An American Family History

Henry LaRue


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 (1781, married John Hagerman, Jr.),
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 (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.

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.



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