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Perrussel Genealogy Newsletter - Volume 2, Number 1

January 16, 2002
Vol. 2 No. 1

John Christopher Shockey
Grace Loreen (Perrussel) Smith
Adeline Sophie (Carrel) Bonjour

Welcome again all family members and friends. We start another year and another edition of the newsletter. Thanks to all who have contributed. I am again in business and am able to accept your family photographs, documents and other information that others might like to see. Please note the new mailing address listed at the end.

Johann Christoffel Schacke
(John Christopher Shockey)

Many of the Shockey's in the United States can link themselves to Christopher Shockey, including the branch served by this newsletter. Thanks to Lt. Col. Donald E. Shockey, AUS Retired and Thelma I. Shockey in "The Shockey Chronicles" (c) 1986. (Webmaster's note: These are no longer in print)

The first of the long line of Shockeys in America was Christopher Shockey (Johann Christoffel Schacke) who was born in the Palatinate (Pfalz) area of Germany around 1714 and came to America in 1737. The present spelling of the name, Shockey, apparently came from English officials of the new country spelling the name "Schacke" phonetically. Pronunciation of the German Schacke and the English Shockey is the same.

Many German families, at the time of Christopher's birth, gall all their sons the first name of Johann (John). It was not used in addressing the person, so in this book, the first Shockey in America will be called Christopher.

Christopher arrived in America aboard the ship (snow) "Molly" which had sailed from the port of Amsterdam, in Holland, by way of Dover, England, under John Howell, master. It is believed that at least one of his sons came over with him. Christopher landed in Philadelphia on 10 September 1737 and took the oath of allegiance to the new country on that day. The original allegiance document is still on file in Philadelphia. During his lifetime, Christopher Shockey owned land in several places, including Westmoreland County, PA (A note of interest, the county seat of Pottawatomie County, Kansas, where many Shockeys settled, is named: "Westmoreland.") Many of his legal transactions survive, including his will. He passed away in 1796.

There are many pages to this part of "The Shockey Chronicles." (These are no longer in print.) More from this informative source in another newsletter.

Grace Loreen (Perrussel) Smith
16 Nov 1898 - 18 May 1996

The following is taken from Grace's own autobiography written in 1989. It is many pages long. Here is a small part.
I was born on November 14, 1898 near the town of Onaga, Pottawatomie County, Kansas. My parents were Pauline E. (Bonjour) and Julius R. Perrussel. Dad was known as "J.R.." I was the fourth of eleven children. A baby boy lived only three days and Vernon met with a fatal accident at the age of 10. This was a time of great sorrow for our family. So I grew up with two brothers and six sisters. We lived on a farm, which Grandpa Bonjour had homesteaded.

We lived in a Swiss-French community known as Neuchatel. There was a general store, a blacksmith shop and several homes. The church site, school grounds and adjoining cemetery land had been donated by Grandpa Bonjour. French was spoken in our home until the three older children learned English at school. By that time our grandparents understood English but spoke to us in French. Grandpa sang French songs to the baby.
My mother had one sister, our beloved "Tante", Matilda Besancon. She was fifteen years older than Mom and was often in our home helping Mother and indulging the children. She baked a cake with chocolate frosting for each of our birthdays. We loved to stay overnight with her. She was a warm, generous, loving person. She was loved by our family and in the community.

Grandma and Grandpa Bonjour lived with us part of the time. One of my earliest memories is of Grandma sitting in her room knitting (she knit our mittens and stockings.) And of me sitting on a stool beside her while she taught me to knit. It was fun to crawl under the "duvet" of on her bed. Grandma was living with Tante when she died. She had never been well. I remember Grandpa wore a black crepe band on his arm and on his hat for a year of mourning. The women wore black. This was a custom brought from the "Old Country". I remember when Grandpa came home from working in Seneca; he had gifts for all of us. Mine was a doll with blonde hair and blue eyes that opened and closed.

My father's parents lived on a farm about half a mile from us. Grandpa Perrussel was born in Lyon, France. He as the only member of his family who came to America. He died while I was quite young but I remember him with a white beard sitting at his desk studying the Bible. The family moved to Kansas from Oconto, Wisconsin when Dad was thirteen years old. We heard many stories of Wisconsin from Dad. Grandma was a stern, strict Presbyterian. Her father had been a Presbyterian Minister. Her boys were forbidden to whistle, etc. on Sunday. She showed no affection for her grandchildren.

To be continued....

This copy was provided to us by list member, Dorothy Bishop Jones.

Adeline Sophie (Carrel) Bonjour
20 Aug 1864 - 24 Dec 1941

Mrs. Adeline S. Bonjour, age 77 years, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Bishop, east of Frankfort on Wednesday evening, December 24th, at 6:30o'clock, following an illness of several weeks. She was a well-known resident of the Neuchatel and Onaga communities and has many friends who will regret to learn of her death. Adeline Sophie Carrel was born at Lamboing, Canton Bern, Switzerland, on August 20, 1864. About 1892 she came to America, coming directly to the Neuchatel community. Here she worked for a time. On April 5, 1894 she was united in marriage to Louis Bonjour, and together they made their home on a farm in that community. Three children came to bless their home, of whom one daughter, Irene, preceded her in death. Mr. Bonjour passed away in 1939. Surviving children are a daughter, Mrs. Cecile Bishop of Frankfort, and a son, Robert, of Topeka; also four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Mrs. Bonjour was a woman of fine character and deep devotion. She loved her home and stayed in it until after she was stricken in her last illness, ten days ago, and lived in Onaga. Her life was one of rich faith in God. She gave expression to this faith by her membership in the Neuchatel church to the time of her death, although in recent years she attended the churches in Onaga with great regularity. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 2:30 o-clock at the Congregational church in Neuchatel, with Rev. Wright Horton in charge. Comforting hymns were sung by Mrs. George Bonjour and Mrs. Ira Bonjour accompanied by Mrs. Maude Beiter. Pallbearers were George Bonjour, Walter Bonjour, Alfred Junod, Carl Dodds, Galen Dodds, and Ira Bonjour. The body was laid to rest in the Neuchatel cemetery.

Thanks to Dorothy Bishop Jones for the photograph of her grandmother.
Obituary was from Fred Bonjour's web page. Newspaper is unknown.
Reprinted in original form.

As always, photos, stories, obituaries are welcome. I will give you credit and return the Article. Other family members and anyone interested are welcome to join the mailing list. Feel free to provide copies to those who do not have e-mail.

Bruce Perrussel
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