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John M. Chivington

John M. Chivington

David Stacy (View posts)
Posted: 16 Jul 2005 8:01PM GMT
Classification: Query
I have been told that I am related to this individual (my mother's maiden name is Chivington), but the actual connection is sketchy. I understand that he ran unsucessfully to be the Colorado Territorial Governor. He later reportedly went to Ohio and started a church.
Any information on connections to Cal Chivington of the Mt. Pleasant, Michigan area around the 1900s would be greatly appreciated.

Re: John M. Chivington

Posted: 29 Jan 2011 2:49AM GMT
Classification: Query
If you're truly related, it's more of a skeleton in the closet. He also led the 1st Colorado Volunteers when they wiped out a peaceful band of Cheyenne (mostly women, old folks and children)under Black Kettle at Sand Creek, near present day Denver.

Re: John M. Chivington

Posted: 29 Jan 2011 3:44AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Chivington
Thanks for the reply. I am distantly related, and not very proud of the fact. You can't pick your relatives. While in Wyoming recently I saw numerous state historic signs pointing to the Sand Creek Massacre Trail. Unfortunately, the local historian had no idea why the State put them up as no additional info was provided. We both knew that the massacre happened in southeast Colorado.

Re: John M. Chivington

Posted: 29 Jan 2011 6:45AM GMT
Classification: Query
Needless to say, the name is not highly respected among the Cheyenne in particular, and most Native Americans in general. After the massacre, the "soldiers" scalped everyone, man woman and child, cut off various parts off the woman, some of which they made into tobacco bags. The rest were displayed at a theater in Denver. Not our finest hour as a species.

Re: John M. Chivington

Posted: 4 Jun 2011 5:34PM GMT
Classification: Query
I am sorry for you that you have John Chivington in your bloodline. It's clear to me from what you write that his viciousness wasn't carried down to your generation. So that's a good thing. I actually went looking for descendents of Col. Chivington out of morbid curiousity.

Just be nice to Indians and you can do your part to blot out the awful memory of John Chivington.

Re: John M. Chivington

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 5:01AM GMT
Classification: Query
Not likely my information can help you, David, but John M. Chivington was my gr.gr.gr.uncle. His sister, Sarah was my great great grandmother. She married John C. Elliott in Butler County Ohio and they produced Eleanor Elliott who married Abram Stephenson whose son Harrie Raymond married my grandmother, Carrie Sylvester. They produced my mother, an only child, Cleo Stephenson. She married my father, Chester R. Thomas, June 30th, 1926. I was born in Middletown Ohio (Butler co.), June 13th, 1927. My sister, Janet Lynn, was born in February 1942 and my other sister, Jennifer Louise, was born in March 1945. Janet still lives in the area, although in Warren County O. I'm not certain Eleanor and Abram were married in Butler Co. Could have been Warren or Hamilton Co. The 3 counties are adjacent to each other. Hamilton co. is the home of Cincinnati, Ohio.John M. Chivington had two other siblings. My records are in Texas and I am in Calif., so I cannot produce them right off. Good luck. June Lea Thomas Davis, Hemet, Calif.
Another thing that might be of interest, John's father's name was Isaac. There was also one son named Isaac.
My great grandmother, Eleanor, married again after Abram died. They are both buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Mason, Ohio (Warren County). My parents both died in 1999 and are aalso buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Mason, Ohio.

Re: John M. Chivington

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 12:34PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks for the information you provided. I will include your data in my tree. By the way, I have a good friend who lives in Hemet, Ca.

Re: John M. Chivington

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 7:11AM GMT
Classification: Query
We moved to Hemet in 1968. We moved back to Texas in 1991, although we came back out here a lot. We moved back here again 3 years ago. I live in the Colonial Country Club M.H. Park. My husband passed away last summer.
I was born and raised in Middletown Ohio, by the way. And married a Texan.
I have 3 adult daughters here in Calif. One lives in Hemet and one in Riverside and the other one in Yucaipa. Also adult grandchildren around the area. They all have children.
Small world, huh?
There was a Methodist Minister named David Chivington in Middletown a few years ago. I was never in contact with him, but I'm reasonably sure he would be related. There aren't that many Chivintons around.
Col. John was court marshalled and exonerated for that horrific massacre in Colorado. He left the army and became an ordained Methodist minister. If I had my paper work, I could tell you where. I know it was in Ohio and not in Middletown. It was in the northen part of the state, I believe. Your mother could be a direct descendant of John, who knows?
Good luck.

Re: John M. Chivington

Posted: 24 Sep 2011 3:01AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Chivington, Runyon, Girardin
I am a descendent of Col. John M. Chivington: His daughter Sara m. William Bernard Girardin, their son Lewis was my Grandmother's father ... which makes me his g. g. g. granddaughter.

There is a lot of family history in the Chivington's that is not reflected in these posts that might perhaps change how some of you view the Chivington name.

First, Chivington was NOT court martialed... there were attempts but as he had already mustered out prior to Sand Creek, a court martial was impossible.

Second, Chivington's daughter, while held captive by a Ute tribe, was raped and gave birth to a daughter fathered by Captain Jack. She also adopted several Navajo children who had been captured by the Utes. Her father and first husband rescued her and the children which she raised as her own.

I have a lot more family history and am currently working on the Runyon side of the family, which Chivington's mother is a descendent of. Happy to share any info I have that you might like.

Re: John M. Chivington

Posted: 16 Dec 2011 6:58PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 16 Dec 2011 7:00PM GMT
Surnames: Chivington
Do you have family ancestry information on a John Chivington, Jr. that had a brother Isaac who m. in Warren Co OH in 1810 and a sister Sarah born ca 1800 who m. John Doty in Butler Co OH in 1816. This John Chivington, Jr. m. in Washington Co OH To Rebecca Patton in 1806. She died after birth of second child. He then m. Martha Dickey in 1809. He left for the War in 1812 and never returned to Washington Co to his wife and children. He then m. Rebecca Breese and ended up in Franklin Co IN across the State line from Butler Co OH.
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