Name: Charles Duval
Birth: 27 APR 1843 in Ste-Martine, Québec 1
Death: 21 MAY 1924 in Marshfield, Wood County, Wisconsin 2 of Fractured skull. (Fell down stairs.)
Religion: Roman Catholic
Baptised Charles Thuot, of a family who for generations had been called "Thuot dit Duval." In America he chose to call himself Duval exclusively, perhaps because Americans had difficulty pronouncing Thuot to his satisfaction. (His granddaughter Geneva Duval recalled that he had told her that he had "another name," which she heard as "Jewett." This is close to the Canadian pronunciation of Thuot: TYOO-et. In many Canadian records, in fact, it is spelled Tuotte.) It may be noted that other branches of the Thuot diaspora, including the large group based in Monroe County, Michigan, since the early 1800s, also chose to use Duval (Duvall, DuVal) rather than Thuot.
According to his declaration of intention to become a U.S. citizen (filed in Wood County, Wisconsin, in October 1888), Charles first entered the U.S. in March 1858, at Detroit. Since he can't be found in the US census of 1860, he may have returned to Canada by then, possibly to avoid service in the US Civil War.
1861 census of Canada: in St-Stanislas-de-Kostka, Beauharnois, district 6, with his parents (page 208). The surname is rendered Cuet.
In the 1866 burial record of his first child, in St-Louis-de-Gonzague, Beauharnois, he is said to be a carpenter.
Charles witnessed the marriage of his brother Damase in St-Louis-de-Gonzague, Beauharnois, in September 1868. It was recorded that he was unable to sign his name. (Damase married Zoe Lefebvre, sister of Charles's first wife, Emélie Lefebvre.)
Charles is found in the 1871 census of Canada in St-Louis-de-Gonzague, Beauharnois, living with his brother Damase and wife. He is listed as a widower. His occupation is "voyageur," which in this context appears to mean laborer. His daughters Marguerite, age 4, and Odina, age 2, are living with him. Living in the same household are the mother and unmarried brother of his deceased first wife, Emélie Lefebvre, who by 1873 had taken custody of Marguerite and Odina.
A warranty deed dated 3/29/1876 for property in Brighton, Wisconsin, is filed in the Wausau Court House. It is signed with an X.
The 1881 plot map of Brighton (township 27, range 2 east) shows Charles with 155 acres of land. Across the road are 60 acres owned by "Mrs. Santobie," his mother-in-law, who had recently moved to Wisconsin following her husband's death.
In the 1880 US census, he and his family are living in Brighton, Marathon County, Wisconsin (to the east of Loyal and to the north of Marshfield). He is listed as a farmer. (Judging from the birth records of their children during this period, from St. John's Catholic Church in Marshfield, they were actually living in Unity, Clark County, even though they were captured in the Marathon County census. Since Unity is on the border of the two counties, perhaps they lived just inside Marathon County, near Unity.)
Note that the baptism of his first child was sponsored by Israel Raymond. Raymond is found in the 1880 US census in Beaver, Clark County (page 356), very near Unity. In 1900, he was in Unity (ed 16, sh 12). He was from Canada and immigrated in 1868. Can this be connected to Charles's motivation for selecting Unity to settle in? (In 1870, he was in Fond du Lac
1895 Wisconsin census: in Unity, Clark County.
GGranddaughter Sandie (Arndt) Lehnherr reports that in the 1890s he owned a hotel in Marshfield, at the corner of Arnold and Chestnut.
1900 US census records him as illiterate. He lives in Unity, Clark County. He rents a farm and is described as a carpenter. (ED 16, sheet 14)
1905 Wisconsin census: in McMillan Township, Marathon County.
1910 US census: in McMillan Township, Marathon County.
1920 US census: in McMillan Township, Marathon County.
Died on the day following granddaughter Julia's wedding day, when he fell down stairs at her house. Death certificate says it was at his son's house (probably that of Michael, Julia's father).
Father: Michel Thuot b: 12 NOV 1811 in Longueuil, Québec
Mother: Marie Anne Lefebvre b: 8 JUL 1814 in St-Joachim, Châteauguay, Québec
Emélie Lefebvre b: 17 FEB 1846 in Ste-Martine, Québec
27 FEB 1865
in St-Louis-de-Gonzague, Beauharnois, Québec 1
- Charles Thuot b: 12 SEP 1865 in St-Louis-de-Gonzague, Beauharnois, Québec
- Marguerite Thuot b: 16 MAY 1867 in St-Malachie, Ormstown, Québec
- Odina Thuot b: 2 MAY 1869 in St-Louis-de-Gonzague, Beauharnois, Québec
Marie Célanire St. Aubin b: 18 JUN 1847 in Ormstown, Québec
10 FEB 1873
in St-Louis-de-Gonzague, Beauharnois, Québec 1
- Charles Duval b: 19 DEC 1873 in Unity, Clark/Marathon County, Wisconsin
- Marie Maude Duval b: 12 JAN 1875 in Unity, Clark/Marathon County, Wisconsin
- Marcian Theodore Duval b: 14 MAR 1876 in Unity, Clark/Marathon County, Wisconsin
- Thomas Duval b: 23 MAY 1878 in Unity, Clark/Marathon County, Wisconsin
- Louis Alfred Duval b: 1 SEP 1879 in Unity, Clark/Marathon County, Wisconsin
- Francis Xavier Duval b: 10 DEC 1880 in Unity, Clark/Marathon County, Wisconsin
- Michael Andrew Duval b: 28 DEC 1882 in Unity, Clark/Marathon County, Wisconsin
- Mary Clare Duval b: 26 SEP 1885 in Unity, Clark/Marathon County, Wisconsin
- Title: Drouin Collection: Montreal, Quebec: Institut Généalogique Drouin (On line at Ancestry.com)
Author: Gabriel Drouin, comp.
- Title: Death certificate