“Daniel B Deyoe was born in Saratoga, N.Y., July 4, 1835, and died in Eugene, Ore., June 17, 1908, aged 72 years, 11 months and 13 days. He is survived by one brother, one sister, his wife, two sons and four daughters.
Mr. Deyoe moved from New York to Michigan in 1850, and 11 years later from there to West Salem, Wis., where he lived until two years ago, when he came with his family to Oregon. In 1860 he was united in marriage to Mary Jane Smith, who died in her young womanhood. To this union was born two sons – James, who resides in North Dakota, and Milton, of Minnesota. In 1876 he married Miss Clarissa A. Rice, who survives. To this union was born four daughters, Ella, Lottie, Cora, and Clara, all of Eugene. Mr. Doyoe united with the Methodist Episcopal Church in his early manhood, and was at the time of his death a member and regular attendant of the local church. His unassuming, kindly manner and sterling character have endured him to all his friends. In the home, the church and the state he has throughout his more than three-score years and ten stood for the best type of American manhood. The funeral services will be conducted at the family residence on Pearl Street near Fourteenth, at 10 a.m. Friday. His pastor, Rev. W.H. Trimble, will have charge.” Eugene Morning Register, Jun 18, 1908, pg. 8.
Until I saw this obituary for Daniel Deyoe, I had never heard of this surname before. In doing a little research, I learned it was a variant of the French Huguenot name of Deyo. In the late 1600’s Christian Deyo was one of the founders of New Paltz, New York. A small community nestled on the east shore of the Wallkill River. Some years earlier it was settled by a group of Calvinist, who were taking refuge from Germany. Situated on the edge of the Catskills – the area is very scenic. Many of the early homes were built of stone. Mr. Deyoe’s New York roots could certainly be connected to the New Paltz community – further research might prove this.