Charle François Houbre was born 21 May 1714 in Dommartin, Picardie in France. He married Klara Krefeld who was from Kirchan bei Hanau (Hessen). Their son Kornelius was born in 1761 in Niederburg, near Mainz.
Charle Houbre, a dyer (Färber), his wife Klara Krefeld, and son Kornelius (age 7) are recorded on the 1767 census of Katharinenstadt in Household No. 83. They had arrived in Katharinenstadt on 23 July 1767.
Kornelius Houbre and his family are recorded on the 1798 census of Katharinenstadt in Household No. Ka146.
The 1767 census records that Charle Houbre came from the French village of Dommartin in the Picardie region and that Klara Krefeld came from the village of Kirchhalt near Hanau.
This surname over time is recorded in records in Russia as Houbre, Ubre, and Oubre before settling to a consistent spelling of Ubert.
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Ka146.
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- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 294.