Wednesday, May 26, 2010


See page 6 for a reference to Anne Chevallier. Between pages 16 and 30 there are references to Chevallier and Richier. See page 31 for another reference to Anne Chevallier.

Page 35, birth of Elizabeth Marchal.

Page 67 the confimation of many boys and girls.

Stop at page 75.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Feburary 4, 1777 - Bans of Marriage


The Archives of Haut-Marne contain recordings of baptisms, births, and marriage for citizens of the villages in the province of  Lorraine. Go to the listing for Graffigny-Chemin and click. There are 11 sets of books of parish and civil records. Prior to Napoleon, the records are religious. Napoleon made the responsibility for civil records secular.

Start with the parish records for 1767 - 1792.Click on the book and it will take you to page one of 87 pages.

On page 7 the date February 4, 1777 records the publication of the bans of marriage for Claude Chevallier and Marie Jeanne Barbay. The post is the right-hand page. Claude is the son of Nicholas Chevallier and Anne Jaroin (sp). Marie is the daughter of Francois Barbay and Cecile Quentin (sp).

On the preceding same screen, lower left is a post for, it appears, the 18th of January of the same year. The announcement appears to be the engagement of the two.

For Jean-Marie:

On the following page 8, the same date, records the marriage of Nicolas Quentin and Barb Marchal.The name Marchal appears on many of the following pages.

I am stopping at page 15. Page 16 starts an entry for 1779 and the name Chevallier reappears. I will work on this later.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The French side

Thanks to Jean for the link to the Archives.

Log into the Archives of Haut-Marne.You will have to search a little.  I searched under Graffigny-Chemin and eventually cam across a listing for inhabitants during Napoleon's reign.  Here is a listing of the Chevalliers born (noms et prenoms des nouveaux nee) in Graffigny-Chemin in and around 1809.

Claude Alexander born 19 Fevrier 1810
Elizabeth Chevallier born 4 Novembre 1812
Elizabeth Victoria born 8 Frumaire 1814
Hypolite Chevallier born 23 Aout 1812
Marie Anne born 9 Fevrier 1809
Marie Anne born 21 April 1811
Marie Elizabeth 20 Novembre 1810
Piere Victor born 4 Avril 1809
Virgina Chevallier 19 Janvier 1809


Elizabeth Victoria Chevallier died 1 Aout 1809
Jopesph Chevallier
Marie Anne died 20 Mai 1809
Marie Martha Chevallier
Nicholas Chevallier

For Jean, there are also many Jaquots and Marchals listed in Graffigny-Chemin.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Who was first?

An O'Farrell Family History gives an extensive listing of relatives including many Pearsons.

There is another Pearson line, but it is uncertain how these Pearsons connect up to our family. One can also do a research of Pearsons in England.

Bishop John Pearson (February 28, 1612 – July 16, 1686) bishop of Chester. Was he the father of Bishop John Pearson (1636 - 1716)? Who knows?

My grandfather was James Madison Pearson of Tallapoosa, Alabama. His family came from Georgia. His family tree goes like this:

Bishop John Pearson – great x 6 grandfather (1636? – 1716?)

Edward Pearson – great x 5 grandfather (1661? – 1746?)

Enoch Pearson – great x 4 grandfather (1682/3 - 1758)

John Pearson – great x 3 grandfather (1728 - 1815)

Enoch Pearson - great great grandfather (1757 - 1831)

William Head Pearson - great grandfather (1780 - 1841)

James Madison Pearson - grandfather (1817 - 1909)

Benjamin Rush Pearson - father of James Madison Pearson