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First Nations, French Canadians & Acadians

A Canadian Family M-Line: Eveline Melvina Luce

An M-line is a lineage built by beginning with a woman and tracing her line back mother-to-mother.  As a result, the surname changes with each generation. This is a big trend right now, especially with the advent of genetic genealogy which allows both men (through their mothers) and women to trace their bloodlines through their mtDNA.

 Marguerite Caplan’s mother was First Nations (possibly Mi’kmaq).This was known through genealogical records and is now supported through  testing by numerous female descendants showing a marker for First Nations DNA.


Eveline Melvina Luce’s  M-Line


First Named Generation

Marguerite Caplan m. Francois Larocque

About 1729 – Acadie

Second Generation

Catherine Larocque m. Jean Chapados

1750 –Gaspesie, Quebec


Third Generation

Anne Chapados m. Jean Baptiste Anglehart

1787 – Gaspesie, Quebec


Fourth Generation

Marie Anglehart m. Alexandre Huard

1826 – Gaspesie, Quebec


Fifth Generation

Marie Huard m. Paul Hypolite Blais

1849 – Gaspesie, Quebec


Sixth Generation

Marie Blais m. Clement Desilva

1871 – Gloucester, New Brunswick


Seventh Generation

Clementine Desylva m. George H. Luce

1896 – Gloucester, New Brunswick


Eighth Generation

Eveline Melvina Luce m. Adelard Lagace

1924 – Gloucester, New Brunswick


Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh Generations




Related Posts:

 Luces from Jersey (Channel Islands) to Canada

 Mamma-mia, I’ve got an M-line!

 The Origins of Gaspe Fisherman Jean Baptiste Anglehart/Migkelhardt | Hessian mercenary? American Loyalist? | Dominique Ritchot



February 7, 2009 - Posted by | . | , , , , ,


  1. Hello
    My mothers name was Marie Vina Guitar born in (South Teteagouche), her fathers name was (Romuald Guitar born in Pointe Verte) and her mother’s name was Nora Lagace (born in South Teteagouche).Would you have any information about Nora Lagace and was she of any kind of Indian lineage I always thought it was French as Guitar is French.If it was of Indian lineage what Tribe would it be
    Thank You Evelyn Nolan on my birth cert. my name was spelled (Eveline)


    Comment by Evelyn Nolan(Clain)maiden name | February 8, 2009 | Reply

  2. Hello Evelyn/Eveline – it’s so nice to meet someone with my name!
    I do not have this information off the top of my head (although the names are familiar) and it is 10 p.m. as I read this, so I’ll take a look at it tomorrow evening.
    I look forward to collaborating with you,
    Evelyn in Montreal


    Comment by evelynyvonnetheriault | February 8, 2009 | Reply

  3. Hello again,
    I am beginning by building your Nora’s line. Once that is certain we can examine your other questions. Do you already have the Guitar and Lagace lines?

    Romuald Guitar of Beresford(son of Francois Guitar and Olive)
    Nora Legace of Bathurst (daughter of Isiah(orIsaac) Legace and Nora).
    May 15th, 1907
    Gloucester, New Brunswick
    He was a workman.
    New Brunswick Provincial Archives, Vital Records
    Ancestry.com Bathurst Registries

    Edit: 1901 census shows ISAC Lagace as name)


    Comment by evelynyvonnetheriault | February 9, 2009 | Reply

    • Bonjour, moi je fis des recherche sur Larocque mon grandpere est Exalapha Larocueq son pere est Medore Larocueq, louis, Antoine, Jean-Baptiste Antoine Michel, Philibert sa fait pusieurs mois que je recherche je pense que medore et mon grandpere avait metis origin se me prends plus de preuve. Je ne ses plus.Jespere d’avoir de tes nouvelle Johanne, Ontario


      Comment by Johanne Forget | April 10, 2011 | Reply

    • Hello evelyn!! My name is vicky gallien my grandmothers name was mallet i am a direct descendant of Thomas Mallet 1786-1865 married to euphrosine albert!! I know there is native there you can tell by how we look!! i am always asked if im native!! any ideas as to who it stems from!! All from caraquet new brunswick hope to yhear back soon!!


      Comment by vicky | January 12, 2013 | Reply

  4. Bonjour evelynyvonnetheriault.

    Je suis une Larocque de souche Gaspésienne et je viens du N.B. J’ai comme descendance Francois Larocque et Marguerite Caplan.
    Je suis a la recherche de preuve que nous somme micmak.
    J’ai une preuve que Michel Larocque marié a Brigitte Mallet est un indien de son père Jean. Je suis reconnu autochtone au N.B. enregistrer a Fredericton.
    J’aimerais me procurer d’autre preuve soit les Caplan, Larocque, Mallet ou Chiasson.

    En passant je suis tombé sur votre site par hasard et il est tres bien fait.
    Si vous ne pouvez pas écrire en francais faite le en anglais ces que je ne suis pas assez bonne pour écrire votre langue mais je me débrouille tres bien.

    Bien a Vous,
    Gisele Savoie (larocque)


    Comment by Gisele | February 10, 2009 | Reply

    • Bonjour! Gisele

      Moi aussi je suis a la recherche des Larocque pour preuve.
      J’ai vu que tu viens du NB. Moi aussi Dalhousie. Est-ce que je peux savoir toi de ou et qu’elle information que tu as?

      J’ai Marguerite Caplan m Francois Laroque
      Catherine Laroque m Jean Chapados
      Madeleine Chapados m Francois Duguay
      Jean-Baptiste Duguay m Marie-Louise Boulet
      Gilbert Duguay m Constance Mallet
      Lange Duguay m Celina Helene Caissie
      Lange Duguay m Genevieve Carey
      Azilda Duguay m Joseph Richard Roy
      Marie Antoinette Roy m Robert John Godin
      Gary Albert Godin m Marie Lucie Yvette Cyr
      Joey Paul Godin

      Pour preuve d’origine Amerindian sur:

      Marguerite Caplan m Francois Laroque
      Catherine Laroque m Jean Chapados (fille a Marguerite)
      Marquerite Chapados m Louis Lanteigne (fille a Catherine)
      Therese Lanteigne m Jean-Baptiste Albert(fille a Marguerite

      Va voir:

      a gauche click sur mtDNA Proven Origins

      J’espere que cela pourra d’aider. Et si je peux t’aider
      avec des preuves que tu as besoin lesse moi savoir et si je l’ai je te l’envoie.

      J’espere que tu pourras faire pareille.

      Un gros merci d’avance



      Comment by Yvette | September 7, 2009 | Reply

    • Allo, moi aussi je suis une decendand de Francois Duguay & Madeleine Chapados ,ma grandgrandmere Marie louise Duguay,moi je peux pas trouver le Non de Marquerite Caplan
      sa mere ,juste quel ete Indian,son pere
      Guilliaume M Caplan,


      Comment by Antoinia J Breau | March 27, 2011 | Reply

  5. Bonjour Gisele,
    1.Je pense qu’on n’a pas les preuves que M.Caplan etait Mi’kmaq. On sait qu’elle etait autochtone et il semble que les autochtones dans la region etaient des mi’kmaqs.
    2. J’ai fait mon mtDNA (genealogie genetique) l’annee derniere et c’est sur que j’ai du sang autochtone. Je vais faire un test plus approfondie l’annee prochaine. Je sais que les rechercheurs de genetique ont fait des progres aux Etats Unis et qu’il commencent a voir les differences genetiques entre les nations autochtones.
    Un jour ca va peut-etre nous aider!


    Comment by evelynyvonnetheriault | February 10, 2009 | Reply

  6. Hello, my name is Ray ROY and I just had my genealogy completed by my cousin Michele Doucette from Newfoundland.My native blood lines are through Robichaud,Mallet,and Duguay,and all these lines go back to Margurite Caplan. Victorin Mallet and Barbara Zack are also my cousins their mtDna results are that of haplogroup C.
    I have a book on Micmac culture done by Ruth Holms Whitehead called Elitekey. There is a picture in it that is almost Identecal to the one you have on the top of your page. Would love to hear from you if you have Time. Thank you Ray


    Comment by Ray Roy | October 10, 2009 | Reply

  7. Happy to have found your site…it is wonderful….looking at all the names it appears we are distant cousins with many connections.

    Just glancing I see a connection to the Anglehart line and also to the Guitar(d) as my gr-grandmother was Philomene Guitar daughter of Francois & Olive Chamberlain

    keep the good work up!


    Comment by Kim (Doiron) John | January 27, 2010 | Reply

  8. I’m a decendent of Marquerite Caplan and Francois Larocque ,I find it very strange that her Mother’s name cannot be found
    as her Father was Guiiliaume M Caplan and married in 1725 to this native women .any one has any info ?????


    Comment by Antoinia J Breau | March 27, 2011 | Reply

  9. Hello. A cousin of mine is doing some genealogical research and believes that Marguerite Caplan is an ancestor of our grandfather Abraham Duguay. It is a little confusing because my grandfather’s mother’s (Angelique Denis Duguay)paternal grandfather and her maternal grandmother were siblings who were the grandchildren of Marguerite Caplan! PHEW!! Marguerite’s mother is referred to only as “INDIENNE AMERINDIENNE'”born in 1680. The last poster stated they were married in 1725, but we have Marguerite’s birthday as 1698. Any more recent information?


    Comment by Ann Marie Duguay | May 8, 2011 | Reply

    • OOPS, meant to say that my grandfather’s mother’s paternal great grandfather and her maternal great grandmother were siblings who were the grandchildren of Marguerite through her daughter Madeline.


      Comment by Ann Marie Duguay | May 9, 2011 | Reply

    • Hi Ann Marie – can you get in touch re: Duguay ancestry? I think I have a relevant link – Thank you: julialouisebell@gmail.com


      Comment by Julia | March 3, 2015 | Reply

  10. Marie Blais and Clement Desylva are my great grandparents, so I am part of this line. I would welcome knowing more about the Marie Blais line as well. Does anyone have any pictures to share? Any stories to tell?


    This is a link to a group started on people related to Sivrets/Desylvas/Chiassons etc of Miscou Island. Feel free to visit us. We have some wonderful pictures of our ancestors!!


    Comment by Angela Gonneau | February 22, 2012 | Reply

  11. Oops. I forgot a “great” in there. Marie Blais and Clement Desylva would be my great great grandparents. Marcelline/Thomas were my great grandparents. Melvina (born Marie Evelyn (?) Sivret)/Irwin Gonneau are my grandparents.


    Comment by Angela Gonneau | February 22, 2012 | Reply

  12. Hi I am trying to determine if Marguerite Caplan was of Aboriginal Descent. Does anyone have anything that I could use to prove that she was. A birth certificate, marriage certificate anything. I have told people for years that we were of aboriginal descent and not English descent.


    Comment by Quentin | February 26, 2012 | Reply

    • Send me your email


      Comment by yvette | February 26, 2012 | Reply

  13. Hi. Just to let interested people know that Margerite CAPLAN’s mother mtDNA signature was triangulated and scientifically established : http://www.miroise.org/triangulations/ENGFICHETRI0062.html. Three documentary descendants were mtDNA tested and an identical mitochondrial signature came out. If you are a maternal lineage descendant of Marguerite CAPLAN’s mother, your results should match the established signature. The tested people use Family Tree DNA to get tested, so your paper genealogy suggests you are an mtDNA descendant of Marguerite CAPLAN, your results will automatically match the ones that are similar and you will be notified.


    Comment by Gendreau-Hétu | August 23, 2014 | Reply

  14. Hi. I don’t if this is still active, but i am wondering what the source is of the picture of the woman that comes up when Marguerite Chapados is searched online. I am a descendant of madeleine caplan and her granddaughter marguerite chapodos. Thank you, Janice Lakey.


    Comment by Janice Lakey | January 11, 2017 | Reply

    • Hello,
      The picture is not of Marguerite Chapados but just of an unnamed Mi’kmaq woman. I no longer have the source as I made the post in my early blogging days when I was not so aware of proper sourcing. I guess it’s coming up as that because of the content in the post.
      Thanks for calling my attention to this and I’ll try to correct it.


      Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | February 2, 2017 | Reply

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