My Voiland Family in the 1836 France Census

I was recently introduced to the website of the Departmental Archives of the Territory of Belfort by a French cousin. My Voiland family emigrated from the commune of Essert in the Territory of Belfort, France. The site contains scanned census images beginning in 1836. I was thrilled to find my 3rd great grandparents and their children listed!

Seeing my family listed in the census continues to amaze me. It really brings them to life – just imagining someone going to their house and writing down the information that I’m looking at. This census was taken 175 years ago! 21 years later, Jean Baptiste (Charles Francois Xavier) Voiland, his wife Adelaide (Perrin) and their children would cross the ocean and settle in America.

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Mystery Monday | Charles Francois Xavier Voiland

My 3rd great grandfather, Charles Francois Xavier Voiland, emigrated to the United States from Essert, France. He, his wife Adelaide (Perrin), and 5 of their children arrived at Castle Garden, on board the William Tell, on December 3rd, 1857. Charles’ name has also appeared in family records as Jean Baptiste Voiland. It seams that he used both names.

I’m trying to find out where Charles and his family eventually settled. I believe they initially made their way to Buffalo, NY. Daughters Celia, Philomene, Adel and Magdalena are listed in the 1860 Census as living in Buffalo. Another daughter, Julia, is listed in the 1879 Buffalo Census. I can’t find Charles in the Buffalo census.

I do believe that Charles (Jean Baptiste) and Adelaide came to, and lived in, Wisconsin. There is a John and Adiel Welling in the 1870 US Census for Royalton, Waupaca Co., WI. I believe that this may be Charles and Adelaide. They are living next door to Magdalena (Voiland) Roman, who would be their daughter. The name “John” is the English spelling of “Jean”. The ages listed also make sense with the birth dates I have for them.

Most of the Voiland family changed their names to “Weller”. Charles’ son Joseph went by the names of Joseph Voiland and Joseph Weller. I can imagine a census taker trying to decipher a Frenchman pronouncing Voiland or Weller.

So, if John and Adiel Weller are indeed Charles (Jean) and Adelaide Voiland, what happened to them? I wonder when they died and where they are buried. Magdalena, and her brother, Joseph, who also lived in the area, are both buried in nearby Manawa. I haven’t found a record of Charles and Adelaide there or anywhere else in the area.

Today’s Tidbit | December 3, 1857

On this day, in 1857, Charles Francois Xavier Voiland, his wife Adelaide, and their children Magdalena, Catherine, Julia, Philomene and Adele, arrived at Castle Garden in New York City. They came aboard the ship William Tell. Charles’ name has also appeared in family records as Jean Baptiste Voiland.  It appears that he used both names.

Voiland Passenger List - click to enlarge

Passport record from Belfort, France archives

They eventually made their way to Buffalo, NY. Charles and Adelaide are my 3rd great grandparents. More about my Voiland/Weller family can be read here.

This Week’s Family Anniversaries | July 19 – July 25, 2009

Joseph Perrin – Born July 19, 1765 in Essert, Belfort, France. He married Marie Anne Courre. Joseph is my 4th great grandfather.

Martha Anne Musbach – Born July 21, 1879 in Waterloo Twp., Jackson Co., MI. She married Herbert Harvey in 1904. They farmed on Harvey Rd. in Jackson Co. Martha died on November 21, 1951 in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Co., MI and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea, Washtenaw Co. She is my wife’s great grandmother.

May Belle Cook – born July 23, 1907 in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA. She died in Omaha, Douglas Co., NE on November 5, 1923 and is buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Omaha. May is my 1st cousin, once removed.

James Cole – Born July 25, 1600 in St. Giles, Cripplegate, Highland, London, England. He married Mary Tibbes in 1625. He was the first settler of and lived upon what is still known as “Cole’s Hill” in Plymouth, MA. He opened the first inn or public house in Plymouth. James died in Plymouth on January 31, 1697/98. He is my 9th great grandfather.