Archambault / Chene Family Tree
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This is without a doubt the most researched of my family trees, and is well documented on hundreds of pages on the internet. Because of its large size, I've limited this tree to just direct ancestors of Helen Archambault (Arthur DeWaele's wife). Siblings (and their descendents) of my Archambault/Chene ancestors will be listed in the same file as either the father or mother, since most are my 4th and 5th cousins which is just too difficult to keep track of. John Arthur Thorne's research allows us to connect Helen to the Archambault and Chene family trees, and he has verified the link to Jacques Archambault and beyond on the Archambault side, & to John St. Onge (Chene), Peter Roy, fur trader and guide (and earliest known European settler in Detroit) and his wife Marguerite Ouabankikoue (a Miami Indian) and beyond on the Chene side. Primary research sources are: Dictionnaire genealogique des Archambault d'Amerique, Dictionnaire genealogique des familles du Quebec, Loisselle's marriages, Denissen's Genealogy of the French Families of the Detroit Region, Detroit's Original Colonists-1710 Directory, and Early Ontario Baptism, Marriage and Burial Records.
Most other names that help fill in the tree were obtained from trees throughout the internet, and verified at multiple websites - but I can't verify the genealogical accuracy of any names not on the direct lines to the people listed above. If you see errors on this website please email me at
Cesaire Archambault; Cesaire's Sister Mary Ursule; Alice; Delphine (enlarged picture is Helen, Delphine, & Alice)
George (with sons Lew & Ernest); Joseph (with Helen & Delphine); Minnie (with Helen, Alice, & unknown child) ; Helen (with husband Arthur, in color)
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Children of Josephine Chene & Cesaire Archambault
Children of Helen Archambault & Arthur DeWaele
Children of Delphine Archambault (Helen's sister)
Archambault is French in origin. Jacques Archambault was born in 1604 in Ladilliere a Dompierre-sur-Mer, Ev. La Rochelle, Aunis, France, where he was a winegrower. In the 1645 he and his wife Francoise Tourault migrated to Montreal, Quebec (settled just 3 years prior) where they rented a farm. It was not a peaceful time in Quebec, with many battles fought against Iroquois Indians in the region - Jacques barely escaped a massacre, while his son Denis was not as lucky. See Jacques Archambault (1604) in the tree for more details.
There are thousands of descendents of Jacques & Francoise Archambault in America and Canada - it is the 7,860th most popular last name in the United States, with a frequency of 0.001%. For comparison, DeWaele is the 64,586th & Thorne is 1,721st. There is a five volume collection by a Pierre Archambault titled "Dictionnaire genealogique des Archambault d'Amerique". The author is currently working on a 6th volume that will include the 11th generation (late 1800s/early 1900s descendants). Our family is probably more closely related to Jacques Archambault than many due to the fact that we evolved from Jacques to Cesaire in only 8 generations, not 10, since we had more years between generations. Several in our Archambault lineage, including Jacques and his son Laurent, survived well into their 80s, considerably beyond the typical life span for that historical period (source: John Thorne).
Archambault Coat of Arms
The Archambault Coat of Arms and explanation were provided by John Thorne
Created by Jacques Archambault and Pierre Archambault.
partridge: The emblem of Aunis, ancient province of France where Dompierre was situated, village where once lived Jacques Archambault and his family before they immigrated to New France in 1645. In heraldry, the partridge is the bird of excellence.
The cluster of grapes: Symbolizes the vine that remembers Jacques Archambault�s occupation as a winegrower in France; also represents the initiation; the dionysiac affiliation.
The cannon: Remembers that Jacques Archambault who in Montr�al, occasionally had to take arms, particularly to defend a refuse situated near the actual Place d�Armes. It also reminds us that his oldest son, Denis died at the age of 21 in the explosion of a cannon while fighting against 200 Iroquois Indians.
The well: Represents an occupation exercised in New France by Jacques Archambault, the one of well digger. He dug at the request of Mr. de Maisonneuve the first well on the Island of Montr�al, the ancestor also constructed at least three more wells for his neighbors who lived near the Place d�Armes.
The shield is topped with a golden fleur-de-lis, the emblem of the kingdom of France, fringed with exterior heraldic ornaments, and the banner is engraved with our patronymic - Archambault.
The Chene section of the tree contains many different names. It is also a tough lineage to follow because children would sometimes combine their parents' last (or dit) names; plus add or drop letters. The link from Helen Archambault through her mother Josephine Chene, to John St. Onge (Chene), to Pierre Roy, & up the Langlois lineage has been verified by John Thorne, and the other names were found on the Internet and verified at multiple sites.
Josephine Chene's ancestors lived in Detroit, Ontario (Assumption Sandwich/ Windsor area) and Quebec; and several are among the original colonists of Detroit. Pierre Roy (Josephine's 4th great grandfather) lived with the Indians in the area before Cadillac came, and his wife was Marguerite Ouabankikoue, a Miami Indian. Once settled, Antoine Cadillac granted lots inside Fort Ponchartrain in present-day Detroit. (Click here for a breakdown.) Pierre Roy paid 3 livres and 18 sols for town rent on March 10, 1707, and 10 livres for other rights. On March 10, 1708 Pierre Chesne (aka Chene) purchased a second lot on St. Anne Street for 50 sols, thus giving him two frontages. He was "one of the most important men of that early day, and many of his descendants still reside in Detroit." Many surnames listed in Josephine Chene's family tree, e.g., Langlois, Roy, LaButte, Beaubien, Reaume, Parent, Pilet and Lesperance are also well known in early Detroit history. Several east side Detroit streets (Chene and Beaubien among them) are family names.
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John Arthur Thorne: John Thorne (grandson of Helen Archambault) has dedicated many years researching the Archambault, Chene, & Thorne family trees. He has visited genealogy libraries, churches, courthouses, and graveyards in many cities (incl. Canada) to piece the individual branches of our trees together.
Patricia Glendenin Malon: Patricia found her great grandmother Delphine Archambault (sister of Helen) on our site via search engines (our first internet 'hit') and contacted me and John Thorne. She provided all the names and dates of the descendents of Delphine. If you'd like to contact her regarding Delphine's section of the tree email me.
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