LaChapelle, Francois (b. 20 MAY 1813, d. 24 SEP 1870)
Note: Previously in New York, comming to Alcona County from Cleveland, Ohio in 1855. Accompaning them were Margaret`s brother Matthew O`Neil (1831-1896) - (spelled O'Neal on marker in the cemetery) - and his wife Catherine Eve (Eva) (1833-1917).
A brother Edward LaChapelle and his wife Catherine came soon afterward bringing their small son Charles (1867-1881). Edward was born in 1817 and died in 18
Source: History of Northern Michigan
Lois Marentette's Letter
1850 Frenchtown. Monroe County, Michigan census
1860, 1870 & 1880 Alcona County, Michigan census
The 1850 Frenchtown, Monroe County, Michigan lists: Matthew O'Neil, age 22, cooper, and his wife Catherine, age 18, as living with Francis and Margaret LaChapelle.
Lois Marentette's Letter of 1976 states that the oldest son, Bert, drowned off a fishing boat
Francis LaChapelle was a cooper, a highly skilled trade he probably learned as an apprentice. He was in his late twenties when he was married and it can be assumed that he was working at his trade. At that time the burgeoning fishing industry, particulary in the Great Lakes, created a demand for barrels needed for shipping salted fish to market. His first residence was in Canada where his
oldeest son was born. The second son was born a year later in Ogdensburg, New York, a fishing area on the St. Lawrence River near the Thousand Islands.
His stay in New York was for only a year. In 1843 he moved to Frenchtown, Monroe County, Michigan. Frenchtown was a small village on the north bank of the River Raisin, midway between Toledo and Detroit.
Francis resided in Monroe County for more than ten years. Three sons were born, and one died there. In 1853 he moved to Cleveland, Ohio. This move was about the same time as his brother, Edward, immigrated from Canada to Cleveland. Although Edward remained in Cleveland until 1865. Francis moved in November 1855, accompanied by the Matthew O'Neil Family, to Harrisville, Michigan.
Francis La Chapelle,Sr.,a native of old France, he first came from Cleveland to Michigan in 1855, and was for a time associated with William Hill,one of the pioneer fisherman of the shore. At a later date, assisted by some of his sons, he carried on a large cooperage business. He preempted 80 acres of land, to which he subsequently added 280 acres, making a tract 360 acres-mostly unbriken forest. The parcel of land now known as Huron View Beach,just south of Harrisville State park,was a part of this holding and was the site of the old LaChapelle cooperage. Most of th large family became residents of th county and took part in its public interests.
Facts about this person:
Fact 1 1850
Cooper in Frenchtown Township,Monroe Co.Mi
Military service Bet. 1865 - 2066
Civil War,Co E, 23 regiment infantry
Cause: inflamaion of the somach
Note: FOC:.. Place of birth may be Ireland. Marriage in Canada about 1838
Margaret's younger brother Matthew O'Neil, born c 1828 in Canada,
was a member of the LaChapelle family for many years.
Death Certificate of George William LaChapelle states that mother's maiden
name was Marian O'Neil and that her birthplace was in Ireland.
Source: (Birth Field)
Marilyn Matz 10/15/97
Note: William and Eliza Wood came to America in 1825 from Brighton, Sussex County, England with six of their fifteen children. Mary Wood was married to John Werrenner and with three of their children also made the crossing. It is possible that Mary and John were not counted as six of the children and Mary was in fact a seventh child.
KAC: 17 October 1995 - The changes of John Wood to William Wood and Elizabeth _____ to Eliza Niles were made this date on the basis of the genealogy of the Warrenner Family by Maurice R. Blair obtained by Kathryn Morley from the Detroit Library.
The last eight children were added on the basis of Robert Chapelle's copy of a letter of John Combs, dated 21 December 1836 and the Warrenner genealogy. It is not unreasonable to assume that in the period from the last decade of 1700 until 1825 that four of the fifteen children may have died.
KAC: 12 January 1996 - WOOD: - made changes to Jane, changed Ann to Thomas, changed blank to Martha, changed blank to Harriet ,changed blank to Rebecca ,and changed Mary and Charlotte on basais of Kay Morley's notes and copies.
Note: Hannah Niles is the widow of both Abram Noyes and John Wood. Hannah left her second husband, John Wood, and daughter, Mary, in the pioneer cemetery at Royal Oak and moved to Harrisville with her children, Nancy and Abram Noyes, Sarah and John Wood. Nephews William and Daniel Noyes earlier had helped build the first dock and the store which the sons operated as A. Noyes & Brother's Store.
Note: Initial "A" from death certificate of Charlotte LaChapelle Matt
KAC:.. 3 March 1994
Left a copy of current descendancy chart at Yockey Construction office this a.m. - called Zoe Yockey this afternoon and asked her if she could recall her grandfather's first name. Without any prompting that we had come up with the letter "A", she said she was not sure but she thought his first name might have been ALFRED.
SEE Constantine LaChapelle
11 August 1999: removed Constantine as a sibling of Francis, Edward & Charlotte even though Kay and Marilyn think he is a sibling. It is my opinion that if it were the case Lois and Babe and their mother Minnie LaChapelle Conklin would have been aware of the fact. The Picture of F, E & C does not reference Constantine.Alfred immigrated from France to Canada shortly after his first son, Francis, was born in 1813. There are two differing traditions as to where Alfred's family settled in Canada. One is that they lived first in the Montreal area; another holds that it was in Trois-Revieres, near Quebec.
Note: See notes with Lois Ann Conklin
Note: Moved to Royal Oak Oaklamd County, Michigan in 1832; moved back after his wife died in 1848; lived with his son Zebulon from 1842 to 1862.
I looked up John Niles in the 1860 USC at Morgan VT today. He's listed on the same page of the census index as Z.W. Niles. Going to that page shows John age 82 born NH living in the family of Z.W. Niles.
Z.W. Niles 57 VT
Sarah C. 46 VT
Allen P. 20 VT
Laura A. 14 VT
John Niles 82 NH
Z.W. is Zebulon Winslow Niles. Sarah C. is Sarah C. Morrill. Allen P. is Allen Pope Niles. Laura A. is Zeb's dau by his 2nd wife Sarah C Morrill. Zeb's first wife was Sally G. Pope by whom he had 3 children: Mary Ann, John W., & Allen P. Laura A., born c1845, was most likely by his 2nd wife Sarah C. Morrill.
John, age 82, was the son of Ephraim 5 & Hannah (Houghton) Niles. John's wife was Nancy Winslow but it's possible she was Sarah Winslow as it appears they named no dau's Nancy for their mother. "Nancy," sons John H. & Zeb, and Zeb's first wife, all supposedly died early 1843. They may be buried at the Pope Family Cem. That cem would be worth a visit for further clues on relationships.
The 1860 USC says John, age 82, was born c1778 at NH. John's father, Ephraim 5, served in the Rev War. His pension application offers some clues on his whereabouts during the time in question. Ephraim entered service at Milton MA in April 1775 where he was residing. He enlisted again for 8 months at Bridgewater MA summer of 1777, where he then resided; also, summer of 1778 from Bridgewater to RI for about 6 weeks. Afterwards, at Bridgewater, he enlisted for four months and marched to Ft Ticonderoga by way of Charlestown NH. Thus he was in NH, according to his application. He does not remember exactly when. Was his wife with him? Did they stay long enough at Charlestown NH for their son John to be born?
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Note: Orderly Sergeant in the Massachusetts Militia - Revolutionary War. National Archives: Pension File No. 15546.
Ephraim's wife's maiden name was NOT Littlefield but was Houghton from Milton MA town vital records. Ephraim was not born in 1755. He did not know when he was born, according to his Rev War pension application file. His father died in May of 1752 at Braintree MA. Ephraim was the youngest of five children. Thus he was likely born before or not long after his father's death. Ephraim's mother, Freelove (Sweet) Niles, was appointed his legal guardian by the MA Suffolk Co Court in Jul of 1752.
Ephraim's son John gives his birth place of birth as NH in 1778. Ephraim's Rev War pension file has Ephraim serving in RI for most of 1778 and passing thru Charlestown NH perhaps early 1779 on his way to Ticonderoga NY. I rather doubt Hannah was with him during his military travels. Most likely John was born at E. Bridgewater MA late 1778. However, Charlestown NH records should be checked for a record of John's birth there.
Event: Type: Military
Place: Order;y Sargent, Massachusetts Milita, Revolutionary War
Note: Possibly - Hannah Littlefield Niles is actually Hannah Moulton
Note: MRM:.. 12 Feb 1994
Wife of A. LaChapelle (place holding ancestor)
From Death Certificate of Chalotte Matt, certified 10 February 1995 by Cloria J.
Harper, Registrar, Vital Records, Detroit Department of Health.
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