I happen to be one of the Larimer County Michaud family members. My father is Paul, son of Joseph Henry, son of "Frank" who had brother William who had a son William who had a cousin Joe. As far as I can tell, my ancestors had no ability to make original names. Frank had a brother William and a son William E. Franks brother William also had a son William Frank had a son Joseph Henry Franks brother William had a son Joseph A. In the old newspaper articles, this gets very confusing. I hope to go back to Colorado this year and spend time in the library stacks and legal records. Sorry I can not clear it all up....But my brother Joseph is also confused.