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family of Canada,St. Lawrence and Oswego counties of New York.
My Great grandfather Joseph Gareau [Gorrow]Grow was born in Ogdensburg, St Lawrence County, NY in 1874 and died in Fulton, NY on December 9, 1941.#1
I have no parental information on Joseph, all I have is "family stories" that say he was fathered by a Boyer but raised by a Gareau mother,and that he was illegitimate or abandoned. So the object of my search is Joseph Grow's parents.#2
"Family stories" also suggest that his mother may have died when he was very young and lived with his Gareau Grandparents.#2&3
Census and church records have yielded no information on Joseph's birth or parents. I have searched the records of Notre Dame, St Mary's, the 1880 census with very little success. #5 There is a big gap of census information for St Lawrence County, so by the 1900 census he was known as Joseph Grow.
JOSEPH GROW was married in Gouverneur, New York to Jennie Wright on April 3 1895 by Rev. Ure Mitchell of the Gospel United Church. Shortly before his marriage to Jennie he changed his name to Joseph Grow. Joseph was,his daughter says, born and baptized a Catholic. He farmed in different towns in the county and then moved to Fulton NY (Oswego Co) about 1924. They had 15 children (12 survived to adulthood) all born before they moved to Fulton. Their names were Nora,Cora,Dewey,Earl,Claude,Charles, Joseph,Mary,Katherine,Lucy,Lena and Geneva. Three died in infancy, Cecile (f), Paul, and Reginald.
JOSEPH'S last surviving daughter and a cousin told me they were told the story of the Boyer father by Joseph's cousin Mary Demers of Ogdensburg. Mary, I believe was the daughter of Delphine Gareau [Joseph& Louise Gareau #4] and wife of Paul Demers.

This is all of the information that I have uncovered with a great amount of help from others at this point. I still need parents for Joseph Grow and I would also like to find more on the family line of Joseph Gareau dit Saintonge of Quebec.

#1. There is a Joseph baptized in Ogdensburg in June, 1874,Godmother Phoebe Gareau, and her brother as Godfather, this could be my Joseph, but no last name is given which would lead me to think he was illegitimate.
#2 I have a death certificate in Ogdensburg,for an Auxilda/Azilda Garrow,[Isilda ?] daughter of Joseph and Louise Gareau. Her spouse is noted as Joseph Boyer. She died in January of 1882 at 26 years of age. Noe Garrow and Pascal Boyer witness the burial in Notre Dame cemetery. It has been suggested to me that this is Joseph's mother, but without a baptismal record or marriage record I cannot prove it.
#3 I believe Joseph's grandparents were: Joseph Louis Gareau dit St Onge (b cir 1823/25 Canada d 1887 Ogdensburg, NY) and M.Louise Boismenu [Monette] b 9-20-1815 St Benoit,Deux Montagnes, Quebec, d 1894 Ogdensburg NY. Louise's parents were Jean-Baptiste and Marguerite Lauzon
#4 I have found 8 children for Joseph and Louise 4 in St Jerome Parish of Quebec,(1851 Census district 5 sheet #1 page 111) they are:Delphine [b Curran,Ontario], Arsenne, Benjamin, Louis, Noe,[all b Ste Adele or St Jerome, Terrebonne,Quebec]Paul b.Curran,Ontario]. Isilda, Calixte born St Andre Avellin,Quebec
#5 The 1880 census for Ogdensburg lists another daughter Josephine married to Paul LaMarsh who live in the same house with Joseph and Louise on Commerace Street, I can find no birth record for a Josephine yet.
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Thanks ~ Kristin

Updated March 13, 2008

Kristin Grow

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    I am searching for the birth and parental information for my 3rd great grandfather Joseph Gareau dit Saint Onge. He married Louise Monette dit Boismenu and had 8 possibly 9 children. They traveled from St Jerome, Terrebonne Co to Curran, Prescott Co. to St Andre Avellin in Papineau Co. Finally to Ogdensburg, NY

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  • Joseph Gareau(Garo) death abstract Ogdensburg (165 KB)
    This is the abstract of the death notice for Joseph Louis Gareau (Garrow). I sent for it in hopes that his parents names were given by next of kin. Unfortunately no one gave it.
  • Louise Boismenu[Gareau] death abstract Ogdensburg (197 KB)
    This is the abstract of the death notice for Louise Gareau nee Boismenu. I sent for it in hopes that her parents names were given by next of kin. Unfortunately no one gave it.
  • Gareau Family Group Sheet (388 KB)
    This is the family group sheet for Joseph Gareau and Louise Monette. These are the children that I find for them so far in Quebec, Ontario and in Ogdensburg St Lawrence County, NY. Found birth of Delphine, St Luc Church Curran Prescott, Ontario. Feb 19 1846, recorded under the name St Ange ! Also Paul Joseph Gareau June 1854 St Luc Curran, Prescott Co Ontario. Still need birth of one more child Auxilda.
  • Claude Grow and his son Merlin Grow (389 KB)
    While doing some early spring closet cleaning I came across this picture of my Dad Merlin and Grandpa Claude Grow. I am not sure when this picture was taken but Dad does not look too much older than about 20 so my guess would be somewhere about 1943/45. Claude was born in either Oswegatchie or Gouveneur, St Lawrence Co. NY in 1901 and married Millie Boice and their son Merlin was born in Fulton, Oswego County in 1925.
  • Louise Boismenu baptismal record (390 KB)
    Louise Boismenu was born on 9-20-1815 in St Benoit, Deux Montagnes Quebec. This is a copy of her baptismal certificate

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