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Recently there has been a lot of interest on the Chevalier family. I thought this would be a good time to post a family history of one of the branches of the Chevalier family tree. This appeared in the 1978 Clontarf Anniversary booklet.
Joseph Chevalier Family History
Great Grandfather of Vernon and Richard Chevalier
The Joseph Chevaliers originated in the Quebec Province of Canada and joined the oxen-drawn covered wagon train leaving Montreal for the United States. The Joseph-Odeil Chevaliers had three children: Joseph, Nazareth (grandfather of Vernon and Richard), and Israel.
The covered wagon train came through Stillwater, Minneapolis, and then the Chevaliers homesteaded in Pope County, Minnesota – the community of Clonarf.
In 1898 Joseph asked his eldest son Joseph II to come with his family from Bathgate, North Dakota, to take over the farm. Joseph had eight children at the time, and was to have six more children in Pope County. That same year Joseph and Odeil Chevalier moved into Clontarf and lived across the street from St. Malachy Church. Joseph died in 1904 and his wife in 1910.
Nazareth Chevalier, the second son of Joseph and Odeil, married Cecilia DeMars in 1877 while living in Clontarf. They had seven children: Hedwidge (Charles Perrault), Sylvia (Oliver Goulet), Louis (Ervilla Goulet), Ida (Thomas Houde), Leah (Fred Martin), Richard, and Cleddy (Evelyn Reardon).
Louis Chevalier married Ervilla Goulet in 1917 and they had five children: Richard (Genevieve Bouta), Gordon (Mary Butler), Arlene (Herb Bly), Vernon (Donna Ascheman), and Ardella (James Geyer).
Richard and Genevieve married in 1946 and had three children: Carol married Dale Emmert (Brian, Paul, Angie Marie), Colleen married James Ninneman (Carrie), and Marilyn married Dan Thole (Melissa).
Arlene married Herb Bly in 1974 and they live in Pope County where Herb is a county commissioner and farms.
Vernon married Donna Ascheman in1960 and they have three children: Dennis, David, and Jo Ann Marie.
Vernon, Richard, Arlene, and their families attend St. Malachy Church, Clontarf.
This is just one branch of the Chevalier family who made Clontarf and the Clontarf area home.
Remember Louie’s Rascals? I know I have seen pictures of the group. Maybe someone can send me one? firstname.lastname@example.org