Phaneuf Family Genealogy Forum
Mathias-Claude Farnsworth Farnet was captured by Indians in Groton, Mass. in August, 1704, and taken to Montreal, where two years later, he was purchased, for his freedom, by the priests of the Seminary of Saint-Sulpice in Montreal. His godfather is Claude-de-Ramezay, Governor of Montreal, and his godmother is Claude-Élisabeth Souart-d'Adoucourt, wife of Charles LeMoyne, the Baron of Longueuil. This story is written by Zéphérin Phaneuf, Brother Élie as he was known in Religious life, a professor at Mont Saint Louis College.
Origins of the Name: Translated from the "Farnsworth Memories" book, 1915
In Groton, MA, in August 1704, Matthias III Farnsworth, 14 yrs. of age, was taken prisoner by the Indians and carried into Canada, where he was delivered to the French. By the parish records of Montreal we see that he was babtized Jan. 10, 1706, into the Roman Catholic Church there, and the record as made in French, gives his name as Claude-Mathias Farneth. The name Claude was given to him by his godfather, Claude de Ramezay, Govenor of Montreal. The name Farneth, is the approximate spelling of Farnoth pronounced by the young prisoner. He was naturalized at Montreal, and he married, on the 2nd of October, 1713, Catherine Charpentier, by whom he had twelve children. From 1713 to 1754, all records give Fanef; from 1754 to 1800, Faneuf and Fanef; from 1800 to 1850 Faneuf, and from the latter, Faneuf and Phaneuf. His descendants under these transformations of the names are numerous, and some of them are to be found among the French-Canadian emigrants into the United States.