Migration: Stamford, CT?>Yonge Twnp., Leeds Co., Ontario, CAN>Jefferson Co., NY
Junetown--Though they gave their name to this community, the Junes have disappeared from Junetown.
The June family is believed to have originated in England or France and the name originally may have been spelled "Juin." William June and his wife Margaret were living at Dryden, N.Y., early in the 18th century, and came to Canada in 1740. Their family consisted of Sheldon, Margaret, Wooster, Levi, George, Joshua, David, Peter and Robert John.
In the American Revolutionary War, members of the family fought on the British side, and several received Crown grants in Canada. Joshua petitioned for land filed on by Roger Stevens in the Rideau area, while Levi took script in lieu of land.
Peter June settled on what is now the Bruce Warren farm here, while Robert John married Ester MacDonald, a sister of Randy MacDonald, and settled not far from the MacDonald homestead which was located north of Quabbin Hill.
Their four children, Sarah, Mercy, James and Thomas, died of diphtheria in 1795 and their graves lie on the hill south of the Floyd Birtch farm.
Broken hearted, the couple pulled up stakes, sold their farm to the Quinsey family and moved to Connecticut.
Peter and his family remained. A descendant, Albertus, lived in Morton for a while. He had three sons, William, Hubert, and Hallam. All died without descendants, and today there is no one by the name of June in Leeds County.
to the Article:The
above article is part of a full page column by Harry Painting entitled
"Focus on the District," printed Thursday, 26 October 1978 in the Brockville,
Ontario, Canada, "Recorder and Times." While providing the basis
for exploring the Junetown settlement history, some facts are incorrect.
of Yonge Township, Leeds Co., Ontario
GEOGRAPHIC PROXIMITY of settlements and naming patterns would suggest that Peter June of Yonge, the original settler of what became known as Junetown, in Leeds Co., Ontario, Canada, was son of the William and Margaret June profiled in the Junetown article above; however, no William or Margaret June have ever been found in the records for the time period in question.
Instead, the best available evidence suggests that he was one of the sons of Peter June IV, born about 1740, and his wife Ruth, who were living in Pound Ridge, Westchester Co., New York, between 1776 and 1780, then in Rhinebeck, Dutchess Co., New York, in 1790, and finally in New Fairfield, Fairfield Co., Connecticut in 1800.
Peter June IV enumerated in the 1790 census of Rhinebeck township, Dutchess Co., New York, had residence beside John June and the families of Nathaniel and Warren Covill. Later in the 1800 federal census, when Peter is found in Fairfield township in Connecticut, he was enumerated on page 88 with four Hodge families, those of Abel, Daniel, Thaddius and Thomas. All other Junes in the area are listed on pages 220 through 230. These facts are significant because, Peter June of Yonge named his first known son Peter Hodge June, and Peter H. June named his second son Covil C. June. A Covil family was present in nearby Elizabethtown during the early 1800s, as shown by marriage records of the Presbyterian Church at Brockville, where many of the Yonge Junes and their relatives were married. A Hodge family lived nearby in Yonge, as seen on 1861-1862 land occupants maps.
Peter June IV had a brother Joshua June who was a Revolutionary War veteran. In 1780, Joshua June married Sarah Cox of Pittsford, Rutland Co., Vermont. Her sister Elizabeth Cox, of the same place, married Amasa Ladd. Both Joshua June and Amasa Ladd applied for grants of land in Canada West during the mid-1790s. It should be noted that the original story about Junetown stated that Joshua petitioned for land filed on by Roger Stevens in the Rideau area, while Levi took script in lieu of land.
Joshua June died in Vermont, and in the 1830's, his widow Sarah moved to St. Lawrence County, New York, across the river from Leeds Co., Ontario. Amasa Ladd does not appear in census records for Yonge township, but an Archibald Ladd was there at least as early as 1812, and he married Hannah June, daughter of Peter June of Yonge, and he lived in Yonge presumably until death. Archibald's relation to Amasa has not yet been determined.
Peter June IV and Joshua June had a half-brother named David June. During the War of 1812, a David June and a Joshua June served with Archibald Ladd as privates in the Upper Canada Militia, District of Johnstown, 1st Leeds, 1st & 2nd Flank Companies.
All evidence taken together suggests that Peter June, who died in Ontario, Canada, in 1830, was son of Peter June IV, making them all descendants of the immigrant Peter June, born about 1656 in France, who died 1 March 1706/1707 in Stamford, Connecticut.
Peter June of Ontario
1.) Peter June, born about 1656 in France, died 1 March 1706/1707 in Stamford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut; married Sarah. Parents of:
and his descendants
a yoeman, was born about 1763 according to his death notice, and he had
his first known child in 1787. Judging from the birth years and places
of his known children and U.S. census records, he and his wife were in
New York State from 1787 to the mid-1790s, then in Connecticut in 1799,
and made their final move to Yonge, Leeds Co., Ontario, Canada, sometime
Peter and his wife do not appear in the 1803 census of Yonge. They first appear on schedules in 1808 next to Levi June, along with three sons and a daughter, all under sixteen years old, thus fixing their arrival in Yonge between 1803 and 1805, when on February 7th, Peter purchased for 50 pounds, from John Arkenbach, Lot 24 in the 5th concession of the township of Escott which consisted of 200 acres (instrument number 145; registered 13 January 1821). Arkenbach had received the lot two years prior as a crown grant, thus the property was likely still much a wilderness when Peter took ownership.
Peter divided the 200 acres into four 50 acre lots. Archibald Ladd, Peter's son-in-law, bought the northwest 50 acres on 12 October 1819 for 50 pounds. John F. June, Peter's son, bought the southwest 50 acres for 25 pounds on 3 May 1821, and subsequently sold the property in 1825 to Doorman(?) Dewoff. John also sold a small part of the fourth quarter to William Ladd but it is unclear whether it was jointly owned. Prior to 1839, son Peter Hodge June had possession of the remaining two quarters but any transfer from father to son apparently was not recorded. In that year on July 1st, he sold the northeast quarter of the original lot for 100 pounds to James Ferguson.
It can be inferred from these deeds that Peter June Sr. occupied the eastern half of the lot, and after his death, son Peter H. June occupied the southeastern quarter. Peter Sr., Peter Jr., John F. June, and Archibald Ladd all signed their names to the deeds, rather than using an "X" indicating that they all had some form of education.
In the 1820 census of Yonge, both Peter June, Sr. and his son Peter H. June are shown to have wives named Sarah. Since the enumeration of children in each household is different, it is not likely to be a census-taker's duplication error. Peter H. June married Sarah Ann Keeler born 1798 in nearby Elizabethtown (now Brockville), so at least one Sarah can be accounted for. In 1825, census schedules indicate that there was no woman living in Peter Sr.'s household, yet by 1828, he had two women over age sixteen living with him. When Peter June, Sr. died in 1830, he left a widow Anna, who named Peter H. June as her son in court records.
What can account for the differences in Peter Sr.'s wife's first name and for the year he apparently had no wife at all? Did Peter have a first wife named Sarah who died by 1825? Could they be the same Peter June and Sarah Fairchild married on 19 April 1798 in New Fairfield Congregational Church, Connecticut? Birthdates of his children Peter and Hannah would suggest otherwise; however, Peter was in Connecticut in 1799 when his son John F. June was born, and for the three years leading up to Peter's death, John was enumerated in the census as "Fairchild June." No answers have revealed themselves yet. Did Peter subsequently remarry a woman named Anna? . . . But then why would Anna call Peter H. June her son in 1830 if such was not the case?
The probate records of Leeds County, Ontario, Canada, 1789-1869, Volume 1-2, page 167, record: "Peter June of Yonge left everything to Peter Hodge June -- 1830." Peter's inventory of estate was signed on 7 March 1830 by Peter H. June, administrator, John F. June, and John Flack made his mark.
Children (there were others whose names are unkown):
present in Yonge at this time . . . . .
Robert June made banns for marriage on 9 June 1831 with Caroline Trusdell, both of Yonge, officiated by Rev. William Smart of Brockville, and witnessed by Justin Trusdell and Samuel Trusdell. They first appear in the 1832 census of Yonge as living next door to John F. June, son of Peter the original settler. By 1839 they had two sons and one daughter, and those numbers were unchanged in 1840.
Data on their children taken from 12 November 1997 correspondence with Eileen Truesdell of Gananoque, Ontario.
Peter Hodge June,
was born 1796 in New York, according to the 1850 New York census, and died
3 March 1865, age 69 in the town of Alexandria, Jefferson Co., New York,
where he is buried in Barnes Settlement Cemetery. While
in Canada, Peter married Sarah
born 26 March 1798, of Elizabethtown, a descendant of Ralph
whose name appears on the Founders' Monument of Hartford, Hartford Co.,
In a voucher for quarterly payment from the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Pensions, dated 15 January 1898, his son, Covil C. June, indicates that he was married 24 of ??? 1849 in "York State" by the Rev. Peter H. June. The record is difficult to read, but suggests that Peter H. June was a minister.
Prior to 1839 Peter had possession of 100 acres from his father's 1805 purchase in Lot 24 in the 5th concession of the township of Escott, although no record of transfer has yet been found. In 1839 Peter sold one of the original four quarters (50 acres) to James Ferguson, husband of Jennet. The last quarter was sold by Peter to an Isaac Avery in 1852 except for a small part sold to William Ladd.
Isaac appears to be a son of James Avery whose name appears on Peter H. June's probate records. James was one witness to the marriage of Catherine Avery in 1841 to Dustin Ladd, Peter's nephew.
When Peter's father died in 1830 he became the administrator of the estate. Leeds County Probate Records 1786-1885 for the January term of Judge Jonus Jones, Esq., state that on 26 February 1830:
In a bond on the March 1st following, John Flack and James Avery became his bail and the oath was administered to the said Peter Hodge June."Anna June, widow of late Peter June of Yonge, yoeman, hands in a renumeration of her right to letters of administration to her said husband's estate, and Peter Hodge June of the same place, yoeman, her son, applies for letters and the judge orders them to be granted."
Jefferson Co., NY
(seven total) and grandchildren of Peter H. June and Sarah Keeler:
Children (as enumerated in 1850 & 1860 censuses):
Children (according to 1861 & 1871 censuses), all born in Ontario:
Photo courtesy of Bruce Nordstrom
|Covil C. June? This picture, taken at East Saginaw, Michigan, was in an old album belonging to Covil's nephew, Charlie, to whom this man bears a strong resemblance. Covil is the only man of his generation known to have traveled to Michigan.||
Family Gathering, 1897-1898:
probably in Marquette Co., Michigan
Standing: Charles Arthur Carr (1885-1968), Helen Mary June (1856-1938), Rosalia June (1853-?), Mary Rosamond Carr (1876-1954)
Unidentified Portraits from an Old June Family Album
Covil C. June? (Compare to photo above)
(3) Eli G. June,
born May 1829 in Canada West, was a farmer in Theresa where he remained several
years. According to transcripts of vital records from the town of Alexandria,
Jefferson Co., New York, he married there on 12 February 1850 Louisa
born in 1834. The
officiating minister was Libeas Hastings of the town of LeRay.
Louisa reported her age as 20 at the ceremony, but that same
year she revealed her true age of 16 to the census taker. Louisa
is called "Octavia Annable" in her grandson Charlie's obituary, but she called
herself Louisa in her marriage records and in her own letters.
In the 1850 census of the Town of Alexandria, Eli and Louisa were living with Eli's parents, just down the road from Louisa's family.
In the 1860 census of Alexandria, Eli and Louisa were enumerated next door to Peter H. June, with children Clarissa, Charles H., Hannah and Ann.
In 1863, Eli was enumerated in the draft for the Town of Alexandria, Jefferson Co., New York. Records do not indicate that he ever served military duty.
By 1870, events transpired that caused the family to separate. In that year, Eli June was enumerated as a 42 year old farm laborer in the home of Peleg Wheeler—Louisa was not with him, nor were any of his children. A letter from daughter Clarrissa "Clarrie" Patterson of Lansdowne Station, Ontario, Canada, to Louisa June shows Louisa was living that summer with Herman Strong in Watertown; Clarrie expresses her remorse that Louisa can't come live with her because Clarrie is newly wedded and living with her in-laws. Clarrie asks if Louisa has seen little Levi June "since he went away from you" because Clarrie wants to "go and get him if they will give him up to me." In the 1870 census, her 6 year old Levi June was enumerated in the asylum in Watertown with other children; on the page is a handwritten note by the censustaker that states: "all children at the asylum that are of suitable age are under instruction at the asylum."
In May 1871, Louisa sent a letter to son Charlie indicating that she was in poor health and living in the "poor house"; she goes on to state that now would not be a good time for a visit because small pox was broken out. She further laments "I want you to send me some money to by me a trunk for I cannot keep any thing with out it is stolen from me and it will be worse when the house is taken down." By May the following year, Lousia's situation had improved somewhat and she was reunited with her son Levi; she writes to Charlie: "little Levi is learning very fast he can read in second reder now Charley."
In a June 1872 letter to son Charlie, Louisa indicated that her house had been taken away from her and she did not know the whereabouts of her husband; she was still living with Herman Strong at the time. She was also again separated from her son Levi by then: "I tell you that I havt heard or seen anything of little levi in quite a while." By December 1872, Louisa's health had significantly improved, as shown by her improved penmanship, though she was still at the poorhouse, under the care of Conel Strong. She writes "You must excuse me for I was waiting to git word from levi I heard he had been takin from the home he is there yet" and she encourages Charley in his studies: "you spoke of your going to school I am glad & I hope you will & try to git all the learning you can & stay next summer I hope you will be a good boy for your own sake & mine there is nothing gained by running a round."
By 1873, daughter Clarrie Patterson had made good on her promise to take her mother in; from Landswone she wrote to brother Charlie on October 18th: "mother has been sick with all the rest and is failing all the time I think she can't get around as well as when you was here so you see I have had my hands pretty full this summer don't you mother often speaks of you and says she wishes you would come over here this fall" and further "Charlotte brought mother a new dress and ten yards of cotton cloth Uncle Levi help get the cotton."S
The following March, Clarrie sent this update to brother Charlie: "Mother is about the same as when you was here" and "Mother would like to see you if you could." Clarrie's role as caretaker in the family clearl;y had taken its toll by then, she further writes: "Steph has not been very well this winter he spit up blood for a while and I was sick Christmass My present was a little dead boy baby."
In May 1875, Jennie June (then married to George Briggs) sent a letter from her home in Redwood to brother Charlie, then working in Little Falls, Herkimer Co., indicating "Father was over about seven weeks agoe stayed all night." She mentions a letter received from sister Clarrie indicating: "they were all well except mother she was failing slowly." Later that year, in August, Jennie wrote to Charlie: "George & myself spent our fourth over to Clarrie's I think mother was better than she was when you and I were there last fall I could understand what she said better than I could then." This letter is the last written record of Louisa June.
While it is not known what Louisa's ailment was, it apparently led to her death by the mid-1870's, suggested by the following letter that references Levi as an orphan. On August 31st 1876, J. T. Wodell, Supervisor of Ellisburgh, NY sent a letter to Charles June "Esq" stating: "I was called to day to go to Belleville by the people to investigate a case. It was alledged that a Mr. Fisher had a boy who he had taken from the Orphan's home at Watertown & that the boy was ill treated. After making some enquiry I thought it was best to take the boy home with me as he had left Mr. Fisher & he "Fisher" did not care to keep him longer. The boy's name os Levi June & he tells me that you are his brother. The boy is intelegent 7 if properly brought up will make a useful man. I don't know as I can find a suitable place here for him. You may be able to assist me therefore I write you. An early answer is solicited."
In the 1880 census of Alexandria, Eli is enumerated as a 52 year old widower, working as a farmer in the home of his mother, Sarah June.
About 1885, Eli June married Phoebe Gadwau, born July 1845 in French Canada, whose father was born in France and her mother was born in Canada, according to census returns.
In the 1900 federal census of the town of Alexandria, Eli reports that he is 72 years old, born in May 1829 in Canada. His father was born in Connecticut and his mother in New York. The birthplace of his father matches his mother's report, but Eli differs with her about her birthplace. Eli continues to say that he came to the United States in 1856, (44 years prior) and his citizenship is listed as "NA"—in the 1910 census of Town of Orleans, his son Nelson verified that Eli was naturalized, but reported that Eli immigrated in 1863.
The last mention of Eli in Jefferson County records is in the 1904 enumeration of county Poorhouse occupants.
(A larger version of the photograph above once hung in the home of Eli's son Charlie H. June, according to Charlie's great-granddaughter Barbara; considering this fact, his approximate age and the age of the photo, plus his strong resemblance to both Charlie and to Covil, the man is tentatively identified as Eli June.)
of Eli G. June and Louisa Annable:
George W. Briggs
Child of Eli G. June and Phoebe Gadwau:
(4) Charles H. June
was born 23 May 1855 in the town of Alexandria, Jefferson County, New York,
and died in 10 November 1931 in Theresa, Jefferson County. After the separation
of his parents, Charlie went to live with the family of Elias Walter in Theresa,
where he was enumerated as a 15 year old farm hand in the 1870 census.
On 7 November 1877 at the Methodist Episcopal Church in LaFargeville, Jefferson County, he married Sarah Jennifer Shields, born 1850, died 1934, in the town of Alexandria. The pictures at left and right are taken from their ornamental marriage certificate that hung on the wall in the home. Charlie and Sarah ran a total of three farms together.
Charlie and Sarah loved music. They owned a Victrolla -- the kind with the big curving horn -- that played music recorded on cermanic cylinders. They also owned an organ which Sarah especially loved to play. It had pedals to pump and big slot machine-style handles that produced different pitches when pulled.
He inherited his father's land and remained a farmer all his life. He gambled in the stock market and papers discovered in 1998 indicate that he held stock in a company with holdings of at least $600,000. He apparently went broke during the Great Depression and he died with an estate valued at $12,000, which was enough to earn a headline in one local paper.
In his old age, Charlie developed cataracts. Eye surgery was a new science at that time, but Charlie could afford the procedure, so he checked into the hospital and had the cataracts removed. To aid in healing, gauze pads were placed over his eyes and the nurses were supposed to keep the pads moist, but they let them dry out. When it came time to remove the gauze, to everyone's horror, it had adhered to Charlie's eyeballs. He lost his vision when they tore it off and he remained blind for the remainder of his life.
Charlie and Sarah are buried in Plessis Cemetery, town of Theresa.
Ethel A. June
Ethel graduated from Theresa High School and the Antwerp teachers' training class and taught in rural schools around Theresa and in the town of Orleans before her marriage. She attended meetings of the Pamelia Grange and of the Pisgah O.E.S. chapter at Evans Mills. She had been in poor health for a year being her death, having undergone two operations in six months; she became seriously sick about a week prior to her passing.
When a boy, Joseph's family moved to Oswego County, New York, in 1879 and back to Evans Mills in 1890. He was a member of Evans Mills Masonic Lodge and Pameila Grange.
She and Joseph lived on the Parish Road near Watertown all their married life. First they lived on the Tom Anthony farm for 15 years and later moved to a farm next door where they made their final home. Both were members of the St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Brownville.
|Eddie June Drowns....|
From an envelope full of poems and clippings kept by Elsie June, with an inscription on the outside "Please Keep this ever. it's Mothers Memories and Past Enjoyments. Sacred"
the news clipping tells, Eddie June drowned while playing with his five
year old sister, Elsie, near a well.
Family tradition tells that in their grief the distraught parents blamed little Elsie for her brother's death.
After his funeral, they took a bundle of flowers from the grave, gave them to Elsie and had her sit for this portrait so she would always have a reminder of what she had done.
Stanley's 7th grade examination certificate
to the LEGENDS
of Estate of Peter
taken 13 February 1830
Provided by Lynn Cacciotti
of Peter Hodge June
to Sir John Colbourne, dated
1 March 1830
Provided by Lynn Cacciotti
taken from the Civil War widow's pension application of Catherine Avery, widow of Dustin Ladd
Provided by Lynn Cacciotti
Bogart relative, and inquires about Charlie's uncle Covil's plans for moving west.
My Grandmother, Esther M. Shaw (1877-1960) was the youngest of eight children
born to James and Esther Shaw. She was married to Addison June in
1899. They had four daughters: Marion (Mae) (1900-1969), who married
Victor Larson: Laura (1902-- 1980) who married Herbert Shaw of West Branch:
Sara (1903--) married Percy Kellogg; and Ruth (1906--) married Leslie Ward
and moved to Green Bay.
Grandfather Addison, built a house and several barns and chicken coops beside the West Branch of the Chocolay River. He and his brother William, built a mill on the Chocolay which was also on their acreage. He had a successful farm and business but was especially noted for his classy, spirited horses and fast driving.
As a child, I remember playing in the old carriages still stored in the barn, their velvet seats covered with dust and with nests of chicken eggs under them.
|Photo Caption: The Esther and Addison June family, which operated a farm near the West Branch of the Chocolay River for many years, is shown early this century. The couple's four children are in front, from left to right, Laura June Shaw, Sara June Kellogg, Ruth June Ward and Mary June Larson.|
to the LEGENDS
The creation and updating of this page would not be possible without the dedication and extensive research of Bruce Nordstrom in Ohio. Lynn Cacciotti of California has contributed important documents from Canada. Jack Brown of Mallorytown, Ontario, has graciously investigated the family since late 1999. Many distant relatives contribute bits of data from here and there and they are added whenever time allows.