Historical Sketches of Bluehill Maine

Chatteau Genealogy of Blue Hill, Maine

Farther down the island shore lived three families by the name of Chatteau— Joshua, Charles and John who came there from Deer Isle. They were fisherman, boat builders and farmers. The record of family of Joshua is not found in the town books.

Charles Chatteau, (afterwards changed to Chatto) married Martha Eaton, daughter of Jeremiah and Patty Eaton, of Blue Hill Neck, Jan. 6, 1825. The births of his children as recorded were:

  1. Louisa Chatteau, born Aug. 3, 1825; married George Closson Aug. 29, 1840.
  2. Almira Jane Chatteau, born Feb. 21, 1828; died Nov. 25, 1829.
  3. Abigail Chatteau, born May 6, 1829.

Dates of deaths of Mr. and Mrs. Chatteau are not recorded.

In the boyhood of the writer, Charles Chatteau was master and owner of a pink-stern fishing vessel named “Credit”. It was in the days when bounties were given to fishing vessels. The writer and other boys of his acquaintance made a fishing cruise with Capt. Chatteau among the outer islands— Swan’s Island, Outer Long Islands, etc. — finding their own provisions and having half the fish they caught. They did not catch many fish but had a pleasant outing at what was called “bounty catching” for the vessel. A year or two later the “Credit” was seized by the United States authorities for obtaining a bounty illegally; was condemned and sold. And the conundrum among the boys was, “Why cannot Charles Chatteau do any more business?” The answer was, “He has lost his Credit.”

John Chatteau Family Genealogy

John Chatteau married Hannah (Barks) Friend, widow of Daniel Friend, July 22, 1829. She had by her first husband, Mr. Friend, three children as follows:

  1. Deborah Shacksford Friend, born April 16, 1823.
  2. Martha Dodge Friend, born Nov. 10, 1824.
  3. Daniel B. Friend, born Dec. 28, 1826.

and by Mr. Chatteau her second husband, as recorded:

  1. Hannah Chatteau, born May 27, 1830.
  2. John Roundy Chatteau, born Nov. 26, 1833,
  3. Stephen Chatteau, born Dec. 13, 1835.

The dates of deaths of Mr. and Mrs. Chatteau are not given.

Candage, R. A. F. Historical Sketches of Blue Hill, Maine. Ellsworth, Maine: Hancock County Publishing Company, Printers. 1905.

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