Saturday, March 1, 2014

52 Ancestors - #8 Effie Beaubier (1846-1899) - One Answer Gives Us Twenty More Questions

I grew up hearing stories about a French great great grandmother who was very beautiful. No one knew her first name and they were not quite sure of her last name – Bouvier, Bubier, Boyer, or Boobier. She was my mother’s great grandmother and her eldest child Jefferson Thomas Graves was my mother’s beloved grandfather. JT was a very nice and kindly man. My mother died in 1994 and she never knew anything more about her great great grandmother.  

Sometime in the last five years my cousin Chris found her picture – I think by contacting someone on a message board. Her name was Effie Beaubier (that was about the only combination of letters we hadn’t put together.)

Effie Beaubier was born in Clayton, Jefferson County, New York in 1846 to Henrietta Graves (the sister of Thomas Tubbs Graves) and Alexander Beaubier. Effie Beaubier married James A Graves who was the son of Thomas Tubbs Graves (so they were first cousins.)

 Effie and James

Have You Seen This Man?
We have one picture of Alexander Beaubier and know nothing much about him. It is likely given his name and their location at the time (1000 Islands region bordering Canada) that his family was French Canadian but we don’t know – and we can’t find anything out!

His name is A. J. or J. Alexander Beaubier. He was born in New York state in 1821 - parents unknown. In 1845 he married Henrietta Graves (daughter of William Tubbs Graves) also born in New York on 6 April 1830. In 1846 they had a daughter Effa (Effie) and in 1848 a son William. In 1850 he was a farmer in Clayton, Jefferson County, New York. They had daughter Harriett “Clara” Clariisa on November 12, 1850 and son George in 1852. On 11 January 1856 Henrietta died. Effie most probably was working as a servant at age 14 in 1860 while living in Orleans, Jefferson County, New York. Alexander may have had an older brother William who was born in Canada and lived in Orleans, Jefferson County during the 1850's to 1880's.

It is just so frustrating trying to find anything out about this branch and I have corresponded with several people with the same problem. One of them had this photo at least. This is all we know. I was looking through documents the other night and my cousin Chris called and asked what his name was because she was at the Family History Library and wanted to look for him. He is driving us all nuts!


  1. I have than a few elusive ancestors, too. At least you have the old photos. Well done!

  2. I am also descended from Beaubiers from New York. My GGG Grandfather was John A. Beaubier. He was born in 1813 in Wexford County Ireland. I am not sure when he came to the US, but shows up in the 1850 census living in Orleans in Jefferson County, then for the 1855 and 1860 census records he is living in Clayton in Jefferson County. In 1863 he joined the military and fought in the civil war. I have no more records for him until 1880 when he and his family moved to Michigan. I am born here in Michigan. I have never found any information on any other family like siblings for John Beaubier, but I have always suspected that the other Beaubiers living in Jefferson County are related. You might find it interesting that John had a granddaughter name Effie Beaubier that was born in 1879 in Michigan.
    I have a friend that was born and raised in Ireland and she says she saw gravestones in a French Huguenot cemetery in Ireland with the name Beaubier on them. So I did a little research and found that some Huguenots did flee from France to Ireland.
    I am keeping your blog post saved and if I ever find more information on the Beaubiers from New York I will contact you.

    1. There is a group of Beaubers who were living in Newfoundland - haven't had a chance to look at them closely. Our Beaubiers are possibly related since they were all in the same area. I had to have a 6 hour iron infusion at the hospital a year ago and spent the entire time looking at Jefferson County census. No Alex Beaubier anywhere in 1860 or 1870 - Effie was working as a servant in 1860 but no sign of sister Clara or brother William - and I tried all of Alex's late wife's relatives also. Effie is married in October 1867 in Dodge County, Wisconsin and appears in the 1870 census there while Clara was married in January 1870 in Dodge County and appears in the 1870 census in Iowa. I guess I need to search the entire Dodge County 1870 census for Alex. I have often wondered about searching in 1860 around any Beaubiers in Michigan.
      The professional genealogist who taught my class at the University of Washington last year - can find just about anyone - and said she would look for Alex. I plan on asking her to search after the first of the year. She likes to test new sites with hard to find people. If I find anything on John A I will let you know.