Family Origins (a confusion of names)
Simon was born in the early 1600's in St-Jean-de-Rouvray,
Abbeville, Picardie, France (located in the north of France, near
the Belgium border).
He married Jeanne Ceillier about 1620, in St-Jean-de-Rouvroy, France.
Simon and Jeanne had several sons. The oldest was named Claude. He was
born on May 30, 1627 in St-Jean-de-Rouvroy.
I have found reference to Claude’s last name, and those of his descendants
being spelled Delomay, Delomey, Delaumay, Delauney, Delaunay, Delome,
de Laumay, de L'Homel and de Lomel. The most common spelling in Canadian
genealogy source material, seems to be Delaunay.
How the last name was actually spelled, may be argued, depending on your
source. However, two Denomme "CuZins", Jean-Marc (from
Trois Rivieres, Quebec) and Philip (from Windsor, Ontario) travelled to
Picardie France to research the original family name. They both found
church records listing Claude’s surname as “De L'Homel" or
"de Lomel”, (the "el" making an "a" sound).
Philip wrote: "The registers of St. Jean-de-Rouvray contained
a de L'Homel family whose name was often spelt Delomel or Delomet &
by those outside Picardy as Delaunay".
Jean-Marc wrote: "Simon's last name was de Lomel, as I read in
the register of baptisms of the St-Jean-de-Rouvroy Parish. It is the only
original spelling of our name. Simon's children were baptised under this
name: de Lomel.
Claude de Lomel: In the register of St-Jean-de-Rouvroy, it is written:
"Le 30èè mai 1627 avons baptiséé Claude de Lomel fils de Simon et
de Jeanne Ceillier - Son parrain Pierre Gagnon Sa marraine- J. Jacqueline
Whatever the spelling, Claude came to New France in 1664. The next
year (February 8, 1665) he obtained a piece of land on the Island of Orleans,
in a contract before the Royal Notary Michel Fillion. Jean-Marc
again wrote: "it is true that the Notary Becquet spelled Claude's
name Delone (Delaunay), but the pastor of the Ste-Famille Parish wrote
in the register: Claude de Laumay. So, Becquet mixed up with some others
families Delaunay living in New France at that time".
The census of 1666 lists Claude as a “travaillant, cordier, habitant”,
a worker, rope maker and a settler. On September 21, 1669, a marriage
contract was signed between Claude Delone (this is the way his last name
was recorded), the son of Simon Delone and the late Jeanne Ceillier, and
Denise Leclerc, daughter of the late Jean Leclerc and Jeanne Nigremond,
of the parish of Notre Dame of de Gonnesse, Paris, France. Claude and
Denise were married on October 3, 1669 in Ste. Famille parish , Ile d’Orleans,
New France where he worked the land that he had obtained in 1665.
Claude and Denise had three children, Jean, Bernard and Marie-Anne.
Claude died on November 8, 1695 and was buried on November 9, 1695 in
St. Laurent, Ile d’Orleans, New France.
The family stayed on the Island of Orleans until the time around Claude’s
death. Most of Bernard’s children were born in St. Laurent, Ile d’Orleans,
Marie Francois around 1694, Marie Anne in 1697 and Bernard in 1699. Joseph
was born in St. Antoine-de-la-Chevrotiere. This is the first record of
the family moving off the Island. They moved to the north shore of the
St. Lawrence River, west of Quebec City. To this day, many of the Claude's
decedents live in the Joliette and Berthier regions of Quebec, between
Quebec City and Montreal.
The family generally stayed in this area of Quebec until the 1840's to
1850's, when they started to migrate. Over the years, the population of
the area had increased significantly and it was getting difficult to accommodate
everyone on the small farms. This period also ushered in the train as
an easy and convenient means of transportation across Canada and the USA.
The first migrations took place to areas like Verner and Huron County
in Ontario as well as to Michigan, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode
Island in the USA.
Today, the Denomme / Denommee / Denome / Denomey / Denomy / Denomie /
DeNomme DeNoma, Desnomie families have spread out to live in at least
31 states of the USA and 7 out of the 10 provinces in Canada.