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The Melanson Story 2nd edition
by Margaret C. Melanson
Preface by Stephen A. White

Table of Contents
CONTENTS
Page
 
 
 
PART 1 - Introduction to the Family. Introduces the Melanson family. Recounts the strides made in unraveling the mysteries of the family’s origins. Discloses the discovery of historical records in London, England, which document the family’s long-time residency there and the baptism of sons and daughter.
 
Chapter 1 The First Melansons
1
 
Chapter 2 Origins
3
 
Chapter 3 A Glance at France
8
 
Chapter 4 Sojourn in England
11
 
 
 
PART 2 - Acadia's Early Years. Describes the early years of conflicts and settlement in Acadia, setting the scene for the family's arrival in 1657.
 
Chapter 5 Brave New World
17
 
 
 
PART 3 - Family Stories. Spotlights the extended Melanson family in both Acadia and Boston. Tells their stories against a historical backdrop.
 
Chapter 6  Boston Connections
35
 
Chapter 7  Charles Mellanson
63
 
Chapter 8  Children of Charles
90
 
Chapter 9  Pierre Mellanson
113
 
Chapter 10 Children of Pierre
140
 
 
 
PART 4 - Acadian Life. Gives some insight into the Acadian people and the way in which they lived. Farming, education, marriage, religion, and other aspects of their lives are presented. Contains many illustrations, including photos of Melansan artifacts.
 
Chapter 11 Life in Acadia
163
 
 
 
PART 5 - Acadian Chronicles. Presents the history of Nova Scotia 1713-1755, the deportation of the Acadians 1755-1763, and the ensuing Acadian struggles to restart. Concludes with a summary of the strides Acadians, including the Melansons, have made to date in improving their lives and in recapturing and revitalizing their heritage.
 
Chapter 12 A Fine Line
188
 
Chapter 13 Momentous Decisions
209
 
Chapter 14 Deportation
230
 
Chapter 15 The Aftermath
248
 
Chapter 16 Recovery and Renewal
257
 
 
 
Appendix A - Document Transcriptions - Provides transcriptions of all original documents reproduced in the book.
261
 
Appendix B - Petitions and Proceedings - Contains Acadian petitions and government council minutes leading up to the deportation decision.
273
 
Illustration Credits
282
 
Bibliography
284
 
Index - Fourteen-page comprehensive index.
291
 
Melanson Line forms
305 to End
 
     

 

   

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