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Joseph PeterDenoyer, (Denio) (b. January 01, 1819, d. August 29, 1896)Joseph PeterDenoyer, (Denio) (son of JosephDenoyer, (Denio) and Carolina Champagne) was born January 01, 1819 in Chateauguay, Chateauguay, Quebec, Canada, and died August 29, 1896 in Anamosa, Jones Co., Iowa.He married Julia GRIMAR on Abt. 1845 in ?St. Patrick's?, Chateaugay, Franklin Co., New York.
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JOSEPH PETER DENIO
Joseph Peter Denio/Denoyer is believed to be the father of Julia Jane
Denio and 12 other children.This line of ancestry has been the most
difficult, as it seems Joseph had three possible wives.
The Denio name evolved from several other possible French Canadian
and French spellings.Among the most common spellings in the
International Genealogical Index & the Genealogical Dictionary of
Canadian Families, were: Denio, Dagneau, Deniau, De Noyon, Denoyer,
Deneau & Destaillis. The dit spelling for Denio was Laprise.
According to census records,Joseph was born on about Jan. 1 1819 in
Canada. Most likely Chateauguay, Chateaugay, Quebec, but I have no
information at this time to support this.By 1847 he had married Julia
Grimar, and to the Denio's were born 5 known children.They were
believed to have been born in Schenectady, Franklin or Clinton Co's in NY.
Chazy, Chateaugay, Churubusco and Schenectady have all been noted as
towns that our ancestors immigrated to upon leaving Canada, Aas well
as the Alburg, VT area.
According to pension records of eldest son Peter, a Louisa Grimar was
a witness at his wedding.This could possibly be Julia's mother.Peter
was the eldest, born in 1847, Edward, born Feb. 1848, Mary Louise was
born 3 July 1853 in Schenectady NY,Henry, born in 1855, & Julia Jane,
born 8 Sept. 1857. Edward & Henry married Mary Etta & Rosa Roberts,
who were believed to have been sisters.
It is believed that Julia Grimar died by 1865 (possibly in Schenectady,
N.Y.), as Joseph married Flora or Flavia Lahier on 12 Feb. 1865 at St.
Patrick's in Chateaugay, N.Y. Ironically, stepdaughter Julia Jane would
marry on this same day 12 yrs. later, & her betrothed's name was also
Flavia was born in 1840 in Canada.To Joseph and Flavia were born 8
children: Theodore, born Jan. 1867, Malvina or Levinia, born in 1868,
Emma, born in 1870, Mary Louise, born in Nov. 1871 and died at 10
months of age on 17 Sept. 1872.She was buried on 18 Sept. 1872 in lot
118 at St. Patrick's cemetery in Chateaugay, N.Y.Rose or Rosa was born
It was noted in the 1880 Clinton Co., NY History thatFr. Edmundus M.
De Pauw, the priest who married Joseph and Flavia at St. Patrick's
Catholic Church in Chateaugay(Franklin Co.), used to be the priest at the
Catholic Church in Churubusco, Clinton Co., NY
The last three children were born in Anamosa, Jones Co., Ia. Simon was
born in July 1881, Gladys was born (date unknown), and a female Denio
was born in Oct. 1885 & died on 27 March 1887 at 3:00 p.m. Cause of
death was listed as scarlatina, with complications of cerebral trouble.
H.G. Sigworth M.D.The infant was 1 yr. 6 mo. of age.
The Jones Co. WPA records indicate that Joseph, Peter (son), Sara A.
(Peter's daughter), & W?H.(possibly William, son of Edward) Denio are
buried in Jones Co. cemeteries. As of 1997, only the tombstone for
Joseph has been found at Holy Cross. It notes: Joseph Denio: Aug. 29,
1896Aged 77 yrs. 8 mos.This stone is only a few feet or so away from
daughter Julia Denio and her husband Joseph's tombstone.
Julia Denio told her daughter Alma that she was forced to leave her
home in New York at an early age.She recalled coming to the dinner
table one evening, and there was not a place set for her.It seems that
this was her stepmother's not so subtle way of asking her to leave.It is
not known how her father dealt with this matter.Needless to say, Julia
must have made her way toStone City, where other relatives were
already residing. Alma was said to have talked of her ancestors coming
from Chazy. This is a small town in northern New York along Lake
Champlain. There are several Denio's buried at Riverview Cemetery in
Chazy, although a definite connection has not yet been made.
By the year 1880, Joseph and Flavia and family had moved to Cass
Township, Jones Co., Iowa.In the 1880 U.S. Census for Cass Twp., Jones
Co., Ia., it noted that Joseph Denio was 59 yrs. of age, could not read or
write (English), and was born in Canada, as were his parents.Flora was
listed as wife, and 40 yrs of age.Could not read or write (English) and
was born in Canada.Theodore was 13, Levina was 12, Emma was 10 and
Rose was 3.
The 1885 U.S. Census from Cass Twp., Jones Co., Ia. noted that Joseph
farmed in Sec. 31 SW NW, was 65 yrs. old, and born in Canada,.He was
entitled to vote, but could not read or write.Pheba K. was listed as his
wife, & she was 45 yrs. of age, born in Canada & could not read or write
(English). Theodore was 18, single, and subject to military duty. He could
not read or write (English).Melvina (Levinia) was 16, Emma was 14, and
Rosa was 7.
From MHI records of daughter, Emma Denio in 1890, it has been found
that Antoine Parker was listed as her uncle, and Annie Collier her cousin.
This still leaves us in doubt as to whether Phoebe K. was Joseph's third
wife, or if Flavia/Flora/Phebe were the same wife.
In the 1895 U.S. Census from Jones Co., Cass Twp., Joseph is 75 yrs. of
age, Occupied as a laborer, Catholic, and entitled to vote, cannot read or
write.Phebe was 55, Theodore was 22, married, Occupied as a laborer,
subject to military duty, Catholic, eligible to vote, could not read or
write.Emma was 22, married, born in Jones Co., Ia, Leo was 5, Tercil?
age 3, and Simon age 0.
According to Catholic church records from St. Patrick's in Anamosa,
Ia., Malvina's witnesses for her marriage were Dominic Melise & Emma
Denio (her sister).The Rev. T. McCormick presided over the ceremony.
Witnesses for Mary Louise's wedding were John Chopper & Anna
Roberts.Rev. Robert Powers officiated.
WPA records of Jones County, Ia., note that Joseph died on 29 Aug.
1896 at the age of 77.
It is not known what year Flavia or Phebe died.It is presumed that
Phebe died in Anamosa, Jones Co., Iowa.
The followingexcerpt is from the 1926 book of Aaron Denio of
Deerfield, MA.It deals with unidentified Denios:
"In the investigations of 1888-90 it was assumed that all persons
bearing the surname Denio were descended from Aaron of Deerfield. For
the most part his assumption was not difficult to justify.
It ceased to be possible to hold it without qualification when one
found the following obituary in the New England Historical and
Genealogical Register, vol 13. page 183, April 1859:
"Denio, Luke, Dickinson, Franklin Co., NY Jan. 22, aged 120 yars. He wa a
Canadian Franchman, remembered the victory of Gen. Wolfe at Quebec,
and was at that time (Sept. 13, 1759) old enough to be a mail carrier on
a short route between some of the small towns in Canada."
It is stated that he was a Canadian, and spent a part of his active life
in Canada. While his age is given in round numbers as 120 years, it is not
unlikely that he may have been a few months older or younger than
exactly 120 years. Examining the birthdates of Aaron Denio's children
which are well authenticated in the records of Deerfield, Mass., it is
seen at once that there is not the slightest probablility that Luke was
one ofhis children. Also the name Luke does not occur anywhere as a
name of a descendant of Aaron Denio to this day.
An examination of the Boucherville church records reveals the fact
that 1 Aaron had 2 brothers who had married before 1739, the supposed
birth year of Luke Denio, Luke's surname may possibly have become Denio
before he came to New York state, for the compilers of this work in
early life while living in northwestern Vermont, about 15 miles from the
northern border, used to hear "There are Denios in Canada", yet they
never saw or learned difinitely anything about them. Later the junior
compiler met a Moses Denio who said he was born in Canada, and had
lived in Keene, New Hampshire. He was then living in Montpelier, Vt, and
afterward returned to Canada.
No town or other records of Vermont or of New York have been found
having the name De Noyon. The probablility is almost a certainty that
other De Noyons, beside Luke, spread out from Boucherville and came into
the State, and that their names became either Dano, Daneo, Denno, Denio,
Dinio or something similar. There were Deniaus, and Deneaus at
Boucherville and nearby towns. There names might easily become Denio.
the Deneaus and Deniaus were quite numerous in Canada before 1800.
No Luc (Luke) Deneau, Deniau or De Noyon nor any Denio is recorded in
Cyprian Tanguay's Dictionaire genealogique hich comes down to about
The U.S. census of 1850 of Vermont towns Alburg, Isle La Motte, Grand
Isle, North Hero, Orwell and Shoreham, all in or bordering Lak eChamplain
records several families with one or other of these names, and as having
numerous children of school age. Parents and children all were born
either in Canada or Vermont, and none of them with one exception is
given as holding real estate.
It is a somewhat singular fat that the records of 1816 of Delhi,
Delaware Co., in Southeastern NY, where William Denio died in 1808, had
kept a hotel, mention Joseph, Myrum and Phineas Denio. Two Joseph
Denios lived there about this time. But no othe rrecord of Myrum or
Phineas Denio has been found. There is another possibility: These
instances might well be among those (as found occasionally, beyond all
question) where the name by which a person is commonly known is not
the same Christian name as that in the family record or in the baptismal
More About Joseph PeterDenoyer, (Denio):
Burial: 1896, Holy Cross Cem., Anamosa, Jones Co., Iowa.
More About Joseph PeterDenoyer, (Denio) and Julia GRIMAR:
Marriage: Abt. 1845, ?St. Patrick's?, Chateaugay, Franklin Co., New York.
Children of Joseph PeterDenoyer, (Denio) and Julia GRIMAR are:
- +Peter Denio, b. 1847, Chateaugay, Franklin Co., New York, d. December 02, 1893, Anamosa, Jones Co., Iowa.