Nadow Family History
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Nadow Family History — Introduction


This project traces the ancestry of Conrad’s father’s mother, who was born Flora Harriet Nadow.  The project received a major boost in September 2008 from Robert Leroux of Attleboro MA, who single-handedly traced most of our French Canadain ancestry for us.

Flora Harriet Nadow was born in Westport, CT, in 1883, a daughter of Maxim Nadow and Hattie Paquin. Maxim was born in Swanton, VT, circa 1845, a son of Benjamin Nadow and Josephine St. George. And Hattie (Harriet) was born in Grondines, in the Province of Quebec, Canada, in 1846, a daughter of Eustache Paquin and Louise Sauvageau.

We believe that Benjamin Nadow was born Jean Baptiste Cyprien Nadeau in Verchères, Quebec, in 1823, son of Jean Baptiste Nadeau and Louise Beaupré.  We’re still working on the certification of this link.  We believe that Cyprien, along with his sisters Gilett and Sophie and their husbands and young families, left Verchères for Swanton, Vermont, sometime in the early 1840’s, or perhaps even the late 1830’s.  This was the time of the Lower Canada Rebellion (1837-1838), when many French Canadians fled to the U.S. to avoid punishment for their involvement.

Josephine (St. George) Nadow was born Marie Odille Laporte dite St. George in Sorel, Quebec, in 1829, daughter of Joseph Laporte dit St. George and Marguerite Arpin dite Poitvin.

Grondines, Verchères and Sorel are all along the St. Lawrence River in Quebec, and the route down the Richelieu river valley to Swanton and St. Albans, Vermont, was a popular migration trail.  You can read more about the Paquin, Nadeau and Laporte dit St. George families, and their paternal lines to France, in the documents in this project.  Even though we now know a lot about our French Canadian ancestry we’re still looking for more old pictures and stories, and more records to tie everything more tightly together.  So we seek your help, and hope to hear from you.


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