The Missing Little French Boy
On an evening in 1810, my great, great, great grandfater, Elisha Lyman, was strolling along the docks in New London, CT when he saw a ship in the harbor put a small boat over the side, and two figures got into it and began to row ashore. Upon his return, the small boat was on its way back and minus one figure. He then heard a child’s crying, and traced it to a small boy — 5 or 6, well dressed, and speaking only French. His name was Auguste Eugen Le Merle. The family kept him, and he grew up there and married one of the Lyman daughers, Eunice. By the time he spoke English, memories of his origins had faded and for five generations, we have searched for them. Can you help?