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1.1. Michael Hugh COOLEY 1.2. Lonnie Rae COOLEY
2ND GENERATION
2. Allison Claude COOLEY 3. Billie Dell HOGUE
3RD GENERATION
4. McCabe COOLEY 5. Marie Henrietta HENNEQUIN 6. Hugh Wallace HOGUE 7. Birdie Nina MCDOWELL
4TH GENERATION
8. Joseph William COOLEY 9. Araminta D JOHNSON 10. Louis Francois HENNEQUIN 11. Marguerite STEWARD 12. Robert Irwin HOGUE 13. Nancy Joanna FOSTER 14. William Ellis MCDOWELL 15. Euphemia Ruth ASHENHURST
5TH GENERATION
16. Greenbury COOLEY 17. Amelia Mohler PETTIT 18. Wesley Phillip JOHNSON 19. Susan Isabel FISK 20. Louis HENNEQUIN 21. Maria Theresa DRAVIGNEY 22. John Joseph STEWARD 23. Fanny LAURENT 24. John HOGUE 25. Ann R SIMPSON 26. John A FOSTER 27. Martha Jane STRUTHERS 28. William Erwin MCDOWELL 29. Maria HART 30. Oliver Taylor ASHENHURST 31. Sara Eva SOUTHERN
6TH GENERATION
32. David COOLEY 33. Laurinda AIKEN 34. Joseph PETTET 35. Elizabeth MOHLER 36. Elijah JOHNSON 37. Anna Jane FOSTER 38. Edward Curtis FISK 39. Arminta D WOOD 40. Xavier HANNEQUIN 41. Marie Magdeleine BELOT 42. Pierre Joseph DRAVIGNEY 43. Marie Thérèse GILBERT 44. Joseph STEWARD 46. Jean Baptiste LAURENT 47. Jeaninne Henriette VANDERMEULEN 48. James HOGUE 49. Margaret IRWIN 50. Isaac SIMPSON 51. Elizabeth RICHARDSON 52. Samuel FOSTER 53. Nancy ____ 54. James STRUTHERS 55. Elizabeth SAVILLE 56. John MCDOWELL 57. Anna CURRY 58. Joseph HART Sr 59. Susan PICKENS 60. Oliver ASHENHURST 61. Euphemia BISHOP 62. Charles William SOUTHERN 63. Ruth Ruema HOOVER
7TH GENERATION
64. John COOLEY 65. Sela WRIGHT 66. William AKINS 67. Rebecca MCCLINTICK 73. Ruth ____ ? 76. John R FISK 77. Mahala KEMP 78. John WOOD 79. Charity CORSON 85. Jeanne Claude DRAVIGNEY 86. Josph GILBERT 87. Agathe LANGARD 102. Matthew RICHARDSON 103. Ann STOCKTON 104. James Couples FOSTER 105. Jane MORROW 108. William STRUTHERS 109. Janet LINDSAY 110. Robert SAVILLE 111. Deborah ____ 112. John MCDOWELL 113. Jane ERWIN 116. Edward HART 117. Nancy Ann STOUT 118. John PICKENS 120. William ASHENHURST 121. Nancy ASHENHURST 122. Peter BISHOP 123. Eleanor ____ 124. John SOUTHERN 125. Elizabeth DUNCAN 126. John HOOVER? 127. unknown
8TH GENERATION
128. Edward COOLEY 129. Martha RAPER 130. William WRIGHT 131. Martha MORGAN 132. William EAKIN 133. Mary WALLACE 134. John MCCLINTICK 135. Mary Jane MCDOWELL 152. Richard FISK 154. William KEMP 155. Sukey DAMANT 158. Eli CORSON 159. Christianna THOMPSON 206. Richard Witham STOCKTON 207. Mary Ann HATFIELD 210. Samuel ? MORROW ? 218. James LINDSAY 219. Margaret WATSON 220. Samuel SAVILLE 221. Ann BOOTH 224. John MCDOWELL 225. Esther HARRISON 226. William ERWIN 227. Mary ERWIN 232. John HART Signer 233. Deborah SCUDDER 234. St Leger Codd STOUT 235. Susannah SIMPSON 248. William SOUTHERN 249. Magdelaine FORD 250. Charles DUNCAN 251. Margaret KIRK 252->255. unknown
9TH GENERATION
256. John COOLEY 257. poss Sarah MATTHEWS 258. Thomas RAPER 259. Martha HAM 260. Richard WRIGHT Sr103 261. Ann 262. James MORGAN 263. Mary DAVIS 316. Jacob CORSON Jr 317. Charity STILLWELL 318. Benajah TOMSON 319. Prudence ELDREDGE 412. Samuel STOCKTON 413. Rachel STOUT 414. Joseph HATFIELD 415. Phoebe CLARK 442. Robert BOOTH 443. Ann GASTON 452. John ERWIN 453. Jane WILLIAMS 454. Francis ERWIN 455. Jane CURRY 464. Capt Edward HART 465. Martha FURMAN 466. Richard Betts SCUDDER Jr 467. Hannah STILLWELL 468. James STOUT 469. Mary Ann CODD 496. John SOUTHERN ? 497. Margaret KIDD ? 500. Charles DUNCAN 502. John KIRK Sr 503. Margaret BROOKS 504->517. unknown
10TH GENERATION
518->823. unknown 632. Jacob CORSON Sr 633. Naomi 634. Nicholas STILLWELL 635. Sara HAND 824. Richard STOCKTON 825. Susannah WITHAM 826. Col Joseph STOUT 827. Ruth BRYMSON 828. Abraham HATFIELD 829. Phoebe OGDEN 829. John CLARK 904. Edward ERWIN 905. Frances FRANCIS 908. see 904 909. see 905 910. William CURRY 911. Sally YOUNG 928. John HART 2nd 929. Mary HUNT 930. Josiah FURMAN 2nd 931. Sarah STRICKLAND 932. Richard Betts SCUDDER Sr 933. Hannah REEDER 936. see 826 937. see 827 938. Capt St Leger CODD 939. Mary HANSON 1000. John DUNCAN 1001. Dinah BRADFORD 940->1035. unknown
11TH GENERATION
1036->1263. unknown 1264. Jan CARSTENSEN 1265. Maria Elias DAAS 1268. John STILLWELL Jr 1270. George HAND 1648. Richard STOCKTON 1649. Abigail ____ 1650. Robert WITHAM 1651. Ann HOAG 1652. Jonathan STOUT 1653. Anne BOLLEN 1654. Daniel BRYMSON 1655. Frances GREENLAND 1856. John HART 1st 1857. Mary ____ 1858. Ralph HUNT 1859. Elizabeth JESSUP 1860. Josiah FURMAN 1st 1862. Edmund STRICKLAND 1863. Hannah ____ 1864. John SCUDDER Jr 1865. Joanna BETTS 1866. John REEDER 2nd 1867. Hannah BURROUGHS 1876. Col St Leger CODD 115 1877. Anna BENNETT 115 1878. Col Hans HANSON 1879. Martha Kelts WOODARD 2002. John BRADFORD 2003. Mary MARR 1880->2071. unknown
12TH GENERATION
2072->2079. unknown 2528. Carsten JANSEN 2529. Barbara 2530. Elias DAAS 2536. John STILLWELL 2537. Elizabeth PERRIN 2540. Thomas HAND 2541. Katherine STUBBS 3296. John STOCKTON 3296. Eleanor CLAYTON 3304. Richard STOUT 3305. Penelope VAN PRINCIS 3306. Capt James BOLLEN 3307. Anne VAUQUELLIN 3308. William BRINSDON 3309. Margaret ____ 3310. Dr Henry GREENLAND 3311. Mary BAREFOOT 3312. Thomas HATFIELD 3313. Anna 3314. Cornelius MELYN 3316. John OGDEN 3317. Jane BOND 3718. Edward JESSUP 3719. Elizabeth BRIDGES 3720. John FURMAN 3728. John SCUDDER Sr 3729. Mary KING 3730. Capt Richard BETTS 3731. Joanna CHAMBERLAYNE 3732. John REEDER 1st 3733. Hannah THORPE 3734. Jeremiah BURROUGHS 3735. Hannah WAY 3752. Col William CODD 115 3753. Lady Mary ST LEGER 115 3754. Gov Richard BENNETT 3755. Mary Ann LONGWORTH113 106 3756. Andrew HANSON 3757. Annika ____ 4006. John MARR Sr 3758->4143. unknown
13TH GENERATION
4144->4159. unknown 5072. William STILLWELL 5073. Hannah 5074. Daniel PERRIN 5075. Elizabeth 5080. John HAND 5081. Elizabeth GRANSDEN 6592. John STOCKTON 6593. Eleanor CLAYTON 6608. John STOUT 6609. Elizabeth BEE 6614. Robert VAUQUELLIN 6615. Jeanette 6622. Walter BAREFOOT 6632. Richard OGDEN 6633. Elizabeth HUNTINGTON 7456. Thomas SCUDDER 7457. Elizabeth LOWERS 7458. William KING 7459. Dorothy HAYNES 7460. John BETTES 7461. Mary BIGGS 7462. Rev Robert CHAMBERLAYNE 7463. Elizabeth STOUGHTON 7466. William THORPE 7467. Garthered BLITHE 7468. John BURROUGHS 7469. Johanna JESSUP 7470. James WAY 7504. William CODD 7505. Hester LAMPORD 7506. Sir Warham ST LEGER115 7507. Dame Mary HAYWARD115 7508. Thomas BENNETT 7509. Anstie Tomson SPICER 7512. John HANSON 8012. Daniel MARR 7511->8287. unknown
14TH GENERATION
8288->8319. unknown 10144. Nicholas STILLWELL 10145. Ann 10148. Pierre PERRIN 10149. Andrienne JUBRIL 10160. John HAND 10161. Joan SIMMONS 10162. Henry GRANSDEN 13624. Edward OGDEN 13624. Margaret WILSON 14912. Henry SCUDDER 14913. ____ LOWERS 14914. John LOWERS 14920. Alexander BETTES 14921. Joan LARKYN 14926. Rev Thomas STOUGHTON 14927. Katherine 14936. Jeremiah BURROUGHS 14938. John JESSUP 14939. Joanna KERRICH 15012. Sir Anthony ST LEGER 115 15013. Mary SCOTT 115 15014. Sir Rowland HAYWARD 115 15015. Katherine SMYTHE 15016. Robert BENNETT 15017. Elizabeth EDNEY 15024. Col. John HANSON 15025. Frances PRICHARD 15026->16575. unknown
15TH GENERATION
16576->20289. unknown 20298. Jean JUBRIL 20299. Juvine LOMBARD 20326. William GRANSDEN 20327. Ann 26528. William OGDEN 26529. Abigail GOODSALL 26530. Richard WILSON 26531. Margaret 29792. William de STIRKELAUNDE 29840. Robert BETTS 29876. Francis JESSOP 29877. Frances WHITE 30024. Sir Warham ST LEGER 115 30025. Lady Ursula NEVILLE 107 115 30026. Sir Thomas SCOTT 115 30027. Elizabeth BAKER 115 30028. George HAYWARD 30029. Margaret WITHBROKE 30030. Sir Thomas SMYTHE 30031. Alice JUDDE 30032. John BENNETT 30033. Margery 30034. John EDNYE 30048. Thomas HANSON 30049. Janet G GLEDHILL 30050. John PRICHARD 30051->33151. unknown
16TH GENERATION
33152->33279. unknown 53056. Richard OGDEN 53057. Mabel de HOOGAN 53058. Henry GOODSALL 59584. William de STIRKELAUNDE 59752. Richard JESSOP 59753. Ann SWIFT 59754. Alexander WHITE 59755. Eleanor SMITH 60048. Sir Anthony St LEGER 111 60049. Agnes WARHAM 112 60050. George NEVILLE 60051. Lady Mary STAFFORD 60052. Sir Reginald SCOTT 115 60053. Emiline KEMP 115 60054. Sir John BAKER 115 60055. Elizabeth DINLEY 115 60056. John HAYWARD 60060. John SMYTHE 60061. Joan BROUNCKER 60062. Andrew JUDDE 60057. Agnes GLOVER 60096. John HANSON 60097. Agnes SAVILE 60098. John GLEDHILL 60099->66303. unknown
17TH GENERATION
66304->66559. unknown 106112. Robert OGDEN 106113. Joan 106114. Johannes de HOOGAN 119504. William JESSOP 119505. Emotte CHARLESWORTH 119506. Robert SWIFT 119508. Thomas WHITE 119510. William SMITH 119511. Katherine PORTER 120096. Ralph St LEGER 120097. Anne HART 120098. Heughe WARHAM 112 120099. Mary Ann COLLES 120100. George NEVILLE 120101. Margaret FENNE 120102. Edward STAFFORD 120103. Eleanor PERCY 120104. Sir John SCOTT 115 120105. Anne (Amy) PYMPE 115 120106. Sir William KEMP 111 115 120107. Elynor BROWNE 111 115 120108. Richard BAKER 120109. Elizabeth DYNELEY 120110. Thomas DINLEY 115 120112. William HAYWARD 120113. Agnes BALLY 120122. Robert BROUNCKER 120192. John HANSON 120193. Catherine BROOKE 120194. John SAVILE Esq. 120195. Margery GLEDHILL 120196->132607. unknown
18TH GENERATION
132608->132608. unknown 239020. Thomas SMITH 239021. Margaret CLARKE 239022. Augustine PORTER 240192. Ralph ST LEGER 240193. Anne PROPHET 240194. Sir Edward HART 240196. Robert WARHAM 240197. Elizabeth ____ 240198. Geoffrey COLLES 240200->240207. Royal Lineage 107 240208. Sir William SCOTT 115 240209. Sybil LEWKNOR 115 240210. Reginald DE PYMPE 115 240211. Elizabeth PASHLEY 115 240212. Sir Thomas KEMP 111 115 240213. Emelyn CHICHE 111 115 240214. Robert BROWNE 111 240215. Mary MALLETT 115 240218. Thomas DYNELEY 240224. William HAYWARD 240225. Elizabeth BROCKTON 240226. William BALLY 240384. John HANSON 240385. Cicely RAVENSHAW 240386. John BROOKE 240390. John GLEDHILL 240391->265215. unknown
19TH GENERATION
265216->266241. unknown 480384. Ralph ST LEGER 480385. Margaret TYRREL 480400->480415. Royal Lineage 107 480416. Sir John SCOTT 480417. Agnes BEAUFITZ 480418. John LEWKNOR 115 480420. Sir William DE PYMPE 115 480421. Elizabeth WHETEHILL 480422. Sir John PASHELY 115 480423. Lowys GOWER 115 480424. Thomas KEMP 111 480425. Beathris LEUKENER 111 480426. Sir Valentine CHICHE 480427. Philippa CHICHELEY 480428. Sir Thomas BROWNE 111 115 480429. Alianor DE ARUNDEL 115 480430. William MALLETT 115 480448. William HAYWARD 480449. Jane WILCOCKES 480450. William BROCKTON 480768. John HANSON 480769. Cicely DE WINDEBANKE 480770. John RAVENSHAW 480826. Vincent CHICHELE 115 480827->530431. unknown
20TH GENERATION
530432->960767. unknown 960768. John ST LEGER 960769. Margery DONNETT 960824->960829. Royal Lineage 107 960830. Sir Walter D'EVEREAUX 107 960831. Elizabeth MERBURY 107 960832. William SCOTT 960833. Isabella HERBERT 960834. William DE BEAUFITZ 960842. Sir Richard WHETEHILL 960844. Sir John PASHLEY 115 960845. Elizabeth WYDVILLE 115 960846. Sir Thomas GOWER 115 960848. Sir John KEMP 111 960850. Sir Thomas LEUKENER 111 960851. ____ HOO 111 960854. Robert CHICHELEY 960858. Sir Thomas DE ARUNDEL 115 960859. Joan MOYNE 115 960896. John HAYWARD 960897. Margery WEVER 961536. John HANSON 961537. Alice WOODHOUSE 961538->1060863. unknown
21TH GENERATION
1060864->1921537. unknown 1921538. James DONNETT 1921648->1921661. Royal Lineage 107 1921662. John MERBURY 107 1921666. Vincent HERBERT 115 1921688. Sir Robert PASHELY 115 1921689. Philippa CERGEAUX 115 1921690. Sir Richard WYDVILLE 115 1921691. Elizabeth LYONS 1921696. Raulf KEMP 111 1921702. Sir Thomas HOO 111 1921716. John DE ARUNDEL 1921717. Elizabeth DESPENSER 115 107 1921792. James HAYWARD 1923072. Henry DE RASTRICK 1923074. Henry DE WOODHOUSE 1923075->2121727. unknown
22ND GENERATION
2121728->3843075. unknown 3843076->3843327. Royal Lineage 107 3843328->3843375. unknown 3813382. Sir Thomas TUNSTALL 3843376. Robert PASHLEY 115 3843377. Anne HOWARD 115 3843378. Sir Richard CERGEAUX 115 3843379. Philippa FITZALAN 115 3843382. Sir John LYONS 3843432. John FITZALAN 3843433. Alianor MALTRAVERS 107 115 3843436->3846143. unknown 3846144. John DE RASTRICK 3846148. Alexander DE WOODHOUSE 3846149. Beatrice TOOTHILL 3846150->4243455. unknown
23RD GENERATION
4243456->7686151. unknown 7686152->7686655. Royal Lineage 107 7637760. Sir William PARR 7637761. Elizabeth de ROS 7686754. John HOWARD 115 7686756. Richard CERGEAUX 115 7686757. Margaret SENESCHAL 115 7686758. Edmund FITZALAN 115 7686759. Sibyl DE MONTEGU 115 7686864->7686865. Royal Lineage 107 7686866. Sir John MALTAVERS 107 7386867->8486910. unknown
 
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Some years ago, my father gave me a several-generation copy of a newspaper article dated 4 Nov 1937. Some of the words are unreadable. The name of the paper and where published are not noted.[86]

Retsil Resident Buys First Ticket Over N.P. Railway

By Mike Duncan

The purchaser of the first railroad ticket issued for passage between New York City and the Pacific Northwest lives peacefully today in the Retsil Veteran's home.

Louis Hennequin, 75, French-born veteran of the U. S. Army, recently recalled memorable incidents of his history-making, transcontinental passage from the effete East to then then wild and timbery Puget sound area. Narrating the trip made 54 years ago this month, Hennequin said:

"I bought the ticket in Nov. 1883--the month that the Northern Pacific Railway was opened to Portland, Ore. The New York Ticket agent, who had been agent for a steamship line, wrote out my ticket in pen and ink." The greying veteran related that he promptly protested this unorthodox manner of issuing transportation tokens, but was finally convinced that this hand-written day coach was good for the 3,000-mile trip to Portland.

Continuing, Hennequin said: "There was no dining car on the train so I bought a large [----]. I soon regretted it--the [----] was uncooked."

Arriving at St. Paul, Minn., beginning of Northern Pacific trackage, Hennequin succeeded in trading the obnoxious hand-written railroad ticket for a more formal printed passenger fare certificate. Then, after "changing cars," the youthful French immigrant continued his transcontinental trek by rail. This latter was to be even more eventful than the first.

Soon after the train passed the sole oak tree seen on the buffalo bone-strewn steel trail across Dakota territory, the wood-burning iron horse was "reined" in to allow passengers to hunt antelope. Hennequin relates that this hunt was unsuccessful. Later, a similar stop was made in Montana. Hennequin says that prairie dogs were the only victims of this second antelope hunt.

Continuing the journey, near the foot of the Rocky Mountains, the train was again halted--a still-steaming locomotive had been derailed so close to the main line that passage of Hennequin's train was impossible. The ingenious pioneers removed this obstacle by shifting the main line with crowbars a few feet, enabling the westbound train to curve around the wreck.

Hennequin added: "While we were climbing the Rockies, our coach broke away from the train. It was three hours before the crew came back for our stranded car."

Hennequin arrived in Portland, Ore., then the end of the Northern Pacific trackage, on Nov. 2, 1883 - the transcontinental jaunt having taken 243 hours.

From Portland, the adventurous French youth traveled to Tacoma over the historic Columbia River and Puget Sound Railroad; then by steamer to Seattle.

After working in a [----] iron foundry a year, the 22-year-old French immigrant -- who had been a spectator of the Franco-Prussian War at the age of eight -- enlisted in the 14th U. S. Infantry, hoping to see action against marauding Apache tribes in Arizona. Ironically, Hennequin recalled he was stationed at Fort Vancouver, Washington Territory, for the duration of the Apache war. "My army service wasn't as exciting as my first train trip," he ruefully related. To make life interesting once more, he began practicing the watchmaker trade in which he had served a French apprenticeship when 14 years of age. Hennequin has followed this trade since being discharged from the U.S. Army.

After having been a childhood spectator of the war between his native France and Prussia, he journeyed over much of the world, labored in olden iron foundries, and army service; Hennequin today believes that the history-making cross-country train trip he took just 54 years ago, is the highlight of his eventful life.

"Louie" Hennequin is one of many interesting characters now residing at the Washington State Veterans Home in Retsil. A childhood spectator of the war between his native France and Prussia; he craved army experience on his arrival in America and served with honor, but he is naturally versatile and worked at the jewelry trade as well as some of the first steel mills and foundries to be located on Puget Sound, then Washington Territory. He declares, however, that none of his experience in the early west compares with his first big adventure of that history-making train trip just 54 years ago.

During Louis Hennequin's pioneer career in the territory of Washington, he was affiliated with organized labor. He participated in the fisherman's strike at Astoria in 1885 and was a member of the Knights of Labor at that time.2

Birth Record of Louis Hennequin

The following record was found and translated from the French by Louis' great-great grandson, Daniel Raillant-Clark. The record can be found at http://archives.cg70.fr/.

No. 2
Birth of
Hannequin François Louis

In the year eighteen hundred sixty two, the twenty-third of January, at five in the evening, before us Mouillesaux (?) Nicolas, mayor, civil registrar of the town of Châlonvillars, in the canton of Héricourt, Haute Saône, appeared at the town hall Hannequin Louis, aged thirty years, employed as a baker and living in Châlonvillars, presenting a male infant born in his home the twenty-first day of January eighteen hundred sixty-two, at ten in the evening, to him (who is making this declaration) and to Dravigney Marie-Thérèse, aged twenty-nine years, employed as a seamstress, living in Châlonvillars, his wife, and to whom he gave the names François-Louis. Said declaration and presentation were done in the presence of Dravigney Jean-Baptiste aged thirty-three years, employed as a carpenter, living in Châlonvillars, uncle of the newborn, first witness, and [in the presence of] Parisot Alexis, aged thirty-one years, employed as a farmer, living in Châlonvillars, cousin of the newborn, second witness. By virtue of which we proceeded to draw up this act, and after having read it to those making the delcaration and their witnesses, it was immediately signed by them and by us.

[signatures of J Dravigney, Parisot, Mouillesaux the mayor]

Obituary

Louis served in Company D of the 14th U.S. Infantry. The following is found at Find A Grave Memorial #38303524:

Louis Hennequin was the son of Louis and Mary T. (Dravigney) Hennequin.

He died February 5, 1940 at the Washington Veterans' Home and is buried in the Home Cemetery there. He was 78 years old. A veterans' file could not be located for him. His obituary was published in the Bremerton Sun, February 7, 1940, pg. 8:


Louis F. Hennequin Funeral Held Today.

Louis F. Hennequin, 78, resident of the Washington Veterans' home since 1930, died Monday at the Veterans' hospital of a heart ailment. Services were held at 2 o'clock this afternoon at the Retsil chapel, followed by burial at the home cemetery under direction of Pendleton funeral parlor.

Hennequin, who was born in France in Jan. 21, 1862, served in Co. D, 14th U. S. infantry, from Oct. 4, 1886, to Oct. 4, 1888. A daughter, Mrs. Louise Johnston, [sic] Point Loma, Cal, survives. [obituary courtesy of Washington State Library's Ask A Librarian service].

Family

Louis and Marguerite Steward had the following children—all daughters:

Adeline Mary Hennequin 1896-1938 Born Watsonville, Santa Cruz county CA, 7 Aug 1896 and died 4 May 1938 in Russell City (now in Hayward), CA. She had illegitimate daughter, Margaret (born Maggie Mae, aka Rita) in Lake County, CA, 22 Dec 1912, and married in Sonoma County, 27 Aug 1917, to Albert Ernest Meecham. Albert, born 1886 in England, is found (married) living with his sister's family on the 1920 census. He's living with his parents in San Francisco (divorced) on the 1930 census. "Adele Meecham" is found as roomer (22, divorced) and working as a waitress in Sacramento on the 1920 census. Adeline married secondly Guy Albert Rollier. The couple is found living in Oakland, Alameda County, CA on the 1930 census. Margaret is with them, age 17, as are children Ruth and Louis. Guy died 13 February 1975 in Alameda County.
Marguerite Theresa Hennequin 1899-1945 Born 17 Apr 1899 in Watsonville, Santa Cruz co CA and died 3 Jan 1945. She married first ___ Webb, 2nd on 29 May 1924 to John Joseph O'Keefe, and third to Russell Edwin Nees, with whom she had sons Robert and Russell. Find A Grave Memorial# 32711842.
Marie Henrietta Hennequin 1900-1940 Marie was born 26 Jul 1900 in Torrington CT and died 30 Dec 1940 in San Leandro, Alameda co CA. She married McCabe Cooley.
Louise Frances Hennequin 1903-1985 Born 11 Oct 1903 in Cottage Grove OR, died 24 Apr 1985 in Orange county CA. She married J Milford Johnson.

Timeline

  • 1881: Immigrated to the U.S.
  • 1880s: Served in the U.S. Army
  • 1891: Married in Oregon
  • 1896, 7 August: Birth of daughter Adeline Mary, Watsonville, California
  • 1899, 17 April: Birth of daughter Marguerite Theresa, Watsonville
  • 1900, 9 March: Sold home in Watsonville[26]
  • 1900: Appears in Torrington, CT Federal census
  • 1900, 16 July: Birth of daughter Marie Henrietta, Torrington, CT
  • 1902: Appears as "Louis Frank Hennequin" in the Great Register of California, Mendocino County1
  • 1903, 11 October: Birth of daughter Louise Frances, Cottage Grove, OR
  • 1903: Moves to Lakeport, Lake County, California
  • 1904: Becomes U.S. citizen
  • 1907, 7 October: Bought two lots of land, Lakeport, Lake County, California[138]
  • 1924, 13 March: Released from San Quinten
  • 1925: Sells Lakeport land and travels to France
  • 1926: Returns from France
  • 1930: Living in Veterans Home of Napa County, CA
  • 1937: Living in Old Soldiers Home, Retsil, Washington
  • 1940, 5 February: Dies in Retsil

Additional Information

Louis's granddaughter, Lexie Johnson, sent the following, undated, to my father.[87] It appears to have been written by her mother, Louise Frances Hennequin Johnson. It's worth noting that the story of his army service is different than that which Louis himself described. There was no battle, for example.--A warning there to all family historians.

Louis Francois Hennequin

Parents lived thru Franco-Prussian war on horsemeat - he was 8 then. Father was a baker. At 14 came to America - alone, enclisted [sic] in US Infantry to fight Apachee [sic] in Arizona Indian Wars, Calvary. Injured in battle, caused limp for life. After discharge because of injury, went back to watchmaking trade - to which he had been an apprentice in France. Followed this trade for life.

Purchased first railroad ticket issued between New York City and the Northwest - 1883. (November). On trip, train stopped twice to hunt antelope, plus many stops to let buffalo pass. Trip took 243 hours. Worked in foundry in Seattle for awhile. Trip to France in June 1925.

The following was written by Louis's grandson, Russell Nees, date unknown.[88]

Louis Frances [sic] Hennequin

Came to USA when 19 from Belfort (Normandy) France. He and his father were watchmakers. His brothers became priests. Entered the East Coast and moved to Oregon. Joined the Indian War and became a citizen.

Belfort, of course, is not in Normandy.

Louis is found on the 1930 census living at the Veterans Home in Napa County, California. Oddly, heis listed as not being a veteran!

1930 > CALIFORNIA > NAPA > VETERANS HOME OF CALIFORNIA
Series: T626 Roll: 180 Page: 237

The Truth About Louis Hennequin

Background: I've known most of my life that my great-grandmother, Marguerite (Stordeur) Hennequin spent the last years of her life in California State Hospitals. It turns out that schizophrenia runs deep in that family, going back at least to the birth of her own grandfather in 1820.

I discovered in 2013 that she was committed in the spring of 1912 and that nine months later—almost to the day—her oldest daughter, Adele, gave birth to an illegitimate child. A grand jury convened but no charges were filed. Committals, as well as grand jury proceeding where no charges results, I was told by the Lake County courts, are sealed. I'd not been able to find anything more.

But in 2016 my cousin Daniel found Louis Hennequin's prison records. That prompted me to return to Lake County in July 2017. The following newspaper articles were found in the microfilm cabinets. We'd known the first part of the first article for about a year but we didn't know the circumstances. I felt saddened, perplexed, and curious to know more, but the last part is new to us. I'm now pissed. Louis's offense was not a one-off.

17 October 1917, The Lake County Bee

Hennequin Will Doubtless Pay For Crime of Incest

Last week Louis Hennequin, the Frenchman living west of town who was thought to be the father of a child born to his eldest daughter some four or more years ago, but who escaped the penalty for the crime because of the refusal of the daughter to testify against him, was brought to the county jail and awaits a hearing before the local justice which will be held tomorrow. It is said that that the daughter has since her marriage recently, made an affidavit acknowledging the attack by her father. The charge of incest will undoubtedly be put against him.

Following the marriage of the eldest daughter and her departure from home Hennequin brought his youngest daughter, a girl of 14, back from San Francisco to live with him.

Hennequin has forced the little girl to work in the prune picking and kept her out of school, which is illegal for one of her age. His wife is at the state hospital in Talmage. Public feeling ran high against the man ran high during the first incident.

~~~

31 October 1917, The Lake County Bee

[Supreme Court] Says Indeterminate Sentence Law Unconstitutional

Ukiah Attorney to Make Test of the New Law

Branding the indeterminate sentence law as unconstitutional in the it purports to delegate to the State Board of Prison Directors the authority of pronouncing sentence upon men convicted of felonies, a Ukiah attorney has filed an application for a writ of habeas corpus in the Superior Court of Marin County in behalf of Charles Lee, recently convicted of manslaughter in the Superior Court of Mendocino County and sentenced for a period of from one to ten years in San Quentin prison. The writ was denied by Judge Edgar T. Zook, so that the case, recognized as a test case, might go directly to the Superior Court.

As Louis Hennequin was this week given an indeterminate sentence in the Lake County Superior Court, the decision of the Supreme Court will be awaited with interest locally.
[snip]

~~~

17 April 1918, The Lake County Bee

Nine Years for Hennequin

Sheriff Lon McKelley went to San Quentin, Saturday, and brought Louis Hennequin back for resentence. Hennequin was sent down on an indeterminate sentence for the crime of incest, but a recent ruling of the Supreme Court invalidates indeterminate sentences in the case where the offense was committed prior to the time such law went into effect, therefore, the above action was necessary.

Judge M. S. Sayre passed a new sentence this morning, and in consideration of the fact that Hennequin had served over six months, His Honor commuted the sentence to nine years, which would be equivalent to ten years in the original sentence.

Photos contributed by Daniel Raillant-Clark

Other U.S. Hennequins

Louis Hennequin immigrated to the U.S. in 1881. He was well-settled, living in Watsonville, Santa Cruz county, California in 1900, but moved his two young daughters and pregnant wife to Torrington, Connecticut that same year. He appears, with his family, on the U.S. Federal census,[127] living at 57 French St. Only a couple of blocks away, at 41 New Litchfield St., is listed the family of Constant Henequin, born November 1855 in France.

Constant's family as of 1900, all born in France:

Eliza, wife, born Aug 1860
Alfred, son, born Sep 1883
Abel, son, born Nov 1884
Camil, son, born Jan 1885
Flora, dau, born Aug 1886
Stephen, son, born Jun 1890
Mary, dau, born Aug 1892

The following family is found on the 1920 Soundex living at 28 Cottage St, Manchester, CT:

Alfred Hennequin, 57, born France, immigrated 1895
Mary, wife, 49, France
Alfred, son, 20, CT
Louis, son, 19, CT
Raymond, son, 15, CT
Ralph, son, 12, CT

Alfred was naturalized in 1916.

Constant and Alfred arrived at Ellis Island, 11 May 1895, on the ship La Touraine.[137]

line # 435 Heimequin, Constane M 38 France 436 Heimequin, Elsie F 34 France 437 Heimequin, Lidia F 10 France 438 Heimequin, Alfred M 7 France 439 Heimequin, Abel M 6 France 440 Heimequin, Camille M 5 France 441 Heimequin, Flavion M 3 France 442 Heimequin, Marie F 2 France 445 Heimequin, Alfred M 32 France

Other names found at Ellis Island relevent to this family:

  • Joseph and Louis "Henneguin", ages 25 and 20 respectively, arrived Dec 21, 1903, destination Torrington, visiting "Uncle Hennequin Constant 114 Main St." "Last residence" looks like "Lomont".
  • Constant "Henneguin", resident of Courmont, France, arrived 3 Mar 1901, destination Torrington to "Return at home familly." Apparently accompanying him was Alfred Henneguin, age 13, a resident of Orcey, France, destination New York, "Home in his familly." This is the same Constant, of course, returning from a trip back home. Alfred may have been another of his nephews.
  • Alfred Hennequin, age 58, arrived 25 April 1921, naturalized citizen living at 28 Calkad St, South Manchester, CT. Undoubtedly, Constant's apparent brother returning from a trip to France.
  • Bertha Hennquin, age 17, resident of Courmont, France, arriving 9 Jun 1901. Visiting Uncle Ern.(?) Laine(?). I doubt I'm reading that name close to what it should be. But it certainly isn't Constant or Alfred.

There are a lot of listings for Hennequin and variant spellings, including arrivals from the U.K., Holland and Belgium.

Additional census and Soundex readings:

A cursory check of the Soundex for 1900 turned up a Gustav Heniken, born in Belgium, living in New Haven, Connecticut.

Constant "Hennequen", age 62, appears on the 1920 census living at 366 High St., Torrington, CT. Living with him are, all born in France:

Elsie, wife, 59
Stephen, son, 29

A quick look through the 1920 Soundex found the following:

Contant's son, Abel, living at 25 Seymour St., Torrington:

Abel Henaquin, 34, France
Elizabeth, wife, 29, New York
Edward, son, 8, Connecticut
Elizabeth, dau, 5, Connecticut

A granddaughter of Edward's has told me that Edward died in 1990. Elizabeth, as of this date (March, 2003), is still living.

Constant's son, Alfred "Henaquin", is found living in the 1920 census, with his young family at 410 High St., Torrington. I made no further notes.

His son, Camille "Henaquin" with wife Rose and family, living a 8 High St. I made no further notes.

Additionally, I found an Edward Hanaquin, living in Winchester, CT, 30 years old, born in Connecticut, living with mother Jelia, 70, also born in Connecticut.

The following is found in the 1908/09 Torrington City Directory:

Hennequin Abel emp C B Mfg Co bds 12 High
    " Camille E emp Perkins Electric Co bds 120 High
    " Constant carp h 120 High
    " Fred emp T Mfg Co bds 120 High

Louis Hennequin's siblings are well-documented. Louis and Constant were not brothers. But why did Louis move his family 3,000 miles away and end up within blocks on Constant--and only to return to California a few years later?

Bob Dougherty, bobdougherty@mindspring.com, is researching yet another Connecticut Hennequin family. This is from his post, found at ancestry.com:

Lucine "Lucy" Chagnot LaValette came to America in 1882 with husband Theodore LaValette and their two children. They had five more children after they arrived. Their daughter Marie or Maria was born in France and came with them. Louis Hennequin married their daughter Mary LaValette (born possibly in Colchester) in October 1905 in Manchester and she died before 1910. I have no idea when Louis came to America or who he came with, but he went back to France (or so the rumor has it) after her death leaving children Walter Louis Hennequin and Arthur Henniquin behind with family.

Lucine's parents were John B. Chagnot and Victoria (?) Chagnot.

Louis Hennequin's parents were August Hennequin and Augusta Chagnot.

So, we have:

  • Louis Francois Hennequin, son of Louis Hennequin, immigrating in 1881 and living in Connecticut in 1900.
  • Louis Hennequin, son of August Hennequin, in Connecticut before 1905.
  • Possible brothers, Constant and Alfred Hennequin, both residing in Connecticut, and arriving in the U.S. in 1895.
  • Sundry other Hennequins living in Connecticut by the early 20th century.

1. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mendocem/gr/1902grh.txt

2. The only strike I can find for the area in 1885 is described as follows at http://www.ohs.org/education/oregonhistory/narratives/subtopic.cfm?subtopic_ID=557: "In 1872, facing a labor shortage, George Hume was the first to hire Chinese to work in his Columbia River cannery. Other owners followed his lead, and within four years only one cannery in the area had an entirely non-Chinese crew. (That cannery's owner, Hume's brother William, refrained from hiring Chinese workers 'on principle' until 1885, when he hired them only to break a strike.)"



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