Website of the family of the mysteriously disappearing Jean Baptiste Klebaur, originally from Colmar, Alsace, France and then St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada via New York City


Colmar, Alsace


St. Hyacinthe, Quebec

 

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Colmar

Gueberschwihr

St. Hyacinthe

Jean Baptiste Klebaur, my great great grandfather, was born in Colmar, Haut-Rhin, Alsace, France on July 5th, 1808.  His parents were Dominique Klebaur and Francoise Gassing. He had three brothers, Dominique, Louis, and Joseph.

Jean Baptiste enlisted in the French army on November 14, 1828, promoted to Corporal January 12, 1831, then to Sergeant October 21, 1833. Campaigns and wounds: 1831 Army of the North. He was discharged from the Army of France, 44th Line Infantry Regiment, 5th Army Division, at Strasbourg, December 31, 1835 as a Sergeant. (see discharge)

He immigrated to the United States, New York City, sometime between 1833 and 1836, and married Marie Madeline Schmeltz, age 23, at Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church in Manhattan on September 24, 1836. (see marriage certificate). Madeline Schmeltz was born in Gueberschwihr, Haut-Rhin, Alsace, on June 21,1813.  Her parents were Francois Louis Schmeltz and Marie Elisabeth Cronnenberger.

Jean Baptiste became a United States citizen on 18 April, 1839, being naturalized in the Marine Court of the City of New York, taking the name John B. Klebaur (see Certificate of Naturalization).  There is an inconsistency in the records, as Jean Baptiste was issued a French passport in 1843.  (see Passport)

Jean Baptiste and Marie Madeline had a child, Emile, born January 18, 1840, in New York City.

During the 1840's he moved his family to St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada, were he took up the occupation as a gunsmith.

They had a daughter, Josephine, who apparently died in childbirth in 1846. Emile his son started school in St. Hyacinthe in 1848, and two more children were born, Dominique Victor, on January 21, 1848, and Marie Amanda, born July 17, 1851. (see records extract)

It appears that Jean Baptiste had some problems with the school, in not paying a debt, and was summoned in front of the Justice of the Peace for resolution. (See translations below) The feeling is that he abandoned his family over the debt. Madeline, his wife, returned to New York City, leaving Canada on 1 August 1853.  She must have left for a serious reason, as she was  pregnant with their fourth child. On her return trip she visited her brother, Louis Schmeltz, at Elizabeth Port, New Jersey, arriving August 3rd. She gave birth to a daughter, Terese, on December 28th, 1853. Madeline left Elizabeth Port for NYC on July 26, 1854.

So Jean Baptiste Klebaur just disappears.  Did he leave because he owed a debt and was summoned to Court?  Did he return to France? Did he just change his name and go underground?

Translations of the summons appear below, and all original records are in the attached records which were collected by the first family genealogist, Father Francis Xavier Flood, SJ.

First Bill:

Office of the Secretary-Treasurer
No. _______________

Mr. Jean Bte Klebaur Dr.

To the School Commissioners of the Town of St. Hyacinthe, For Taxes and School Assessments due for the school year ending the first of July, eighteen hundred and fifty-two as follows:
________________________________________________

Monthly Tax for one child     6 8
One lot Rue Concorde         9 10.5
                                                16 18.5

St. Hyacinthe  Received Payment

________185 )

Secretary-Treasurer

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Second Bill:

Office of the Secretary-Treasurer
No. _______________

Mr. Jean Bte Klebaur Dr.

To the School Commissioners of the Town of St. Hyacinthe, For Taxes and School Assessments due for the school year ending the first of July, eighteen hundred and fifty-three as follows:

________________________________________________
Monthly Tax for one child     10
One lot Rue Concorde             9 10.5
                                                  19 10.5

St. Hyacinthe ) Received ) Payment

________185 )

Secretary-Treasurer

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Summons:

Province of Canada
District of Montreal
County of St. Hyacinthe

Eus. Gartier and Pierre Boucher de La Bruere, Esquires, two of the Justices of the Peace of Her Majesty, named in and for the District of Montreal, residing in the parish of St. Hyacinthe, in the
county of St. Hyacinthe.

To Jean Baptiste Klebaur, Proprietor, of the town of St. Hyacinthe, in the county of the said County and District, greetings:

You are hereby enjoined, by these presents, in the name of Her Majesty, to appear in person before us,the said Justices of the Peace of the said County, at the Hall of Justice in the said parish of St. Hyacinthe, the tenth day of the June, at 9:00A.M., to reply to the claim of the School Commissioners of the town of St. Hyacinthe.

They claim from you the sum of one pound, sixteen shillings and five pence legal tender to be paid by you for the reasons mentioned in the attached bill; which sum you neglect and refuse to pay; and to show cause why you should not be sentenced to pay the said sum with cost and expense.

Do not fail to appear; otherwise you can be sentenced by default.

Given at St. Hyacinthe, under our signatures and seal, this sixth day of June in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and fifty-three.

Signature/ Eus. Cartier J.P. & Boucher de LA Bruere J.P.

L 1-16-5 (Vrai copie)

Eus. Cartier J.P. Boucher de LA Bruere J.P.

 

If you have any information as to Jean Baptiste, the Klebaur family still in France or in general, please contact me at kpflood@klebaur.org

Kevin Patrick Flood
2163 College Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32204
904-380-6758

FAX: 800-728-9619