This project aims at mapping out the full family tree of the South African Poisson family, and then hopefully tracing the routes back to Maritius, Reunion Island and finally to France. There is an extensive Poisson family tree built extending back to 1600's in France, with notable Poisson's such as Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, also known as Madame de Pompadour. Unfortunately, this French family tree does not extend to the family members who left France for the French colonies and eventually South Africa. Thus, this group has the following goals:
- Map out the current, living members of the Poisson family from South Africa.
- Trace the current members back to the first records of Poissons in South Africa (1888)
- Trace the South African family routes back to France
- Finally merge the South African family tree into the primary Poisson family tree
Poisson Family History
Some basic family history can be found here: [http://www.houseofnames.com/poisson-family-crest] .
- Siméon-Denis Poisson (1781-1840), French mathematician, geometer, and physicist
- Jean Antoine Poisson (1721-1764), Marquis de Pompadour, France
- David Poisson (b. 1982), French alpine skier
- Jean-Frédéric Poisson (b. 1963), member of the National Assembly of France
- Georges Poisson, physician, Paris, France
- David E. Poisson (b. 1951), American politician of the Democratic Party
- Eric Poisson, Canadian physicist specializing in the theory of black holes
- Colonel Paul Poisson (1887-1982), the first mayor of the town of Tecumseh, Ontario