeanne Rousseliere, was born in 1636 in Moeze, Saintes, Saintonge. Their descendants would include Anastasie Godin Bellefontaine, whose married name was Paré, also sometimes spelled Parét.

Maurice Godin married Huguette Pampelune somewhere in the region of Bourgogne, France. As far as I have been able to determine, they had one child named Vorle Godin.

2. The following is intriguing as both Maurice Godin/Gaudin and Templar Grand Master Thibaut Godin/Gaudin are mentioned. This is taken directly from the following online source, which if you go to it also includes interesting pictures and copies of documents:

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The Bellefontaines of Chezzetcook, Nova Scotia descend by way of a knight from Namur named Maurice Godin who arrived in the town of Bellefontaine in France in about 1550. The town reputedly was established in the first Christian millennium, founded near the site of the fountain of Saint Blaise, a place considered miraculous. Maurice Godin`s great-grandson Pierre Godin (who sailed to the New World in 1653) assumed the name Pierre Godin dit Châtillon et Bellefontaine, meaning 'Pierre Godin from Châtillon and Bellefontaine'.

This method of naming is a form of patronym, wherein a place name is used as a person`s surname. The term dit (basically meaning 'from') generally is considered a French language term but the word also is seen in old Dutch names as well and therefore the term possibly originally was a Walloon or Flemish word.

Maurice Godin arrived one day in Bellefontaine where he met and married a woman named Huguette Pampelune de Navarre, said to have been born in Sedan, Champagne but whose surname alludes to the Navarre border territory of the Pyrenees region between France and Spain (and where was held one of the first instances of the mass burning of religious heretics by the Catholic Church centuries before). Maurice and Huguette Godin had only one child, a son named Vorle, who was named for the church he was baptized in, the parish of Saint Vorle, Châtillon which was built atop a site dated to the first Christian millennium.

Saint Vorle is believed to be the man who oversaw the creation of a second sepulchre of Jesus, constructed inside the parish at Châtillon based on drawings of the original tomb, so as to allow pilgrims to visit the tomb of Jesus in a manner of speaking without risking life and limb by traveling to the hostile lands of Phoenicia.

Between that second tomb in Châtillon and the original tomb in Jerusalem is located the Bure-les-Templiers, shown on the map above, located south-east of Châtillon. In English, the place-name means 'the Well of the Templars'. It was named for the Knights Templar riding from Châtillon who obtained stores of water from the well for the long journey to the Holy Land during the first crusades to liberate Jerusalem. Odo de Châtillon (later Pope Urban II) was a proponent of the Crusades in Jerusalem. Families from the region of Châtillon were said to have been the hereditary Kings of Jerusalem, Kings of Cyprus, Princes of Antioch, and the Lords of Jordan. Incidentally, the Grand Master of the Order of the Knights Templar toward the end of the crusade era was Terry Godin (styled Thibaud Gaudin) who 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 Templar.

Vorle Godin had a son named Claude who was the father of Pierre Godin dit Châtillon et Bellefontaine, one of the party of one hundred men who sailed to Canada aboard the ship La Flèche (the Arrow) and arrived at Ville Marie, later renamed Montréal, in late 1653.

Upon the arrival of Paul de Chomedy, Pierre Godin, and the others at the village of Mary (which Sieur de Maisonneuve renamed Montréal about a decade after Pierre Godin had departed) some of the arrives struck out to explore the vast new continent. The French had sent settlers to the New World before, to Port Royal in 1604 under Samuel (Sieur de) Champlain, but the early habitants could not withstand the terrible cold of Canadian winters, and the hostility of certain tribes of natives. And so the Grand Recrue of 1653, as it was called, was another effort to establish modern Canada.

Pierre Godin dit Châtillon et Bellefontaine (hereinafter refereed to as Pierre Godin) was a master carpenter as well as a soldier, sailor and settler and was contracted by the Governor of Acadia to rebuild Port Royal in the late 1670s. Pierre married at Montréal and he and his wife Jeanne Rousseliere lived at Chateau Richer where were born their children, including Laurent.

Laurent Godin (Sieur de Beausejour) was the godson of the founder and first Governor of Montréal, Paul Chomedy (Sieur de Maisonneuve). Laurent's kin included Pierre Godin II, the individual who explored much of the territory now called New Brunswick, while Gabriel Godin (Sieur de Bellefontaine) is considered to be the founder of what is today called Fredericton, capital of New Brunswick (formerly Saint Anne).

A hundred years after Pierre I Godin arrived in Canada, the English began reconnaissance of the territory of Saint Anne and, in 1755, with England and France at peace, the English sent their military forces to carry out a forced repopulation program against the people of what is today called Atlantic Canada. The titleholders to the territory of Saint Anne were "either slaughtered on the spot or brought eventually as prisoners to Halifax" (according to noted Acadian genealogist Father F. J. Melanson) and all of their lands were seized as a “prize” of war.

"In 1737 some Indians robbed an English vessel...Governor Armstrong of Nova Scotia summoned Joseph Bellefontaine (Sieur de Beauséjour) and Michel Bergeron as interpreters and Bellefontaine was then also asked to make up a list of the people living on the Saint John river." (from Irene Doyle's web site history of the Godin's of New Brunswick)

Joseph Godin Bellefontaine (Sieur de Beausejour) was fluent in Native American and in several European languages which is why the Englanders convinced Joseph into thinking he was doing a good deed. Eventually the townspeople were slain or seized and the town was razed to the ground and subsequently renamed for one of the cousins of the Windsor's of London, a Gothic swordsman from Germany named Frederick of Saxony-Gotha while the rest of the land was renamed for the Prussian prince George von Brunswick dit Windsor.

"I believe we have near 5,000 [Acadian s]...As they will be useful in getting in wood and other necessaries for the garrison, the general and I propose to [use them as slave laborers]. We are determined by no means to let them remain..." Peter Warren, July 4, 1745

England's German kings had laid claim to the coat of arms of Gotha, Germany in 1850 but when the Germans went to war against each other half a century later, the fellow living in London who had been hired as king publicly renounced his ancestral past and assumed the alias of Windsor. In one of those strange twists of fate, when the lords of London resolved simply to slay the inhabitants of the territory of Saint Anne and steal the land, one of the ancestors of this writer observed a poster nailed to the four sides of the fountain erected in the town of Gotha in honor of the cousin of the king of London (their clansman Frederick, apparently for whom Saint Anne later was renamed Fredericton following the massacre). The posters, which were plastered not only in Gotha but in towns all across Germany in the 1740s and onwards, declared:

"ACHTUNG: Fifty acres of land each, free from all rent and taxes for ten years...and further privileges...the climate of the land...was healthy, the soil productive and fertile. Yielding an abundance of everything necessary to support life..."

This was the start of the plan of forced repopulation begun by the lords of London shortly after the government of England had declared that the nation's prior king had abandoned the country, whereupon the Englanders promptly went king-shopping in Europe, and ended up hiring a madman from Germany.

"We are now hatching the noble and great project of banishing the...Neutrals from this will have been one of the greatest deeds the English...have achieved; for...the part of the country which they occupy is one of the best soils in the world...In the meantime it will be necessary to keep this measure as secret..." (Letters from Colonel John Winslow to Colonel Robert Monckton)

On February 28, 1759 soldiers under the command of the king of London attacked the town of Saint Anne where they murdered those inhabitants unlucky enough to have been captured, and then they wiped the town of 147 buildings from the face of the Earth so as to cover up their crimes. This is how 'Fredericton' came to be, in the Saxon province of New Braunschweig.2

The remaining surviving members of the Godin-Bellefontaine family, interestingly, were not shipped to concentration camps or to countries around the world like the rest of the Acadian s. Charles Bellefontaine, junior, and his wife and eight children subsequently allegedly were forced into slave labor for half a dozen years, including being forced to cut the first 'English' highway in Canada, from Halifax to Windsor (ironically the name assumed by Elizabeth von Windsor and her kin 150 years later) until the signing of the 1763 Treaty between the attacking nation, England, and the other parties to the treaty, Portugal, Spain, and France.

Monsignor F.J. Melanson (Genealogies of the Families of Chezzetcook, The Bellefontaines, revised edition, 1982) wrote of the family, "[W]hen Colonel Monckton sent a surprise expeditionary force, under the heartless officer Moses Hazen, in the winter of 1758-59, many of the helpless fugitives, including the Bellefontaines, were either slaughtered on the spot or brought eventually as prisoners to Halifax." 3

According to authors Sally Ross and Alphonse Deveau (The Acadian's of Nova Scotia : Past and Present, Nimbus, 1990), "Several hundred Acadian's were brought to Halifax as prisoners between 1758 and 1762...a certain number of these former prisoners made their way across Halifax Harbor to Chezzetcook...Family names...which can be traced to these former prisoners are Boudreau, Bellefontaine, Lapierre, and Wolfe."

These same authors note that the last remaining authentic Acadian clothing, stored at the Nova Scotia Museum, are items of clothing worn by members of several generations of the Bellefontaines of Chezzetcook including Charles Bellefontaine's grey waistcoat. Authors Ross and Deveau in their work cite Frederic S. Cozzens, who visited Nova Scotia in 1856 and who is credited with having written the first travel guide to the province of Nova Scotia, titled Acadia, or a Month with the Bluenoses. "It may interest the reader to know [wrote Cozzens] that these [ambrotype photographs] are the first, the only likenesses of the real Evangeline's of Acadia."

1 The Chezzetcook Song, sound recording donated to the Fredericton, New Brunswick archives in 1958 on the eve of the two hundredth anniversary of the massacre at Saint Anne, by J.J.F. Winslow, a likely descendant of Colonel John Winslow. The first line of the song is "My name is Bellefontaine - fontaine - fontaine." (A second copy of The Chezzetcook Song is stored in the Nova Scotia Government archives: Rec no. 3557, Loc. no. AR 5894 MF no. 289.752 donated by Dr. Helen Creighton)

2 Braunschweig (also spelled Brunswick) is a city located in Saxony, Germany. "It achieved an inglorious fame by making Adolf Hitler a German citizen, which allowed him to [become a] candidate for the German Reichstag and become leader of the state." (Copyright NationMaster)

3 Frederic Joseph Melanson was educated at St. Anne's College and studied canonical law at Rome. He was President of both the Chezzetcook Historical Society and the Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia

More About Maurice Godin:
Alternate Birth Date 1: 1535, Givet, Namur, France.
Alternate Birth Date 2: 1530, Givet en Namur aux Pays Bas, France.
Occupation: Horseman and soldier in the Province of Namur, France.

Children of Maurice Godin and Huguette Pampelune are:
  1. +Vorle Godin/Gaudin, b. 1565.
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