NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people
in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
Louis Jacques (Jaquier), of an old Swiss family, lived and died in Canton de Vaud, Switzerland. He was a merchant. He lived to the advanced age of eighty-eight years.
1. John Peter, was an officer in the Swiss army; died in Switzerland in 1852; married and left a family.
2. Louise, came to America; married John A. Vaugnaux, who was a soldier in the civil war and was killed in the battle of Shiloh; after remaining two years at her old home in Lewis county, N.Y., the widow removed to Wisconsin, where she married William L. Bell.
3. Jacob, mentioned below.
4. Susan, married Marcellus Duruy, settlted in Lewis county, and later went to California.
(II) Jacob, son of Louis Jacques (Jaquier), was born in Canton de Vaud, Switzerland, Jan. 23, 1823, and educated in the schools of his native place. After working as a farmer for two years, he decided to try his fortunes in America and left home April 1, 1852, sailing from Havre, France, on the ship "Eastern Queen," a sailing vessel, arriving in New York City, May 7 following, after a voyage of twenty-five days, He came directly to Lewis county and entered the employ of William Ebblie as a farm laborer at eight dollars a month. He attended two winter terms of the public school in order to perfect himself in the English language. He enlisted in the civil war, Aug. 20, 1862, in Company L, New York Heavy Artillery, which was stationed at the defences of the city of Washington, and from October, 1863 to the end of the war at Maryland Heights, or Harper's Ferry. He was made a corporal of his company, May 19, 1864. He was honorably discharged from the service June 26, 1865, and returned to Lewis county.
He settled down to farming on a place at Lowville and followed this vocation during the remainder of his active life. He retired a few years since.
He is a member of the G.D. Bailey Post, No. 200, Grand Army of the Republic, and of the Methodist church. In politics he is a Republican.
He married (first) Sept. 8, 1858, Ann Noon, of Carthage, N.Y. She died March 22, 1862, and he married (second) Dec. 24, 1865, Nancy A. Waters, born in Lowville, May 19, 1844, daughter of John and Elizabeth Waters.
Child of first wife:
1. John Edward, April 22, 1860; died 1898.
Children of second wife:
2. Charles E., April 13, 1867; hardware merchant of Lowville; married Cora R. Brown; children: Harold Brown and Bernice Thelma.
3. Fred Clarence, mentioned below.
4. Alice May, May 20, 1873, died March 26, 1892.
5. Clinton Louis, March 11, 1879; associated in business with his brother, Charles E.; married Minnie Diana Courts; child: Alice Elizabeth.
6. Bessie W., April 3, 1882; married Porter A. House; child: Marion Frances.
(III) Fred Clarence, son of Jacob Jacques (Jaquier), was born in Lowville, Aug. 9, 1870. He was educated in the public schools of his native town and in the Lowville Academy. After leaving school he was for two years a clerk in a grocery store at Lowville. In 1891 he entered the employ of V. Lansing Waters, one of the leading dry goods merchants of nothern New York, as clerk, and worked his way to promotion, step by step. His pleasing manner and natural ability brought him success thoroughly and his industry and integrity earned for him the confidence of the customers and employer alike. He was advanced at length to the position of manager of the sales department and purchasing agent. In the fall of 1901 he resigned his position in the Waters establishment to embark in business for himself. He opened his present store at Lowville, Nov. 9, 1901, carrying a large and varied stock of dry goods and millinery, and from the outset was well patronized. His business grew and flourished and today (1910) ranks among the foremost in this line of business in this section of the state.
Associated with him in business is his wife, who has full direction of the very successful millinery department. To her good judgment, wise counsel and indefatigable energy much of the credit for the success of the firm must be given. He has, to an unusual degree, the esteem and confidence of the business community, and enjoys a high degree of popularity among all classes of his townsmen.
He is a member of the Methodist church. In politics he is a Republican.
He married Stella Elizabeth Goutremont, born at Harrisburg, N.Y., Nov. 19, 1873, daughter of William H. and Mary (Forsythe) Goutremont. Jacob, Sr., immigrant ancestor, progenitor of the family in this country, was a pioneer at Lowville, N.Y., and his son, Jacob, was one of the first settlers at Harrisburg, clearing his farm when the place was a forest, erecting house and barns, and becoming a man of some wealth and much influence and importance in the community. William H. Goutremont was a worthy successor of his sturdy grandfather and father and continued the development of the homestead, a man of enterprise and progress, one of the leading farmers of the town, now retired from active affairs.
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