Amable (aka Anabel or Mable) Allard (poss. Allord) was my paternal grandfather's maternal grandfather.He was born in Canada about 1834 and was Canadian French, possibly a Metis, may also have been originally from northern New Brunswick.
At the time of the 1880 US Census he and his family were living in Cohoes, NY.His job is listed as blacksmith.
Family at the time: Mary (aka Philomine, wife, age 39) who was also born in Canada and was possibly a French speaking Mohawk, Daughters - Louisa (21), Mina (19), Emma (14), Elmira (aka Mammie, 7), Mary (4, my great grandmother), and Gracie (1).All are listed as being born in New York.
The 1879 - 1898 city directories have the family living in the Mohawk St. neighborhood.He is listed as a machinist.
He moved to Troy after the 1898 directory was published and is listed as living there in 1899 on River St.
In the 1900 Census, his name is misspelled as Mable and hie wife's name is listed as Philomine.There wedding year is listed as 1857.
I suppose this is the same time frame for their leaving Canada for New York.