A family to remember
Or at least it is for me
To think I'm just a part of this massive family tree
A legacy of those who paved the way
Upon oceans have they come
To seek a brand new season and a place to overcome
The strength of their foundation upon a rock I've found
An all inclusive treasure where love does much abound
The abundance of there giving it surely was their way
It feeds my fondest memories, to this very day
Yes an inspiration of life and how to live
To prosper and to flourish and also to forgive
They taught of life's great lessons
A servant should I be, to honor our tradition's and family faithfully
Principles and purpose were high upon their list
Treasured goals ambitions were surely not to be missed
A lineage for generation's unforgettable yes it seems
But with out you my children it may be lost as dreams
You're worthy of the wisdom and the wise will not forget
So cherish all the memories, so pray that we will shine
For as a light to others is part of our design
Daniel R. Chéveres
Juan Cheveres Clan-California
June 23, 2004
Is this French General possibly our ancestor?
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The Chévere Story
El Cuento de los Chévere
The Chévere Nation's story is quite different and perhaps unique, it's a tale of two branches. The two branches are the west coast branch and the east coast branch including our native Puerto Rico.
This initial story is focused on the west branch which did not take them through the New York migration route, but through a different set of circumstances. At a later date the story of the east coast branch and Puerto Rico will be told.
Their tale is different from their east coast cousins in their struggle to establish themselves in foreign surroundings. Their struggle has a common thread with all new arrivals: laboring on farms vs laboring in factories, low wages, outright or implied discrimination, language barrier, educational opportunities, health care and substandard housing to name a few.
Second and third generation descendents continued to grow, prosper and make their mark on society, some in a grand and positive manner, others by slowly climbing the economic and educational ladder.
This made their children stronger and their children's children, for through the sacrifice of Manuel and Greogria Chévere and their set of circumstances, we learn and grow.
This could only be made possible by remembering who we are, where we came from and the future we want to leave our children.
The Journey of Gregoria & Manuel Chévere/La Jornada de Gregoria y Manuel Chévere
The journey started when Manuel and Greogoria Chévere left their native island of Puerto Rico and sailed to the United States with their seven children in tow and very little in terms of belongings. Theirs were a humble life, Jibaros in search of a new life and a hope for a better tomorrow. They were married and lived in Mameyes Arriba which at the time was part of Utuado, but subsequently was incorporated into the new township of Jayuya.
With them were their children: Lucas, Juan, Antonio, Manuel, Gregorio, Carmen and Maria Juana.
Two daughters remained behind in Puerto Rico, Dolores (Lola) with her husband Agustin and Antonia with her husband Ramon. Never to see their mother and father again. They both resided at the time in Hato Tejas, Bayamon.
Manuel and Gregoria's odyssey started by sailing from San Juan, Puerto Rico on the SS Munorleans, arriving October 8, 1926 at Galveston, Texas. The island of Puerto Rico was known by the United States as Porto Rico and spelled as such.
The following information was provided by Lillian Duran (deceased) as left to her by her mother Carmen Chévere.
UNITED STATES CITIZEN RESIDENT IN PORTO RICO
DESTINED TO MAINLAND FOR EMPLOYMENT
BY ARIZONA COTTON GROWERS ASSOCIATION
NAME : MANUEL CHEVERE COLON
DATE OF BIRTH 2 de junio del 1868. Documentary evidence as to citizenship Father's birth certificate. Oath for family.
Accompanying Members of Family: GREGORIA FIGUERIA 48 WIFE, LUCAS CHEVERE 27 SON, ANTONIA ACEVEDO 18 DAUGHTER, JUAN CHEVERE 19 SON, ANTONIO CHEVERE 17 SON, MANUEL CHEVERE 14 SON, GREGORIO CHEVERE 12 SON, MARIA CHEVERE 7 DAUGHTER, MARIA JUANA CHEVERE 4 DAUGHTER
EXAMINED AT SAN JUAN PORTO RICO SEPT 17, 1926 WILL DEPART ON OR ABOUT--------1926, ON AMERICAN SS MUNORLEANS FOR GALVESTON, TEXAS. LANDED OCT6, 1926.
As a family they traveled to Mesa, Arizona by truck. Mesa is in Maricopa County. They lived and supported themselves as laborers to the Arizona Cotton Growers Assocaition.
In Mesa Arizona, the Patriarch of the Chevere Nation, Don Manuel Cheveres took ill and died. Manuel Chevere was buried in Mesa in 1927.
Years later, his daughter Maria Carmen Mateo Chevere made it her quest to locate their father's grave and to erect a tombstone in honor of their father.
Tia Carmen did the same for the Matriarch of the family, Gregoria Chevere, who died 1938 in New York City and was buried in Staten Island, New York.
From Mesa Arizona, the Chevere family with their children settled in Oxnard, California, where they struggled and worked hard in various occupations.
This is not intended to be a complete story of the West Coast Chevere and as information is gathered this will be added to enhance the experience and appreciation of this centralized site.