Our great-grandfather ¹Charles Edward "Ed" ANDRE
(1863-1948), was born in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. Ed was
the mulatto son of a French doctor,
Maurice Andre and a
the name of Jane Arthur
(1846-1912) who was
by Maurice Andre's mentor, Dr. Charles HERTICH.
was Mary Dix. Jane's step-father
²Richard "Dick" Woods.
Jane had three more children; George LOUIS?/JANIS?
Mary Ann Janis (m. Charles Randall)
Henrietta Blanche Janis
Randall). Mary Ann
had three children; ³Charles Gervey,
Henrietta & Frank also had three children;
Charles, Frank & Elizabeth Randel.
Ed married Amanda CHOUTEAU DODGE (1863-1951).
Not much is known about Amanda's family except that
according to her baptismal record, her mother's name was
Agathe and she was owned by Vermont ALLEN. Amanda
adopted and raised by Harriet THOMPSON/THOMAS.
also adopted Amanda's sister Jane Dodge
(unknown if Jane was
Amanda's biological sister).
Harriet also adopted a boy named
Click on thumbnails below to view marriage certificates
records of Ed & Amanda. *Note: Baptismal
records of Ed &
do not mention the father's
name as it was common practice
when a 'colored' child was
fathered by a Caucasian
The question of Amanda's
paternity. I can only assume
the name Chouteau was Agathe's name. One story
elder is that Amanda's father's name was
given. Another story was that her
father was a
German or Dutch
riverboat captain named
(or something close to that).
Thus far I have not been able to find a riverboat captain by
name, however I did find a riverboat captain by the
Pierre Chouteau, from the same community and he
would be in
the correct age group.
Amanda is listed as 'mulatto' in the 1880 Federal
As was so very common during slavery, many women of color
were taken advantage
of by slave owners
and men of power.
The mystery of what happened to Amanda's mother Agathe
who her biological father was are those common brick
genealogist run into and present even more of a
researching our African-American roots.
Ed and Amanda migrated to Nampa, Idaho around 1898
other families; George
Mary C. (AMOUREUX)
William & Mary (RIBEAU) AMOUREUX.
history, William "Babe" was a cousin
have not been able to confirm this family
these three families together left behind
many of their
friends and families
in search of a better life.
Midwife who delivered all
of the Andre children that were born in
Click on the thumbnail
below to view photo of Bertha Doerge.