A long story short

About 20 years ago, I received a call from someone in town who was researching the LaRoche Family name. The caller was a "Glover" (and turns out a cousin), a prominent family name in Marietta. John Heyward Glover, had been a South Carolina rice planter before moving to Marietta in search of a healthier climate. The man became its first Mayor (owner of the Glover Machine works, etc.). My caller's maternal great-great-grandmother (Eliza) was the sister of my great-great-grandfather (Oliver Augustus LaRoche) and Isaac Drayton LaRoche (some mistakenly report the middle name as Drummond, confusing him with earlier generations). Through her death notice in a Marietta paper he had obtained, I first found out the maiden name of these siblings' mother (which had eluded me for a dozen years). This was long before the days when the Internet could help you find such things. It turns out that there is a LaRoche / Dunwody-Dunwoody connection to the Glovers, as well as, indirectly to the Brumbys (Brumby Rocker Company).

William Elliot Dunwody, Senior was the brother to Major Charles Archibald Alexander Dunwody. Aimee LaRoche (born 1850-niece to Eliza) was the daughter of Isaac Drayton LaRoche, the brother of my great-great-grandfather, Oliver -- Aimee married William Elliot Dunwody, Junior in Macon Georgia. Their daughter was named Aimee LaRoche Dunwody (b 1878)--(by the way Aimée is French for loved one, as the LaRoche name was of Huguenot origin -- more about that below). She is buried in the Saint James Episcopal Church cemetery in Marietta (1947). Aimee L. Dunwoody married John Wilder Glover {President of the Glover Mfg. Co. -- steam locomotives} and they had two children, Aimee Dunwoody Glover and Jame Bolan Glover, who worked for his father. John Wilder's mother (Ann Eliza) and Aunt (Sarah Eloise) were daughters of Richard Trapier Brumby (R T Brumby & Son, Druggists, Marietta, GA), one time lawyer, teacher and secessionist.

Interesting side notes: The Glover family originated as South Carolina immigrants, moved north after the Revolutionary War, then migrated to Marietta. The Bolan side of this family were from South Carolina. The Trapier part of the Brumby Heritage is a SC Huguenot family. My wife's great-grandfather was Rev. Paul Trapier Keith, Rector of St. Michaels in Charleston before the War Between the States. His son was one of the cadets that fired upon Ft. Sumter in April 1861, after the war his daughter married a doctor that was with the Army of Virginia and Lee throughout the conflict. There is also, I believe, an 18th century Russell connection to my mother's side of the family, but I have not been able to find it.

The LaRoche Heritage, by the time of Aimee LaRoche's birth, was far more rooted in Scottish and English culture than French. Aimee's forebears were founding members of the Oglethorpe Colony (1732) and the Highlanders, who arrived soon after at New Inverness [Darien} along the Georgia Coast. Indeed, the family had changed its name to LaRoche (from De la Croix) while in service to the English Crown (reign of William and Mary and Queen Anne). Oglethorpe's Grandmother was a la Roche of old English (Norman) stock (Ireland) -- there was a LaRoche with William at Hastings in 1066. Thus, the name change was either to honor Oglethorpe's family or because (and I think this more likely) someone married into the family and the La Roche name had more provenance behind it in the eyes of the English aristocracy. This de-la-Croix family also was of a Huguenot origin (Béarn, Bordeaux, possibly Dax and elsewhere).

But that is not the end to the story. Within the past few years I have learned that the two LaRoche "brothers" may not have been directly related. The suggestion is that the second is from the Irish LaRoche family (Norman), with connections to the Argyle clan. I have been unable to find support for this theory, or to disprove it. It would be consistent with the marriage of Isaac to Elizabeth Drummond. A Drummond (I would think her father or Uncle) was also a shareholder in the Georgia Corporation, and the banker from the Drummond Bank (a Bank that helped finance the British during the French Indian War and the early part of the Revolution).

Another Connection: The West Family -- And the Wests can trace their lineage back to Adam through English King Henry II (HENRI Plantagenêt, born March 5, 1133, in Le Mans, Maine Province (Sarthe), France).

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