Place:Genereauville, Ionia, Michigan, United States

Alt namesGenerauxsource: Name of county road
Smoky Rowsource: Name of county road
TypeDeserted settlement
Coordinates42.985934°N 84.990245°W
Located inIonia, Michigan, United States
Also located inIonia (township), Ionia, Michigan, United States    
source: Family History Library Catalog

Generauville was a platted community located on the Grand River about one mile west of Lyons in Ionia Township, Ionia County, Michigan. It was probably at the end of what is now called Smoky Row, but is remembered in the name of Generaux Road slightly to the north of that point.

As early, perhaps, as 1830 or before, Louis Genereau, assisted by his son Louis, Jr., established an Indian tradingpost in Ionia township, on the Grand River, about one mile west of the present village of Lyons. The place was commonly spoken of as Genereauville, and was well known far and near. Louis, the son, got himself into the State's prison through roasting an Indian to death, and left the old man to carry on the business, which did not, however, last very long after that.
There was a bridge over the Grand River at Genereauville at an early day, as a connecting-link in the stage-route between Detroit and Ionia via Lansing, and an attempt was likewise made by the Campaus (who came into possession after the departure of the Genereaus) to found there the village of Genereauville, but the scheme came to nothing.

From Source:Schenck, John S. History of Ionia and Montcalm Counties, Michigan, with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Their Prominent Men and Pioneers page 175.

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