Today’s Tidbit | March 27, 1797 – Charles Francois Xavier Voiland

On this date, in 1797, my third great grandfather, Charles Francois Xavier Voiland, was born in Essert, Belfort, France. He was a farmer. In October of 1857, at the age of 60, he emigrated to America with his wife, Adelaide, and daughters, Madelaine, Catherine Philomen, Julie and Adele.

More about the Voiland/Weller family can be found here.

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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Today’s Tidbit | May 27, 1857 – Joseph and Sadie Voiland

On May 27, 1857, my 2nd great grandparents, Joseph Voiland and Felicitée Marie (Sadie) Romond, arrive in New York City from France.

Joseph, from Essert, and Sadie, from the nearby town of Urcerey, must have started on their journey to America almost immediately after their March 26th wedding. They arrived in New York just 2 months and one day after they were married. Since the ocean crossing took around 6 weeks and travel in France to a seaport was slow, they could not have wasted any time.

After arriving in New York, they traveled to Buffalo and remained there until passage through the Great Lakes could be obtained. They finally arrived in Little Wolf Twp., Waupaca Co., Wisconsin in December.

More about my Voiland/Weller family can be found 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.

This Week’s Family Anniversaries | July 5 – July 11, 2009

Elmo “Bill” Linal LeVan – Born July 11, 1903 in North Greenfield, Zane Twp., Logan Co., OH. He came to Michigan and worked clearing the land for the Ford plant in Ypsilanti. He later worked in a saw mill in Waterloo Township. He married Zella Bradley McConnell on March 28, 1925. Elmo died on February 7, 1978 and is buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Waterloo Township, Jackson Co., MI. He is my wife’s grandfather.

Lysander Ormsby – Born July 5, 1815 in Westhampton, Hampshire Co., MA. He came to Michigan in 1837, settling in Blissfield, Lenawee Co. and then Summerfield Township, Monroe Co. He later moved to Deerfield, Lenawee Co. and bought a stave mill and opened a grocery store. He died on January 23, 1911 and is buried in Deerfield Township Cemetery, Deerfield. Lysander Ormsby is my 5th cousin, 4 times removed.

Alexandre Voiland – Died July 7, 1801 in Essert, Belfort, France. Alexandre is my 5th great grandfather and our oldest known Voiland ancestor.

Mathias J. Heller – Died July 9, 1899 in Princeton, Green Lake Co., WI. He came to America from Prussia in about 1865. He engaged in farming. He married Frances Swiderski in 1868. Mathias is buried in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Princeton, Green Lake Co. He is my 2nd great grandfather.

Today’s Tidbit | June 2, 1857 – Leonhard and Katherine Seybold

On this day, 152 years ago, Leonhard Seybold and his wife, Katherine (Protz) Seybold arrived at Castle Garden in New York City from Germany. They were passengers on the ship “New Orleans”, and may have been married on-board ship.

Only six days earlier, on May 27, 1857, Joseph Voiland and Felicitée Marie (Sadie) Romond, arrived in New York City from France. They were married shortly before their emigration.

Leonhard and Katherine Seybold’s granddaughter, Dorothy Louise Harris, would marry Joseph and Felicitée Voiland’s grandson, Russell Bernard Weller, on July 15th, 1929. They are my grandparents.

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"New Orleans" Passenger List

Tuesday Treasure | May 26, 2009

This is a copy of the marriage record for my 2nd great grandparents, Joseph Voiland and Felicitée Marie (Sadie) Romond. They were married on March 26, 1857 in Essert, Belfort, France. Shortly thereafter, they emigrated to America.

It was photocopied for me at the Archives Departementales Du Territoire De Belfort by a RAOGK volunteer.

I’d like to know what the entire record says. I’m not sure if it’s written in French or Latin. If anyone out there can help, please let me know!

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This Week’s Family Anniversaries | April 26 – May 2, 2009

Joseph Voiland – Born April 29, 1828 in Essert, Belfort, France. He died on February 24, 1911 in Clintonville, Waupaca Co., WI and is buried in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Manawa, Waupaca Co., WI. Joseph married Marie Felicitee (Sadie) Romond on March 26, 1857 in Essert. He is my 2nd great grandfather.

Jemima Day – Born May 2, 1791 in Swanzey, Cheshire Co, NH. She married Orrin Parker on November 19, 1807 in Decatur, Otsego Co., NY. Jemima is my wife’s 4th great grandfather.

Helen Alice Weller – Born April 30, 1901 in Little Wolf Township, Waupaca Co., WI. Helen died on February 8, 1992 in Clintonville, Waupaca Co., WI and is buried in St. Rose Cemetery, Clintonville. She is my great aunt.

Nelson Alonzo Harris and Louisa Marie Cleveland – married April 27, 1844 in Cherry Valley, Ashtabula Co., OH. They are my 2nd great grandparents.

The above is based on information from several sources and isn’t fully verified at this time.