I am writing this EXACTLY as it's written and was passed on to me. It was written by Charles L. Gerard's granddaughter. There are some conflicting years, however, and the way it's written is a bit confusing and I'll make my comments at the end of this. I know this was written after 1879 and prior to 1933 but how much before 1933 I don't know....
Charles L. Gerard, son of Nicholas & Frances (Lignon) Gerard, both natives of France, was born in Lewis Co. NY Jan. 24, 1933. The Grandfather's family came to the United States in 1829, and settled in Lewis Co., NY. In 1854 they moved to Calumet Co., Wisconsin and there Grandfather was engaged in farming until his death in 1862, aged 110 years old. In 1856 he walked 3 miles to cast his vote for Buchanan. In religion, he belonged to the Catholic church. With his wife and 8 children, one of his sons, Nicholas, father of Charles L. was married in France, settled in Lewis Co., NY. In 1826. Resided for some time at Albany and Cleveland, dying in the last named city in 1844. His widow remarried and resides in Kansas. Like his father, he was the parent of 8 children. 2 died in infancy, Eugene and Joseph are among the dead. John resided in Minnesota. Charls L. in Elmira, IL, Frank in Wisconsin and George in Elmira. He served under Napolean at Waterloo.
Charles L. Gerard passed his early years in Ohio, moving from Cuyahoga to Huron Co., Ohio at the age of 15 to FonDuLac, Wisconsin. Two years later, where he learned the carpenter's trade. On August 23, 1855 he married Miss Henrietta M., daughter of William and Hannah (Blood) Lesan. Her father was born in Lincoln Co., Maine Oct. 9, 1803 and her mother in Merrimac Co., N.H. August 20, 1804. They settled in Stark Co., IL In 1844 moved to Wisconsin in 1857 and after a few years returned to Stark Co. Mrs. William Lesan died in 1880. To Mr. Gerard and wife nine children were born. Mina E. (married a Briggs) of Osceola, Mary M. (deceased), Martha F. of Elmira, Caroline A. (Aunt Carrie), Sylvia Eden (Aunt Ellen), Anna L. (married a Trent), Charles N., James I. and Edith M. (married an Ives). In 1857 he and family came to Stark Co. In 1864 he purchased a small tract of section 36 in Elmira and now owns 200 acres. Mostly improved. In 1861 he became a Republican at one time he was a member of the United Bretheren Church but now supports all Christian churches. He is an Odd Fellow has served as school director and since 1860 when he made the overland trip to Pikes Peak, has been steadily engaged in building up the agricultural and social interest in his township.
NOTE from Rosie, current editor of this message: Is it just me or are some parts of this confusing as for years? I have more history info that I've been able to add since this was written. I would really like to share and get additional and/or corrected information. For instance: who fought in Napolean's army - the Nicholas referred to at the beginning here or his father because The Battle of Waterloo was fought in 1815 in Belgium. This would've made Nicholas in this message only 15. It also says Nicholas and Frances came to the USA (NY) in 1829 but then a couple sentences later it says they settled here from France in 1826. I believe James's middle name is Isaac. That was a family name that followed thru for a couple of generations and my great-grandmother, Martha Frances Gerard Omanson named one of her sons Isaac. I always thought Charles L. Gerard's middle name is Lewis but I saw somewhere where he was referred to as Charles Lee Gerard so now I'm unsure.
We're having a cousin's reunion in August of 2011 and I'd really like to have a copy of our family history to display. I've just started searching so am very new to this. My grandparents were Elmer Anderson married to Mary Henrietta Omanson, great granddaughter of Nicholas and Frances. But because I seem to have more information on the Gerards, I'm following that line currently.
I would love to hear from anyone with any information. Thanks.
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