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I may be able to help with mystery # 1.
Was her name German, by any chance?
My family name is extremely German, and yet we came to Canada from...Russia. (Really messes with people when I tell them that!)
There was a period in the 1850s and on when the Russian government brought in immigrants from Germany.
They were given land, promised religious freedom and were exempted from military service. They lived in their own communities, but it possible there was some intermarriage.
I don't know.. It doesn't sound german either- it's Byblow.
I know she could speak german, russian, and english when they immigrated so perhaps?