Family History

The geneology of the LaRue family in America is traced from the immigration of Jacques LaRoux (aka LaRue) and his parents to New Jersey from France in the late 18th century.

Jacques' descendents are variously found in New Jersey, Ontario, and Ohio early in the 19th century, and in southern Minnesota later in the 19th century. The branch of the LaRue family of interest in this web ends with the marriage of Lettie LaRue to William A. Parkins in Minnesota early in the 20th century.

Samual LaRue was born August 10, 1811 in Leeds County, Ontario, Canada. He married Jane Dixon on February 29, 1832, and died on March 10, 1882 in Jackson, Minnesota

Jane Dixon was born November 17, 1813 in Dublin, Ireland and died June 14, 1903 in Jackson, Minnesota.

Samual and Jane's son, Criness LaRue, married Lucy M. Koon on November 23, 1879 in Petersburg, Jackson County, Minnesota

Criness and Lucy's wedding certificate

Lucy's parents, Mr. & Mrs. Embry Tanner. Embry was killed in the Civil War.

Criness and Lucy had three daughters: Lettie, Jennie, and Clara

Lettie married William A. Parkins in Jackson, Minnesota and later settled in Clarinda, Iowa.

Lettie and William had three sons, Donald, Harry, and Milton

Lettie and William divorced about 1927, and Lettie became a telephone operator in Jackson, Minnesota

Lettie later married Samuel Perkins and settled in Estherville, Iowa

Jennie graduated from the St. Peter State Hospital school of nursing, St. Peter, Minnesota, on May 21, 1908.

Her classmates were Celina Jerome, Anna McCann, Matilda Foldese, Knute Swanson, Emma Behm, Mary Elizabeth Baumhofer, Georgia May Cooper, Bertha A. Schwandt, George Heuttl, Minnie Borgan, Katherine Smith, Celestine Gordon, Sedalia Baldwin, Florence Randall, Florence Huldt, Minnie Irene Month, and Joseph Heher. Jennie is seated left front in the class portrait.

Jennie was married twice, to a Mr. Rice and to Albert Kuehl, a Seventh-Day Adventist missionary. Jennie had no children. In later years, she and Albert lived in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Jennie was nicknamed "Aunt Dacey" by her nephew Donald Parkins when he was young, and the family referred to her by her nickname throughout her life. Her grand-niece, Jane Dacey Parkins, was named for her (as well as for Jane Dixon LaRue).

Clara married DeWitt Clark. They had no children. Clara was a school teacher. When she was single, she often lived with the minister's family in the small towns in which she taught, as it was not considered proper for a single woman to live alone. Nephew Donald's nickname for her was "Aunt Callie," by which she was known to the family from then on.