Marie Anna dite Louisa Tourville born 15 August 1864

Marie Anna Tourville was born 15 August and baptized 27 August, 1864 and was called Louisa.  She was the seventh of ten children of Charles Tourville and Julia LeClair.  Her parents were French Canadian, and they eventually settled in Chateaugay NY, where Louisa and her siblings were born. 

In 1870, Louisa and her family lived in Chateaugay.  Her father was a farmer, whose real estate was valued at $1000 and personal property at $300.   

I have not been able to find Charles and Julia in the 1880 census. Of their children, Henry has gone to Wisconsin, Charles is married and in Chateaugay, as is Isabel.  Louis is missing, Joseph is married and living next to his brother in Chateaugay.  Also missing are George, Louisa, Genevieve, and Albert.  (William died young).  I suspect that Charles and Julia took all their unmarried children to Leadville, Colorado.  The 1880 census was taken at the first of June, and that would have been a good time to be travelling to the west.  Albert and Jennie were listed in Colorado school records in 1882 and 1883 with their brother Charles’ children, Charles and Mary having left NY for Leadville on 1 May 1881.  While George seems to have spent a little more time in Colorado, it appears that the children (of Charles and Julia, except Charles the son who stayed in CO) soon returned to NY, married, and raised their families in the east.

I have not found a marriage record for Louisa, but in the 1885 census, she and her husband, Clayton P Geroux were living with her father, in Eagle Colorado.  She was 21, and his age appears to be 27.  Clayton was a charcoal burner, and she ran a boarding house.

By the next year they had moved to Montana.  Daughter Eva was born there in 1886, and Corrine was born in Anaconda MT in 1889.  Anaconda and nearby Butte were large mining cities. 

Louisa and family moved back to New York.  They were counted in the 1900 census in Ellenburg, which also says Louisa had been married 20 years.  The record says four children born, four living.  Julia had been born in 1893, and Arthur in 1896, in New York.  The Chateagay Record reported in February 1900 from Star, that “Mrs. Clayton Geroux is very ill at present writing.”  Star is apparently a nearby community but I couldn’t find it on a modern map. 

A family tree posted on line says that besides the above children, they also had Hattie, Robert, Albert, Josephine, and Lizzie. The contributor did not lists any other details.  I did find a record for a stillborn daughter from January 6, 1906.  She was buried at Ruddsboro, and Clayton Gerue signed his mark as undertaker, so perhaps she was buried by the family on the home farm.  I could find Ruddsboro Road, but no town of Ruddsboro.   When I checked Find-A-Grave for information on Ruddsboro cemetery, I learned that it is also called Dana Cemetery, in Hanover. is a link to cemeteries, but I didn’t find any Geroux/Gerue listed in Dana.  The 1907 Hanover directory does list Clayton Gerue as a farmer on the Ruddsboro Road, post office Etna. 

The 1910 census lists Clayton and Louisa in on Ruddsboro Road, Etna.  This census says nine children born, four living, which gives credence to the suggestion that they had five more children than I knew originally – all born after 1900 and died before 1910, apparently at Etna.     

The Chateaugay Record of 11 December 1914 reported that “Mrs John LaBombard and Mrs Clayton Gerue, of Lebanon NH are visiting with relatives and friends in Chateaugay and neighboring towns.”  Louisa’s sister Isabella lived nearby and might be why she and Clayton moved to that area. 

The 1916 and 1918 Hanover directories list Clayton Gerue as a farmer in Etna.  The 1920 census lists them as farmers in Hanover, no specific address given (Etna?).  Arthur and his wife Hazel Hall lived with them.  Arthur’s son Alton died at age 23 days in 1920, and Arthur signed as undertaker for a funeral at Ruddsboro, so he may also be buried on the farm.  Louisa’s married daughter Julia Cleveland also lived with them, and they were next door to daughter Cora Tobin and family. 

On 13 March 1928, Clayton fell from a load of hay and broke his neck.  He only lived 30 minutes.  He is buried at Enfield. In the 1930 census, his widow Louisa was listed living with her daughter Eva (Mrs. Patrick Lynch) in Etna. 

Louisa died 13 February 1946 probably in Etna.  The death record on is data only, and does not list the town.  It gives her full name as Louise Rose Tourville Gerue, age 81, marital status married, spouse name Clayton Peter Gerue.  Her father’s name is Charles Tourville and her mother’s given as Julia King.  This record did not list a cause of death or burial place. 



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