When is a Dulong not a Dulong?
When he is a Dulin!
For several decades I have dedicated some effort to trace the numerous
descendants of Richard Dulong across North America. Ironically, nine
out of ten people who contact me about a possible connection to Richard
Dulong are not even Dulongs! Most of them are from the area around Woburn,
Massachusetts, and have roots going back to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Although
I find it humorous that the real Dulongs hardly ever contact me, I think
it is time that you pseudo-Dulongs get together and form a family history
association to verify the information I will give you here and add on
to it. I would love to hear of your progress and I would be happy to
send others who inquire about their family to you.
Most, if not all, the Dulongs from eastern Massachusetts and Nova Scotia
are really Dulins! According to a letter I received from Rev. Clarence
J. d'Entremont, a leading Acadian genealogist (dated 10 July 1983):
... the ancestor of those who, in Yarmouth county [Nova Scotia],
now call themselves DULONG, with relatives in the U.S., mostly in
Massachusetts, was Louis DULIN, written also in the church registers
DULAIN. He was from the parish of Minidray, of the diocese of Coutances,
(Normandy, France). His father's name was also Louis Dulin, his mother
Jeanne Gauthier. He arrived in Nova Scotia in the early 1790's, during
the French Revolution. He married in Yarmouth county, most probably
in Quinan (formerly The Forks), from where was his wife, Marie Frontain,
(now spelled Frotten), daughter of Julien Frontain and of Anne Mius,
(now spelled Muise). This marriage took place before witnesses, as
there were no priest available at the time. It was blessed at Sainte-Anne-du-Ruisseau,
(formerly Eel Brook), Yarmouth county, September 30 of the same year
 by Father Sigogne.
D'Entremont gives this couple the following children:
- Eudes, called Walter, born 15 October 1795, married first Magdeline
Scholastique Mius, married second Julie LeBlanc, daughter of Honoré
LeBlanc and Anne Judith Mius.
- Rosalie, born 10 March 1798, married Benjamin Bertrand dit Maffre.
- Oliver Martin, born 8 November 1799, married Scholastique LeBlanc.
- Marie Thérèse, born 11 October 1801, married Guillaume Deveau dit
- Anne Elisabeth, born 7 December 1803, married Florent Mius.
- Louis Cyprien, born 1 February 1808, married Marie Julie Doucet.
- Anne Françoise, born 22 July 1808, married Basile Mius.
- Jeanne, born 26 January 1811.
Apparently, the name Dulin was gradually changed to Dulong in both
Nova Scotia and Massachusetts. I am unsure of when the Dulin-Dulong
family started to migrate to Massachusetts. After 1900 descendants of
the Montréal DuLongs and the Yarmouth Dulin-Dulongs are both living
in the state. This can make it confusing to untangle family origins.
However, as soon as you find Yarmouth, or Nova Scotia, mentioned in
the records of your family, then it is safe to assume that you are really
a Dulin and not a Dulong. To my knowledge, all the Dulongs in Nova Scotia
are really Dulins. Ultimately, you must trace back each generation to
verify that you are indeed a Dulin.
The records in Nova Scotia for the nineteenth century are fairly thorough.
You should not have much trouble tracing back to Louis Dulin. Also,
when I have looked at the records I have found that many of the Yarmouth
Dulin-Dulongs were fisherman.
I find it very interesting that Louis Dulin would have arrived in Nova
Scotia around 1790. This was very unusual. I often wonder if he was
a fisherman fleeing the French revolution?
You will have noted that the Dulins often married into the Muis family.
This family is really the noble Mius d'Entremont family and thus related
to Rev. d'Entremont. To learn more about the noble Muis d'Entremont
family, I suggest you start with reading the article about Philippe
Mius d'Entremont in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography (1966,
vol. 1, p. 510.)
Lastly, the Dulins also intermarry with many other local Acadian families.
I too share Acadian ancestry that I am confident will be found to overlap
with any found among the Dulins. Therefore, ironically, we are cousins.
But not through the Dulong family, but through maternal Acadian lines.
If you are a Dulin, then please do not contact me. I have very
little information about your family. I suggest you post a message on
Message Board at Rootsweb.com. Geoff Trowbridge, a Dulin descendant
is running this board. He has also prepared a hyperlinked
descendancy report for the family of Louis Dulin.
I wish all of you Dulins the best of luck in your research.
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© 1996 by John P. DuLong, Berkley, MI. Created 9 September 1996.
Modified 20 May 2003.