Chute Family Notes: Notes 86-1566 through 86-1592

Note   N86-1566          Index
Notes on Daniel S. (Sylvester?) Cobb and Eliza Stubbs Chute Cobb:

There is a discrepancy in residences: William Edward Chute has them living in Deering, Cumberland County, Maine while the genealogical database "Adam", created by a Cobb descendant, has them living in Falmouth, Maine. He points out that there is a road in Falmouth called Cobb's Lane, and that Daniel Cobb was a farmer.

In this case, I believe William Edward Chute to be incorrect, as the 1850, 1860 and 1870 census records all have the family living in Falmouth, Cumberland County, Maine.

In both the 1850 and 1860 census, Daniel Cobb is listed as a stonecutter and stone mason. In the 1870 census, he is listed as a farmer.

The middle name of "Sylvester" for Daniel, Sr. is assumed, based on the full name of the son, and the "S" as a middle initial in the 1850 census. The birthdates for Daniel, Jr. and Rotheus are reversed between the 1850 census and 1860 census. In the 1850 census, Rotheus is the youngest; in the 1860 Census, Daniel is the youngest. In the 1870 Census, Daniel Sr. is a farmer; Daniel, Jr., still living at home, is a "house carpenter".

Lastly, based on the 1850 census, son Merritt was a mariner, and as the enumeration date of the census is August of 1850, his date of death (21 July 1850) is in doubt, unless he died at sea, and his death was unknown to his family at the time the census was taken. Daughter Angeline Sophronia is known as both/either Sophronia Angeline and Angeline Sophronia.


Note   N86-1567          Index
Notes on Donald Ralph Chute and Carol Ann Kitson Chute (photo, right):

Our oldest daughter, Tamra, graduated from University of Michigan in the class of '94 with a degree in Nursing and a commission as an officer in the Air Force. She did two years at Eastern with a high school military academic scholarship. Then she transferred to Michigan (Ann Arbor) for three years. After seven years, the Air Force sent her back to school for her Masters in Nursing and they wouldn't allow her to go to U of M, because of the cost, so she went to Wayne State. She is a Major now and testing to become a Lt. Colonel. She is stationed at Wilford Hall at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, TX. About nine years to retirement, unless she decides to stay longer.

I took some Business Management courses at Schoolcraft to the equivalent of an Associate's Degree. Mostly for my own use for work at Detroit Edison. Our other daughter, Donna, lives in Westland and works for Team Air, in Romulus. She is the shipping manager.

My parents were in the process of divorce when I was born. My dad got custody of me by the court, because my mom had epilepsy. Not real bad, but enough to make them think that she wasn't able to cope. Now days, there are drugs. My dad was footloose and fancy free and didn't need a kid around, so I went to live with relatives, (grandparents & Uncle Don and Aunt Betty) and then through 13 foster homes before the age of 6. By the way, Mary used to go by Betty (from her middle name Elizabeth) to the immediate family. I didn't stay long enough to remember most places I was in until the Beesley's took me in.

Norma & Emil Beesley, of Taylor, MI, had already raised five sons of their own when they took me in (long story how it came about). In today's world it wouldn't have been possible. Anyway, I lived with them on Mary Street until two days before my 12th birthday. My biological father came, and against everyones will, took me to California, where he had moved to the year before. I lived with him, and his wife, Dorothy, until I joined the Navy on my 17th birthday. If you find anything on the Beesley family from the Southeast Michigan area, and need anything from me, let me know. Note the spelling. The more common spelling would be Beasley, but they have an E instead of an A."

Donald Ralph Chute
Monday, November 28, 2005


Note    N86-1568         Back to Index        Back to Fred LaMarr Chute
Notes on Fred LaMarr Chute and Doris Mae Sandeno Chute:

Letter from Fred LaMarr Chute to George M. Chute, Jr., with Chute Family Data Worksheet

8200 Laramie Avenue
Skokie, Illinois
December 6, 1958

Dear Mr. Chute,

I was very glad to receive your inquiry and letter. It seems that the Chute Family is not too large and therefore any information regarding the family is of great interest to me. I have heard of the book, �The Chute Family in America�. This book was printed such a long time ago that copies are quite rare and difficult to obtain. I would certainly like to get such a copy. My particular branch of the family had one copy a long time ago, but it seems that it has disappeared. Would you have any suggestions which might enable me to obtain a copy?

If I can be of any aid to you in the pursuit of the Chute Family, please feel free to call upon me at any time.


Fred LaMarr Chute

Data Provided on Worksheet:
Middle Name: LaMarr
Birthdate: March 1, 1926
Marital Status: I am single
Sister's children's names: Thomas Don Chute Burton (birthdate listed but private)
They live where? Minneapolis, Minnesota
Your occupation? Teacher - Social Studies

Below are three obituaries from three sources on Fred LaMarr Chute - all three are included because each one is slighly different than the other two.

Obituary, Fred LaMarr Chute - Rolling Meadows Review (Dec/2/2005)

A memorial service for Fred LaMarr Chute, 79, of Schaumburg was held Nov. 29 at Southminster Presbyterian Church, Arlington Heights. Born March 1, 1926, in Fairmont, Minn., he died Nov. 23 at his home following several years battling prostate and bone cancer. Mr. Chute joined the Navy and served during World War II. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree at Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, Ia., and taught high school in Iowa. He moved to Illinois in 1955, to teach eighth grade social studies in Skokie. He married Doris Sandeno in 1963.

Mr. Chute is survived by his wife, Doris; a daughter, Sandra (Mike) Herman; a son, Fred (Cindi); his grandchildren, Samantha, Tyler, Nicholas, Kayla, Jennifer and Nadine; and a great granddaughter, Aerial. He was preceded in death by his sister, Byrldeen Burton.

Interment was in Memory Gardens Cemetery, Arlington Heights. Memorials may be made to Southminster Presbyterian Church, 916 E. Central Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60005; the American Cancer Society; or VITAS Hospice in Lombard, Ill. Arrangements were made with the Meadows Funeral Home, Rolling Meadows.

Obituary, Fred LaMarr Chute - THE JOURNAL & TOPICS NEWSPAPERS | November 30-December 5, 2005

FRED LAMARR CHUTE Of Schaumburg: Visitation for Fred LaMarr Chute was held Monday at Meadows Funeral Home. He passed away Nov. 23. Mr. Chute served in the Navy while still in high school, and served on Guam during World War II. A graduate of Buena Vista College in Iowa, he taught high school there and moved to the area in 1955 to teach eighth grade social studies at Lincoln Jr. High in Skokie. He remained there until his retirement in 1987. Mr. Chute and his wife, Doris (nee Sandeno) lived in Arlington Heights for most of their time in the area before moving to Schaumburg in 1991. Mr. Chute leaves behind his wife; children Sandra (Mike) and Fred (Cindi); grandchildren Samantha, Tyler, Nicholas, Kayla, Jennifer and Nadine; and great-granddaughter Aerial. He is preceded in death by sister Byrldeen Burton. Interment took place at Memory Gardens. Memorials may be made to Southminster Presbyterian Church at 915 E. Central Rd. in Arlington Hts., the American Cancer Society or VITAS Hospice in Lombard.

Obituary, Fred LaMarr Chute - Fred LaMarr Chute - Arlington Heights Post (Dec/2/2005)

Fred L. Chute: A memorial service for Fred LaMarr Chute, 79, of Schaumburg was held Nov. 29 at Southminster Presbyterian Church, Arlington Heights. Born March 1, 1926, in Fairmont, Minn., he died Nov. 23 at his home following several years battling prostate and bone cancer. Mr. Chute joined the Navy while still in high school, being activated upon graduation, and served on Guam during World War II. He received his bachelor of arts degree at Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, Iowa, and taught high school in several towns in Iowa. He then moved to Illinois in 1955, to teach eighth grade social studies at Lincoln Junior High in Skokie, where he remained until his retirement in 1987. He married Doris Sandeno, a co-worker, in 1963. They spent the largest part of their marriage in Arlington Heights, moving to Schaumburg in 1991. Mr. Chute is survived by his wife, Doris; a daughter, Sandra (Mike) Herman; a son, Fred (Cindi); his grandchildren, Samantha, Tyler, Nicholas, Kayla, Jennifer and Nadine; and a great granddaughter, Aerial. He was preceded in death by his sister, Byrldeen Burton. Interment was in Memory Gardens Cemetery, Arlington Heights. Memorials may be made to Southminster Presbyterian Church, 916 E. Central Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60005; the American Cancer Society; or VITAS Hospice in Lombard, Ill. Arrangements were made with the Meadows Funeral Home, Rolling Meadows.


Note    N86-1569         Back to Index        Back to Edward Abbott Chute II and Helen Laura LaPierre Chute.
Notes on Edward Abbott Chute II and Helen Laura LaPierre Chute:

Update: Thanks to their grandson, Chuck Munn, we now have more information on this family:

"My grandfather was born on 10 March 1898 in Fitchburg, Massachusetts and died on 02 October 1948 in St. John's Hospital in Oxnard, California. At the time of his death, he had been long divorced from my grandmother, Helen Laura Lapierre-Chute. Helen Laura Lapierre was the daughter of Albert Edward Lapierre and Albertina Manteuffel. She was born on 24 September 1900 in Clare, Michigan and died on 13 September 1983 in Phoenix, Arizona. Helen remarried in 1934 to Leroy Stevens Shoemaker and hence, she was known as "Helen Shoemaker". The cremated remains of Helen and Leroy are at Greenwood Memory Park in Phoenix.

Two children were born to Edward Abbott Chute and Helen Laura Lapierre - Doreen Lenore Chute, born on 16 March 1920 in Los Angeles, California (died 27 August 1971 as Doreen Willard in Phoenix, Arizona) and my mother, Marilyn Kay, Chute, born on 05 June 1924 in Inglewood, California and died on 16 August 1999 in Glendale, Arizona. My mother was buried as Marilyn Kay Munn.

I do not have a marriage date for Ed and Helen although I'm sure that they were married in Los Angeles. I do have some copies of their divorce papers that don't say exactly when the divorce was filed for or why. My mother had very few memories of her father. I believe the divorce was initiated within 2-3 years after she was born in 1924. (This was a very sensitive subject in our family when I was growing up. It wasn't talked about although my Grandmother Helen was the type who would have run out the whole story if I had ever asked her. But I never did.)

Edward Abbott Chute was buried in Ivy Lawn Cemetery in Oxnard, California. Strangely enough, he had died in the same hospital in Oxnard where my older brother was born just a year earlier. I was born in 1951 and never had the opportunity to meet my grandfather but my wife swears that I look just like him.

I am sending this with the hope that this information will be useful to you."

Chuck Munn
Peoria, Arizona
6/13/2006 4:13:58 P.M. Eastern Standard Time

Notes from Cemetery Memorial: Edward Abbott Chute

Son of Arthur Harris Chute and Mabel Augusta Lawrence of Ashburnham, Worcester County, Massachusetts. Husband of Helen Laura La Pierre of Clare, Clare County, Michigan; married on 30 March 1919 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California. (Divorced in 1927).

"Edward A. Chute, 50, 623 Roderick Avenue, died at St. John's Hospital early this morning.

Mr. Chute has resided in Oxnard since his discharge from military service in March, 1916 and was the agent for the Pacific Greyhound Line until September 1. He was a veteran of World War I and II, having served in the Medical Corps. in both wars with the U.S. Army.

Survivors are his wife, Dorothy L. Chute; father, Arthur H. Chute, Torrance; two daughters, Mrs. Marilyn Munn and Miss Doreen Chute of Phoenix, Arizona and four grandchildren.

He was a member of the Oxnard Rotary Club, B.P.O. Elks, Number 1443. Oxnard Lodge Number 341, Free and Accepted Masons, Peria Grotto, and the Al Al Malaikah Temple of the Mystic Shrine in Los Angeles.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at Reardon's Chapel with the Rev Peter K. Fleming and the Masonic Order officiating. Burial will follow at Ivy Lawn."

Source: See Source.

Notes from Cemetery Memorial: Helen Laura LaPierre

Daughter of Albert Edward La Pierre of New York and Albertina Wilhelmina Von Manteuffel of Heidelberg, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany.

Wife of Edward Abbott Chute of Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts; married on 30 March 1919 in Los Angeles County, California; divorced on 14 December 1927.

Remarried to Leroy Stevens Shoemaker of New Bethlehem, Clarion County, Pennsylvania; married on 25 August 1934 in Florence, Pinal County, Arizona.

1956 Phoenix Woman of the Year

In 1955, Helen was appointed State Advisor of Women's Activities for the National Foundation of Infantile Paralysis and also Chairman of the Volunteers for Elementary Schools throughout Maricopa County. Through her efforts, 7,000 children in the first and second grades were innoculated with the Salk Vaccine. In 1956, Helen was named Chairman of the Volunteers for High Schools in the greater Phoenix area. This drive resulted in the mass innoculation of about 6,000 high school and junior college students.

Source: See Source.

Helen LaPierre Chute has been considerably more difficult to trace. There are two records which may represent Edward Abbott's "Helen LaPierre":

There is a 1910 census record, incorrectly transcribed, of a Helen Lapierre, born in California, listed as age 9 in 1910. However, looking at the actual document, the census taker has actually written a "5" and not a "9", which should place her birth year at "about 1905. Her family was living in San Francisco in 1910.

A record from the Social Security Death Index of a Helen Chute also records her as having been born in California with a birth date of 23 Aug 1906 and a date of death, in Sun City, Maricopa County, Arizona, of 17 Jan 1988.

Those are the working birth and death dates - at the moment - but note that this Helen has not been definitively connected to Edward Abbott Chute's "Helen LaPierre".

Edward Abbott Chute is unusual in that he fought in both World Wars I and II. The history of the Warrant Officer Corps states that "the predecessor of the warrant officer was the Army Field Clerk (formerly Headquarters Clerk) and the Field Clerk, Quartermaster Corps (formerly Pay Clerk). Both were authorized by the Act of August, 1916. Although these personnel were initially considered civilians, the Judge Advocate General eventually determined that they held military status. The rank and grade of warrant officer was introduced in the Act of July 1918, which established the Army Mine Planter Service in the Costal Artillery Corps and directed that warrant officers serve as masters, mates, chief engineers, and assistant engineers of each vessel. Three varying levels of pay were authorized.

The use of warrant officers was expanded by the Act of 1920, which authorized appointment of warrant officers in clerical, administrative, and band-leading activities. The Act of 1920 authorized 1,120 warrant officers, provided for appointments in the Army-at-large rather than in specific branches and established warrant officer assignments in various headquarters and tactical units. Perhaps the most significant motive for the expansion was "a desire to reward enlisted men of long service and also to reward former commissioned officers of World War I who lacked either the educational or other eligibility requirements necessary for continuance in the commissioned status."

Source: The United States Army


Note    N86-1570         Back to Index        Back to William Deyo and Hester Chute Deyo
Notes on William Deyo and Hester Chute Deyo:

This is an interesting record: the location of this specific couple is listed as Geneva and Waterloo (New York), which places Hester about 90 miles from Warsaw, New York, the location of James Chute and Anna Kerwin, and an equal distance in the other direction of James Chute and "Ann" of Utica, recorded in the 1880 Census. While there is not yet any recorded evidence that these families are connected, they are being recorded as being at least in a relatively close geographical area.


Note    N86-1571         Back to Index        Back to Ira Chute
Notes on Ira Chute:

At the moment, there is no record of an Ira Chute who would fit this record, found on the Internet Movie Database. If anyone knows this Ira Chute - apparently a talented writer and production coordinator in Los Angeles - drop us a line!

Ira Chute
Selected filmography
Filter (TV series) - Production Coordinator, Writer (writer) 2002
Player$ (TV series) - Production Coordinator 2002
Portal (TV series) - Production Coordinator 2002
Blister (TV series) - Production Coordinator 2002 (TV series) - Production Coordinator 2002
Icons (TV series documentary) - Production Coordinator 2002
Sweat (TV series) - Production Coordinator, Writer (writer) 2002
Highway Pilgrim (Feature Film Documentary) Producer (with Ryan Mascalcas) 2005

Source: Copyright � 2006 Internet Movie Database Inc.

It is possible he may also be from Great Britain as he was listed in 2004 as a collector of a drawing and oil painting by Jhaya Esser, who works both in the the U.S. and in the United Kingdom. At the time of the purchase, he was still living in Los Angeles, however.


Note    N86-1572         Back to Index        Back to George Stronach and Mary Fales Stronach
Notes on George Stronach and Mary Fales Stronach:

The Chutes and the Stronachs intermarried on a number of occasions: Florence ("Flora") Baker, daughter of Lucy Ann Stronach married Charles Chester Chute, Eugene Stronach married Ruby Pearl Chute, and there are other connections through allied family members.

"The founder of this Annapolis County family, George Stronach, was born in or near Glasgow and was a son of a merchant of that city. He lost his mother at the age of fifteen or sixteen, after which he was sent to a High School to prepare for a University course, but owing to disagreements with his step-mother, or dislike of the school, or both, it is said he left the coach which was to have conveyed him to the school, after a visit home on a vacation, and took ship for America - then about eighteen years old. He met General Ruggles in Halifax, and came with him to the County of Annapolis. He and Benjamin Fales, already noted, obtained for their three years service to the General a deed of a thousand acres of land (five hundred to each), on and near that portion of the North Mountain which now bears his name - the Stronach Mountain. The tract of land was divided from north to south, the east side going to Stronach, the west to Fales; and the Stronach Road was afterward constructed on the line between them. They built houses quite near each other, and he married Fales' sister Mary, and after her death, Elizabeth O'Connor, nee Merritt. He was clever and witty, with a little eccentricity, while his superior education made him conspicuous among his fellow settlers."

W.A. Calnek, History of the County of Annapolis, pages 609-610

There is considerable discrepancy on the name of his second wife. Despite Calnek's history, I am not convinced he had the correct name, and descendant Anne Crocker has done some strong research that seems more likely: Calnek may have reversed the surnames and she may have actually been "Elizabeth Merritt nee O'Connor". Further discussion on her identity can be found on the Stronach family website, Three Spades Deep - The Stronach Saga.


Note    N86-1573         Back to Index        Back to Henry de Rosenbach Walker and Maud Eleanor Chute Walker
Notes on Henry de Rosenbach Walker and Maud Eleanor Chute Walker:

Details on Henry De Rosenbach Walker from the Cambridge University Alumni, 1261-1900 Record

College: TRINITY
Entered: Michs. 1885 (Michelmas)
Born: May 30, 1867
Died: July 31, 1923

More Information: Adm. pens. at TRINITY, May 12, 1885. Son of Robert Frederick, of Charlton Court, near Staines, Middlesex (and Marie von Rosenbach). Born May 30, 1867, at Sunbury, Middlesex. School, Winchester. Matric. Michs. 1885; B.A. 1888. A Clerk in the Foreign Office, 1889-92. M.P. for the Melton div. of Leicestershire, 1906-10. Alderman, L.C.C., 1919. Travelled in Russia, Central Asia and the Far East, etc. Married, Feb. 14, 1900, Maud Eleanor, dau. of the Rev. D. W. Chute, R. of Sherborne St John, Hants., and had issue. Author, Australasian Democracy; The West Indies and the Empire, etc. Died July 31, 1923. (Winchester Coll. Reg.; Who was Who.)

For : MELTON (LEICESTERSHIRE) Date: 19 Jan 1906
Name: Henry de Rosenbach Walker
Born: 30 May 1867
Died: 31 Jul 1923
Age: 56


Location: Swanage
Name: Henry de Rosenbach Walker
Residence: Melton Lodge, Ulwell Rd
Year: Kelly's Directory 1915
Page: 1
Residence: Private Residence

On Saturday, 14 January, 2006, an anonymous resident of Melton Lodge on Ulwell Road in Swanage wrote to say that Henry de Rosenbach Walker had actually given the home its name, as he was the MP for Melton. The new residents had retained the name of the home.


Note    N86-1574         Back to Index        Back to Alexander Sherman and Elizabeth Chute/Chewte Sherman.
Notes on Alexander Sherman and Elizabeth Chute/Chewte Sherman:

"Sotterley was the birthplace of the Chute wife of Alexander Sherman of Bruisyard. Relationship to us is not yet known, but the names were recorded in Visitation record. The Shermans, originally from the busy seaport of King's Lynn, Norfolk, were also prominent citizens at the river-port of Dedham, Essex."  (Frances Chute, The Chutes of the Vyne:"Known Suffolk Residences of 16C Chutes")

"King's Lynn, 200 years earlier was the home of a branch of the Kempe family which produced John Kempe. He is better known for having married, around 1393, Margery Brunham (b. ~1373), daughter of John Brunham. She is better known as Margery of Kempe - a perpetually sobbing mystic who is either remembered fondly as a deeply religious woman, or remembered not quite as fondly as the mother of 14 children suffering so badly from an intense post partum psychosis that she turned into something of religious nut: irritating all of her King's Lynn neighbors to no end and managing to annoy fellow pilgrims all the way to Rome, by suddenly bursting into loud screaming and sobbing at inexplicable moments. You'll recall the Kempe Coat of Arms appears later in the Chute pedigree as Edmond Chute's wife (her first name not recorded)."   (Jacqueline Chute)


Note    N86-1575         Back to Index        Back to Donald Leroy Chute and Marjorie Phyllis Moore Chute.
Notes on Donald Leroy Chute and Marjorie Phyllis Moore Chute:


CHUTE, Donald L. - 80, Melvern Square, passed away peacefully in Mountain Lea Lodge, Bridgetown, Monday, December 26, 2005. Born in Melvern Square, he was a son of the late Otis and Vivian (Longmire) Chute. Donald loved his Lord, his family and his community, which he willingly and faithfully served over many years. Don enjoyed his life as a certified strawberry plant producer and apple grower. He also spent many hours caring for his vegetable and flower gardens. Don was an avid hunter and outdoor enthusiast. Surviving, besides his wife, the former Marjorie Morse, are son, Darrell (Jean), Hammonds Plains; daughter, Sandra (Paul) Casey, Bridgewater; sister, Margaret (Lorraine) Wolfe, Dartmouth; grandchildren, Pamela, Tracy and Cynthia Chute, Joel and Jill Comeau. Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, December 28, in Middleton Funeral Home (902-825-3448). Funeral service will be Thursday, December 29, at 2 p.m. in Melvern Square United Baptist Church, Rev. Sharon Budd officiating. Interment will be in Church Grove Cemetery, Melvern Square. Family flowers only by request, donations in memory may be made to Melvern Square United Baptist Church or Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia. On-line condolences may be sent to: [email protected]

Source: Chronicle-Herald/Mail Star, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; Dec/27/2005


Note    N86-1576         Back to Index        Back to Martin Daley and Margaret O'Connell Daley.
Notes on Martin Daley and Margaret O'Connell Daley:

"Lived about 2 miles from Waterville, County Kerry. Immigrated in 1853 to Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1861 they moved to Winona, Minnesota. In 1864 to Rochester. Martin Daley's mother was considered too advanced in age to make the arduous trip to America, but she lived to be 108!"

Source: Cynthia Harrer Anderson

Note    N86-1577         Back to Index        Back to Rowland Chute.
Notes on Rowland Chute:

Rowland Chute is often quoted in articles discussing real estate or property investment in South Africa. He is a director of Old Mutual Properties in South Africa. As "Trevor Chute" (below) is a Remax Real Estate agent in Cape Town and surrounding areas, it is possible that the two, being in the same business, are from the same nuclear family. A June 2004 business article is below:

Sanlam's strategy sheds property worth R1.5bn
03 Jun 2004 Business Report
By Dirk De Vynck

Cape Town - Sanlam Properties will have taken R1.5 billion worth of property off its books this year when the Vukile Property Fund is listed this month.

Vukile will be worth about R2 billion and will be made up of properties worth R1.1 billion from Sanlam, the R500 million property portfolio of the Kuper Legh Property Group, and third party vendor properties worth about R350 million.

Bonnie Olivier, Sanlam Properties' national sales manager, said the firm was downscaling its exposure to property, either through listing or market sales. The strategy was to bring Sanlam's property holdings more in line with international norms "Insurers will only look at selling or listing properties if there is relative uncertainty about income streams". It had sold about R400 million of property this year, excluding that of the soon-to-be-listed Vukile.

In October last year, Sanlam Properties listed the MICC Property Income Fund with a portfolio of R900 million. Angelique de Rauville, the managing director of property asset manager Provest, said that although Old Mutual and Liberty had been in no hurry to list their directly held property holdings, she expected it would eventually happen. She predicted that, in time, about 80 percent of the R30 billion worth of property held by institutions could be listed. But she said it was highly unlikely that the institutions would sell their crown jewels, such as Old Mutual's Gateway and Cavendish centres and Liberty's stake in Sandton City.

Leon Allison, an analyst from First South Securities, said the chances of the institutions listing or selling their core properties were very slim.

"Many of these prime properties, especially the shopping centres, are trading at income yields well below that of the average listed fund. Listing these properties would in effect mean that the institutions would have to write off part of the property values, something that would never happen," Allison said. An analyst, who asked not to be named, said the properties held by institutions were a relatively secure source of cash flow needed to offset liabilities. "Insurers take a long-term view. They will only look at selling or listing properties if there is relative uncertainty about future income streams of the individual properties," the analyst said.

Rowland Chute, a director at Old Mutual Properties, said he could not comment on the listing or selling of Old Mutual property, as it only managed the properties on behalf of the Old Mutual Life Assurance Company.


Note    N86-1578         Back to Index        Back to Trevor Chute.
Notes on Trevor Chute:

Trevor Chute is an active real estate agent with Remax Real Estate in the Cape Town, South Africa area.


Note    N86-1579         Back to Index        Back to Laura Chute.
Notes on Laura Chute:

Advertisement/Job Posting. While there was no date attached to the advertisement, the surrounding advertisements appeared to be in the 2004-2005 date range. The advertisement was for an opening as "Head Housekeeper" to manage a team of up to 30 people in a "well established hotel in Bristol City Center", the Travel Inn. However, the contact for prospective employees was the In-house recruiter for Jani-King, a company which provides staffing for hotels in Great Britain. "Miss Laura Chute" was listed as the In-house recruiter, located in Kingston on Thames, in Surrey. No further information is known about her at this time.


Note    N86-1580         Back to Index        Back to F.J. Chute.
Notes on F.J. Chute:

It is possible that this individual has already been recorded, but is not easily recognizable solely by his initials. In the academic 2005-6 calendar year, he was employed as a Professor of Economics at the City of London School for Boys. He is recorded as having obtained a M.A. from Trinity College, Dublin, and a M.Sc. in Economics from the University of London.

Source URL:

Note    N86-1581         Back to Index        Back to Francis Arundel Shore and Frances ("Fanny") Chute Shore.
Notes on Francis Arundel Shore and Frances ("Fanny") Chute Shore:

"Most of what I have discovered about Francis Arundel Shore is that he was the third son of Rev Thomas Robert Shore, a Church of Ireland clergyman living in Dublin. He had two brothers, Rev Thomas Teignmouth Shore who later became Dean of Worcester Cathedral, and William Carpenter Noel Shore, my great grandfather. In the entry for Rev Thomas Robert Shore, in Alumni Dubliensis, it mentions that Francis Arundel married Fanny, daughter of Rev. George Chute of Shropshire. They had four children, Thomas Robert Silver Shore (b 9 01. 1868), Francis Arundel (b 8 02 1969), Marion Elizabeth Shore (b 29 01.1871) and Caroline Frances (b 8.02 1877). The first 3 were born in Rathmines, Dublin.

In 1938, my great aunt wrote to my mother a little of the the family history saying that she had not heard of Francis Arundel, but believed he was a Bank Manager and had two boys and two girls.

Should you have any further information about the children, I should be pleased to know. I am afraid I don�t know very much about the Chutes except that it is rather an unusual name and seems likely that they were connected to the Chute Hall Chutes as both families lived in Ireland."

Source: Ella Canal, great-graddaughter of William Carpenter Noel Shore, via e-mail, 2 Feb 2006, to Jacqueline Chute


Note    N86-1582         Back to Index        Back to Francis ("Frank") Chute and Mary Connell Chute.
Notes on Francis ("Frank") Chute and Mary Connell Chute:

Below is a transcription of his biography from the History of Minnesota, which raises an interesting point: his grandfather - whom the entire family has uniformly named as "Richard Lyberton" - is in this biography listed as "Zebulon".

There are two or three possibilities: the first is that the entire family is incorrect, and the writer of the biography is accurate. We're going to toss Possibility No. 1 out the window as unlikely for now. The second possibility is that this is simply an error, drawn from the name of his brother Zebulon. The third more interesting possibility is that this is the name of his great-grandfather and not his grandfather.

So far, we haven't encountered any Irish records of a "Zebulon Chute". There is always that 1876 Kerry Land Roll name, "Algernon Chute" -- who would be in the same generation or one generation earlier than Frank - perhaps they are all three (Algernon, Lyberton and Zebulon) members of a family branch that has an affinity for odd given names (for an Irish family) that span the alphabet and end in "ON".

"FRANK CHUTE since 1906 has been connected with the Rochester Post Office. Born in Winona County, Minnesota, March 26, 1864, he is a son of John and Margaret (Daly) Chute, and a grandson of Zebulon Chute, who died in Ireland, and Thomas Daly, who came to the United States in 1848, settled first in Ohio and later moved to Missouri, and died in the latter state.

John Chute was born in Ireland in 1838 and was an infant when brought to the United States by his mother. The family located at Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was educated and grew to manhood, and there he met and married Margaret Daly, who had been born in Ireland in 1835 and had been brought to this country in girlhood. Mr. Chute was employed in a Cincinnati packinghouse until removing to Winona County, Minnesota, in 1860, and there worked in a like capacity until 1864, which year saw his advent in Rochester. Here he was identified with the lumber business, and became prominent in democratic politics, and, being a talented public speaker, stumped the state for Gen. George B. McClellan in the fall of 1864. Both he and Mrs. Chute were members of the Roman Catholic Church. They were the parents of seven children, as follows: Charles, who built the Chute Sanitarium at Rochester, is now retired and a resident of Berkeley, California, John, a well-known citizen of Berkeley, where he is connected with the Gamewell Fire Alarm System; Frank, of this review; Wi1liam, the proprietor of a successful billiard hall at Pasco, Washington; Margaret, who is the wife of James Mahoney, of Faribault, Minnesota; Zebulon, engaged in the plumbing business in New York City; and Nellie, who is the wife of F. H. Plumber, engaged in the advertising business in Chicago.

After securing his education in the public schools of Rochester, to which city he was brought as an infant, Frank Chute learned the trade of barber, a vocation which he followed until his appointment, in 1906, to the Rochester Post Office. Here he has remained to the present time, a trusted Government employee, now holding the position of clerk in the mailing department.

Mr. Chute was married in 1894 to Miss Mary Connell, daughter of Patrick Connell who was born in Ireland and was an early settler of Winona County, where he was engaged in the hotel business at St. Charles. Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Chute: Mary and Elizabeth, both of whom are attending high school. The family is connected with the Catholic Church. Mr. Chute has been prominent in fraternal circles, being past councillor of the Modern Woodmen of America, exalted ruler of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and past chancellor commander of the Knights of Pythias. A man of pleasing address and personality and an entertaining conversationalist, he has numerous friends in the community.

Source: Minnesota History and Biography, 1915. Castle, Henry A. Minnesota: Its Story and Biography. Vols. I-III. Chicago and New York: Lewis Publishing, 1915, p. 743


Note    N86-1583         Back to Index        Back to Pierre S. Chute.
Notes on Pierre S. Chute:

At the moment, official record of Chutes in France consists entirely of two known individuals: a Chute found in a French telephone directory who turned out to be an Englishman with an affinity for the ambiance of Paris , AND ... a more interesting and more recent discovery of a Chute who, for some reason, decided to fight World War I as part of the U.S. Army. As it would make no sense to leave one's country with the purpose of returning back home to fight a war on one's native soil as part of a foreign army -- the only plausible explanation for Pierre S. Chute's records is that he traveled to San Francisco around 1906/1907 for the sheer adventure of it all - the Gold Rush had petered out by around 1851.

And he chose to return to the United States after having fought in World War I. He's buried in the Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Franciso. Pierre, so far, is our only recorded Chute who actually appears to be - or have been - French. I don't know about you, but I almost feel an urge to adopt the poor guy - the 1930 census at least, has him still single and living in a San Francisco boarding house, and there are no records so far of him marrying in the State of California.

Another interesting item of note on Pierre's World War I registration form is the comment that, although single, he had parents back home in France, which suggests that there may be more Chute families in France than we had assumed there was. His father's name is not recorded, but his mother's maiden name was Cardelle. The place of origin, listed both on his record at Ellis Island and on his military registration record is Moncayolle, Basses, (Poitou-Charentes), France - (the "Poitou-Charentes" is tossed in by the genealogical software program). Meanwhile, "a "Google" map places a "Moncayolle" in Aquitaine (close to the Spanish border and further south of Poitou-Charentes), so at the moment, I'm not exactly sure where his family lived. I can tell you that Havre, his point of departure IS in Normandy. Does anyone out there have a good working Atlas?

If you know anything about the family of Pierre Chute, or if there is anyone in the San Francisco area who remembers him, use the Online Chute Family Data worksheet, accessible from the Home Page, or contact me at [email protected]. Better yet, if there are any Chutes out there who can translate this page into French, so that it might catch the attention or the memory of someone in France, that would be wonderful.


Note    N86-1584         Back to Index        Back to Freeman Guy Chute and Mabel A. Letson Chute.
Freeman Guy Chute, Passport photo

Notes on Freeman Guy Chute and Mabel A. Letson Chute:

William Edward Chute has Freeman Guy Chute living in Chicago; if he did, he did not leave many official records of it other than his death and burial record; the 1910 census has him living in McCoy, Polk County, Oregon; by 1917-1918, he was in Bellingham, Washington, where he registered for military service. By 1920, he had shipped overseas to Europe with his wife and son (Freeman E. Chute, aged 8, who resolved himself into Eugene Freeman Chute by the time he died in Orange County, California) to Coblenz, Germany, with the U.S. Military and Naval Forces as part of the YMCA Group. He appears to have been a teacher and published at least one known work, Projects in woodwork and furniture making published by the State Normal School in 1918, probably before he shipped overseas. Records of this family seem to have dwindled after the 1920 census, so any further information on them would be appreciated.

His wife is identified through a combination of census records, militar reguistration records and Eugene's death record as Mabel A. Letson. There is a quite plausible record of a Frank Eugene Letson and Ida Arcilla Folsom Letson of North Dakota having a daughter Mabel of the right age - however, so far there is no proof of any connection between the two families, other than the state of South Dakota and North Dakota (the birthplace of Mabel A. Chute, according to the 1900 census), the birth years (Mabel's 1886 to Freeman Guy's 1885), and the names "Eugene" and "Arcilla" that might have been carried on through Eugene Freeman and Mabel's middle initial.


Note    N86-1585         Back to Index        Back to Reuben Stubbs and Nancy Chute Stubbs.
Notes on Reuben Stubbs and Nancy Chute Stubbs.

There are conflicting records on Reuben's date of birth and date of christening: town records have Reuben as both being born on 6 APR 1794 (Cumberland town records), and being christened on 6 APR 1794 (North Yarmouth town records). However, an IGI Record submitted by a member of the LDS Church lists 28 SEP 1794 in North Yarmouth as a christening date. Our record therefore include both dates, and operates with the assumption that he was not born and christened on the same day. The 28 SEP christening date seems more logical.

The official birth record lists his mother as an "Abigail" married to his father Richard. There is no confirmation yet that Reuben's parents "Richard and Abigail" are in fact Richard Stubbs and Abigail Knight. However, until even more likely candidates as his parents can be found, we're operating on the assumption that these two individuals were his parents.


Note    N86-1586         Back to Index        Back to William Cooke, Esq., Catherine Chute, and Ruth Chute.
Notes on William Cooke, Esq., Catherine Chute, and Ruth Chute.

Below are two biographical sketches from the same source. However, there is a slight oddity in that William Cooke's sketch indicates that he is living at the time of writing; his son's sketch, refers to him as "the late" William Cooke.

COOKE, William, Esq., of Retreat, co. Westmeath. Second but eldest surviving son of the late Thomas Cooke, Esq., of Retreat, by Elizabeth, dau. of William Dawson, Esq., of Nohaville, co. Westmeath; b. 179- ; succ 18 --; married 1st 1815 Catherine, only child of Falkiner Chute, Esq., 2nd 1840 Ruth, daughter of Richard Chute, Esq. of Chute Hall, co. Kerry, and has by the former, with other issue:

William, in Holy Orders, b. 1827.

Mr. Cooke is Resident Magistrate for cos. Kilkenny and Wexford - Retreat, near Athlone, co. Westeath; Residence, Talbot Hall, near New Ross, co. Wexford.

Source: The County Families of the United Kingdom or Royal Manual of the Titled and Untitled Aristocracy of Great Britain and Ireland. Edward Walford, M.A. 1864, Robert Hardwicke, 192, Piccadilly, Second Edition. Page 231.

(From his son's biographical sketch, same source):

COOKE, FALKINER, Esq., of Retreat, co. Westmeath. Eldest surviving son of the late William Cooke, Esq., of Retreat by his first wife, Catherine, only child of Capt. Falkiner Chute, of the 6th Dragoon Guards; b. 1823; succ 185 -; This family have been seated in co. Westmeath for upwards of a century. - Retreat, near Athlone, co. Westmeath.

Source: The County Families of the United Kingdom or Royal Manual of the Titled and Untitled Aristocracy of Great Britain and Ireland. Edward Walford, M.A. 1864, Robert Hardwicke, 192, Piccadilly, Second Edition. Page 231.


Note    N86-1587         Back to Index        Back to Thomas Sandes, D.P., J.L., and Elizabeth Chute.
Notes on Thomas Sandes, D.P., J.L., and Elizabeth Chute.

Thomas is listed as next in line to succeed to Sallow Glen in an entry for his elder brother William:

SANDES, William, Esq., of Sallow Glen, co. Kerry. Eldest son of the late Thomas William Sandes, Esq., of Sallow Glen, by Margaret, dau. of Francis Chute, Esq, of Chute Hall, co. Kerry; b.1799; s. 1835; m. 1836, Rupertia, only dau. of the late Charles Higgs, Esq. of Charlton Kings, co. Gloucestershire. Educated at Trinity Coll., Dublin (B.A. 1822); was High Sheriff of co. Kerry 1828 - Charlton Kings, near Cheltenham, co Gloucestershire; Sallow Glen, near Tarbert, co. Kerry. Heir Pres., his brother Thomas, a J.P. and D.L. for co. Kerry, b. 1801; m. 1839 Elizabeth, dau. of Francis Bernard Chute, Esq., of Bahttany*, co. Kerry.

Source: The County Families of the United Kingdom or Royal Manual of the Titled and Untitled Aristocracy of Great Britain and Ireland. Edward Walford, M.A. 1864, Robert Hardwicke, 192, Piccadilly, Second Edition. Page 881. *Bahttany is probably a misprint, and should have read, "Rathanny, Tralee, co. Kerry."

This marriage record is problematic, as it is not made entirely clear which Francis Bernard Chute became his father-in-law. Francis Bernard Chute, Sr. and Jane Rowan did have a daughter named Elizabeth, but it is still unclear whether this Elizabeth was their own, or the Elizabeth who was the daughter of Thomas Trant and Maryanne Chute of Kerry, and who was being raised by this family after being orphaned. If they were in fact raising two Elizabeth's, it is possible that their own Elizabeth married Thomas Sandes. If they were only raising the one Elizabeth who was Elizabeth Trant, that Elizabeth later joined her sister in Queensland, Australia and would not have been the wife of Thomas Sandes.

That said, there is no record yet of Francis Bernard Chute, Jr. having had a daughter named Elizabeth. At the moment, the assumption is being (hesitantly) made that the "Elizabeth" in the Francis Bernard Chute Sr. and Jane Rowan record was not the "Elizabeth Trant" who they were raising for Thomas Trant and Maryanne Chute, and that it was this "Elizabeth Chute" who married Thomas Sandes. Howver, this is not confirmed by any other records, and may be incorrect.

The glitch in the theory is the presence, in the James Cook University Archives in Australia, of the "Marriage settlement of Francis Bernard Chute, Esq. with Miss Jane Rowan, dated 4th April, 1804. This document is handwritten and covers three pages of parchment and is in almost perfect condition. Donated with this document was a copy of the following monograph: McCarthy, S.T., The Trant Family. Folkestown, Stace & Sons, (19- ), which is located in the North Queensland Collection."


This might possibly suggest that the Elizabeth in their family records was Elizabeth Trant and not Chute, and that she brought their documents with her to Australia.

More research is needed on this family group.


Note    N86-1588         Back to Index        Back to Lieutenant Colonel Robert Torrens, and Esther Serle Torrens.
Notes on Lieutenant Colonel Robert Torrens and Esther Serle Torrens.

There is something of the same difficulty with the Irish/British Chute-Torrens line as there is with the Bethersden Chute line: there are too many of them identically named, and too many conflicting records to separate them all just yet.

The first issue is determining which Richard Chute of Roxburgh (Sr. or Jr.) had the daughter who married which Torrens (John or Robert). County Familes of the United Kingdom (see below) has Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Torrens, son of "the late John Torrens", marrying a "Miss Chute"; The Torrens Family records have conflicting reports on the same individual, but in either case is the son of a Robert Torrens:

"112. Colonel Robert Torrens4 (Robert3 Robert2 Thomas1), the Political Economist; served in the army; became Colonel in 1837; went to South Australia, where Lake Torrens and Torrens River are named in his honor. Adelaide is situated on its banks. He was a writer, editor, and economist. He married, but the name of his wife is not known to the compiler." Note that based on the County Families entry, below, this record appears to describe the son, not the father.

Another link to the same individual (under his father's data) reads: "507. Robert Torrens3 (Robert2 Thomas1), of Hervey Hill, Ireland, married Elizabeth Bristow, born in the neighboring parish of Rasharkin. Child of Robert and Elizabeth (Bristow) Torrens: i. Colonel Robert Torrens4 married Charity, daughter of Richard Chute of Roxburgh, co. Kerry.

Source of the Torrens Family data: Torrence and Allied Families, by Robert M. Torrence. "The book was privately published in 1938 by Robert McIlvane Torrence, as a sequel to Jared Sidney Torrance's book The Descendants of Lewis Hart and Anne Elliott. It has been transcribed to this site." Site author: Richard Torrens.
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Robert (the son of Charity Chute and her husband) did appear to have a brother named John, however: in England and Wales Visitations, Vol I-XIV, under the Pedigree of the Cockerell Family, there is record of a John Cockerell marrying "Henrietta Frances, eldest dau. of Henry Torrens of the Bengal Civil Service ... she married 1stly John Samuel Torrens, Judge of the Sudder Court, Bengal, India, who died at 16, Porchester Terrace, North Kensington Gardens, London, on 2 JUN 1860, and was buried in Kensal Green Cemetery, London (no record in Register). Will dated 24 APR 1860, proved (Prin. Reg., 491,60) 9 JUL 1860, by Robert Torrens of 180 Picadilly, co. Middlesex, M.P., the brother ..." (Page 34).

It is assumed "the brother" is of the deceased, not of the widow. This John Torrens would have been the son of (Robert or John) and Charity Chute Torrens, and may have been named after his father, or may be confused with his brother by genealogists. In any case, this record should not be considered complete or even accurate; more research needs to be done - although hopefully not by us, as we have enough eyeball-spinning problems with our own records. All commentary, additional information, brilliant insight and breaking news on the Torrens - Torrance front by Torrens researchers are more than welcome.

TORRENS, Lieut.-Col. Robert.

Son of the late John Torrens, Esq., of Londonderry, by Miss Chute; b. 179 -; m. 1820 Esther, dau. of the late Ambrose Serle, Esq., Commissioner of the Board of Trade. Is a Lieut.-Col. in the Army, retired; formerly properietor and editor of the Globe newspaper; was M.P. for Ashburton 1831-2, for Bolton 1833-4. United Service Club, 16, Cravan Hill, Hyde Park.

Source: The County Families of the United Kingdom or Royal Manual of the Titled and Untitled Aristocracy of Great Britain and Ireland. Edward Walford, M.A. 1864, Robert Hardwicke, 192, Piccadilly, Second Edition. Page 991.

TORRENS, ROBERT (1760-1864), political economist; cousin of Sir Henry Torrens [q.v.] ; as captain in royal marines defended Isle of Anholt against the Dutch, 1811; colonel of Spanish legion in Penninsular war; colonel 1837; publshed An Essay on the External Corn Trade, 1815 and An Essay on the Reduction of Wealth, 1821; one of the first economists to attribute production of wealth to land, labour and capital; influenced Peel and Ricardo; M.P., Ashburton 1831-5; advocated colonisation of South Australia, and published book on the subject, 1835; editor of the Traveller and Globe. F.R.S., 1818.

Source: The Concise Dictionary of National Biography, Founded in 1882 by George Smith, Oxford University Press, London, Geoffrey Cumberlege Pub. London, Publisher to Oxford Universty, 1953 Edition.


Note    N86-1589         Back to Index        Back to Anthony Chewte/Chute.
Notes on Anthony Chewte/Chute:

Anthony Chewte, the Poet

Anthony Chewte, for all his questionable choices in life, seems to have endeared himself to Chutes on both sides of the Atlantic. Francis Chute, in his Chutes of the Vyne researched Anthony's role in the feud between Thomas Nashe and Gabriel Harvey, and, in his section, "Flogging the Dead Poet" (pages 134-135), finds Anthony "endearingly human"; a fully qualified member of the "Not Very Good at Anything Club". After reading about Anthony and the slander he endured posthumously from the rather vicious Nashe - you can't help but feel a certain affection for him.

Lionel Chute located a portion of the text of "Beawtie Dishonor'd" in Collectanea Anglo-Poetica or A Bibliographical and Descriptive Catalogue of a Portion of a Collection of Early English Poetry With Occasional Extracts and Remarks Biographical and Critical, which ahd several pages devoted to Anthony Chute. The Rev. Thomas Corser, Rector of Stand, Lancashire and Vicar of Norton, Northhamptonshire, wrote the commentary which appears between stanzas and before and after the poem excerpts. The resulting discussion on the poem can be found in the section devoted to "Beawtie Dishonor'd":

Anthony Chewte, Biography

CHUTE or CHEWT, ANTHONY (d. 1595 ?), poet, is stated by the satirist Nashe to have been in youth an attorney's clerk. In 1589 he served in the English expedition sent to Portugal in support of Antonio's claim to the throne of Portugal. His friends represented that he displayed much courage there; his enemies insisted that he merely acted as a 'captaine's boye' to help in keeping a shipmaster's accounts. From an early period Chute obviously had literary ambition, and before 1592 had found a patron in Gabriel Harvey. Thomas Nashe, the satirist, and Harvey were the bitterest enemies, and Chute readily contributed to the warfare of abuse that was habitually waged by the one against the other. In 1593 John Wolfe, Harvey's friend and publisher, issued a poem by Chute entitled 'Beawtie dishonoured', written under the title of 'Shore's Wife' (entered in the Stationers' Registers, 16 June 1593). It is dedicated to Sir Richard Wingfield, knight; is described by the author 'as the first invention of my beginning muse,' consists of 197 six-line stanzas; is not without promise in spite of its author's plagiarisms; and tells, through the mouth of 'her wronged ghost,' the chequered story of Edward IV's mistress, Jane Shore. Harvey wrote enthusiastically of Chute's endeavour, and henceforth spoke of him as 'Shore's wife.' But Thomas Churchyard [q. v.] had written a poem on the same subject, which was first published in the 1563 edition of the 'Mirrour for Magistrates,' and Chute imitated Churchyard here and there without making any acknowledgment. On the publication of Chute's book Churchyard in self-defence straightway republished his old poem in his 'Challenge,' 1593. To his three friends and dependents, Chute, Barnabe Barnes [q. v.], and John Thorius, Harvey dedicated his 'Pierces Supererogation, or a new prayse of the old Asse,' an attack on Nashe issued by Wolfe in 1593. An appendix to the book includes two prose letters, one sonnet, and a poem entitled 'The Asses Figg,' all by Chute and all vigorously following up Harvey's attack on Nashe. Soon afterwards Chute died, but Nashe took his revenge on the dead man. In 1596 appeared his 'Have with you to Saflron Walden,' a biting satire directed against Harvey and his friends. Nashe denounces Chute for his ignorance, his poverty, and his indulgence in 'posset-curd' and tobacco. He died, his enemy mentions incidentally, of the dropsy,' as divers printers that were at his burial certified mee,' within a year and a half of the penning of his scurrilous appendix to Harvey's tract.

Nashe describes Chute in one place as the author not only of ' Shore's Wife,' but of 'Procris and Cephalus, and a number of Pamphlagonian things more;' and elsewhere Nash states that Chute 'hath kneaded and daub'd up a commedie called the 'Transformation of the King of Trinidadoes two daughters, Madame Panachsea and the Nymphe Tobacco.' The Stationers' Registers for 22 Oct. 1593 contain the entry of a piece entitled 'Procris and Cephalus devided into foure partes' and licensed to John Wolfe (ARBER?, Transcript, ii. 639), and Chute has been generally credited with this work, although the book was not known to be extant. A unique copy of a poem bearing this title, issued by Wolfe in 1595, was, however, found in 1882 in Peterborough Cathedral library, but Thomas Edwards, and not Chute, is distinctly stated there to be the author. Harvey and Nashe both speak of Chute's skill in heraldry and in tricking out coats of arms.

[Nashe's Have with you to Saffron Walden, 1596, is full of sarcastic references to Chute, and supplies hints for his biography; Harvey's Pierces Supererogation is of less biographical interest. See Dr. Grosart's collections of Xashe's Works (iii.) and Harvey's Works (ii.), both issued in the Huth (Ruth?) Library; Corser's Collectanea, iv. 390-6; Ritson's English Poets; the Roxburgh Club's reprint of Cephalus and Procris, edited bv the Rev. W. E. Buckley (1882), pref.; Brit. Mus. Cat.] S. L. L.

Source: Dictionary of National Biography, Volume X Chamber - Clarkson. Stephens, Sir Leslie, Editor. MacMillan & Co., (New York) and Smith, Elder & Co., (London). 1887. Pages 347-348.

Anthony Chewte, The Tobacco Enthusiast
Anthony's hand-drawn Coat of Arms from the book's cover page, 1895. For more detail, see the Chute Coat of Arms page.

We North Americans often have a rudimentary history stashed somewhere in our minds: after Christopher Columbus sailed bravely across the Atlantic, everyone else followed in an orderly fashion, and here we are. Actually, the century following Columbus's discovery was filled with bumbling, foolhardy, badly planned trips across the Atlantic, most of which ended in disaster, long before anyone got the nerve to actually settle here. A long line of Englishmen set sail with not enough provisions, or lost their provision ships in bad weather, or were grounded in shallow water through poor navigating and then lost their provisions. Most limped home in shame, some never returned at all. Sailors grumpily refused to make the voyage; many thought these wild shores teeming with 'savages' undesirable. Especially as those same "savages" were besting them rather ferociously, in a military capacity, for quite some time.

For example, in 1536, forty-four years after Columbus arrived in the Americas and thirty-nine years after John Cabot discovered North America, an Englishman, Richard Hore, got the idea to capture a North American native and parade him around Tudor London. One of his predecessors had already brought back a Brazilian, which had astonished King Henry VIII. However, the only natives they were able to spot outwitted them and escaped in their canoe, and Hore returned empty handed and in debt, but not before his men had starved so badly they resorted to cannibalism and began to eat each other before being rescued by passing French vessel. This horrified London to such an extent that for next 25 years there were no officially sanctioned voyages to North America. In 1578 Sir Humprey Gilbert tried again, though he forgot to check the boats for seaworthiness, and none of his ships made it much further than Falmouth - the British Falmouth, that is, not the American.

One ship, however, was captained by Sir Walter Raleigh, who later so captivated the new Queen Elizabeth that she gifted him with money, homes, jewels and enough funding to venture across the ocean once again. Raleigh was much better organized than his predecessors and his ships actually made it to North America, where he planned to create a colony. The English weren't generally receptive to the idea of sending their civilized selves to this untamed country, but were forced to concede that, if they didn't, the land would fall to the Spanish, who were already systematically enslaving, murdering, torturing and infecting the native population of Central and South America in huge numbers. Besides, they thought, as it was obvious they weren't going to get much revenue doing business with the North American natives, sailing across the Atlantic would at least give them a real source of revenue: that is, pirating the Spanish ships and confiscating their loot. The disappearance of Raleigh's first colony, in Roanoke, is the subject of much debate and speculation and won't be discussed here. But the Spanish, meanwhile, had discovered a new plant, "tobacco", which they were transporting back to Europe. The new plant immediately captivated the population of Europe, first because it was a new and interesting herbal specimen from the new world, but secondly - and perhaps more importantly - because it was addicting.

The plant was introduced in France in 1556, in Spain and Portugal in 1558, and, finally, to England in 1564 or 1565, where it immediately became the subject of an intense interest and discussion.

The first English book on the subject, Tabaco. The distinct and Severall opinions of the late and best Phisitions that have written of the divers natures and qualities thereof was published by Anthony Chewte in 1595, although anonymously. His relations may at first glance wonder why he chose such a topic; the answer is that he chose it because it was relevant, interesting and being hotly debated at the time. It was probably fortuitous that he did so anonymously, as King James I (1603-1625), who suceeded Elizabeth eight years later despised Sir Walter Raleigh, and everything he stood for - which included colonizing the Americas and importing tobacco. King James wrote a scathing treatise on the subject of tobacco, complaining of the habit, which was rather odd for a man who also complained about the habit of bathing, never washed and spent much time scratching himself and playing with his codpiece when nervous.

It isn't clear if Anthony published it anonymously initially - after all, Queen Elizabeth had no problem with tobacco - or if he quickly (and wisely) decided to erase his name from the author's page after King James succeeded to the throne. After all, it was James whose dislike of Sir Walter Raleigh was so passionate that he had him imprisoned for treason and scheduled for execution. A treatise supporting Raleigh's position on the benefits of tobacco and disputing that of the reigning monarch might have earned Anthony the same view from behind bars in the Tower of London that Raleigh had; it could be that he hastily disavowed all claim to and knowledge of his own publication for a time. It might be interesting to see if records of correspondence exist between the writer and his publisher (listed as "Adam Islip for William Barlow, 1595") in a British collection somewhere.

�The Chute Family, 2003

Anthony had apparently discussed the various uses of tobacco with physicians, read documents describing its uses in North American medicine, and came to the conclusion that those who opposed its use were largely doctors who feared being put out of business if tobacco use became prevalent.

In this rather small piece of writing the author insisted that his readers must use the �kind weed� as a medicine curing all illnesses: �I thinke that there is nothing that harmes a man inwardly from his girdle upward, but may be taken away with a moderate use of Tobacco, and in those parts consist the chief reasons of our health, for the stomacke and head being cleare and void of evill humors, commonly the whole body is the better.�

Chute described the healing characteristics of tobacco and suggested that the doctors are trying to hide the benefits of smoking from the general public. In his opinion, it was because moderate pipe smoking was so good for preventing a number of illnesses, that it seemed like it could even threaten the very existence of the medical profession.

Anthony Chute (British, d. 1595?)
Tabaco. The distinct and Severall opinions of the late and best Phisitions that have written of the divers natures and qualities thereof
London: Adam Islip for William Barlow, 1595
Arents Tobacco Collection

Chute devoted the first half of his little treatise - the first on tobacco in the English language - to promoting tobacco "drinking" as a health remedy, which he rightfully states had not been done before. Pipes, he noted, could be made of either silver or clay, although silver got hot fast and was problematic to keep clean. Convinced that tobacco should be consumed only for health reasons, he suggests that it can relieve just about any ailment related to excess fluids in the body:

"I thinke that there is nothing that harmes a man inwardly from his girdle upward, but may be taken awaywith a moderate use of Tabacco, and in those parts consist the chief reasons of our health, for the stomacke and head being cleare and void of evill humors, commonly the whole body is the better."

Source: Elizabeth Wyckoff, September 1997

An original copy of this Anthony Chewte publication is part of the New York Public Library Arents Tobacco Collection, and can be read in its original format in "Google Books".


Note    N86-1590         Back to Index        Back to Robert White and Dora Marie Chute White, Brenton Gilford ("Gil") Illsley and Dora Marie Chute (White) Illsley.

Notes on Dora Marie Chute, Robert White and Brenton Gilford ("Gil") Illsley:

Correspondence, Dora Marie (Chute) (White) Illsley to George M. Chute, Jr.

Liverpool, N.S.
April 11, 1951

Dear Mr. Chute �

I think since we are fourth cousins I should call you George and you should call me Dora, even if we have never met, don�t you?

I was surprised but pleased to get your letter as even though I did glance through the genealogy I didn�t know a George Chute existed. Thank you for your kind words. I will be more than glad to give you what information I can . I thought I knew all the children�s names and ages but when I come to write them down I find that there are many I have forgotten. However, if you are patient I�m sure I can get them, Bernard is the only one who has a real family.

Also living at Caledonia is a cousin George Ronald Chute, son of John Dawson Chute in fact he was the only boy but he has a sister also living in Caledonia. She married Harold Parker and has no children. Ronald has recently bought a lovely property in South Brookfield and moved there � only three miles from Caledonia where his mother still lives. I wouldn�t know what his grandparents� names are, but he would tell me if I wrote to him or happened to see him. He is manager of a Co-Op Store in Caledonia and comes to town once a week to make markets for their country produce. He has two children, John and Deborah. I wouldn�t know their middle names or birthdates. He married Brenda Ball. His father was a barber and died of blood poisoning several years ago. I also remember an uncle of Ronald�s, Sidney Chute. He used to come to our house a lot and we always called him Uncle Sid. I think his wife�s name was Susanne Johnson and they had no children. Ronald�s mother was Maud Whitman.

Also living at South Brookfield but manager of a store in Caledonia is Earl Chute, son of the Rev. Clarence L. Chute, a Baptist minister at Delbert, N.S. He used to be stationed at Caledonia and he married us. He had a genealogy and loaned it to me. I copied down our line but always wished I could get my hands on a copy. It was written by Will Chute, was it not? I suppose you are his descendant. Rev. Mr. Chute came to N.S. from Mass. Earl has one son David, I would imagine about 2 years old. He married an R.N. from Kingston, N.S.

There are any number of Chutes in the Annapolis Valley. My husband�s home was on the North Mountain about 4 miles from Aylesford. He still has his farm there but has been a policeman for thirty years. Chief in Liverpool for 20 years and before that in Kentville and a short time in Windsor. He retired about three years ago. We now take care of the county jail here at Liverpool. As we have no children of our own, we have 5 welfare children in our home to care for and look after.

I took care of my father at Hibernia until I was married in 1944 and then he came to live with me. Up until that time the house had never been vacant since it was built there in the woods by Grandpa Chute. There wasn�t even a road there when he settled there. My Dad left the property to me but being vacant it will soon go downhill.

I will try for a more complete answer to your questions as soon as they are available. In the meantime if you think of any others you would like to ask, send them along and I will be glad to answer all I can.

4th Cousin,


Mrs. Robert White
Box 587
Liverpool, N.S.
Freeland Banks 1894-1901
Mable Irene 1802-1907
Byron Glenwood 1903-1907

These three children were my brothers and sister. I am not positive of the dates, but they are so near as I know. All died before I was born.

Bernard�s childrens� names are not complete. I have written to Jeanette for further names and birthdays. Byron is married and living in Ontario. Jeanette was married last fall to Denton Orde, Kempt.

July 16, 1965
Auburn, N.S.

Mr. George M. Chute
546 Evergreen Avenue
Plymouth, Michigan

Dear George -

I can't remember how long it's been since we corresponded but I've thot of you folks many times.

Now I am interested in obtaining a copy of the Chute Genealogy and am hoping this letter may rach you. You were busy bringing it up to date and no doubt can help me.

I don't even remember here I was living when I last wrote to you. My husband and I are now living in Auburn, Kings Co. running a general store and Post Office. Would be more than glad to hear from you and yours.


Dora Chute White Illsley
(Mrs. B. Gilford Illsley)
Auburn, N.S.

However, after being married to Brenton "Gil" Illsley in August, she sent a Christmas card to George M. Chute, Jr., which he received on 22 DEC 1965. According to a notation handwritten on her letter of 05 OCT 1965, he returned a Christmas card and a "Chute Letter". Her card included the following:

"Dear Folks, t'was good to hear from you again. I'll be sending you the required information one of these days. Have to depend on someone else and it takes time. Was married again in August to a Valley bachelor so my future looks much "rosier".

Glad to hear you like your new work. Must be interesting and would keep one on their toes.

The Seasons best,

Mrs. G. Gilford Illsley

Auburn, N.S.
Oct 5, �65

Dear George �

I am very grateful to you for your prompt reply after a lapse of silence on my part. We live in such busy times, it seems we cannot accomplish half we�d like to.

My niece [Note by George M. Chute, Jr.: "Vivian Wile married to J. Howard". In fact, her niece is Valerite Vivian Wile, married to John Carver ("Ted") Howland.] sent me forms several years ago to fill out for her regarding genealogy on the Chute side of her tree. I like digging in the roots but find it difficult to find the time. I�m still hoping to do something for her. I guess I�ve told you she lives in Fresno, Cal and has taken up teaching since her husband retired from Edison Co. She studied for a teacher at Acadia University, Wolfville, N.S. and just at the end of her last year decided to be a lab technician. That meant switching to science where she had majored in English. She accomplished it and worked at it until she married. After having a girl and a boy of her own she became more keenly interested in the school curriculum and not all of it was to her liking. She worked as a trustee in the school and various organizations trying to make some changes. So few subjects compulsory and children getting thru school with as few subjects as possible and of course regretting it later on. She had to take refresher courses to get up to date and to comply with U.S. regulations. She has been too busy to even write to me. I send her the new stamps as they come out and hope she�ll have time to mount them.

We have the local P.O. as well as the store to look after. Now I am taking typing two evenings a week. They were the only free ones I had so I don�t have to wonder what I�ll do with my free time.

Thank you so much for all the information you sent me.

My husband�s uncle has written a genealogy of the Illsley family, so I have to try and keep up my side of the tree. It isn�t easy, believe me.

Thanks again for help.

Trust we may keep in touch as time goes on and the tree grows.

Dora Chute Illsley

Obituary, Dora Marie (Chute) (White) Illsley

Tuesday, December 14, 2004
The Halifax Herald Limited

ILLSLEY (White), Dora Marie - 92, formerly of New Minas, passed away Sunday, December 12, 2004, in Mountain Lea Lodge, Bridgetown. Born in Hibernia, Queens Co., she was a daughter of the late Melvin and Annie (Rawding) Chute. In addition to being a homemaker, she cared for numerous foster children. She was matron of the county jail in Liverpool for a number of years, owned and operated a lunch counter in Waterville, Kings Co., and was postmistress and operated the adjoining store in Auburn, Kings Co., for several years. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She is survived by nieces, Jeannette (Denton) Orde, New Minas; Valerite Wile-Howland, California; several nephews and foster children. She was predeceased by her first husband, Robert White; her second husband, Brenton "Gil" Illsley; sister, Naomi; brothers, Russell, Bernard and Arthur, and several siblings in infancy. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation by family request. Dora and Gil will take their last trip together at a graveside service to be held at a later date in Union Cemetery, Aylesford. Donations in memory may be made to Gideon Bible Society or a charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to W.C. Hiltz/White Family Funeral Home, Kentville.


Note    N86-1591         Back to Index        Back to Harry Francis Eldredge and Grace Inez Chute Eldredge.
Notes on Harry Francis Eldredge and Grace Inez Chute Eldredge:

Biographical Details:

"Harry was born in Chelsea, MA, but in the early years, lived in Taunton, Dighton, and Norton, MA. He left school at the age of 12 due to rheumatic fever, but he continued to educate himself throughout his life. He loved sports, especially baseball and wrestling. He was raised in a very strict home and always thought that Sundays were a nightmare, as he could not play ball, cards or any other type of recreation. In 1890 his family moved to Exeter, NH where he obtained employment in a local shoe factory at the age of 14. He was a member of the Independent Order of Good Templars and a member of the Odd Fellows. After his divorce he was mother and father to his six children for six years. He married Joseph Hunter Fields, a very talented artist. She died thirteen years later in 1927 and in 1933, he married Bertha Sellman. Harry was also a member of the Masons,and the Elks.

Grace Inez Chute was born in a very small town called Bolster's Mills, ME. She had an older sister who died when Grace was about five and then lost her mother a short time later. Grace married in 1896 and was soon the mother of six children. She was unhappy in her marriage and left Harry Eldredge, going to Maine to live with her mother's family, divorcing him and marrying William Russell Currier. They had several children. Grace had two favorite pastimes, reading and driving teams of fine horses. She died from hypertension and heart disease."

Biographical Sketch courtesy of Claire Berry Cantrell, grand daughter of Harry and Grace Chute Eldredge. Sources: marriage records, death certificates, family photos, gravestones and family letters.


Note    N86-1592         Back to Index        Back to Edward Hinckley Chute and Nancy Hamilton Williams Chute.
Notes on Edward Hinckley Chute and Nancy Hamilton Williams Chute:

Biographical Details:

Edward grew up in Waltham, just outside of Boston. The area then was semi-rural. He worked on at least one large farm as a boy.

He enlisted in the US Coast Guard at the close of WWII, trained as a Radio Operator/Technician, and served aboard several cutters (including the USCGC Bibb) in the North Atlantic Weather Patrol.

After his release from the service, he found his way to Cape Cod where he'd gotten a job at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Instititute as a Marine Radio Operator/Technician aboard the ketch RV Atlantis.

He caught the eye of a young technician in the marine lab named Nancy Williams, were introduced by mutual friends, and the rest is genealogical history.

He began his own side-business of TV repair out of our basement, which he did for many years. As the years went by, he began devoting more and more time to helping his father-in-law Charles "Morris" Williams in the operation of Crooked Pond Farm - which had transformed from a really labor-intensive poultry farm, to a somewhat less demanding tree farm.

He retired from WHOI with over 30 years of service, ending his carreer as the foreman of the Marine Electronics shop. He is currently, with Nancy, owner/operator of Crooked Pond Farm, in Hatchville, MA.

Nancy grew up on Crooked Pond Farm in Hatchville, MA., on Cape Cod. Her father Charles ("Morris") was a poultry farmer, mainly selling eggs and baby chicks.

She attended the Wheeler School for Girls, and then Colby College in Maine, where she got her BA in biology.

She returned to the Cape, and got a job as a technician in the marine lab at WHOI, where she spotted Edward.

She gave up her career to stay home and raise her 3 boys and a daughter (God love her - how did she keep her sanity?). As the children got older, she took some side work baking commercially.

After "Morris" passed away, she and Edward sold the house in Woods Hole, and moved to Crooked Pond Farm to care for Edith and operate the Farm.

She still bakes, still doing some comercial baking. Is there anything better than walking into the farmhouse and smelling warm, fresh-baked bread? Mmmmmmm.

Biographies courtesy of Christopher Williams Chute. His sources:

- Birth Certificate, City of Boston, MA
- USCG Personel Records
- Marriage Certificate, Town of Falmouth, MA
- Birth Certificate, City of Boston, MA
- Birth Certificate, Town of Falmouth, MA
- Marriage Certificate, Barnstable, MA
- Birth Certificate, Town of Falmouth, MA
- Birth Certificate, Town of Falmouth, MA
- Birth Certificate, Town of Falmouth, MA

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