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Stephen Walker (previously De Marcheterre)?

Stephen Walker (previously De Marcheterre)?

Posted: 29 Aug 2009 2:11PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Dit Marcheterre/Walker
When I saw the thread on "DitMarcheterre/Walker" of Clinton, NY I thought it could be a lead.

My grandfather was Stephen Eugene Walker b. 1874 Bradford, PA d. 1918 Knox County, IL. His obit state his dad was Stephen Walker, born in France, who died when Stephen E. was 8, so around 1866.

I guessed at the spelling, De Marcheterre, being told as a child that the name was changed somewhere in PA to Walker. There are no living ancestors on that side, so I have only this very limited info.

Does anyone have any thoughts, or suggestions? I'm new to Ancestry.com

Thank you!

Could "Dit Marcheterre" be the surname I should trace.

Re: Stephen Walker (previously De Marcheterre)?

Posted: 30 Aug 2009 12:59AM GMT
Classification: Query
Greetings

You should google "dit names", and read a number of the articals to get a better feel for them. Here is a short version; When France was sending troop to its North American Colonies (New France, Arcadia) the common soldiers were given these dit name much as our troops now have serial numbers. I do not know if this practice was just troops sent to what is now Canada or if the French army used it too. French troops in Canada ended with the French and Indian War.

Now Marchaterre was the dit name for a soldier who was sent here in the late 17th century. His name was Antoine Dandurand dit Marchaterre, he married and had a family here, and supposedly all Dandurands and Marchaterres in North America are his descendants.

I have heard of Marchaterres anglicizing to Walker so if you are a Marchaterre, welcome cousin. I think you will find a few more generations before you get back to France.

Paul Nickerson
in Westbrook, Me

Walker, anglized from Marcheterre, or Marcheaterre

Posted: 30 Aug 2009 9:32PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Walker
Thank you Paul! I will check out the "dit names".

I'm looking for Stephen Walker, b. ? in PA, d. 1866, father of Stephen Eugene Walker, b. 4/8/1874 in Bradford, PA, d. 5/28/1918 in Knox County, IL.

1880 census shows Stephen Walker's father was born in France and I was told as a child our name (Walker) was anglicized from what I thought was "De Marcheterre". After a little research, it must have been "dit Marcheterre".

If anyone has more suggestions, I would really appreciate it. My dad (d. 1979) also told me the name change was recorded in PA, but I don't know where.

Walker, anglized from Marcheterre, or Marcheaterre

Posted: 30 Aug 2009 9:32PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Walker
Thank you Paul! I will check out the "dit names".

I'm looking for Stephen Walker, b. ? in PA, d. 1866, father of Stephen Eugene Walker, b. 4/8/1874 in Bradford, PA, d. 5/28/1918 in Knox County, IL.

1880 census shows Stephen Walker's father was born in France and I was told as a child our name (Walker) was anglicized from what I thought was "De Marcheterre". After a little research, it must have been "dit Marcheterre".

If anyone has more suggestions, I would really appreciate it. My dad (d. 1979) also told me the name change was recorded in PA, but I don't know where.

Re: Walker, anglized from Marcheterre, or Marcheaterre

Posted: 25 Jan 2011 7:07PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi. Charles Mashtare III from Spokane, WA.
from my research and understanding, Dandurand or D'Andurand is the original surname. Marcheterre was added like all dit names to differentiate between other clans of dandurands. Not sure when it was added but it was before they came over to canada. Marcheterre means Marched the Earth or Land walker or similar. Walker is a understandable translation and shortening of the name. hope i helped

Re: Stephen Walker (previously De Marcheterre)?

Posted: 25 Jan 2011 7:08PM GMT
Classification: Query
interesting note. i'm also married to a dyer.
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