French Canadians Living in Ferrisburgh, VT in 1850: #3 Sophronia Janson

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Sophronia Janson is listed in the 1850 US Census for Ferrisburgh. She is referred to as Sophrona Gorrow, on Page 306 (stamped), Line 23, Household 191, with the following persons listed respectively on line 22 for her husband Joseph and lines 24 to 29 for her children:

  • Joseph Gorrow
  • Joseph Gorrow
  • Sophrona Gorrow
  • Madein Gorrow
  • Solomon Gorrow
  • Roselia Gorrow
  • Adephus Gorrow

Joseph is Sophronia’s husband, Joseph Garrow, and the others are her children, namely Joseph, Sophronia, Mary, Solomon, Rosella and Adolphus. The information about their age and place of birth is accurate except for daughter Sophronia. She is mentioned as being born in Keeseville, New York in multiple documents. All the other children’s baptismal acts, who indicated being born in Canada, have been found in Quebec records, except for Sophronia, so she might actually be born in the United States.

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Name Transcribed from the 1850 US Census:Gorrow, Sophrona
Last Name:Janson
First & Middle Name:Sophronia
Original Surname in Québec:Janson
Martin Janson, first pioneer in New France, was a soldier from La Compagnie de la Marine. Arrival about 1735. Janson was a dit name. His original surname is "Ducimetière".
Earliest Known Paternal Ancestor:André Ducimetière & Perrine Bourreau, from Les-Trois-Moutiers, Vienne, France
Status:Born in Québec; came with spouse and children
Parents' Name:Joseph Janson & Louise Régnier
Parents' Marriage Date & Place:24 May 1819, Pointe-Olivier (Saint-Mathias), Rouville, Québec, Canada
Spouse:Joseph Garrow (Gareau dit Saint-Onge)
Marriage Date & Place:5 Feb 1839, Saint-Athanase-de-Bleury, Iberville, Québec, Canada
Other Spouses:N/A
Vital Information:
Birth Date & Place:16 Mar 1820, Pointe-Olivier, Rouville, Québec, Canada
Baptismal Date & Place:17 Mar 1820, Pointe-Olivier (Saint-Mathias), Québec, Canada
Death Date & Place:1 Dec 1896, Essex, Chittenden, Vermont
Burial Date & Place:aft 1 Dec 1896, Essex Center (Mountain View Cemetery), Chittenden, Vermont
Naturalization Date & Place:N/A
Land Owner in Ferrisburgh:No
Life Before Ferrisburgh:Sophronia's husband, Joseph Garrow, indicated in the 1900 US Census that he immigrated to the States in 1847 which makes sense since their next child was baptized in Burlington. Sophronia and her husband Joseph married in Saint-Athanase-de-Bleury and were living in Marieville and Saint-Grégoire-le-Grand where three of their first four children were baptized. She might have lived shortly in Clinton County, NY as her daughter Sophronia indicated being born in Keeseville, NY.
Life After Ferrisburgh:Sophronia seems to have left Ferrisburgh during the 1860's to settle in Essex, a town located about 25 miles north of Ferrisburgh. She died from liver cancer in Essex and was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in same town. Her husband was buried besides her upon his death.
Notes:Information was taken from the 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 and 1900 US Census, Find-a-Grave Website, Vermont Vital Records for the town of Essex, Collection Drouin (Quebec parish records) and Fichier Origine.

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