I am working on chronologically mapping the historical records, genealogical records, newspaper articles and doing field research in both Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, as well as Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York.
In the meantime, I have recently read a blog post from "Thoughts from Polly's Granddaughter" dated June 17, 2014 wherein the author of that blog stated (in part):
"We all have family stories, and while that might be find and good for sitting around the dinner table, if those stories are inaccurate or untrue, and we allow them to become engrained into our very being they could lead us to make poor decisions based on lies and deception. Over time, that can become problematic and harmful.
This harm is magnified if one who has been influenced by false family stories becomes a leader of a nation (group) of people and he (or she) allows those false stories to play a role in the decisions he (or she) makes for that nation (group) of people."
Now, in reading this first part of her posting ....
Found here: http://www.pollysgranddaughter.com/2014/06/when-past-meets-present-part-1.html
I have several thoughts that came to mind, and subsequently some conclusions.
First, the name Homer Walter St. Francis, Sr. of Swanton, Franklin County, Vermont came to mind.
He thought, believed, perpetuated, and promoted to himself, his family, and to anyone that would also believe him, that he and his family "were Abenaki" or "Abenakis."
And yet, he honestly was not Abenaki. Genealogically-speaking he wasn't aware that simply and merely because he lived in Swanton, didn't make him "an Abenaki" nor the fact that his surname was "St. Francis" didn't make him "an Abenaki" either. I very strongly doubt he was aware, that his surname was in fact, a "dit" name in French tradition.