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Jonas Larroway, United Empire Loyalist, born 1731 Schoharie Co. NY, was descended from the LeRoy dit Audy family who settled in New France (now Quebec) from France in 1668. The LeRoy surname underwent great changes, becoming LeRoy dit Audy or Ody in New France, and Laraway or LeRoy in the United States. Jonas was my 5th great-grandfather and he married in 1754 in Schoharie NY, Elizabeth (Betsy) Muller, daughter of Johannes Nicholas Muller and Maria Dorothea Wuest, a Palatine line.

Jonas fought in Butler's Rangers during the American Revolution and settled at Niagara, Ontario in 1783.

Simeon LeRoy dit Audy was born in Creances Normandy. Simeon settled first in the fief or seigneurie of St.-Joseph or L'espinay, Charlesbourg, near the Charles River which belonged to the Hebert- Couillard de L'espinay family in Quebec, Canada in October 1668

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He was a master carpenter or contractor. The census of 1681 shows Simeon LeRoy and his wife Claude and their 8 children as residents of Montreal. Simeon's last appearance in the records of Montreal was at the time of the burial of his daughter Marie on may 21, 1681. The next appearance of Simeon on any public record found so far is in Albany, New York when on November 28, 1682 he apprenticed his son Augustin, age 11 to Adam Winne to learn ropemaking for 6 consecutive years.

Sometime between may 1681 and November 1682 Simeon took or sent his second son, Jean, to st. Joseph, Charlesbourg to live with his godfather, Jean Giron and took his wife and most (if not all) of their young children to Albany, New York in the United States. In or before 1689 he moved to Kingston, Ulster county, New York. In 1689 he rented a house that beonged to Jochem Hendrickse

Simeon fell on hard times in his old age and on March 1, 1708 the trustees of Kingston New York gave him a pair of shoes and a load of wood and paid for the burial of his wife (Minutes Of The Trustees of Kingston, March 1, 1708). It is thought that Simeon died soon after his last mention in the Ulster County New York tax list of 1710.

Simeon was a Roman Catholic but his children became protestants and married protestants. The first 9 of the 11 children of Simeon and Claude were born in Quebec.The two youngest were born in New York, probably Kingston, Ulster County

Leonard-Remi Le Roy was born Catholic but married in the Dutch Protestant Church of New York as Jonar Larua. He later became known as Jonas Laraway and is the father of the Larroway line of New York and Ontario. At his marriage, the listing is:

Jonas LARROY born in Cubeck [Quebec] & Maria OEYCKE [Usiele] born on Staaten Eyland [Staten Island], res. in Packkeepsen [Poughkeepsie] 28 Sept 1703, Kingston RDC.

                           LeROY to LARROWAY
     1 Richard   ROI aka ROY
           Born: Abt 1610        Coutances, Normandy, France
           Spouse:  Gillette/Pillette  JACQUET
           Marr: Bef 1637               France

     2 Simeon (Le)ROY dit AUDY
           Born: 1637                   Coutances, France
           Died: Aft 1706               Ulster Co., NY

         Spouse:  Claude   DESCHALETS (Fille du Roi)
           Born: Abt 1651               France
           Died: Aft 1706               Ulster NY
           Marr: 3 Sep 1668             Quebec, PQ

     3 Leonard-Remi (Jonar) LE ROY aka LARUA aka LARAWAY
           Bpt: 18 Sep 1674            Quebec

         Spouse:  Maria   UZIELE
           Born: Abt 1686               NY
           Marr: 28 Sep 1703            Kingston, Ulster Co. NY

     4 Petrus (Peter)  LEROY
           Born: 1704                   

         Spouse:  Marytie (Marie) VAN ALSTEYN
           Born: 1708                   
           Marr: 16 Oct 1730            NY

     5 Jonas   LARRAWAY aka LARROWAY (UEL)
           Born: 1731                   Schoharie, NY
           Died  Ontario
         Spouse:  Elizabeth (Betsy)  MULLER
           Born: May 1735               Germantown, NY
           Marr: 6 Feb 1754             Schoharie NY
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The origin of the LeRoy family of Dutchess County, N.Y. is discussed in Dictionnaire généalogique des familles canadiennes depuis la fondation de la colonie jusqu'à nos jours par l'abbé C. Tanguay,... Province de Québec (Montréal) : E. Sénécal, Imprimeur-éditeur, 1871-1890. 7 v. NOTE: The entire 7 volumes are now online! To read about Simeon, refer to Vol. 1, p.533, which converts to No. 75 of the total 133 pages

Four Families Of Dutchess Co., N.Y.: Leroy, Palmatier-Parmentier, Van De Bogart And Van Kleeck by Prentiss Cummings Van Kleeck Glazier (1974).

The Life And Family Of Simeon Le Roy by Alfred Leroy Becker Published In The New York Genealogical And Biographical Record Volume 64, No. 1 Pages 41- 45 January, 1933. [Lorine's Note: There are errors in this article!

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