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Claudius Ottignon COLLIGNON

Claudius Ottignon COLLIGNON

Male 1830 - 1879  (49 years)

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  • Name Claudius Ottignon COLLIGNON 
    Born 1830  Rivervale, Bergen, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 15 Mar 1879  [1
    Person ID I584  The Turses
    Last Modified 1 Apr 2009 

    Father Pierre (Peter) COLLIGNON,   b. 22 Sep 1799, Lorraine, Verdun, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Mar 1878, Rivervale, Bergen, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Mother Marie Catherine PERRIN 
    Family ID F1805  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah CLEVELAND 
    +1. Peter C COLLIGNON,   b. 19 Oct 1856, Rivervale, Bergen, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location
    +2. Sarah Louisa COLLIGNON,   b. 20 May 1858, River Vale, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Mar 1890, Westwood, Bergen Co, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years)
     3. Eveline COLLIGNON,   b. 18 Apr 1863
     4. Catherine Adelia COLLIGNON,   b. 17 Oct 1868
     5. Isaac COLLIGNON,   b. 17 Nov 1871
    Last Modified 25 Sep 2017 
    Family ID F401  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • Claudius and Nicholas Collignon Bio Sketch

      Claudius 0. Collignon.— John Collignon, the grandfather of the subject of this biographical sketch, was a native of Reught, France, and born in the year 1764. At a later period he emigrated to America, and chose Bergen County, N. J., as a place of residence. Mr. Collignon, after a sojourn of some years in the latter State, returned to his native place, where his death occurred. His only son, Peter C., was born in Reught, France, on the 22d of September, 1799, and having been attracted by the enterprise of the New World, embarked in 1825 for New York City. Here he resided for five years, and subsequently removed to Bergen County, where he engaged in willow-basket making, and also in farming pursuits. He was united in marriage to Miss Mary Perrine, a native of France, to whom were born children,—Catherine, whose birth occurred in France, Nicholas, born in Hudson Street, New York City, and Claudius O., Elizabeth, James Peter, August, Adam, Perrine, Jane Ellen, and , all born in New Jersey.
      The death of Mr. Collignon occurred March 15 1879. Mrs. Collignon survives her husband, and is still in robust health. Claudius O. was born Dec. 8, 1830, in Harrington township, where the principal portion of his life has been spent. His boyhood after a period at school was occupied in labor on the farm or in acquiring the trade of basket-making. At the age of seventeen he learned the sash and blind making business, and followed it for eight years, after which he returned to New Jersey.
      Claudius Collignon

      He was married Jan. 24,1856, to Miss Sarah Cleveland, of Washington township, who is the mother of five children,—Peter C., Sarah Louisa (Mrs. Tures), Evelina, Catherine Delia, and Isaac. Mr. Collignon on his return to New Jersey engaged in chair-turning and lumbering, and in 1857 established at Old Tap- pan, in Harrington Township, an extensive chair-factory. The mechanical genius and skill of the founders of this enterprise at once insured its success, and the quality of the work produced has created a demand, which has rendered an extension of their establishment a necessity. They have made a specialty of folding-chairs, which are protected by ten different patents. They are also the makers of the first folding-rocker in the United States, which now enjoys a great popularity.
      Mr. Collignon is in politics a Republican, but in no sense a party man, voting rather in the cause of right and good government than for the advancement of personal or party interests. He was reared from infancy in the Roman Catholic Church, but is liberal in his views and a cordial supporter of all worthy church and school enterprises.
      Nicholas Collignon, the subject of this biographical sketch, may with propriety be spoken of as one of the foremost citizens of the township of Harrington, both in point of energy and integrity. He was the grandson of John Collignon, who was a native of Reught, France, where he was born in 1754, and emigrated to the inviting shores of America. At a later date he resided in Bergen County for some years, but ultimately returned to his birthplace, where the declining years of his life were spent. He had one son, Peter C., born Sept. 22, 1779, who also made the United States his residence in 1825. In 1831 he removed to Bergen County, where he engaged in business pursuits. He married Mary Perrin, also of France, and had children,—Catherine, Nicholas, Claudius O., Elizabeth, James, Peter, August, Adam, Jane Ellen, and Victor. Of this number Nicholas, the subject of this biography, was born in Hudson Street, New York City, Sept. 10, 1829. His boyhood was spent in Bergen County at school, and at a later date in the city of New York, where he acquired the trade of a ship-carpenter with Messrs. Bell & Brown, of that city. In 1852 he went to the gold-fields of California to seek his fortune, but not liking the rough life of gold-digging, he left the mines and went to San Francisco, where he laid the foundation of a ship-yard, and built the first American vessel ever built on the Pacific coast. He named it the " Maria Matilda," and it was the fastest sailing-vessel of the coast.

      In 1855 he returned to the home of his childhood, and was married to Miss Catherine Demarest. There were born to them seven children,—Nicholas, Matilda, Peter, George W., Emma B., Alice Jane, and Cecelia, of whom died Nicholas, Peter, Alice J., and Emma in early childhood. He then purchased a large mill property on the Hackensack River two miles east of Westwood, with his brother Claudius. They have built up a large and prosperous business, consisting of saw-mills, wheelwright material, and extensive chair-factories, and were the owners and inventors of several patents for folding-chairs. Mr. Collignon was beloved by all who knew him. He was a man of sterling integrity, kind and generous to all. He was during the war of the Rebellion an officer of the Twenty-second Regiment New Jersey Volunteers, and served with credit during the period of nine months. He then returned home and continued the business with his brother. He was in politics a Republican, and on repeated occasions a member of the township committee of Harrington. In his religious faith he was a Disciple of Christ, with a kindly feeling to all Christian denominations. During the last three years of his life he suffered terribly with a cancer tumor in his windpipe, and went through six painful operations. The death of Mr. Collignon occurred June 25, 1879, and caused profound sorrow in all circles, where his broad sympathies, his genial nature, and his noble traits of character have caused him to be greatly beloved.

      History of Bergen and Passaic counties, New Jersey, with biographical sketches of many of its pioneers and prominent men.
      by HYPERLINK "http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=au%3AW++W+Clayton&qt=hot_author"W W Clayton; HYPERLINK "http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=au%3AWilliam+Nelson&qt=hot_author"William Nelson
      Philadelphia, Everts & Peck, 1882.
      Pages 213-220

  • Sources 
    1. [S342] History of Bergen & Passaic Counties NJ, with bio sketches of many of its pioneers and prominent men, WW Clayton; William Nelson, (Everts & Peck, Philadelphia, 1882).