lst time I've seen anything to post to & don't know where to start, to make sense.My French ancestors were in St.Dom, what's now Haiti, when L'Toussaint & Napoleon were having their battles for power there. Napoleon lost. The French plantation owners had their plantations burned down. Some were lucky enough to escape, but many families are scattered to seemingly unrelated lands..Australia, Belgium, Nova Scotia, Canada, Mexico and the Americas.My direct maternal ancestor, who was there, had 3 dtrs and one of them married a man who had a Visa issued by L'Toussaint, for him to go to the Gulf Coast area of the US, to get supplies for his army.He was married to Marie Louise Raison de la Geneste and was able to get her and her mother and dtr, Julia to Cuba, on his ship, using that Visa. His name was Pierre Antoine de la Fontaine du Chaussenelle (Chausenel)and they remained in Cuba for 6 yrs before having to flee there, because of the Spanish incursion. They were able to get to what's the New Orleans La region, probably the St. Charles area. (not Lake Charles).Their dtr, Julia married into a respectable family, of Judges, etc, by the name of Dubieneau'd (a hotel was still standing by that name, before Katrina, don't know, now.) Since the b/v's sound similar, it could be Deven, Devan, DeVine, Devano.I didn't know that a small french couch, a devan was referred to as a devano, til I came to Oregon!Anyway, I did find a tombstone by the original name, in the Great Lakes area and have a picture of it, but I can't read the details.If any of this sounds like it might go with anything one of the readers of this thread has, I'd love to know more.The mother in law was my direct ancestor, and had royal connections, but died in St. Charles, La and I think she even drew allotments due to poverty. That would've been between 1899 and 1925 probably. Not sure what name she was going by, maybe Raison, or Geneste or her married name, to her 2nd husband in Port au Prince/Jacmel, Phillip Ridore/o who was a wealthy merchant in what's now Haiti.