Leona Deyo’s forebears

A Leona Deyo surprise

About two weeks ago, I was surprised with a very pleasant email and picture from one of my ‘cousins’. Barb had been researching the Deyo family and made a very exciting discovery, she wrote: Look what I found while searching online at SUNY Plattsburgh. Leona Deyo, Altona, NY. They give her age as about 2(…)

Francois Lafaye & Marguerite Foret/Forest

I have encountered yet another Quebec genealogy mystery. As you might expect, this “new” mystery also involves the Deyo line. Nothing new there, I guess! Here’s where things stand currently. The family in question are the Francois Lafaye/ Marguerite Foret family- my gggg-grandparents down my grandmother’s maternal line (mid 1700s). Marguerite Foret/Forest appears ‘likely’ to(…)

Alexis Menard- Louise Pageau family history

Notes: This history will become the basis for my September 2011 tutorial at the Parker Genealogical Society. (Another example French Canada search for Francois Lafaye & Marguerite Foret/Forest is also underway at ManyRoads and may be used during the tutorial.) Hyperlinks on this page will most often open source documents. Comments, suggestions & questions are(…)

Another Deyo adventure!

I guess I could have entitled this posting, out with the old, in with the new.  But as with most genealogy not very much of this information is actually new; including the fact that I had yet another problem in my Deyo lineage. Here’s the long and short of what has happened.  Barb (one of(…)

Gerald Deyo

Gerald Deyo was one of the first US paratroopers trained in Panama, during World War 2. After his training, he became a member of the the 503 Parachute Battalion. Ultimately he attained the position of Jumpmaster. During the war, Gerald was based in Australia and fought mostly in New Guinea. On one of his jumps(…)

Clarence Deyo

Clarence Deyo spent most of World War 2 as a platoon Sargent in the Timberwolf Division fighting through France and into Germany. While in Northern France his platoon unwittingly captured a German payroll truck. After the capture, his squad got drunk and burned all the money to keep warm. Clarence’s most traumatic incident in the(…)

Lacolle, Quebec- A brief history

Lacolle is the area from which the Joseph Dion family emigrated to the United States.  Historically both Rabideau and Dion/ Deyo family members lived and traversed this region. Click here to read about the Lacolle Military Battles. source [minor edits and corrections made by ManyRoads] First written mention of Lacolle can be traced back to(…)

Another Genealogy Adventure…. part 2

To fix the problems, Craig and I devised a fairly simple plan. Craig sent me the genealogical documents he had in his possession. He agreed to travel to Plattsburgh, New York in search of additional source evidence. I agreed to re-read (this time more carefully) all the documentation I had in my possession; this evidence(…)

Joseph Yon (Joseph Deyo) by Wilfred Deyo

PART I JOSEPH YON (JOSEPH DEYO) 1805-1880-PLUS INTRODUCTION Joseph Yon was born around the year 1805. His parents, Ignace Yon (Guyon) and Marie Suzanne Gervais were of the Parish of St. Marc sur Richelieu. It is believed Joseph lived in the area of St. Marc until his marriage at about the age of twenty three.(…)

Another Genealogy Adventure…. part 1

As I have written numerous times before the Deyo portion of my family is a bit of a challenge. Well recently, my analysis and documentation of the Joseph Dion line was once again brought into question (by my new friend Craig LaPine!). On Saturday the 24th of April, I received the following email note from(…)

Deyo Family Branch is official….

The Deyo Family genealogy (of Upstate NY and Southern Quebec) is offically online. Currently, there are more than 3000 pages of materials in this area; there are also a few bugs and unfortunately the data remains incomplete. I have several hundred (thousand?) documents yet to link in this area. I, also, have significant sections of(…)

On-line Tree(s)!

The first of our on-line family trees is now available- The Deyo Family Line. It is readily accessible from our Menus simply by selecting Genealogy and then Deyo Family (Branch).  Using the GRAMPS integration approach, there are no user/ password requirements for gaining access to and open family line. This portion of our tree is(…)

Jean Guyon, sieur Du Buisson

Jean Guyon is the scion of the Guyon, Yon and Dion Families in North America. The surname Guyon has taken numerous forms over time; Guyon descendants are additionally known by the following surnames: Després, Dumontier, and Lemoine, and in Louisiana, Derbanne. Jean Guyon was baptized September 18, 1592 in St. Aubin de Tourouvre Perche locality,(…)

The Deyo name from whence???

As hard as it was for me to believe, our Deyo family name is not from the Netherlands and/or Huguenot communities as I had earlier thought but rather it comes down a more circuitous, and I might say “interesting” route. Let me explain what I have thus far unearthed: Leona Deyo, my grandmother (father’s mother)(…)


It pleases me to say that I have identified the entire male Deyo line from John Deyo through to Claude Guyon (born 1629).  The Deyos as we all knew were from France.  Now we know their names and a bit about their journey.  As I find additional information, I will continue to update and post(…)

The Dion – Deyo family from Quebec

It is with special gratitude, appreciation, and ‘apologies’ to the following individuals: Barb Deyo, Wilfred Deyo (deceased), Linda Hayne, Craig LaPine Patti Gravel, Gloria Pratt, Carole Relation that I can now tell the tale of our Dion Family (today most commonly known as the Deyo Family) and their migration from Quebec to the Clinton County(…)

John Deyo

Today through the generosity of the Altona Town Clerk, Carole Relation, I received a copy of my g-g-grandfather’s death certificate.  He died on 12 April 1924 and was buried 18 April 1924 in Altona, New York. This document lists Joseph Deyo as his father and Julie Dennis as his mother.  This document completes the link(…)

Deo/Deyo is Dion!

If you look at the attached record you will find the following Joseph Dion/Deo/Deyo family residing in Quebec during the 1851 Census. This both firmly places the family in St. LaColle, near Montreal.  We also now know through related birth documents of these ‘newly found’ children (for me ‘new’ at least…), the parents birth names(…)

Mary Deyo (Burnah/ Bonin)

Thank you to Barb Deyo for the following documentation. Plattsburgh Daily Press – February 18, 1938 MRS. MARY DEYO OF ALTONA DIES Mrs. Mary Deyo of Altona died at her home yesterday morning at ten O’clock. She was 81 years old. Mrs. Deyo had lived in Altona for the past forty years. Her husband, John(…)

George Deyo update

The mystery of George Deyo’s death is solved.  Here is the text of his obituary: The obit was dated Oct. 19, 1942 and the date of death was Oct. 17, 1942. GEORGE DEYO TO BE BURIED AT ALTONA Funeral services for George Deyo, 78, who died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Fred Belair of Altona, at 7(…)

Eli Deyo 1850-1924

[written by Wilfred Frank Deyo circa 1982] Eli Deyo was born in Lacolle, Province of Quebec, Canada around the year 1850 according to a copy of the marriage certificate issued to him by the Town of Alburg, Vermont when he married Miranda BABBA in Alburg, Vermont on January 6, 1875. He gave his age then(…)

Joseph Deyo & Descendants

The Deyos- 1800-1982 [written by Wilfred Frank Deyo circa 1982] The writer, Wilfred Frank Deyo will incorporate -the following information available as of October 8, 1982 into the “Deyo Family History”- 1800-1982-From Canada to the United States of America which he hopes to put together in the not too distant future. There are still some(…)

John Deao- WW1

Plattsburgh Sentinel -1918 Mr & Mrs. Napoleon Deao received a telegram a few days ago stating that John Deao had been severly wounded in action in France July 15th. John was cited for bravery in action on April 21.

John (Jean, Zeb) Deyo (Deo-Dion)!

Some names can be confusing! I think the title of this post bears that out. Recently I received the following note from Gloria Cusson Pratt of the Northern New York- American Canadian Genealogical Society. Her note informed me of the following: John married as Jean Baptiste Dion to Marie Bonin on 2 July 1866 at(…)

Deyo genealogy

Based on data and input I have received from various people, I believe I have traced  and documented a “plausible” genealogy for the Joseph Deo family leading back to France in the late 1600s. If anyone is interested in reviewing the tree and commenting on what I have pieced together, please contact me.

Exina’s Parents are found!

Today was one of those great days for a genealogist… I found some lost relatives.  We had been looking for years to try and figure out who my gg-grandmother’s family was and today Mary Ann Giza from the Town Clerk’s Office in Easthampton, Mass tracked Exina down and sent us the news. We are VERY(…)

A Deyo History- recounted

This document and information is sourced from email messages sent to Mark Rabideau by Patty Gravel. In 1982 Wilfred Deyo, the son of Richard Deyo and the grandson of Eli Deyo, went to Altona to trace the Deyo family line.  While there he met with family members to gather their oral history. His findings made(…)

The Deyo Mystery… is solved!!

Note: I have solved this mystery and established the link.  John’s parent’s were, in fact, Joseph Dion (Deo- Deyo) and Julia (Julie/ Julienne) Denis (Denys, Lafay, LaFaille, Dennis). The most commanding piece of obvious genealogical evidence is immediately below (John’s death certificate). As for the rest of the story, I am writing and plan to(…) queries in seconds.