Son of Jean Michel and Suzanne Rochon. His family crossed the Atlantic Ocean via the ship John J. Boyd, arriving in New York on 15 February 1856. His given name is listed as "Michell," age 3 months, on the ship manifest. It is uncertain how many of the children actually made the overland journey. Though two separate promissory notes in his mother's name seem to indicate that 3 of the children survived the journey, most likely Elizabeth, Jean Pierre and Margarite.
When his family boarded the ship on 12 December 1855, in Liverpool he was three months old. Alternate spelling of surname: "Roshon."