JEFFERSON COUNTY, NEW YORK


PIONEER GERU FAMILY


1. 1. LOUIS or LUTE GERU was born about 1804 in "Valleyfield, Canada" (Salaberry-de-Valleyfield in Quebec). According to The DeYoung Line and Lives (1967) written by his great-grandson J.F. DeYoung, Louis died and was buried in 1876 in Redwood, Alexandria, Jefferson, NY. No supporting documentation has been found, but it is known that close relatives are buried at Redwood cemetery with no headstone.

The original spelling of Geru has not been determined. When Louis and Rose's daughter Catherine married at Brockville's St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, her name was recorded as Catherine Girouard, child of Giroir. One witness was a brother, "Jeremiah Giroir," whose family often spelled the name as Gerue in America. Louis Geru's name was recorded as Louis Jehru on his daughter Lucy's death certificate. His son Alexander's descendants adopted the name Garu.

In Canada the Geru surname may have been derived from Giroux, Gereau, Gerrow, Geroux, Girou, Girour, Gerue, Geruard, Jerue, Jeru, Jeroux, Jereau, or other names. In America the names Geru and Garu were often transcribed as Gern, Garn, Gam, etc. Perhaps in part due to spelling variations, Louis and Rose Geru have not been located in any census to date. It has been recently determined that their son Alexander Garu named one child Louis, and one child Rose.

Louis married MARY ROSE (ROSE) HAMILTON in about 1824. Presumably born in Canada, perhaps in 1807, she died during the 1860s in Brockville, Leeds, Ontario. She is said to have been buried in Brockville. According to family tradition, Rose's father was from Ireland. Her name in all family records is listed as Rose, but her daughter Catherine's 1925 death certificate recorded her name as Mary Rose.

Children, GERU and GARU

2 i. CHRISTOPHER GERU

3 ii. ELIZA GERU

4 iii. MOSES GERU

5 iv. ALEXANDER GARU married ISABELLA FAIR

6 v. LUCY GERU married LOUIS JEROME.

7 vi. CATHERINE GERU married CHARLES DION/DEYOUNG IV

8 vii. JEREMIAH GERU married ADALINE O. DENIE

5. ALEXANDER GARU was born Jul 1831 in Canada, and died 18 May 1904 in Port Huron, St. Clair, MI. He was a carpenter who came to America in about 1875. He used the name GARU. Most members of his family remained in Michigan. However, Alexander's daughter Rose Garu Cameron DuBois and generations of her descendants lived in Fulton, Oswego, NY.

ALEXANDER married ISABELLA FAIR. She was born in about 1832 in Ireland, and died 12 Dec 1888 in Port Huron, St. Clair, MI. Louis and Isabella are buried at Mt. Hope cemetery in Port Huron, Michigan.

Children, GARU

9 i. JANE GARU

10 ii. LEWIS ALEXANDER GARU married MARY ELLEN M-------

11 iii. JOHN GARU married MARY JONES

12 iv. SAMUEL P. GARU m. (1) ISABELLA HOIT; (2) ANNA

13 v. ROSE GARU married (1) CAMERON; (2) HARVEY HALL DUBOIS

14 vi. ISABELLE GARU married CHARLES H. WATERS

15 vii. NELSON FAIR GARU married MARY

02 Jul 1930 Fulton [New York] Patriot

Garu--Died June 25, aboard ship enroute to New York, Samuel Garu, brother of the late Mrs. Harvey DuBois of this city. The remains were brought to this city Sunday for interment in St. Mary's. Harvey DuBois of this city, a nephew of the deceased, went to New York to accompany the remains here. Mr. Garu was stricken in Paris while there on business and his wife, Mrs. Anna Garu was summoned from New York to the American hospital in Paris. Mr. Garu recovered sufficiently to make the homeward journey, but the strain of the trip proved too much. When two days out of New York he died.

The deceased was born in Michigan, but spent most of his life in New York city. He was well known in Fulton and had visited this city just prior to his European trip.

6. LUCY GERU was born in about Aug 1835 in Lower Canada and died 30 Apr 1904 in East Palermo, Oswego, NY.

Lucy married LOUIS JEROME in about 1850. He was born Aug 1834 in Canada, and died after Jul 1917 in Palermo, Oswego, NY. In 1880 Louis and Lucy resided at Alexandria, and are listed in the census there was the family of Lewis Gerome. They are buried at Roosevelt cemetery, Pennellville, Oswego, NY.

Fulton Times, 1904 (exact date does not appear on top of page):

PALERMO

Mrs. Louis Jerome died at her home in East Palermo on Saturday morning. The funeral was held from her home on Tuesday…Mrs. Alexander Pelo of Fulton was called here Saturday on account of the death of her mother, Mrs. Louis Jerome.

Children, JEROME:

16 i. BELLE A. or ANNABELLE JEROME married ALEXANDER PELO or PELOW

17 ii. JEROME died before 1900

7. CATHERINE GERU was born 29 Oct 1839 in Williamstown, Charlottenburgh Township., Glengarry, Ontario, Canada, and died 24 Dec 1925 in Alexandria Bay, Jefferson, NY. By 1890, Catherine operated a boarding house on Church Street, Alexandria Bay in small double house built by her husband in about 1878. The house is long gone; it stood adjacent to the home of her son, attorney A. R. DeYoung.

Catherine married CHARLES DION or DEYOUNG IV on 22 Sep 1856 by Rev. Oliver Kelly in Brockville, Leeds, Ontario at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church. Their names were spelled as Charles Dion and Catherine Girouard, child of Giroir. Witnesses were Jeremiah Giroir (brother) and Lu--- (page torn).

A carpenter, Charles was born 01 Aug 1835 in Montreal, PQ, Canada, son of CHARLES DION III and JOSEPHINE BAYETTE. He died 28 May 1883 in Alexandria Bay. Charles was buried in Brockville. Catherine was buried over forty years later at St. Cyril's cemetery, Alexandria Bay. Her name on her tombstone appears as Catherine J. DeYoung.

Watertown Daily Times, December 26, 1925

MRS. DEYOUNG, 86, IS DEAD AT BAY

(Special to The Times)

Alexandria Bay, Dec. 26.---Mrs. Catherine Geru DeYoung, an old and respected resident of Alexandria Bay, died Thursday evening at 7 at her home in Church street after an illness of some time.

Mrs. DeYoung was born in Williamstown, Ont., Oct. 29, 1839, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lute Geru.

She was married to Charles DeYoung in 1855 and for a time made her home in Brockville. In 1870 they moved to Hammond where they resided for eight years. They then moved to Alexandria Bay where he died in 1883. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. George Gilman of Rochester, Mrs. J. P. Wagoner and Mrs. Charles Wood, both of Alexandria Bay; five sons, William DeYoung of Theresa, Clarence and Walter of Newbright Staten Island, Ernest and A. R. DeYoung, both of Alexandria Bay. She was a member of the Catholic church. The funeral services will be held from St. Cyril's church Monday morning at 10 with a requiem high mass. Father M. E. Fogarty officiating. Interment will be made at St. Cyril's cemetery, Highland Park.

Children, DEYOUNG

18 i. JENNIE PHILOMENE DEYOUNG married THOMAS H. LUNDERMAN

19 ii. CHARLES JACOB DEYOUNG married MARGARET MCGOWAN

20 iii. WILLIAM F. DEYOUNG married IDA SOPHIA EVANS

21 iv. CLARISSA ROSE DEYOUNG married JACOB PETER WAGONER

22 v. CATHERINE M. DEYOUNG married GEORGE RILEY GILMAN

23 vi. LUCY DEYOUNG married CHARLES ALBERT WOOD

24 vii. CLARENCE ROBERT DEYOUNG married BARBARA DIMLER

25 viii. WALTER THOMAS DEYOUNG, SR. married (1) MARGARET BREEN

(2) MARY E. POWERS

26 ix. ERNEST RUTHERFORD DEYOUNG married JULIA HELEN JEROME

27 x. ALBERT RILEY DEYOUNG m. (1) FLORENCE EDITH WAGONER

(2) LOIS E. KEPLER

28 xi. DEYOUNG d.y.

29 xii. DEYOUNG d.y.

See this family's descendants at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nyjeffer/deyoungp.htm

8. JEREMIAH (JERRY) GERU was born 12 Aug 1843 in Valleyfield, PQ, Canada? and died 08 Apr 1925 in Philadelphia, Jefferson, NY. He worked as a farmer as well as a mail and freight carrier for the Redwood railroad. According to his obituary, Jerry came to Jefferson county in 1861, settling at Alexandria. He became an American citizen in 1868, and in 1870 he resided at Plessis. During the 1890s he lived at Browns Corners in Alexandria, where for a time he housed his nephew's family (Will DeYoung). In 1902 Jerry relocated his family to Philadelphia, Jefferson, NY.

Jerry married ADALINE O. DENIE on 24 Dec 1868, daughter of FRED DENIE and WEALTHY WHITNEY. She was born 25 Oct 1846 in Leray, Jefferson, NY and was raised by her maternal grandparents, the Whitneys. Addie died 10 Mar 1917 in Evans Mills, Leray, Jefferson, NY.. The couple was buried at Sanford Corners cemetery, Calcium, Leray, Jefferson, NY.

Jerry's grand-nephew Jeremiah F. DeYoung was named for him. This nephew recorded in his 1967 DeYoung family history that Jerry Geru married Clarissa Hibbard of Alexandria as his first wife. She may have died in childbirth. No additional documentation has been found. However, a Clarissa A. Hibbard did live in Alexandria, having been born in 1847, making her 3-4 years younger than Jerry.

Watertown Daily Times, Thursday, 09 April 1925

JERRY GERU, AGED 81, DIES

Philadelphia, April 9.---Jerry Geru died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Stella Kellar, in Clark street in this village at 5:15 Wednesday morning. He was 81 years old, death being due to hardening of the arteries and old age.

He was born in Canada Aug. 12, 1843. When he was 18 years old he came to reside in the United States in the town of Alexandria and lived there until 22 years ago when he moved to Leray. He belonged to the Watertown grange. He was married to Adaline Whitney of Leray on Dec. 24, 1868, and two children were born to them, a boy and a girl. The son died in infancy and the daughter is Mrs. Stella Kellar of Philadelphia. His wife died eight years ago March 10, 1917, and for the past six years Mr. Geru has lived here with his daughter. He was taken ill about three weeks ago. Those who survive him are one daughter, Mrs. Stella Kellar, three granddaughters, Mrs. Lloyd Kenfield of Watertown, Mrs. Glen Klock and Miss Gladys Kellar of Philadelphia, two great-grandchildren, Virginia and Kenneth Klock of Philadelphia, and one sister, Mrs. Catherine D. Young of Alexandria Bay. The funeral will be held from the home of Mrs. Kellar in Clark street Friday afternoon, April 10, at 2, Rev. B. J. Davison of the Methodist Episcopal church officiating. Burial will be at Calcium.

MRS. ADALINE GERU

Adaline, wife of Jerry Geru, aged 71 years, four months and 15 days, died at her late home Saturday. Mrs. Geru was born near the Five Corners in the town of LeRay on Oct. 25, 1846, the daughter of Fred Denie and Wealthy Whitney Denie. At the age of two years she removed to the town of Alexandria, near Plessis, where she resided until 14 years ago, when she removed with her husband, Jerry Geru, whom she married in Alexandria, to the farm two miles south of Evans Mills, where she passed away. She is survived by her husband, a daughter, Mrs. Herbert E. Kellar, of Philadelphia, three grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Ella Bauden of Alexandria Bay. The funeral will be held from her late home at 2 Tuesday, Rev. Mr. McQuarrie of the Evans Mills Presbyterian church, officiating, and the burial will be in the Sanfords Corners cemetery.

Children, GERU

30 i. WILBUR GERU d.y.

31 ii. STELLA GERU married HERBERT EVERETT KELLER

10. LEWIS ALEXANDER GARU was born Dec 1855 in Canada, and died 23 Jun 1925 in Detroit, Wayne, MI. He was a sailor.

Lewis married MARY ELLEN M.. She was born Nov 1862 in Canada, and died 13 Jul 1936 in Detroit, Wayne, MI. They are buried at Mt. Hope cemetery, Port Huron, St. Clair, MI; Section L.

Children, GARU

32 i. LENETTA PEARL GARU

33 ii. LOUIS ALBERT GARU

34 iii. MARY ISABELL (BELL) GARU

11. JOHN GARU was born about 1859 in Canada, and died after 1892. After the death of his wife, John cannot be found in census records.

John married MARY JONES on 20 Jun 1881 in Port Huron, St. Clair, MI, daughter of WILLIAM JONES and MARY BRODAR. She was born about Sep 1859 in Lenawee county, MI?, and died 08 Jun 1892 in Port Huron, St. Clair, MI. Mary is buried at Mt. Hope cemetery, Port Huron, St. Clair, MI.

Children, GARU

35 i. MAUDE C. GARU married WILLIAM CLIFFORD FOSTER

36 ii. WILLIAM A. GARU d.y.

37 iii. LEO J. GARU married FANNIE WOODS

38 iv. MARY GARU (triplet born 1892, lived one day)

39 v. GARU (triplet born 1892, lived one day)

40 vi. GARU (triplet born 1892, lived one day)

41 vii. EDNA GARU d.y.

13. ROSE GARU was born Oct 1868 in Canada, and died about Jul 1929 in Fulton, Oswego, NY.

She married (1) CAMERON.

Child, CAMERON is:

42 i. VIOLET CAMERON DUBOIS married EMERY PATTERSON WELLS

Rose married (2) HARVEY HALL DUBOIS on 10 Feb 1891 in Port Huron, St. Clair, MI, son of JAMES DUBOIS and FANNY MCDOUGALL. He was born 20 Jul 1862 in Volney, Oswego, NY, and died 02 Aug 1945 in Fulton, Oswego, NY.

09 Aug 1945 Fulton Patriot

DuBois---Died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Raymond Goodrowe, 224 South Second street, Aug. 2nd, Harvey Hall DuBois, aged 84 years. He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Goodrowe, Mrs. Violet Wells and Mrs. Robert Smith; a half-brother, William E. Hall, and four grandchildren, including Raymond Goodrowe, Jr., with the Army Air Corps, Denver, Colo., and Robert Smith, Jr., with the navy at Pearl Harbor. Funeral services were held from the Church of the Immaculate Conception Monday morning, Rev. Harold J. Flynn officiating; interment in St. Mary's.

The deceased was a native of Volney. He had lived in Fulton 40 years and previously was employed at a grain elevator in Canada and Michigan.

Children, DUBOIS all lived in Fulton, Oswego, NY

43 ii. HARVEY CLAUDE DUBOIS

44 iii. BEATRICE DUBOIS married ROBERT L. SMITH

45 iv. FRANCES MARY DUBOIS married RAYMOND GOODROWE

08 Jul 1943 Fulton Patriot

RECENT DEATHS

DuBois---Died suddenly at his home, 224 South Second street, July 2nd, Harvey C. DuBois, aged 50 years. He is survived by his father, Harvey H. DuBois; three sisters, Mrs. Frances Goodrowe, with whom he lived, Mrs. Beatrice Smith and Mrs. Violet Wells, both of this city; two aunts, Mrs. Catherine Garu of Chicago, and Mrs. Belle Waters of Port Huron, Mich., and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held from the Church of the Immaculate Conception Tuesday morning, Rev. Harold J. Flynn officiating, with Rev. William Leahy conducting services at the grave. Members of Homer Russell Smith post, American Legion, also conducted rites at the grave under the direction of Rev. Robert Anthony, chaplain. A firing squad from Fort Ontario attended the ceremony. Active bearers were Eugene Sullivan, Charles Lake and John T. Sullivan of Fulton, and John Connolly, Mr. Ryan and Mr. Gibson of the internal revenue department. Fifteen internal revenue employees from Syracuse, Buffalo and Rochester offices were honorary bearers. The deceased was apparently in good health and retired to his room shortly after supper Friday evening, where his sister, upon calling him about 9 o'clock and receiving no answer, went to his room and found him dead.

He was a native of Port Huron, Mich., and had resided here many years. He had been connected with the internal revenue department for the past 25 years, with headquarters at the Buffalo office. His work had to do with the checking of the larger corporations. He was a lieutenant in World war I, and was a past commander of Homer Russell Smith post, American Legion.

10 Feb 1955 Fulton Patriot

MRS. FRANCES GOODROWE

Mrs. Frances Goodrowe of 502 Buffalo St., widow of Raymond Goodrowe, died Sunday, Feb. 6, in Syracuse Memorial hospital, after a long illness.

A native of Midland, Canada, Mrs. Goodrowe came here with her parents at an early age. She attended St. Mary's school and was a graduate of Fulton high school. She was a communicant of the Church of the Immaculate Conception and a member of the Women's Club. Surviving are a son, Raymond J. Goodrowe; a daughter, Miss Shirley J. Goodrowe; and two sisters, Mrs. Violet Wells and Mrs. Robert Smith of Fulton. Funeral services were conducted yesterday at 9 a. m. at the family home and at 9:30 a. m. from the church. Burial was in St. Mary's cemetery.

14. ISABELLE (BELLE) GARU was born about Apr 1871 in Canada, and died 24 Mar 1956 in Pontiac, Oakland, MI.

Belle married CHARLES H. WATERS 19 Jun 1895 in Port Huron, St. Clair, MI, son of THOMAS WATERS and CAROLINE WALKER. He was born Aug 1871 in Michigan, and died 02 May 1936 in Port Huron, St. Clair, MI. The couple is buried at Mt. Hope cemetery, Port Huron, St. Clair, MI.

Child, WATERS

46 i. WATERS d.y.

16. BELLE A. (ANNABELLE?) JEROME was born Dec 1852 in Saint Lawrence County, NY, and died 20 May 1915 in Fulton, Oswego, NY.

Belle married ALEXANDER PELO or PELOW. He was born Jan 1853 in Lynn, ON, Canada, and died 09 Apr 1928 in Fulton, Oswego, NY. The couple is buried at Roosevelt cemetery, Pennellville, Oswego, NY.

Fulton Evening Times, 1915 (otherwise undated): Mrs. Fred Pelo of Caughdenoy has been called to this city by the illness and death of her mother, Mrs. Belle Pelo.

18 Apr 1928 Fulton Patriot

Palermo District 3: Monday morning, April 9, at 9:30 o'clock, occurred the sudden death of Alexander Pelow at the home of his granddaughter, Mrs. Edward Miner, with whom he has made his home for the past 18 years. He appeared to be as well as usual and went about his chores. He had been in the barn about 15 minutes when his great-grandson-in-law, Ernest Bidwell, entered and discovered him dead. A doctor was called and pronounced death was due to heart trouble.

Mr. Pelow was a native of Canada, coming to this country 54 years ago, where he had resided most of the time. He was 75 years old. His survivors are a granddaughter, Mrs. Miner, a great-granddaughter, Mrs. Ernest Bidwell of Palermo, a stepdaughter, Mrs. Frederick Pelow of Bernhards Bay, and several nieces and nephews. Burial at the Roosevelt cemetery.

Children, PELOW

47 i. CECILIA R. PELOW married FRED JOHN PELO, SR.

48 ii. HARRIET CHRISTINE PELOW married CHARLES H. MCCAUSEY

49 iii. LUCY DORA PELOW d.y.

50 iv. PELOW d.y.

Additional descendants of Catherine Geru and Charles DeYoung IV (who would normally appear in this spot) are recorded at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nyjeffer/deyoungp.htm

31. STELLA GERU was born 12 Sep 1877 in Plessis, Alexandria, Jefferson, NY, and died 25 Nov 1963 in Watertown, Jefferson, NY. She attended school at Browns Corners, Alexandria.

Stella married HERBERT EVERETT KELLER on 12 Sep 1900 in Plessis, Alexandria, Jefferson, NY, son of WILLIAM KELLER and MARY MORRISON. He was born 04 Feb 1867 in Leray, Jefferson, NY, and died 22 Oct 1940 in Watertown, Jefferson, NY. The couple is buried at the Evans Mills New Cemetery, Leray, Jefferson, NY.

Watertown, Daily Times, 22 Nov 1963

MRS. STELLA G. KELLER IS DEAD

Philadelphia, Nov. 25--Mrs. Stella Gerue Keller, widow of Herbert E. Keller, died at 9:20 this morning in the Jefferson county hospital, Watertown, where she had been a patient since March 18. Among the survivors is a daughter, Mrs. Glenn (Ina M.) Klock.

Mrs. Keller was born in the town of Alexandria, a daughter of Gerry and Adeline Whitney Gerue. She was married in Plessis to Herbert Everett Keller, a native of the town of Leray. Mr. Keller died Oct. 22, 1940, following an accident on a shaft of a well-drilling machine in which his arm was severed.

Children, KELLER

51 i. PEARL M. KELLER married LLOYD HILL KENFIELD

52 ii. INA MAE KELLER married GLENN KLOCK

53 iii. GLADYS A. KELLER

Watertown Daily Times 13 JUL 1994 page 34

GLADYS A. KELLER DIES IN WATERTOWN AT 85

Gladys A. Keller, 85, of 1010 Washington St., died Monday evening in the Samaritan Medical Center where she had been a patient since July 6. The funeral will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Frederick Bros. Funeral Home, Theresa, with the Rev. Roy Johnson, former pastor of the Congregational Church of Morristown, officiating. Burial will be in Evans Mills Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. Donations may be made to the Jefferson County Cancer Society.

Surviving are a daughter, Carole Hulbert, Fort Myers, Fla., a sister, Mrs. Glenn (Ina) Klock, Philadelphia, and a niece and two nephews. A sister, Pearl Kenfield, died in 1970.

Born April 2, 1909, in Evans Mills, a daughter of Herbert E. and Stella Geru Keller, she graduated from Philadelphia High School in 1927 and from the Carthage Training School. Miss Keller taught in area schools for a time. During World War II, she was a tester and clerical worker for Knowlton Bros. and worked in stores in Watertown until the late 1960s. In 1977, she retired as a clerical worker at Fort Drum due to ill health.



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