JEFFERSON COUNTY, NEW YORK


PIONEER DeYOUNG FAMILY


1. CHARLES DION was born in about 1764 in Northern France, and left with two younger brothers for Canada c. 1783. When his descendant, attorney Albert R. DeYoung of Wiltse & DeYoung, Alexandria Bay, researched Dion family history in Canada, he found no record of children other than a son named Charles II. Albert's research was incorporated into an illustrated family history, The DeYoung Line and Lives, handwritten by his nephew Jeremiah F. DeYoung in about 1967.

2. CHARLES DION II was born in about 1788 in Montreal. Surviving sons other than Charles III were Pierre, who had sons Antoine and Francis, and Cyril, who owned a New York City store c. 1850.

3. CHARLES DION III was born about 1812 in Montreal, and died after 1857 in Brockville, Leeds, Ontario, Canada. He was employed in the construction of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Montreal. Descendants of his son Charles IV described Charles III as a carpenter, while the family of his daughter Virginia remembered him as a stonemason. Charles III removed to Brockville in about 1850, where he owned a farm north of the city.

Charles III married JOSEPHINE BAYETTE in about 1834. She was born between 1808 and 1818 in Quebec or France, and died in Brockville on July 4, 1897. According to family legend told within the DeYoung-LaPoint line, Josephine came from Normandy from a well-to-do family to marry in 1834 and had many trunks and baggage as a dowry. By marrying a "back-woodsman" from Canada, she relinquished her family heritage in France.

Children, DION and DeYOUNG

4 i. CHARLES DeYOUNG IV married CATHERINE GERU

5 ii. ANTOINE DION married MARY C. VEANCE, lived in Brockville

6 iii. ESTHER DION married GEORGE LaFRANCE, died in Syracuse

7 iv. JULIA DION died in 1870 at age 20 in Brockville

8 v. VIRGINIE DION married (1) CHARLES LaPOINT; (2) CLEVIS MINOR

9 vi. THOMAS DION married MARY McANNALLY, Brockville> Rochester?

10 vii. JOHN DeYOUNG of Syracuse married (1) MARY FENNELL; (2) ELLEN MARIE LaVERY; (3) NELLIE N. HAR

4. CHARLES DeYOUNG IV was born August 1, 1835 in Montreal, and moved to Brockville c. 1850. In 1871 when engaged as a builder of the Presbyterian Church in Hammond, Charles would row each day across the Saint Lawrence from Brockville. In the spring of that year with his wife and two children on board, his boat almost capsized into the frigid current. Charles decided to move his family to North Hammond, Saint Lawrence, NY. He built a house on a big bend of Chippewa Creek south of a forested hill in the probable area of Sand Street Road, where he purchased land in 1872. Charles became an American citizen at Canton on February 29, 1876.

In about 1880 Charles worked as a carpenter in the building of Pullman's Castle Rest at Alexandria Bay. At about that time, he moved his family to Church Street in Alexandria Bay, where he built a small double house. Charles died there of nephritis on May 28, 1883 and was buried in Brockville. Most records of the 1870s and 1880s, including census and land records as well as his death certificate, list him as Charles D. Young.

On September 22, 1856 at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church in Brockville by the Rev. Oliver Kelly, Charles IV married CATHERINE GERU, daughter of LOUIS or LUTE GERU and MARY ROSE (ROSE) HAMILTON, whose father came from Ireland. The marriage record lists the bride as Catherine Girouard, child of Giroir. The marriage was witnessed by her brother Jeremiah GIROIR, known in America as Jerry GERU (1843-1925) of Plessis and Philadelphia in Jefferson County.

Catherine Geru was born October 29, 1839 in Williamstown, Charlottenburgh Twp., Glengarry, Ontario, and resided with her family for a time in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec. She lived on after her husband's death for 42 years, and ran a boarding house on the corner of Church and Crossman Streets in Alexandria Bay where she operated a home restaurant and took in laundry for area carpenters. She is buried there at St. Cyril's cemetery under the name Catherine J. DeYoung. She was the mother of 12 children, of whom the names of 10 are known.

Children, DeYOUNG:

11 i. JENNIE PHILOMENE DeYOUNG married THOMAS H. LUNDERMAN

12 ii. CHARLES JACOB DeYOUNG married MARGARET McGOWAN

13 iii. WILLIAM F. (WILL) DeYOUNG married IDA SOPHIA EVANS

14 iv. CLARISSA ROSE (CLARA) DeYOUNG married JACOB PETER WAGONER

15 v. CATHERINE M. DeYOUNG married GEORGE R. GILMAN

16 vi. LUCY DeYOUNG married CHARLES ALBERT WOOD

17 vii. CLARENCE ROBERT DeYOUNG married BARBARA DIMLER

18 viii. WALTER THOMAS DeYOUNG married (1) MARGARET BREEN; (2) MARY E. POWERS

19 ix. ERNEST RUTHERFORD DeYOUNG married JULIA HELEN JEROME

20 x. ALBERT RILEY DeYOUNG married (1) FLORENCE EDITH WAGONER; (2) LOIS E. KEPLER

8. VIRGINIE DION was born February 18, 1854 in Brockville, and changed her name to Virginia upon arrival in the United States. On April 24, 1871 in Brockville, Virginia married CHARLES LAPOINT, the youngest child of Joseph Desautels LaPoint and Marie Populus. Charles was born in about 1844 in Yonge Township, Leeds, Ontario, Canada, and died of consumption in Brockville, October 24, 1882. The couple lived during the 1870s in Prattsburgh, Steuben, NY. (Virginia's great-granddaughter, C. A. Yost, lived in Edison, NJ across the street from the family of A. John Calhoun during the 1960s. The Yost-Calhoun children's relationship as DeYoung family fifth-cousins was not realized until their respective grandmothers, Josephine LaPoint Bouchoux and Mabel DeYoung Calhoun, visited on the same day. ---RDCE)

Children, LaPOINT:

21. i. CHARLES LaPOINT married MARGARET REGAN, lived on Staten Island

22. ii. HERBERT FRANK LaPOINT married MAY and died at Niagara Falls, 1916

23. iii. IDA M. LaPOINT married WELSH; descendants still live in Alexandria Bay

24. iv. LILLIAN O. LaPOINT married ARTHUR RAYMOND FITZPATRICK

Virginia was later married in Redwood, Alexandria, Jefferson, NY in about 1894 to CLEVIS MINOR as his second wife. Clevis was born in about 1840 in Canada, and died after 1922, perhaps in Redwood. He had been a sailor before he took up farming. Virginia died June 10, 1922 in the Redwood section of Alexandria and is buried in Redwood cemetery with no marker.

Child, MINOR

25. v. CLEVIS LaFAYETTE MINOR (1895-1978) died in Binghamton, NY

11. JENNIE PHILOMENE DeYOUNG, baptized as Philomene Jane Dion, was born May 6, 1859 in Brockville, Leeds, Ontario, Canada. She died of consumption on September 3, 1914 in Hammond, Saint Lawrence, NY and is buried at Fineview Cemetery. Jennie married in Hammond on December 25, 1878, THOMAS H. LUNDERMAN, son of William Lunderman and Mary A. Ryan. Thomas was born in Morristown, Saint Lawrence, NY on September 9, 1858. He died January 15, 1941 in Syracuse, Onondaga, NY and is buried at Fineview cemetery.

Children, LUNDERMAN

26. i. ROLAND THOMAS LUNDERMAN married ALICE E. (ALLIE) BACKUS

27. ii. EDNA J. LUNDERMAN married (1) IRA ROBINSON; (2) EDGAR JOHN McCARTHY; (3) EDWARD L. PENDERGAST

28. iii. OLIN WILLIAM (WILLIAM) LUNDERMAN married LILLIAN LUCILLE BARNEY

29. iv. CHARLES KENNETH LUNDERMAN married ELIZABETH VICTOREEN O'BRIEN

30. v. GLENN ARNOLD (PAT) LUNDERMAN married MARY MARGUERITE LOOBY

31. vi. MARY C. LUNDERMAN married HERBERT JAMES MORE

32. vii. BERYL EOLA LUNDERMAN married FRED ALBRO MORE

12. CHARLES JACOB DeYOUNG was born May 26, 1861 in Brockville, Leeds, Ontario, Canada. In 1893 he removed to French Camp, just outside of Stockton, San Joaquin, CA, where he operated a small farm and dairy. He worked in 1900 as a marine engineer. Charles died of typhoid in Stockton on October 30, 1906 and is buried at Stockton's Rural cemetery.

Charles married MARGARET McGOWAN on February 25, 1886. The couple met when Charles worked in the copper mines of Pennsylvania. Margaret was born in Glasgow Scotland, a daughter of Thomas Magoohan and Catherine Moore. In 1867 she and her siblings were orphaned on the ship to America. Born July 9, 1860, Margaret died at age 92 on August 5, 1952. She is buried in the Catholic Cemetery in Stockton.

Children, DeYOUNG:

33. i. JOHN KENNETH DeYOUNG married MAE W. RENDON

34. ii. CHARLES CLARENCE DeYOUNG married ANN ELIZABETH FORD

35. iii. ALICE KATHERINE DeYOUNG worked as a bookkeeper and clerk

13. WILLIAM F. (WILL) DeYOUNG was born in Brockville, Leeds, Ontario, Canada on March 13, 1863. Between 1892 and 1895 he lived in New Brighton, Staten Island, NY near his brother Clarence, and worked at the International Nickel Plant in Bayonne, NJ. He returned to Jefferson County in 1895 and lived until 1900 in Browns Corners at the Jerry Geru farm, which was still standing in 2006. In 1900 he took up farming in Theresa. From 1910-1917, Will managed four J. P. Douglas farms. He was a builder of the Plessis Grange. For many years Will served as Theresa's Highway Superintendent, and was also appointed Chair of Theresa's Election District.

On May 6, 1885 in Clayton, Will married IDA SOPHIA EVANS, daughter of William F. Evans and Mariette Tucker. Ida was born October 19, 1864 at Barnes Settlement, Alexandria. The couple was said to have met at Theresa's Getman House, where Ida (a niece of the owners) worked as a chambermaid while Will stayed as a guest. Ida died of pneumonia on November 29, 1930 in Theresa. Will died July 26, 1954 at Ogdensburg. He and Ida are buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Theresa.

Children, DeYOUNG:

36. i. FLORA MAY DeYOUNG married CLARENCE EDWARD (ED) CALL

37. ii. MARGARET SOPHIA (MAGGIE) DeYOUNG married JOSEPH FELDER, JR.

38. iii. MABEL SOPHRONIA DeYOUNG married ANSON FREDERICK CALHOUN

39. iv. JEREMIAH FISHER (JERRY) DeYOUNG married BLANCHE THERESA LOUCKS

40. v. GRACE ETHEL DeYOUNG of Theresa, RN in Watertown, lived to be 97

41. vi. MILDRED PEARL DeYOUNG married DANIEL VITAL DESORMEAU

42. vii. JENNIE MARIETTE DeYOUNG married (1) KENNETH WELLINGTON SMITH; (2) MAURICE JONES RICHARDSON

43. viii. NORA EVANS DeYOUNG married CARLTON EDWIN CHISAMORE

44. ix. HAROLD EDWIN DeYOUNG married STANESLOVA KOWARIK

14. CLARISSA ROSE (CLARA) DeYOUNG was born March 18, 1865 in Brockville, Leeds, Ontario, Canada. Known as "Sis," she married Captain JACOB PETER WAGONER on February 23, 1887 in Theresa, Jefferson, NY. A son of David Wagoner and Harriet Zimmerman, Jacob was born October 28, 1863 on Wells Island. He owned and operated a Thousand Islands tour boat line with boats named Sis I, II, III IV and V. Jacob died November 11, 1944 in Alexandria Bay; Clara died there on September 19, 1952. Jacob and Clara are buried at the Walton Street Cemetery in Alexandria Bay.

Children, WAGONER:

45. i. HARRY LOVELAND WAGONER married RUBY FALL

46. ii. DAVID KENNETH WAGONER married DOROTHY ELIZABETH DWYER

47. iii. MARGARET LAYNG WAGONER married (1) CARLTON L. TAGUE; (2) LOYAL C. SAMSON

15. CATHERINE M. DeYOUNG was born May 12, 1867 in Brockville, Leeds, Ontario, Canada. She died in Theresa on July 15, 1954. She married, on November 5, 1884 in Theresa, GEORGE R. GILMAN, son of GEORGE W. GILMAN and FRIENDLY or FRINDA EVANS. A carpenter and dairy farmer, George was born in Alexandria Bay on October 10, 1861, and died in Theresa on January 29, 1941. He and Catherine are buried at Oakwood cemetery in Theresa.

Children, GILMAN:

48. i. GEORGE WILLIAM GILMAN married LOUISE MacINTYRE

49. ii. GLADYS L. GILMAN married ARTHUR FREDERICK BURROWS

50. iii. LEON W. GILMAN married HELEN TEAL

51. iv. LAWRENCE C. GILMAN married EMMA B. PIERCE

52. v. ALBERT R. GILMAN married FLORENCE ANNETTE KELSEY

53. vi. NOEL L. GILMAN died in his youth

54. vii. KEITH ERNEST GILMAN married MILDRED TOWNSEND

16. LUCY DeYOUNG was born October 17, 1869 in Brockville, Leeds, Ontario, Canada. A member of the Reformed Church of the Thousand Islands, she died in Ogdensburg, August 20, 1954. In Alexandria Bay on April 10, 1886, Lucy married CHARLES ALBERT WOOD, son of William H. Wood and Ellen Harriet Smith. A marine engineer, Charles operated the freight vessel "Ringleader" between Oswego and Alexandria Bay. Born in Rossie, Saint Lawrence, NY on May 6, 1866, Charles died on March 25, 1950 in Alexandria Bay. He and Lucy are buried at Highland Park Cemetery in Alexandria Bay.

Children, WOOD:

55. i. RAYMOND J. WOOD married CATHERINE McCARTHY

56. ii. MARJORIE C. WOOD married ROSS PARKER

57. iii. PAULINE WOOD married SNOW

58. iv. CHARLES WILLIAM WOOD married LENA E. WEEKS

59. v. ADALINE WOOD

60. vi. CLARA WOOD married JAMES WILLIAM BRENNAN

61. vii. ORA WOOD

62. viii. OLA WOOD married GEORGE DELOS LOWE

63. ix. EVELYN LUCY WOOD married FRED LESLIE HUNNEYMAN

64. x. MARY HELEN WOOD married PAUL DUNRIFF SCHERMERHORN

65. xi. BERTHA WOOD

66. xii. ADDIE WOOD married (1) MILFORD DONALDSON; (2) GEORGE GRANDY

67. xiii. EMMA T. WOOD married GEORGE LESLIE ECKERT

68. xiv. WALTER L. WOOD married [living] HENDERSON

69. xv. CAMILLA E. WOOD married GERALD R. HEATH

17. CLARENCE ROBERT DeYOUNG was born February 7, 1872. A copper works engineer, he died January 27, 1948 on Staten Island. He and his wife are buried at Silver Mount Cemetery, Silver Lake, Staten Island. Clarence married, on November 25, 1891, BARBARA DIMLER, born March 1872, died June 2, 1944.

Children, DeYOUNG:

70. i. WALTER JAMES DeYOUNG (twin) married HELEN KANE

71. ii. WILLIAM PETER DeYOUNG (twin) married WINIFRED KEENAN or KIEURAN

72. iii. CHARLES CLARENCE DeYOUNG married SARAH A. DELANEY

73. iv. OLIVER "DICK" DeYOUNG married MARGARET HELEN BEHRENS

74. v. CATHERINE M. DeYOUNG married JOHN A. LEHMANN

75. vi. BARBARA DeYOUNG married WALTER WILLIAM HOLLERON

76. vii. HELEN DeYOUNG d. y.

18. WALTER THOMAS DeYOUNG was born July 25 or 26, 1874 in Hammond, Saint Lawrence, NY, and died during the mid 1940s on Staten Island, Richmond, NY. On April 16, 1893 he married MARGARET BREEN. They resided in 1900 in Alexandria Bay, but removed shortly thereafter to Staten Island. He worked as a carpenter for International Nickel.

Children, DeYOUNG:

77. i. CATHERINE DeYOUNG married FRED C. CHRISTOPHER

78. ii. WALTER THOMAS DeYOUNG married (1) FRANCES SHEA; (2) MARY ALICE APP

79. iii. MARY M. DeYOUNG married HENRY HORN

In about 1903 Walter married MARY E. POWERS.

Children, DeYOUNG:

80. iv. CLARENCE DeYOUNG married HELEN SWEENEY

81. v. JOHN H. DeYOUNG married ELIZABETH

23. IDA M. LaPOINT, daughter of Virginia DeYoung and Charles LaPoint, was born in about 1876 in Prattsburgh, Steuben, NY. She died after 1919, at which time she resided in Vernon, Oneida, NY. She married Mr. WELSH or WELCH, who died before 1910.

82. i. LEON JOSEPH WELSH married AURELIA WHITE

83. ii. THEODORE J. WELSH married MAGDALENE C. WHITE


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