Yes, this is the person I have information on; however, it's all rather speculation at this point.This is what I have:
1.From the French birth index on microfilm, I have a Mansuy Gerbe, son of Francois Gerbe and Madelaine Thouvenel, born August 28, 1813 in Thiebaumenil, Meurthe et Moselle, France.Madelaine (or Magdelaine) is my husband's great, great, great grandmother.She is also the sister of my husband's great, great, great grandfather (we had 1st cousins marry).
2.Francois and Madelaine had at least three children, Joseph, Francois, and Mansuy, before Francois died in 1814.Madelaine then had at least two children, Auguste and Marianne (my husband's great, great grandmother) out of wedlock, who were given their mother's maiden name of Thouvenel.
3.Madelaine, Marianne and Francois Gerbe (Madelaine's son and Marianne's 1/2 brother) came to America supposedly around 1835-37 and moved to Missouri.Joseph Thouvenel, Madelaine's nephew (her brother, Joseph's son) also moved to Missouri, I believe at the same time, but can't prove it.
4.I have a Declaration of Intention for a Joseph Gerbe, born in France in 1809 (the same year as the son of Francois and Madelaine), who immigrated to the US in 1831.
5.I have an 1850 Miller Co., MO census record for a Emancy Girby, his wife, Martha, and their children, Richard, born about 1843, and James, born about 1849, and Elizabeth Arhart, born 1838 (Martha's sister or niece?).Since Mansuy and Martha married July 7, 1847, Richard is obviously from a previous marriage.
6.I can't find Mansuy Gerbe in 1860 censuses, but I do find a Manse G. Thouvenelle, born about 1815, wife, Martha, children, Richard, James, Mary, Sarah, and George in the Miller Co., MO census.I know it seems far fetched, but it is obviously the same family.If this Mansuy is Mansuy Gerbe and the same one as in my husband's family, he must have either taken his mother's maiden name, for some odd reason, or the census taker ASSUMED that since he was related to the Thouvenel family, that his name was Thouvenel.
7.In the 1870 Miller Co., MO census, he is back to being Mansuy Gerby, with wife, Martha, and children, James, Sarah, George, and Joseph.
8.I found information in the Bates Co., MO Cemeteries book, Vol. 1 (1980) with the following listed:
Page 9, #158 Effie Gerby 1870-1962
Page 10, #159 James Gerby May 3, 1891-July 30, 1952 (he served in WWI)
Page 29, #680 George Gerby 1859-1899
I have a copy of Mansuy and Martha's marriage license.If you don't it, I could send a copy to you.
9.There was a Mansuy Gerbe who obtained property in Miller Co., MO in 1856, 57, 59, & 60, according to the BLM records on the internet.
Sorry I don't have more info on this family, but since it's not my husband's direct line, I didn't pursue it as much as I could have.I have french birth microfilm on permanent loan at the local Family History Center.Would you like me to see if I can find Mansuy's birth record?
Also, last week, I requested the Civil War records for a Mansuy Gerbe who served from Missouri, in the hope that there might be some clues in his file that would be of help to me.When it arrives, I would be happy to send you copies.
How are you related to Mansuy?Do you have any more information other than what you gave me in your last e-mail?