Urbain BAUDREAU dit GRAVELINE 1633 Clermont Auvergne Flandre France
The history of the Baudreau and Graveline families began in 1653 with the arrival from France of a young pioneer named Urbain Baudreau dit Graveline. Sailing from the small port of LaRochelle in France aboard a small vessel, a determined group of soldiers and adventurers began its perilous journey. Urbain had signed a contract for five years to serve the colony of Montreal as a militiaman to protect it from the attacks of the dreaded Iroquois Indians.
Norman Allard is the co-ordinator of the GRAVOLIN family Genealogy Society and has written three books on the Family Tree. His last edition contains at least 40 thousand names as well as the history of the family. His book is available for around $90 US. Please contact him :
Normand Allard Normand. Allard2@Videotron.ca
The Gravolin name is based on the “dit” name used by the French when they migrated to Canada and elsewhere and is based on the town or region of France from where they came. Gravelines is a region of northern France and there is a fishing village with the same name on the north west coast.
Our GRAVOLIN line in Australia then came from France, then to Canada and then to New Zealand.
Joseph William RAFFLING dit GRAVELINE migrated from Canada to New Zealand where he married Caroline GOODING . They then migrated to Cootamundra NSW Australia and dropped the Raffling name and registered as GRAVOLIN.
Joseph William RAFFLING dit GRAVELINE b. 23 May 1819 Sorel Monteregrie Quebec CANADA d. 15 Jun 1898 Jindalee Cootamundra NSW Australia m. 01 Nov 1847 Wellington NZ Caroline GOODING b. 20 Jul 1828 Wymondham, Norwich ( Noridge) Norfolk England UK d. 21 May 1916 Kenmore Goulburn NSW Australia. Parents Leonard GOODING and Mary Elizabeth FULTCHER
They had 12 children 7 born in NZ and 5 in Australia
I have the records of our line through the work of Norman Allard and the Australian heritage as well.
Contact off line for data.