How a Jewish Family Got The Last Name Charton

Napoleon Crossing the Alps

Napoleon Crossing the Alps (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am asked about my surname, which is actually French.  How in the world did it end up in Poland?

I can only fill in blanks.  Picture Napoleon’s Army marching too, or worse yet from Moscow.  It’s cold, they’re hungry, they are leaving bloody footprints in the snow, like George Washington’s army at Valley Forge.  My ancestor turns to his friend.  “Mon dieu, this is not a proper French army.  Bad food, bad clothes, and I’ve never been this cold in my life.  “Look over there, a house with candles in the window.  I am going in.”

But Monsieur Charton, we are many kilometers from home!

For now on, home is where I hang my hat!




About tucsonmike

I am originally from Brooklyn, New York and now live in Tucson, Arizona. I have discovered a passion for writing. I have five books out now, with a sixth on the way. Take a look @ my book list: The Search for Livingstone An Affair of the Heart The Search for Otzi Griffith Justice in Space. Moriarty The Life and Times of a Criminal Genius Available now on Smashwords - Amazon and Barnes and Noble As to not bore my public with just "Buy my book," I am also interested in baseball, the outdoors, art, architecture, technology, the human mind and DNA. I learned Ashkenazi Jews, of which I am one, have to lowest rate of Alzheimer's in the world. Therefore, I treat my brain as a muscle needing a workout. I enjoy good food, flirtation, beautiful women (I am happily married for thirty years), so just flirting ;) I was considered autistic when I was young, trying to figure out if I have a mild form of Aspergers and learning from that. That is for future posts. You can also see I love history. Enjoy my sarcastic silly look at the world, and making History more interesting than a textbook.
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2 Responses to How a Jewish Family Got The Last Name Charton

  1. For ALL we Jews home is truly where we “hang our hat” … the country that welcomes us is home for however long that welcome remains. l’éloge de l’hôte!!!

  2. Irene says:

    Well, at least he married her! There is a smattering of nobility in that,Mike.

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