Payzant Family Reunion
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
2nd - 5th August, 2013


Lunenburg Harbour
(with kind permission from the Lunenburg Heritage Society)

    Celebrate the 260th anniversary of the 1753 Lunenburg arrival of Louis Payzant (ca. 1695-1756), his wife Marie Anne (née Noget, ca. 1711-1796) and their children. Payzant was later granted Coveys Island in Mahone Bay. This event is for their descendants, who are scattered all over North America.

Raid on Lunenburg (1756)
    On May 8, 1756 (during the Seven Years’ War), mercenary Maliseet natives landed on Payzant’s island and killed and scalped him.  They also captured Marie Anne and her four children taking them to Quebec.  The family returned to Nova Scotia in 1760.

Payzant Family Reunion in Lunenburg
Nova Scotia, Canada, August 2013,
for descendants of Louis Payzant (ca. 1695-1756) and his wife Marie Anne Noget (ca. 1711-1796).
The event will be the 260th anniversary of their arrival in the new settlement of Lunenburg.
2013 is also the 260th Anniversary of St. John's Church, Lunenburg, NS, where Marie and Louis Payzant attended church.


Progress Bulletin

21st August 2013


Musique Royale presents

J'irai revoir ma Normandie

The Lemprière and the Payzant family
How the ancestors of Edmund Brownless and the Payzant family twice crossed paths...
Once in the mid-18th century and again in the 20th century!
A musical voyage from Normandy via Jersey to the town of Lunenburg.


Barbara Butler, organ and piano
Dodie Layton, flute
Margaret Robertson, mezzo soprano
Edmund Brownless, tenor
Jamie Robertson, guitar
Peter Payzant, viola da gamba

St. John's Church, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Saturday, August 3, 2013, 7:30 pm


The Lemprières and Payzants in Normandy
Une jeune fillette - Jehan Chardavoine (Beaufort, Anjou, 1537-1580)
Tambourin - François-Joseph Gossec (1734-1829)
Entends ma voix fidèle - Noël from Lorraine (Melody: Une jeune fillette)
Une jeune pucelle (for organ) - Michel Corrette (Rouen, Normandy, 1707-1795)
(Melody: Une jeune fillette)

The Lemprières and Payzants in St. Helier, Jersey
1751: Market Place - the unveiling of the statue of King George II
Isabeau s'y promène - French folksong (arr. Margaret Gascoigne)
Süße Stille - George Frederic Handel (1685-1759)
(from: Nine German Arias, London, c. 1725)
Bourée, Minuet I, II (Music for the Royal Fireworks, composed for George II, 1749) - George Frederic Handel

Frankfurt am Main: British proclamation inviting immigrants to Nova Scotia
Von Gott will ich nicht lassen - German hymn (16th cent., Melody: Une jeune fillette)
Von Gott will ich nicht lassen (for organ) - Dieterich Buxtehude (c. 1637-1707)
Nun will der Lenz uns grüssen - German folksong (Melody: Une jeune fillette)
Fantasie Nr. 10 for Transverse Flute without Bass - Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
(Director of Music of Frankfurt, 1712-1721)

The Lemprières in England
Air - Samuel Wesley (1766-1837)
Touch me lightly - Tobias Hume (1569-1645)
Whoope doe me no harme - Richard Sumarte (15?? - after 1630)
Tobacco - Tobias Hume
The water is wide - English folksong
Thou art my God, thy righteous will - Francis Drocus Lemprière (1794-??)
(Gt. Gt. Gt. Grandfather of Edmund Brownless)
Gavotte - Samuel Wesley

The Payzant family's voyage to Lunenburg
Je pars pour un long voyage - French folksong
Estennialon dé tsonoué Iesous ahatonnia - Saint Jean de Brébeuf (Condé-sur-Vire, Normandy, 1593-1649)
(Carol of the Huron Indians, Melody: Une jeune fillette)

The Pilot - Alexander Stephen Juhan (1765-1845)
(Grandson of Louis and Marie Anne Payzant, born in Nova Scotia)
Tambourin - Johann Adolph Hasse (1699-1783)
J'irai revoir ma Normandie - Frédéric Bérat (Rouen, Normandy, 1801-1855)
I've come from German Lunenburg - Edmund Brownless
Poem by William T. Lindsay, (1863-??),  former town clerk and treasurer of the Town of Lunenburg.

Programme Notes

This concert for the Payzant Family Reunion on August 3, 2013 has as its inspiration an amazing series ofcoincidences. It is the story of two families whose paths have crossed several times over many hundreds ofyears. Both families started out in Normandy, and later moved to the Island of Jersey and Lunenburg. The Payzants came to Lunenburg in 1753. The Brownless family, maternal descendants of the Lemprières, tookanother couple of centuries to arrive in Lunenburg. This is a concert of music influenced by the lives of the twofamilies and their meetings. Louis Payzant and his family fled Normandy in the 18th century to pursue a life with more religious freedom onthe Island of Jersey. The Lemprière family had been in Normandy since at least the 10th century. They weregiven lands in Jersey in the 14th century for service to the king of France. Some of the Lemprière family,including John Lemprière, author of the well-known "Lemprière's Classical Dictionary", moved to England. Louis Payzant was a merchant and would have certainly sold clothing to the Lemprière family. In St. Helier,Jersey, Edmund Brownless' seventh-great Grandmother, Marie Lemprière, was godmother to Marie Payzant(fifth child of Louis and Marie Anne Payzant). Marie Payzant moved to Lunenburg with her parents in 1753. Tonight's programme includes music from Normandy, Jersey, Germany, England and Nova Scotia. Theprogramme entitled "J'irai revoir ma Normandie" (I will return to my Normandy) is taking place in the chuchwhich Louis and Marie Anne Payzant attended. The programme includes melodies that the first settlers inLunenburg from France and Germany would have known well, such as a French folksong, popular all overEurope, and which later became a well-known hymn in France and Germany. It was even translated into theHuron language and became one of Canada's oldest carols, still popular until today. Rounding off the concert is perhaps the first modern performance of the song "The Pilot" composed by LouisPayzant’s grandson, Alexander Juhan, and the first performance of "The Lunenburg Song", with words byWilliam T. Lindsay, a former town clerk and treasurer of Lunenburg and music composed by Edmund Brownless.

Quand tout renaît à l'espérance,
Et que l'hiver fuit loin de nous,
Sous le beau ciel de notre France,
Quand le soleil revient plus doux,
Quand la nature est reverdie,
Quand l'hirondelle est de retour,
J'aime à revoir ma Normandie,
C'est le pays qui m'a donné le jour.

Je pars pour un long voyage
desur la mer
avec mon bel équipage
qui sera mon renconfort
il faut hisser les voiles
grand dieu, quel triste sort
priez pour moi las belle
que je r'vienne au port

Morning Service

Holy Eucharist
with the
Payzant Family Reunion in attendance
with special music
The Choir of St. John's Church, Lunenburg
Barbara Butler, Organ
Sunday, August 4, 10:30 AM
St. John's Anglican Church, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

Thou art my God, thy righteous will
Instruct me to obey;
Let thy good spirit lead and keep
My soul in thy right way.

(Hymn by Francis Drocus Lemprière)

Marie Lemprière

Edmund Brownless' ancestor was godmother to one of Louis and Marie Anne's daughters in 1747 in St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands.

Edmund Brownless' Gt. Gt. Gt. Gt. Gt. Gt. Gt. Gt. Grandmother Mary (or Marie) Lemprière (née Esnouf) was godmother to Marie Paisant (Mary Payzant, 1747 - ca. 1783). Marie moved to Lunenburg Nova Scotia in 1753 with her parents Marie Anne and Louis Payzant (Raid on Lunenburg, 1756). In 1764 she married Swiss musician and teacher John James Juhan (1736-1797) in Nova Scotia and later moved to Boston, Charleston and Haiti. Marie died in Haiti sometime before 1783. Linda Layton wrote to me: "In Feb. 1747/48, a Marie Lemprière was godmother to Louis & Marie Anne's sixth child, named Marie. (There was a pattern of infants being named after the godmother or godfather.) She was the widow of Jean Lemprière."