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Christina Geis Coryeon
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Birth: Apr. 24, 1839
Michigan, USA
Death: May 26, 1909
Bay City
Bay County
Michigan, USA

Daughter of Johann Heinrich Gies (aka John Henry Gies) and Anna Maria Schmittdiel, per death certificate (Contributor Judy K. Brantley/Wilson states that the correct spelling of the maiden name is GEIS)

Married first George L Rich, with whom she had a son, George H. Rich.

Married second to John Coryeon, with whom she had five children, only one of whom, a daughter, Teresa Coryeon Tierney, survived to adulthood. In addition, they had a daughter who thought she had been adopted by the couple, Catherine Van Haaren (no formal proceedings). Her claim to a portion of the estate was denied.

Murder victim

JOHN CORYEON. Many of the best citizens of Bay County, did not have their nativity in the United States, but being of foreign birth and coming to America with the hope of improving their fortunes, they have adopted American ideas and aided in building up American institutions. Among those who have assisted in developing the vast resources of Michigan, none more deserves representation in this volume than Mr. Coryeon. Although he was born in Belgium and there passed his life until he arrived at years of maturity, he is thoroughly American in his ideas and interests, and no native-born citizen of Bay County takes a deeper interest in its advancement than he.

Mr. Coryeon is a resident of Portsmouth Township, where he owns sixty-five acres of fertile land. He also owns other farms in the county and has in his possession forty lots in Bay City. At present he is engaged in business as a money loaner. His success and the enviable position he occupies may justly be attributed to his careful economy and unremitting industry, qualities which will bring financial success to their owner if they are combined with good judgment and business tact. In 1884 Mr. Coryeon erected upon his place a beautiful brick residence, one of the finest in the neighborhood, which invariably attracts the attention of the passer-by and stands as a monument to his energy and enterprise. The reader will be pleased to notice a view of this fine residence on another page.

In his native country, Belgium, where he was born in 1827, Mr. Coryeon grew to a sturdy manhood. His opportunities for education were exceedingly meager and his youth was devoted to hard work. In 1853 he crossed the ocean, seeking a home in the New World. After landing he proceeded directly to Michigan, sojourning in Detroit one winter and coming to Bay City in 1854. His beginning in Bay City was an humble one, his first occupation being that of a scissor sharpener, and he may justly be termed a self-made man, as what he has he owes to his unaided efforts. He began burning lime in 1862 and continued thus engaged until 1886. He also managed a sawmill, a coal and wood yard, and bought boats and nets, following fishing for a livelihood and actively engaging in these various enterprises for some time.

June 10, 1869, Mr. Coryeon was married to Mrs. Christina Rich, the widow of George Rich and the daughter of Henry Geis. Five children have blessed the union of Mr. and Mrs. Coryeon; all are deceased but a daughter, Thressa, who is receiving excellent educational advantages in the district schools. Those dead are: Emma, Frank, Louisa and Emma. Louisa and Thressa were twins. In all matters of public importance Mr. Coryeon takes considerable interest and casts his ballot for the candidates of the Republican party, believing the principles of that party best calculated to protect the interests of the people.

Portrait and biographical record of Saginaw and Bay counties, Michigan, Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, IL, 1892 pp 516-517
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  John Coryeon (1825 - 1906)
  George H Rich (1860 - 1908)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Marker simply says MOTHER, 1839-1909; name obtained from death certificate.
Saint Patrick Cemetery
Bay City
Bay County
Michigan, USA
Created by: Twist
Record added: Jan 29, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 84183635
Christina <i>Geis</i> Coryeon
Added by: Judy K. Brantley/Wilson
Christina <i>Geis</i> Coryeon
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