U B E R T I N
of the Aubertin side of the family consists of oral tradition going back
to circa 1790, written history from 1819 to the present, and informed speculation.
Oral tradition will be presented first.
has it that circa 1790, the year the French Revolution began, a French
nobleman, Les Marquis d'Aubison, left France for Denmark to escape the
guillotine. There he changed his name to Aubertin, married, and had
at least one son whose name was Christian
Auberin. This child grew up in Denmark, married, and had at least
two sons, one who was named Fredoline August Theobole Aubertin who was
born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1819. This begins the written history
of the Aubertins.
history of the Aubertins is obtained almost exclusively from three pages
of the Aubertin Family Bible. These pages were thought to be lost
until discovered in the effects of Rebecca Aubertin Saunders after her
death. The Aubertin Family Bible had deteriorated over the years.
The pages were largely intact but the binding had almost completely disintegrated
making it impossible to turn pages and look through it without it falling
apart in pieces. These pages had been removed from the Bible and
had been stored in a separate folder to preserve them. They were
preserved, but not easily found. These pages will be presented below
in due course. First their contents will be presented in coherent
form. The following is their contents:
Fredoline August Theobole Aubertin
- Born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1819. He died February 17, 1864.
Hannah Shooter - Born at Leeds,
Yorkshire, England November 8, 1833. She died January 16, 1890.
Fredoline Aubertin and Hannah Shooter
Aubertin had three children, two of which died in early childhood.
George Christian Aubertin was born
at Sabine Pass, Texas on July 6, 1855. He died about 1860.
Mary Jane Aubertin was born November
10, 1857. She died about 1861.
William James Aubertin was born
at Moriss Cove, Harris County, Texas January 17, 1863. He died August
narrative becomes interesting and one cannot help but speculate.
On February 6, 1866 Hannah Shooter Aubertin marries:
James Williams who was (supposedly)
born in Wales about 1830 and dies April 2, 1867.
Aubertin, Hannah's first husband, was a sea captain who during this time,
the War Between the States, was undoubtedly a Confederate blockade runner.
As a foreign national engaged in this activity he would have been considered
by the United States Government to be an arms dealer and war profiteer.
To the Confederacy he was a true "Son of the South" and Confederate Patriot.
He was probably carrying cotton to England and returning with war material
to sustain the South. He would have had a price on his head even
after the war. He, if living, would have undoubtedly found it convenient
to fake his death and adopt an alias. As after World War II there
was the Odessa organization to help Nazis escape Allied justice, there
were similar organizations during this time to help Confederate important
persons escape Yankee justice by helping them to establish aliases so they
could live freely.
have to be deaf, dumb, blind, and stupid to not wonder at the coincidence
of Fredoline and Hannah Aubertin having a son named William James and after
Fredoline's death her marrying a man named James Williams. One could
easily speculate that this man was actually Fredoline Aubertin engaging
a clumsy attempt to become someone else.
10, 1870 Hannah Shooter Aubertin Williams marries:
Richard E. Lusk who was born in
Kentucky on August 28, 1820 and died January 24, 1893. Family oral
tradition has always passed on the phrase that R. E. Lusk raised William
James Aubertin "as his own son". It is easy to speculate that William
James was actually his son. Or, it is possible to speculate that
Fredoline Aubertin took on the alias of James Williams and then did actually
die in 1867. Or, is it possible that Fredoline Aubertin, having made
a clumsy attempt at his first alias, then with help adopted the alias of
Richard E. Lusk, continued to live with his family, and this time managed
to keep the secret properly with only oral tradition passing on the truth
to observant and inquisitive descendants.
when you review the Bible pages presented subsequently you will notice
that dates and places are omitted in such a fashion as to make it impossible
to determine the truth from the available record. As example, in
some places only country of birth or year of birth or death is given when
it is reasonable to think that the omitted information was probably known.
One could speculate that this was by design. My, James R. Saunders
Jr., college degree is in Communications. I have been formally trained
as an investigative journalist and have a well developed sense of BS, and
not the BS pertaining to college degrees. My BS meter is sounding
loudly as I research the Aubertins. We will probably never really
know; but, I think Fredoline and Hannah Aubertin may have put one over
on everyone for close to 150 years. If so, congratulations great,
great, granddad and grandma, nicely done.
James Aubertin, son of Fredoline and Hannah on November 13, 1890 married:
Rebecca Ann Ratliff who was born
March 29, 1870 at Roans Prairie in Grimes County, Texas. She died
in September of 1952. They had two children:
Trulah Aubertin (Burwell) who was
born on the corner of Harrington and Montgomery Avenues on September 5,
1891 and died in December of 1944.
William James Aubertin Jr. who
was born on the corner of Harrington and Montgomery Avenues on July 28,
1894 and died August 4, 1948.
The records also give that there
was a Mary Ann Ratliff who died on April 13, 1912. No date or place
of birth is given. It is unknown who this person was exactly.
It is probably reasonable to surmise this person was either Rebecca Ratliff
Aubertin's mother or unmarried sister.
James Aubertin Jr. on June 15, 1918 married:
Bernice Pressly who was born on
_____ 1895 and died on _____ 1984. They had three children:
Marian Aubertin who was born on
______ 1919 and is presently living.
Rebecca Aubertin who was born on
October 6, 1921 and died June 12, 2007.
William James Aubertin III (or
Jr.) who was born on April __, 1926 and is presently living.
Marian Aubertin Bursiel (now
Rylander) had three children: Charles Anthony Bursiel, Marilyn Bursiel,
and William A. Bursiel. All are presently living.
Rebecca Aubertin Saunders
had three children: Patricia Aubertin Saunders born in 1945, James Robert
Saunders Jr. born in 1949, and Clifford Henry Saunders II born in 1953.
All are presently living.
William James Aubertin III (Jr.)
had one child. In what was a family tragedy his son passed away when
only a day and a half old.
Patricia Aubertin Saunders St.
Germain has one son, Justin Harrison who is presently living and married
to wife Trish.
James Robert Saunders Saunders
Jr. has one daughter, Lisa Saunders Baugh who is presently living with
Clifford Henry Saunders II
has three daughters, Joanne, Lori, and Rebecca. All are presently
Joanne Saunders Johnson has
two daughters with husband Bobby, Alexis and Elizabeth. All are living.
This history was prepared in
the Autumn of 2007.
the three pages from the Aubertin Family Bible referenced earlier.
The center data portion have been subjected to restorative processes to
provide legibility This is a hobby of mine. - JRS -
a United States Census form from 1880 listing R. E. Lusk, Hannah Aubertin
Lusk, and William James Aubertin.
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