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[This information is from Vol. IV, pp. 1546-1548 of Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, edited by Cuyler Reynolds (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 929.1 R45. Some of the formatting of the original, especially in lists of descendants, may have been altered slightly for ease of reading.]

The Lohnas family herein recorded descend from Adam Lohnas, born in Germany, 1754, died in Valley Falls, New York, April 14, 1839. He was a private in Captain Christopher Kilmer's company, Sixth Albany Regiment Militia, Colonel Stephen H. Schuyler. He married Elizabeth Boritt, born May 22, 1771, died February 15, 1858. Children:

  1. Jacob, of further mention;
  2. Solomon, born April 8, 1806, died unmarried, March 24, 1893;
  3. Adam (2), born May 5, 1808, died November 2, 1883, he was a resident of Rensselaer county, New York, where he followed the business of packer in the powder mills, he married (first) a Miss Siser; children: Alonzo, Sarah and Jane A.; married (second) Jane Whalen, born March 14, 1820, died February, 1870; children: Nancy, Mary, George, Isabell, Clara, Adam.

(II) Jacob, eldest child of Adam and Elizabeth (Boritt) Lohnas, was born March 8, 1802, died August 29, 1839. He settled in the town of Pittstown, Rensselaer county, New York, where he is buried with his wife. He married, March 8, 1832, Charity Deyoe, born February 2, 1812, daughter of Zachariah and Phoebe (Oakley) Deyoe (see Deyoe VII). Children, all born in the town of Pittstown, Rensselaer county, New York:

  1. Phoebe, born February 17, 1833, married David McWhithey, no issue;
  2. Edwin, born December, 1834, married, December 15, 1882, Jane Rastel, no issue;
  3. Deyoe, of further mention;
  4. Charity Maria, born 1839, died 1847.

(III) Deyoe, son of Jacob and Charity (Deyoe) Lohnas, was born at Valley Falls, town of Pittstown, Rensselaer county, New York, December 15, 1836. He was educated in the public schools and at Schuylerville Academy. At the age of fifteen years he began business life in Schuylerville as a dealer in groceries and meats, continuing there until 1866, when he removed to Saratoga Springs, engaging in the same line of trade, dealing extensively in grain, flour, and groceries, and erected, 1881, the first cold storage plant in the state of New York. He first introduced Chicago dressed beef and erected, for the sale of same, wholesale houses in Glens Falls, Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. He has acquired large business interests, and is one of the leading citizens of Saratoga Springs. He was formerly a director of the First National Bank of Saratoga, and is the present principal owner and president of the well-known Lincoln Spring Company. He is a Republican in politics. In 1887 he was elected president of the village of Saratoga Springs and again in 1889. He served for three years as a member of the village board of education. He is prominently identified with the Masonic order, being affiliated with Lodge, Council, Chapter, Commandery, and is a Noble of the Mystic Shrine. He was a member of Saratoga Club, and is a member of the Saratoga Business Men's Association. He married, October 9, 1860, Hulda L. Farr, born July 5, 1839, at Fort Ann, New York, daughter of Leonard and Amanda A. (Nelson) Farr. Children:

  1. Nellie Farr, born August 28, 1863; married, March 9, 1887, Adelbert C. Hayden, of Northville, New York; children:
    1. Grace Lohnas Hayden, born August 8, 1888 and
    2. Rita Marion Hayden, born February 13, 1893.
  2. Harriet M., born November 8, 1866; married Edward B. Ashton, of Argyle, Washington county, New York, September 9, 1897; son, Deyoe Lohnas Ashton.
  3. Grace M., born July 11, 1875, died February 19, 1883.

(The Deyoe Line)

Among the twelve original patentees of the town of New Paltz, Ulster county, New York, the last to cross the ocean from France was the Huguenot, Christian Deyoe. He was accompanied by his son Pierre, the latter's wife, Agatha Nickol, and child, and the unmarried daughters, Maria, Elizabeth and Margaret, who later became the wives respectively of Abraham Hasbrouck, Simon Le Fevre and Abraham DuBois. The earliest records in the Dutch church at Kingston and the Huguenot church at New Paltz show different ways of spelling the name, Doyau, Doioie, Doyo and Deyoe, the latter now being the generally accepted form. In the treaty with the Indians in 1677, Pierre (also a patentee) wrote the name "Doyo." His father, Christian, did not write his name but made his mark and the name is written "de Yoo." The Huguenots, of whom there were quite a number at Kingston and Hurley, were desirous of forming a settlement of their own where they might speak their own language, French, and form a community of their own. They finally purchased land from the Indians which included all the present town of Lloyd, about two-thirds of New Paltz, one-third of Esopus and one-fourth of Rosendale. In the records of the patentees, as the twelve signers were called, long preserved in an ancient trunk in the Huguenot Bank at New Paltz, is the copy of the document, signed by the Indians on their part, and by Louis Du Bois and his eleven associates, one of whom was "Christian de Yoo his X mark," and his son, "Pierre Doyo." The bargain was approved by Governor Andros, April 28, 1677. The patentees at once settled on their purchase at the point now known as New Paltz, all undoubtedly living on what is now Huguenot street, in that village. The records of the church from 1683 to 1702 are written in French, and record many births, marriages and deaths of the Deyoes and others. The descent is through Pierre Deyoe, son of Christian, who died about ten years after the settlement at New Paltz and must have been a very old man. He made his will February 1, 1686-87. There is a tradition that Pierre Deyoe, son of Christian, died while on an expedition to find a route from New Paltz to the river, and that many years afterward a buckle from a truss he had worn was found among his bones. This Pierre was probably Pierre, a grandson of Christian and son of Pierre.

(II) Pierre, son of Christian Deyoe, came with his father to America bringing his wife, Agatha Nickol, and one child. He was one of the twelve patentees of New Paltz. He left four sons and two daughters. In 1675 he was still in the Palatinate of Germany, as shown by his certificate of good standing, yet preserved in the family. "This is to certify that Peter Doio and Agatha Nickol, both in honor living in Curr Pfalz, Mutterstadt, circuit of Newstadt, have been united in marriage, the intent of such marriage having been announced three times from the pulpit, that they are members of the Reformed Church and as far as we know the same are well behaved people. Mutterstadt. Curr Pfalz 21 January, 1675. Jacob Amyot, Pastor." Children:

  1. Christian, of further mention.
  2. Abraham, born at Hurley, New York, October 16, 1676; married, 1702, Elsie Clearwater; he died in 1725, leaving a son Abraham, and daughters Marytje, and Wyntje. Abraham (2) was the father of Abraham Deyoe, of the revolutionary army.
  3. Pierre, baptized at New Paltz, New York, 1683; grew to man's estate; left no issue.
  4. Hendricus, baptized at Kingston, New York, October 12, 1690; married, at Kingston, December 31, 1715, Margaret Von Bummel, baptized at Kingston, 1693; in the old graveyard at New Paltz is a gravestone believed to mark the burial place of Margaret, wife of Hendricus.

Of the two daughters of Pierre Deyoe, Mary, the eldest, born 1679, married Jacob Clearwater, settled at Vontecoe, had son Abraham, baptized at New Paltz, 1699. Margaret, the second daughter, left no issue.

(III) Christian, son of Pierre and Agatha (Nickol) Deyoe, was born in the Palatinate of Germany, 1674, and is the child alluded to as coming to America with his father and grandfather, Christian Deyoe. He appears in the list of taxpayers in 1712; in the list of soldiers of Captain Hoffman's company, 1716, in the list of those who built the first stone church in New Paltz in 1728; in the list of slave-holders in 1755. He was a deacon of the New Paltz church, 1733 and an elder in 1765. He married, at New Paltz, 1702, Marytje De Graff (in French Le Conte). He left sons Moses and Jacobus, and daughter Mary. Moses married Clarris Stokhard and had sons Christian and Johannes. Mary married, 1731, Jeems Ackmoidi, a Scotchman, and ancestor of the Auchmoody family.

(IV) Jacobus, son of Christian and Marytje (De Graff) Deyoe, removed to Kingston, New York. His name does not appear upon the records at New Paltz, but in 1738 it is found in a list of foot-soldiers of Kingston. Afterwards he or his widow moved to Dutchess county, and in the Poughkeepsie church records appears the following entry: "Janitje Freer, widow of Jacobus De Joo, born at New Paltz, married April 22, 1754, to Richard Gryn, born at Oswego." In 1724 Jacobus Deyoe married, at Kingston, Janitje Freer, both at the time residing at New Paltz. They had several daughters, and one son, Jacobus, born 1732, also a son, Peter.

(V) Peter, son of Jacobus and Janitje (Freer) Deyoe, was born in 1738, baptized by Dominie Mancius, October 21, 1739, as shown by the Kingston church records, James Auchmoody and Greetje Deyoe being sponsors. He removed to Pittstown, Rensselaer county, New York, where he died in 1812. He married, 1765, Charity Maria Cramer, born 1745. They were married in New York City, but resided the remainder of their lives in Pittstown. Children: Zachariah, of whom further; James, Peter, Jacob, John, Sarah, Jane, Katherine, Charity.

(VI) Zachariah, son of Peter and Charity Maria (Cramer) Deyoe, was born in Dutchess county, New York, September 24, 1774, died 1826, and is buried with his wife at Schroon, New York. He married, February 13, 1799, Phoebe Oakley. Children:

  1. Jacob,
  2. William O., who settled in the west;
  3. Dorcas, married Ephraim Grimes;
  4. Charity, of further mention; Peter.

(VII) Charity, daughter of Zachariah and Phoebe (Oakley) Deyoe, married Jacob Lohnas (see Lohnas II).

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