September Memorials

George Ashline 4/25/925-9/25/1996
Samuel R. Asciotti 9/03/31-9/12/2012
John H. Bartlette, Jr 10/10/1942-9/17/2008
Albert Blow 9/4/1935-9/21/2012
Lillian Gonyo Bosley 12/19/1907-9/11/1997
Irma Carter Bushey 5/17/1924-9/4/1993
Delina Bouchard Chagnon 3/15/1881-9/13/1944
Alexander Chagnon 3/22/1915-9/18/1992
Joan Bushey Chagnon 10/3/1940-9/12/2011
Lynn Taft Chagnon 11/17/1847-9/16/2012
Mary L. Sorrell Despaw 1885-9/8/1957
Sophia Bouchard Dorey 6/2/1889-9/30/1944
Lori Louis Dusharm   1845-9/2/1931
Earl W. Gonyo 7/29/1910-9/9/1987
Richard Gonyo 7/14/1920-9/12/1992
Dorothy Dusharm Lafond 10/10/1924-9/29/1978
Joseph G. Lamarche2/19/1915-9/11/1988
Alfred J. Lamore 10/21/1907-9/6/1951
Orissa Trudeau Langlois 2/9/1905-9/19/1930
Maurice M. Lapierre 1/11/1930-9/19/2008
Irene Gonyo Maskell 7/9/1925-9/27/2012
Joseph Poirier 4/14/1884-9/6/1928
Francis Proulx 5/10/1908-9/30/1992
Marie Barbeau Riley 5/2/1904-9/1/1979
Randall Shelley 2/5/1930-9/17/2009
Emilie Krebser Stapel 7/13/1903-9/1/1974
Frank Thompson, Jr. 2/13/1949-9/30/2013
Carline Valyou 8/30/1936-9/26/1940
Robert Whitehouse 4/11/1930-9/10/2011

January Memorials Who Are We?

Rose (Lucia) Beaupre 7/1886-01/24/1982
Rose is the wife of Fay Beaupre, the mother of Russell Beaupre and the mother in law of Vivian Winegar.

Marcel M. Beauregard 3/20/1925-01/13/2013
Marcel is the son of Lucien M. Beauregard and Imelda Brunelle, the husband of Rachel (Poirier) Beauregard, the father of Roger Beauregard, and grandfather of Michaela Beauregard.

Harold J Beshaw 07/07/1927-01/02/1962
Harold was the husband of Blanche (Martin) Beshaw

Bernadette (Gonyo) Blow 10/25/1927-01/28/2001
Bernadette is the daughter of Herbert Gonyo and Edith (Chagnon) Gonyo, and the wife of Richard Blow

Marjorie (Femeau) Centerbar 11/23/1919-01/07/2016
Marjorie is the wife of Walter Centerbar

Alice (Poirier) Chagnon 08/15/1925-01/16/1985
Alice is the daughter of Joseph Poirier and Clara (Monty) Poirier, the wife of Roy G. Chagnon, and the mother of Linda Clara (Chagnon) Rock.

Clarence R. Chagnon 07/13/1918-01/15/1981
Clarence is the son of Narcisse (Nelson) Chagnon and Delina (Bouchard) Chagnon, his was the husband of Lorraine (Couture) Chagnon, he is the husband of Glenna (Tennien) Chagnon, the father of Wayne Clarence, Peter Nelson, and Richard Allen Chagnon.

Henry L. Chagnon Sr. 11/03/1924-01/01/2005
Henry is the son of Narcisse “Nelson” Chagnon and Delina (Bouchard) Chagnon, was the husband of Lydia (Sweeney) Chagnon, is the husband of Diane (Blanchard) Bessette Chagnon, the father of Robert J. Sr. and Henry L. Jr.,  and father in law of Beverly (Senna) Chagnon and Lynn (Taft) Chagnon.

Lydia (Sweeney) Chagnon 03/27/1930-01/21/1997
Lydia is the daughter of Peter N. Sweeney and Katie (Kiley) Sweeney Raymond, she was the wife of Henry Chagnon, the loving companion of Alfred Parker, the mother of Robert J. Sr. and Henry L. Jr.  and mother in law of Beverly (Senna) Chagnon and Lynn (Taft) Chagnon.

Roy A. Chagnon 04/04/1916-01/12/2004
Roy is the son of Narcisse “Nelson” Chagnon and Delina (Bouchard) Chagnon, the husband of Alice (Poirier) Chagnon and the father of Linda C. (Chagnon) Rock.

Charles Dusharm 02/11/1899-01/09/1963
Charles is the son of Lori Louis Dusharm and Sophia Coon, his is the husband of Eva (Chagnon) Dusharm, the father of Dorothy (Dusharm) Lafond, Leo Dusharm Sr., Therese (Dusharm) Lacasse, Elizabeth (Dusharm) Lamore, grandfather of Brenda (Dusharm) O’Brien, Carol (Dusharm) Lynch, Robert Lacasse, and Sharron (Shangraw) Ricceliti,

Lena (Shattie) Genest 03/19/1915-01/26/1969
Lena is the wife of Robert Genest, Sr. and the mother of Robert “Bob” Genest, Jr.

Charles “Charlie” Gonyo 04/03/1879-01/05/1944
“Charlie” is the son of Wilbur Gonyo and Emma J (Aldrich) Gonyo, the husband of Josephine (Ducharme) Gonyo, the father of Herbert “Herbie”, Earl, Carl, Leward, George, Richard, Harold Gonyo, Marie Elizabeth Gonyo Poland, Mary L. (Gonyo) Jarvis Marler, Delia (Gonyo) Billado, Mabel (Gonyo) Burns Romano, Lillian (Gonyo) Bosley, Ruth (Gonyo) Dupont,  father in law to many, grandfather of Irene (Gonyo) Lefebvre Maskell, Gloria (Gonyo) McGrath, Herbert Gonyo, Jr, Leon Gonyo, Leona (Gonyo) Turner, Bernadette (Gonyo) Blow, Gerald Gonyo, James, Jr., Robert Billado, Kenneth, Raymond, Jr., and grandfather in law to many.

Gustav “Gus” Klein 1901-01/1973
“Gus” was the husband of Agnes (Passino) Klein,  the father of Virgina (Klein) Chagnon, Gus Klein, Jr. , the father in law of Nelson Chagnon, the grandfather of Doreen (Chagnon) Draper, and the great grandfather of Melissa and Heidi  Rocque, Sean Chagnon and the great great grandfather of Skylar Chagnon.

Robert C. Lefebvre 12/3/1921-1/31/2003
Robert is the son of Howard Lefebvre and Lillian Brown Lefebvre and was the husband of Edith Chagnon

Russell Maskell 03/04/1903-01/13/1972
Russell is the son of Frank Maskell and Mary (Boutah) Maskell, the husband of Bertha (Westover) Maskell, the father of Ernest, Roy, Russell, Jr., Floyd, Marion (Maskell) Greenia, Helen (Maskell), and Shirley (Maskell).

Beulah (Booska) McDonald 04/19/1912-01/05/1988
Beulah is the wife of George McDonald, the mother of Stewart McDonald, and mother in law of Wanda (Chagnon) McDonald.

Louis H. Mossey 12/13/1898-01/20/1956
Louis is the husband to Geraldine (Gordon) Mossey and the father of Gordon Mossey.

Brenda (Dusharm) Welker O’Brien 09/28/1956-01/22/2006
Brenda is the daughter of Leo Dusharm, Sr. and Joyce Riley and the fiancé of Phillip O’Brien, II.

Marie Angela (Gergoire) Paquette 01/16/1887-01/07/1965
Marie Angela is the wife of Mastai Paquette and the mother of John L. Paquette.

Armand Poulin 04/20/1917-01/25/1984 
Armand is the son of Calixte Poulin and Anglore (Coache) Poulin, the husband to Dorothy Latour and Fleurange (Poirier) Bishop Poulin, and the father of Leona Poulin.

Clifford Shangraw, Sr. 08/17/1902-01/09/1990
Clifford is the son of Willie Shangraw and Fanny (Lumbra) Shangraw, the husband of Beatrice Wells, the father of Clifford J. Shagnaw, Jr, and the grandfather of Sharron (Shangraw) Ricceliti.

Elmer Turner 08/16/1908—01/15/1984
Elmer was the son of Raymond Turner and Carrie Correll Turner, the husband of Isabel E. Pecor Turner, the father of Edward E. Turner, and grandfather of Scott Turner.

Ruth (Cobb) Wood 02/19/1926-01/20/1997
Ruth is the wife of Floyd Wood, Sr.

Is This Our DNA Link To Indian Descendants?

chagnonfamilytreeThe genealogy research took a huge leap forward when the world wide web came into our lives. It has given us the opportunity  to connect to  resources, places, and people  and discover more about our family trees than ever. Now we have even more information since DNA (Deoxyribonulceic acid) came along. DNA  is a molecule that contains the instructions an organism needs to develop, live and reproduce. These instructions are found inside every cell, and are passed down from parent to their children. So how is this information important to linking us to Indian descendants? Can science be more accurate than written documentation? Well, in this particular genealogy research case there are two thoughts (opinions) on this and a lot of information  to back both sides.  So lets look at some of this information and then you decide “Are we linked to an Indian descendant?”

This starts with a person who we will call Catherine P. From documentation it was believed that Catherine’s parents were Pierre Pilet-Pillat Pilliar and Marguerite Morelinet.  But  after  intense research and  using the Mitochondrial DNA (MtDNA)  from  8 of Catherine’s descendants, it has shown that Catherine  may very well not be from French descendant, but from haplo type A, which is only found in the Indian populations. There is documentation that Catherine P (daughter of Pierre Pilet-Pillat Pilliar and Marguerite Morelinet) was baptised March 30, 1646 in Larochelle, France.   It is also known that  there was a Catherine du Plat, who was previously called  Ouenta (daughter of Atsena, Chief of Huron Bear Nation) before she was renamed by her godmother at her christening on  November 25, 1651 and was baptized by Claude Pijart.  Her godmother, Catherine de La Vaux, was the wife of Gilbert Barbier. She was born about June 1651.

So how does this have any connection to  the Chagnon Family Tree?  It is said that a  Catherine P? married Pierre Charron dit Ducharme in the parish of Notre-Dame de Montréal on October 19, 1665 in Montreal, Canada. She and Pierre had 12 children. Their first born was a daughter that they named, Catherine after her mother’s Christian baptized name.  Catherine Charron – Ducharme, the daughter of Pierre and Catherine P? or Catherine du Plat?, the daughter of Chief Atsena,   married Francis Chagnon dit Larose in 1679 in Contrecoeur, Quebec.  Francis was the  first known Chagnon in our family tree  who came to  North America in the mid 1660s as a Carignan Soldier.  So now you know how we are related.

From the DNA and research  it is believed by some that Catherine Chagnon dit Larose’s mother was  “Ouenta du Plat”  the daughter of Atsena, Chief of the Huron Bear Nation, but others believe she is the daughter of Pierre Pilet-Pillat Pilliar and Marguerite Morelinet. As we can see this is where thoughts (opinions) have created a split in the road of genealogy research. So the question is: “who are the true parents of Catherine? Do we believe DNA or the documentation written by several different people over the centuries?

If you are still undecided, you can read more and then decide  who you think we are related to, the Charrron-Ducharme branch or  Atsena, Chief of the Huron Bear Nation branch.
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