I'm looking for a tie of the Besaw family to the reservation in/near St. Regis Falls

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I was told there was native blood within my family. Looking for the connection within my Besaw line. My gr. grandfather was: Clarence Besaw born 1896 in St. Regis Falls. His parents: Alexander Besaw (born 1841) and Margaret Voudren (sp) ...with so many name variations for both last names, I have no clue where to look next...any suggestions? thanks
in Genealogy Help by Lisa Coughlin G2G Crew (510 points)
retagged by Keith Hathaway

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Below is a record of George Beshaw b.St Regis Falls,  son of Alexander and Margaret as an example.  The second link will bring you to numerous records on their other children.  Those might help with your query.  Use the free search tool at https://familysearch.org/search and plug in the various names and dates to find more.

Citing this Record New York, County Marriages, 1908-1935


Name: George David Besaw

Residence  ? Hopkinton Hopkauten  - hard to read

Marriage  22 Feb 1908 , Nicholville, NY

Age: 22 White

Marital Status: 1st

Birth (Est) 1886 Birthplace: St Regis Falls, NY

Father Alexander Besaw  Birth Canada

Mother  M. Vodren  Birth US

Witnesses Aurelia Besaw, Oliver Dashnau

Spouse  Louva M. Iby

Age: 18 White

Marital Status: 1st

Birth (Est): 1890  Birthplace: Forest Station, NY

Father: James Iby  Birth Vermont

Mother Rose A. Murray Birth Perryville, NY

More children Lawrence, Leo, Clarence, Nelson, Mary,  Emma below.


by Chris Hoyt G2G6 Pilot (764k points)
I will try that...thank you so much

This might be Margaret as a child - she named a son Nelson, maybe after her father?  The location is not far from St. Regis Falls.  Would take some research to confirm.

U S Census, 1860 Town of Stockholm, St. Lawrence, NY

Citing this Record: "United States Census, 1860," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MCW8-CM2

Nelson Vodran  M 50 NY

 Rosanna Vodran  F 44 Can

 Topul Vodran  M 7 NY

 Margaret Vodran  F 5 NY

thank you!
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I am connected to this family....

Mary Jane Voudren is my great great grandmother her father was Henry Voudren and his father was Nelson Voudren who is Magaret Voudren's father. I have been told the same thing.
by Marnie Wells G2G Rookie (200 points)
Have you been able to make that connection to the reservation? I was getting frustrated and took some time off my search. I'm back again as curiosity still overtakes me lol
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Hi both of these grandparents are buried in the FOREST CEMETERY

Saint Regis Falls
Franklin County
New York, USA




on ran across them while looking for my family


Maggie O'Brein

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my great-grandmother was Clara Besaw. I don't know her parents names. She was married to Eli LaFave. Their last child,my grandfather was Charles LaFave. He married a native woman named Julia Garrow

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