Who is Judge L. E. Chaudoin?
Who is Eliot C. Chaudoin?
Is there really a Chaudoin, France?
Were there CHAUDOINs in Canada?
Does anyone have any information on this family line?
From the records/papers of R. S. Sanders as sent to him by and with a comment from Jeter Grimsley:
LETTER WRITTEN BY Judge L. E. CHAUDOIN
PAGE 11 PETE OLRYOD MATL
DATED Nov 16, 1981
Feb. 2, 1948
Mr. and Mrs. Eliot C. Chaudoin,
I returned home Sunday for Palestine; and, as promised in my letter written there, I am writing you again.
On seeing your name in the telephone directory, I recalled that in 1902 father and I visited a brother of his in Denton Co., Texas, and whsoe named was Henry Chaudoin. According to my recollection, my uncle Henry had 6 daughters and one son whose name was Eliot Odell. The similarity in yours and his names interested me, so I took the liberty to call your residence. The person who answered advised that you were at your office; and, upon being furnished with your number, I called there and was informed that you were busy at the time. So I again dialed your residence, and talked briefly with Mrs. Chaudoin. Due to the heavy snows the bus schedules, between Ft. Worth and Palestine had been suspended so I had planned to remain overnight at the Texas Hotel.
I had hoped to see you, but immediately after talking with Mrs. Chaudoin, announcement was made that the schedules were being resumed and a bus would leave for Palestine at once. I barely had time to get aboard. However, I soon had reason to wish that I had not gotten on the bus.
Everything went well until we got passed (sic) Dallas, where the road became heavily laden with ice and the driver began to experience considerable difficulty in keeping the bus on the pavement. Whenever he stopped to either take on or discharge passengers, it required quite a bit of time and a good deal of skillful manipulation to ge the bus in motion again. It was with a great feeling of relief when we finally arrived in Palestine, with limbs intact.
Now a few words as to the Chaudoin tribe. I know very little about my father's people. But according to the information I have, my great-great grandfather came from Chaudoin, France, a small village in France and named after one of his ancestors, who settled in Canada, where my great-grandfather was born, who upon reaching his majority, migrated to Kentucky, and settled in or near Somerset, which is approximately 30 miles of Bowling Green. There my grandfather was born, the 13th of 14 children there being 13 boys and 1 girl. Of these my [father] and the uncle mentioned above are the only ones I ever saw. I even do not know the names of his others brothers, although I do remember that his sister's name was Mary, which is also the name of my grandmother. Whatever became of the 12 brothers and sister, I never knew. However, I do know they have children and grandchildren scattered in several of the western and Southwestern states.
For instance, Joe Chaudoin resides in Clifton, NM, and is Sheriff. Henry Chaudoin, evidently a son of one of my father's older brothers, is city manager of Norman, Oklahoma. Then there's Lesly J. Chaudoin of Marlinger, Texas, who served a numer of years there as District Judge. Jacob Chaudoin is a minister of the Gospel and pastor of the Baptist Church in Duncan, Oklahoma.
It appears that wherever you find a Chaudoin, he has a good position or job, and doing quite well with himself and family. Of course, this is not to be construed as pinning a bouquet on myself or 'tootin my own horn" notwithstanding I have always been able to with with head above water even if the going did get a bit rough at times.
I am 88 years young, bald, and wear store bought teeth when I am not carrying them in my pocket. I was born in Denton, Texas; but migrated with my father and mother to the wild and wooly Indian territory, at the tender age of 6. Our first place of abode was in a half-dugout, tucked away in the backwoods, where the owls hooted eerie in the dark hours of the night, and song-birds made music in the daytime.
The first school I attended was made of logs and we had hewn hickory logs for seets. My teacher was large two fisted red haired Irishman, who upon the least provocation displayed a most violent temper that sounded for all the world like a raging ______ hissing in the distance. He demanded, and usually received from his pupils perfect lessons at the business end of a dogwood switch, which he kept an abundant supply at all times within easy reach.
I could go on Mr. Chaudoin, and elaborate on my boyhood days in the Indian territory, but I am not sure you would be interested.
So., I would be very glad to here (sic) from you, telling me a bit about yourself, and anything also which yo think I ought to known.
With best regards to you and your family, I am,
L. E. Chaudoin
Judge L. E. Chaudoin"
Undated Comments to R. S. Sanders from "Jeter G.":
"This is interesting, but wished it would have had a little more detail. I don't know who the writer or addressee is. A correspondent sent this to me with no comment as to where it came from, how he got it, nothing at all.
The judge may be right about the Canadian connection, but the part about his great-grandfather settling at Somerset, Ky. is a little hazy. William (and his children) is the only Chaudoin we have found in Pulaski County (Somerset), Ky and surely he came from Virginia and not Canada. Sure do wish the judge had told us the names of his grandfather and great-grandfather. The old boy must be pretty active___riding a bus around at age 88.
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