Re: Bertrands and Napoleon connection
Wanda - Peter Bertrand also was in Santo Domingo. I wonder if there's a connection?
This Bertrand family line landed in Texas, in the Brazoria County area. The following is an exerpt from Sketches of Bertrand Family History by Cornelia Bertrand Kreid, Granddaughter of John R. bertrand and daughter of A.C. Bertrand. She states that she took most of her information from the old letters, papers and notes found in the trunk of her grandfather. The other reference, "Pen Pictures of the World" is a history of Coryell, Bell, Falls and McLennan Counties. I do not have a copy of this but would love one!
This was written around 1950, I think:
"..Born on the island of San Domingo (Santo Domingue) in 1795, Peter Bertrand was the son of another Peter Bertrand of France. Whe Young Peter was ten years old, his father was killed in an uprising. By the aid of servants, the remaining family escaped and sailed to America. The "Pen Pictures" account relates that they went to New York, but Elizabeth Ann Bertrand Austin's account states that Peter's mother wished him to be educated undera Republican form of government and placed him in school to learn the printers trade. Her reference to Benjamin Franklin makes us believe he may have studied in the trade school established by him, for by the time the Bertrands reached America, Franklin had been dead for some time.
"With little advantages of an education for girls in America at that time, Petere's widow sailed for France, with her daughters to educate them and "look after her property there". Two of the daughters came with the mother to Cuba, but one married and remained in France, after their eduation was complete. They owned and operated a coffee plantation near th emountains and some fifty miles of havana. Two of the daughters' names were Antoneece and Antonete; a son is mentioned as being killed in his youth by a fall. Two of the son-in-laws were Frenchman named Ronse and a Spaniard named Henrique."
This probably just barely whets your appetite!