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The Ranger Family of the St. Lawrence Valley and Central New York State - History and Genealogy of Descendants of Basil DAVID Ranger - Alternate spellings of Ranger include: Rongey, Roshia, and Rangé - compiled by Bob Ranger - - - this website is maintained at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, USA. Updated: February 1, 2019.

PIERRE RANGER (born c1631) -The Rangers we have been able to trace came from Western France near the Bay of Biscay. Pierre Ranger and his wife, Jeanne Boutinne, lived in the city of La Rochelle in the old province of Aunis. He was a rouillier . . a merchandise wagon driver. Today, in France, the largest population of Rangers live in the Poitiers area which is in the old province of Poitou. Those interested may consult the map illustrating the ancient provinces and the modern departements. See link below.*

Robert HUBERT Ranger dit Laviollette c1661 La Rochelle, Charente, Maritime, France, soldat de la Compagnie de Lorimier. In 1686, Hubert married Anne Girardin c1673 Québec, daughter of Léonard Girardin c1645 St Pierre, Poitiers, Vienne, France; m 1671 Québec, and Marie Charlotte Jolivet c1648 Andreusil, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France. Charlotte Jolivet was a "Fille du Roi, with dowry of £350." Anne died in 1760 at Bout de l'Ile, Québec.

To view the Léonard Girardin/Charlotte Jolivet marriage record - press here.
To view the Hubert Ranger/Anne Girardy marriage record - press here.
Voir l'enregistrement de mariage de Hubert Ranger/Anne Girardy - cliquez ici.

As a youngster growing up near the bustling seaport on the Bay of Biscay, through which passed much of the trade to and from the colony of New France, the young Hubert must have heard many tales of adventure. He may have enlisted in the colonial regular troops as a means of getting to Canada.

Evidence suggests he left La Rochelle aboard "the Tempete on 29 Aug. 1683 and arrived at Québec on 7 November of that year." (Page440 Dictionary of Canadian Biography Vol lI).

In order to marry 13-year-old Anne Girardy, Hubert received permission from the governor Denonville, presumably because he was a soldier and possibly because he was a minor.

Below is a picture of a replica of the first chapel at Sts. Anges de Lachine. It was built in 1676 and is no doubt the church in which Hubert and Anne were married. The parish of Lachine was the third parish erected on Montréal island. Only the parishes of Ville-Marie and Pointe-aux-Trembles are older.

After his discharge, Hubert and Anne probably settled in Bout de l'Ile, now called Ste. Anne de Bellevue in the County of Jacques Cartiers on Montréal Island, Québec. Situated near the point where the Ottawa River joins the St. Lawrence, it was an ideal spot for anyone engaged in the fur trade. To view the story of this early Montréal Island community, see link below.***

The Ranger dit name was Laviollette. Was this a military alias, a fighting clan? It may be that the nickname "Laviolette" may have been given to Hubert Ranger by his older comrades in arms because of his extreme youth and good looks.

Hubert died between 1726 and 1732 probably at Bout de l'Ile. His wife Anne died on 30 April 1760. At least four of their sons, Pierre, Thomas, Joseph, and Paul and one daughter, Louise Angelique, left descendants.Soon afterward a large contingent of the family moved across the Ottawa to the seigneury (now county) of Vaudreuil. From there they spread north across the Ottawa and west into Ontario on both the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers. Some settled in the Mississippi (Ont.) Valley.

The Rangers were for the most farmers, who trapped or worked in lumber camps during winter. In the days of the Northwest Company, some signed on as voyageurs for a year or so, and others were never seen or heard of again. Some became prospectors or miners, and the mining camps of Northern Ontario are well populated with Rangers.

Our branch of the Rangers migrated from Lachine, Pointe Claire, Bout de l'Ile, and Ste. Anne de Bellevue (near Montréal) to Rigaud, then upstream to Brockville, Ontario. At Brockville, they adopted English as their first language. They continued migrating, making their way to Wellesley Island, Clayton, Redwood, and Syracuse. Rangers were established in Syracuse as early as 1858. They operated a farm at Buckley Road, just north of Syracuse. My grandfather, with help from my father and uncle, ran produce to northern New York state and across the St. Lawrence to towns along the river, probably all the way to Brockville. Rangers also owned a thriving flower and greenhouse business at Buckley Road. Please visit Buckley Road: Life in the 1920s and '30s for information and stories about Buckley Road in the early days.

À droite vous voyez Henri Ranger photographié aux limites du village de Chez-Ranger dans le Poitou, France, patrie des aïeux d'un bon nombre de Ranger. Henri et Monique, sa femme, habitent dans la grande banlieue de Paris.

At right you see Henri Ranger photographed at the village limits of Chez-Ranger. Chez-Ranger is in Poitou, France, an area in which a good number with the Ranger surname live. Henri and his wife Monique live in greater Paris.

Our Ranger ancestry is as follows:
PIERRE Ranger (born c1631) m Jeanne Boutin (see details above).
Their son:
Robert HUBERT Ranger dit Laviollette (c1661) m Anne Girardin (see details above).
Their son:
Joseph Ranger dit Laviolette m Suzanne Sauvé dit Laplante, daughter of Pierre Sauvé and Marie Renée Michel dit Lefebvre, in 1726 at Ste. Anne de Bout de l'Ile.
Their son:
Louis Amable Ranger dit Laviolette b.1739 m Marie Agathe Robillard, daughter of Claude Robillard and Marie Isabelle Daoust, in 1762, at Ste. Anne de Bout de l'Ile (Bellevue). Sibling: Louis Amable Ranger, b1733.
Their son:
Louis Basile Ranger b. 17 Feb 1764 at Bout de l'Ile m Marie Rose Gauthier, daughter of Antoine Gauthier and Marie Anne Seguin, in 1793 at St. Michel de Vaudreuil. Siblings: Marie-Rose (Rosalie) b. 1 Nov 1765 at Bout de l'Ile, Marie-Angelique b. 15 Sep 1767 at Bout de l'Ile, Joseph Amable b. 3 Aug 1770 baptized at Lac des Deux Montagnes (Oka), Eugenie b. 1773, Claude b. Before 1776, Jean-Baptiste Louis b. 6 Aug 1778 at Vaudreuil, Jacques Amable b. 23 May 1783 at Vaudreuil, Marie-Pelagie b. 18 April 1788 at Vaudreuil.

Marie Rose Gauthier is descendant of Ignace Raizenne (Shonemtakwanni) and Elisabeth Nims (Touatogowach), who in 1704 were both captured in Deerfield, Mass., and forcibly removed to Montréal. There, they were adopted into the Bear Clan of the Iroquois. They married in captivity. See link below.**
Their son:
Antoine Ranger (b1798) married Rosalie Poirier dit Desloges in 1819. He second married Rose Elisabeth Barbe Citoleux dit Langevin, daughter of Louis Citoleux dit Langevin and Angelique Monpetit, in 1832 at St. Joseph de Soulanges (Les Cedres), Québec.
Their (Antoine Ranger and Barbe Citoleux-Langevin) son:
Basil DAVID Ranger (1835), Elizabethtown township, Leeds county (Brockville), Ontario, Canada, Redwood, N.Y., farmer, m Margaret "Maggie" Pilon (b about 1843, m about 1859); Siblings: Damase (1826), Antoine (1833), Andre (1838).
Their son:
John David Ranger (1864-1959), Brockville, Ont., Canada, Redwood, Theresa, Jefferson County, NY, Syracuse, produce farmer, landscaper, m Catherine Deruchie (about 1884); Siblings: Christine (1861), Antwoin (1862), Luis (1867), Francie (male - 1869), Thomas Rangé (1871), Mary Rangé (1873), David (1875), Margaret (1878), Andrew & Emma (1880), George (1882), Martha (1883).
Their son:
Charles Antoine Ranger, Sr. pictured at left (1896-1951) Brockville, Ont., Clayton, NY, Syracuse, NY. produce farmer, teamster; m Florence Rita Larocque pictured at left (about 1915); Siblings: John Joseph (1886), Margaret Maud (1889), Cicely Anastasia (1890), James Arthur(1892), Mary Kathleen (1898), George Edward (1901), Edna May (1905), Howard Wilbur (1910).
Their son:
Charles Antoine Ranger, Jr. pictured at left (1917-1982) Syracuse, NY, RCAF, signs, sales, music; m Olive Eleanor Brennan in 1942, Sibling: James Edmund Ranger pictured at left (1923-2006).
Their son:
Robert Charles Ranger (1945-) Ottawa, Canada, Syracuse, NY, musician, computer specialist; m Betty Ann Lewis, 1964. Siblings: Carol Ann Ranger (Carole Spencer) (1947-), Charles Michael "Mike" Ranger (1952-), Patrick Edmund Ranger (1954-).
Our daughter:
Jeanette Michelle Ranger (Born in the Syracuse "Blizzard of 1966") m Eric Andrew Zoeckler of Cazenovia, NY in 1984. Siblings: none.
Their daughters and sons include:
Michele Renée Zoeckler (1987) m Nathan Odhner at Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania in July 2010, Reuben Lee Zoeckler (1989), Vernon Taylor Zoeckler (1991), Charlene Grace Zoeckler (1993), Ethan Lemuel Zoeckler (1996), Simeon James Zoeckler (1998), and Olivia Rose Zoeckler (2002).

Larry Coderre - Ranger family historian
Larry Coderre supplied much of the material and insight for these pages. His expertise in Québec history, his first-hand knowledge of the church/parish system, and his understanding of French naming practices placed him among the top authorities on French Canadiangenealogy. His research techniques included careful cross-checking of every detail to ensure material was as historically accurate as it could be. We owe many thanks to Larry and to Lucille Ranger Coderre, his wife. Lucille passed away in 2007 and Larry died a year later. For more information about Larry Coderre and his help with this project, , see: http://rcranger.mysite.syr.edu/famhist/preface.htm

Larry submitted three GEDCOMs (family trees) to Rootsweb that include: 1) the Coderre - Ranger family, which includes all of Lu’s and Larry's direct ancestors that he was able to find, 2) Ranger dit Laviolette, and 3) the Coderre files. Larry once commented, "I have been getting responses to all three files and each time I try to update them I find something else. It is good fun." The three GEDCOMs follow:

Coderre-Ranger - Ancestors and descendants of Larry Coderre and Lucille Ranger
Ranger dit Laviolette - Some Descedants of Hubert Ranger dit Laviolette and Anne Girardin
Emery dit Coderre and Coderre dit Lacaillade


Other links:
Henri Ranger - Early Sudbury Prospector
Henry Ward Ranger - (1858-1916) artist - The Woodcutters
Ward Valencourt Ranger - Transit of Venus expedition (1874) photographer
*Maps of France that include historical departments, provinces, and regions.
**1704 raid on Deerfield, Massachusetts The Family of Louis Séguin and Marie Anne Raizenne - An account of the 1704 raid and the removal of captives to Montréal. From the web site of Merle Ladd.
***Sainte Anne de Bellevue - A site about the first pioneers of present day Ste Anne de Bellevue (Ste-Anne-du-Bout-de-l'île). View the story of this community where so many of our ancestors made their homes. Linked from the web site of Mike Daoust.

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