After looking more closely, I'm no longer certain of the Lee line into which Marie married. The Lee name seems to have been "a dime a dozen" in the colonies. Trying to connect them to other lines is difficult back that far in time.For a while, years ago, I thought a woman with the Noailles last name was in my tree. From what I gathered from other trees at the time, two sisters of that family fled France and headed to New York. There was a storm at sea, and the burly sailors threw heavy things overboard including a chest with the sisters' valuable assets. They didn't have much money, but had all sorts of household treasures, silver things, etc. So the sisters, being resourceful, worked in a cafe or nightspot singing and dancing French songs, etc. One of the sisters, Marie Noailles d'Ayen, married a Lee, that at the time of my research, I thought I was related to. But it turned out to be another Lee line that I'm connected to. Actually, they all had the same paternal Lee ancestor back in England. The other sister ended up in a Dutch town up the Hudson River a ways. They knew LaFayette, who advised them to go to America.
And two generations later, not just an "ist," but an actual Bonaparte (first name, Charles) was Attorney General of the US, and would propose the BOI, which later became the FBI.Following the end of the Napoleonic Wars some of the Bonapartists ended up in the United States...
Very few. I've done a little reading on immigration patterns but have not heard of that one. I would think that French people wanting to live in a democracy at that time would stay in France while French people who did not want to live in a democracy would flee France to almost anywhere but the US.
People of French extraction are one of the smaller ethnic groups in the US. Among European groups the British, Irish, Germans, Italians, Poles, and Scandinavians are all much larger groups. Most Franco-Americans first settled in New Orleans several decades prior to the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, or were Huguenots fleeing Louis XIV, or were Quebecers who drifted south into Maine and New Hampshire.
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