From   THE VALLEY OF THE UPPER MAUMEE and ANNALS OF THE TOWNSHIPS, 1887 edition, reprint by Brant and Fuller, Madison, Wisc., p. 326-27


FLORENTIN ROY, of Perry township, is a native of France.  He was born July 26, 1833, to FERDINAND and JOSEPHINE (JULLIARD) ROY, of French nativity, who on March 4, 1846 emigrated to America and reached Fort Wayne, June 22.  They purchased land in Washington township and remained until 1858 when they removed to St. Joseph township where the mother died in 1872.  The father lived with Florentin until his death in 1878.  He reached this country poor in purse, but came to own a farm of 80 acres.  He was a worthy man and well-liked by his neigh-bors.  Florentin received his education mainly in this country.  His vocation has always been that of farmer, but in connection with farming he was engaged in operating a saw and shingle mill about 5 years.  April 5, 1853 he was united in marriage with MARY LAILLIOT, born April 24, 1824, and they had 4 children, 3 now living:




February 15, 1865, Mr. Roy enlisted in Company H, 152nd Regiment, under Capt. M. W. WINES, and received an honorable discharge at Charleston, August 30, 1865.  He served as deputy assessor 3 years and was elected constable but resigned to enlist in the war.  In 1871 he removed to his present home in Perry township, where he owns a valuable farm of 178 acres.  Having come here when quite young, he and all of his father’s family suffered all the privations of pioneer life.  He is one of the leading citizens of his township and is well-known as a prominent politician in the democratic party.  In 1888 he was elected township trustee.  Mr. Roy makes a specialty of his vineyard, and also gives much attention to raising German carp, having a pond of about 2 acres.  He and wife are members of the Catholic church.



From B. J. Griswold, THE PICTORIAL HISTORY OF FORT WAYNE, INDIANA and THE STORY OF THE TOWNSHIPS OF ALLEN COUNTY, by Mrs. Samuel R. Taylor, Chicago, Robert O. Law Co., 1917             pages 494-495




CHARLES P. ROY is a popular representative of one of the numerous families given to Allen county many years ago by France, the great nation with which the United States has become allied in the terrific European war that is making the second decade of the twentieth century a climacteric period in this world’s history.


MR. ROY was born in Washington township, this county, on February 22, 1862, and is the son of FELIX and ELIZABETH (MARTIN) ROY, both natives of France and both children at the time of the immigration of the respective families to America.  FELIX ROY was 7 years old when he came with his parents to the United States, and after remaining for a time in Ohio, removal was made to Allen county, Indiana, at a period that gives to the Roy family a measure of pioneer prestige. 


The MARTIN family likewise was early founded in the county, and the marriage of the parents of the subject of this review was solemnized in Perry township.  There-after they resided on a farm in Washington township until 1868, when removal was made to Perry township, where the father developed a good farm and became one of the valued and substantial citizens of the county in which he was reared to man-hood.  He continued his active association with agricultural pursuits until his death, which occurred March 9, 1891, and his widow passed to eternal rest on June 20, 1909, both having been devout and consistent communicants of the Catholic church.  Of the children:


            The eldest is JOSEPH C., who is a resident of Indianapolis

            JULIAN J. and FRANK D. are deceased

            CHARLES P.

            JOHN B. and HENRY L. are deceased

            MRS. AMELIA FOX is a resident of Fort Wayne

            ALEXANDER C. maintains his home in the city of Chicago

            EDWARD resides in Fort Wayne

            MARY died in infancy

            ALICE resides in Fort Wayne

            ALBERT is deceased


To the public schools of Perry township, CHARLES P. ROY is indebted for his early education training, and he continued thereafter his association with the work and management of the home farm until the death of his honored father.  About one month earlier had been solemnized the marriage of the subject of this review, in 1891, and it was in the spring of that year that he purchased his present farm of 80 acres, eligibly situated in Section 28, Perry township, as he has erected excellent buildings, including a modern house and barn, and has brought all departments and facilities of the farm up to the most approved standard of twentieth century husbandry, with due relative attention given to diversified agriculture and to the raising of excellent types of live stock. 


Mr. Roy is a Democrat in Politics, is liberal and progressive as a citizen, takes lively interest in community affairs and served 6 years as trustee of Perry township – a preferment that indicates alike his ability, his civic loyalty and his personal popularity.  He is a member of the French-American Society in the city of Fort Wayne and both he and his wife are active communicants of St. Vincent Catholic Church in Washington township.  On February 10, 1891, was solemnized the marriage of  MR. ROY and OLIVE G. SCHULER, who likewise was born and reared in this county and was a daughter of JOHN and SARAH (COOLMAN) SCHULER, the former of whom is living retired in the city of Fort Wayne, where the death of the loved wife and mother occurred on January 21, 1916.  Mr. Schuler was born on ship-board while his parents were en route across the Atlantic from Germany to America, and the family home was first established in Pennsylvania, whence removal later was made to Ohio.   In the pioneer days JOHN SCHULER settled in St. Joseph township, Allen county, and later he became one of the substantial farmers of Cedar Creek township, where he continued his productive activities until his removal to Fort Wayne, about the year 1903.  Of his 5 children:


            The eldest, WILLIAM G. is a prosperous farmer in Perry township

            OLIVE G., wife of the subject of this review was next in order of birth



            ROYAL are residents of Fort Wayne

            LEAH is the wife of DR. WILLIAM O. SMITH, of Hoagland, this county


Mr. and Mrs. Roy have 3 children, all of whom remain at the parental home:


            MABEL GERTRUDE

            VELMA LEONA

            HILDA ALMA



Roy family census:


1880 Census of Perry Township, Allen County, IN  189 D


Felix Roy                   married          male, 44          born France               Farmer

            Both parents born France

Elizabeth Roy            wife                 female, 44      born France               Keeps house

            Both parents born France


Joseph Roy                son, single      male, 22          born IN                       Farm laborer

Julian Roy                 son, single      male, 22          born IN                       Farm laborer

Frank Roy                  son, single      male, 20          born IN                       Farm laborer

Charles Roy               son, single      male, 18          born IN                       Farm laborer

John Roy                    son                  male, 16          born IN                       At school

Henry Roy                 son                  male, 14          born IN                       At home

Amelia J. Roy            daughter        female, 12      born IN                       At home

Alexander Roy          son                  male, 10          born IN                       At home

Edward Roy              son                  male, 8            born IN

Clarie Alice Roy       daughter        female, 3        born IN



1880 Census of Perry Township, Allen County, IN  189 C


Florentine Roy          married          male, 47          born France               Farmer

            Both parents born France

Mary Roy                   wife                 female, 54      born France               Keeps house

            Both parents born France


Louis L. Roy              son, married male, 25          born IN                       Farm Laborer

Josephine Roy           Dau in law     female, 2r       born France              


Phillemena Roy        dau, single     female 21       born IN                       At home

Charles Roy               son, single      male, 19          born IN                       Farm Laborer


Leonard Roy              G. son                         male, 1            born IN


Joseph Cloud                        other, single  male, 64          born France               Laborer

Peter Didier              other, single male, 46          born France               Laborer



1880 Census of Jefferson Township, Allen Co., IN  354 C


John B. Roy               married          male, 64          born France               Farmer

            Both parents born France

Caroline Roy                         wife                 female, 66      born France               Keeps house


Felix Roy                   son, single      male, 23          born IN                       Works farm

Charles Roy               son, single      male, 18          born IN                       Works farm

Joseph Roy                son                  male, 13          born IN                       At school



1880 Census of Cedar Creek Township, Allen Co., IN  210 A


John Shuler               married          male, 41          born GER                   Farmer

            Both parents born Germany

Sarah A. Shuler        wife                 female, 32      born Ohio                   Keeps house

            Both parents born PA


William Shuler         son                  male, 9            born IN

Olive Shuler              daughter        female, 7        born IN

Gertrude Shuler       daughter        female, 5        born IN

Royal Shuler                         son                  male, 3            born IN

Leah Shuler               daughter        female, 7 mo  born IN



                                                    OBITUARIES – ROY

                                                Thanks to Patrick Ormiston


The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette

Monday – December 24, 1945


Former Township Trustee Dies    


      CHARLES P. ROY, 83, a retired farmer and trustee of Perry Township from 1909 to 1915, died at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at his residence, R.R. 1, Coldwater Road, following a short illness from heart trouble.

      Mr. Roy, a lifelong resident of Allen County, was the son of Felix and Elizabeth Martin Roy, pioneer Allen County residents.  He was a member of St. Vincent’s Catholic Church, the Holy Name Society and the Lafayette Legion.

      Survivors include the wife, Olive; two daughters, Mrs. Velma May and Mrs. Hilda Sordelet, both of R.R. 1; 12 grandchildren and two brothers, Alex and Edward, both of Fort Wayne.

      The body, removed to the D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Home, was returned to the residence, where friends may call after 7 p.m. today.  Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the residence and at 9:30 o’clock at St. Vincent’s Catholic Church on the Auburn Road with Rev. Edward A. Miller officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.





The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel

Monday – April 4, 1949




      Funeral services for Mrs. Velma May, 48, R.R. 1, who died at 11 p.m. Saturday at her home after a long illness, will be held Tuesday.  Rites will be conducted at 8:30 a.m. at the D.O. McCombs & Sons Funeral Home and at 9 a.m., in St. Vincent’s Catholic Church on the Auburn Road.  The Rev. Edward Miller will officiate, and burial will be in the church cemetery.

      Mrs. May was a member of the St. Vincent’s Church and the Rosary Society there.  A former teacher in the Perry Township schools, she had served as a 4-H leader for a number of years.

      Surviving are her husband, Crates; four daughters, LaVern, Georgia and Ramona, all at home, and Mrs. Don Opliger, R.R. 1; a son, Charles Franklin, at home; her mother, Mrs. Charles Roy, R.R. 1, and a sister, Mrs. Alfred Sordelet, R.R. 1.




The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel

Wednesday – July 6, 1927



      John Shuler, aged 88, a veteran of the Civil War, died Tuesday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C. P. Roy, eight miles north of the city on the Coldwater road.  He was born on the Atlantic Ocean while his parents were emigrating to this country from Germany.  The family first lived in Ohio and then came to Indiana. 

      Mr. Shuler served more than three years in the Eleventh Indiana battery during the Civil War.  He was a member of Bass-Lawton post No. 40, G.A.R.  Surviving are two sons, William, of Perry township and Roy, of Fort Wayne; one daughter, Mrs. Roy, at whose home he died; 16 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

      The Rev. Paul Krauss will officiate at the funeral services, to be held Friday.  The G.A.R. is also planning services. 



The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel

Friday – October 1, 1926




Was President of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit Here


      Mrs. Gertrude B, Roeger, aged 52,  1016 Alma avenue, president of the Fort Wayne American Legion auxiliary, died late Thursday afternoon at St. Joseph’s hospital, of complication of diseases.  She had been ill for several weeks and had been a patient at the hospital the last two weeks.

      She was born in Allen county and has lived in Fort Wayne and the county her entire life.  Besides her membership in the auxiliary she was a member of the Fort Wayne chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, and the Woman’s Benefit association, No. 83. 

      Surviving are her husband, William Roeger; one daughter, Mrs. Mildred Fuelling; one son, Royal C. Roeger, both of this city; one sister, Mrs. C. P. Roy, of Huntertown, and two brothers, Roy Shuler of this city, and William Shuler, of Huntertown.




1.  Ferdinand Roy  b: in France  d: 1878 in Allen Co., IN

            +  Josephine Julliard  b: in France  d: 1872 in St. Joseph Twp., Allen Co., IN


                        2.  Florentin Roy  b: July 26, 1833 in France  d: 1920

                                    +  Mary Lailliot  b: April 24, 1824  d: 1907


                                                3.  Louis F. Roy  b: abt 1855 in IN

                                                            +  Josephine  b: abt 1856

                                                3.  Charles J. Roy  b: abt 1861

                                                3.  Philomine Roy  b: abt 1859


                        2.  Felix Roy  b: 1836 in France  d: March 9, 1891 in Allen Co., IN

                                married May 9, 1856 at St. Vincent’s Catholic Ch

                                    +  Elizabeth Martin  b: April 15, 1835 in Doubs, France

                                           d: June 20, 1908 or 1909


                                                3.  Joseph Charles Roy  b: Dec 18, 1858 in Perry Twp

                                                3.  Julian J. Roy  b: Dec. 25, 1858  (?)  d: June 21, 1895

                                                            +  Melena Huguenard


                                                                        4.  Charles Roy  b: Oct 28, 1885

                                                                        4.  Julian Felix Roy  b: Sept 28, 1895

                                                                               d: Feb 2, 1908 in Allen Co., IN


                                                3.  Frank D. Roy  b: Feb 26, 1861  d: Aug 4, 1892 in Allen Co.

                                                            +  Elizabeth Zimmerman   married July 29, 1884


                                                                        4.  Mary Amelia Roy  b: July 7, 1887

                                                                               d: Aug 6, 1960  (or March 2, 1969??)

                                                                                    +  Jesse Valentine Hand   b: Aug 19,

                                                                                           1888  d: June 23, 1969 in Allen Co


                                                                                                5.  Helen Hand

                                                                                                5.  William Joseph Hand

                                                                                                            +  Estella Warstler

                                                                                                5.  Kenneth Earl Hand

                                                                                                5.  Ruth Irene Hand

                                                                                                5.  Betty Mae Hand


                                                                        4.  Frank C. Roy  b: June 6, 1889

                                                                                d: Sept 23, 1960  married June 21, 1911

                                                                                    +  Carrie C. Vachon


                                                                                                5.  Dorothy Olive Roy

                                                                                                            +  Lawrence Maxwell

                                                                                                5.  Wayne Erwin Roy

                                                                                                            +  Velma Coolman

                                                                                                5.  Jessie Marie Roy

                                                                                                            +  Glenn Hobbs

                                                                                                5.  Francis Howard Roy

                                                                                                            +  Gertrude Warnick

                                                                                                5.  Jeanette Roy

                                                                                                            +  Gordon Maxwell

                                                                                                            +  Wayne Johnson


                                                3.  Charles Peter Roy  b: Feb 22, 1862  d: Feb 23, 1945 

                                                         (or Dec 23)   married Feb 10, 1891

                                                            +  Olive G. Schuler  b: 1872  d: Jan 15, 1953


                                                                        4.  Mabel Gertrude Roy  b: July 1894

                                                                               d: May 30, 1936 in Perry Twp., Allen Co

                                                                               married June 25, 1924 in Allen Co., IN

                                                                                    +  Adrian Henry Weaver  b: Feb 2,

                                                                                          1924 in Pulaski Co., IN  

                                                                                          d: May 10, 1973 in Fort Wayne


                                                                                                5.  Olive Katherine Weaver


                                                                        4.  Velma Leona Roy  b: July 20, 1900

                                                                                d: March 31, 1949 

                                                                                    +  Crates Samuel May  b: April 9, 1900

                                                                                          d: March 1950 in Allen Co., IN


                                                                        4.  Hilda Alma Roy  b: Jan 7, 1903  d: March

                                                                                28, 1984    married March 10, 1923

                                                                                    +  Alfred James Sordelet  b: Dec 12,

                                                                                          1900  d: Jan15, 1990 in FL


                                                3.  John B. Roy  b: Dec 18, 1863  d: June 10, 1892

                                                3.  Henry L. Roy  b: Dec 28, 1865  d: Aug 9, 1892

                                                3.  Amelia J. Roy  b: abt 1868  married Jan 1891

                                                            +  Charles I. Fox

                                                3.  Alexander Costina Roy  b: March 3, 1870  d: March 12,

                                                        1950 in Fort Wayne, IN

                                                3.  Edward F. Roy  b: abt 1872  d: 1958

                                                            +  Blanche M.

                                                3.  Mary A. Roy  b: Feb 1874  d: Nov 11, 1874  Perry Twp.

                                                3.  Alice Clara Roy  b: 1876  d: Oct 24, 1942  (Claire Alice)

                                                3.  Albert Frederick Roy  b: Feb 7, 1881  d: Aug 27, 1892