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Re: George Callais - father ALFRED
Posted by: J Christiansen (ID *****5526) Date: September 24, 2013 at 13:38:17
In Reply to: Re: George Callais - Descendant Information by J Christiansen of 18113

BIG CHANGE - I now think George is likely the son of Alfred, not Sylvester.

Township 2 Range 10, St Clair, Illinois
J B Calais 48
Judith Calais 40
Eugene Calais 20
Mary Calais 17
Sylvester Calais 16 born about 1854 in Illinois
Alfred Calais 14 <------------------ prob George father
Jane Calais 10
Leone Calais 2

There is no 1890 census so we can't find George as a little toddler with parents...but in the 1900 census George is not with the Sylvester-Sarah Callais family. So I searched some more. I now think he's the son of Alfred Victor Callais (the brother of Sylvester). The mother's maiden name on George's death certificate is "Christop" - which fits the name of Alfred's wife.

Alfred Victor Callais
son of John Baptist Calais and Julia Cheveron
Birth 27 Nov 1855
Death 26 Jan 1920
Victorene Christoffe
Birth 09 Apr 1864
Death 29 Sep 1894 in St. Clair county, Illinois

DEATH RECORD - shows names of Alfred's parents
Name: Alfred Callais (George's father)
Birth Date: 27 Nov 1855
Birth Place: Illinois
Death Date: 26 Jan 1920
Death Place: Bluford, Webber, Jefferson, Illinois
Burial Date: 28 Jan 1920
Cemetery Name: Hickory Hill
Death Age: 65
Occupation: Farmer
Race: White
Marital Status: W
Gender: Male
Father Name: John B. Callais
Father Birth Place: France
Mother Name: Cheveron
Mother Birth Place: France
FHL Film Number: 1562397

St. Louis County, Missouri, Marriage Records
as transcribed on
Name: John Baptist Calais
Marriage Date: 18 Mar 1849
Marriage County: St Louis
Spouse Name: Judith Chaviron

Another record of the same marriage:
Early U.S. French Catholic Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1695-1954
Name: J B Calais
Spouse: Judith Chaviron
Event: Mariage (Marriage)
Event Year: 1840-1849
Religion: Catholique
Place of Worship or Institution: St-Louis
State: Missouri
This is a photocopy of the actual church record, written in French, plus handwriting is hard to read. The parents' names are here - I believe J B Calais parents are Francois? Calais and Ann Boehoner? I think Judith's father is Julie Chaviron (?)

U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918
[a database on]
Name: John Baptiste Callais
State: Illinois
Tax Year: 1864
Roll Title: District 12; Annual Lists; 1864-65
NARA Series: M764
NARA Roll: 58

I've now found some family trees on for Alfred and family - some of the information and sources and people are mixed up.

Dalby Database lists some newspaper articles about George and family:

1910 George is age 22 living alone in Webber, Jefferson, Illinois. Transcribed on as George Carlais but original handwriting could be Callais.

Northfield, Rice, Minnesota
George S Callin 28 born about 1892 Illinois
Edith Callin 18 born about 1902 Minnesota
Luella Callin 1 year 1 month

This could be George Sylvester Callais's mother in 1870:
Township 1 Range 8, St Clair, Illinois
Adam Christoph 40 born about 1830 in France
Prosperine Christoph 35 born about 1835 in France
Prospere Christoph 8
Christina Christoph 7
Victoria Christoph 6 born about 1864 Illinois
John Christoph 5

Possibly Victoria's parents getting married:

Name: Prosperine Nurdin
Gender: Female
Spouse Name: Anthony Christoph
Marriage Date: 9 Mar 1861
Marriage County: St. Clair
Comments: This record can be found at the County Court Records located at Belleville, IL, Film # 1689026.

This could be George's mother's mother Prosperine in 1850:
Ridge Prairie, St Clair, Illinois
Louis Nardin 54
Jeane Nardin 44
Prospering Nardin 17
Lewis P Nardin 21
Victory Nardin 15
Ludcivine Nardin 13
Lewis Chetlin 11
Mary Chetlin 6

And on and on...
Hope this helps. :D

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