My great-grandmother's maiden name was Marie Hortense Tuaillon (b. 1 Dec. 1857, d. 29 Mar. 1933.) I have a recording of my grandmother (her daughter) saying that her mother pronounced the name of her home town "Port Sisson" & that she arrived in Philadelphia during the centennial celebrations. I have found a passenger list that shows an 18-year-old Hortense Tuaillon arriving in Philadelphia on 2 November 1876, from Port-sur-Saone, France (the Centennial World's Fair ran from 10 May to 10 November, 1876.)
I have been searching http://www.servancnaute.frhttp://www.servancnaute.fr - and also the European records on Ancestry.com, but have not yet found any records that appear to be relevant. (I have also looked at http://archives.cg70.frhttp://archives.cg70.fr - but I'm having technical issues that causes the records to not display.)
Her father's name was Joseph Tuaillon & he would have been born about 1830. According to my grandmother, every first-born male in his family was named Joseph. He was a groundskeeper, or gardener, at a local castle. His wife was possibly named Josephine & she was a lace maker. In addition to Marie Hortense, they had twins (Joseph & Josephine) who were small children at the time of the Franco-Prussian war (1870-71) - so they would have been born around 1867-69. Marie Hortense also had at least one older sister who married a Bertrand Byron (or Barron, or Brown) & emigrated to the San Francisco area.
Does any of this sound familiar to anyone here? Does anyone know of any castles near Port-sur-Saone, France? Anyone with Tuaillon in their family tree?