Nearly all Choates in the United States can trace their heritage back to two individuals: John Choate, who came to America as an indentured servant in 1643 and settled at Chebacco, Ipswich, in the Massachusetts Bay Colony (The Northern Choates), or Christopher Choate, who also came as an indentured servant in 1676 and settled on the Magothy River in the Province of Maryland (The Choates of the South). Both men came from England.
The Northern Choates for the most part stayed in New England. Many were prosperous and several of the early generations were educated at Harvard. The Northern Choates, as was popular at the time, commissioned E. O. Jameson to publish a genealogy. Jamesonís work "Choates in America; 1643-1896" contains 458 pages of Northern Choate information.
The Choates of the South chased the frontier.Ö. as a result our records are lost, scattered, and incomplete. This web site is an attempt to provide the Choates of the South with good genealogical data on those early Choates (i.e., pre 1865). Unfortunately the internet has allowed inconsistencies and errors to propagate among many researchers. This site aims to identify and provide access to the original source documents. Our genealogy and narrative histories are much more meaningful when shared. If you have pre-1865 documentation please forward an electronic copy and it will be posted with proper references.
Web Objectives in the FEATURES area provides important details about this site, including how you can add your post 1865 branch.
1642 Christopher in the FEATURES is an example of a Narrative History that aids in understanding our heritage and linking individuals. These Narrative Histories tell the story of the individual and their experiences using known documents.
If you have any questions or comments about the information on this site, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.