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Re: [Misc] West Indies (esp. Trottier, Robinson) P


Somehow we must be related. For more than a decade I have attempted to explain oral history that was handed to me from an maternal aunt (b. 1912).

First, reportedly some of the Robinsons departed from Canada to Maryland, then finally settled in what some have referenced as the "Portuguese Settlement" located in Northampton County, NC. According to my aunt they were not Spanish-speakers, unlike a good majority of the population in the settlement. However, like everyone else - "they were from over yonder, some island - somewhere".

With regards to your connection with La Rocque family. It is my understanding the surname was anglicized to (La) Rook in Canada and United States. I have some reason to beleive the Rooks (La Rocque/Roque, etc) were connected to the Muiz family; Muiz is reportedly Munoz - aliases for Moody. Reportedly my paternal grandfather's paternal line arrived from Puerto Rico around 1800, and settled in North Carolina - not only claiming pure Spanish lineage, but also Sephardic. The intermarriage between the Moody-Rook families along the Virginia/North Carolina border is well documented.

With all due respect, I disagree with your assumption the mixed-race, Spanish or French-speakers thought of themselves as black/negro/African. For example, my maternal grandmother's Roberts line arrived from Puerto Rico during the early 1800. While some well known authorities claim the Roberts were "FPC", their oral history states they called themselves Spanish. I have firm proof the Roberts lived near Caguas, PR for some period. I suspect like my other lines, they too anglicized their surname - perhaps from Robiero to Robbard/Robert/Roberts. My maternal grandmother was a blend of the arrivals from PR during the 1800's plus a much earlier group in Virginia that Paul Heinegg documented.

Please note, this is not an effort to deny African lineage with certain familial lines. But more so to broaden everyone's assumption we are all descended from Anglo/Saxons and Angolans.


Louis Moody

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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