Dora Chatel- A Single Life in Retrospect (Intro)

dora-chatel-1944Everyone has certain ancestors that intrigue them more than others.  One of mine is my great-Aunt, Dora Chatel.  She is the sister of my maternal great-grandfather, Prosper Chatel.


Dora first made herself known when she appeared in my research in the 1910 Census where I found the last reference of my great-grandfather, Prosper, living in his parent’s household.[1]  Prosper’s entry has him as 16 years old and working in a shoe factory.  The same census puts Dora in the same household at 30 years old and working as a clerk in a Dry Good Store.  She is listed as born in New Hampshire but both of her parent’s entries list them as being born in Canada so like her siblings, this means she was a first generation American.  Her name is just underneath the wife of the Head of household and possibly her birth mother, Eloise, which could mean she was the oldest child.    Who was Dora?  Did she marry?  Did she have children?  Why was she still living at home at 30 years of age?


1910 US Federal Census- FX & Eloise Chatel Family- Manchester, New Hampshire
1910 US Federal Census- FX & Eloise Chatel Family- Manchester, New Hampshire


The next few posts will explore the life of this mysterious woman and try to discern the origin of my fascination with her. To Be Continued…





[1] 1910 US Federal Census, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Manchester, p 2B (penned), House No. 1247, Dwelling No. 11, Family No. 32, Prosper & Dora Chatel in the house of F & Eloise Chatel; digital image, ( : accessed 12 Sept 2016); citing NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 862.  FHL microfilm: 1374875.


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