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My Great Grandfather, GABRIEL NICAISE, was born December 25, 1823. My Great Grandmother, ROSE BRUNOT NICAISE, was born August 30, 1831. They married November 2, 1853. I've been told that they came from France.
My Grandfather, VIRGIL GABRIEL, SR., was born November 2, 1867. My Grandmother, WILHEMINA (MINNIE) SWIGELSON, was born April 23, 1870. They married June 26, 1896 and had the following children: VIRGIL GABRIEL, JR., RALPH MAXWELL, FERDINAND DAVID (my father), WALTER HENRY, GUSTAVE LIONEL, AND ROSEMOND (ROSALIE).
The family came from FRANCE around 1854 and settled in NAUVOO, ILLINOIS (a town on the Mississippi River) via NEW ORLEANS.