The Chute Family: Special Events in History Project
Special Events in History Project

Page Last Updated:      Saturday, September 30, 2017

One of the more interesting parts of genealogical research is reading about the experiences of our ancestors during major events that took place during their lifetime. Historical events such as the Western Migration and the Civil War (here in the United States), World War I or II, the Protestant Revolution and Oliver Cromwell's years and the London Blitz (for those in Great Britain), to name a few, are made much more real and personal when we read our ancestors' accounts of their lives during those events. Does anyobody have anything to say about Brexit? We would also love some contributions from our Southern American and South Pacific Chutes!

This section provides two kinds of historical accounts. One is the more detailed personal account of already known historical events. For example: we may already know that someone fought in the Civil War; this section provides more detail on what that actually meant: where did they go? In which battles did they participate, where were those battles, who were their leaders? If you enjoy researching military history, here's your chance to grab a Chute at random - doesn't even have to be YOUR Chute relative - and research the details of his military service. It goes without saying that contributions to this section by Chute veterans themselves would be invaluable.

We'd like to begin collecting such an account for our descendants. We seem to be overwhelmed with terrorist attacks at the moment (obviously, the attack on September 11th is an historical account geared more for Chutes in the United States) - although certainly everyone can contribute to that section - but other, equally powerful historical events have touched people in other countries as well: the underground bombings in London, the tsunami in Asia, other natural disasters, military coups in South America, or any other event that touched you deeply, that people might wish to contribute: the deaths of leaders such as Princess Diana, John F. Kennedy, even John Lennon, space exploration moments - do you remember where you were when man first walked on the moon? - the Falklands War, the huge summer of tornados in Canada ... whatever event you would like to recall would be welcome.

The recollections will be collected here and in your family records, in the Chute Family Records.

Links to History Pages On This Page
History, Europe
History, North America
United States, Civil War
World Wars
World War I
World War II
Interaction with Eastern Woodlands, Ohio River Valley, Plains, Canadian and Pacific Tribes
Family Group Histories and Stories
General History
Crimes and Criminals
Weather and Other Natural Disasters

  • Black Hawk, of the Sauk/Sac Nation - Richard Chute
  • Treaty with the Ho-Chunk/Winnebago, October 13, 1846 - Richard Chute
  • Inkpaduta, Wahpekute Dakota Sioux - Cornelius Harris Chute
  • Keokuk, of the Sauk/Sac Nation - Richard Chute
  • Madockawando, Penobscot, Wabanaki Confederacy - who led the attack on York, January 25, 1692, in which Peter Weare died. Peter was the immigrant ancestor of Joseph Weare (husband of Elizabeth Chute), John Weare (husband of Catherine Chute), Sarah Weare, (wife of Deacon Daniel Chute), Joseph Elias Weare, husband of Charlotte Ann Chute, John Prior Weare, husband of Matilda Lovina Chute, and others. The Wabanaki Confederacy was also involved in Lovewell's War, 1721-1726, in which Lieutenant Moses Banks participated.
  • The Abenaki, the Penobscots, the Micmacs and the Maliseets; Curtis Chute and the settlers in Windham, Maine/Massachusetts in 1745; Chief Graylocks.
  • Sault Tribe of the Anishinabeg (Ojibwa/Chippewa) - Minnie Gertrude Chute Seller
  • Matoaka (Pocahontas), Powhatan Nation - the unconfirmed account of the family connection through Thomas Chute and Esther Elwyn Chute
  • Sault Tribe of the Anishinabeg (Ojibwa/Chippewa) - Minnie Gertrude Chute Seller
  • Mdewkanton and Wahpekute bands of the Santee Sioux Nation - Richard Chute
  • Charles Chute, Sr. and Elizabeth Sundown Chute of the Tonawanda Band of Seneca of the Iroquois League, in New York, 1898. Notation on the Iroquois League of Peace.
  • The children of Leonard Ralph Chute and Barbara Nekrasoff Chute identify themselves as Alutiiq, no doubt via their matrilineal line. Their son Izair Ronald Chute is listed as a shareholder - albeit a missing one, as it appears they have lost track of him - of Koniag, Inc. - one of 13 regional Native corporations established by Congress under the terms of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) to settle the aboriginal land claims of Alaska Native people. If Izair or any of his children are out there anywhere, you might want to phone home with an updated address.
  • The Story of Our Family, by Minnie Gertrude Chute Seller
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    Detail about life in Port Burwell, Ontario, her parents John Milton Chute and Lucy Warren Chute, and her grandparents Deacon Andrew Chute and Olive Woodworth Chute.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Herb Chute, by Stella Chute Johnson.

  • Herbert Melburn and Ruth Connor Chute were early settlers in Dauphin, Manitoba Province, Canada. Daughter Stella Chute Johnson wrote a biographical sketch of their travel by covered wagon from Sheho, Saskatchewan to Dauphin, Manitoba, and life in 19th century Canada.
  • "Dick and Dorothy: The Memoires of Benjamin Pearson Chute", as recorded and written by Helen Cleaveland Chute Lightner
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    Benjamin Pearson Chute, the son of Richard Chute and Dorothy Pearson Chute, and the great-uncle of Helen Cleaveland Chute Lightner, recounted the lives of his parents and their family. The history also recounts Benjamin's career as a teacher, and an "ardent abolitionist".
  • " Silent Andrew (1814-1890)", also written by Helen Cleaveland Chute Lightner
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    Helen recounts and lives of her grandparents Andrew Chute and Ann Maria Perry Chute and their children. One of my favorite lines: "He did not amass a fortune or become famous for any great deed. He did not go to war to fight for his country as he would have liked to do. He did not teach or preach or write a book, he just lived simply and quietly. He worked hard, loved his wife and raised seven children, all of whom became good honest citizens and an influence for good to those around them."
  • "Chute Family in England and America": A paper read by James Milledge Chute, on March 22, 1906, at the dinner celebrating the eighty-third birthday of Isaiah Chute, of Peabody. In addition to being a magnificent speech about the Chute family, this is the first known reference to Lionel Chute, Jr. having arrived in America on the "Lion" out of Bristol. Records of this voyage have not yet been located.

  • A Chute Family Ancestry, researched and compiled by Rita Maud Chute Parker, of the John Wentworth Chute line.
  • Felix and Winnie LaSota, and two stories of homesteading in the Pend Oreille County area of Washington state: a newspaper article written in 1975 and her mother's biography, written by Phyllis LaSota Ritter.
  • "A Trip West", written by an unknown member of the Milton Herman Chute family detailing a family vacation visiting Chute family members in western Canada. Of historical interest: reminiscenses of the the depression years in Regina and Dauphin Canada with riots and uprisings against the Canadian government, and mention of "a real Canadian cowboy".
  • A Herbert, James and Elmus Chute Families, researched and compiled by Irena Pearl Chute Brazier, and Max Chute.
  • The First Chute in the First American Female Anti-Savery Society: William Lloyd Garrison (December 10, 1805 � May 24, 1879) was an American abolitionist, journalist, suffragist, and social reformer who published the abolitionist newspaper �The Liberator�, published in Massachusetts until slavery was abolished after the American Civil War. In response to the question about the first society, he replied, "I find that the historical honor belongs to Reading of giving birth to the first Female Antislavery Society ever formed in this country..." The very first name on the membership roll was Polly Stimson or Stimpson Chute, wife of Daniel Chute, Jr. of Reading, on March 22, 1833.
  • Charles Kean Chute, in addition to having a long theater career of his own, is captured in the 1881 British Census living as a boarder with William L. Abingdon, who went on to appear in several early Hollywood films with actresses such as Norma Talmadge and Ethel Barrymore before ending his own life in New York.
  • In the pre-"horseless carriage" days, men would enthuse over the latest style of carriages the way they do today over cars, and among the more famous carriage makers of the time was the Kimball Family. Among their numerous apprentices was Daniel Merrill Chute, Jr., who worked for at least two of the Kimball Brothers, among others.
  • The First Chutes to Visit a Comet, Make Three Loops Around the Sun and Return Safely to Earth.
  • William Chute, the son of James P. Chute, Jr. and Mary Ann Snyder Chute, was murdered when he and his father argued with a neighbor over property ownership and lumber. Details of the murder appeared over several issues of the Meigs County Telegraph
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  • Walter Chute, Richard Chute and (Thomas) Ensley Chute were named as witnesses in a murder mystery which appeared in the memoires of detective John Wilson Murray: Chapter XXXVIII, THE LONG POINT MYSTERY, from Memoirs of a great detective: incidents in the life of John Wilson Murray (1904), compiled by Victor Speer.
  • Susannah Foster Chute, widow of Willett Chute was keeping a boarding house in Grand Rapids, Michigan; "Because she would not marry him, Charles S. Wernau, a boarder, shot her dead and then himself July 27, 1887, she fifty-six, he fifty-four." See Notes
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    The 1727 Earthquake, October 29, 1727
  • Deacon James Chute III and Mary Thurston Chute.

  • The 1767 Hurricane, July 31, 1767, Maine
  • On July 31, 1767, the year after Thomas Chute ended his appointment as Town Clerk of Windham, "a severe hurricane swept through the northeastern part of town destroying all in its path from Sebago Lake through Gorham, Windham, Falmouth and Cumberland.

  • "The Dark Day of May, 1780"
  • "New England's Dark Day refers to an event that occurred on May 19, 1780. "This extraordinary darkness came on between the hours of 10 and 11 A. M, and continued till the middle of the next night. In most parts of the country it was so great, that people were unable to read common print, or to manage their domestic business, in the middle of the day, without candles. It extended all over the New England States, and in some directions probably much farther; the prospect bearing the gloom of night, so that the fowls every where retired to rest, and the birds, having sung their evening songs, disappeared and became silent. From the atmospheric phenomena which prevailed at the time, and other circumstances, it appears that this darkness was occasioned by the smoke and ashes arising from large fires, which had been made some time before, by the people in the western parts of the States of New Hampshire and Vermont, for the purpose of clearing their lands; the state of the wind being such as prevented the quick dispersion of these heavy vapours." (Source: The Analytical Review, 1788). "The likely cause of the Dark Day was smoke from massive forest fires. When a fire does not kill a tree and the tree later grows, scar marks are left in the growth rings. This makes it possible to approximate the date of a past fire. Researchers examining the scar damage in Ontario, Canada, attribute the Dark Day to a large fire in the area that is today occupied by Algonquin Provincial Park." (Source: Wikipedia). One of the witnesses to this event was Silas Rice of Nova Scotia, father-in-law of Elizabeth Chute. William Edward Chute commented of him that he "used to tell of the Dark Day of May 19, 1780."

  • The Cold Summer of 1816
  • The summer of 1816 was mentioned in two different sources, both found in the notes for Hannah Chute Poor, even though this was a world-wide phenomenon, impacting Chutes on a global scale. More research into Chutes in that time frame may find other references. What happened? Mount Tambora, located in Indonesia, erupted and exploded on April 10, 1815, the mass of volcanic ejecta so large that it sent the earth into freezing temperatures well into the following year. It is believed to be "the largest volcanic eruption in recorded history". The eruption of Krakatoa is believed to be the loudest.

  • The Great San Francisco Quake and Fire of 1906
  • Mahlon A. Chute

  • The Fourth of July Tornado, Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, 1898
  • On 4JUL1898, the wife of a "Russell Chute of Exeter" was hit in the head by a flying wheel and suffered a gash on the head and a concussion. For further details, click here.

  • The Blizzard of January 26-27, 1967
    A letter written by Allan Benjamin Chute to George M. Chute, Jr. on January 30, 1967 makes reference to the huge blizzard of January 26-27, 1967 which struck the midwest. According to meterologists, "an intense "Panhandle hook" storm tracked from New Mexico northeast up the Ohio Valley. Central and northern Illinois, northern Indiana, southeast Iowa, Lower Michigan, Missouri and Kansas were hit hard by this blizzard. Kalamazoo, Michigan reported 28 inches of snow, Gary, Indiana 24 inches and Chicago 23 inches. Winds of 50 mph created drifts to 15 feet. Seventy-six people died, most in the Chicago area. This blizzard still ranks as Chicago's heaviest snowfall in a 24-hour period."

    The Bridge-Creek-Moore (Oklahoma City) F5 Tornado, May 3, 1999
  • "SSG Allen Rae Chute and his partner closely followed the tornado until they could go no further due to trees and debris falling on the roadway. They watched from approximately one half mile away as the tornado destroyed neighborhoods in southeast Oklahoma City. SSG Chute and his partner moved into these neighborhoods on foot directly behind the tornado and began rescue efforts. For his actions during this disaster he received letters of commendation from residents of the neighborhood and the Oklahoma City Chief of Police."

  • Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, SEP and OCT 2005, New Orleans, LA
  • "In September of 2005 "SSG Allen Rae Chute was ordered to take 3rd platoon of D. Company for deployment to New Orleans, Louisiana in support of Operation Southern Comfort after hurricane Katrina. He was assigned as platoon leader and he along with his platoon detached from D. Co. 1/180th and attached to A. Co. 1/180th working with 1/279th Infantry Battalion, 45th Brigade. He arrived in New Orleans with his platoon about five days after the Hurricane made landfall and began mounted patrols in "the crescent" which are neighborhoods located southwest of the downtown area. 3rd platoon conducted over 50 patrols which resulted in the rescue of numerous residents who could not get out, recovery of over $100,000.00 dollars in stolen property, the arrest of looters who had stayed behind, and recovery of several victims who had been killed. He and his platoon were in New Orleans when hurricane Rita made landfall approximately three weeks later and conducted presence patrols while the hurricane was in full force. 3rd platoon remained in New Orleans for approximately six weeks before returning home to Oklahoma in late October 2005."

  • The First Chutes to Visit a Comet

    As a public outreach effort, over 1 million names were collected and placed on the STARDUST spacecraft,which will visit Comet Wild 2 in 2004. Among the names:



    From NASA: "The Stardust spacecraft was launched on February 7, 1999, from Cape Canaveral Air Station, Florida, aboard a Delta II rocket. The primary goal of Stardust is to collect dust and carbon-based samples during its closest encounter with Comet Wild 2 - pronounced "Vilt 2" after the name of its Swiss discoverer - is a rendezvous scheduled to take place in January 2004, after nearly four years of space travel.

    Additionally, the Stardust spacecraft will bring back samples of interstellar dust, including recently discovered dust streaming into our Solar System from the direction of Sagittarius. These materials are believed to consist of ancient pre-solar interstellar grains and nebular that include remnants from the formation of the Solar System. Analysis of such fascinating celestial specks is expected to yield important insights into the evolution of the Sun its planets and possibly even the origin of life itself.

    In order to meet up with comet Wild 2, the spacecraft will make three loops around the Sun. On the second loop, its trajectory will intersect the comet ..."

    NASA's Comet Sample Return Mission,

    Historical update: the Stardust spacecraft completed its mission and returned to earth in early 2006. Its collection grid was placed in confinement and is awaiting approval to be examined for further study. For those interested in following the mission flightplan and details, check out the NASA "Stardust" mission.

    Testing: Reference Links Page. This page is currently under construction, but is a chart comparing the data in William Edward Chute's A Genealogy and History of the Chute Family in America: With Some Account of the Family in Great Britain and Ireland, with an Account of Forty Allied Families Gathered from the Most Authentic Sources, George Maynard Chute, Jr.'s Chute Family in America in the 20th Century, and the links to those individuals on this website. It takes a while to pull all of that information together, so this page will be under construction for a while.

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