We are a direct descendants of Simeon Gaugien ( abt. 1741, d. May 13, 1813 in France) who was born and married on January 29, 1788 to Ms. Laurence Udelle in Rosières-sur-Mance, France. He was reported to have been an artillery sergeant and then Colonel under the General Marquis de La Fayette during the American Revolution. He established our families hometown in New York, near Cape Vincent called Rosiere NY. There is very little left of this town now, Sarah, Alex and I visited it last summer along with our cousins George and Ann Hollenbeck. Although we were told at the time of Mary Hollebeck Ransier's birth (my grandmother) Rosier was a busy little town with a train depot and general store).
Colonel Gaugien's children settled Rosier NY and raised their children. Sergeant Gaugien returned to France and is reportedly buried near Rosières-sur-Mance, France in 1813.
His known children were Simeon Gaugien, b. abt. 1795 in Rosiere, France, d. January 5, 1865 in Rosiere, New York; Nicholas Gosier and Adrienne Gosier [Note spelling change to Gosier for siblings].
Simeon Gaugien the younger was married to Jane Ann Therat on January (or June) 20, 1818, she too was b. in France. They were reported to have come to Rosiere, Jefferson County, New York in 1832.
Their known children were:
1. Our great great great grandfather Charles S. Gosier, b. 1818, d. February 22, 1898;
2. Antione Gosier, b. January 1, 1820, d. August 22, 1898;
3. Nicholas Gosier, b. October 16, 1821, d. June 19, 1822;
4. John Baptiste Gaugier (note spelling), b. August 28, 1824, d. September 1900, at Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, married to Josephine Marie Barker, b. June 1, 1833, d. 1901 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
5. Marie Gosier, b. December 10, 1829, d. December 19, 1829; and
6. Clarissa Gosier, b. November 9, 1831, d. September 20, 1900.
We are related directly to Charles S. (Gaugien) Gosier, b. 1818, d. February 22 or March 3 1898; who married Genevieve Branche (who died in Rosier NY June 1, 1901).
Charles and Genevieve had a daughter Mary Gaugien (born 1858 in Rosier NY, died March 11 1933 in Cape Vincent, NY) who on November 11, 1879 married Nicholas Lawyer Aubertine (born 1857 in Rosier NY and died there December 21 1926).
Nicholas and Mary had a daughter Grace Sarah Aubertine (born June 1 1891 in Rosier NY and died January 4 1983 in Watertown NY) who on January 10, 1910 married Walter Andrew Hollenbeck (born November 2 1887 in Cape Vincent NY and died June 12 1964 in Watertown NY) in Rosier NY. It was said of great grandfather Hollenbeck that he told everyone he wanted to live long enough to see his first great grandson born. I was that great grandson born April 23 1964).
Walter and Grace had a daughter Mary Hollenbeck (born March 13, 1917 in Cape Vincent NY and died August 7 2007 in Rodman NY) who on May 27 1942 married Kenneth Ransier (born August 16 1919 in Adams Oregon and died January 12 1983 in Pendelton Oregon) in Cape Vincent NY. While others moved away Mary was the first of our direct family line since the Revolutionary War to move away from the Rosier/ Cape Vincent area and move to the "big city" of Watertown, NY.
Kenneth and Mary had a daughter Shirley Ann Ransier (born April 16, 1943 in Watertown NY and is still living) who on June 16 1962 married Theodore Irving Hart (born March 12 1939 in Watertown NY and is still living), in Watertown, NY.
Theodore and Shirley had a son and I am that son Theodore Richard Hart (born April 23, 1964) who on September 2, 1989 married Tracy Lynn Smith in Rochester NY. I have two children Sarah Grace Hart (born September 14 1991) and Alexander Michael Hart (born August 17 1993) we currently live in Columbia, MD.
Alexander and I are both members of the Sons of the American Revolution
Sarah is currently completing here application to the Daughters of the American Revolution.
With additional research I have located online the town our ancestors came in France.
Our French hometown appears very small (maybe even the size today of Rosier NY).