FACT

Below is a factual timeline of Dr. Francis LeBaron's life and historical persons/events

 
 

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                              FACT
"Descendants of Francis LeBaron of Plymouth, Massachusetts"
compiled by Mary LeBaron Stockwell, published 1904.
This is a comprehensive compilation of the Nameless Nobleman's descendants, the first entry being Francis at 1668 and the last entry in 1896.
 The volume has lots of extras such as Francis LeBaron's will, listing everything he owned and the value of each. The Appendix contains several legends or traditions as to how and why the Nameless Nobleman arrived in the new world.
 

For an online version of "Descendants of Francis LeBaron of Plymouth, Massachusetts", click the link below:

Descendants of Francis Le Baron of Plymouth, Mass.

 

  It is explained on one of the first pages; "the birthplace of Francis LeBaron is unknown; the first mention of him occurs in the Town Records of Plymouth, at the time of his marriage with Mary Wilder, of Hingham."
  Peggy Baker of Pilgrim Hall informs us that beyond the fact of his marriage as recorded in the Plymouth Vital Statistics, there is also a mention of the "French doctor" in the Plymouth Town Meeting records of September 14th, 1696:
  "At this Meeting the town Agreed upon the Raising of Moneys for the defraying the town Charges which is as followeth Imprimis for... To ffrench doctor fo Care of Hunters wife 05-00-00" (five pounds).

 Then a note that in May of 1704, the "widow labaron" was given enough ground to provide pasturage for 12 "sheepe" (she had the smallest number of sheep, the other sheep grazers range between 20 and 40 sheep).

 Thanks again to Peggy Baker for providing us with the copy from a document in which *Benjamin Eaton and *Nathaniel Warren testify to John (W)adsworth, Justise of peace, regarding a physical altercation involving Francis LeBaron:

 September the :19: 1699
Caleb Loring grand Jureman of Plimoth being 25 years testefieth that being at the hous of natanell woring sawe Benianam Batlet of duxbery ["together' stricken out] & franses Lebaron of plimout upon the ground and they were both bludy this wose some time this Last somer"

           *I'm assuming Eaton's and Warren's names were misspelled, as well as many other names and words.
            spelling was not a discipline of the 17th century

 

 Below is an image of a receipt for a slave sold to Lazarus LeBaron.

"Recd July 20th 1753 from Capt. Thomas Davis the sum of twenty three pounds current money in full for a Negro boy named Plymouth.
Rec’d by Lazarus LeBaron"

 

 

FICTION

Much of what is written about Dr. Francis LeBaron is fiction.

"A Nameless Nobleman" by Jane G. Austin

The book pictured is a James R. Osgood and Company 1881 Hard Cover Edition. The Round Robin series was a series by anonymous authors. This was the first in the series. The author isn"t listed on the book.

The original publisher is Houghton Mifflin, 1881.

  "Shipwrecked in the new world, Francis is saved by a brave young woman, Mary Wilde, who hides him and cares for him until his fine character and valuable surgical skills become apparent to the community, and he is invited to stay.  Mary defends Francis’ right to keep his past a secret (even from her), for in the new world respect is earned, not inherited.  Because he will not reveal his family name (intimating it would be readily recognized - even by Americans!), Mary determines to call him “the Baron.”  Thus begins the fictionalized saga of the “Labaron” family in America."


  The second book, Dr. LeBaron and His Daughters, is a novel based on the Nameless Nobleman's son, Dr. Lazarus LeBaron. 

NamelessNoblemanBook
 

DaughtersBook

 
     
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