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Re: LA Chevis/Chavis/Chevers/Shivers

Hello Rodney,

They are one in the same, the spelling just changed depending on who was doing the writing and pronouncing of the name.

John Chavers, born say 1785, head of a St. Landry Parish, Louisiana household of 6 "free colored" in 1820 [LA:108] and 10 "free colored" in 1840, probably the ancestor of John Chavis, constable for St. Landry's Parish on 27 July 1868 [Bonds Book 4:164].

Pierre August & Gabrielle Tessier, Parents of Celesis Auguste Mallet(she is listed as Celeste August married 1st August 1826 to John Cheves, Grafe(half White) Lib. (free) of Lafourdche. (Opelousas church Registers of Blacks. Volume 2 Page 59) Parents of John chevers were John Chevers and Rosalie Kiese.

Pierre, Griffe libre, daughter of Pierre Auguste, free negre and Gabrielle Tessier, free mulatress, baptised 23 July 1808 at 3 months. (Opelousas Ch. V 1, p. 288).


Petition 20884114 Details
Location: St. Landry, Louisiana
Salutation: To the Honorable the Judge of the fifth Judicial District in the Western Circuit Division of the State of Louisiana holding Court in and for the Parish of St Landry (, )
Filing Court and Date: District, 1841-April-29
Ending Court and Date: District, 1844-December-5

General Petition Information

Abstract: Silésie Pierre Auguste, a free woman of color, represents that, when she married a free man of color named John Chevis fourteen years ago, she owned property consisting of nine heads of horse creatures, ” thirty heads of “horned cattle,” five “breeding sows, ” and articles of household furniture. All the property has been administered by her husband since the marriage. Silésie contends, however, that her husband’s affairs “have fallen” into such confusion that she is desirous of retaking the administration of her property. She therefore prays to be authorized to sue her husband and to have a judgment directing that her property be set apart. She asks to be permitted to administer her paraphernal property free from the constraint or interference of her husband.
Result: dismissed on motion of plaintiff's counsel

# of Petition Pages: 3

Related Documents: Order, 24 April 1841; Court Records, 29 April 1841, 13 May 1841; Judgment, 5 December 1844
Pages of Related Documents: 1

People Associated with Petition 20884114
Slaves: 0
Free Persons of Color: 2
Defendants: 1
Petitioners: 1
Other People: 0

Citation Information
Repository: St. Landry Parish Courthouse, Opelousas, Louisiana

Records of the Fifth Judicial District Court
Record Group:
Document Number 3,328

Processing Information
Transcribed?: No
Book Edition?: No
Record Created: 1/16/1997
Record Final Edited: 12/1/2003
Record Last Updated on: 6/19/2006 2:49:00 PM


1860 United States Federal Census

Name: Andre Chavis
Age in 1860: 36
Birth Year: abt 1824
Birthplace: Saint Landry
Home in 1860: Opelousas, St Landry, Louisiana
Race: Mulatto
Gender: Male
Post Office: Grand Coteau
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members: Name Age
Andre Chavis 36
Cleantine f Soileau 29
Ameline Chavis 12
Eliza Chavis 8
Alicia Chavis 5
Elie Chavis 2
Live Chavis 1.12


1900 United States Federal Census

Name: Sophie Chevis
Home in 1900: Police Jury Ward 1, Saint Landry, Louisiana
Age: 58
Estimated birth year: abt 1842
Birthplace: Louisiana
Relationship to head-of-house: Mother-in-law
Spouse's name: Bazile
Race: Black
Occupation: View image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Semion Lavalley 45
Elodie Lavalley 39
Huma Lavalley 15
Octavie Lavalley 10
Marie Lavalley 8
Bazile Chevis 62
Sophie Chevis 58


1910 United States Federal Census

Name: Sofa Chavis
Age in 1910: 75
Estimated birth year: abt 1835
Birthplace: Louisiana
Relation to Head of House: Cook
Father's Birth Place: Louisiana
Mother's Birth Place: Louisiana
Home in 1910: Mallet, St Landry, Louisiana
Marital Status: Married
Race: Mulatto
Gender: Female
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
August Bertrand 22
Ellectha Bertrand 22
Luanna Bertrand 1
Latin Pitre 10
Basile Chavis 75
Sofa Chavis 75

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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