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Re: Jiru surname
Posted by: Dorothy Hawkins Date: January 12, 2002 at 05:40:21
In Reply to: Re: Jiru surname by david hunsaker of 12

Re: Jiru surname
From: David Hunsaker
Date: August 1, 2001

I too am looking for more info on the jiru name. My mother is Genevieve Jiru, and her father was Ed--lived most of his life in Wisconsin.(died 1969 in Sacramento). We don't have any further back. Ed's uncle was a Bier; he had a relative in wisconsin who was a priest. Ed's parents died when he was very young and his uncle raised him. The family was supposed to have been from the Alsace-Lorraine region. I believe Ed's parents were the immagrants, and probably came in via NY. I have seen a french name of Girou and also Giroux. Any help is appreciated

Date: January 12, 2002
From: Dorothy Hawkins

I believe I am related to you through the Jiru surname!

My mother, Mary Alice was born a Jiru. She married my father, Merrill Hawkins, who was a pilot during WWII. They live in Brookfield, WI. Her brothers Richard and Danny Jiru are both living. They were the children of Alice Kamps (Appleton, WI area) and John Alfred Jiru.....

Grandpa Jiru was a master builder and carpenter in the Janesville, Wisconsin area. We know a lot more about the KAMPS' than the JIRU's - I personally am just starting this journey of my mother's family discovery.

Richard was a priest of the Salesian order until recently when he retired after 30 years of service. He's now married and living in CO.

Danny was a brother in the same order, and eventually went to the secular side and married Irene (last name?) - they had a child, my first cousin, Erik Jiru. They live in the Los Angeles area, where Danny still teaches social justice classes at Don Bosco high school.

We are related to the KAMPS (Grandma Jiru's birth surname)
the BIER's (cousins of ours whose farm I spent time at as a child - I believe it was "Uncle Ed's") - the PARR's - as well as the MITCHELL's (shortened from the French Saint-Michel)- don't recall exactly who, how or when.

My Aunt Mary Kamps (married Howard Kamps - Grandma Jiru's brother), has a written history.....I'm going to see if she'll let me get a copy of it soon. She's out in Virginia with her daughter and son-in-law and their large brood. She returns to Pewaukee in the summer time - that will be the time to get the family history from her.

But it very well could have been Richard Jiru from my mom's family, from Janesville, Wisconsin, who was the priest you mentioned....on the other hand, there's also a lot of other religious from various parts of the family tree, so I'm not sure.

In any case - since you mentioned the Biers (I'm pretty sure Ed is my uncle too)- I wanted to write back about this little known surname...

Side note: Uncle Danny was recently at the grocery store, waiting in line to check out. When the lady behind him, an African woman recently arrived in the U.S.A., saw his surname on his debit card "JIRU" - She was ecstatic! Evidentally, the surname travelled all the way to southern Africa and blended in the with people there, so we actually have relatives somewhere in Africa, as well.

Please email me anytime:

Dorothy Hawkins,
Milwaukee, Wisconsin


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