Genealogy of the Yandeau, Yandow and Guindon Families (version January 5, 2021)
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Francois Guesdon (1622-1684) was born in 1622 in the village of Loudun in western France. He was then probably baptized within a day or two on March 22, 1622 in the Church of St. Pierre du Martray, village of Loudun, township of Chaelleraut, diocese of Poitiers, province of Poitou, France. Today, Loudun is a commune in the Vienne department of the Poitou-Charentes region, and it displays the coat of arms that is shown above. Francois married Marie Molet (Mollé, Molay), who was baptized on Oct. 8, 1623 in the same parish, and was the daughter of Louis Mollé (b. c.1600) and Anne Chatelaine. There were three branches of the Guindon (also spelled Guesdon) family in Loudun - one specialized in making hats and bonnets, another branch were shoemakers, and the third were butchers. Francois, whose occupation is listed as Butcher Master, was a member of the third branch of this family. He died on Jan. 22, 1684 at the age of 61 years in Loudun, and Marie died many years later on Jan. 6, 1704 in the same village. Thus, both Francois and Marie, so far as we know, were baptized and buried in the same village. He and Marie had at least the 13 children listed below. The baptism dates that are given for these children were researched in 2015 using the original Church of St. Pierre du Martray records, as reported in the Guindon Journal, issue 55, 2020, p. 4.
Shown on the right is a plaque placed by the town of Loudun in September 2015 at 14 rue de La Tour Volue near the site of the mid-17th century home of Francois Guesdon and Marie Molay. The English translation of this sign reads, "On the Tower Street lived Francois Guesdon and Marie Molay, father and mother of Jean Guindon born in 1653 and Pierre Guindon born in 1662, baptized at St Pierre du Martray, moved to Quebec "Malbay" in 1688." Ref: Aitchison (2016)
children - GUINDON
Jehan (Jean) Guesdon was baptized on Monday, June 16, 1653 in Loudun. It is assumed that this Jean died before the birth in 1666 of another son also named Jean.
Pierre Guesdon was baptized on Sunday, March 15, 1654 in Loudun. It is assumed that this Pierre died before the birth in 1662 of another son also named Pierre
Antoine Guesdon was baptized on Friday, Jan. 2, 1656 in Loudun.
Francois Guesdon was baptized on Sunday, Jan. 14, 1657 in Loudun. It is assumed that this Francois died before the birth in 1665 of another son also named Francois.
Marie Guesdon was baptized on Saturday, May 11, 1658 in Loudun. It is assumed that this Marie died an infant before the birth in the following year of another daughter also named Marie.
Marie Guesdon was baptized on Saturday, Nov. 15, 1659 in Loudun.
Jeanne Guesdon was baptized on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 1661 in Loudun.
Charles Guesdon was baptized on Monday, Oct. 29, 1663 in Loudun.
Francois Guesdon was baptized on Saturday, March 14, 1665 in Loudun.
Jehan (Jean) Guesdon was baptized on Thursday, June 10, 1666 in Loudun. If we assume that the first son named Jean died before the birth of the one here, then the Jean born in 1666 is probably the one who immigrated about 1683, with his brother Pierre, to French Canada. Apparently, Jean was injured or sick at least three times, as he is listed as a patient in 1689, 1693 and 1696 at a hospital (Hotel-Dieu) in Quebec. There seems to be no further mention of him after 1696 in Canada, which indicates that he may have either perished, or returned to France. This was also during the first phase (1689-1697) of the French and Indian Wars, and many settlers left New France at this time rather than suffer the indignity of an English occupation. Interestingly, records have been found from the parish of St. Pierre du Marché in France that document the July 1, 1698 marriage of a Jean Guesdon, son of François Guesdon and Marie Molay, and his subsequent burial on Sept 25, 1698, a few months before the birth of his first child (Bezzina, 2002). These records are most likely those of Pierre Guindon's brother, which indicates that he probably did indeed return to France.
Elizabeth Guesdon was baptized Monday Jan. 30 1668 in Loudun.
Francois Guesdon was baptized Thursday Aug. 8, 1669 in Loudun.
Pierre Guindon (Guesdon) (1662-1733), the son of Francois Guesdon/Guindon and Marie Molet/Molle, was born in 1662 in the village of Loudun in western France. He was then baptized, probably within a day or two, on Sunday Sept. 24, 1662 at the village church of St. Pierre du Martray (diocese of Poitiers). His baptism record also names his godparents as Pierre Guiguard and Francine Baudais. Although their baptism records may no longer exist, Pierre's parents and godparents were probably all baptized in this same church, which was built in the early 1200s, and still stands today. Postcard views of this church are shown above.
Pierre and his brother Jean, both of whom were butchers, left Loudun about 1683 when Pierre was 21 years old for "New France", which back then was what the French Colonies in the Americas were called. They are said to have left France "due to religious wars and pestilence", and in the the hope of finding a better life. They arrived at the port of Montreal in Quebec, Canada, and eventually settled near the St. Lawrence River. Next, we hear that Francois Hazeur, who supplied laborers in Quebec, hired Pierre on Aug 6, 1688 to work at a water mill under construction in la Malbaie, at the mouth of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Although many others immigrated with Pierre and Jean from Loudun to "New France", mainly to Acadia in the Maritime provinces, Pierre is said to be the only one who stayed - the others returning to France as a consequence of the British occupation of Acadia during the first phase (1689-1697) of the French and Indian Wars. Pierre's brother Jean may have been one of those who left, or possbily he perished, as the last that we hear of him is that he was hospitalized at least three times between 1689 and 1696 in Quebec. Pierre, as such, is the patriarch of the Canadian branch of the Guindon family, and he is listed as Pierre I in Tanguay (1890),
A marriage agreement records that Pierre wed Catherine Braza-Rouchellet (c.1679-1710) on Nov. 21, 1706 at the Notre Dame Church in Montreal, the capital of Quebec. This would have been around the time of one of the wars with the British (1702-1713) over the control of Canada. A translation of this document by Patricia McCarron Guidon reads,
"The twenty-first of November one thousand seven hundred and six after publication of the bans and a dispensation for the other two obtained from Monsignor Francois Vachon of Belmont Grand-Vicaire and Monsignor of Quebec, and there being no objections the parish of Ville-Marie (Montreal) after having obtained mutual verbal consent from Pierre Guedon aged forty two years son of Francois Guedon and Marie Molet his father and mother of the Parish of St. Pierre de Loudun of Poitiers, on the one part, and from Catherine Breza aged twenty seven years Widow of Geoffroy Vincelet dit La Boessiere of this parish on the other part, having married them according to the rites of our Holy Mother in the presence of Dominque Phillipe de Rene Gatchet surgeon, and Ignace Breza brother of the bride, of Joseph Cartier son of Nicolas Perthuis and many other relatives and friends of both parties. The bride and groom have declared being unable to sign (i.e., they could not read or write)."
Catherine, the daughter of André Barsa, was previously married on Nov. 29, 1698 in Montreal, Canada to Geoffroy Vincelet (dit Laboessiere). This earlier husband was a soldier in the Bergerac Regiment that was associated with the church of St. Jacques de Bergerac in the Dordogne region of France. As such, he was in the employ of the Bishop of Perigueux, whose diocese is also in the Dordogne, and he was probably sent with others to Canada by the bishop to help protect Catholics in the colony. Geoffroy, who was born about 1676 in Fnance, died on March 19, 1703 in Montreal at the age of 27, leaving behind his wife, and at least two children - Nicholas (b. 1699) and Jacques (b. 1702). If this prior marriage is correct, then Pierre Guindon was Catherine's second husband. However, her prior marriage to Vincelet does not explain the Rouchellet that is found attached to her maiden name in some documents.
Catherine and Pierre Guindon had the children listed below, all born in St-Francois-de-Sales (a parish) on the Isle de Jesus, a small island in the St. Lawrence River where it flows through the city of Montreal. Catherine apparently died in childbirth on Aug. 22, 1710 on the Isle delivering their third son. A few months later on February 15, 1711, Pierre signed a marriage agreement with Anne Charbonneau, the widow of Guillaume Labelle, that was witnessed by Senet the notary public. However, this agreement may have been cancelled, as the wedding is not recorded in the church. Pierre died on September 26, 1733 and was buried the next day in the St-Francois-de-Sales cemetery.
children - GUINDON
Jean Guindon (1707-1775) was born on Sept. 15, 1707 on the Isle de Jesus in Montreal, Canada, and baptized there on Sept. 17 at the Church of St-Francois-de-Sales. He married Madeleine LaBelle on the Isle on Feb, 14, 1728/29; and had at least 10 children with her. He died in May of 1775, probably on the Isle. He has many descendants living today in Quebec. One of his descendants is probably the Nicholas Guindon, who is mentioned in Generation IV of this lineage.
Pierre Guindon (1708-1709) was born July 6, 1708 on the Isle de Jesus in Montreal, Canada; and buried there on Oct. 7, 1709 at the Church of St-Francois-de-Sales.
Paul Guindon (1710-1748), the son of Pierre Guindon and Catharine Rouchellet-Braza, was born on Aug 21, 1710 in St. Francois parish, Isle de Jesus, Montreal, Canada, and baptized there the same day at the Church of St-Francois-de-Sales. His mother died delivering him. He is listed as Paul II in Tanguay (1890). He married Marie-Josephte Aubert-Aube on Nov. 16, 1733 on the Isle de Jesus. Marie, who had been born June 13, 1713 at St. Francois, was the daughter of Charles Aubert (Charles III in Tanquay, 1890) and Marie Anne Gariepy, who had been married on Feb. 4, 1710 at the Chateau Richer. Paul died Oct 5, 1748 in Quebec, afterwhich Marie married her second husband Joseph Perrin at St. Vincent de Paul in Quebec. Paul and Marie-Josephte had several children, all born in Quebec, who are listed below, as based on the lineage given by Tanguay (1890) in the Dictionnaire généalogique des familles canadiennes.
children - GUINDON
Marie-Joseph Guindon was born on Oct. 21, 1734 in Quebec; and married Amable Truteau on Nov. 18, 1758 in Ste-Rose, Quebec.
Paul Guindon was born Oct. 19, 1735 in Quebec, and christened the next day on Oct. 20, 1735 at St. Francois de Sales. He was married on Jan. 12, 1761 to Amable Moisonneuve.
Marie-Genevieve Guindon was born on Jan. 2, 1736/37 in Quebec, and christened the same day at St. Francois de Sales.
Nicolas Guindon was born Oct. 27, 1738 in Quebec, and christened the same day at St. Francois de Sales. He married his first wife Isabel Duquet on Jan. 23, 1755 in St. Eustache, and he was married on Oct. 17, 1808 to his second wife M. Clemence.
Marie-Catherine Guindon was born April 9, 1740 in Quebec, and christened the same day at St. Francois de Sales.
Francois Guindon (1745-1750) was born on March 18, 1745 in St. Vincent de Paul, Quebec, and died a child on March 8, 1750 in Quebec, according to Tanguay (1890). However, some online geneaologies show Francois being born on March 1, 1742/43 in St. Joseph de la Riviere des Prairies, Quebec, and married to Francoise Guerin on Aug. 16, 1769 in St. Eustache. It is not known which is correct, or even if these events relate to the same Francois Guindon.
Joseph Guindon (1747-1831), the son of Paul Guindon and Marie-Josephte Aubert-Aube, was born on Sept. 4, 1747 in Laval (a suburb of Montreal) in Quebec, Canada; and christened the same day in the church of St. Vincent de Paul on the Ile Jesus in Montreal. He is listed as Joseph III in Tanquay (1890) He married Marie-Anne Charbonneau (1761-1826) on Sept. 30, 1776 in Terrebonne, an off-island suburb of Montreal, Quebec. Marie-Anne, who was born June 17, 1761, was the daughter of Jean Charbonneau (b. 1720), who is Jean I in Tanguay, 1890), and Marie Angelique des Sureux (b. 1727). He died on Aug. 17, 1831 in St-Benoît, which sits only 11 miles west of St. Eustache (see below), and today is part of the modern city of Mirabel, Quebec. Marie died in October of 1826 and was buried on Oct. 7, 1826 in Saint-Eustache Cemetery in the modern city of Deux-Montagnes (Montreal), Quebec They had 13 children that we know about, several of whom died as infants. The list of children that follows is based largely on the research of Bernard Guindon (2018).
children - GUINDON
Marianne Guindon (b. 1779) was born on October 28, 1779 in St. Eustache (modern Deux-Montagnes) in Quebec, Canada; and baptized there the next day in the St. Eustache Cathedral.
Joseph Guindon (1781-1781), first of the name, was born on May 19, 1781 in St. Eustache (modern Deux-Montagnes) in Quebec, Canada; and baptized there on the next day with his twin brother Leonard in the St. Eustache Cathedral.
Leonard Guindon (b. 1781) was born on May 19, 1781 in St. Eustache (modern Deux-Montagnes) in Quebec, Canada; and baptized there on the next day with his twin brother Joseph in the St. Eustache Cathedral.
Marie Guindon (1783-?), first of the name, was born on April 5, 1783 in St. Eustache (modern Deux-Montagnes) in Quebec, Canada; and baptized there on the next day in the St. Eustache Cathedral. She probably died soon afterwards, as three years later a sister was born, who was given the same name of Marie.
Joseph Guindon (?-1783), second of the name, was probably born in 1782 or 1783 in St. Eustache (modern Deux-Montagnes) in Quebec, Canada, as he died an infant on July 30, 1783 in St. Eustache. He was preceded in death by an older brother, also named Joseph, who was born in 1781 and also died an infant.
Joseph Guindon (1784-1839), third of the name, was born on September 16, 1784 in St. Eustache (modern Deux-Montagnes) in Quebec, Canada; and baptized there the next day in the St. Eustache Cathedral. He was preceded in death by possibly two older brothers, who like him were both named Joseph. His godparents were Jean-Baptiste Robert (with whom the father of Joseph in 1789 made a land swap) and Marie-Thérèse St-Louis. The younger Joseph married Marie Francoise Francine Brayer (1792-1885) on August 1, 1808 in St-Benoît (Mirabel), Quebec; and died on June 20, 1839 in St-Hermas, Québec. He has many descendants.
Marie Guindon (1786-1844), second of the name, was born on August 5, 1786 in St. Eustache (modern Deux-Montagnes) in Quebec, Canada; and baptized there the following day in the St. Eustache Cathedral. She died on January 31, 1844, and was buried on 2, 1844 in St. Thérèse, Quebec.
Marie Angelique Guindon (1788-1837) was born on February 22, 1788 in St. Eustache (modern Deux-Montagnes) in Quebec, Canada; and baptized there the following day in the St. Eustache Cathedral. She married Michel Jubinville (b. c.1798) on July 27, 1818 in St. Thérèse, Quebec; and they had at least two children - Zoe (b. 1821) and Hortense (b. 1822). She died on Nov. 12, 1837 in St. Thérèse, and was buried there two days later.
Nicolas Guindon (1789-1789), first of the name, was born on June 1, 1789 in St. Eustache (modern Deux-Montagnes) in Quebec, Canada; and baptized there the next day in the St. Eustache Cathedral. He died on July 3, 1789 in St. Eustache, and was buried there the next day.
Francois Guindon (b. 1791) was born on December 24, 1791 in St. Eustache (modern Deux-Montagnes) in Quebec, Canada; and baptized there the next day in the St. Eustache Cathedral.
Nicolas Guindon (1795-1795), second of the name, was born on May 24, 1795 in St. Eustache (modern Deux-Montagnes) in Quebec, Canada; and baptized there the next day in the St. Eustache Cathedral. He was preceded in death by an older brother also named Nicolas, who was born in 1789 and died an infant. The younger Nicolas died on July 3, 1795 in St. Eustache, and was buried there the next day.
The above Nicolas Guindow is confused in many family histories with a different individual, named Nicholas Guindon (c.1795-1866), who was also born about 1795 in Quebec, but was the son of one Peter Guindon and his wife Sarah. His father is possibly Pierre Guindon (b. 1767), who is a grandson of the Jean Guindon (1707-1775), who appears in Generation II of this lineage. This third Nicholas moved as a young man from Quebec to North Ferrisberg in Addison County, Vermont, and married Rachel Hurlbut (1782-1868) of Bennington, Vermont on July 13, 1817, probably in Chittenden County, where the main Catholic Church for the area is located. He became a U.S. citizen on Oct. 4, 1820 at the Federal courthouse in Burlington, Vermont; and resided at times in both Addison County and Chittenden County. He died on April 17, 1866 in Chittenden County and is buried there with his wife and three children in the Barber Cemetery in the town of Charlotte. He has many descendants.
Jean-Francois Guindon (1796-1796) was born on August 16, 1796 at St. Eustache (modern Deux-Montagnes) in Quebec, Canada; and baptized there the same day at the St. Eustache Cathedral. He died a few days later on August 24, 1796, and was buried two days after that at St. Eustache.
Pierre Yandow (Guindon) (1799-1880), the son of Joseph Guindon and Marie-Anne Charbonneau, was born on Dec. 31, 1799 in St-Eustache, Quebec, Canada, and baptised there the next day on Jan. 1, 1800 in the St-Eustache Cathedral in what is now the modern city of Deux Montagnes (formerly St-Eustache). He married his first wife Genevieve Proulx on Jan. 11, 1830 in St. Thérèse-de-Blainville, Quebec, possibly to honor a July 23, 1818 written agreement. Genevieve, who was the daughter of Jacques Proulx and Genevieve Cadieux, died on Nov. 1, 1831 in St. Thérèse, less than two years after their marriage, and she was buried there the following day.
Pierre then married his second wife Marie Hortense Rochon (c.1809-1885) on Nov 25, 1833 in St. Thérèse. Marie, who was the daughter of Antoine Rochon and Marie des Jardins, was most likely born about 1809 or earlier in Quebec. She is possibly the Marie Hortense Rochon who was baptized in 1807 at St. Eustace Cathedral, but this needs to be confirmed.
Pierre and Marie initially resided in Quebec, which was then known as Lower Canada, but they moved their family, sometime after the 1850 birth of their daughter Caroline, from Quebec to Essex in Chittenden County, Vermont. Robert Yandow (2004) suggests about 1856 for the time of their arrival, based on Essex Town Records. The family first appears in 1856 in listings of children from School District No. 1, and continue to appear up until 1869 when the town ceased listing children in the school districts. A newspaper announcement for the 57th wedding anniversary for Pierre's brother Vital gives 1855 as the date of the family arrival, which is consistent with the school record listings. Pierre had a possible cousin named Nicolas Guindon (1795-1866), who was already living at the time in Chittenden County, having arrived there in 1817 or earlier. When Pierre and his family settled in Vermont they americanized their surname, as did many French-Canadians, and changed the spelling from Guindon to Yandow.
Pierre died on Aug. 20, 1880 in Essex, Vermont, and he is buried in the St. Francis-Xavier Cemetery in Winooski, Vermont, where his tombstone shows his name as Pier Yandow, and his age as 81 years. Although this age gives him a birthdate of 1799 that is consistent with his baptism record, various online genealogies for some reason give 1796 as his birthdate. Marie-Ann died in Essex on March 10, 1885; and she is buried in the same cemetery as her husband, where her tombstone shows her name as Ortanse Rochon, her death date as March 11, 1885, and 76 years as her age at death.
children - YANDOW (from the second marriage with Ortanse Rochon)
Adelia (Adeline) Yandow (1834-?) was born in 1834 in Quebec, Canada, and baptized as Adeline Guindon on Dec. 28, 1834 in the church of St. Therese de Blainville in Quebec. She married Louis Prunier (1834-1881) in 1853 in St Pierre de Bagot, Quebec, and came with him to Essex, Vermont, probably around 1856 when her parents came to Vermont. She and her husband were still living in Essex during the 1870 U.S. Census, but we lose track of them after that. Adelia's husband was the older brother of Monique Prunier, who later married Adelia's brother David.
Vital Yandow (1835-1931) was born on Nov. 19, 1835 in Quebec, Canada (according to his obituary), and baptized as Vital Guindon on November 27, 1835 in the church of St. Therese de Blainville in Quebec. However, the birth year of 1833 is incorrectly inscribed on his tombstone. He married Justine Aurelia Racine (1829-1919) on Nov. 19, 1852 (his birthday) in Granby, Quebec. He became a U.S. citizen on April 10, 1871 at the courthouse in Burlington, Vermont; and died on Nov. 1, 1931 in Essex, Vermont. Vital and Justine are the great-great grandparents of Robert A. Yandow of Vermont, whose web page used to be a source of much information on the Yandow family, before this site vanished from the web. Vital is buried with Justine under the surname of Guindon in the Yandow family plot in Holy Family Cemetery in Essex. His obituary states that he was the last survivor of a family of ten children.
David Yandow (1836-1908) was born in 1836 in Quebec, Canada, and baptized as David Guindon Nov. 7, 1836 in the church of St. Therese de Blainville, Quebec. He married his sister-in-law Monique Prunier (1841-1917), probably in Vermont. He died on May 13, 1908 in Essex, Vermont, and is buried with his wife Monique and some of their children in the Holy Family Cemetery in Essex, Vermont, where both the surnames of Guindon and Yandow are given on their tombstone.
William Yandow (1837-1912) was born July 3, 1837 in Quebec; and died Feb. 3 1912 in Burlington, Vermont.Both William and his wife Phille Yandow (1843-1924) are buried in the Saint Francis Xavier Cemetery in Winooski, Vermont. His death certificate identifies him as a blacksmith. It also gives his age at death as 74 years, 7 months, which is the source for the birthdate we have given him.
Joseph Yandow (1842??-1909) was born sometime between 1840 and 1844 in Quebec, and baptized as Joseph Octave Delphin Guindon on March 31, 1844 at the church of Ste-Thérèse-de-Blainville in Quebec. He died on May 26, 1909 in Jericho, Vermont, and is buried with his wife Mary Bombard in the Holy Family Cemetery in Essex, Vermont. His death certificate identifies him as a carpenter, and as the son of Peter Yandow. It also gives his age at death as 69 years, 3 months, 7 days, which would give him a birth date of Feb. 19, 1840, at odds with the 1842 birthdate on his tombstone, and the 1844 birth date we might assume from his baptism.
Mary Theophile (Deophile) Yandow (1842-1922) was born in 1842 in St. Hycinth, Quebec, and baptized as Theophile Guindon on June 29, 1842 in the church of St. Therese de Blainville in Quebec. She married Louis de Gonzaque LeBlanc (1837-1917), also known as Louis White, of Napierville, Quebec on April 15, 1861 in Burlington, Vermont, where Louis had come at the age of ten with his parents and settled in the area of Essex. Mary died on Jan. 22, 1922 in Brookfield (Randolph), Orange County, Vermont, and she is buried as Mary D. White with her husband Louis White in the Holy Family Cemetery in Essex.
Delphine (Dotphene) Yandow (1848-1871) was born in 1848 in Quebec, and baptized as Marie Adelphine Guindon on January 19, 1848 in the church of St. Therese de Blainville in Quebec. She married Lewis Bergeron in 1869 in Essex, and died on March 12, 1871 in Essex Junction, Vermont. She is buried in the Saint Francis Xavier Cemetery in Winooski, Vermont. Her husband is probably the Louis Bergeron (1848-1893) who is buried in Saint Anns Cemetery in Milton, Chittenden County, Vermont, but this is not certain.
Caroline Yandow (1850-?) was born 1850 in Quebec, and died sometime before 1910, according to Robert Yandow's (2004) now vanished website. However, that is the only evidence we have for her.
John James Yandow (1844-1910), the son of Pierre Yandow and Marie Hortense Rochon, was born on April 20, 1844 in Blainville, Quebec - the date being backcalculated from his age at death. Although most of his siblings were baptized in the church of St. Therese de Blainville, we have not found a record yet for John. Nor does a record seem to exist for his brother William. John and his siblings left Canada with their parents in 1856 (according to Robert Yandow, 2004), and came to the United States. Various other sources state that he came to the U.S. when he was 11-years old, which is consistent with the 1856 arrival date.
John married his first wife Philomene Bordeau (Bourdon) on July 2, 1866 at St. Joseph's Church in Burlington, Vermont. Philomene (1846-1880), who is listed as Pila in the U.S. Census of 1870, was born on April 7, 1846 in Highgate, Vermont, and baptized on May 3, 1846 on the Canadian side of the border in the church of Notre-Dame-de-Stanbridge. She was the daughter of Pierre Bordeau and Emerance (Mary) Goyette (Guiette) of Burlington. She died on Dec. 4, 1880 at the age of only 34 years, after having at least 8 children. She is buried in the Saint Francis Xavier Cemetery in Winooski, Vermont. John then married his second wife Virginia Parizo (Pariseau) on May 1, 1881 in Winooski, Vermont, and had another six children with her. Virginia was born Oct. 11, 1854 in Whitehall, New York.
Although John is generally listed as farmer, we find him in 1882/83 working in Essex as a sawyer, carpenter, and joiner at the lumber mill of Samuel Brownell. Then in later years, just before he retied, he appears to have worked at a general store in Essex owned by his nephew A.B. Yandow (1870-1928), unless we have him confused with a cousin or nephew who was also named John. He did make a 3-month trip at the start of 1909 out to Santa Barbara, California, about a year before he died, to visit the family of his daughter Ellen Carty (neé Yandeau).
John died of pneumonia on Feb. 27, 1910 in Williston, Vermont at his house on the Essex-Williston Road, the pneumonia being a complication of other health problems. He is buried in the Holy Family Cemetery in Essex. His age on his death certificate is 65 years, 10 months, and 7 days, which is the source for the birth date we give above. His death certificate also idenitifies him as a son of Peter Yandow and Marie Rushlow [Rochon], and obituaries for him that appeared in the Burlington Free Press, and Burlington Clipper identify him as the brother of Vital of Essex and William Yandow of Burlington, both sons of Peter and Marie as well.
Because John died intestate (i.e., without a will), there was a controversy among his heirs over assets that were originally in the name of his first wife Philomene, who died 30 years earlier. At issue was a bank account that John inherited from her, and the children of his first wife sued to prevent this account from being settled to the benefit of the children of his second wife. As a consequence of this litigation, the probate for his estate was not settled until 1912, over a year past his death. John's second wife Virginia survived him by a few more years more, and she died Jan. 30, 1927 in Williston. She is buried in Essex in the same plot as her husband. John's children with both Philomene and Virginia are listed below.
children - YANDOW (from the first marriage with Philomene Bordeau)
Frank Yandow (1867-1931) was born in 1867 in Vermont, probably in Essex where most of his siblings were born; and died 1931. He is buried in the Mountain View Cemetery in Essex Center, Vermont.
Ellen (Hellen) Yandow (Yandeau) (1868-1943) who follows:
Mary (Marie) Yandow (1870-1916) was born April 30, 1870 in Essex, Vermont. She married David Gendron on Dec. 25, 1890 in Essex, and died on Feb. 6, 1916 in Colchester, Vermont. Mary and David are buried in the Saint Francis Xavier Cemetery in Winooski, Vermont. Like her sisters Ellen, Eva and Carrie, she gave her maiden name is later years as Yandeau.
Peter Yandow (1872-?) was born April 11, 1872 in Essex, Vermont. He probably died as a child, as there seems to be no further record of him.
Eva Phyllis Yandow (1873-1944) was born Oct. 11, 1873 in Essex, Vermont, and married John Bean (1869-1941). She died March 15, 1944 in Burlington, Vermont. She and John are buried in the Lakeview Cemetery in Burlington, Vermont. Like her sisters Mary, Ellen and Carrie, she gave her maiden name is later years as Yandeau.
Caroline (Carrie) Yandow (1875-1946) was born Feb. 15, 1875 in Vermont, probably in Essex where most of her siblings were born. She married Charles J. Bacon (1873-1951), and died in 1946 in Vermont. She his buried with her daughter Ethel in Lakeview Cemetery in Burlington, Vermont, whereas her husband is buried with his parents in Saint Francis Xavier Cemetery in Winooske, Vermont. Like her sisters Mary, Ellen and Eva, she gave her maiden name is later years as Yandeau.
Arthur J. Yandow (1877-1910) was born Dec. 5, 1877 in Essex, Vermont; and died by accidental drowning on Aug. 21, 1910 in Cochester, Vermont. He is buried in the Holy Family Cemetery in Essex, Vermont.
Anna "Annie" Yandow (1880-1943) was born March 25, 1880 in Vermont, probably in Essex where most of her siblings were born. She married Julius Murray (1870-1947), and died April 19, 1943 in Colchester, Vermont. Anna and Julius are buried in the Old Mount Calvary Cemetery in Burlington, Vermont
children - YANDOW (from the second marriage with Virginia Parizo)
Joseph P. Yandow (1882-1883) was born April 28, 1882 in Essex, Vermont; and died the following year in Essex.
Edward E. Yandow (1884-1885) was born April 20, 1884 in Essex, Vermont; and died the following year on March 10, 1885 in Essex.
Ira Edward Yandow (1886-1919) was born Jan. 10, 1886 in Essex, Vermont; and died unmarried on Aug. 31, 1919 in Colchester, Vermont. She is buried with her parents in Holy Family Cemetery in Essex, Vermont.
Emma F. Yandow (1888-1898) was born in 1888 in Vermont, probably in Essex, died in 1898, and is buried in Holy Family Cemetery in Essex, Vermont with her parents.
Florence A. Yandow (1890-1975) was born in 1890 in Essex, Vermont. She married John F. Pariseau (1886-1965) on Oct. 10, 1916 in Colchester, Vermont. Florence is buried with her husband in the New Mount Calvary Cemetery in Burlington, Vermont.
Ernest Henry Yandow (1893-1962) was born in 1893 in Essex, Vermont; and died in 1962. He and his wife Priscilla are buried in the New Mount Calvary Cemetery in Burlington, Vermont.
Orville James Yandow (1895-1953) was born in 1895 in Essex, Vermont; and died July 3, 1953 in Essex, Vermont. He and his wife Agnes A. Lavoie (1900-1980) are buried in the Holy Family Cemetery in Essex, Vermont.
Ellen Yandeau (1868-1943), the daughter of John Yandow and Philomene Bordeau, was born on Nov. 19, 1868 in Essex, Vermont; and married Henry Patrick Carty (1845-1925) on Feb. 19, 1889 in Winooski, Vermont. Henry was 22 years older than she was. Although Ellen's maiden name was originally spelled Yandow, her name having been Americanized from the orignal French Guindon by her French-Canadian grandfather when he emigrated to the United States, she changed it to the more French-looking spelling of Yandeau, as did her sisters Mary, Carrie and Eva. Ellen and Henry left Vermont for California sometime prior to 1892, when he and his brother John Henry were running a livery stable company in Santa Barbara, California. Henry died on March 10, 1925 in Los Angeles, California, and Ellen died there on Oct. 11, 1943, many years later. Ellen is buried next to her daughter Mamie in Calvary Cemetery in east Los Angeles, whereas Henry is in a family plot in Santa Barbara. For the children of Ellen and Henry, please see the CARTY GENEALOGY.
Aitchison, Laverne (2016), "Guesdon of Loudon, France", Guindon Journal, No. 50 (Spring 2016), p. 6. This short article is about the placing of a memorial plaque at the site of Francois Guesdon's house in Loudon.
Bezzina, Edwin (2002), "The Guesdon of Loudon", Guindon Newsletter, No. 23 (Fall 2002), p. 3-12. A summary of this article is also presented with some supplementary material in the Guindon Newsletter, No. 42 (Spring 2012), p. 2-6. Edwin Bezzina at the time of the article was a Ph.D. Student in the Department of History at the University of Toronto, and was writing a doctoral dissertation on Protestant-Catholic relations in the town of Loudun, France from 1598 to 1665.
Drouin Institute, Online Databases of Quebec Births, Marriages and Deaths. The Drouin Genealogical Institute since 1899 has been collecting and cataloging the vital records of Quebec, which since 1938 has included the microfilming of these records. Their data collection is available through the two subscription services shown below.
Grave and burial locations where known are listed with tombstone photos (when available) on
Guindon, Bernard (2018), personal communication. Bernard of Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac in Quebec was very helpful in sharing some of his research on the family of Joseph Guindon (1747-1831).
Guindon Newsletter and Journal, archived on treesearcher.com, a website dedicated in part to Yandeau-Guindon Family History. The Fall 2002 and Spring 2012 newsletters in particular have some useful information by Bezzina (2002) on Francois Guindon and Marie Molay, early French ancestors of the family. The Spring 2016 Journal (p. 6) and 2020 Journal (p. 4) have interesting information as well.
Marquis, Jean Marie (2015), "Pierre Guesdon from France to New-France". This Power Point presentation was presented on behalf of the St. Eustache Genealogy Society at the September 2015 Guindon Family reunion. A link to this presentation was originally provided in the Guindon Journal, No. 50 (Spring 2016), p. 8.
Tanguay, Cyprien, 1890, Dictionnaire généalogique des familles canadiennes depuis la fondation de la colonie jusqu'à nos jours: published by Eusèbe Senécal, 1871-1890, Québec, Canada. Available in the Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa, Canada, and also available online at Ancestry.com.
University of Montreal, Research Programme in Historical Demography (PRDH). The University has used the Drouin Collection databases to compile a computerized population register that contains biographical files on all individuals of European ancestry who lived in the St. Lawrence Valley of Quebec.
U.S. Census Records, 1790-1930 (available online at Ancestry.com).
U.S. Social Security Records (available online at Ancestry.com).
Yandow, Robert, 2004 - Our lineage draws in part on information from a reasonably well-referenced website, dated 2004, on the Yandow Family by Robert A Yandow of Williston, Vermont. He, in turn, relied largely on information from Dr. A.E. Lamberts of St. Lambert, Quebec. Robert supplemented this with information from Laverne Atchison, the editor of the "Guindon Newsletter", correspondance from various cousins, and research of various local Vermont sources. Another source of useful information is the Guindon Family website by William H. Dunwoody, which appears to be largely based on Robert Yandow's site, but does includes some useful additional information. Although both of these sites were up and running in October 2008, Robert Yandow's site as of 2012 has disappeared, and Dunwoody's site sometime prior to 2017 also disappeared. Fortunately we do have an archive of Robert Yandow's website.
by Janet & Michael Clark
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