I have looked and looked for any photos I might have of either Jules or Belle and haven't found one. I realized finally, that the photo I was thinking was of Belle was actually a photo of someone from a completely different family. I'm sorry.
How else might I help you? I am a descendant of Mary (Appleman) Thibaut, Ledin. Mary was a sister to Jules and arrived on the same ship as did Jules and the rest of the immediate family. I do have pictures of Mary. I learned from a distant Appleman connection, that Mary kept an old trunk near her bed with all of her earlier possessions in it but that when she died, her daughter-in-law took all of it to the town dump. I want to shoot her! Just think of the treasures that might have been inside of that trunk!
The only information I've been able to find on the Appleman (Appelman, Appelmans)A family is the ship's manifest list for their immigration to the USA. It's very difficult to learn anything about a person from just a name and/or date found on some list. If you are a subscriber to ancestry.com, then you know everything I know. I have census information and what I gathered from the ship manifest.
I'd like to ask where you learned that Jules originated from LaCroix in Belgium. Have you tried searching for any of the family members in that part of the country? Births, deaths, marriages, etc.? I'm thinking that if we have the names and dates of births and if they lived in that area at the time of their births, it might be easy to request a look-up from someone in the area. Have you already tried that route? If we know for sure that LaCroix is the area we need to be researching, maybe we can make contact with someone from that area and ask for a look-up. Are we sure about the LaCroix part?