I don't have info on your Haitian kin; but, I have some too and am glad to see this on here, about LaValle Jacmel. In answer to how the French got to Haiti.They were Huguenots, who were granted land for Plantations to create income for the European economy.Haiti was called Santo Domingo until after the slave revolts in the late 1700's-1800's, when Nopoleon lost the French holdings in the Caribbean and in America, bankrupting France.I had The Louis Raison de la Raison family there in the 1700's.Louis married the dtr of another plantation owner, Luis Langier/Laugier/Langlois (have not ascertained if which one was used, or if all were) Lady Langier-Raison had a son Louis & 2 dtrs. Louis(Sr) went back to France and was killed, as was his father; perhaps during a battle that flared up when many were killed in Paris.One of the dtrs married a Joseph Gardner, who was in the shipping biz, of the times and the other dtr, married another plantation owner, Pierre Fountaine de Chaussenelle, who fled to Cuba, where a child was born.They may have all stayed in Cuba for the next 6 yrs, as I've seen that many did, until the French/Spanish got into it, there and many fled Cuba.It's a bit hazy between there and the US, where they ended up.They may have all been in New Orleans for a while, at least the Louis's widow, who married a Philip Ridoro/e in Jacmel was found to have been buried there, as were the de Chaussenelle's, so far as I've seen in some a/c's of it.Some say that Phillip Ridore/o died in Jacmel & never made it to the US.It was a blended family, with a God-child, who was mulatto, they each were God-parents of.The younger Louis, the brother of the two sisters, ended up in Greenup KY married into the Young family; who I think may have been Jungs, before Youngs.the full name of Louis's family was Raison de la Geneste (The Raison family of the Geneste region where Bordeaux France is located.) Some of the family has gone by Rasin,Reason etc and Geneste or Jeunesse and Ridore/o has been americaized to Rydor or Rittor and Ridder as in the dutch, Knight-Ridder wire service.I am wondering if there's any records of the names of the Plantation owners who were in St Dom, prior to Haitian Independence.I do know that it may be written in French, if there is and whether there's been any transcriptions to any degree, I don't know, but it's sure needed.I got the info about Phillippe Ridore'o's marraige and god-child thru an internet search and Google has some self-transcribing references, now, too.Here's hoping the Caribbean records will surface soon.Many fortunes were won and lost out there in the Caribbean Islands and waters and many prominent families probably don't care to disclose the sourse of the family jewels, or some such thing.Also, due to the great mixing of the nationalities and subsequent blending of traditions in naming etc; I'd imagine it would take a pretty savvy translator to get transcriptions done in any sort of readable format.Let's hope they will, tho! Ayiana, if you find any viable reference info or access to any, please post how to go about it, on here, when you do.I thought it was interesting that your kin seemed to follow the same little hop, skip & jump around the Caribbean; maybe they shared even more...?I followed links to WI/Canada to Cuba and back to St Dom/Haiti, this morning, tracking the Langlois/Langley names surname and their connections.I also found the half French/half Indian who they still hope was the "Lost Dauphine" of French royalty, up on the Canadian Border.Very interesting.