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I was looking through some old papers and found a New York City Directory page that I had filed away. The year is 1835-36 and there is a John Flandreau listed as a carpenter and living at 3 Ninth n. Bowery. On another New York City Directory page (1854-55) I found a "Jane Flandreau wid. of John, tailoress,262 Av. 3" These two Flandreau persons are probably related (husband and wife ?) and I'm wondering if they are the parents of my 2xGreat Granfather, David Flandreau (1830-1862). Does anyone have any clues for me about this finding? David Flandreau is also listed in this 1854-55 Directory. His listing says that he is a sashmaker lliving at 262 W. 28th Street. He would have been married by then, with 2 or 3 daughters at the time. (A daughter, Henrettia, was born in 1853 and died young.) His wife was Emma Jane Bertholf Flandreau and the other daughters would have been Lavinia, age 3, and Theresa born in 1855. David named his only son John Edward, so he could have named hin after the late John Flandreau, who was dead by 1854.
The New york Directory for 1854-55 has a James M. Flandreau, too, who is listed as a "lieutenant police" and is living at 98 E. 32d. (Don't know if it is Street or Avenue). Any one reseachering the Flandrau name will find 6 names listed--Albert S., Elijah, Elijah P., William, William , jr., and Wm. and A.S. (Probably Albert S. and one of the Williams already listed.) Albert and the two Williams are listed as carriage/coach makers, and both Elijahs are listed as coopers.
I've noticed that many of the Flandreau names in these old listed of Directories and Census list have the "u" as a "w" or an "n". These makes it a bit more difficult to research the name. I think that the Flandreau and Flandrau people are all descendents of Jacques Flandreau who came to New Rochelle, New York from England in 1700.