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Frederic SUBRA - (residing in
Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada) -
email (added 10/31/03)
- Here are a few things I know about my family. My
great grandfather Pierre Subra moved from the southwest of France
to Epinal and then Nancy, Lorraine, in the early 1900's. He had been a soldier
in North Africa (Tunisia?). He tried to start several bakeries but always
failed. He had four sons: Marcel (1900-1988) spent his life in Paris
(taxi driver, I think), he had a daughter, Nenette, who married a
"gendarme", but he died and I never met him. Georges, I met once, at
Marcel's funeral... Jean died in the fifties.
- My grandfather Pierre Subra (1913-1996)
spent his life in Champigneulles, near Nancy. He had five children with two
wives (my grandmother died in 1944, he remarried in 45). He worked at the
local brewery, painting ads and logos, that sort of thing. His oldest son,
Claude, born in 1937, lives outside Paris, a retired navy admiral
(engineer, computer wiz type). His son Renaud, born in 1965, left the
French army to move to Washington DC (Rockville, Md, I believe) with his
American wife, Suzi Gudeman (they have a son, Aidan, and are expecting
another baby). He now works for Air France, she studies medicine with the US
navy in Bethesda. The second son, my father Jean-Marie, born in
1940, also lives outside Paris, also retired from the army (helicopter pilot),
divorced, two children. My sister Elisabeth, born in 65, is married
with three children (Jean-Alexandre, Paul-Adrien, Marie-Anne).
She is also in the French army, like her husband Thierry Nicole. They too live
outside Paris. I was born in 68, outside Paris. I am a French Language Arts
teacher. I met my wife, Eve Dicker, in Lyon in 1995. We moved to BC,
where she grew up, in 1997. We have two daughters, Raphaëlle and
Morgane. I now teach French Immersion in Cranbrook, BC. The daughter,
Jacqueline, born in 1944, still lives near Nancy. She is the black sheep
of the family, I don't know anything about her. The third son, Pierre "Pierrot",
born in 46, also ex-army, lives near Toulouse. He is divorced and has two
children: Emmanuel, born in 1969, and Virginie, born around 71.
They both have kids but, shame on me, I don't know their names. Emmanuel is
also in the army (don't ask), he is married to an English teacher. They live
in Cognac. Francis, born in 49 (who is married and has a daughter, Caroline,
born in 78, living in Paris, working in journalism), still lives in
Champigneulles and works at the brewery that sustained the family for more
than fifty years!
- PS. More about me, if it helps. I went to school at
the “Prytanéée militaire" de La Flèche (79-86) and then went to the Sorbonne
in Paris for my post-secondary degree (86-91). I did my “national service” for
two years in Yola, Nigeria (91-93). Back in France, I did my teacher training
in Lyon. I was settled there when I met my wife, an elementary school teacher
from Canada, in 95. She couldn’t get her Canadian degree recognized in France,
so we moved to BC. And, yes, you can put the information on your site.
Patrick SUBRA - (residing in
Toulouse, France) -
- My name is Patrick SUBRA and I'm living in France
(Toulouse). I was looking for genealogist information about the Subra's
family near Toulouse when I found your website. I'm very happy to get
informations about the SUBRA in all over the world. Good luck in your
- I was very pleased you take a little time for
answering me. I think it will be possible to find informations about your
french's ancestors because all the archives of the concerned city hall are
available easily since 1789 (eg French revolution). I could be more helpful,
if you can provide from which province of France Stephen and Frances were
For your information:
- Most of Subra people are originated from two provinces called "ariège" and
"haute-garonne" (my province). They are located in south west of France near
- Subra means "ceux d'en haut" that mean "those who are living over",
related to the valley in mountain country.
- I suggest you to visit this site : http://www.geneanet.org, you perhaps
found any information about your french ancestors.
- I will be pleased to translate you any documents you will find, do not
María SUBRÁ - (residing in
- I am happy to do it.
- All I know is what follows:
- Grand grand father Constantino Subra
Minchot and ancestors: they all come from a tiny village named Eriste in
the Spanish Pyrinees, the chain of mountains that divides Spain and France.
The cemetery of the village is full of graves of people named Subra. The
only relative living there is María Jose Subra, she is the post woman
of the village. Our grand grand fathers were brothers.
- Eriste is in Benasque Valley, very close to a ski
station named Cerler. There lives Sebastian Subra, he owns a hotel in
- Grand grand father Constantino moved to Madrid
where he worked as civil servant, and he had 2 sons, Felipe and
- Felipe was my grandfather, but he
died before I was born. He was civil servant as well and very fond of
writing lyrics for "zarzuela", a sort of Spanish opera.
He had 3 sons: Amelia, Jacinto y Francisco.
- I am the only daughter of Amelia (in
Spain you can choose between the surname of your father or your mother).
They all were civil servants and they all have died.
- I have 2 cousins, Jesús and Elena
Subra, they all live in Madrid.
- I have also second grade cousins, the
descendants of Jose Maria Subra. They are Jose Maria,
Jorge, Iñigo, Monica, Betriz y María
Subrá. They are the owners of Aceite Subra oil trade mark, you can visit
the web site www.aceitesubra.com
- I don´t know any others Subra in Spain except our
- I promise I will e-mail pictures of Felipe, Amelia
- Kindest regards, María Subrá
Kevin SUBRA - (residing in
Des Moines, Iowa, United States) -
- My great-great-great grandfather Stephen
Subra (b. 1800, d. 1867) and great-great-great grandmother
Frances Bera ( came from France. Stephen was born around 1800; Frances
was born around 1812. I do not know when either came over to the US, but I
do know that they married in the US in July of 1837 in Lyme, New York, which
is now near Cape Vincent, NY. Those that settled Cape Vincent, NY
(northwestern New York, near Kingston, Ontario, Canada) were officers and
soldiers that had served with Napoleon, so Stephen may very well have fought
in Napoleon's army. Stephen & Frances appear in the 1840 Federal Census in
Lyme, NY. They appear again in 1850 and 1860 Federal Census records in Cape
Vincent, NY (I don't think they moved - I think that where they lived became
part of Cape Vincent). Stephen & Frances had seven children that I know of:
John (b. 1838, d. 5/31/1864), Frances (b. 1840), Stephen
(b. 3/5/1842), Mary (b. 6/5/1844, d. 4/19/1935), Baptiste (b.
1847, d. before 1860 census), Ann (b. 1849), and Julia M. (b.
1852, never married, d. 1868). Stephen is listed as a farmer in the 1850
census, and as a laborer in the 1860 census. The family migrated to the area
of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin in 1860 ("the year without a summer"). Stephen
died in that area in 1867, and Frances died near Vinton, Iowa in the 1880's.
- My great-great grandfather was the son named
Stephen. He joined the Union Army during the Civil War, and served in
the Cavalry. He was discharged 11/15/1865 in Austin, Texas. Stephen received
a land grant in Dodge County, Minnesota, and settled there. He married
Sarah Vorce (b. 9/25/1849, d. 12/4/1874) on 12/24/1868, and they had
three children: William John (b. 11/1869, d. 1950), Albert Stephen
(b. 10/3/1871, d. 7.2.1900), and Emma Belle (b. 8/3/1873, d.
5/2/1918). Sarah died in 1874. Stephen remarried, taking as his bride
Margaret Steele (b. 11/19/1860, d. 4/27/1935) and they had seven
children. Stephen & Margaret moved to Iowa, near Vinton, for about 10 years,
and then moved back to Minnesota (Mower county). Stephen farmed most of his
- My great grandfather was William John
Subra (b. 11/1869, d. 1850). He lived on the family farm near Hayfield,
Minnesota. He married Bertha Cally Dennis (b. 2/1878, d. 1947) on
1/1/1898. They had four children: Everett Willard (b. 4/23/1899, d.
4/29/1983), Earl (b. 8.2.1902, d. 12/1980), Laura (b.
8/23/1904, d. 2/24/1997), and Ward (b. 2/25/1907, 9/16/1992).
- My grandfather was Everett Willard Subra
(b. 4/23/1899, 4/29/1983). He married Lucy Jeanette Yarwood (b.
3/31/1903, d. 1/17/1993) on 10/5/1921. Everett and Lucy had nine children:
Irene, Doris, Roger, Lila, LaVonne,
Violet, Glen, Lorn, and Lorraine. Most of these
siblings live in Minnesota or Wisconsin.
- My father is Glen Subra. He married Ardyce
Schake, and had five children: Sandra, Jeff, Kevin, Kurt, and Renee.
- I married Jane Wright, and we have 13
wonderful children (see the pictures on this site!).
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