Loy Claudon

Nicholas Claudon was born in 1800 in Petit Mont, France. He was an only son and his parents died while he was a young boy. In about 1830 he married Barbara Baechler, who was born in France in 1812. They had five sons and two daughters — Christian, Joseph, Andrew, Peter, Nicholas Jr., Mary King and Barbara Sommers. He was reared in the Catholic faith, but after the death of his parents he lived at a Mennonite home, and became a Protestant. In 1886 he came to America, out of curousity [sic] to see the country, and partly because several of his children had already come. IN 1893 he died at the home of his daughter, Mary King, at Flanagan, Illinois. (Barbara Baechler died in France in 1881). Two of their children are still living — Andrew, of Fairbury, Illinois, and Barbara Sommers, of Pontiac, Illinois.

Joseph Claudon was born in Reding, France in 1840. He was well educated in the French language. He came to America in 1860. He set sail from Havre, France, and after many days of sailing against adverse winds, provisions became scant, and they let the winds carry them back to England. After replenishing their supply, they again set sail and landed at New York after 35 days. In 1851 he married Mary Mosimann,[1] of Peoria, Illinois. They settled near Pekin but  afterwards moved to Flanagan, Illinois, where he lived until his death in 1898. They had eight children, two of them, Ida and Joseph, dying in infancy. Those living are Amos, David, Daniel, Mary, Sarah, and Emma.

Mary Mosiman was born in 1839 near Pekin. She was the daughter of Michael Mosimann, a minister, and ??? Rusche, both born in France. Her mother died when she was small, probably in 1845.[2] Her father was born in 1807 and died in 1899. Mary Mosimann died near Pekin in 1909. All children of this family are dead. They were — Chris, Joseph, David, Mary and Anna.

The Claudons were a settled people, and their coming to America brought many breaks in family relations and many changed in their customs. Nicholas Claudon resided at the same place for 50 years, only leaving to come to America. All were farmers, except the last generations, who have gone into business more extensively. They have all been Mennonites, beginning with the generation of Nicholas Claudon, but those before were Catholics. The Claudons have all been Republicans, dating as far back as the first who came to America. None have been active in politics.

One thing that has always been a striking characteristic is the dark hair, skin and eyes, and regular features. No feeble-minded people have been found as far back as can be traced.

After they came to America they retained but few of their French customs. Altho my grandfather was educated in the French language, my father never learned the language. However, every Claudon descendant is taught to love and respect the French people.

The only Claudons known of reside in Central Illinois, Montana and northern Ohio.

D.N. Claudon was born near Gridley, Illinois, March 30, 1857. He attended rural school and then graduated from Chenoa High School. All his children attended the same H.S. and all but one are graduates of it. He taught school for several years in rural districts in Illinois and Nebraska. On March 1, 1891 he was married to Kathryn Egly. Until about 1900 he resided near Flanagan, Illinois, when he moved to Meadows, Illinois. For some years he and his brother were in the grain business, but in about 1905 he chartered a bank and remained in the banking business until 1926. He now resides in Valparaiso, Indiana. Their family consisted of seven children — Joseph H., Jess, Esther, Ruth, Naomi, Adah and Loy.

Abraham Egly was born in Switzerland in 1797. In 1819 he married Magdalena Raber, born in France in 1794. She died in France in 1834 and after her death he came to America and settled near Berne, Indiana. He died there in 1872. He had three children — Henry, Suzanna Goldsmith, Magdalena Frick.

Henry Egly was born in France in 1824. He came to America with his father in 1840 and lived near Berne, Indiana on what is still known as the Egly homestead. He married Catharine Goldsmith. He was a Bishop in the Mennonite Church, and the Founder of the Defenceless Mennonite branch of the Church. He died in 1890 near Berne.

Catherine Goldsmith was the daughter of Jacob and Catherine Goldsmith. The latter was born in 1790 and died in 1878. Both parents were born in France.

The Egly people were farmers, and quite a few of them were ministers. Their family ties are not so strong as those of the Claudons. Those living of Henry Egly’s children are — Henry Egly of California, Jacob Egly, Christ Egly of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, Samuel and Abraham of Berne, Ind., Joseph Egly of Phoenix, Arizona and Kathryn Egly Claudon of Valparaiso, Ind.

Loy Claudon


Family History

[1] Cf. however, 1850 census, Tazewell Co. IL., Fon du Lac Twp, p. 369.

[2] Was Barbara Mosiman of census a second wife?