Genevieve Largo in France.
Andrew and Marie Avaligne and d. Sept. 13, l869
lived there during forty of the most active years of his life. He came
down the fall of 1796 and built a cabin and made other preparations to
take possession of his lot. On the 21st of March, l797, five families
landed in the Grant and commenced work on their respective lots, viz?
Duduit, Bertram, Gervais, Lacroix and Dutiel.
Duduit was a hard worker and went immediately to clearing his land
and farming. It is altogether probable that he raised a very
considerable crop of corn and other vegetables that year. If so, he can
claim to be among the first successful farmers of Scioto County.
His parents were wealthy. They lived about seven leagues from
Paris, and were engaged in agriculture. He was born in the year l770.
His father died when he was quite small. His education was very limited,
being sent to school where the teachers were wholly incompetent to teach.
He early learned the trade of silversmith, and lived in Paris. In
l789, he joined the revolutionary party under LaFayette, and was at the
storming and taking of the Bastile. This was the first act in the great
drama of the French revolution, which proved so bloody in its results.
However, Mons. Duduit escaped the horrors of that revolution by marrying
a young wife and embarking for America in the colony of French emigrants
who were to settle in the wilderness of Ohio.
It is not necessary to speak here of the trials and difficulties
they had to undergo in reaching their new home in the west. They arrived
at Gallipolis in the year l790, and young Duduit comprehended at once the
whole situation. He saw they had been deceived, and without
extraordinary exertions on their part they must suffer for the
necessaries of life. Their main dependence for support was on the wild
game of the woods.
Young Duduit, as if by instinct, took as naturally to the woods as a
young duck does to water. He soon became an expert hunter and an
excellent woodsman...two qualifications almost absolutely necessary to
the success of a pioneer. The Indian was raging at that time.
Col. Sproat, who commanded the military post at Marietta, appointed
four spies and scouts for the protection of Gallipolis..two French and
two Americans. Duduit was one of the Frenchmen. He, in company with
Major Robert Safford scoured the country between Marietta and the mouth
of the Scioto. Through their vigilance and timely notice of the approach
of hostile Indians, Gallipolis was saved from any depredations of any
One time, while out hunting in the night, his dogs chased something
up a tree. He waited for the moon to shine out bright in order to see
how to shoot. As soon as he got fair sight of the animal which appeared
to be in the act of springing at him, he fired, and brought down a large
panther, shot through the heart. One time he was out hunting, in company
with some other Frenchmen. They were very cautious for fear they might
fall into an ambuscade of Indians. As they were passing along a
hillside, Duduit was behind the others. A deer came within range of his
rifle, which he fired at and killed. The French, supposing they were
fired on by Indians, fled in every direction as fast as their legs could
carry them. Duduit hung up his deer as quick as he could, and hastened
back to the village. The others had returned and reported that they had
been fired on by Indians and that Duduit was killed.
He soon relieved them of their fears as to Indians, and for them to
go to where they heard the firing, and they would find a fat buck hung
Duduit was among the first to come to the Grant. He was a hard
worker, and unlike Mons. Gervais went immediately to clearing his land
and farming. In a few years he had fine orchards, the peach trees being
very productive. He had a small distillery, for the purpose of
distilling his own grain and fruit. His farm was next below Valodin’s
about a mile below Haverhill.
Madame Agnes Duduit died July ll, l8ll. Her education was refined,
being from an aristocratic family. She was mother of 13 children, of
whom three died infants. The others were, according to age, Agnes, born
at Alexandria, soon after they landed; Caroline, Virginia, William, Oyet,
Fanny, Frederick, John and Desot who was born at the death of his mother.
M. Duduit remained single for six years, and on July 3, l8l7, he
married Mille Faire Lacroix in her l7th year, and he in his 47th year.
M. Duduit was out in the war of l812. While at Sandusky he was
recognized by an Indian who said that he had seen him while he was a spy,
and that he could have easily have killed him, but he was afraid of his
dog, which Duduit constantly had with him. And if he should kill the dog
he was afraid of Duduit.
The children of the second consort of Mons. Duduit were eight in
number. Mary Catharine, born April 14, l8l8; Emily, Eliza, Adaline,
Francis Edward, Nancy Mariah, Andrew Lacroix and Louis, born Nov.23,
l834, making seventeen living children in all doing pretty well for one
man toward populating a new country.
Mons. Duduit died suddenly April 5, l836, being 66 years of age.
The cause of it is related to have been a spasm of suffocation. It
happened in the night. He had been employed the day before in the barn
at a kind of work in which he was forced to inhale an atmosphere full of
He was a believer in the Christian religion though he never belonged
to any Protestant church.
His industry made him respected, and obtained for him good property.
After the death of Mons. Valodine, he obtained his home farm and the
fine buildings thereunto appertaining, in which he lived at the time of
He was a great hunter, a good farmer, an affectionate husband, a
kind father and an honest man. (From James Keyes book on Scioto Co.
Agnes Duduit b. l796 (Gallia Co., Ohio or Alexandria, Va.) married
Gillellen (Gillen) in Scioto Co., Ohio Dec. 6, l8l0. Pressley was b.
Va. s/o William and Hannah Achlen Gillellen. He died before March 30,
l860 in Lawrence Co., Ohio
married Andrew Jackson Lunsford Nov. 12, l835 Lawrence Co., d. Dec. 26,
l888 Leslie Twp., Todd Co., Minn. Andrew J. b. l815 Va. s/o William
Henry and Mary Lunsford. He died Feb. 4, l896 Carter Co., Ky.
(This family appears in the Elizabeth twp., Lawrence Co., Ohio census
records for l840 - l880. In the l880 census Virginia age 63 is living
with son Reuben. It appears that she moved with her son Reuben although
her husband was still alive. Have not found out why as yet.)
Blankenship Feb. 26, l835 Lawrence Co., Ohio. She died before l860 in
Lawrence Co., Ohio. James b. l8l5 in Ohio s/o Andrew and Hannah Rankin
Blankenship. He died l887 in Ceredo, Ill. He is buried in Wesley Chapel
cemetery, Eldorado Twp., Saline county, Illinois
(James evidently married after Delia’s death an Eliza ? who was born in
Ireland. They are found in the l880 Saline Co., Ill census with two
Charles ll born in Ill and Eddy 8 born in Ill. He is recorded as 65 yrs
old and she is listed as 52)
Oct. 7, l847 in Lawrence Co. Robert was born l827/28 in Ky. to
? Aldridge and Nancy ? Catherine died July 11, l878 Aid Twp., Lawrence
Co., Ohio. Robert remarried Oct. l9, l880 to Eliza Delawder. He died
May 12, l908 in Lawrence Co., Ohio. Robert and Catherine are buried in
the Dennin Cemetery, Aid Twp., Lawrence Co., Ohio.
d. Oct. 12, l944 buried Woodland
Aldridge Oct. 26, l848 Lawrence Co., Ohio. She died Oct. 16, l916 Aid
Twp., Lawrence Co., Ohio. Mount was b. Dec. 26, l823 in Ky. a s/o ?
Aldridge and Nancy ? (He and Robert were brothers and Manerva was
Catherine’s sister) Mount d. Jan. 28, l895 Pedro, Elizabeth Twp.,
Lawrence Co., Ohio. They are both buried in the Aldridge family
cemetery, Aid twp., Lawrence Co., Ohio. This cemetery is located on the
land where they lived and is now a part of Wayne National Forest.
Delawder March 15, l874 in
This is Manerva's side, now here is Mount's (some of it will be
? Aldridge married Nancy ? either in Va./Tenn./Ky. take your pick,we
don't know yet. Sometime before l830 (the first time she appears in Law.
Co. census records) they came to Ohio. They had the following known
(one source says this family moved to Arizona. If this is true it would
have been after l860. Marcus and Mary stayed in Law. Co. The others
probably went with the family. I did not find them in l870 in Law. Co.)
yet. I was given wrong information on one of the daughters and just found
Ohio. d.May 12, l908. He married # 2 Eliza Delawder Migner l9 Oct. l880
in Law. Co. Catherine was born l831 in Ohio; d/o Pressley and Agnes
Duduit Gillilan. (her sister Manerva married Robert's brother Mount)
Catherine d.July ll, l878 in Law. Co.
shortened to Gillen) 26 Oct. l848 Law. Co. (sister to Catherine) Mount
28 Jan.l895 Pedro, Elizabeth Twp., Law. Co., Ohio. Manerva b.9 June l827
d.16 Oct. l895 Pedro.
That's the beginning information. There has been a lot of confusion
regarding all the Marcus' especially Mount's son Mark. A close look at
census records, death certificate, and esp. his obit. tells me he is
Mount's son. (his sister's names, Lucina Delawder and Jane Webb are
listed as surviving him)
Also there were more Nancy's and Mary Ann's then you can shake a stick at
and I'm still trying to sort it all out. A curious thing I found was
when the they settled in Law. Co. in l830 they came to Mason Twp., not
far from where we live. It is now government land and has a large
man-made lake on it. Nancy also married #2 David Green on 2 June l833
Law. Co., but evidently did not stay with him very long. I always find
her living with someone else and she is not mentioned in his will. They
must have been incompatible!
This is what I have so far on our Aldridge line, I have the capable help
of another Aldridge on this family. She has a lot of info that she is
going to share with me when they come back from wintering in Fla. She
knows Gertie's daughter Daisy Kaiser very well.
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