Chute Family Notes: Notes 84-1531 through 84-1545

Note    N84-1531         Back to Index        Back to Mary Irene Chute
Notes on Notes on Mary Irene (or Irene Mary) Chute:

Correspondence between Irene Chute and George M. Chute, Jr.

February 28, 1957

Dear Cousin:

They say (and have for years) there are just two (2) families of CHUTE and they are all related so address you as 'cousin'.

My brother, Tom, mailed me your letter and request and as I am the oldest of our branch, he thinks I know more about the matter than he. So hence I, (Irene) am sending you herein a rough sketch1 of our father, Albert Harris Chute, and what I know of his father, Cornelius, and those of us who survive in this branch.

Where Louis and Fred Chute enter the family tree, I have never known. The only male Chutes of our generation are Thomas, Gilbert, Robert, Raymond Jerome (see the yellow sketch1). Do you have the genealogy book or can it be obtained? I would like very much to read it and return if you would care to loan it to me.

I am writing my cousin in Washington and my cousin in Minneapolis (Effie and Lydia) and see if I can obtain more information about our grandparents, Cornelius and wives. About all I remember is give you on the yellow sketch1. If I hear any news, I will forward to you.

And if there is any thing more I can do, I would like to. I, at one time, resided in Washington, D.C. and had "my branch of Chute" run down by a firm in NYC and typed a copy for my brothers and am now writing their wives to see if I can trace it down as it gave a sketch of our branch and would possibly be of help to you. I will let you know about this, also.

There are two girls 'CHUTE' -- B.J. and Marcella (or a similar name to). B.J. is [an] author and I have recently read her book Greenwillow. Where they fit in, I don't know, but are related, if the old adage above is true.


Irene Chute
(daughter of Albert Harris)
P.O. Box 684, Roseville, California

1The "rough sketch" and "yellow sketch" she references are the same attachment; it was typed on three yellow sheets of paper. The transcription follows below:

Cornelius Chute resided in Princeton, Minnesota many, many years. About all I know of him as he died when I was very young is: he married twice. Of the first issue, Sabra Chute was born � she married and had three children, Effie, Eva (Latta) and Gilbert Chute.

Gilbert Chute resides 920 So. Morgan, Vancouver, Wash.

Cornelius Chute also had (I believe, second marriage) Josephine, married to Charles Babb1 and now deceased, George Chute, now deceased and no male issue here � and Jerome Chute, died in Alaska and his widow died there also. Might mention Jerome and Albert Harris (my father) in Fairbanks and Chaska, Alaska many years. They are mentioned in Jack London�s novel, THE ALASKAN.

Then of the same issue of George Chute, a female child and now grown and has grandchildren, resides in Minneapolis and her name is Lydia Chute Normandin.

Of the issue of Sabra Chute, Effie Chute, 920 So. Morgan, Vancouver, Wash., may be able to tell us the names of the two wives of Cornelius and I will try to ascertain this information.

Father: Albert Harris Chute. Born Dorchester, N.H. His father: Cornelius Chute.

Albert Harris Chute married Mary Hoy in Minneapolis. Two male children � Joseph Harris (deceased, unmarried) and Raymond Jerome Chute (now deceased). Raymond Jerome Chute has one male child, Raymond Jerome Chute, Jr. who resides in Issaquah, Washington.

Mary Hoy died and Albert Harris Chute re-married Margaret Alice McCarthy from Cherry Valley, New York and four children [were born] of this marriage.

John (died in childbirth)
Thomas Amandin Chute (christened) uses Jerome confirmation for middle name. And Thomas resides in Monrovia.
Alicia Chute
Irene Chute

Alicia Chute married William Rochford of Minneapolis, son of Dr. William Rochford, old-timer in Minneapolis, and his grandfather was Mayor of Minneapolis � his mother being Effie Ames. Alicia has four children � one boy died in World War II. One boy � William Rochford, in Veteran�s Hospital, Los Angeles. One daughter Patricia Rochford Weeding, married to Clarence Weeding of Minneapolis, and they reside in Wheaton, Illinois.

Thomas Chute (Monrovia) married Margaret Hughes and the issue was one boy, Robert James Chute, who resides in Riverside. He re-married Leone Stanford and is now married to her and lives in Monrovia, California.

There are two (2) males only in this branch of the Chute tree � Raymond Jerome (Issaquah, Washington) and Robert James (Riverside).

Louis Chute
Fred Chute

There is a real estate firm of Chute Realty, 300 Nicollet, Minneapolis, Minnesota in Minneapolis and has been there ever since I can remember (I am now 62 and am Irene the issue of Albert Harris as [is] my brother, Tom (Monrovia) [who] asked me to respond to your letter.

Louis Chute came to see us when my mother passed on in 1947. She knew Fred and Louis rather well, but we children did not. For about five years after my mother passed on, Louis and I corresponded. I believe he must now be deceased as I do not hear [from him].

Fred Chute, of the above firm, I believe, still resides in Minneapolis and I believe you might address him care of the real estate firm. He has a son, Fred, Jr. I have heard of through Louis.

Louis Chute sent me the genealogy book but I returned it to him a couple of years ago. Do you still have it or can it be obtained? I should like to have it.

1Josephine ("Josie") Lydia Chute was married to Simon Peter Babb, not Charles Babb. However, the couple did have a son named Charles Albert Babb, born 16 AUG 1800

February 28, 1957

Jackie's Note: the following note was scrawled very quickly with the use of numerous abbreviations, and is difficult to read in parts.

June 9, 1963

Dear Cousin:

Thank you for your letter and am enclosing information in re: my brother and his heirs (if you are to carry on that far) -- then Raymond Jerome had a son, RJ II, and he has a son RJ III. The last address is 10419 Mt. Gemson Avenue, Sunland, CA (not far Los Angeles). [Note: it is not clear whose address this belongs to]. RJ I married Grace Lever (do not know date), Los Ang about 1925. (A daughter to them is Mary Dana Clement, 4 daughters, 20104 Twelfth Place So, Seattle Wash.)

Mortimer H. Chute
637 West 23rd
New York 11
Bainbridge, Kingston, et. al.

I sent letter from Mortimer to ex-sister in law and now trying to get it returned - she wrote she would look up data sent by me re the C - so, if ever, we will send over to you.

Happy New Year,



May 1972

Dear Cousin:

One of my friends mailed the enclosed and I wonder if it is a relation and thought you'd know.

I hope you and yours are well.

My sister and niece now reside in San Franciso and I go to visit once in a while.

Best wishes,

May 12, 1972

Dear cousin Irene:

Thanks for your recent letter and the clipping about the passing of Harold W. Chute of Riverside. His father Austin Abram Chute is a fourth cousin of yours and mine.

About 1760 there were three brothers Samuel, John, Thomas in a large family in Nova Scotia. Harold W. Chute is the the great-great-great grandson of Samuel. You are the great-great-granddaughter of John. I am the great-great grandson of Thomas.

All of the names given in the clipping check with those in my records.

Am glad to know you're well and able to get around and visit Alicia.

We and our sons' families are all well. We celebrated our golden wedding anniversary last June. I attended my class 50-year reunion last week. Next week will attend the wedding of my sister's granddaughter. So time marches on!

I enjoy checking these Chute records, and I receive quite a number of inquiries. Hope I have given you the information you need.

Hope all continues well with you.

As ever,

George Chute

February 1973
Dear Cousin:

Quite by accident, heard of a Chute residing in nearby Redding and am enclosing the name and address thinking you may like to contact or he may be in your "history".

I hope you and yours are well and all Chutes we (our generation) [know] are OK according to cards at the Holiday Season.

My sister (Alicia) had her 76th and I my 78th birthday in January.

Best wishes to all Chute(s) you know.


February 13, 1973
Dear Cousin Irene:

Glad to receive your letter this morning and to learn that all are well in your part of the family. I recognize the Clifford C. Chute and am glad to have his latest address. Perhaps he now is separated from his third wife. He is the same relation that I am to you - a 4th cousin, is now about 66. Came to California from New Rochelle, New York. Thanks for sending me these Chute items.

We're all well here. Three of our grandchildren now are students at the University of Michigan. I just celebrated my 73rd birthday, and have hopes for a few yet.

Have done no further work on Chute records since sending to the libraries in 1967.

Hope you're well and active.

As ever,

George Chute


Note    N84-1532         Back to Index        Back to Leonard W. and Lydia Eleanor Chute Normandin
Notes on Leonard W. Normandin and Lydia Eleanor Chute Normandin:

Correspondence from Lydia Eleanor Chute Normandin to George M. Chute, Jr.

Minneapolis, Minn.
October 17, 1969

Dear George:

I have been hearing from Irene Chute. She tells me you are collecting Chute history. I did not know of you, please tell me who your father was. We must be 2nd cousins.

My father's name was George Edward Chute, born February 1, 1867 - died Jan 27, 1929. He married Mary M. Sausser (my mother) I believe, about 1905, I'm not sure.

I am Lydia Eleanor Chute, born February 23, 1907. Guess I am the only remaining Chute in these parts anymore. I married Leonard W. Normandin in 1925. We have 3 children: Mary Joyce Normandin Loye, Bruce George Normandin and Roger Laurence Normandin. My daughter and son Roger live in Minneapolis, but my dear Bruce seems so far away. He lives in Winslow, Arizona, though we went to visit him last spring.

My husband has been an invalid since 1965, since stricken with strokes and cancer. He gets no better and is getting to be quite a care for me. But God willing I'll manage.

Cornelius Chute was my grandfather, and is buried in Princeton, Minn, where Len and I will be also some day. We both were born and raised in Princeton. My father (George) was a wonderful man. Had a very keen mind, was a self-educated man. He was cut down with T.B. at 62 years of age. I've missed him so all these years. My mother had died in 1917. She had been married before to Umberhocker, so I had 2 half sisters (only 1 left), and she lives at Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota. I see her quite often.

I gather from the Chute genealogy that they were a rugged lot, hard workers. So few of their kind left these days. I believe I recall my father saying the family came from Massachusetts. Cornelius Chute farm near Princeton still stands where he built and farmed.

Hope this information helps you for the data you are collecting.

Lydia Normandin


Note   N84-1533          Index
Notes on Ralph Flarman Chute and Gladys Gertrude Boggan Chute:

Correspondence from Gladys Gertrude Boggan Chute to George M. Chute, Jr.

April 1, 1951

Dear Mr. Chute:

My husband received your letter a few days ago. He was quite pleased and surprised. He is not a great hand at corresponding, so I am writing for him. We had not heard of the book you mention but would like very much to get a copy. Could you tell us where we might get one?

My husband Ralph has a number of 1/2 sisters and brothers and had one full brother and 4 sisters - Ralph's father was married 3 times. These are by the third wife:

Ethel May Chute born May 4, 1900 died December 13, 1901.

Ruby Chute - born Jan 11, 1902. Ruby married and died leaving a child, a girl named Anita, who was married and living in Florida last I heard.

Bertha (Chute) Walton - born July 20, 1904. This sister is living in Houma, Louisiana and can probably give you Ruby's married name and death date.

Frank Arthur Chute - born 28 April 1906, died 19 Feb 1934. Frank was married twice, 1st to Minnie Florence Geisendorf, 3 children, Betty Jean Chute, George Arthur Chute, Minnie Irene Chute. I don't have birth dates of these children, but can get them. The two oldest are married and each have 1 child.

Gladys Chute born Oct 29 1912 was married to a Sissons and had one child - I think she is in New Orleans. You can get information about her also from Bertha.

I have some photostatic copies of marriages, births and deaths taken from the family Bible which Bertha sent me, if you would like to go over these, I will send them to you.

I am enclosing a letter we received in 1928 which I answered but never heard any more from him. Don't know what relation he is to my husband. (not with this letter).

I hope you can tell me where to get a copy of "Chute Genealogies" as we are really interested in having one. I hope I have been of some help. Will write again soon and hope to hear from you again. My youngest girl just walked in with 5 of her little friends so you can see why I'm ready to sign off today.

Best wishes to you and yours,

Ralph and Gladys Chute

PS: Forgot to tell you about Ralph's middle name. In the family Bible it seems he is just Ralph Chute. He has always gone by Ralph Flarman - where the Flarman comes in or why it isn't in the photostatic copies we can't say.


Mrs. Gladys Chute

P.O. Box 103
Syeurger, Texas 77660
12/6 Year unknown, post 1961

Dear Mr. Chute:

I received your letter and request in August through Ralph's nephew. I am terribly sorry I have delayed in answering, hope I haven't inconvenienced you too much.

Ralph passed away December of 1961 with a rare lung disease, "alveolar proteinosis". I have since remarried, but I still feel the Chute family is a part of me, as Ralph and I had been married thirty four years. My children and I are greatly interested in receiving a copy of your records. Will be glad to pay you, if you like. Will write you again in the near future.

I sell Avon in our small community and what with writing to the immediate family, don't have too much time for extra correspondence, but will be glad to write you again.


Gladys (Chute) Wilson
Enclosed: Flora Mae/Thomas Stubblefield Family Data Worksheet


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Notes on George Arthur Chute Sr. and Geraldine McCullough Chute:

Correspondence from George Arthur Chute, Sr. to George M. Chute, Jr.

September 1966

George M. Chute:

I have forwarded your letter to Aunt Gladys who will furnish information you requested on Uncle Ralph's family. Uncle Ralph has passed away since you heard from him.

I would certainly appreciate a copy of the information you have prepared. I know so very little about my family. My son and I are the only Chute's I know of in this area.

Thank you,

George A. Chute
3750 Morningside
Beaumont, Texas

[Enclosed with letter: Frank Arthur Chute data worksheet. Addendum by GMC: "Answered October 1, 1966. Sent him typed page 22 on "Tupper".]


Note    N84-1535         Back to Index        Back to Ernest James Dill and Helen Harris Chute Dill.

Notes on Ernest James Dill and Helen Harris Chute Dill:

Helen Chute Dill completed a Chute Family Data Worksheet in July of 1951, and, while providing some basic data on herself and her brother Eugene, also provided a few comments on other, more distant, family members:

"Eugene lives with me. I am on music education faculty, University of California, Los Angeles. 14,000 students!"

Elias Burpee Chute: "Believed deceased. Last address was Tucson, Arizona."

Zedivia and William Jack: "Deceased. Eugene C. Jack (deceased) - former address, Bremerton, Washington. Lester V. Jack - Santa Margarita, California. Temporary address - his old address: 1534 Calmar Court, West Los Angeles 24, California. From this address, mail would be forwarded to him, where you might obtain his correct address. Have you been in touch with Mrs. G.E. Robinson? 4241 Harvard Avenue, Montreal 20, Quebec."


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Notes on Arthur G. Bogardus and Lida Louise Chute Bogardus:

Obituary, MRS. ARTHUR G. BOGARDUS (Lida Louise Chute Bogardus)

Mrs. Arthur G. Bogardus of 17 Overlook Terr., Larchmont, died this morning in United Hospital, Port Chester.

A resident of Larchmont for 40 years, she was born in Boston, Mass., daughter of the late James P. and Ella Chute. She was the widow of Arthur C. Bogardus, who died in 1966.

She was a member of the Larchmont Avenue Presbyterian Church and its Women's Association, Genarians, and Fourth Friday Fellowship. She was also a member of the Larchmont Garden Club and Larchmont Women's Club and was long active in community organizations.

She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Harry N. Marvin , 35 W. Brookside Drive, Larchmont; three grandchildren, Harry III, Laurel and Arthur, and a brother, Stanley J. Chute of E. Brewster, Massachusetts.

Source: Unknown, either a Larchmont, or Westchester Gannett newspaper, July 1969.


Note   N84-1537          Index
Notes on Daniel Richmond Chute and Beatrice Linsley Wyant Chute:

Correspondence, Daniel Richmond Chute and George M. Chute, Jr.

February 19, 1958
Dear Mr. Chute:

I was interested in receiving your letter, as there are only a few families bearing the name of Chute living in this area.

Our branch migrated to Pasadena, California from Woburn, Massachusetts in 1938. Since that time, we have been joined by my father's brother. What little I know is as follows:

Grandfather - William Prior Chute born in Nova Scotia in the early 1800's. Married Susan Hoven*, bore two sons Louis Arthur about 1887 and William Prior about 1889. Both my Grandfather and Grandmother are long deceased.

Louis Arthur married twice, has no children, is now retired and living in Pasadena.

William Prior, my father, married Violet Elizabeth Kee, bore a daughter Suzanne Elizabeth and myself, Daniel Richmond. Both father and mother are still living and active in Pasadena.

Suzanne Elizabeth married Karl Spaulding, has three sons, Timothy Kee, Richmond and Jonathan Hoven. They reside in San Marino, California. [I] married Beatrice Linsley Wyant, have one daughter, Catherine Elizabeth. I have no cousins on my father's side and at last count approximately twenty on my mother's side.

Several years ago, I met with a man living in the Sianai Valley, a section in the western portion of the San Fernando Valley, by the same name. I cannot recall his first name, but he was at that time quite active in writing for science fiction magazines. His story as I recall, was this: the family originated in this country in the New England area, were of Royalist sympathy and left New England for Nova Scotia during the Revolutionary War.** Portions of the family migrated south back into New England and westward to Oregon, from whence he came to Southern California. The only other "Chutes" that he knew of were two sisters living in San Diego also active in the literary field.

If I can be of further service to you, please feel free to ask.

Sincerely yours,

Daniel R. Chute

Beatrice Wyant Chute: Legislative contact for the California School Library Association. Contact for Richard Floyd in District 55, Bob Margett in District 59 and Senator Richard Mountjoy, in District 29.


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Notes on William Burleigh, Ann Langford Burleigh and the Burleigh Pedigree:

"Captain in the Sir John Cloworthy's regiment of horse, who was wounded at the defense of Lisburn against O'Neill in 1641; was subsequently Lieutenant Colonel of the Earl of Kildare's Regiment."

Source: Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland, Sir Bernard Burke, Ulster King of Arms, Ulster. Published in London. Published for Henry Colburn by his Successors, Hurt and Blackett, Great Marlborough Street, 1855. Page 153.

Burke, who was based in Ulster, obviously assumes that his readers are familiar with the "O'Neill" he is referencing, and the importance of 1641. For those who aren't (and that would probably include most of us) -- "O'Neill" would be Sir Phelim O'Neill, although Burke's military history seems a little off: Sir Conn Magennis may have actually besieged Lisburn.

On one side: O'Neill, Magennis and Ulster Catholic landowners who had lost their estates and their independence when Great Britain planted English colonists in Ulster.

On the other: the Protestant landowners, military and merchants in Ulster.

According to the BBC: "It began when Sir Phelim O'Neill seized Charlemont, and soon after Dungannon, Castlecaulfield, Newry and Lurgan were captured. Sir Conn Magennis besieged Lisburn, and most of the castles in Fermanagh (the exception was Enniskillen) fell. Then terrible massacres ensued: colonists in the centre and the west of the province were most vulnerable. The most notorious incident was at Portadown, where some 80 Protestant captives were thrown off a bridge and piked or shot to death."


Of course, keep in mind that this is the BBC's reporting of the events of 1641 - they fail to mention that when Oliver Cromwell and his government beheaded the King, took over the government and then stomped into Ireland a short time later, he had revenge on his agenda for this incident, and proceeded to slaughter the inhabitants of entire towns in an even more gruesome series of incidents that disgust and horrify people, even today.

This may have been one of the garrisons disbanded by order of Parliament on 6 July 1647: "Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of the Army, and the Committee at Derby House, to put in Execution the Votes, passed both Houses, for the disgarisoning the several Garisons voted to be disgarisoned and dismantled: And that they do forthwith make Report of this Business to the House; and of the Obstructions: And that the Report from the Lords, concerning the Garisons, delivered in by Sir John Cloworthy, be referred to this Committee; to consider of and state it to the House."

From: 6 July 1647', Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 5: 1646-1648 (1802), pp. 234-36.
URL: Date accessed: 29 July 2005.

However, Burke means to point out with this brief entry that Burleigh was Protestant and probably stationed in or near Ulster - or at least in Northern Ireland - in 1641.


Note    N84-1539         Back to Index        Back to William John Chute, M.P. and Elizabeth Smith Chute.

Notes on William John Chute, M.P. and Elizabeth Smith Chute:

"In 1757 was born William John Chute, who Mr. Terry describes as having "a fair, round face, with a most agreeable countenance expressive of good humour and intelligence. He was rather short, but remarkably well-made, active and strong." He was educated at Harrow, where Mr. Spencer Perceval, subsequently murdered when Prime Minister, was his fag. [fag, n. A student at a British public school who is required to perform menial tasks for a student in a higher class. A drudge. Chiefly British. Fatiguing or tedious work; drudgery.] Mr. Chute succeeded to the family property on the death of his father in 1790 and then began to keep a pack of harriers, which, after a time, he turned into foxhounds for the following reason:

[Note: Then follows a story of a hound named Spanker who chased a fox, got himself stuck in the foxhole, and was finally found after five days of being stuck. By this time poor Spanker was "quite a skeleton, but alive", so the two men took him to the Dummer residence - which was closer than the Vyne, so as not to distress the dog unduly. There Spanker recovered and returned to the Vyne. Apparently, the devotion of the animal impressed William John so that he began the famous Vyne Hunts.]

"In the same year when he succeeded to the family property (1790), Mr. Chute was returned in the Tory interest for the county of Hampshire, one of his opponents being Lord John Russell, and so severe was the contest that his brother Chaloner Chute died from a fever contracted by overexertion in canvassing. Not long after his election, Mr, Chute, at one of his early appearances in the hunting field, during a long run from St. John's to Chawton Park, got into trouble at a difficult fence. He proceeded to lead his horse, but slipped in the mud, and before anyone could prevent the occurrence, the animal had trodden heavily upon his thigh. Those who witnessed this accident were in great alarm, but the Squire struggled up again with no worse injury than a bad bruise. A friend who was near expressed his thankfulness that it was no worse - "I thought we were going to lose our Member!" he added civilly.

"Did you?", responded the Squire grimly, rubbing the injured part, "Well, I can tell you I thought I was going to lose mine."

Unlike most of his generation, Mr. Chute was exceedingly temperate in his manner of living. Few men indeed belonging to those strenuous days were so sparing in food and drink as was the Squire of the Vine; yet what he economized in quantity he demanded in quality. He was extraordinarily fastidious in regard to eating and drinking; he would send his plate away in disgust if he discovered that the rabbit upon it was a home-bred and not a wild one; and he equally abhorred the idea of bread-and-butter if spread by a man. It was a woman's work, he held, to cut the attractive slices of good homemade bread and thick golden butter; only so could the quality and dimensions of the same be exactly suited to his taste. In like manner, his glasses of wine, if few, must be of the very best old port; for claret, he shared the contempt expressed by his neighbor, the Squire of Dummer, and was wont to declare that his old butler, Bush, could make better stuff any day out of the washings of the port-wine glasses."

Source: The Diaries of Dummer


Note    N84-1540         Back to Index        Back to William Lyde Wiggett Chute and Martha Buckworth Chute.
Notes on William Lyde Wiggett Chute and Martha Buckworth Chute:

CHUTE, William Lyde WIGGETT, Esq., of the Vyne, Hampshire. Second son of the late Rev. James Wiggett, Rector of Crudwell, by his first wife, Rachel, daughter and heiress of Samuel Lyde, Esq. of Ayott, Hertfordshire.; b. 1800., succeeded 1827 to the estates of the Rev. Thomas Vere Chute, whose name he assumed; m. Martha, second daughter of the late Theophilius Russell Buckworth, Esq. of Cockley Cley, Norfolk, and has, with other issue, Chaloner William, b. 1838.

Mr. Chute, who was educated at Winchester and University Coll, Oxford (B.A., 1821, M.A. 1825), and called to the Bar at the Middle Temple 1827, is a J.P. and D.L. for Norfolk (High Sheriff 1832), a Magistrate for Hants, and Patron of 1 Living; was M.P. for West Norfolk 1837-47. This family of Chute is of ancient standing in the South of England; they resided for many generations in Somerset; and were Lords of the Manor of Taunton until Henry VII. The family of Wiggett (anciently Wygotus, and afterwards Wiggott) was settled at Guist, in Norfolk, and Stockport, Cheshire, temp. William I. - The Vyne, near Basingstroke, Hants; Athenaeum Club, S.W."

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 203.

[Note" the expression "Patron of 1 Living" is a relatively unknown one outside of Great Britain. From the dictionary: "Benefice, in canon law, is a position in the church that has attached to it a source of income; also, more narrowly, that income itself. The occupant of a benefice receives its revenue (temporalities) for the performance of stipulated duties (spiritualities), e.g., the celebration of Mass. He receives the free use of such revenue but is expected to convert into good works any income in excess of his personal needs. Benefices are normally bestowed for life. Canon law forbids plurality of benefices, i.e., the holding of more than one benefice, but papal dispensations have made many exceptions to this rule. Benefices were originally in the form of land donations made to the church by wealthy laymen. Today the revenue of a benefice may come also from government salaries, investments, or the offerings of the faithful. Benefices are common in Europe but are practically unknown in the United States. The Church of England makes extensive use of the beneficiary system; the benefice in England is also called a living. The value of benefices led to many abuses (see simony) and frequent conflict between secular and ecclesiastical authorities in the Middle Ages."]

Chute-Wiggett, William-Lyde, Esq. of the Vine, co. Hants, and of Pickenham Hall, in Norfolk, M.P., b. 16 June, 1800; m. in June, 1837, Martha, dau. of Theophilus- Russell Buckworth, Esq. of Cockley Cley Hall, co. Norfolk, and has issue, Chaloner - William, b. 1 Aug. 1838, Devereux-Wiggett, and Charles-Thomas. This gentleman, whose patronymic is Wiggett, assumed, by royal licence, in 1827, on succeeding to the estates of the Rev. Thomas-Vere Chute, the additional surname and arms of that family. He is a magistrate for the counties of Hants and Norfolk, and a deputy-lieutenant of the latter shire, for which he served the office of sheriff in 1832.

The Chutes were of long standing in the counties of Kent and Somerset, where they were originally settled. They were lords of the manor of Taunton, until about the year 1500, when Edmund Chute sold the manor to Lord Denham. The Kentish branch of the family expired in 1700, on the death of Sir George Chute, Bart. Challoner Chute, Esq., son and heir of Charles Chute, Esq. of the Middle Temple, by Ursula, his wife, dau. of John Challoner, Esq. of Fulham, purchased from Lord Sandys, in 1653, the estate of The Vine, co. Hants. He m. 1st, Ann, dau. and co-heir of Sir John Skory, Knt. and had a son, Challoner, his heir, and two daughters, Anne and Cecilia. He wedded 2ndly, Dorothy, Lady Dacre, dau. of Lord North, but had no further issue. Mr. Challoner Chute d. in 1659, then Speaker of the House of Commons to Richard Cromwell's Parliament, an arduous office, which he filled to the great satisfaction of all parties. He was s. by his son,

Challoner Chute, Esq. of The Vine, In Hampshire, who m. the Hon. Catherine Lennard, dau. of Richard, Lord Dacre, by Dorothy, his wife, dau. of Dudley, Lord North, and had issue,
   I. Edward, his heir.
   II. Thomas, who purchased, in 1700, Pickenham Hall, co. Norfolk. He m. Elizabeth Rivett, and had is&ue, 1. Thomas-Lennard, of Pickenham Hall, who m. Catherine, dau. of Edward Chute, Esq. of the Vine, but d. s. p. in 1722. 2. Devereux, of Pickenham Hall, who d. unm. in 1724. 3. Elizabeth, who m. Thomas Lobb, Esq., and had, (with a dau., Elizabeth, m. to John Ellis, Esq.,) a son, THOMAS-LOBB, Esq. of Pickenham Hall, of whom hereafter, as heir to The Vine. 4. Ann, m. to P. Elwin, Esq., but d. d.s.p. 5. Elizabeth, m. to Sir Charles Cotterell, Bart.

The eldest surviving son, Edward Chute, Esq. of The Vine, m. Catherine Keck, widow of Ferdinand Tracey, Esq., and was s. at his decease by his eldest surviving son, Anthony Chute, Esq. of The Vine, at whose demise, unmarried, the estates devolved on his brother, John Chute, Esq. of The Vine, who rf. unm. in 1776, when this branch of the family became extinct, but the possessions devolved on Thomas Lobb, Esq. of Pickenham Hall, in Norfolk, son of Elizabeth Chute (granddaughter of Challoner Chute, Esq. of The Vine), by Thomas Lobb, Esq. This gentleman, upon uniting the Hampshire to the Norfolk property, assumed the surname and arms of Chute. He m. Ann-Rachel, dau. of William Wiggett, Esq., and had,(with other children, who d. unm.) William ; Thumas Vere; Anne-Rachel, m. to Sir William Hicks, Bart.; and Mary, m. to Wither Bramston, Esq. of Oakley Hall, Hants, and d.s.p. Mr. Lobb Chute d. in 1791, and was s. by his eldest surviving son, William-John Chute, Esq. of The Vine and Pickenham Hall, M.P, for Hants, who m. Elizabeth, dau. and co-heiress of Joshua Smith, Esq. of Stoke Park, Wilts, but dying s.p. in l824 was s. by his brother,

The Rev. Thomas-Vere Chute, of The Vine and Pickenham Hall. Rector of South Piekenham and Moulton St. Michael's, co. Norfolk, at whose decease unmarried, in 1827, the estates devolved on William-Lyde Wiggett, Esq., who assuming, on inheriting, the surname and arms of Chute, is the present William-Lyde Wiggett-Chute, Esq. of The Vine and Pickenham Hall.

Arms�Quarterly: 1st and 4th, gu., three swords, barways, the points towards the dexter, ppr., pommels and hilts, or, for Chute; 2nd and 3rd, erm., three mullets, two and one, az., pierced, gu., on a chief, wavy, sa., a dove, regardant, ppr.

Source: Burke, J. Bernard, Esq. A Genealogical and Heraldic History of The Commoners of Great Britain And Ireland for 1852, Comprising Particulars of Upwards of 100,000 Individuals: Volume I, A-O, Colburn & Co., Publishers, Great Marlborough Street, London 1852. Page 220.

He was the Godson of William John Chute, who died without issue and assumed the name of Chute by Royal License 22 Feb 1827, upon inheriting the Vyne.

One of his bookplates is still accessible. "The collection of bookplates in the Westcountry Studies Library was largely assembled by the Plymouth antiquary Joshua Brooking Rowe (1837-1908) and bequeathed to Exeter City Library in 1908. It was added to at later dates until the 1930s but no indexes survived the air raid on the Library in 1942. In the 1990s an index was made to the collection by a volunteer, Mrs Peggy Moreton, and it is through her enthusiasm that this guide to the collection can be made available on the internet. Prospective users should be aware that the collection is remotely stored and prior enquiry is essential.

Ian Maxted
County Local Studies Librarian
October 2001

Chute, W.L.Wiggett Fortune de guerre - 0486 B


"1832. William Lyde Wiggett Chute, Esq., of South Pickenham."

Source: Norfolk Official Lists: From the Earliest Period to the Present Day. Compiled from Original Sources with an Introduction by Hamon Le Strange. Published by subscription. Agas H. Goose, Rampant Horse Street, Norwich, Printer. 1890. List: Sheriffs of Norfolk. Page 27.

5 July, 1841. ... William Lyde Wiggett Chute, Esq., of South Pickenham.

Source: Norfolk Official Lists: From the Earliest Period to the Present Day. Compiled from Original Sources with an Introduction by Hamon Le Strange. Published by subscription. Agas H. Goose, Rampant Horse Street, Norwich, Printer. 1890. List: Members of Parliament. Page 55.


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Notes on Ann Rachel Hicks Cromie and Sir William Lambart Cromie:

Before 1817, Ann Rachel Hicks, the only daughter of Sir William Hicks and Ann Rachel Chute Hicks stood to inherit three huge estates: her father's estate of Cheltenham and Oakley, and her mother's: The Vyne.

And yet, she did not. The Chutes redirected succession of the Vyne Estates to the godson of William John Chute, with the stipulation that he take the Chute surname, and, accordingly, the Vyne passed to William Lyde Wiggett Chute. And yet, it was not unusual for women to inherit estates from their parents. Why didn't Ann Hicks become the new owner of the Vyne?

The story of the scandal of Ann Hicks and her subsequent disinheritance is heart-breaking at times and pitiful at times, and one is never quite sure what to make of her. The story, told by "Mrs. William Hicks-Beach", of the Wither Bramston family into which her Aunt Mary had married, seems today almost condescendingly gleeful, depicting Ann simultaneously as vain, stubborn, thoughtless and yet pitiful and almost a tragic figure.

The account begins with a short history of Ann's ancestors in the Vyne, and a history of the house itself.

"About 1650 William Sandys, the then owner, was obliged by poverty to part with the (Vyne) estate which was already heavily mortgaged, and he sold it to Chaloner Chute, a famous lawyer who was made Speaker of the House of Commons in 1659 (The Chutes can trace a male descent from Alexander Chute of Taunton who died in 1268). His portrait by Vandyke hangs at the Vyne and there is a recumbent monument of him in a 'Tomb Chamber' built out of the chapel.

Succeeding Chutes went into Parliament, kept race horses and played their part stoutly in Hampshire life. The Speaker's great-grandson John Chute, who succeeded his brother in 1754, was the survivor of a family of ten children, and he had spent most of his life traveling on the Continent. In Florence he had made friends with Horace Walpole and with the poet Gray, and letters from both of them are preserved at the Vyne. Walpole became a frequent visitor there and suggested numerous alterations, such as the addition of two towers, a Roman Theatre with an obelisk, and the complete metamorphosis of the garden. John Chute, however, had his own ideas and the alteration he finally made was the construction of the present staircase. He died unmarried in 1776, and with him the male line of the Chutes came to an end. His only relation was his cousin, Elizabeth Chute, who had married Thomas Lobb of Pickenham Hall, Norfolk. To their son Thomas, John Chute left the Vyne, with the proviso that he would take the name of Chute.

Thomas Lobb Chute, the fortunate inheritor of the Vyne, married Ann Rachel, only daughter of William Wiggett, mayor of Norwich, and he was also the father of Lady Hicks, Sir William's wife, and also, it will be remembered, of Mrs. Wither Bramston of Oakley Hall. He had a third daughter who died unmarried and none of his three sons - two of whom succeeded to the Vyne - had children. The Wither Bramstons were childless and thus it came about that Ann Rachel Hicks was the Chute heiress.

There is in life the frequent tragedy of character ill-matched with the meanness of opportunity. The other tragedy, of opportunity ill-matched with inadequacy of character, is less frequent, and somehow not so tragic, because opportunity is not lost, but slips into more competent hands. Poor little Ann Hicks was physically and mentally quite inadequate to her background.

"Little Ann has recovered from the small pox and looks very sprightly and clear from any humour," wrote her mother to Williamstrip, and a few months later (1795) her grandmother pronounced her "as good a child as can be, but have not cut a tooth yet." Later on Ann's cousin Michael alludes to her several times in letters to his sister Henrietta, and he makes it evident that her health was a family topic. He had been at Witcombe with his brother William in order to go to balls and plays at Cheltenham, and gives it as his opinion that Ann would be very well if her mother would not force her to drink asses' milk; but he says a year later that her growth is so gradual that it is imperceptible. She grew up to be not quite five feet high, and, from first to last, from childhood onwards, she was ugly - that is harshly definite, but she was in fact a feminine replica of her father, if without the stutter. And her "Prospects" - her background - dwarfed her hopelessly. "Whatever should I have done with that immense house, my dear!", she said in old age, in her high, cracked voice, to Mrs. Beach of Oakley, who drove her over to the Vyne to see her lost inheritance. What indeed!

But the story of the forfeiture of the Vyne has yet to be told.

Ann grew to womanhood, and with a complaisance that seems criminal, her parents launched her into the strange whirlpool of Georgian fashion which Cheltenham had come to be. To carry on the metaphor - she was pushed into it, all sails set, and without an ounce of ballast. The only wonder is that the shipwreck did not come sooner.

Three of her ball dresses have been preserved. Two are gauze over-dresses, white and deep yellow, with satin hems, and bands of coloured flowers embroidered in floss silk on the gauze. The line of the waist is just under the armhole, and the transparent sleeves reach to the waist. The third dress must have been copied exactly from a description of London fashions in the Cheltenham Chronicle of 1816. "Frock of white crape over white satin with crape bouillione, intercepted with bunches of riband and finished by an elegant festooned wreath of roses; short sleeves of crape, not very full, trimmed with blonde and surmounted with imperial wings elevated. The hair," the account goes on to say, "arranged in bands, with very few curls, and short at the ears; a bandeau of pearls surmounted by a bunch of full-blown roses." The only pictures of Ann which exist are in childhood and old age, so that she has to be imagined with her dwarf stature, and with her thin sloping shoulders and long neck rising out of the glories of the crape bouillione, and with the pearls and the roses on her poor head. Beauty, or even ordinary good looks, would have been such a safeguard in the extravagantly foolish world of fashion in miniature. "Beauty is usually proud, because of a conviction of its own worth; while a want of beauty often breeds vanity, which is the desire of rousing that conviction in others so that one may come to it at last secretly oneself." Ann was not the first plain heiress who was inordinately vain. But she was in her twenty-second year, had danced at many a Cheltenham ball before the catastrophe came. It was foreshadowed by a paragraph in the Cheltenham paper dated Thursday, February 22nd, 1816:

"It is rumored in the Fashionable circles that the only daughter of a worthy Baronet in this neighborhood is about to receive the flowery wreath of Hymen from the hand of a late wily visitor of good family connections."

The adventurer in question was an Irishman named William Lambart Cromie. It is true that he was the only son of a baronet, but that did not commend him to Ann's parents. William Playfair, in his "Baronetage of Ireland" proses about the Cromie family:

"It is the lot of some families to derive their splendour from ancient ancestry, and a long series of distinguished actions; but undoubtedly, however enviable or desirable these circumstances may be, yet, perhaps, in the eye of reason, the family that owes its rise to individuals, who have benefited their country by mercantile exertions, is equal, at least, if not in many instances superior, to the proudest, when those families can boast of nothing else but a highly traced lineage."

Which is the preamble to the statement that a certain Michael Cromie, the son and grandson of Dublin merchants as M.P. for Ballyshannon, was made a baronet in 1776, and married the only daughter of the Earl of Cavan. In the year 1816, the said Sir Michael had been leading a wandering life abroad for many years; his only daughter had married a Mr. West in 1801, and his only son, William Lambart, was seeking his fortune at the English Spas.

Miss Hicks was too valuable a prize to be let slip by Mr Cromie because of a little provincial parental opposition, and the very next number of the Cheltenham Chronicle, February 29th 1816, had the following startling piece of news:

"A great sensation was excited in this town, last week, by the sudden disappearance of Miss H. daughter of Sir W.H. and sole presumptive heiress to more than one large fortune. The young lady took the road to Scotland, by a circuitous route, accompanied by Mr. Cromy, to whom, according to a letter from her, dated Carlisle, she has been united by the Gretna Parson. The previous proceedings and arrangements were, it seems, artfully concealed under love demonstrations directed towards another lady. A pursuit was ineffectually instituted for the purpose of bringing back the fair fugitive. We fervently hope that, as the first impulses of surprise and irritation have subsided, the return of natural fondness will produce the usual results of forgiveness and reconciliation; particularly as there is not any circumstance of disparagement connected with the young lady's choice."

The editor's pious aspiration was not destined to be fulfilled, for Ann Cromie was never forgiven - the sequel proved to be too humiliating.

Nearly a hundred years have passed away, and the story of her elopement is not a cherished legend of which every scarce detail is valued, but at the time - oh dear, at the time! - how Sir William must have stuttered, how fast pens must have scratched over paper in those respectable strongholds, Williamstrip, Oakley Hall and the Vyne! Alas, that it should all have been regarded so tragically! for the result is that every single letter that was written about it at the time has been carefully destroyed.

The "ineffectual pursuit" was undertaken by Ann's cousin William Beach of Oakley, who must have been in Cheltenham at the time, and report has it that Sir William gave him a table for his pains - a comic enough descent into the matter-of-fact out of the heroic ragings of the moment! There was a descent into the matter-of-fact for foolish Ann, too, for three weeks later, she was remarried in Marylebone Church; tied securely with all the formalities of the Establishment to the husband who was already certain that domestic life, as interpreted by Ann, did not suit him at all. The date of this ceremony was March 16th; it was performed by Luke Heslop, D.D., and the witnesses who signed the register were Mary Arundell, John A. Giffard and J.W. Fermot. The register states, "these parties having been heretofore married to each other in Scotland."

A honeymoon on the Continent, and a long honeymoon too, was an obvious sequel to the scandal, and all that poor Lady Hicks could do was to see to it that her daughter took a really competent maid with her. That accomplished, Sir William and she set out in their coach for Witcombe, and perhaps before they got to the end of the tedious journey they had resolved that they must make the best of the matter and be as philosophical over it as they knew how.

But Ann's first letter from Paris was a sufficiently rude shock to any philosophy, for it appeared that she was alone in her hotel, and Lambart Cromie and the competent maid had disappeared in each other's company.

Think of Sir William, as he crossed the Channel for the only time in his life, and of the hateful journey home again, for himself and Ann, to the valley, to the narrow house, to the familiar things and faces which were not to be evaded. Think of what the passing days meant to Ann after this. For it was Ann who was most to be pitied. She had to sit, on every day in every week in every year as it went by, at table with parents whose mood remained an unmodified one, and whom she herself had deprived of healthier distractions; for the Cheltenham house was given up after that fatal year of her marriage, and life was confined mainly to Witcombe interests and to the society of relations. Cheltenham card parties, if they had served no other purpose, would at least have been useful as a counter-irritation.

The derelict Ann was clearly no fitting mistress for the Vyne. Her uncle William Chute, was M.P. for Hampshire, and he kept at his own expense a pack of foxhounds which were the origin of the Vyne pack of today. He is to be met with in all sporting annals, and he seems to have been a real character - a lovable man with a thousand small peculiarities. But he was not peculiar enough to look charitably on his niece's escapade. His immediate heir was his clergyman brother, Thomas Vere Chute, who was unmarried, and the two brothers were unanimous as to what was to be done. William had a godson and namesake, the second son of a Wiggett Cousin. (This cousin, their mother's nephew James Wiggett, was rector of Crudwell in Wiltshire, where was Eastcourt, the home of the Earles). On the condition that he should take the name of Chute, William Lyde Wiggett, then a boy at Winchester, was solemnly decided on as heir to the Vyne in the place of Ann Cromie. For Ann herself, this decision, which seemed so momentous to her Chute uncles, which must have been the keenest mortification to her mother, had probably little or no importance; for it needed an educated imagination to deplore a forfeighted sovereignty of the red-brick Tudor pile, with its paneling, its tapestries, its statuary, its cabinets and its other countless treasures.

It is impossible to speak with any certainty about Ann's later relations with her husband. He eventually died in a madhouse, and it is a fact that for some years she visited him there annually. But it would seem that about the year 1827 he reappeared in Cheltenham, and that Ann, then over thirty years of age, was disposed to extend forgiveness to him. Mrs. William Beach of Oakley Hall, writing to Williamstrip, says, "I was much surprised and vexed to hear of Lady Cromie's conduct; surely she has caused already her too indulgent parents sufficient trouble without continuing to torment them, and least Sir William; for it seems Lady Hick's feelings are quite subdued; still I think Ann is very much to be pitied, more especially as she has the misery of reflecting (did she reflect at all) that she has been the principal cause of their sufferings." In a letter of July, 1830, to her cousin Jane at Williamstrip Ann herself gives what seems, without any context, a startling piece of news. "I am going to Cheltenham tomorrow where Lambert will arrive today and look out for a house for us in the meantime, to save the trouble of going to an hotel first and then moving. I have not the least idea how long we shall stay there."

Whether this project was carried out or not, it is impossible to say, but the fact that Sir William put into concrete form at this date his determination to disinherit his daughter if she ever lived with her husband again, makes it seem as if the flitting from Witcombe was either prevented or was of very short duration. Sir William's Will was pretty drastic. It provided that if his daughter ever lived with her husband again, she was to have an income of anything between one shilling a week and one pound a day, as the trustees in their discretion should appoint. The same provision was to hold true if her husband died and she ever married another Irishman. Otherwise she might marry again with the written consent of the trustees and might inherit the Witcombe estate after the death of her mother."

Source: A Cotswold Family


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Notes on Vincent Chute:

Is a police officer in Lambasa, Fiji. During a discussion on rugby, a discussion of winger Rupeni Caucau elicited the following:

"Controversial national rugby winger Rupeni Caucau was bashed in a free-for-all brawl at a nightclub last weekend ... Labasa Police Station officer Vincent Chute said that he had been informed of the fact that Caucau was assaulted. However, the $4.5 million winger is yet to file a complaint with the police.

Mr. Chute said the police were ready to help Caucau if he filed a report with them."

The posting was dated 14 JUL 2005.


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Notes on George Douglas Chute and Myrtle Marie Whitman Chute:

Correspondence from George Douglas Chute to George M. Chute, Jr.
February 21st, 1967

Dear George:

Received your welcome letter some time ago, and believe it or not, I had my mind made up that I would surprise you and stop and visit with at your home, we go back and forth from BC to Detroit now and then because our Janet (Mrs. O'Dea) now lives in Detroit, but our big snow storm changed my mind.

Janet and family are visiting us over this coming weekend, so that changed my mind again.

Yes, I am thinking about retiring and it isn't far away. I don't have to tell you my age - ha ha! Your Alaska trip sounds good to me, but you can have Mexico - all of it. One of these days I can't say when but I will stop by and we will have a good visit.

So until then,


Douglas Chute

PS: Many thanks for the Chute History you sent me.

Attached (Chute Family Worksheet) with additional comment: "Janet's husband is a Government Investigator, works out of old Studebaker Bldg in Detroit, they live on Wick Road in Taylor, 5 miles from Metro Airport."

"Obtained a good deal of Chute Family genealogical information during a trip to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island thet began on August 19, 1956. Was very proud of his garden and often commented on the various plants that were in bloom." GMC


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Notes on Donald William Chute:

Any World War II military experts out there? Donald William Chute, as reported by his father, died in Italy on August 23, 1944. Obviously, he would have been fighting under a Canadian flag.

A general scan of World War II Italian battles didn't turn up anything specific for that day, beyond the general position of the Allied front in Italy. At that time, the Allied front was pushing its way north, having liberated Rome on June 4, 1944 and Florence on August 10, 1944. Hitler, meanwhile, had pulled most of his own German troops out of Italy (D-Day had occurred in Normandy on June 6, 1944), and they were needed elsewhere, obviously) and had replaced them with Cossack troops, which were at this time hunkered down farther north of the line, in Fruili.

Unless an expert on Canadian military activities in Italy in July-August 1944 has other ideas about this notation - or better yet, knows anything about Donald William Chute - at the moment, I can only guess that he died in a battle with retreating German troops, or arriving Cossack troops somewhere north of Florence, Italy,

"As Hitler's armies advanced on Stalingrad they overran the Cossack regions of the Don, Terek and Kuban. Hundreds of thousands of Russians willingly enrolled in the German army to form a Cossack Army under the Russian General Krasnoff. Hitler promised that they would be settled in 'lands and everything necessary for their livelihood in Western Europe'. Their new homeland was to be in north-east Italy in the valley of Carnia and the plain of Undine where they would live their national life free from the confines of Bolshevism.

Italian families in the area were ejected from their homes which were then used to house the Cossack soldiers and their families who had arrived in fifty trains during July and August 1944. To the Cossacks this was paradise far removed from their dreary life in the Ukraine. Hitler had named this new independent state 'Kosakenland'. Many atrocities were committed by these Russians against the Italian civilians, particularly the women, causing one Archbishop to write to Mussolini "It is terrible to think that Friuli will be governed by these illiterate savages". Discipline was soon restored when General Krasnoff himself arrived. Cossack officers were under no delusions, they knew they were there to shed blood for the Nazi cause. With the Allied armies approaching from the south and Tito's IX Yugoslav Corps approaching from the east, the 'Free Republic of Carnia' soon disintegrated and the Cossacks and their followers forced to trundle north towards Austria and internment by the British."

George Duncan's Little Known Facts About World War II.


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Notes on Vernon Ethelbert Chute and Mary Eva Ogden Chute:

Correspondence from Vernon Ethelbert Chute to George M. Chute, Jr.
December 4, 1950
32 Devere Gardens
Toronto, Canada

George Maynard Chute, Esq.

Dear Sir:

I am sorry that it has taken me so long to get around to writing you in response to previous requests for information as to vital statistics regarding my family. Fact of the matter is that I have been away from home on a business trip and prior to that was tied up due to the death recently of my wife's aunt.

While in Montreal recently I discussed the matter with my brother, William H.J. Chute, who has already been in touch with you in the matter. I am glad to see that someone is taking a hand in the matter of bringing the Chute Genealogy up to date. It is something long overdue.

As regards my family, I enclose a memo giving certain information, which (illegible) or not it is sufficient for your purposes I do not know.

If there is more you need, I shall be glad to hear from you.

Yours sincerely,

V.E. Chute

August 12, 1951

Dear Mr. Chute:

My son recently told me you had been in town and had tried to contact me without success. Sorry to have missed seeing you, better luck next time.

Your letter of Dec 7/50 has been sitting in my drawer awaiting an opportunity for a reply as soon as I could gather all the data asked for.

I'm returning the original slip on which I have written most of the information.

Regards my wife, born November 10, 1886, her father's name was Jacob Franklyn Ogden; her mother died when she was just a baby, so I can't get much information on that score.

As regards younger brothers & sisters, I have none. The editor of last Chute genealogies evidently was pulling dad's leg when he put those numbers 5 & 6 on our family records.

Sister Gertrude's birth date was 18 Oct 1881. (I thought that date was in in the book).

The addresses of my children are: H. Frank Chute, 58 Anndale Drive, Lansing, Ontario; Gordon E. Chute, 1443 N. Coronado Street, Los Angeles California; Dorothy Purchase, RCAF Sta Queenwood, NS.; Robert E. Chute, 32 Devere Gardens, Toronto.

Birthplaces of my children:

Frank - Vancouver, BC
Gordon - Natal, BC
Dorothy - Vancouver, BC
Robert - Toronto, ON

All four were married in Toronto.

Trust this will give you everything called for.

Yours truly,

V.E. Chute

October 3, 1960
Toronto, Ontario

Dear Mr. Chute:

I am sorry that your letter dated Aprril 14th 1960 has not had attention.

This is due to our busy day life and the habit of putting off to tomorrow what well might be done today.

I have made notes on your enclosed and return it herewith:

In the case of Gordon's two daughters I haven't exact information of birthdates, will get it for you and send it on later.

How are you getting on with your task of collecting info on the far-flung Chute families? I sure wish you luck and shall be glad to hear of your progress.

I am now retired from Insurance business.

Yours truly,

Vernon E. Chute

PS: If you need more information, let me know.

Toronto 12, Ontario, Canada
January 28, 1961
32 Devere Gardens

Dear Mr. Chute:

On October 3, 1960, I answered your letter of April 14/60 and gave you part of the information you were seeking. I promised to send the rest of it as soon as I could get it. It hasn't been very soon, but here it is:

Gordon E. Chute residing at 127 Ottowa Street, San Matteo, CA. Children: Nancy Jean Chute and Heather Barbara Chute. Another child expected this spring.

Dorothy Chute Purchase residing at 707 Sherbourne Road, Ottawa 3, Canada. Children: Janet Elizabeth Purchase, Donald Purchase.

I had a part time job in Insurance Feb to Sep 1960, but that (illegible) itself out, so I'm on my own time again.

How is your records work progressing? Can you tell me if it is possible to obtain a copy of "Chute Genealogies" as last published? My father had a copy but it disappeared after his death.

Yours very truly,

Vernon E. Chute

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