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Vereskin/ Bereskin/ Sheehan/ Kochutin
Posted by: Brandia Ta'amu (ID *****4035) Date: December 24, 2007 at 02:41:54
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Any & all info on these families would be greatly appreciated. I have included everything that I do know about then with an Aufentel report which I don't know how to read & I have no idea what happened to 9 through 13 or if the numbers mean anything, I've also included any notes I've made about them... actually I just realized 9-13 is
Petre Dushkin & kids but for some reason they didn't come out in the report. (((sigh))) As for the confusion about Soffia's birthdates, on William Jr Joseph & Louise Sheehan's school records it lists thier mother as Soffia Bereskin/Verskin b.1875 d.1900, but other sources do say she was married to this Petre Dushkin first & was born earlier. My email addy is & I would be especially interessted in contacting Marti (French) Murray, as she seems to have addtl info about William Shhehan & his sons.

Normandy-Canada & USA (Montana)
Sheehan-Liverpool, Canada, & Alaska
Vereskin/Bereskin- Alaska

Here is what I do know:
Luoise Rebekkah Sheehan 1895-1983 married Peter Frank
Normandy 1877-1952 around 1918 in Havre Montana, had 9 kids & I descend from one of them, these are my great grandparents.

Louise's info:
Father William Joseph Sheehan 1844-193? (born in Liverpool, may have migrated to Alaska via Canada, died in
the old pioneers home in Sitka Alaska no documentation or gravesite found for him. I believe his mother's name is Margaret, don't know his father's name but if Margaret is hi mother she was born in Ireland

Mother Soffia Vereskin 1841-1900
Sofiia Vereskin m1. 23 May 1861 Peter Dushkin b. 17 Aug 1841 AK [F.
Tofin Dushkin / M. Mariia (Unk)]
Son. Stefan Dushkin b. 21 Oct 1863 AK
Son. Liubov Dushkin b. 17 Sep 1865 AK
Son. Simeon Dushkin b. 10 Jan 1867 AK
Dau. Tatiana Dushkin b. 16 Jan 1870 AK
Sofiia Vereskin/Dushkin m2. 1885
William Joseph Sheahan b. 1844 England
Dau. Louise Rebbecca Sheehan b. 1895 AK
Son. Joseph Samuel Sheehan b. 25 Apr 1894 AK / d. 25 Sep 1972 / SS#
574-22-1123 issued in AK / LKA Anchorage, AK, 99501 / m. Viola
(Unk) /
Dau. Eunice
Son. William Joseph Sheehan b. 1897 AK
Both sons were sent to Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania and the
Daughter was sent to Chemawa Indian School in Oregon.

(she was born in Morzhovoi Alsaka, I don't know where or when she died but William shows up as a widower by 1910 & his kids William Joseph Jr, Joseph Samuel & Louise are all in Native Boarding schools by then. It has been brought to my attention that she (Soffia Berskin/Kochutin) married a Petre Dushkin before Wm Sheehan & had children named Simeon, Liubov, Tatiana & Stephan. I don't know this is her as Lousie's school records state that her mother was
born in 1875 not 1841)

Peter's info:
Father: Frank Peter Normandy 1845-?
Mother: Mary Delia King ?
Pete spent time in the deer lodge pen for cattle rustling or horse thieving he was chased by a posse all the way down to the Missouri where he shot his horse & used it to float downstream, why he shot the horse is beyond me but he was caught anyway. He was married before, I don't know if there was children from this marriage, my guess is that he beat this wife to death, or just beat her stupid like he did to my grandmother & great grandmother

Notes for Mary King & Frank Normandy: (I have no real further info on either one of these 2 people except to say that Peter & his father Frank were listed in the Montana pioneers index as having come from Canada to Missouri & then up to Montana. They had the following children that
I know of Lilly, Donna, Frank Henry, Peter Frank, James Henry, & Martin Bernard.

Ahnentafel Chart for Donna Mae NORMANDY
First Generation
1. Donna Mae NORMANDY was born 1921 in Great Falls Montana. She died 19 Jun 1999 in Great Falls Montana.
Donna Mae Christian Donna Mae (Normandy) Christian, 78, of 32nd Street and 15th Avenue South, died of natural causes Saturday at a local nursing home. Services will be held at a later date. Croxford & Sons Funeral Home is handling arrangements
Montana Death Index, 1907-2002 Montana Death Index, 1907-2002
Name: Donna M Christian
Age: 78
Estimated birth year: 1921
Death Date: 19 Jun 1999
Death County: Cascade
Residence County: Cascade
Social Security Number: 517169741
Marital Status: Divorced
Index Number: 4017
Source: Montana State Genealogical Society

Donna was horribly abused by her father & her husband & was given shock therapy treatments over a long period of time to the point where she was not expected to live several times. She died in 1999 & we were not notified until I was going through the social security index & found her in 2006. Donna married Albert Burdine CHRISTIAN, son of Burdine CHRISTIAN and Ruth Ann BEELER Albert was born 13 Jul 1920 in Battletown Kentucky. He died 26 Sep 1983 in Battletown Kentucky.

Second Generation
2. Peter NORMANDY was born 1877 in Montana. He died 15 Dec 1952 in Havre Montana. Peter married Louise Rebekkah SHEEHAN
Montana Death Index, 1907-2002 Montana Death Index, 1907-2002
Name: Peter Normandy
Age: 75
Estimated birth year: 1877
Gender: Male
Death Date: 15 Dec 1952
Index Number: Hl 1231
3. Louise Rebekkah SHEEHAN was born 1895 in Morzhovoi Alaska. She died 1984 in Havre Montana.
Montana Death Index, 1907-2002 Montana Death Index, 1907-2002
Name: Louise R Normandy
Age: 99
Estimated birth year: 1885
Death Date: 17 Apr 1984
Death County: Hill
Residence County: Hill
Social Security Number: 516402411
Marital Status: Widowed
Index Number: 1867
Source: Montana State Genealogical Society
Social Security Death Index Record about Louise Normandy
Name: Louise Normandy
SSN: 516-40-2411
Last Residence: 59501 Havre, Hill, Montana, United States of America
Born: 25 May 1895
Died: Apr 1984
State (Year) SSN issued:
Montana (1953-1954 )

Third Generation
4. Frank NORMANDY was born 1845 in Canada. He married Mary Delia
Is this my Frank?
Montana Death Index, 1907-2002 Montana Death Index, 1907-2002
Name: Frank Nrmandan
Age: 82
Estimated birth year: 1842
Gender: Male
Death Date: 23 Jan 1924
Index Number: Ana 687
Montana Death Index, 1907-2002 Montana Death Index, 1907-2002
Name: Peter Normandin
Age: 72
Estimated birth year: 1843
Gender: Male
Death Date: 20 May 1915
Index Number: 95-277
Source: Montana Office of Vital Statistics
Montana. Montana State Death Registry Index, 1907-1953. Montana
State Genealogical Society, Montana.
State of Montana. Montana Death Index, 1954-2002. State of Montana
Department of Public Health and Human Services, Office of Vital
Statistics, Helena, Montana.

5. Mary Delia KING.

6. William Joseph SHEEHAN Sr was born 1844 in England. He died 193? in Sitka Alaska. William married Soffia Rebekkah BERESKIN

I think that William originally started out as a minor but a liitle brown girl caught his attention & next thing you know he's in Dutch Harbor married with 3 kids! I have absolutely no idea hopw he ended up in Alaska, just kind of glad he did. He was born in 1844 & his wife Soffia Bereskin was born in 1875 which I thought was really creepy, she was Aleut & Russian, but she passed away in 1900 when the flu epidemic hit the islands & Morzhovoi. So here's an Irishman with 3 kids & a widower at that. He refused to marry again, & wrote my great grandmother often about his love for her & her mother. Once the Indian agents got up there they convinced him that the only
chance his daughter & sons had at a good life were to be trained at these schools. But once the abuse started he would send the US Marshall's down there after them & had them deliver her money to her, which confuses me a all standards he was a wealthy man in that day & age. He was a billiard maker, owned his own shop & I have found that he owned stock in a hotel down in Seattle... maybe it all crashed. My grgrandmother never told anyone about her father or her brother's, her husband was a horrible mean man so she wasn't allowed to talk about them, & she was also not allowed to teach her children
about the Bible but bless her heart she would do it & take the beatings that would sometimes last for hours according to my mother. So anything I am finding about my family I am hunting digging & searching for. I only found out about her brother's or where she was from on pure accident! First when I was a baby she had these pictures of a little church that was black & white but she would describe it to me in such great detail that I could picture it in
color. My ex-husband was a fisherman up in Dutch Harbor who stayed over one yr for an extra season & he called me & told me about this little church with a gate around it & purple flowers everywhere I got chills from head to toe & told him to take a roll of film & send it to me overnight I waited outside the 1 hour photo like a father waiting for the birth of a child & lo & behold it was the same
place!!!!!! Then about a year & a half ago I did a wildcard search for William Joseph Sheehan to see where else he may have lived & instead I come up with 2 little Indian kids at a school in Carlisle Pennsylvania! !! Huh? Well they were from Alaska & they were aleut but I had never heard of them.... the next thing I find is a query
from an Alaska researcher who wants to know why there's a William in Alaska with 2 young sons by himself.... I think how many William Joseph Sheehan's can there be in Alaska? 2 of them! Okay but there's only one in Dutch Harbor!!! Sure enough they're his kids too! One of the boys was beaten & starved to death & thrown in an unmarked grave
at the school but the other one made it out alive got married & had a daughter who married & had 3 sons & those 3 sons had 14 kids... I've met most of them! I just can't imagine how hard it was for my grgrandmother being in that place, being tied to a bed naked & beaten til she was bloody for speaking her language or for telling stories about her home. I have letters from the school & William
going back & forth where they are insisting they are doing this for her own good or she'll never even have a chance to be so much as a maid for someone!!! Then marrying that horrible man & being beaten beyond recognition on most days. She was all of 4'9" maybe 80 lbs & never had an unkind thing to say about anyone, never smoked, drank
or swore, never remarried, her faith could ve a mountain like a molehill. Someday I'm going to be 1/2 as good as her... I hope!

1881 Canadian Census
St. Stephen, Charlotte, New Brunswick, Canada
Margaret Shean b. 1821 Ireland (Widow)
Son. William Joseph Sheahan b. 1844 (Lumberman)
son. Edward Sheahn b. 1859 (Farmer)
Dau. Catharine Shean b. 1857
**Rumor has it that Margaret Shean did not re-marry but was found inthe company of a Mi'kmaq/Frenchman and had one son and one daughter byhim...I will do more research on her in New Brunswick region.
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William moves to Ontario for work on railroad in 1883. (Rail ties?)
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(Ukn) Kochutin m. 23 May 1831 Alaska Khristina Vereskin b. 1812 AK
Dau. Sofiia Vereskin b. 16 May 1842 AK
Dau. Anna Vereskin
Dau. Paraskieva Vereskin m. 1 Jun 1867 Markel Balamutov Belkofski, AK

7. Soffia Rebekkah BERESKIN was born 16 May 1842 in Morzhovoi
Alaska. She died 1910 in Morzhovoi Alaska.

Fourth Generation
8. Peter NORMANDY was born 1820 in Canada.
14. Semen KOCHUTIN married Alashka Khristiina BERESKIN (MRIN:60).
15. Alashka Khristiina BERESKIN.

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