My great grandfather was a Very Bad Man. According to what records I can find, he was born in France in 1846, arrived in this country in 1857, got married in 1875, and apparently left his family for parts unknown after at least 25 years of marriage. According to family legend of his arrival in the US, he had boarded a ship to the US from France, but jumped off the ship so as to not have to enter through customs!
I have his name and census information...insofar as he told it. He is listed as a real estate agent in the 1900 census.
I don't know in what town he was born in France-- for all I know France ISN'T where he came from. I do not know when he died or where. He is a dead end.
Does anyone have any ideas as to what I might do to get more info on this sad little character?