S: David Dewey Family History
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FC: David Dewey | History | by Pamela Dewey
1: Spinning in the bowl at grandpa Dewey's | Fun with dad | Son of: John Dewey and Linda (Tarr) Dewey Siblings: Pamela S. Dewey | When you were growing up you loved to... Ride your bike, go to the park, swim in the river, sledding down the hill, roller skating, hot summer days on Barren Lake... | David A. Dewey March, 29 1958 Niles, Michigan | Generation 1
2: Spouse: Linda L. Tarr Born: Septmeber 26, 1939 New Carlisle, Indiana Died: September, 1989 South Bend, Indiana Spouse: Mary Gallimore Born: Alabama Siblings: Helen Dewey Vera Dewey James Dewey Robert Dewey Delores Dewey Nancy Dewey Richard Dewey Roger Dewey Theresa Dewey Jackie Dewey | John at 20 years old with his first baby: David | Your parents applied for their marriage license February 6, 1957 and moved into a small apartment on Parkway Street in Niles. Your father worked a series of jobs over the years including truck driving, factory work, heavy equipment operator, and of course "jack of all trades" for the City of Niles. Finally settling in as a mechanic for the city, he always excelled when it came to working with his hands. A hard worker, committed to his job and his family, he always provided for his family and was a good father. | 1960's: Father's weekly pay: $75.00 ... Monthly rent on Market Street: $75.00 ... Gallon of gas: 25 cents ... Riding in the back of Dad's pickup truck: Priceless ... | John E. Dewey Born: October 28, 1937 Niles, Michigan | Generation 2
3: Mother Linda L. Tarr Born: September 26, 1939 New Carlisle, Indiana Died: September, 1979 South Bend, Indiana Daughter of John D. Tarr and Clarice M. Baxter Siblings: Joanne Tarr Donald Tarr June Tarr Dean Tarr | Wedding reception 1957 | Linda Tarr About 1949 | Remember ... The Wizard of OZ ... The Wonderful World of Disney on Sunday nights ... Warming your feet on the register Grate ... Cocoa Wheats with lots of sugar ... | Joanne and June Donald and Dean with Linda in the center | Your mother was the youngest of five children and grew up in New Carlisle Indiana. She shared a room with her older sister Joanne in her parents house which was originally known as a local boarding house. Her sister Joanne was known for being emotionally unstable, and her sister June was schizophrenic. Her brother Dean suffered from a mental disorder that caused him to eat straight pins. It is believed that her brother Donald built a house on top of an old contaminated landfill which ultimately infected his entire family with various cancers leaving only 2 survivors.
4: Spouse: Ruby C. Atkins Born: August 8, 1912 Georgia Died: 1963 Michigan Siblings: Viola Dewey Maude Dewey Ella Dewey Agnes Dewey Rosa Dewey Burton Dewey Bernard Dewey Francis Dewey Loris Dewey Married October 28, 1929 Lawton, Blaine, Oklahoma | Viola A. Dewey | Jack Dewey and friend Vera Larson | Your grandfather was 28, he married your grandmother, Ruby Atkins. She was 17. They began their life together in a rental house in Chikaming Township, Berrien County, Michigan. 1930 Census records indicate Jack was a well-driller and had a co-worker living with him and Ruby by the name of Reed Williams. At that time, Jack valued his personal property at $15.00. | Remember grandpa's dog Trixie? | Ford introduces the Model T for $850 ... Orville and Wiber Wright make their first successful flight ... Start of WW1 1914 | Generation 3 | Your Grandfather Marion "Jack" Dewey Born: August 4, 1901 Beaver Township Indiana Died: November 1985
5: Agnes Dewey | Maude Dewey | Burton Dewey | Ella Dewey | Burton enlisted in the navy on March 16, 1943 and reported for duty July 27, that same year. He served on the U.S.S. Trenton for 2 years, ending his naval career in 1945. | Sinking fo the Titanic, 1912 ... Crayola crayons ... First pop up toaster ... Daylight Savings time ... Prohibition, 1920 | Downtown Three Oaks, Michigan, 1866
6: Spouse: Isabelle M. Swiger Born: May 3, 1880 Indiana Died: December 15, 1958 Siblings: Joseph Dewey Samuel Constantineau Rose Dewey Fred Dewey Felix Constantineau Jr. James Dewey | Your Great Grandfather Nelson Dewey Born:"February, 1866 Berrien County, Michigan Died: July 19, 1923 Dowagiac, Michigan | Generation 4 | This photo was taken about 1910 Beaver Township, Newton County, Indiana. Nelson Dewey and his wife Belle with her father, John Swiger and the Dewey children: Maude, Ella, Viola, and Marion (Jack) Dewey.
7: Mom: Daisy Mariah Swiger was born May 3, 1880 in Morocco, Newton County, Indiana to John Swiger and Sarah (Harvey) Swiger. After her mother's (Sarah Harvey) death in 1883 she was raised by Ben and Electra Richards. They didn't like the name Mariah so they changed it to Isabelle. Then she went by the name Bell. She had a brother Joseph Swiger and a 1/2 brother, Frank Cook. She married dad May 3, 1895. They had 11 kids. Her father had several wives but just three kids. While dad was in the hospital she got a job in a gas station and turned you kids over to me. We seldom saw her while she worked there. She died in the County hospital in L. A. Calif. on Dec. 15, 1958. She was 78. She is in the Pacific Crest Cemetary, Redondo Beach, I think. It blures so I'm not sure. Her father was English* and Irish. Her mother was German*. That is about all I know. Ag | Daisy Mariah (Isabelle) Swiger Born: May 3, 1880 Morocco, Newton County, Indiana Died: December 15, 1958 | Information from a hand-written letter from Agnes Dewey Archer Phillips, daughter of Nelson Dewey and Daisy Mariah (Isabelle) Swiger: Our Grandfather's name was Felix Constantineau. Birth place, Canada. He came to 3 Oaks (Michigan) and married Rosella Dewey. He went by her name (Dewey). she had kids and wanted to keep her name the same as her kids. Don't know how many, then they had kids. Nelson's date of death July 19, 1923. He was 56. Place, hospital Dowagiac, Michigan. Jim's wife, Lydia, Fred's wife, May, Rosa's husband, Levi Versaw. Sam Constantineau. Dad (Nelson Dewey) worked for farmers most of the time. Mom (Daisy) would live in one place 2 or 3 years and then say we were going to move. That was what we did even if dad didn't want to. We didn't get to talk much with dad, he worked from daylight to dark. Dad could speak French or English but could not read. Could only write his name. | Agnes Dewey
8: Spouse: Adelaide (Dedie) Gregoire Born: September 19, 1835 Date of death: Unknown Siblings: Joseph Constantineau Narcisse Constantineau Occupation: Farmer | Felix and Adelaide's eldest son Joseph died in the state of Washington. Their son James died in Oregon. Their daughter Rose, and sons Fredrick and Nelson all died in Michigan. Their son Samuel died in Wisconsin. Felix, Adelaide, and Felix Jr. are unaccounted for. It was not unusual in those days to have burials at home with no formal funeral. | Generation 5 | Your Great-Great Grandfather Felix David Constantineau Born: January 11, 1835 Quebec, Canada | France | Canada | Michigan
9: Felix immigrated to the United States from Quebec, Canada around 1865 and settled in Irroquois County, Illinois. About 1870, he moved his family to Sodus Township, Berrien County, Michigan and purchased some farmland valued at about $1500. It is unknown why he changed his name to Dewey upon settling in the America's.
10: Spouse: Marie Anne Fontaine Born: 1799 Quebec, Canada Died: 1862 Siblings: Francois Marie D. Lucie Flavie Toussaint David | St.-Jean Quebec, Canada 1865 | Joseph Constantineau Born: September 18, 1799 St-Jean Quebec, Canada Died: 1821 | Generation 6 | Generation 6
11: Francois Constantineau Born: March 16,1772 Richelieu, Indre-Et-Loire, Centre, France Died: 1821 Canada | Spouse: Marie Des A Gelineau Born: July 16, 1770 Chambly, Quebec, Canada Died: 1833 Longueull, Quebec, Canada Siblings: Marie Therese Marguerite Victoire | Generation 7 | Generation 7 | An American description of the French-Canadians in rural Quebec at this time was that they were very stupid. Not one in four hundred could read but they were very precise in their prayers. Their fences were made of cedar stages, driven down into the ground about 2 inches apart. All of their farming tools and household furniture was very poor. Their houses and barns had thatched roofs. They slept on straw beds raised on bedsteads about 2 feet high. Their windows were chiefly paper but some were glass. They had small cattle and poor hogs but very good fowls of all sorts. No chairs to set on, all sat on blocks and stools. Regardless of their poor conditions, they were very kind and hospitable.
12: Spouse: Marie Therese Bechard Born: March 19, 1735 Beaumont, Bellechasse, Quebec, Canada Died: April 11, 1803 Quebec, Quebec, Canada | Francois Marie Constantineau Born: June 25, 1746 Vercheres, Quebec, Canada Died: April 13, 1775 | Siblings: Marie Therese Jean Louis Joseph Marie Nicholas Jean Baptiste Jean Francois Marie Angelique Marie Louise Francois Ignace Joseph Marie Francois Marie Catherine Augustin Jerome | Generation 8
13: Jean F. Coutancineau Born: 1692 Neuville, Quebec, Canada Died: 1769 | Spouse: Marie Therese Leclerc Lafrenaye Born: 1716 Port Aux, Quebec, Canada Died: 1769 Siblings: Anne Michel Elisabeth Pierre Marie- Catherine Marie-Anne Marie-Angelique Louis Ignace Marguerite | Generation 9 | The French and the British long battled over the city of Quebec. The French ceded to the British in 1763 and the British finally took control of the city. Quebec City was a world of contrasts.. Their were forests, villages, fields and pastures surrounding the town of 8,000 people. The town itself contained monumental architecture, fortifications, and muddy filthy streets. Affluent homes were made of masonry, and the suburbs were filled with shacks. The nearby inhabitants traded their farm surpluses and firewood for imported goods from France at the two city markets.
14: Spouse: Elisabeth Ursule Pinel Born: 1666 Sillery, Quebec, Canada Died: 1736 Port Neuf, Quebec, Canada | Siblings: Marie Pierre Marie Louise Romaine Anne Jeanne Francoise | Michel Coutancineau Born: March 9, 1660 LaRochelle, Manche, Basse normandie, France Died: 1728 | Generation 10 | New France 1750 | This was a time of conflict between the French and the Indians in Canada. The Indians who opposed British rule were cast out of the area and into North America. One night, Elisabeth Pinel's father Gilles and her grandfather Nicolas were attacked by a band of Iriquois Indians. They quickly ran to a neighbors house but Nicolas was wounded in the attack and died later that night. | Elisabeth's brother Francois Married Michel's sister Marie Louise Constantineau. Elisabeth's brother Nicolas married Michel's sister Anne Constantineau. Elisabeth's brother Jean also married a Constantineau. Michel's sister, Romaine.
15: The first successful French settlement in Canada was in the area we now know as modern day Quebec. When it was first settled, it was known as "New France". Most of the first French settlers belonged in one of 3 groups. There were the farmers, the military, and indentured servants who were under contract with the King for 2 or 3 years. The ratio of men to women was about 90% men to 10% women, so the King of France, King Louis xiv, contracted about a thousand young women known as the "King's daughters", to be shipped from France to New France from about 1663-1673. to marry and populate the country. Once married, the King would provide them with a dowry of 50 livres. | King Louis xiv | Your ancestors originated in the ancient town of Countances in Northwestern France near the English Channel. In the 3rd century it was named Constantia to honor the Emperor Constantius the 1st. It was one of the nations chief pre-Roman towns inhabited by an ancient Celtic tribe. The town is dominated by the Cathedral of Notre-Dame. The Constantineau name has various spellings such as Coutansineau, Coutancineau, Constantine, and Constantin, among others. | King Louis xiv
16: Spouse: Marie Langlois Born: 1639 Larochelle, Manche, Basse-Normandie, France Arrived Quebec, Canada 1663 Occupation listed as Carpenter | Julien Coutancineau Born: 1630 LaRochelle, Charente, Poitou-Charentes, France Died: August 11, 1677 | Generation 11
17: COUTANSINEAU Julien ( -ant31-10-1677) (CONSTANTINEAU) Pg 478 We are unaware of the filiation of this ancestor, but he originated in the Saint Martin's day parish on the Island of Ré in Aunis. He marries Marie Langlois, in France, about 1657. From their union are born seven children. He comes to Canada in 1669 with his wife and their four children that were born in France. In Quebec, on August 18, 1669, he buys from Jean Gelly dit Laverdure and Ursule Turbar, his wife, land with a frontage of two arpents on the river bank of the Rivire Saint-Charles. He pays the 36 pounds by working for 6 days. He settles without delay at this place. Not scorning work, he makes a deal with the sieur Romain Becquet, in the company of Michel Arfort and Jean Gelly dit Laverdure, on February 7, 1672. All three are committed to building a large storage shed on the land of the sieur Becquet and have to clear six arpents of land for him. However, a year later, on March 31, 1673, they acknowledge that up to that point to have made only one hangar of twenty-two feet in length which they will have to return to make thirty feet. They promise to cut down six arpents of wood. October first, 1673, Nicolas Vinet sells to him, for the price of 440 pounds , his dwelling of fifty arpents in an area on the River Saint-Charles. Not being able to pay for it, he gives it back to him, on July 22, 1674. Two days later, he buys for an annual rent of 100 pounds , the dwelling of Romain Becquet where he works alongside Michel Arfort and Jean Gelly. All three will owe to Becquet the sum of 770 pounds and 10 sols. The latter makes him take it the same day even if it means that he is paid off by his working companions(journeymen). He could not have enjoyed this land for a long time, because he is recorded as no longer living on October 31, 1677, the day that his widow sells a house which belonged to him on the Island of Ré. Signature number 255.
18: Mother | Martha Hudson | William Lewark | Minerva Ella Cart | George R. Hooten | Henrietta Thrielkill | John D. Tarr | Ida Lewark | Floyd Baxter | Lena Hooten | Columbus C. Tarr | Ursala Baxter | Harry Baxter | John W, Tarr | Grand Mother | Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Mother | Great Grand Mother | Linda L. Tarr | Clarice Baxter | Tarr-Baxter family headstones
19: Father | Grand Mother | Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Mother | Great Grand Mother | Ruby Atkins | Nancy Ann Poston | Benjamin F. Atkins | John E. Dewey | Marion Dewey | Isabelle Swiger | Nelson Dewey | Mary Margrett Poston | Mitchel Poston | Berry Atkins | Martha Jane Corbin | Sarah Harvey | John Swiger | Adelaide Gragoire | Felix Constantineau | Atkins family headstones