LaChapelle Family Genealogy Forum
Has anyone run into a Levi Lachappell. We have seen numerous spellings of the name. This is my husband Josephs Grandpa. My husbands fathers name was Everett Ballard Shippell on his birth record, but that later changed to, or was corrected to LaChappelle.
We spell our name LaChappelle now. Levi was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. Married Louise Ballard in 1901, they resided in Sparta, Mi., where he is said to have built "the finest homes in town" He also worked for the Dudley Waters farm as a builder. At some point in time they moved in town more to the nearby city of Grand Rapids Mi., THey divorsed sometime around 1917-1920.He joined the Canadian Armed forces. He was described as Dark skinned, blue eyes, black hair. 1918-1919. His children were Erma, Joseph, Levi, and Wilda. Honorable discharge. May have started family in California. Rumared to have gone there after the military for maybe 15 years, then came back here to Mi.,and died as a result of falling off a latter. He also is rumored to have a double set of teeth that enabled him to lift wooded barrels over his head which won many bets for him.
We are looking for more on his Parents and bro's and sis's and generally any info on the many spellings of LaChappelle. His parents were William H. LaSHippell(again many spellings) and Eliza LaShippell(Boshaw) of the Big Rapids area(we think) Well I hope this is of some interest to someone. And maybe you are familiar with this person. I am interested in hunches or facts, big or small- Thanks for your time Sharon LaChappelle.