I have an intriguing connection to France for some American Adrians, who lived in Ohio in the 1820s (from a history of Crawford County, Ohio):
John Adrian was a very early settler, and came soon after Snyder. He lived on what is now the Samuel Freese farm for a number of years, and here he operated a rude distillery. >>He came from France<<; raised quite a family of children, who are scattered far and wide. Of this Adrian, it is reported that his strength was such that he could pick up a whisky barrel nearly full, and drink from the bung-hole, as others would drink from a jug. This being either true or mythical, one thing is maintained. that he was a man of wonderful strength, but very dissipated. He did not continue his distillery long, and what whisky he did make was of a very inferior quality. Many of the bibulous settlers of that day often remarked that they would rather go to Adrian's for their whisky.. as it was so weak that they could drink a great deal of it without becoming drunk. As a rule, however. the liquor of that day was a good article, and sold as low as $7 per barrel. Nearly every one was inclined more or less to its use, and it was a common accompaniment to all social gatherings.
This John Adrian's father was a Jacob Adrian (1764-1857) of Baltimore, Maryland. Do you know of any Adrians who emmigrated from France to the American colonies in the 1700s? If you do, I'd love to get more information, as John Adrian is an ancestor of mine: http://www.zipcon.net/~johno/trees/osbtree1.htmhttp://www.zipcon.net/~johno/trees/osbtree1.htm