hi, donita.....i'm don vanvalkenburgh. poking around this afternoon i was reminded that my grandmother, married to John J. VonVolkenburg, was gertrude bernard, who was born in meadville. we have a foggy family history (maybe the fogginess is in my head) that connects gertrude bernard to jean claude doubet but i'll be darned if i know the connection. my records of gertrude bernard is that she was born in frenchtown, pa in either 1870 or 1877 and died in meadville in 1931.
my family (our home was in toledo, oh) and gertrude's husband, john j. vonvolkenburg, was part of my childhood life, in his later years lived and died with us. but i was born in 1938 so i have no memory of grandmother bernard. i can remember admiring discussions about frenchtown, about camille and lucy as though they were part of my family.
i have photocopies of those early documents when jean claud gathered up their family and landed in meadville, near frenchtown. i would love to find the connection between gertrude and the french doubets.