Hello JDianne. The only Theodore Jalbert I could locate was born about the turn of the century (1900) and he married an Irma Fournier. I have heard of reference to Jalbert/Gilbert (many tried to change their names due to pressure from the English). But, my family line was originally Gerbert, changed to Jalbert in the late 1700s.
My gr gr gr grfa was Jean-Marie Jalbert b. 1786 in Prov. Quebec. His son, Edouard Damase Jalbert b. 1818 at or near Portland, York Co., Maine. Edouard had about 12 children. 6 were born in Maine, 6 born in Canada. My gr grfa Louis-Marie Jalbert was b. 11-1-1842 at Portland, York Co., Maine, and the family moved in 1850 back to Canada near Trois Rivieres, not too far from Quebec. Some of the older children remained in Maine and I have no record of them. My gr grfa's parents did not officially marry until they returned to Canada and I don't know the circumstances, just the dates.
History reports that when the English took over the area of Quebec, they separated children from parents and placed them in non-Catholic homes in Maine, elsewhere in the northeast, and many of the older ones were shipped to Louisianna - never to see their families again. The English did everything they could to eliminate Catholic influence in their newly conquered territory. The Cajun we know of in the deep south are many of them the products of these children separated from their Canadian parents.
Are you sure of the Gilbert name? Jalbert, Gerbert and Gilbert all sound similar pronounced the French way, the first letter "G" or "J" having a "zha" sound.
Good luck in your search. Carol firstname.lastname@example.org
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