Bio: Ouimette, Charles Sevier (1849 - 1926)

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Surnames: Ouimet, Ouimette, Marquis, Hull, Bullen, Denny, Merwin, Taylor, Dolle, Swan

----Source: From the Ouimette Family Journal, 1976

Charles Sevier Ouimette (1849 - 23 Nov 1926)

Charles S. Ouimette was born the 30th of July 1820 at St-Eustache, Deux Montagnes, Quebec, Canada, where his father was a carpenter. His parents were Joseph and Josephte Daoust Ouimette. Joseph Ouimette signed his name "Ouimette", however, the children's christening records recorded the name as "Ouimette". It appears the spelling was a matter of choice; Charles preferring "Ouimette", and his brother, Louis, using "Ouimette".

Charles moved up the Ottawa River to Hawkesbury, Prescott, Ontario, where he owned an inn and a two-story stone residence. He married Christina Marquis about 1840.

Christina Marquis was born about 1822 in Dublin, Ireland, while her father, an English officer, was stationed there. Her parents were William and Anne Ross Marquis from Edinburg, Scotland. When Christina was about two, the family was sent to Montreal, Canada. She had several brothers and two sisters. There was a cholera epidemic in 1837. Her father, William Marquis, died of cholera the 14th of January 1837, at 65 years of age. Her 18 year old sister, Anne, died February 18th and her 19 year old brother, John, died the 19th of March, the same year.

The couple (Charles S. and Christina Marquis Ouimette) had six children. Charles died on June 5th, 1855, shortly after his last son was born. He is interned at Hill Side Cemetery at Hawkesbury.

When Charles S. Ouimette died, Christina's mother came to live with her to help care for the children. Anne Ross Marquis was well educated and she taught the Ouimette children as there was no money to send them to school. Christina died of consumption on the 13th of June 1861. Ann Ross Marquis died in June the following year. Their three tombstones are still standing in the Hill Side Cemetery at Hawkesbury.

Charles Sevier Ouimette was born on the 1st of April, 1849 at Hawkesbury, Prescott County, Ontario, Canada, son of Charles S. and Christina Marquis Ouimette. After his parents died, he was sent to work on a farm, but he was very unhappy there and ran away. His father's brother, Louis Ouimette, owned a general store in Montreal, and agreed to have Charles live with him and work in the general store. (Louis Ouimette's son, Alphonse, became a judge in Montreal).

When Charles was 18, he wanted to emigrate to the United States, but the country was entering the Civil War. He promised his sister he would wait until the war was over. He found work on the Welland Canal, then when things were settled (in the U.S.), he made his way to Pennsylvania. He taught school there for a couple of years.

Charles Ouimette Homestead Holton, Wisconsin


A family named Denny talked Charles into going to Wisconsin to homestead property by the Denny land there. A member of this family (Denny) had fled to Canada to avoid the draft for the Civil War and they planned to purchase the homestead from Charles for this party. When Charles arrived in the area, he stopped by the Hull home to seek directions to the Denny farm. Clara Hull led him through the woods and he fell deeply in love. His idea of a short stay in Wisconsin changed to a permanent one. He homesteaded the land in 1873, which was just across the Big Eaupleine River from the Hull property. Here he built a fine log house.

Clara Belle Hull was born the 14th of October, 1858, in Boltonville, Washington County, Wisconsin. She was the second daughter of Nelson and Jane Bullen Hull. When she was still a baby, the family moved to the town of Scott in Sheboygan County, where they stayed for five years. When her father returned from the Civil War, the family settled in Oakfield, Fond du Lac County. In 1871, they homesteaded land in Holton Township, Marathon County. It was there that Clara met Charles Sevier Ouimette.

Charles and Clara were wed the 18th of October, 1876, just four days after her 18th birthday. Their first four children were born in the log house. The mill moved into the area and Charles built a frame house with the lovely hardwood from his property. He also opened a general store by the river. When Clara gave birth to their 11th child, Charles raised the roof of the home and put in a full second story and added a bay window.


Later he built an apartment complex on the side for Jane Bullen Hull (Clara's mother). This house was sold in later years, carefully dismantled, and rebuilt in Wausau because of the beautiful wood and workmanship.


In 1917, he built a brick house across the river on what had been part of the Hull homestead. He spent the last years of his life there.

Clara had a beautiful voice and played the organ, having been trained by her father. Charles gave her the first home-owned organ in Holton. She was active in the Riverside Church and when she wasn't confined with the birth of one of her many children; she was soloist in the choir, at weddings and funerals.

Charles was a prominent citizen of Holton, where he taught school for a few years, and was school clerk for 18 years. He was the Town Clerk of Holton of Holton for 30 years, and was Justice of the Peace for 40 years, which was the office he held at the time of his death. Neighbors were frequent callers to get the assistance they needed, and many times his children were called upon to witness a marriage. Just before tax time he would bring home the huge tax ledgers and by the light of the lamp, work on them until dawn. He never complained of the loss of sleep, deriving his greatest satisfaction from this kind of figuring. He took pride in his land but did not like farming.

Charles and Clara had 15 children, 11 of whom grew to maturity. They loved children and often had grandchildren staying with them. Charles invited even the little ones to the cellar to sample his wine and patiently gave them horseback rides.

Family Notes

 

Name: Charles Sevier Ouimette
Sex: M
Birth: 1 Apr 1849 in Hawkesbury, Ontario, Canada
Death: 23 Nov 1926 in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN
Burial: Abbortsford, Marathon Co., WI

Father: Charles S. Ouimette b. ca. 1822 in St. Eustache, Two Mountains, Quebec, Canada
Mother: Christina Marquis b. ca. 1822 in Dublin, Ireland, Citizen of Scotland

In Holton, Marathon, Wisconsin, 18 Oct 1876, Charles Sevier Ouimette married Clara Belle Hull b: 14 Oct 1858 in Boltonville, Washington Co., WI, and died July 19, 1950 in Duluth, St. Louis, Minnesota, USA. She was the daughter of Nelson Hull and Jane Bullen.


Children of Charles Sevier Ouimette and Clara Belle Hull


Willaim Louis Ouimette b: 15 Mar 1878 in Holton, Marathon County, WI
George Marquis Ouimette b: 9 Jun 1879 in Holton, Marathon Co., WI
Victor Orville Ouimette b: 12 Aug 1880
Ouida Jane Ouimette b: 6 Dec 1881 in Holton, Marathon Co., WI
Helen Adelia Ouimette b: 22 Mar 1883 in Holton, Marathon Co., WI
Leroy Cleveland Ouimette b: 9 Sep 1884
? Ouimette b: 3 Jun 1886
? Ouimette b: 8 Mar 1887
Nelson Hull Ouimette b: 3 Jan 1888 in Holton, Marathon Co., WI
Lillis Belle Ouimette b: 18 Mar 1890 in Holton, Marathon Co., WI c: in Riverside Pres. Church, Holton, Marathon Co., WI
Mary Josephine Ouimette b: 19 Mar 1892 in Holton, Marathon Co., WI
Jennie June Ouimette b: 28 Jan 1895
Jane Ouimette b: 1 May 1896 in Holton, Marathon Co., WI
Charles Herbert Ouimette b. ca. 17 Dec 1897 in Holton, Marathon Co., WI
Floud Pierre Ouimette b: 27 Apr 1901 in Holton, Marathon Co., WI

 

----Source: History of Merwin Family in North America pg 568-569

 

Mr. (William Louis) Ouimette, a high school graduate, homesteaded in 1902 at Little Ouimette Lake in Price County. Here he and his wife cleared the land and sold the virgin timber. They logged and farmed until the timber was gone, at which time he went to work as a acid maker in the Flambeau Paper Company mill in Park Falls. After working there a number of years, he was badly gassed and had to go back to farming. Maryette Anna (Merwin) was an excellent home maker, as a young woman she cooked in lumber camps and was a good Samaritan wherever she was. They were both members of the Congregational Church in Park Falls. The History of the Merwin Family in North America, pgs 568 & 569

 

1880 Federal Census, Holton, Marathon, Wisconsin, United States, pg. 334

 

Charles Ouimette, married American male farmer
Father's Birthplace: France
Mother's Birthplace: Canada

Household Members
Self Charles Ouimette M 30 Canada
Wife Clara Ouimette F 22 Wisconsin, United States
Son Willie Ouimette M 2 Wisconsin, United States
Son Geroge Ouimette M 0 Wisconsin, United States

 

1920 Federal Census, Marathon, Wisconsin

 

Chas S Ouimette
Estimated Birth Year: 1850
Age: 70
Birthplace: Canada
Relationship to Head of Household: Self
Gender: Male
Race: White
Marital Status: Married
Father's Birthplace: Canada
Mother's Birthplace: Ireland

 

1930 Federal Census, Holton, Marathon, Wisconsin, Enumeration District Number: 0030, family 169, line 84

 

Nelson H Ouimette, white, married, male
Father's Birthplace: Canada
Mother's Birthplace: Wisconsin

Household Members
Head Nelson H Ouimette M 42 Wisconsin
Wife Rena W Ouimette F 35 Wisconsin
Son Leigh N Ouimette M 12 Wisconsin
Daughter Edith M Ouimette F 11 Wisconsin
Son Dale A Ouimette M 8 Wisconsin
Son William L Ouimette M 6 Wisconsin
Son Wayne Ouimette M 2 Wisconsin
Son Walter W Ouimette M 0 Wisconsin

 

1940 Federal Census, Holton Town, Marathon, Wisconsin, United States, Enumeration District Number: 37-29, family 219, line 73

 

Nelson Ouimette, white married male
Residence in 1935: Same House

Household Members
Head Nelson Ouimette M 52 Wisconsin
Wife Rena Ouimette F 45 Wisconsin
Daughter Edith Ouimette F 21 Wisconsin
Son William Ouimette M 16 Wisconsin
Son Wayne Ouimette M 12 Wisconsin
Son Walter Ouimette M 10 Wisconsin
Son Thomas Ouimette M 8 Wisconsin
Son Richard Ouimette M 8 Wisconsin

 

1940 Federal Census, Abbotsford, Abbotsford Village, Clark, Wisconsin, United States

 

Leigh Nelson Ouimette, white, single, male
Age: 22
Relationship to Head of Household (Original):
Relationship to Head of Household (Standardized): Lodger
Birthplace: Wisconsin
Estimated Birth Year: 1918
Residence in 1935: Wisconsin


Wisconsin Birth records

 

Ouimette George M 29 May 1905 vol. 32, pg. 802

 

Ouimette, Nelson Hull
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 03 Jan 1888
Birthplace: Holton, Marathon Co.
Race: White
Father's Name: Charles S. Ouimette
Father's Birthplace: Canada
Mother's Name: Clara Hull
Mother's Birthplace: Oakfield, Wis.

 

Wisconsin Marriage Records

Rob G. Taylor
Spouse's Name: Onida J. Ouimette
Event Date: 28 Oct 1899
Event Place: Marathon, Wisconsin
Father's Name: Chas. H. Taylor
Mother's Name: Olive H. Taylor
Spouse's Father's Name: Chas. S. Ouimette
Spouse's Mother's Name: Ouimette

Wm. S. Ouimette
Spouse's Name: Maryette A. Merwin
Event Date: 29 Jul 1905
Event Place: Marathon, Wisconsin
Father's Name: Chas. S. Ouimette
Mother's Name: Clara B. Hull
Spouse's Father's Name: Bery Pierce Merwin
Spouse's Mother's Name: Swan

Michael A Bland
Event Date: 23 Jul 1977
Event Place: Clark, Wisconsin
Gender: Male
Age: 25
Birth Year (Estimated): 1952
Spouse's Name: Ouimette
Spouse's Gender: Female
Spouse's Age: 21
Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated): 1956

Damian Jude Messing
Event Date: 12 Jul 1986
Event Place: Clark, Wisconsin
Residence County: Clark
Gender: Male
Age: 20
Birth Year (Estimated): 1966
Spouse's Name: Lena Ann Ouimet
Spouse's Residence County: Chippewa
Spouse's Gender: Female
Spouse's Age: 18
Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated): 1968

Jared Francis Ouimette
Event Date: 15 Dec 1995
Event Place: Clark, Wisconsin
Gender: Male
Age: 38
Birth Year (Estimated): 1957
Spouse's Name: Margaret Lillia Dolle
Spouse's Gender: Female
Spouse's Age: 36
Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated): 1959

Minnesota Death Records

Charles S (Sevier) Ouimette
Event Type: Death
Event Date: 23 Nov 1926
Event Place: Hennepin, Minnesota
Record Number: 470475

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