Joseph A. Jesmer and Mary Ann Robideau

Joseph and Mary Ann Jesmer were my G-great grandparents. (Most of the pictures in on this page came from Phyllis, the youngest child of Joseph’s youngest child, Hubert Jesmer from Winnipeg Manitoba. Phyllis was about 90 years old when my dad visited her and got copies of the old photos. Lorna Stock (Joseph’s g-granddaughter, provided pics of Nelson A. Jesmer and Joseph A. Jesmer.)

“Most of the pioneers (Bombay area) – merchants, millers, farmers and teachers – were men of energy, enterprise and rugged character, and nearly every one named had a noteworthy part in the town’s development and in administering its affairs. (p. 15)”


Joseph A Jesmer was born in Jan 1832 in Raquette River, St Lawrence, NY. He was christened 1 on 5 Jan 1833 in St Regis, Huntingdon, QC. He died on 27 Sep 1901 in Greenbush Twp, Mille Lacs, MN. The cause of death was apoplectic stroke. He was buried in Greenbush Cmtry, Mille Lacs, MN. He married Marie Anne Robideau on 22 Jun 1857 in Hogansburg, Franklin, NY.


Marie Anne Robideau was born in 1838 in Massena, St Lawrence, NY. She died on 26 Jul 1889 in Greenbush Twp, Mille Lacs, MN. She married Joseph A Jesmer on 22 Jun 1857 in Hogansburg, Franklin, NY.  Both Joseph and Mary Ann were devout Catholics. They hosted the first Catholic Church in the township in their home. They donated land for the Greenbush Catholic Church to be built. They conceded to allow two of their unbaptized babies be buried at the edge of the Greenbush cemetery.  On Mary Ann’s tombstone are the words “We are sinners. Jesus Christ have mercy on us. Holy Mary pray for us.”   Joseph and MaryAnn lost two children in infancy. On the gravestone they have a popular epitaph which reads, “Happy infant, early blest, rest in peaceful slumber rest”. On Mary Ann’s grave stone the following is written, “We are sinners. Jesus Christ have mercy on us. Holy Mary pray for us.” Obviously their Catholic faith meant a lot to them. It also shows their faith. They felt that their children, passing on in infancy, was being “blest” by God because they will be with Jesus forever in heaven.

Joseph A. Jesmer’s log cabin in 1867

Link to newspaper articles 1874 to 1952     Newspaper articles about Greenbush Township 1876-1879

1890’s Living history Midwest farm house    Life in Greenbush Township Minnesota 1867 to 1950’s

Click here to read a history of Joseph A. Jesmer    Family picnics at the Jesmer farm

Link to Joseph’s parents: Joseph and Julia (Plamondon) Jesmer

Click here for genealogical site on Joseph and Maryanne (MercierHedlud site)

Click here to visit link to Sue Kirkey’s research about Joseph. 

Jesmer mysteries explained

History of Greenbush township and Milles Lacs County 

Paintings of Midwest pioneering life

Foreston MN. The place where several of Joseph’s kids lived and started businesses.

How the Jesmers came to Minnesota

Pictures of old Princeton MN\   History of Hogansburg and Bombay NY   The present day countryside of Hogansburg/Bombay     Link to the Greenbush Catholic Cemetery page

A brief history of Princeton MN (5 miles from Greenbush)

The siblings of Joseph Jesmer:   Nelson Edward Jesmer and (Sarah Goulding) Jesmer ,

The children of Joseph A. Jesmer: Nelson Adulphus Jesmer,  Sidney Joseph Jesmer,  Mary Jane (Jesmer) RobideauLouis E. Jesmer, William E. Jesmer,  Joseph lll JesmerMoses Edward Jesmer,  Eunice Rose (Jesmer) Waldhoff, Eugenia (Jesmer) KaliherAdulphus “Albert” Jesmer,  Ida Jesmer, Delia Alice Jesmer,  Louella (Jesmer) BowenHubert Francis Jesmer;  Baby 1, Baby 2

Which Joseph Jesmer  of Upper State New York are you descended from?

The Greenbush Catholic Church  How religious was Joseph and Mary Ann Jesmer? 

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Maryann Jesmer grave stone

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