Friday, February 20, 2015

North Kingstown, Rhode Island

One of Many ~ The Boulet Clan:  A name with obvious French origins should map onto the Francophone settlement pattern of the United States, and it does. On a choropleth map generated from the 1920 Census, Boulet families are most numerous in Louisiana and on the border with Canada. Sources are unclear about the meaning of Boulet, but someone who speaks French thinks immediately of a ball. Portrayed on the headstone is not the shore of Normandy (likely the origin of the first Boulets to North America), but the shore of the Narragansett Bay. Quidnessett Cemetery. [2009]

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