George W. Chatman

George W. Chatman[1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

Male 1866 - 1920  (~ 53 years)

Personal Information    |    Notes    |    Sources    |    Event Map    |    All    |    PDF

  • Name George W. Chatman  [6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
    Born June 1866  St. Landry, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 16
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1870  Opelousas, St Landry, Louisiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Age: 6 
    Residence 1880  1st Ward, St Landry, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Age: 15Marital Status: Single 
    Residence 1900  Ward 1, Justice of Peace Ward 2 (Excl. Opelousas Town), St. Landry, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Residence 1910  Crowley Ward 3, Acadia, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Residence 1920  Crowley, Acadia, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Died 25 Mar 1920  Acadia Parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 13
    Person ID P239  Our Extended Family and History
    Last Modified 8 Jan 2019 

    Father Henri Fontenot?,   b. Abt 1839, Louisiana USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Ellen Bonnet,   b. 1842, South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F1212  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Azela Lewis,   b. Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 05 Feb 1887  St. Landry, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    Last Modified 8 Jan 2019 
    Family ID F71  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Josephine Johnson,   b. May 1875, St. Landry, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1978  (Age ~ 102 years) 
    Married 13 Nov 1909  Acadia, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 18
    Children 
     1. George W. Chatman, Jr,   b. 3 Dec 1895, Crowley, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     2. Dorothea Chatman,   b. May 1899, Crowley, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Aug 1961, Crowley, Acadia, Louisiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 62 years)  [natural]
     3. James Chatman,   b. 1901, Crowley, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     4. Mamie Chatman,   b. 11 Jul 1903, Crowley, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Nov 1997, Oakland, Alameda California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)  [natural]
     5. Josephine Chatman,   b. 17 Dec 1905, Crowley, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Apr 2004, Oakland, Alameda California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 98 years)  [natural]
     6. Willie Anna Chatman,   b. 11 Feb 1911, Crowley, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jul 1981, Atlanta, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)  [natural]
     7. Clarence Charles Chatman,   b. 25 Apr 1914, Crowley, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1967, Emeryville, Alameda, California, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)  [natural]
     8. Marshall Chatman,   b. 22 Sep 1915, Crowley, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Dec 1984, Los Angeles, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)  [natural]
     9. John Astor Chatman,   b. 1 Apr 1918, Crowley, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jun 1989, Los Angeles, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 8 Jan 2019 
    Family ID F72  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - June 1866 - St. Landry, Louisiana Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 05 Feb 1887 - St. Landry, Louisiana Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 13 Nov 1909 - Acadia, Louisiana Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1920 - Crowley, Acadia, Louisiana Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 
    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Notes 
    • In attempting to trace George's lineage, we find an 1860 Census with a Chatman family in St. Mary, Louisiana.
      http://www.familyoriginstree.com/custom_images/census_1860_chatman_M_george.jpg
      It shows a 30 year old mulatto female by the name of M. Chatman with a 2 year old George Chatman. Census states they are from Louisiana. There are living with a white Frenchman, P. Pierre

      Found an 1870 Census in which a George Chapman (6yrs) was living with, Ellen(28) and Sam Bennet(39). Also what looks like a Jason Washington(4).
      http://www.familyoriginstree.com/custom_images/1870_census_george_chapman.jpg
      George Chatman was the result of a union between a white man in Louisiana and a black woman from North Carolina. The earliest censuses all say Mulatto. George isn't really sure where his father is from. Relatives that remember seeing a picture of George say that he looked white to them.

      He married Josephine Johnson in 1895 and quickly accepted her two daughters as his own, Pearly and Rosa. They had 9 more children together.

      George was a farmer early in life but quickly realized that this isn't something he wanted to do for a living.

      He stumbled upon an idea to sell refreshments to his community. He sold his own cold and frozen treats in the neighborhood originally and eventually became a distributor for other companies.

      His business grew and within a decade, he was supporting the entire family from Ice Cream sales alone. His wife Josephine was a full partner in the company.

      Late in his career George and Josephine separated and during this time. Josey was approached by a group of black men that were interested in buying out her share of the company, in fact.. owning it for themselves.

      Josey could not read or write and these shady characters knew this. They tricked her into signing away her portion of the company and the Chatmans eventually lost their growing Ice Cream enterprise.

      George and Josephine separated for 6 years, but George would visit frequently. A few years after having Willie Anna, John, Clarence and Marshall. Josephine moved to Beaumont, Texas.

      Later, many of the Chatmans and Chatman descendants moved to California. Many are still there till this day. Some Chatman's also stayed behind in Louisiana while others stayed near Beaumont and Port Arthur, Texas.
      Title: Marriage Document for George and Josephine Johnson
      This document shows that George and Josephine Johnson really were married:

      CHATMAN, GEORGE 13-Nov-1909 5768 JOHNSON, JOSEPHINE

      CHATMAN, GEORGE - JR 07529 LEBLANC, JEANETTE

      It appears that a Junior is listed here as well getting married. It's possible that George and Josephine officially married or simply renewed their vows.

  • Sources 
    1. [S-2134050181] Census Data - Ancestry.com, Ancestry.com, (Ancestry.com).
      The 1910 Census in Crowley Lousiana Lists my great grandfather as Mulatto. He stated that his mother was from South Carolina, he doesn't know where his father is from. :( Also, notice that Pearly is not listed as a step-daughter this time. - R. Finley Sr. - 08-03-2007

      Found Josephine and a few kids in Beaumont Texas on the 1930 Census. I guess this was part of that migration to California? - R. Finley Sr. - 08-12-2007
      Here is the 1920 Census, Part 1 / Part 2.
      Check out the 1900 Census. There are quite a number of surprises to see.

    2. [S-2134050174] Various online Resources, google, yahoo.. etc.
      A website here: a mention of their marriage.

    3. [S-2134050168] Ancestry.com, (Ancestry.com).
      Louisiana Marriages, 1718-1925 about Azela Lewis Name: Azela Lewis Spouse: George W. Chatman Marriage Date: 5 Feb 1887 Marriage Place: St. Landry

    4. [S-2144004508] Ancestry Family Trees, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.), Ancestry Family Trees.
      http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/AMTCitationRedir.aspx?tid=8662431&pid=239

    5. [S-2146907705] 1860 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.Original data - 1860 U.S. census, population schedule. NARA microfilm publication M653, 1,438 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records), GS Film # 000552029, 26 Jul 2017.
      M Chatman M 30 Louisiana, Mulatto Geo Chatman M 2 Louisiana, Mulatto P Pierro M 65 France, White
      https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MFPZ-97H

    6. [S-2137538330] 1900 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, ), Year: 1900; Census Place: Police Jury Ward 1, Saint Landry, Louisiana; Roll: ; Page: ; Enumeration District: .
      Birth date: Jun 1866 Birth place: Louisiana Marriage date: 1895 Marriage place: Residence date: 1900 Residence place: Ward 1, Justice of Peace Ward 2 (Excl. Opelousas Town), St. Landry, Louisiana

    7. [S-2137537691] 1920 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA. Note: Enumeration Districts 819-839 on roll 323 (Chicago City.Original data - United States), Year: 1920; Census Place: Crowley, Acadia, Louisiana; Roll: T625_603; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 14; Image: 659.
      Birth date: abt 1864 Birth place: Louisiana Residence date: 1920 Residence place: Crowley, Acadia, Louisiana

    8. [S-2137537696] 1910 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Thirteenth Census of the Unit), Year: 1910; Census Place: Crowley Ward 3, Acadia, Louisiana; Roll: T624_507; Page: 34A; Enumeration District: 10; Image: 650.
      Birth date: abt 1868 Birth place: Louisiana Residence date: 1910 Residence place: Crowley Ward 3, Acadia, Louisiana

    9. [S-2146708785] New Orleans, Louisiana Death Records Index, 1804-1949, Ancestry.com, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2002.Original data - State of Louisiana, Secretary of State, Division of Archives, Records Management, and History. Vital Records Indices. Baton Rouge, LA, USA.Original data: State of Loui).
      Birth date: abt 1866 Birth place: Death date: 25 Mar 1920 Death place: New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, United States

    10. [S-1787833180] Louisiana Marriages, 1718-1925, Hunting For Bears, comp., (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.Original data - Compiled from a variety of sources including original marriage records located in Family History Library microfilm, microfiche, or books. Original marriage records are a).
      Marriage date: 5 Feb 1887 Marriage place: St. Landry
      http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=lamarriages_ga&h=95418&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

    11. [S-2138647631] 1880 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. 1880 U.S. Census Index provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints © Copyright 1999 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. All use is subject to the limite), Year: 1880; Census Place: 1st Ward, St Landry, Louisiana.

    12. [S-2143306470] 1870 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2003.Original data - 1870. United States. Ninth Census of the United States, 1870. Washington, D.C. National Archives and Records Administration. M593, RG29, 1,761 rolls.Minnesota. Minneso), Year: 1870; Census Place: Opelousas, St Landry, Louisiana; Roll: M593_530; Page: 51A; Image: 105; Family History Library Film: 552029.

    13. [S-2146708788] Louisiana Statewide Death Index, 1900-1949, Ancestry.com, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2002.Original data - State of Louisiana, Secretary of State, Division of Archives, Records Management, and History. Vital Records Indices. Baton Rouge, LA, USA.Original data: State of Loui).

    14. [S-1034693255] U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007, Ancestry.com, (Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.).

    15. [S-1094121181] Texas, Death Certificates, 1903–1982, Ancestry.com, (Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), Texas Department of State Health Services; Austin Texas, USA.

    16. [S-2134050181] Census Data - Ancestry.com, Ancestry.com, (Ancestry.com).
      Census Data for 1920 in Crowley City, Acadia County, Louisiana states that George Sr was 56 when census was taken. This would make him born around 1864. - R. Finley Sr.
      1920 Census.

    17. [S-1787833180] Louisiana Marriages, 1718-1925, Hunting For Bears, comp., (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.Original data - Compiled from a variety of sources including original marriage records located in Family History Library microfilm, microfiche, or books. Original marriage records are a).

    18. [S-2134050168] Ancestry.com, (Ancestry.com), http://www.familyoriginstree.com/custom_images/census_page_1900.jpg.
      Census data from May 1900 in St. Landry County report that George and Josephine were married for 5 years. The marriage document I found confuses this new info. Perhaps they renewed vows or officially got married later. Still researching. - R. Finley Sr.