The last few weeks have been quite interesting in terms of new discoveries, etc. Per normal, I’ll simply enumerate them in an outline (I’m not feeling terribly prosaic right now).
I discovered that my entire Deyo line and genealogy was wrong. I had our lineage going through New Paltz and New Amsterdam. It turns out that the family actually came out of Quebec and earlier France. The more I look down my father’s line the more French it becomes!
In that same vein I discovered through the help of some wonderful people, my great-grandmother’s family- the Minors and Paiges. My work in their lineage seems to be making some fairly surprising and quick progress. Several of our readers have provided me wonderful insights and help. Thank you! If you want to follow my research on this line you should be able to find it on Ancestry.com.
On to my mother‘s side, I discovered yet another sibling for my grandfather (Opa) and also discovered I missed getting a great-uncle’s birth correct- an error I intend to fix.
I have received some wonderful assistance from fellow yahoo group members on gathering new photos for my Elbing and post-World War 2 Germany collections. Vielen dank!
Probably one of the best pieces of news I have to share is that ManyRoads was visited last month (Jan 2010) by nearly 4000 of you. I am honored.
I hope to keep my genealogy work underway and the ManyRoads postings regular. My plans constantly change, so who knows; but with any luck we should see information soon on the Quebec to US migrations, genealogy tool use and recommendations… plus whatever else pops up in my digging.
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 grateful.
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 there way to me via my Mom (Today my Mom is 85; her mother was Mina Deyo Oconnor, the daughter of Eli Deyo and Philomen Lafountain). More
For those of you who keep track of such things, here’s a quick list of our latest discoveries and happenings.
The German Red Cross wrote and provided a wealth of information on Frieda Senger’s internment in the Soviet Gulag system after WW2. This information has been more than 60 years in coming. Click to read more.
Because of the aforementioned documents, we have identified additional information about the particular Gulag. Click to read more.
We are making good headway on the John Deyo mystery. Actually this mystery has now turned into one about his father Joseph Deo/Deyo/Dion. Click to read more.
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This next week promises to be eventful in our genealogy space…
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 post a more complete history. My previous post on this subject is below:
I am searching to find the parents of one John Deyo. I can find an obvious (but incorrect!) link from him to a set of parents identified in the New Paltz area of New York as Christian Deyo… I think we now can say for certain that our Deyos are from Canada not New Paltz. My sister (Linda) is going to do some record research in Albany this week to see what she is able to unearth. (more to come… we hope!)
So here’s the dilemma I have, on the last census it seems John parents are Canadian (John & Julie Deo); earlier evidence seems to indicate John was born in the US (what we don’t know is who these people were before they came to the US).
After performing a detailed analysis of all the Deyo’s it is highly unlikely that I have yet found the parents of our John Deo/ Deyo. My analysis of the Joseph & John Deo’s in Altona circa 1870-1880 would seem to point to Joseph Deo being the father of John… however, we have no proof . My sister Linda is going to visit NYS records to see what may lie there. I have contacted Holy Angels Church in Altona and also Altona (NY) Town Clerk to see what they might offer. Oh and yes, I have contacted the genealogy group from Altona. My sister is going to also examine the adjoining town of Chazy for records… and look in Altona for any property records (because 1880 and 1870 Censuses both indicate the Deo’s were property owners- farmers). It is quite the mystery.
Any help or insight is MOST appreciated!
Genealogically, here’s what I had (and now believe to be incorrect!):
1837 – 1924
Abt Dec 1837
Rosendale, Ulster, New York USA
The 1910 Census indicates he was born in Vermont. The 1900 Census provides the approximate birth date.
Altona, Clinton, New York USA
Rosendale, Ulster, New York USA
Wilton, Saratoga, New York USA
This census indicates John was born in New York, as were his parents and wife.
Altona, Clinton, New York USA
Altona, New York USA
date obtained from his headstone…Holy Angels Roman Catholic Cemetery Altona, Clinton County, New York
Deyo Christian J, b. 11 Apr 1807, New Paltz, Ulster, New York USA , d. 11 Dec 1887, New Paltz, Ulster, New York USA
DuBois Blandina, b. 17 Jul 1812, New Paltz, Ulster, New York USA , d. 25 Jul 1885, New Paltz, Ulster, New York USA
8 Sep 1831
New Paltz, Ulster, New York USA
Burnah Mary Ann, b. Abt Apr 1853, d. 1940, Altona, New York USA
1. Deyo George, b. 1868, Altona, Clinton, New York USA , d. 1945
John appears to have been either disowned or otherwise cast away from the Christian J. Deyo family. For most of his life, he moves from place to place and continually changes description of his birth location.