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* The Chollet Family*

Updated January 3, 2011

Here you will find genealogy information about the families of Michel Joseph Chollet (1894-1951), Alfred Leonard Chollet (1896-1978) and Charles Archange Chollet (1898-1971). To access the details of each family line, you will need to scroll down - past the list of photos - to the bottom of this page. In reviewing the reports included therein, please note that you must move from page to page to travel through the generations. I have included all details, important and minor about each ancestor, that I have discovered along the way. These details have helped to verify the identity of certain individuals and may be of interest to you. The little numbers above family members' names are not footnotes per se but rather indicate the number of generations between a particular person and their oldest known ancestor. The information on this site is correct to the best of my knowledge but may include inadvertent errors. Missing names are indicated by either "_?_" or the word, "Unknown".

This site also contains information about my mother, Mary Joyce Hoppe's family tree which includes the Hopp(e) and McMahon clans. If you would like to submit information about any branch of the family tree, I would be happy to add that data to the project. I would only ask that the information be factual. Family lore sometimes tends to outrun facts as time passes.

It has been exciting to have recently discovered the identity of our Swiss great grandfather, Charles Jacob Chollet (1863-1903), the father of Michel, Afred & Charles Chollet. It is interesting to learn that Michel, Afred & Charles were but one of the of three separate families propagated by C. J. Chollet in different stages of his life. The family is larger and more richly textured than anyone on our side of the genetic devide had thought.

Charles' first wife was Florence J. Farrar (1863-?) of Boston, Mass. producing a son, Charles, Jr. in 1888. Mr. Chollet's second mate, in New Roads, Louisiana and of less certain legal status, was Olivia Olinde (1873-1941). That union produced my grandfather, Michel in 1894 and his two brothers, Alfred in 1896 & (a second) Charles in 1898. Back on the east coast a year or so later, Charles married his next wife, Mary Lane who was born in Ireland. They had two more sons, Paul Lewis Chollet in 1900 and Philip Edward Chollet born a year later.

Many thanks are due to our distant relative Reynold Chollet in Switzerland for his tireless geneology work on our behalf. His help has been invaluable. Reynold has traced the European Chollet ancestry back to the mid 1400's. His good work my be viewed on his exhaustive web site:

I have also recently been in touch with the Pointe Coupee Historical Society in New Roads, Louisiana and, through that contact, hope to learn more about our great grandmother, Olivia Olinde. Information about her from any other source is, of course, welcome.

Also included herein are many family photos, both of our ancestors and current families. I would welcome any and all additional photos and would be happy to post them on this site. Best if they would be emailed to me but I can also scan printed photographs - and return them to you - if you want to mail them to me.

This is a work in progress and updates will be posted as new information surfaces. I welcome any corrections, updates and help from family members and others. Please email me with any such changes. The link to reach me is listed below.


Michael Gerard Chollet

1618 Mauvering Court
Ballwin, MO 63021
United States
636 391-4111

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