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It has been said that every Choisser family descends from John Choisser, an Illinois native born of French Canadian parents in 1784. Born in Illinois 34 years before statehood, John would marry Nancy Sutton, and they would have twelve sons and one daughter. This tree of well over a thousand descendants tells the story of their family.
About the Choisser Family TreeFamily members should view the family version of the tree to be sure they have complete information. Some information about recent descendants is not displayed in this public version. The rest of this introductory text in the two versions is identical:
At the beginning of the tree, when you get to it below, a summary will be found. The summary will show the oldest ancestors. Below the summary, the full family tree is laid out. By selecting a name on the summary, you may jump directly into the full tree at the place the selected name appears.
Where someone used more than one name over the span of their life, the name shown on the tree is the latest one. If their birth surname is known, and it is different than their latest one, it may be shown in parentheses before the present surname. (Birth surnames are, of course, most often "maiden names".) In a few instances, we may show more than one surname in parentheses. All after the first one are surnames used between their birth and death, and we have chosen to show them for purposes of clarity.
Nicknames, if not obvious from one's more formal name, may be shown. If shown, they will be in quotation marks between one's first and last names.
Dates shown after a name indicate the date of birth before the dash, and the date of death after it. Information on spouses, if shown, will be in this typestyle starting with the letter "M:" (for "married") followed by the date of marriage if known, then the spouse's name, then the spouse's birth and death dates separated by a dash. Where a Choisser descendant was married more than once, all spouses are listed together just below the descendant's name, and then all the descendant's children are listed together below the spouses' names. (No indication of which children were born of which spouse is made.)
On the main tree, you will notice that some names contain links. These provide further information. For early family members, for example, you may find photographs and other historical data. Links for family members in later generations may take you to a web site, a photograph, or information which will enable you to contact them.
At the top of the main tree, for example, John Choisser's name has a link. Visit it to learn more about our patriarch!
Early data is mostly thanks to Webster Byrne, who did a family tree in 1979. Later data, which is by far the bulk of it, is the result of contributions from many members of the family.
Before making use of the tree, be aware that the Choisser family has not been creative in picking original names. Lots of names appear over and over. If you are a Choisser, chances are, you are accustomed to being "the only one." That is not at all the case here! When talking to other family members about the tree, be sure you are talking about the right person. To do that, refer to them by outline number along with their name. For example, you can refer to Webster Byrne, who compiled much of the early information, as being XI.G.2. When using this system, remember to ignore the "M:"s that you might encounter when looking through the tree. They do not belong in the "address" under this system.
Don't overlook the "Find" or "Search" feature on your browser (generally CTRL-F)! It can work wonders in finding who you want on here. Remember, there are over a thousand names here, and if you sift through them visually, you may very well miss the name you are looking for!
Note that marks over or under letters, such as "accent marks", are optional in English, and we have opted to omit them here. This is because using such marks can cause mismatches and thus thwart searches.
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This page shows John Choisser's descendants. You can also check out John Choisser's ancestors.
Children of John Choisser & Nancy (Sutton) Choisser
John Choisser 6/20/1784-1/15/1860
M: 1/5/1811 Nancy (Sutton) Choisser 1794-6/25/1876
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