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Violette Family Association coat of arms

Welcome to the Violette Family Association’s web site! Our Association was formed in 1977 and comprises people who are descended from François Violette, who came to Louisbourg, Nova Scotia in 1749 and later was a pioneer settler in what is now Van Buren ME around 1789. Membership is open to anyone whose ancestors are from that line, and their spouses and children. Learn more about Francois from this link: Life and Times of Francois Violet.

A Violette History
A Violette History, published by the Violette Family Association

You can also learn more about the early Violette family history from the book A Violette History, available at Amazon. The authors were David A. Violette (VFA #621), Guy Dubay (VFA #892), and Rod Violette (VFA #12).

The three coauthors, all Violette descendants and all Violette Family Association members, worked for almost five years in the research and production of the book. The book includes first hand accounts of author visits to places associated with François Violet/Violette and traces his story from before his birth to his pioneering in the Upper St John River Valley.

The book has a listing of the first two generations of the family in North America, along with details of who they married and where they settled, as well as stories of François’ parents and grandparents in France and Fortress Louisbourg.

François Violet/Violette was the progenitor of a line of the Violette family in North America coming from what is now northern Maine and northwestern New Brunswick. Born in 1744 in Saintes, France, François Violet moved with his parents in 1749 to Île Royale (Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia) so his father could help the French rebuild Fortress Louisbourg. His mother died in 1751 and by 1759 he had come under a surrogate guardianship due to financial difficulties of his father. When his parents were sent back to France after the British took over Louisbourg again, François stayed behind. This is the history of François Violet (1744-1824) and how he and his family pioneered first on the Hammond River in lower New Brunswick then came to the Upper St John River Valley and pioneered again as the first settlers of what became Van Buren, Maine, and St Leonard, New Brunswick.