AfriGeneas Free Persons of Color Forum
found some references to the Chavis branch that migrated to St. Landry Parish in Opelousas, Louisiana. John Shivers was there in 1792. He is listed as a free mulatto. I also found some interesting references in the Catholic records referring to a few Chavis:
Nancy Chevers-mulatto libre,16yrs(dau. of John Chevers,h.d.c.l, and dec. Rachel) married Francois Esprit, Negro Libre,20yrs. native of St. Landry Parish.
Polly Chevis(dau of John Chevis) m. 1 April 1824 Joseph Maria in Opelousas, LA
This last one was interesting. This is the earliest reference of a Chavis in Opelousas I have found:
William Chevers(son of David Chevers and Elisabeth Perlee of North Carolina) born 5 December 1812 in Opelousas. The record also lists his grandparents! Peter Chevers & Christina, a native of Pennsylvania. Who is the world is Peter Chevers? Where did John Shivers come from?? I am trying to figure out when the Chavis line arrived in the Opelousas area. I know they were there in the 1790s.
some more stuff:
Lise Chevis, f.w.o.c married 19 November 1839 Michel Comeau,fmoc, also in Opelousas
William Chevis married Silesie Malvot in 1835. Malvot is a variation of Malveaux. The Malveaux's are listed as free negros and free people of color in St. landry, St. Martin, and Lafayette Parishes since about 1800 as free.
There was also a John Chevis who signed as security on my gg grandparents marriage licence. Some of them married into my free people of color ancestors before AND after the Civil War.