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Jack and Bonnie Cholette's Family Home Page

Updated May 15, 2013

John Cholette


If you are interested in seeing where your family connects with other families with the Cholette, Cholet, Sholette, Sholet, Shoulette or Laviolette names, just email me at: I am also interested in pursuing with you any other names that you find that are of interest to you. Thank you.


I have been researching the genealogy of my wife's and my family for the past 16 years. These results are documented here and also at both and at Rootsweb's Worldconnect Project (see link further down this page labeled "Alphabetized Listing of all names in my family tree.")

My paternal ancestry is French Canadian, with my father's family being from Ogdensburg, NY and St.Polycarpe, Quebec. I have been very successful tracing my father's ancestors and have many of the lines back to the late 1600's in Montreal. I have the Cholette name listed through 12 generations, dating back to Sebastien Cholet dit Laviolette moving to Quebec in 1697 and subsequently marrying Anne Heard, an English girl from Dover, New Hampshire, who had been kidnapped by the Indians. One of my goals is to try to identify all the Cholette, Cholet, and Sholette offspring with this family name that have lived in Canada and the US and link them together. To this end, I have over 11,900 names in the tree, with more than half of them Cholettes or offspring of Cholettes.

We also have Italian ancestors from Barga in Tuscany as well as from Campobasso. Some of the many names of interest from there are Castelvecchi, Marchi, Giannone and Pettigrosso.

Additionally, we have many English ancestors from both Somerset as well as Surrey County. Names of interest there include Sealey, Smith, Palmer, Davis and Penfold.

All of our lines are traced back at least six generations with many going back much further into the late 1600s.

The most common surnames listed in our tree are: Cholet (311 individuals), Cholette (1131), Sholette (147), Castelvecchi (79), Giannone (91), Pettigrass and Pettigrosso (85), Richer (126), Palmer (65), Lalonde (89), Paquet and Paquette (50), Montroy and Montreuil (221), Hébert (62), Heard (43), Letts (25), Sealey (57), Davis (27) and Penfold (62).

If you have information on individuals who might be part of this Family Tree, please contact me. I will very gladly provide you the information that I already have in this tree. Living persons are intentionally omitted from my listings on the Internet for confidentiality reasons. Therefore, you should search only on persons who were born before 1910. However, if you need or have information on living people, I will be happy to discuss it with you via email.

1. Click on "Alphabetical List of all names in our Family Tree" listed near the bottom of this page under RELATED LINKS. This will take you to the Rootsweb site of my family tree where you can search on any surname or look at a listing of all 12,200 names, alphabetized; (This is definitely the best way to search for a particular individual. Also at that site, you can have pedigree charts prepared for any individual of interest); OR
2. Look at one of the Outline Descendant Trees or Genealogy Reports, described below; OR
3. If you are a member of go to its web site and look for my tree in the listing of Public Member Trees, by searching for "Cholette".

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Family Photos

  • Bonnie with her Mother's Family 1949 (56 KB)
    Standing: Bonnie's mother, Uncle Pat & Aunt Teresa, Uncle Joe, Uncle Fran and Aunt Jeanne. Seated: her brother Joey with their Dad, her cousin Liz with their Grandmother and Bonnie with her Grandfather.
  • Four Generations (1999) (41 KB)
    Great-Grandmother: Peg Castelli, Grandmother: Bonnie Cholette, Mother: Jeanne Dale, Daughter: Dana
  • Jack with his Dad's Family 1959 (83 KB)
    My mother and dad with 4 of my father's brothers and his 4 sisters and their families at a celebration in 1959. (I'm in red plaid shirt on right side)
  • Adelord Cholette and his Family (Abt. 1930) (126 KB)
    Adelord Cholette and his wife, Minnie Richer, with their nine children. My Dad, William, is standing, fourth from left.
  • George Sholette and his wife Rosalba Brossoit (32 KB)
    George was the brother of my grandfather, Adelord Cholette. He and two of his brothers remained in Ogdensburg and changed the spelling of their name to Sholette. Essentially all Sholette's in the US can trace their ancestry to one of these three brothers.
  • Joseph Giannone with his Siblings (Abt 1960) (119 KB)
    After an absence of 50 years, Ernest visited from Italy. Standing: Michael, Alfred, Tony, Albert; Seated: Lucy (Gelsi), Ernest, Joseph, Jenny (Massella)
  • l'enfant perdu et retrouve ou pierre cholet (222 KB)
    This shows the front and back cover of this book about Pierre Cholet, the lost boy, which is discussed in one of the files, I've listed below
  • Dedication of Plaque for Sebastien Cholet (233 KB)
    This is a grouping of four pictures: the brochure of the festival; some of the attendees at the dedication (Prof. Albert Cholette is in the center, to his rght is Mayor Philippe Lamy); the Plaque, itself; and the building on which it is attached (at red cross). See also the associated file listed below.
  • Bonnie with her Dad's Family (Abt 1953) (115 KB)
    Standing: Bonnie's Aunt Marie & Uncle Bill, Uncle Baldo, Uncle Pete, Uncle Joe, her Dad, her cousin Sonny, her Aunt Sue; Seated: her Aunt Gloria, cousin Linda, Aunt Miffy, Aunt Elizabeth, her Grandmother, Bonnie and her Mother

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Related Files

  • Filles du Roi (The King's Daughters) (17 KB)
    The Filles du Roi or King's Daughters were a group of young women who emigrated from France to Quebec in the 1600s to provide wives to the men living there. Many of my ancestors were amoung this group.
  • Our Royal Connection? (16 KB)
    Read here how all the Cholette's in North American may be related to King Edward IV of England
  • The Richer Family (124 KB)
    This gives the ancestry of the Richer family, from my paternal grandmother, Melina Richer, back to Jacques Richer dit Louvetau and Marie Jofrion dit StJean, who were married April 7, 1698 in Quebec
  • Cholette Marriages (780 couples) (278 KB)
    Listed are 780 marriages in my database with the name Cholette, Cholet or Sholette. If you find yours, go to the link shown on this page for an Alphabetized Listing of Individuals in my Tree, or send me an email at for additions or corrections.
  • The Spelling of the Name Cholette (22 KB)
    Some spell it Cholette; others spell it Cholet, Sholette, Sholett, Shoulette or even Laviolette. To find out why, look at this file.
  • Dedication of Plaque to Sebastien Cholet (6 KB)
    On August 26, 2001 Prof. Albert Cholette helped dedicate a plaque in Aubigne, France which commemorates Sebastien Cholet and Ane Heard as the original Quebec Pioneers for the Cholette name. Pictures associated with the ceremony are shown above under "Famly Photos"
  • The First Cholette in North America (67 KB)
    This tells the story of Sebastien Cholet dit Laviolette who came to Quebec before 1700 and subsequently married Anne Heard, a British girl from New Hampshire who had been kidnapped by Indians. Virtually all Cholette's in Canada and the US are descended from this couple.
  • Tracking the Route of (kidnapped) Pierre Cholet, (62 KB)
    Described in this file is the trip taken by my cousin Greg Sholette, his wife Janet and their daugter Ariana, as they follow the route traveled by Pierre Cholet as he tried to find his homeland. (See associated file about this kidnapped boy).
  • Pierre Cholet--Child lost and then found (20 KB)
    This is the story of Pierre Cholet who was the half-brother of my great-grandfather, Mathias Cholette. In 1845, when Pierre was only 5 years old, he was kidnapped, taken to France and forced to serve in the Navy. He subsequently escaped and spent the next 25 years searching for his family in Quebec. Ultimately, he was successfully re-united with his parents.

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