Chatfield Heritage Home Page

by Catherine Sevenau on January 27, 2011

This is a documented corridor of our family history: our research, interviews with relatives, family pictures, papers and letters, a compilation of guidance from genealogists, birth, death, marriage certificates and wills, land documents, old newspapers, historical opinion, books, information from the Internet, along with data gleaned from census and military records, etc. It does not presume to be a complete genealogy nor an authority on our Chatfield line. There is still missing information, there are probably errors, there is a bit of conjecture—and some things we’ll never know. But all things considered, we did a pretty bang up job! With respect, we present to you this line of our family.

—Catherine (Clemens) Sevenau and brother, Gordon L. Clemens, along with our 8th cousin, Cheryl (Chatfield) Thompson

This site is under construction. I am in the process of adding individual pages for the descendants … formatting, adding several hundred pictures, and uploading Gedcom files. It will take a while, so do return. Be sure to visit my other sites for our Clemens, Chamberlin and Hoy lines.


(Audio Version)

I am.
I am from
Leinen and Nigon,
from Chamberlin and Hoy.
I am from Clemens and Chatfield,
from Surdam, Sumner, Smith, Shade, Mastick, and Tomlinson too.
From Matthew, Isaac, Finley, and Charles. From Barbara, Eliza, Emily, and Nellie.
I am from soldiers who fought for the Union and from a nurse who tended them.
From singers, shopkeepers and teachers, from miners, writers, and preachers.
From wagon trains and railroads. From hard work and harder lives.
I am from cattle ranches and farmlands, from sowing and plowing and reaping.
From whiskey and ale, from betting and bad odds—and from the fall-out of it all.
I am from Noreen and Carl, who were like sin and prayer.
What ever in the world made those two think they could stay together?
I am from dime stores and small towns.
I am from sweet peas, green peas, and green tea.
I am from one-pot meals. From white beans, white bread, and white rice.
I am from holy water and rosaries, from Hail Mary and Our Father, from mea culpa.
I am from Little Women and Nancy Drew, from I’m a Little Teapot, and The Hokey Pokey.
From pop-beads, pee-wees, paper dolls, pick-up-stix, skate keys, comic books, and jacks.
From coin collections and stamp collections and collections of cobalt blue glass bottles.
I am from bad kidneys, bad eyes, and bad blood.
I am also from a long line of sharp-tongued women.
From list makers, rule makers, and rule breakers—from umbrage and resentment.
From complaining, carping, and keeping score. From they don’t speak… we don’t speak…
Sometimes it seems impossible to do it differently, to break this invidious pattern of ours.
And sometimes it is easier to not even try.
I am from good intentions and unattended sorrows. From courage and hope and grace.
I am from extended arms, extended kindness, and extended family. I am grateful.
I am from a company of strangers, this family, of it, but not in it,
watching from the sidelines, taking notes, sifting through
our story and writing down our history, wondering
what directs us, what pokes us and prods us
and has us be who we are, questioning
how I fit into the whole catastrophe,
and, at the end of the day—
knowing I belong.
I am they.
I am me.
I am.

                                                                          Catherine (Clemens) Sevenau, Nov 2006

Operating Instructions

To find a family member or topic, type request in at SEARCH SITE, the top box at left. It will take you to my records for that particular person or subject. Another way to search is fill in a name in SEARCH GEDCOM box at mid left. That will take you to Cheryl (Chatfield) Thompson and Gordon Clemens’ GEDCOM’s (genealogical information files). CHATFIELD GENEALOGY pulls specific categorized information from their GEDCOM files. The contents in the row of BROWN TABS across the top are:

  • HOME: This page… how to navigate this site, context and Lineages
  • HISTORY: Chatfield name, origin & history, other published writings on this line
  • GUIDES: Tips on census records, early photography, Gregorian calendar, medical terms, etc.
  • GENEALOGIES: Overviews and links to historical and related lines
  • LINEAGES: Family trees, timelines and photos
  • MUSINGS: My writings and family poems, historical letters & notes from kin
  • FAMILY LEGENDS: Historical memoir and a portion of unpublished memoir
  • CONTACT: How to reach us, a place to leave messages, where to send info and pictures!

OTHER LINKS at lower left: Related websites, research sites, and books