At the age of thirteen, Barbe’ Poisson’s parents sent her away to New France with her brother and sister. They were hoping to give her a chance at a better life. Before she is even eighteen, she will find herself married, a mother, a widow and married again. Life in New France was anything but easy, but Barbe’ was determined to make it the best life she could. For over sixty years she will live in Montreal and endure many hardships including losing many members of her family to attacks by the Iroquois Nation, smallpox epidemics, and a large earthquake. Through it all, she would never lose her faith in God or her will to not only live but love and thrive in the untamed lands as one of the very early settlers to both Trois Rivieres and Montreal.
Growing up I was always encouraged to read and now I enjoy a wide range of books depending on my mood for the day. My favorite genre will always be historical fiction, but I also like to throw in the occasional post-apocalyptic tale, western or modern romance.
After doing years of genealogical research on my family, I found that I had files and files worth of information. The only problem was, it would only make sense to me. I had collected not only birth and death dates but also as much of the history that I could find of my ancestors. Since they were so instrumental in not only the beginning of Detroit but also Montreal, Quebec, and Trois Rivieres, I wanted to find a way to make the information more interesting so our family history will be able to be passed down through the generations. I decided to write up what I thought the life of Etienne Campeau would have been like. Somehow it turned into my first book. Since then I have also released a couple more, all the life stories of some of my more interesting ancestors.
I am a mother of two girls who are now grown and off to college. One is majoring in anthropology and the other in biological sciences. My husband passed away in 2011 and I now find I have a bit of extra time on my hands and enjoy writing. Many more stories will follow since I have over 1200 individuals in my genealogy database. Hope you enjoy them.
Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit my twitter page at @karencardno1, my blog at karencardno.com or my facebook page, just search Karen Cardno. I’d love to hear what you think, good or bad.