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Charles LaVoy, Sr.

Male 1809 - 1858  (49 years)


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  • Name Charles LaVoy 
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born 10 Aug 1809  Detroit, Mi Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 4 Sep 1858  Erie Twp, MI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I00025  Tombeau Family Tree
    Last Modified 24 Feb 2007 

    Father Francois LaVoy, II,   b. 30 Oct 1776, St-Philippe-de-la-Prairie Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Sep 1852, Erie, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Mother Marie ("White Feather") Gouin,   b. 8 Feb 1790, Detroit, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Sep 1852, Erie, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Married 5 Jul 1808  Detroit, MI (St. Anne Church) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F0041  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Catherine Robidou,   b. 25 Nov 1814, St. Antoine, River Raisin, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1860, Erie, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 47 years) 
    Married 18 Oct 1831  Erie, MI (St. Joseph Catholic Church) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Charles S. LaVoy,   b. 14 Aug 1832, Erie, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Feb 1913, Monroe, MI (County Infirmary) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     2. David LaVoy,   b. 5 Dec 1833, Erie, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1860, Erie, MI (?) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 26 years)
     3. Benjamin LaVoy,   b. Abt 1835
    +4. Toussaint LaVoy,   b. 1 Nov 1836, Erie, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Feb 1911, Erie, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    +5. Francis C. LaVoy, J.P.,   b. 17 Mar 1838, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1916, Erie, MI (St. Joseph Cemetery, Erie, MI) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    +6. Hubert LaVoy,   b. 1840,   d. Bef 1924, Toledo, OH (?) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 84 years)
    +7. Moses LaVoy, Sr.,   b. 1841, Erie, Mi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 1929, Stateline Home (Toledo, Ohio) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
    +8. Mary LaVoy,   b. 1845, Erie, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Mar 1933, Ottawa Lake, Monroe Co, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
    +9. Esther LaVoy,   b. 1848, Erie, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1920, Toledo, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 73 years)
     10. Stasilia Catherine LaVoy,   b. 19 Apr 1852, Erie, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1858, Erie, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 5 years)
    Family ID F0040  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    Charles LaVoy, Sr., and Lambert LaVoy I: Deed to the property at S. Dixie at LaVoy Rd., Monroe County,  MI, August 5, 1837, signed by President Martin Van Buren's assistant on sheepskin. {Currently (2007) preserved by Richard LaVoy of Arizona, great-grandson of  Lambert LaVoy I. Richard will donate it to the Monroe Historical museum on his death}
    Charles LaVoy, Sr., and Lambert LaVoy I: Deed to the property at S. Dixie at LaVoy Rd., Monroe County, MI, August 5, 1837, signed by President Martin Van Buren's assistant on sheepskin. {Currently (2007) preserved by Richard LaVoy of Arizona, great-grandson of Lambert LaVoy I. Richard will donate it to the Monroe Historical museum on his death}

  • Notes 
    • Charles LaVoy, Sr: The First American-Born LaVoy

      Charles LaVoy, Sr., was the first born of the nine known children of Francois LaVoy and Marie Gouin. He was born on 10 August 1809 at Detroit in his parent's home in the great swamp that has since become Grosse Pointe. He was baptized at Ste. Anne's by none other than the great Fr. Gabriel Richard, the Sulpician priest from Paris who helped found the University of Michigan, brought the first prining press to Michigan and served as a representative in Congress.

      Charles LaVoy, Sr., was married on 18 October 1831 in St. Joseph's Church in Erie, MI, to Cathrine Robidou. She was the daughter of Louis Robidou and Archange Bernard and had been born at St. Antoine, River Raisin, which is the modern day Monroe. MI, on 25 November 1814.

      (The writer holds an ancient French Bible given to him by his Great-aunt Julia LaVoy Deszell, who had it of her father Moses LaVoy, Sr., who in turn may have recieved it from a maternal uncle of the Robidou Family as the births of several Robidou children are recorded in it in both English and French.)

      The membership of Charles and Catherine's family can be viewed in the 1850 Federal Census for Monroe County, Erie Twp., as it was on November 22, 1850 (p.313, 105):

      Charles LaVoy, age 41, farmer, value of real estate: $2,000
      Catherine LaVoy, age 36, wife
      David LaVoy, age 17
      Toussaint LaVoy, age 14
      Francis LaVoy, age 12
      Hubert, age 11
      Moses, age 9
      Mary, age 5
      Esther, age 7

      As Charles, Jr, is not mentioned in the above entry, it is assumed he was working as a farm hand on another man's farm at this time, as was the custom of the time for older children.

      It is believed, based upon the statements of oral tradition made by Mrs. Esther Templin that the Charles LaVoy home was 8720 Suder Rd. in Erie Township. This home was discussed earlier in this history in the section on Charles' father.

      Charles LaVoy died at the age of 49 in Erie on 4 September 1858. (Probate Records, Monroe County) His grandson, my great-uncle Frederick LaVoy, stated he had been killed by a reindeer jumping over his sleigh. Allowing for the distortions in the memory of a young child, when Uncle Fred may have been told of his grandfather's death, the essentials are still credible: that Charles LaVoy, Sr, was killed while in his horse-drawn vehicle when a deer jumped into it or upset it in early September. This would account for Charles Sr.'s premature death at age 49.

      In addtion to farming, in an article that appeared in the September 9, 1957, Toledo News-Bee, one of his grandsons states that Charles was also an interpreter among northern Indian tribes.

      Catherine Robidou died after 1870. She is found in the 1860 Federal Census managing her late husband's farm with her sons, Francis, age 21, Moses, age 19, and daughters Mary, age 15, and Esther, age 12. Subsequent to this it is believed that her son Francis bought and managed the family property.

      In the 1870 Census Catherine is found living with her daughter Esther and her husband Alexander Poulin in Whiteford Township (Monroe County, MI).

      As Catherine is missing from the 1880 Census, it is presumed she died in the 1870's in Monroe County, probably in Whiteford . She died between the ages of 57 and 67.

      Charles LaVoy, Sr., and Catherine Robidou had ten known children: I-1: Charles S. LaVoy; I-2: David LaVoy; I-3: Benjamin (?) LaVoy; I-4: Toussiant LaVoy; I-5: Francis C. LaVoy; I-6: Hubert LaVoy; I-7: Moses LaVoy, Sr.; I-8: Mary LaVoy; I-9: Esther LaVoy; and I-10: Stasilia Catherine LaVoy.