8. Alisier Joseph DIEU est né le 9 mars 1815 à Raismes, Nord, France. Il est décédé ENV. 1884 à France. Alisier Joseph DIEU a épousé Appoline Elise LECONTE le 5 octobre 1875 à Valenciennes, Nord, France. [Parents]
Although it has not be determined, it may be possible that Alisier worked
in the coal mines as did most of his family. However, when he lived in
Chaumont, he was employed by the railroad as an adjuster which would be
equivalent to a railroad laborer.
Little is truly known of Alisier. It is documented that he was born in
northern France. Many of his family lived in his birth town for several
decades. Family lores suggests that Appoline was born in nearby
Valenciennes so it is possible that they met in the area. Other family
lore says that he met Appoline in Paris. Records show that they did live
in Paris during the 1850's. They first began their family while living
9. Appoline Elise LECONTE est née le 28 décembre 1833 à Valenciennes, Nord, France. Elle est décédée le 27 mars 1923 à Coos Bay, Coos, Oregon, et a été enterrée le 29 mars 1923 à buried at Pioneer Cemetery Coos, Oregon. [Parents]
It is common family belief that Appoline was somehow connected to early
Nobility. The actual documentation and proof continues to evade all
searches. Her parents were Romain Leconte and Joachine Musy.
D'LaVergemme may be the family name
A family historian tells the story that Appoline's family had prearranged
a marriage for her. She was not in love with the man and refused to
marry him. On a trip to Paris, she met and fell in love with Alisier
Joseph Dieu, a commoner. They may have married in a civil ceremony.
Appoline was disowned by her family. She and Alisier lived in several
areas of France two of which are certain: Paris and Chaumont. He worked
for the railroad which may account for the moves. He was about 20 years
older than she. Most of their 14 children were born in Chaumont where
they lived for several years.
Records show that the two were married in Valenciennes, France on October
5, 1875. At this point, all of their known children were already born.
Birth certificates show that the couple returned after the marriage to
"legitimize" the births. Speculation is that the 1875 marriage was
recognized by the church and the first was not. It is also possible that
Alisier had a previous marriage preventing him from remarrying in the
eyes of the church.
Appoline was a determined, kind, and very brave woman. She led several
of her adult children to the United States in 1885 or 1886. They landed
most likely in New York. Lack of English made life very difficult in the
states. Many were coal miners in France so could secure jobs in the
mines here. Records show that the families lived in Kentucky, Alabama,
Mississippi, Illinois, Missouri, California, and Oregon. It may have
taken a dozen years to reach the west coast. Eventually Appoline and her
families arrived in the San Francisco area and settled. Soon however,
they found mines on the southern Oregon Coast in the community of
Marshfield (Coos Bay). Most of the families were living there for the
1900 census. Shortly after 1900, the death of Frank Dayen and dwindling
mines drove them back to California. All of the families moved away
except for Gabrielle and her family.
Appoline lived in South San Francisco on Commercial Street with her
immediate and extended families as well as many other French people. It
was nicknamed "French Town". She was close to her family and was
considered to be a matriarch. In 1915 she was summoned to Coos Bay as
the result of the drowning death of two of her grandchildren. Her
daughter, Gabrielle, was in ill health and needed the support of her
mother. Appoline moved in with her son and daughter-in-law, Albert and
Augustine, on their small ranch. Like most of the family members, she
maintained a garden of flowers and herbs. Her gray eyes sparkled. She
did not learn much English but didn't find it necessary with so many
other french speaking people around. She told stories of her family
experiences in France and was known to be an expert on the wars in France
during her life there.
She lived in Coos Bay until she became ill and died 3 months after
turning 89. She was buried in the Lecocq family plot with her two
grandchildren in the old pioneer cemetery in Marshfield. Appoline's
obituary as reported in the Marshfield newspaper is as follows:
MRS. DIEU DIES AT SON'S HOME
Was Daughter of a Belgian Count and born in France
Is survived by five children, 23 grandchildren, and 38 great grandchildren
Mrs. Apauline Dieu died at 4:30 P.M. yesterday at her home adjoining that
of her son, Albert Dieu, in Englewood. She would have been 90 years of
age next December, was the daughter of a Belgian count, was born in
France and was a remarkable woman for a person of her age. She had never
in all her life been attended by a physician for sickness until she
recently suffered pneumonia which caused her death.
Leave Large Family
Mrs. Dieu was the mother of thirteen children, five of whom are living.
She is also survived by 23 grandchildren and 38 great grandchildren.
Mrs. Dieu lived in her own house near that of her son. She insisted upon
looking after herself and had her own garden and chickens which she took
great delight in caring for. Her relatives attributed her long life of
good health to the fact that she interested herself in outdoor work.
Born in France
Mrs. Dieu's maiden name was Apauline Leconte. She was born at
Valenciennes, Department Des Nord, France, while her parents were
visiting there. She was the daughter of Count and Countess Leconte de la
Vergemme, of the Belgian nobility.
When 16 years old and visiting Paris she met Alisier Dieu and there
sprang up a romance which culminated in their marriage. The couple lived
in Paris 13 years and later at Chaumont and Calais, Pas de Calais.
Thirteen children were born to the couple. They were: Alexce, Joseph,
Blanche, Jeanne, Leona, Alice, Gustave, Gabrielle, Louis, George,
Camille, Albert and Emil.
Came to America
The husband died in 1884 and Mrs. Dieu came to America in 1885 and after
a stormy voyage of 22 days arrived in New York. She came to Coos Bay in
1889 and in 1903 went to California to make her home but returned to Coos
Bay in 1915 to be with her daughter, Mrs. H. Lecocq, when the latter
suffered the disaster of losing her youngest daughter, Helen Rose, and
her oldest son, George, by drowning.
This was only one of the sorrows which Mr. Dieu during her long lifetime
was called upon to bear. Her oldest son, Alexce was killed in a mine in
France and a short time afterward in America she lost two sons, George
and Camille, who were killed in a mine in Tennessee.
Another son, Gustave, while on an expedition to Hindo China was captured
by savages and so cruelly tortured that he lost his mind and years later
disappeared while the family was living in Kentucky and was never heard
Mrs. Dieu has born up patiently through the many sorrows which came into
her life and had devoted herself to the comforting of others who were in
trouble and was always ready to give help where it was needed. She took
a great interest in the welfare and lives of her children and
Student of History
Mrs. Dieu was very fond of traveling and had visited every state in the
union and although she never learned the English language she was quite
Americanized in her beliefs. She was a student and an authority in French
and Belgian history and especially of the Franco-Prussian war period,
having lived under the iron rule of the Prussians when they dominated the
French in 1870, and suffered many hardships during the siege.
Besides the members of the large family of which she was the head, Mrs.
Dieu had many friends who will grieve because of her death.
The five surviving children are Albert Dieu of Marshfield, Mrs. Gabrielle
Lecocq of Marshfield, Louis Dieu and Mrs. Jeanne Ringue of South San
Francisco and Emil Dieu of Stockton, Cal. Of the 23 grandchildren and 38
great grandchildren many reside here.
The funeral will be held at 1 o'clock tomorrow from the Theurwachter
10. Frank DAYEN est né le 29 juillet 1838 à France. Il est décédé le 17 juillet 1900 à Coos Bay, Coos, Oregon, et a été enterré à Pioneer Cemetery in Coos Bay, Oregon. Frank DAYEN a épousé Selina MASON en 1865 à France.
Frank died in an accident in Coos Bay, Oregon in 1900 around Bastille
Day. There is no concrete evidence of his death. A newspaper clipping
at the time says that 3 Frenchmen died in an accident. A death
certificate cannot be found. The county where he died does not have
complete records prior to 1903. Little is known about when the Dayens
actually met the Dieus. Some people believe that they knew one another
in France and others say they met early after arriving in this country
possibly in Kentucky.
There is also belief that the Dayen name was changed after arriving in
the United States. The actual name may have been Daguin.
11. Selina MASON est née le 10 juillet 1840 à France. Elle est décédée le 13 décembre 1928 à South San Francisco, San, California. [Parents]
After her husband's death in 1900, Celina returned South San Francisco
along with most of the family members in the Coos Bay area where she was
living at that time. She was very close to her sister-in-law, Jeanne
Dieu Ringue. They played cards by the hour. They both took great
delight in cheating until caught which usually resulted in a "war" and a
period of silence. Their friendship was so strong that neither could
tolerate the silence and would find some way to break it without
apologies. Soon it was back to card playing until being caught again.
Jeanne was a friendly well liked individual with firm values and definite
opinions. In her latter years she was plagued with arthritis causing her
to be in constant pain.
12. John Edward ANDERSON.
14. Joseph Howard CRANE est né le 6 octobre 1858 à Freeport, Stephenson, Illinois. Il est décédé le 13 septembre 1935 à Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, et a été enterré le 20 septembre 1935 à St. Joseph's Cemetery, Redding, CA. Joseph Howard CRANE a épousé Jane Frances KENNEY. [Parents]
Died at the L.A. County General Hospital at 1200 N. State. St., Los
Angeles. An autopsy was conducted.
15. Jane Frances KENNEY est née le 12 juillet 1862 à Vancouver, Clark, Washington. Elle est décédée le 24 juin 1938 à Redding, Shasta, California, et a été enterrée le 27 juin 1938 à St. Joseph's Cemetery, Redding, CA. [Parents]
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