John Billerey [Billery]
|Jean (John) Billerey (Billery) was my g-g-g-g
grandfather who came from France in the 1830's. He was instrumental in
the founding of Cape Vincent, NY. His daugther, Frances (Françoise),
married my g-g-g grandfather Stephen (Etienne) Subra in Lyme, NY.
I've seen several spellings (Billery, Billerey, and Bellerey) in his naturalization documents (and even Bera in a US census). I'm not sure which spelling is most accurate, as both are found in France, as well as other variations of the same name. He signed his name Jean Billerey, so most likely Billerey is the correct rendition of his surname.
Based upon the information in the naturalization documentation, he most likely came from the Haute-Saóne region of France (the handwritten info on the document is spelled "Hosannes", most likely a misspelling of Haute-Saóne), a northeastern area of France near Germany.
|Below is the naturalization index card, before and after I cleaned it up (4 second delay). I've done this with all the documents to make them easier to read.|
|Declaration (of intent to become a citizen) - 10 Feb 1841|
Declaration Cover Sheet
Text of Declaration Cover Sheet:
Image of Declaration
|Naturalization Document (consisting of three parts) - 27 Feb 1843|
|Image of Naturalization Cover Sheet
Text of Naturalization Cover Sheet:
Image of Naturalization Document
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