After watching last Friday’s “Who Do You Think You Are,” I’ve been inspired to re-examine what I know – and don’t know – about some of my French ancestors. Unlike Brooke Shields, I haven’t found any connections to French royalty (yet), but I’m nonetheless intrigued to find out how these folks got from France to the U.S.

Let’s start with the FAIVRE family.

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The FAIVRE line connected with my family when Azelia “Zee” Clementine FAIVRE married my great-grandfather George Dames DAGLE. Zee was born on 2 September 1894 in Mt. Sterling, Brown Co., Illinois. She married George and had 2 children: George Marvin (my grandfather) and John Blaine. Zee died on 2 March 1975 in Sioux City, Woodbury Co., Iowa.

Zee’s parents were Andrew FAIVRE and Louise REDSUETY. Andrew was born 157 years ago today, on 10 April 1853, in New York. He married Louise on 14 January 1878 in Scioto, Ohio, and they had 5 children, including Azelia. He died on 11 November 1928 in Sioux Point, Union Co., South Dakota.

There’s actually a very interesting story I recently discovered about Andrew, Louise, and a court case involving a lot of liquor and some missing fingers. but that will have to wait until I have more time to tell it. UPDATE: Read “The Strong Woman: There’s One in Every Family” for more about this story.

Andrew’s parents were Andrew FAIVRE and Mary A. PAQUIN. Andrew was born in 1818 in France. He and Mary had 7 children including Andrew. Andrew the elder died after 1880.

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And that’s about all I know. As you can see, I still have lots more research to do on this family. I need to put my 2 years of college French to work.

If you think you might have information on the whereabouts of these FAIVRE ancestors, please click on the little “Contact” button over to your left and drop me a line!

Copyright © by Elizabeth O’Neal

Elizabeth is a professional genealogist and California native living in the Santa Barbara area. She has been researching her own family for almost three decades, and providing research services to others for about 8 years.

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