An American Family History

The LaRue Family of Leeds County, Ontario


LaRue or Larew is also spelled as La Rue, Le Roux, Lerrew, Larrew, La Rew, Lerrue, Laroux, and La Roue.


The Province of Upper Canada was established in 1791 to accommodate Loyalist refugees from the United States. It included all of Southern Ontario and part of Northern Ontario.

The united counties of Leeds and Grenville are in southern Ontario, Canada on the border with the United States.The county seat is Brockville.

On February 7, 1813, the American army raided Elizabethtown (present day Brockville, Leeds County, Ontario). The Americans crossed the frozen St. Lawrence River and seized equipment, freed American prisoners, and captured Canadian men.

Henry LaRue was born on October 7, 1755 in Bergen County, New Jersey. His parents were Jacobus Larue and Rebecca Bertholf.

Henry and his brother, Crynis, served in the Revolutionary War from Orange County, New York under Captain Peter Bartholf.

Henry married Marietje (Mary) Mandeville on February 24, 1780. Mary was born November 9, 1753 in Pompton Plains, Morris County New Jersey. She was the daughter of Peter Mandeville and Maria Bertolf.

Henry and Mary's children probably included:

James LaRue (1780, married Hannah Andress),
Maria (Polly) LaRue Hagerman (1781, married John Hagerman),
Peter Larue (1783, married Fanny Mosher),
Hendrick LaRue (1785),
Crynis LaRue (1787, married Hannah Griffin and Polly Baxter),
Rebecca LaRue Powers (1792, married Nathaniel Powers, son of Nathaniel Powers 1754- son of Nathaniel Powers 1720).
Rachel LaRue Dockham Bradshaw (1793, married Heman Dockham and James Bradshaw).
Hiram Larue,
Horace Larue, and
Samuel Larue.

In 1791, Henry signed a petition in Thurlow, Hastings County, Ontario requesting that the township be laid out in lots.

Henry was assessed in Yonge Township in 1805.

Mary died about 1806 in Leeds County, Ontario, Canada. Soon after her death, Henry moved to Otsego County, New York.

Henry married Betsey Emmons on April 10, 1808 in Kortright, Delaware County, New York. The marriage was performed by Hugh Orr, Justice of the Peace. Betsey was born in Connecticut in 1773.

During the War of 1812

Rifle Pits were also constructed on the Canadian shore near LaRue's Mills, and for some time a company was stationed at that place to guard the frontier. The officers at one time took possession of the mill, and compelled the owner to grind wheat exclusively for the army. To accommodate the settlers, LaRue ran the mill nights and Sundays to supply the wants of the general public. (from History of Leeds & Grenville)

Henry, Crynis and Peter Larue were in the 1st Regiment Leeds Militia from September to December, 1812.

Crynis served in the 1st Leeds Militia during the War of 1812.

James and Crynis were in Captain Andrew Adams' Company of Provincial Light Dragoons from April to September, 1813.

On October 15, 1834, Henry Larue was a resident of Oneonta, Otsego County, New York. when he applied for his pension.

James LaRue appeared on the census lists of Yonge Township, Leeds County Ontario in the 1840s.

Henry died on March 1, 1850 in Alexandria Bay, Jefferson County, New York. He is buried in the Brookside Cemetery in Plessis.

Betsey Emmons Larue applied for a widow's pension on March 14, 1855, at age 81. She was a resident of Oneonta, Otsego County, New York.

The Battle of the Windmill was in November, 1838. Loyalists defeated an invasion attempt by Hunter Patriots, led by  Nils von Schoultz, who were attempting to overthrow British rule. The battle was at a windmill two miles east of Prescott.


New Jersey's first permanent European settlement was in 1660.

A militia is a military unit composed of citizens who are called up in time of need.

Connecticut's first European settlers were Dutch.


The first European settlements in Ontario were after the American Revolution when 5,000 loyalists left the new United States.

William (Billa) LaRue was born on February 6, 1760 in Albany, New York. He was a United Empire Loyalist, timber merchant, and mill owner.

He and Abigail Hagerman married about 1795.

William and Abigail's children may have included:

Anne LaRue (1798-1815),
Joseph LaRue (1800-1804),
Abigail LaRue Mallory Hutchinson (1803-1889, married Noah Hutchinson),
Margaret LaRue (d. 1805),
Eleanor LaRue (1806-1806),
Sarah LaRue LaPoint (1810) and
Catherine Anne LaRue (1811-1813).

On May 2, 1802 he was granted 1,000 acres in Leeds County, Ontario.

William was assessed in Yonge Township in 1805.

Billa La Rue . . became rich after settling west of Mallorytown Landing, had a clothes closet for every bedroom in his house--and whoever in pioneer day heard of comfort like that? (from The Ottawa Journal, October 7, 1967)

William died on November 15, 1832. Abigail died on April 30, 1834. They were laid to rest at La Rue Mills Cemetery. His inscription reads:

William LaRue
who departed this life - Nov 15, 1832
aged 72 years 9 months 9 days
Erected by his affectionate daughter,
Sarah LaRue

Six of their nine children are also buried with them:
Ann died March 13, 1815 age 17
Catharine died July 11, 1813 age 2
Joseph died Sept 14, 1804 age 4
Eleanor died July 7, 1806 age 7 months
Margaret died June 9, 1805
Mary died Oct 20, 1807 1 month and 20 days

In 1839 the Sophra Lapoint household in Yonge consisted of three women, one boy and one girl. Next to this household was the Sarah LaRue household in Yonge which consisted of one man, one woman, two boys and one girl. 

United Empire Loyalists were Americans who remained loyal to King George III and the British Empire. They moved to Canada after the American Revolution.

Crynis Larue was born on July 18, 1787 in Pompton Plains, New Jersey. He is the son of Henry LaRue and Mary Mandeville. He was a teacher and a banker.

Crynis first married Hannah Griffin.

Samuel LaRue (1811, married Jane Dixon).

Crynis married Mary "Polly" Baxter.

Horace Larue (1818),
Laura Larue (1821),
Sophia Larue (1824, married George Griffin).

On May 19, 1812 Crinis petitioned for land that he was entitled to because of his father's service.

Mary died on February 24, 1865.

Crynis died in 1871 in Breedsville, Michigan.






In the War of 1812 (1812-1815) the United States declared war on England because of trade restrictions, impressment, and British support for Indian attacks. They signed the Treaty of Ghent on December 24, 1814 after reaching a stalemate.

from "Father’s Search for LaRue Money Recalled by Haskin:
Dr. Byron Haskin, Theresa, Tells of Search With Divining Rod" by Ernest G. Cook

Now about this William LaRue, or ‘Billa,’ as he was mostly called. Some said he was of French descent, and maybe was, but the records show he came from the New England states at the time of the American Revolution and, being a United Empire loyalist, he went to Canada and was given a grant of land--the records show that---on the banks of the St. Lawrence at what became the town of Escott.

He was given nearly 1,000 acres on May 17, 1802. There was a deep ravine running down to the St. Lawrence river in which flowed a stream of water. LaRue conceived the idea of putting a dam across the ravine and planting a sawmill there. His plan worked. It is told that he selected the finest pine tree on the place and had it cut into choice planks and

from these he made his coffin. He planted apple trees, chestnut and walnut trees and turned his mill over to the British at the time of the war of 1812 to get lumber for the forts. He planted riflepits on the place for defending that point. They tell that he walked barefoot to Cornwall to buy leather for boots, Cornwall being the nearest point to obtain leather. He became rich.

When he was on his death bed his room was where he could look from his window to a certain spot, where people thought his wealth was buried for it was known he had his money hidden. He died without telling a soul where his treasures were...

Anyway, they have never found the money that ‘Billa’ LaRue was supposed to have hidden about the place. A man by the name of Cherry Buell owns the place today and resides there. The tipping tombstone on the LaRue grave reads,

Sacred to the memory of William LaRue, who departed this life November 15, 1832, aged 72 years, 9 months, 9 day.

His wife, Abigal (sic), died April 30, 1834, but she was younger, being but 59 at the time of her death.

During the American Revolution a Tory or Loyalist was used in for those who remained loyal to the British Crown.


from the History of Leeds Grenville

Prominent among the early settlers was William Larue, better known as Billa Larue. This poineer located at the mouth of the creek falling into the St. Lawrence, about four miles west of Mallorytown Landing, where the original Mallorys first landed. At the point selected, Mr. Larue constructed a dam across the ravine, and furnished himself with an excellent water power. He next built a mill, which was utilized by the British soldiers during the War of 1812.


Lot 23 in the Broken Front Concession of the Township of Escott:

A patent was granted on 17 May 1802 by the crown to William LaRue, for the west w/1/2 of the lot
By the will of William La Rue on 31 May 1830, there was an action taken on the lot, but not details
A mortgage taken on 14 July 1834 by grantor Sarah La Rue to George Kerr, grantee
A grant on 24 October 1838 by Edward and Phebe Cassidy (his wife) to Sarah LaRue (spinster)
A grant on 6 Aug. 1839 by Sarah La Point, formerly La Rue and husband to George Longley
A Sheriff's Deed on 13 August 1839 by Adiel Sherwood, Sheriff, to George Longley
A grant on 13 August 1839 by George Kerr and Eleanor Kerr a daughter of late William LaRue to George Longley
Bough and sold on 10 Sept. 1854 from George C. Longley and Sarah M. Longley, Spinster, only surviving children of George and Ruth Longley to Ira Mallory
A mortgage on 10 Sept. 1854 from Ira Mallory and his wife to George C. Longley
A mortgage on 16 Jan. 1860 from George C. Longley to Justus S. Merwin or Merrian


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