My husband is a Tovrea from Kansas. The family migrated to KS from Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. The first Tovrea that we know of to come from Iowa to KS was William T. Tovrea in 1864 and homesteaded in NE Sherman Co. We recently went to the cemetary in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa and found the graves of Frank G. Tovrea (1867-1954) and wife Caroline L. (1855-1954); Ellis L. Tovrea (1897-1965) and wife I. Lee Nora C. (1914-1993).
The lore in my husband's family is that the family migrated from France to Canada and then to Iowa and on to Kansas but have no proof of this.
Margie Kennon Tovrea