Chute Family Notes: Notes 42-667 through 42-677

Note    N42-667         Back to Index        Back to William Wallace Clark and Marietta Chute Clark.

Notes on William Wallace Clark and Marietta Chute Clark:

ii. Marietta, b. May 2, 1854; m. William Wallace Clark, (Richard, William, Richard), Dec. 20, 1883, and have two children, merchants at Bear River.

Source: Chute, William Edward. 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. Salem, Massachusetts, 1894. Page 124.


Note    N42-668         Back to Index        Back to William Ozias Chute and Emma Catharine Berry Chute.

Notes on William Ozias Chute and Emma Catharine Berry Chute:

"Born Aug. 29, 1845; married Emma Catharine Berry (Peter, Thomas), May 28, 1866, and lived on his father's farm; died of consumption August 1881."

Source: Chute, William Edward. 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. Salem, Massachusetts, 1894. Page 125.


Note    N669         Index
3 children.


Note    N42-670         Back to Index        Back to Isaiah Chute and Priscilla Purday Chute.

Notes on Isaiah Chute and Priscilla Purday Chute:

"Born in Clements, N.S., Mar. 22, 1823; married Priscilla Purday, Jan. 21, 1847, moved to Salem in 1851; a pious, industrious carpenter. His wife, a smart, Christian woman, died Dec. 2, 1886; aged fifty-five. Mr. Chute had a grand visit to Western Ontario, and Detroit, Mich., in September, 1889, and in August, 1891 was there again, and also to St. Paul, Minneapolis, Sleepy Eye and Blue Earth City, Minn, Mariaville, Neb., and Chicago, Ill. Then to Nova Scotia, 1892. Mr. Chute was also in Co. B, 7th Mass. in the late war."

Source: Chute, William Edward. 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. Salem, Massachusetts, 1894. Pages 125-126.

There was a celebration held in honor of his eighty-fourth birthday, on 29 March 1907, at the United States Hotel, in Boston. At this celebration, a speech on the Chute family history was read by James Milledge Chute, a photograph of Isaiah was printed on the cover of the pamphlet issued to all attendees, and a partial list of those who attended was handwritten on the back of a sample which was sent to the Chute Records. The pamphlet was a photocopy and is beginning to fade, which accounts for the poor quality of the photograph and the illegibility of the list of attendees ... if anyone has a better copy of this, let us know. The text of the speech given by James Milledge Chute is below:

Chute Family in England and America

Paper read by Mr. James Milledge Chute, of Cambridge on March 22, 1906, at the Dinner which took place at the United States Hotel, in Boston, in honor of the Eighty-Third Birthday of Mr. Isaiah Chute, of Peabody, and by request of his kinsfolk, presented at this gathering, which marks his Eighty-fourth Anniversary.

We have gathered this evening to do honor to one who passed the eighty-third milestone of life's voyage. To us who know him well, it is fitting that we pay the tribute that is always due an upright man, a loyal citizen, an earnest, devout Christian, a good soldier who not only gave his own services to his country but those of his eldest son in the dark days of the great Civil War. The busy world outside will take little heed of what we say or do at this gathering, but we who are here assembled, are mindful of the inspiration for good that this man has brought into all our lives. As I look upon him my vision runs swiftly down the centuries, and I purpose, briefly, to give some account of the race from which he came.

As the veiling mists of time gather and shift, we all catch glimpses, framed, as it were, between the centuries, quaint, oddly differing from each other, but full of interest to us of today. The earliest of these glimpses dates back to a bright October morning in 1066. In vision I see a vast array of mail-clad men, with the golden lion of Normandy above them, landing on Britain's shore. I watch the long-contested battle of Hastings; the on-rush of the squadrons that were destined to change for all time the history of that land. The commander of one of these squadrons was Baron Edouard LeChute, from whom the race of Chutes in America is descended. The scene of vision changes! Two hundred years have passed away. Within the walled city of Taunton, Somersetshire, a short walk up Market Street, in vision, I see the ancient Manor House of the Chutes built in 1094 by Robert Chute, the grandson of Edouard. Alexander Chute, styled the Great Lord of the Manor, died there in 1268, and a long line of successors occupied the pile until its sale to Lord Denham in 1502. It was demolished many years ago. John, the son of Alexander, married the daughter of Sir John Brumfield; Cuthbert, his brother, married the daughter of Sir John Chideake, and his grandson Philip wedded the daughter of Sir John Britton.

I mention these names to show that the maternal ancestors were of no mean stock, for the doughty knights herein mentioned are well known to students of English history. Another member of the family, one Challoner Chute, in 1649, purchased "The Vigne", a celebrated country seat in Hampshire, of Lord Sandys, whose ancestors had held it for many generations. On the spot where it stands the Romans first planted the grape. Challoner Chute married the daughter of Lord North, and was elected treasurer of the Middle Temple in 1655. Upon the assembling of Parliament, under Richard Cromwell, four years later, he was chosen Speaker of the House. The French ambassador, M. de Bordeaux, wrote home to Paris that Parliament elected as its speaker, "one of the most celebrated legal lights in the nation". His son Challoner became high sheriff of Hampshire in 1699 and his grandson John became one of the most polished scholars in Europe. John received his education at Eaton and Cambridge, his classmates being the celebrated Horace Walpole and Thomas Gray, the poet with whose "Elegy in a Country Churchyard" are all familiar. The Vigne passed into the female line in 1774, the male line having become extinct, but Thomas Lobb, the inheritor, assmed the surname and arms of the Chutes, and the famous old country seat, with its four thousand broad acres, where some of England's sovereigns had been entertained, still remains in the family.

Again the scene changes to Bristol, England, in the year of our Lord, 1634. The good ship Lion had tripped her anchor and sailed out of Bristol Bay, having on board a number of pilgrim passengers destined for the new world. Among them, Lionel Chute, the true parent of the family in America. After a tempestuous voyage they arrved at Agawam, or Ipswich, in Essex County, of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Lionel had received a liberal education in England and soon after his arrival organized the first grammar school in Ipswich and one of the first in America. The first Chute born in this country was James, the grandson of Lionel, in 1649. He and his descendants lived at Ipswich, Rowley and Byfield until 1740, when John Chute moved to Timberlane, since called Hampstead, N.H. He was surveyor of highways and a "tithing-man" in 1757. In 1759, he removed to Granville, Nova Scotia, and there for thirty years led a life of industry and piety. His son Thomas, the grandfather of our guest of honor, was born in the Old Granite State on March 13, 1757.

Again the scene changes. After the battle of Lexington, on April 19, 1775, three members of the Chute family in the Ipswich militia company and two in the Byfield company, marched to Cambridge, and served through the War of the Revolution. Josiah Chute was in the battles of Hubbardstown on July 7, 1777; at Monmouth in 1778, and at Valley Forge, in 1779. Thomas Chute, the grandfather of Mr. Isaiah Chute, lived at Granville, N. S., till 1801, when he moved to Bear River, and died, full of honors, in 1838. His funeral sermon was preached from the 127th Psalm, fifth verse: "Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them" - having reference to his many children, the descendants of whom are very numerous.

The father of our honored guest was Calvin Chute, born Oct. 23, 1795, of whom it can be truly said: "He was always true to his ideal of right, and nothing could swerve him from what he honestly thought to be his duty." And what of the Chute we delight to honor? He came to Salem, Mass. in the prime of his young manhood, and for more than half a century has enjoyed the high regard and esteem of all with whom he has been associated.

Last year when he unostentatiously observed his eighty-second birthday - and extreme modesty is this good man's one failing - the Salem News said of him, "For a period of fifty-four years Mr Chute has been a resident of Peabody and Salem. He enjoys the esteem and regard of his business associates and a host of friends. He is a welcome visitor wherever he goes and his social intercourse is regarded almost like a benediction. He is today the same devout, earnest Christian man as when he entered God's service many years ago."

Strong words of praise these, but true, every one of them, and we can safely add the words of our Cambridge Poet:

"His was a Trojan's goodness - his
A Titus's noble charities and righteous laws
The arm of Hector, and the might of Tully,
To maintain the right in truth's just cause."1

[1Jackie's Note: Even today, people often mistake these words as Longfellow's - the "Cambridge poet" James Milledge Chute refers to in this quotation. In fact, they are the words of Jorge Manrique of Spain (1440-1479), from "Ode on the Death of His Father". Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's translation is undoubtedly the most beloved - and certainly the best known - English version of Manrique's poem.]

The Chutes are loyal to country! When I was in Washington a few years ago, I noticed in the great army records of the War Department many of our name and lineage among them, Orderly Isaiah Chute, whose interest in the Grand Army of the Republic through long years has been officially recognized by his commander; his son Rupert J. Chute, one of the youngest drummer boys in the Union Army in the War of the Rebellion; Andrew Chute, brother of Isaiah, who gave his life for his country in the Andersonville prison pen; William E. Chute and many others.

Truly the military spirit of the old French knight runs in the veins of this family, and we have before us the rare spectacle of a Veteran, and a Veteran who also is the Son of a Veteran. History records the name of Philip Chute, who was a standard bearer to King Henry VIII, during the French Wars and who was knighted by that monarch for his bravery in battle. George Chute, the grandson of Philip, was a line officer in the army and was rewarded with large grants of land in Ireland. His son Daniel acquired by marriage the vast estate of 20,000 acres known as Chute Hall, which is still in possession of the family. A descendant of Philip was Trevor Chute, who entered the British Army in 1832, and who rose to be a full general through his efficient services in India. He became governor of New South Wales and New Zealand and was knighted by Queen Victoria. Trevor's grandson Arthur, was a colonel of the Ninetieth Regiment and another grandson Richard Trevor, was killed in the Battle of Tel el Kebir, in 1881. I wish to mention in passing that the Chutes born and reared in Ireland are Protestants of the Episcopal faith.

From this account, my kinsfolk and friends, you are made familiar with the family from which our beloved and honored guest descended. We salute with reverence one who comes to us through an unbroken line of eight hundred years and we earnestly pray that his life may be spared to his family, his friends, to his country and to the service of his God, for many years to come, and that when the heavenly Father shall have guided him over the ocean of life, he may find an abundant entrance into the everlasting haven of rest."

Note that this is only a partial list of attendees, as Roselyn Chute (see letter below) points out that it was composed (probably by her mother) long after the event, and that she herself had not yet been born, so could not have attended. We may be able to add other names to this list, if other Chutes find copies of this program in their family scrapbooks.

1.  Anna Chute
2.  Alice Warner
3.  Rupert Chute
4.  Albert Chute
5.  Grace Chute
6 & 7.  Mr. & Mrs. Hutchinson
8 & 9.  Mr. & Mrs. W. W. Chute
10.  Miss Ruth Chute
11.  Mr & Mrs ??? (illegible)
12.  Mr & Mrs James Chute
13.  Marguerite Hutchinson
14.  Charlie Hutchinson (relationship to above unknown)
15.  Fannie
16.  Mrs Berry
17.  Faddie? Peak?
18.  Catherine Turner
19.  Roselyn Chute
20.  Illegible
21.  Various Chute children

The letter which accompanied this program - which was sent to Philip Conrad Chute, who forwarded it to George Maynard Chute, Jr., went into some detail about the participants. The letter was dated April 30, 1970, and was written by (Miss) Roselyn Chute.

"Back in 1906 (a little before my time and probably long before yours), a Chute geneology was compiled for verbal presentation at the 83rd birthday of one Isaiah Chute, my paternal great-grandfather. It was obviously printed up in booklet form and presented to the guests attending his 84th birthday observance.

Lionel, to whom you referred in your note, is mentioned in this geneology. Enclosed find two photo-copies of the booklet, along with a carbon copy of this letter. Presumably, you have the address for George Chute in Michigan and thought you might want to send him the carbon along with one of the copies of the 1907 printing. Sorry these photo-copies are not very good, but are the best I could do on any duplicating machine available to me.

On the back cover is a list of some of the family members attending the 1907 dinner. These names must have been written by my Mother at a much later date as my name appears as #21 and I wasn't born until late 1909.

#1 is Anna Chute, one of Isaiah's daughters and my paternal grandmother. She married a Robert Chute who, I think, came from Nova Scotia. Have no idea where his branch of the family came into the picture, but they were probably distant cousins.

#8 and 9 are Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Chute (William Wilson), my Father and Mother. He was born in Germantown, Pa. in 1875, sailed to South America around 1885 with his parents and brother, Charles. My Dad returned to the U.S.A. about 10 years later, but the rest of the family remained there.

I would appreciate your forwarding the above-mentioned papers to George since he might get some information from them. In fact, he might even have a copy of this geneology. Again, many thanks for writing so promptly and enclosing your brochures. You certainly have a beautiful location in Naples. If I ever get back to New England during vacation season, I will make it a point to visit the Chute Homestead.

(Miss) Roselyn Chute
Photocopy filed with Roselyn Chute, GP5060-3


Note    N671         Index
"Went to Buenos Aires, S.A. and lived at Rosario, Argentine Republic; returned to Lynn, Massachusetts 1890 and now live in Salem."


Note    N42-672         Back to Index        Back to Thomas E. Chute and Sarah Kean Chute.

Notes on Thomas E. Chute and Sarah Kean Chute:

"Born in Clements, N.S., Sept. 21, 1826; married Sarah, daughter of Jesse Kean, Jr., Mar. 5, 1850, by Rev. E.W. Pray, near Digby; moved to Marblehead, Mass., the same year, and between there and Swampscott for fourteen years, worked several big farms, one the Brookhouse farm, and did well. But in time of the war, 1864, he thought to do better and so moved to South Bend, Blue Earth Co., Minn., bought and located there; but in 1866, he went farther up the Minnesota River, bought half a section of prairie and located near Sleepy Eye, Brown Co., and there they still abide; farmers."

Source: Chute, William Edward. 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. Salem, Massachusetts, 1894. Page 126.

Later, his death raised some suspicions, as reported in a New Ulm, Minnesota newspaper, reporting on the accidental death of Ray Armstrong:

"Ray Armstrong's untimely end very naturally recalls the extremely gruesome history of the farm upon which he was killed. Within a hundred paces of the room in which he was shot, the original owner of the farm, Thomas Chute was found cold in death on the morning of August 27, 1899. His body lay beneath his horses' feet and although it has never been proven that his life was not trampled out, there has remained a suspicion that he met with foul play. When discovered, a deep gash in the neck of the corpse seemed to point to murder, and Deidrich Rodewald, a man in the employ of Chute and who is said to have hoped to profit by the latter's death, was placed under arrest, charged with the crime. At his hearing in Sleepy Eye, he was bound over to the grand jury but that body failed to return an indictment, and a second arrest and examination resulted in the same manner. The crime, if such there was, was never ferreted out and the culprit is still unpunished."


Note    N42-673         Back to Index        Back to Andrew M. Chute and Isabel or Isabella F. Porter Chute.

Notes on Andrew M. Chute and Isabel or Isabella F. Porter Chute:

"Born in Clements, N.S., June 13, 1828; came to Salem, Mass., 1850; married Isabella, daughter of Jeremiah Porter of Nova Scotia, Mar 22, 1852, and located at Swampscott, shoemaker. He went into Company B, 23rd Mass., in the late war, taken prisoner in Virginia, and died in Andersonville Prison in Georgia, 1864."

Source: Chute, William Edward. 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. Salem, Massachusetts, 1894. Page 126.

Andrew M. Chute, identifying himself as a shoemaker, enlisted in the 23rd Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry on 18 FEB 1864. Regimental records show that the 23rd Massachusetts had been organized in September of 1861, and were already in the field in Portsmouth, Virginia and at Getty's Station, on the Norfolk & Suffolk Railroad, at the time that Andrew enlisted. He would have traveled to join them there and joined them in these duties, through April 26, 1864.

Following the conclusion of their duties in Portsmouth, the activities of the 23rd Massachusetts in which Andrew M. Chute participated were:

Demonstration on Portsmouth March 1-5.
Expedition to Isle of Wight County April 13-15.
Action at Smithfield, Cherry Grove, April 14.
Moved to Yorktown April 26.
[Union Major General Benjamin F.] Butler's operations on south side of James River and against Petersburg and Richmond May 4-28.
Port Walthal Junction, Chester Station, May 6-7.
Swift's Creek, Swift Creek, May 9-10.
Operations against Fort Darling May 12-16.
Drury's Bluff May 14-16. Drury's Bluff, or Drewry's Bluff, is where Andrew was taken prisoner and taken to Andersonville Prison, where he died.

Why Drury's Bluff Is Important
[Photo, right: Drewry's Bluff in 1865, photo by Levy & Cohen from collection of U.S. Library of Congress.]

"Drewry's Bluff is located in northeastern Chesterfield County, Virginia in the United States. It was the site of Confederate Fort Darling during the American Civil War. It was named for a local landowner, Confederate Captain Augustus H. Drewry. At Richmond, Virginia, location of the fall line at the head of navigation, the generally east-west course of the James River turns almost due south for a distance of about 7 miles (10 km) before turning eastward again towards the Chesapeake Bay. At this sharp bend, Drewry's Bluff on the west side of the James River rose 90 feet (30 m) above the water, commanding a view of several miles distance downstream and making it a logical site for defensive fortifications.

What Happened on May 16, 1864

"On May 5, 1864, Union Major General Benjamin F. Butler and his Army of the James landed at Bermuda Hundred, a neck of land north of City Point at the confluence of the James and Appomattox Rivers, only 15 miles (25 km) south of Richmond. Marching overland, they advanced within three miles (5 km) of Drewry's Bluff by May 9. While several Union regiments did manage to capture Fort Darling's outer defenses, delays by Union generals spoiled the success. Confederate infantry under General P.G.T. Beauregard seized the initiative and successfully counterattacked on May 16. Once again a Union drive on Richmond had been defeated at Drewry's Bluff."

"Gen. [Charles] Heckman's command was now known as the Star Brigade - 1st Brigade, 2d Division, 18th Corps - and was ordered up the James to Bermuda Hundred. It was in action at Port Walthall Junction, May 6 and 7, and at Arrowfield Church, May 9. At Drewry's Bluff (also spelled Drurys Bluff), May 16, the Star Brigade was outflanked in the fog which enveloped the field, Gen. Heckman was taken prisoner, and the 23d lost 23 killed and mortally wounded, 20 wounded, and 51 prisoners."

[Note: General P.G.T. Beauregard (photo, left) is Pierre Gustave Toutant-Beauregard, born near New Orleans, Louisiana on May 28, 1818. He shortened his name while a student at West Point. In 1864 he was commanding defenses at Petersburg, Virginia and providing support to General Robert E. Lee near Richmond. Times change. In 2004, he was apparently prognosticating the early arrival of spring in the south ... in the form of the groundhog named after him, "General Beauregard Lee". Also well known for his popularity with the ladies of he south, he was also the inspiration for the name of one of the Duke boys in the "Dukes of Hazzard" television program.]

Sources: for a full accounting of the service record of the 23rd Massachusetts Infantry, and the Battle of Drury's Bluff, there are a number of excellent websites:

For more information on General P.G.T. Beauregard:

The Drewry's Bluff unit of the National Park Service's Richmond National Battlefield Park includes 42 acres (170,000 m�) of this historic land off Interstate 95 south of Richmond. Visitors can stand in the former defense works overlooking what is still a commanding view of the James River.Two Virginia Historical Highway Markers, # VA-012 and # VA-013 are located on Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway (US Highway 1 and US Highway 301) nearby commemorates Drewry's Bluff.


Note    N42-674         Back to Index        Back to William Henry Chute and Phebe Frances Savary Chute.

Notes on William Henry Chute and Phebe Frances Savary Chute:

"Born in Nova Scotia, Nov. 28, 1847, and brought up partly in Nova Scotia and partly in Salem, Mass. He received a tolerably good education, so that he has taught singing, written and composed some hymns and tunes; and has exercised his gifts some as an evangelist among the Adventists. Latterly a painter in Salem and Lynn. He married Fanny Isabel Savory7, (Nathan6, Nathan5, Uriah4, Thomas4(sic), Samuel2, Thomas1, England to America, 1634) Nov. 21, 1870, and lived twenty years in Digby Co., N.S., a painter, then came to Salem."

Source: Chute, William Edward. 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. Salem, Massachusetts, 1894. Page 127

William Edward Chute may have realized that "Fanny Isobel" was a "Savary" and not a "Savory" - he lists her as "Savory" in the text and "Savary" in the Index. The Canadian Census of 1881 reflects the same name provided by the Sabin/Sabean family: Phebe Frances ("Fanny") Savary and not "Fanny Isobel Savory".

Also, in William Henry Chute's wife's pedigree, two ancestors are listed in the 4th generation, and then the list skips to the second genration. I am assuming that this was a typesetter's error and that Thomas4 was meant to be Thomas3


Note    N42-675         Back to Index        Back to Hiram Chute and Isabella Elliot Taylor Chute.

Notes on Hiram Chute and Isabella Elliot Taylor Chute:

"Born in Clements, N.S. Dec. 21, 1822; married Isabella, daughter of Robert Taylor, by Rev. Joshua B. Cogswell, Aug. 1, 1850 and lived at or near Frederickton, N. B. He early went to sea and advanced step by step till he became captain of the British brig Robert Reed, which sailed to Boston from Matanzas, W. I., with a cargo of molasses in August, 1858; was drowned in the harbor the night of Sept. 1, found the fifth and buried."

Source: Chute, William Edward. 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. Salem, Massachusetts, 1894. Page 127.


Note    N42-676         Index
Notes on Edward Irvine and Mary Annetta Chute Irvine: WEC reports that the couple had 2 children. Edward is considered to be one of the "Founding Fathers" of Phoenix, Arizona.

Tom Irvine was kind enough to provide two versions of the Edward Irvine biography: the first one, directly below is the "Polished Until It Glows" version, and the second is the "Unvarnished Truth" version (written by Tom Irvine), which, as everyone knows, is a lot more entertaining.

Photo and biographical sketches from the Irvine Family website:
Courtesy of Tom Irvine


The ancestral home of the Irvine family is Scotland, and there the paternal grandfather, Edward, was born in the vicinity of Glasgow. In later years he removed with his family to county Tyrone, Ireland, and there his son, Alexander, was born. The elder Irvine was a member of the Presbyterian Church, and upon immigrating to America settled in New Brunswick, where he eventually died. Alexander went to New Brunswick with his family in 1840, and conducted farming interests; also worked at his trade of weaver. His useful and enterprising life terminated in New Brunswick, as did that of his wife, Jane (Johnstone) Irvine, who was born in Tyrone, Ireland, and was a daughter of Samuel Johnstone.

Edward Irvine was born in county Tyrone, Ireland, November 29, 1838. Of the three daughters and one son who attained maturity, he was the youngest, and was reared and educated in New Brunswick, and attended the public schools, and St. John's private school. His early aspirations were along the lines of educational work, and when eighteen years of age he began to teach school, an occupation which engaged his attention on and off during the rest of his residence in the province. He also became interested in farming, and was for a time engaged as a bookkeeper in Holton, Me., and upon returning to New Brunswick became interested in the mercantile business. In 1868 he crossed the isthmus to California, and taught school in Monterey and San Diego counties, and also engaged in the cattle and merchandise business in San Diego County.

Before leaving New Brunswick and during his residence in California, Mr. Irvine had devoted his leisure moments to the study of law, and was admitted to practice at San Diego, Cal. After taking up his dwelling in Phoenix, he practiced his profession for a time, and served several terms as justice of the peace. He subsequently became interested in the general merchandise business, and continued the same until about 1883. Since then he has been engaged in loaning money, and in the real-estate business, in addition to all of his other interests.

In New Brunswick, in 1859, Mr. Irvine married Deborah Rideout, a native of New Brunswick, and a daughter of Joseph Rideout, a judge and attorney of New Brunswick. Mrs. Irvine died in her native land in 1863; of her three children two are deceased. Mr. Irvine contracted a second marriage in New Brunswick in 1867, with Mary A. Chute. Of this union there were two children, Thomas E., of Phoenix, and Lilla C., who is now Mrs. Sharp, of Phoenix. The present Mrs. Irvine was formerly Izora E. Jackson, who was born in Ohio, and of this union there are eight children, viz.: Izora J., Edward, James M.B., Angelina V., Roy O.J., Evangeline, Sylvan, and Sarah. The children are all at home. Mr. Irvine was made a Mason in Arizona, and is connected with the Royal Arch Chapter and Commandery No. 3, K.T., at Phoenix. He is also associated with El Zaribah Temple, N.M.S., and the Eastern Star. In international politics he is independent, and aside from serving for three terms as justice of the peace, has been a member of the board of commissioners of the insane asylum. He is prominent in religious circles, and as a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, has served for many years as trustee and superintendent of the Sunday-school. He is regarded as one of the most substantial of the early pioneers who have brought about the present prosperity, and is esteemed for his many admirable traits of mind, character and attainment."

This biography appears to have been written during Edward's lifetime. But since you knew that was too glowingly wholesome to possibly be true, here's the "Unvarnished Truth" version:


Edward Irvine was born in the vicinity of Glasgow, Scotland. He then moved to County Tyrone, Ireland, according to Reference 1. Alexander Irvine was the son of Edward Irvine. He married Jane Johnson in Ireland, according to Reference 2. The wife's name is given as Jane Johnstone in Reference 1, however. Her father is given as Samuel Johnstone in Reference 1. They had several children, including Sarah (Beckim) and Edward, per Reference 2. Edward, the son of Alexander, was born in County Tyrone, Ireland in 1838. Alexander Irvine and his family left Ireland in 1842. They settled in Saint John's River, New Brunswick. Edward married Deborah Rideout in New Brunswick in 1859. They had a son, Joseph A. R. Irvine. Deborah died in 1863.

Edward married Mary Annetta Chute in New Brunswick in 1867. They had a son, Thomas Edward, who was born in Bear River, Nova Scotia. They also had a daughter Lillah. Edward left his family and settled in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1870, with his son from his first marriage, Joseph A.R. Edward was a prominent businessman. He is listed as a founder of the city of Phoenix at: Edward's son Joseph A. R. was a member of the Arizona legislature and a commissioner of the city of Phoenix. Edward married Izora Jackson in Phoenix in 1880. Unfortunately, he married Izora without first obtaining a divorce from his previous wife, Mary Annetta. Mary Annetta, and her children, Thomas Edward and Lillah, eventually traveled from Nova Scotia to Phoenix to seek financial support from Edward. This created a scandal for Edward, who was then indicted by the District Court in Arizona for bigamy. Edward and Mary Annetta finally obtained a divorce in Phoenix in 1897. As a result of the divorce, Edward lost much of his wealth. He also fell from prominence in Phoenix.


Note    N42-677         Index
Notes on Thomas Luckey Earle and Hughina Margaret Chute Earle: WEC records that the couple had 5 children. They are recorded in the 1881 Canadian (New Brunswick) Census - Thomas reported his birth in Lancastershire, Great Britain and at the time of the census worked as Telegraph Operator.

By the time of the 1920 United States Census, Hughina, now a widow, is living at 304 North 4th Avenue, with her daughter Annetta in Phoenix, Arizona, where Annetta worked as a clerk. Another relative, A.E., also lived at the same address.

Their residence in Arizona may be connected with her sister Mary Annetta, who reportedly moved from Nova Scotia to Arizona, only to to discover that her husband Edward Irvine had taken a second wife - without the legalities of divorcing the first - causing quite a scandal in Phoenix at the time.

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