Neuchâtel, Switzerland... moved there by chance?
is Bevaix? Click
of Bevaix since 1990, imagine my surprise when I discovered
at the early stages of my Genealogy research (in 1993)
that my great great grand father Louis Alphonse Junod*
had married in Bevaix on May 12, 1860 a girl from that
village : Victoire Justine
née Mellier, daughter of David Henry Mellier (1813 - 1862)
and of Madeleine Uranie, also née Mellier.
my "Mellier" and Ribaux" ancestors and from there various
alliances, I became the (distant) cousin of many
families that originate or settled in Bevaix.
Amongst them (so far):
of Lugano, TI & Bevaix, NE
Comtesse, of la Sagne and of Les Ponts-de-Martels, NE
Despland, of Grandson, NE
Dubois, of Buttes and of Colombier, NE
of Kappelen, BE and of Bevaix, NE
Henry, of Cortaillod, NE
Löffel, of Muntschemier, BE
Maeder, of Ried bei Kerzers, FR
(Meiller), of Bevaix, NE
Ribaux, of Bevaix, NE
Tinembart, of Bevaix, NE
naturally extended my research to these families (and allied)
of or from Bevaix where I moved to ... by chance ?
the particularity of the surname
MEILLER which became MELLIER by a 1847 decree.
Many MEILLER families emigrated (for ex. to the USA) before
that decree where they can be found under the original
spelling MEILLER today.
to the RIBAUX here
is the meaning of their name as given by MM. Esmangart
and Eloi Johanneau in their book (in French) Oeuvres
de Rabelais, Tome IV: (freely translated below)
named Ribaux in the past were young robust
people, who earned their living by charging and discharging
the food products embarked on boats. One also
called ribaux those which help pull up the boats on river's
the Genealogy web site of the Ribaux - by Claude Ribaux.
wine worker and mechanic, Louis Alphonse lived in Thielle
(1841), Cortaillod, Bevaix and la Chaux-de-Fonds (as of
1887). They had 15 children.
few links found on Bevaix in English
1st century Gallo-Roman boat found in Bevaix - construction phase animation
Bevaix - by Wikipedia