I had wondered why I didn't see a Pete Bilyea in the names of the children of THAT Robert and Jane Bilyea. How strange the way the names and dates matched... Robert James Bilyea and Robert Henry Bilyea were second cousins - their fathers were cousins.
Okay, your grandfather Robert Henry Bilyea was born 16 Dec 1905. His twin sister Leila Bilyea put togther the 1953 booklet: "History of The Bilyea Family, 1695-1953."
Robert and Jean married 13 Sept. 1930.
Leila's book is very good, but it is confusing trying to figure who is descended from whom.
Robert's father, your great grandfather, was Frederick Bilyea, born 2 Sept. 1868 and died 5 Feb. 1949.Here's what else is in Leila's book:
"He was raised, brought up his family and died on the farm which has been in the Bilyea name since 1 December 1852. He married Matilda Jane McKone on 12 February,1896. His community interests were varied. He died 5 Feb. 1949. a week before his 53rd wedding anniversary. On this occassion he and his wife were to have been presented with a scroll from the Provincial Government. It was later given to his family.
He told of the log house in which they were all but the youngest child, Nelson, born.Maple sugar was stored in the attic for household use during the coming year. Wool was dyed and spun into blankets for the family's needs. He spoke of the fine example set by his father and mother in the upbringing of their family. When he was six years old they moved into the brick house which still is used by his son Kenneth and his family (THIS WAS AS OF 1953). There were six children born of this marriage."
Your grandfather's siblings were:
- Frederick William Bilyea (1897-?), married Winnifred Clift. - Velma Jane Bilyea (1901-?), married Garnet McFalls of Exeter. - Erma Leona Bilyea (1903-?), married Clarence Westman of Granton. - Almira Leila Bilyea (1905-?) - Herbert Kenneth Arnold Bilyea (1910-?), married Elizabeth Inson of St. Marys.
Robert Henry Bilyea's grandfather was Frederick Archilaus Bulyea (Jan. 28, 1827 - Dec. 31, 1890). He was born in New Brunswick and was the second son of Henry Bulyea and his first wife.
From Leila's book:
"He and his brother James Albert came to Ontario in 1848 with his father, step-mother and their family of two boys and three girls... Frederick married Margaret Hobbs of London Township about 1854. She was born 9 July 1832 and died 18 January 1904. They had ten children. Elizabeth was the only one with a middle name."
Frederick's father Henry Bulyea was born about 1791 in New Brunswick and died 17 FEB 1853 in London. He is buried in the Anglican Church Cemetery in Birr (he was the first person to be buried there).Frederick's mother was Henry's first wife Elizabeth Purdy (1793 - 13 Feb. 1835).
Henry's father was James Albert Bulyea (1755 - 1834 or 1837). Some genealogy's spell his name BELYEA, but he was born in New York as Bulyea and his name is spelled that way in the British Records of claims by Loyalists who were resettled in Canada after the American Revolution.His wife was Jemima Purdy (1765-1828).
James' father was Hendrick Bulyea (also spelled Beljee) born 19 April 1720 and died 15 Feb. 1802. He was born at Phillipsburg Manor, Dutchess CO, NY and was baptized at the what's now called the Old Dutch Church at Sleepy Hollow in Tarrytown NY (one of your ancestors was the first deacon of that church). His second wife, and James' mother was Engeltje (Angelica) Storm. Through her family we find the oldest known Bilyea ancestor: Dederick Storm, born 1390 - 611 years ago! Through the Engeltje Storm the Bilyea's are related to many, if not most, of the Dutch families who found what became New York City.
Hendrick's father was Jan Beljee (1698-1766). He was born on Long Island, NY and married Helen Willemse (also spelled Williams) who was born about 1698.
Jan's father was Louis Boulier, who was born about 1672 in Saintonge, France. He was a Huguenot - French Protestants who escaped to the Netherlands and Flanders (now Holland) after the 16th Century persecutions in which an estimated 20,000 to 100,000 Huguenots were butchered in France. The English also took in the Huguenots which is why the Bulyea's remained loyal to England during the American Revolution.
Louis made his way across the Atlantic Ocean and settled in the Dutch community of New Amsterdam, which became New York. His wife was Antje (Angie) De Coninck.
I have extensive records of the Dutch side of the family through the wives and hope to get that back online someday soon.