from 1704 to 1778
Some Marriage Records from p. 50 to 61 &
[Editor’s note: This end sheet was
titled in English by two different people, probably when the volume was
bound. Currently referred to as Baptism Book I (abbreviated as bb I) it
consists of several registers bound together, the extant baptismal records
for 1704 to 1778. Interspersed among them are a few marriage and death
records. Because those nuptial entries represent the only surviving ones
earlier than those contained in Marriage Book I (abbreviated as mb I),
they are included in this study.Mob. bb I:50a-1
The words within parentheses on
the transcript have been added from a handwritten copy covering 1704 to
June 1726. Unfortunately, for some of the entries only the first part of
each record was transcribed completely. This undated manuscript was done
by Father McGowan, a chaplain at Providence
Philippe, native of St. Ma—— in Flanders, Diocese of Cambrai.
1 Louise Marguerite Housso, widow of Dominique
Belzaguy, native of —haly,
2 Diocese of Tours in Touraine.
witnesses who signed were: (Valentin) Devin, engineer; Marguerite Le
Sueur, Canadian- born daughter of Pierre Charles Le Sueur and Marguerite
Messier; Paquier, not identified; (Louis Auguste) de la Loëre Flaucour,
principal clerk and judge of Mobile (Mob. mb 1,3, 5); and (Louis
1. Philippe’s place of birth could be Saint Maur,
Saint Marc, Saint Mane, or perhaps Sainte Marie. Cambrai is in the
department of Nord. There is a town named Marq in that department.
2. Louise Marguerite’s birthplace looks like echalyc.Cholet, 131 km. from Tours, is a possibility. It is in the
Maine-et-Loire department; Tours is in Indre-et-Loke.
(G CC, 20) has Marguerite Housseau or Toulouse, native of Chantilly. This is north of Paris, near Senlis, in the department of Somme. Higginbotham (Old Mobile , 182) also calls it Chantilly. This may result from the confusion of
Louise Marguerite Poirier (daughter of Lucien Poirier and Marguerite
Toulouse of Chantily) with Louise Marguerite Housso, wife of Belzaguy.
May 1, 1724
Louis Assaly to Marie Thérèse Bret
mu Sept cent 24 Le premier du mois de May Je SouSSigné f. claude prstre
carucin hissionaire apostoliouc et curé de La Mobile certifie avoir donné
Le benediction nuptiale et recu Le Mutuel consentement avec Les ceremonies
prescrites par La Ste. eglise au Sieur Louis assaly natif de Niord
parois(se) St. André et Marie therese bret veuve de michel —oret natif de
la rochelle paroisse notre dame en presence des temoins qui ont Signe avec
f. claude prestre cap.
X Marie Miss. apost. et curé
LBourbon thereses louis bret de La mobile
X huche Dela—a———
Mob. bb 1:50-2
May 1, 1724
No banns mentioned.
Louis Assaly (Assailly dit Tranchemontagne) , native of
parish of St. André.
Marie Thérèse2 Bret, native of La Rochelle, parish
of Notre Dame, widow of Michel Toret or Soret.
Witnesses signing were:
(Louis) Bourbon; (Antoine) Maiie; (Louis Bret?); (Marc Antoine) Huche;
(Delasaly or Delasalle?); (Elie AB?
Elieass? Clauss? CHeass?).
1. The name appears in other Louisiana archives
as Sallier, Assayes, Layeux, Mayeux and Soyer, as well as Tranchemontagne.
Their son Louis was baptized as Sallier in 1730. Mob. bb 1:93.
names thereses louis bretr, all apparently written by the same person, may
be all the bride’s or may have been written by her father or brother, both
Mob. bb I:52a-1
January 12, 1725
Thomas Asselin (dit Fleury), native of Fleury in
lower Normandy, Diocese of Coutances.
Marie Françoise Lani or Leny of the parish of (Luben?), Diocese of— —
Witnesses signing were: (Marc Antoine) Huché;2 (Nicolas?)
Meunier (dit Versailles?); (Noel) de Prouond, husband
of Louise Walter.3
1. Perhaps the bride was from Leuven (Louvain), Belgium; in France, Lusson (department of
Gard) and Lubbon (department of Landes) are two of many possibilities.
2. Huché (sometimes transcribed as Duché), an
interpreter, was the husband of Mariette or Marueitte (or Mauricette)
Keruegnan (Kemegnau, Quevergon, etc.) by 1715. About 1731 he married Marie
Therese Colon. Mob. bb 1:20,26, 93;mb 1:10.
3. Noel de Prouond or
Provond, native of dion in France, son of Jean Prouond and Claudine Amar
or Amac, married at Old Biloxi, February 10, 1721, Louise Vollery
(Valade?, Gauldre?, Walte?, Waltre?). St.LNO mb. A, no- 24; Mob. bb 1:43,
68,90,103. See also Mob. mb
(January 13? ,) 1725
No banns mentioned.
2 native of Paris, parish of St. Nicolas du
(Juliette or Julienne) Guilaume, native of Hennebont,
Diocese of Vannes.3
Witnesses signing: Grosliers (soldier? and son?);
(Louis? or Nicolas Godfroy?) Barbin.
1. The date has been variously
transcribed as January 3 and 13, 1725 (Deville, G C C,
49; McGowan copy). Perhaps the date should be
February 3 instead. The Marie-Guilaume marriage follows a record clearly
dated January 8, 1725.
2. Antoine Marie’s
signature may be accented. He married again in 1735 (Mob. mb 1:13).
3. Hennebont, department of
May 28, 1724
No banns mentioned.
Fontaile,1 soldier in de Mandevile’s Company.2
(Marie Lernir), widow
of deceased (Jean Baptiste Valade dit) Drapeau (le Noir).3
Witnesses signing were: (Louis) Bourbon (dit Ossement or
D’Osseman); André (Roberte) Guil(lette), wife of Louis Bourbon.
His name was spelled <Jean Fontaye> when his widow remarried in 1736
1:15), but he signed clearly<fontaffle>. One
<fontayex signature appears on his daughter’s marriage. Mob. mb
2. Francois Philippe de Marigny de Mandeville.
Valade, his wife, and two children were living at the <(Village of the
Fourches> in 1721. Maduell, Census, 26. One of those children was Marie
Catherine, Valade’s (Vallade’s) daughter by his earlier marriage to Marie
Pascot or Pascault. Catherine, born in 1716 (Mob. bb 1:2 1), married
twice: in 1734 toRoy and in 1744 to
Conrad —aidek. Mob. mb L9, 33. Jean Baptiste Valade had died two years
before Fontaile’s marriage to his widow. Mob. bb 1:43. After Fontaille’s
death, she married Loisel. Mob. mb
Mob. bb I:54a-1
No banns mentioned.
Etienne Dubourdieu, Sieur de
1 Jeanne Kerouret, 2 widow of (Jacques) Le Compte,3
signing were: (Valentin) Devin; Ollivier (Philippe); Louise Marguerite
Housso, wife of Olivier (Philippe); (Jean) Fontaile;Navarre (possibly the surgeon major noted
at Mobile in 1726, or perhaps the
Navarre killed at
November 1729); (Vincent Jolin or Dourlin dit) Dubreuil; Marie
Louise Boutin (probably the daughter of Louise Margarite Housso);
Lauranson, wife of Baulieu.4
1. As godfather in 1732, his signature
is E Dubourdieu Deheullet (Mob. bb 1:95).
The bride signed differently at other times.
3. In June, 1721, Jacques Le Compte, caulker, and his
wife were living at Mobile. Maduell, Census, 23. Their marriage had taken place by
1715. Here Jacques Le Compte was identified as a carpenter in the king’s
service. Mob. bb 1:18.
4. Jean Lorenson
dit Beaulieu usually signed Lorenson. This was apparently written
by Jeanne Marguerite Eugere or Heuger, his wife.
Mob. bb I:54b-1
September 18, 1724
(Three usual banns announced?)
Baptiste Hervieux,1 native of Quebec.
Marie Praux,2 widow of
(Vincent Alexandre dit) Chenet.3
Witnesses signing were: (Jean)
Bon,4 stepfather of the bride as husband of her mother, Anne Perrot;
(Marguerite Praux), the widow Colon dit La
Violette; Robert Talon, brother-in- law of the bride as husband of Jeanne
Praux; Arriaud, perhaps François.
1. Later, this groom signed the 1726 marriage of
his stepdaughter, Anne Alexandre Chenet, as <jan batishervieux>. A
Canadian gunsmith of that name was at Biloxi in 1699 (Maduell, Census,
2. This bride, whose name was sometimes written as
Anne and as Anne Marie, is easily confused with her sister, Marie Anne
Praux. The only truly legible letter on the original is Father Claude’s
3. The Alexandre and
Chenet names were used interchangeably as surnames.
4. Jean Bon, master arquebusier of La
married Anne Perrot at least fifteen
years before. He was listed as a
marshal in New Orleans in 1722, an employee
of the Company
of the Indies. His
funeral record, dated March 7, 1736, is at Mobile. Mob. bb I:8a, March 12,
1709;Conrad, First Families, I, 217;DeVille, G CC, 23.
Mob. bb I:56b-21
No banns mentioned.
Claude Pinsedd (dit
Boulonnois), sergeant of the troops.2
Marguerite Praux, widow of
(Jean Colon dit) La Violette.3
Witnesses signing were: (Jean) Bon, her stepfather,
and Robert Talon, her brother-in-law;4 one hardly visible.
1. Although the priest’s signature cannot be clearly
seen, the entry was definitely written by the Capucin, Claude.
dit name reflects his origin:
Boulogne-sur-Mer on the coastline of the depart.
ment of Pas-de-Calais. He obviously could not write his name. His son,
signing as godfather in December, 1739, wrote Claude Pincedé. Mob. bb
1:63. His granddaughter signed <agathe pensdez> in 1772. N. 0.
Notarial Archives. Almonaster y Rojas Acts, Feb. 21, 1772. Claude
ePincedetx. died in 1738. Mob. fb 1:55,
Higginbotham (Old Mobile ) has
several interesting mentions of Praux, Colon, and Bon. Variations of her
signatures are examples of inconsistency. See the Index under Praux,
4. Robert Tallon (also Talon), identified as a master
menuisier, had married her sister Jeanne before 1720. Mob. bb
I:25bis. In 1728 he was called a master ebeniste and a church
warden of the Mobile parish. Mob. bb
1:84. Robert Talon was buried August 8, 1746. Deville,
Mob. bb I:57b-3
(Jean) Guilaume Burat,1 native of Soleure, Diocese of
Magdelaine Rouge or Rouger, daughter of Mathieu Rouge, native
of La Rochelle.2
Witnesses signing were: (Etienne) Teyssier, (Mathieu)
Rouge or Rouger, and the cross of Pierre Gardon (or Guedon?).
Although within this document the groom’s name looks like Lurat, it was
found in other sources as Burat. Jean Guillaume Burat, a Swiss corporal in
Latour’s company and later in de Lusser’s company (Mob. bb 1:76, 9Obis),
died March 6, 1736 (DeVile, G CC, 24).
2. Magdelaine’s next
marriage was in 1737 to Antoine Negrier (Mob. mb I:19a).
Mob. bb I:58a-3
Dispensed with publication of banns.
Teyssier, a sergeant in La Tour’s1 company.
(de Mandeville),2 natural daughter of (François Philippe) de Mandeville,
captain in the colony.
3 Witnesses signing were: Jean Chris (Jean
Chrisostome, a friar who had arrived with Father Claude, is most
probable); Monsieur (Pi——----ot?) made a large cross.
then captain, Vitrac de La Tour, husband of Bienville’s cousin Marie
LeSueur, was commanding at Fort Toulouse des Alibamons from its
beginning until 1720. That year, in poor health, he returned to the
Mobile fort. In 1723, he was still there,
serving with Francois Philippe de Marigny de Mandeville under Jadart de
Bauchamp, the major.commandant of Fort Condé. Mob. bb 1:24, Oct. 3, 1717; C
13a, 5:117; Giraud,Histofre, III, 310, 365, 366;IV, 420.
2. The bride’s mother was an Indian slave of Captain de Mandeville.
Giraud, Histoire, IV,431,432n;Mob.bb 1:86.
3. Ensign at
1707, he married in France a niece of the missionary Le Maire. Giraud,
Histoire, III, 147, 147n. Although a special entry in 1722
declares that the family name was Philippe, his full name is given
elsewhere as Francois de Hautmesnil de Marigny de Mandeville. Mob. bb
1:42.2; Giraud,Histoire, vols. III and IV.
Mob. bb I:60a-1
January 17, 1726
No banns mentioned.
Pierre Berten dit L
Reue or Reve, native of Paris.2
Witnesses signing were: (Louis)
Bourbon;3 (Jacques) Branud or Branut (dit La France, who married Marie Clere
LeClere); Joseph (Contant?), if so, husband of Jeanne (Megne? Vergne?
Dupuy? ); (Louis? ) Jourdain, a soldier.
1. One Pierre Bertin was aboard Le Marechal de Villars
on January 26, 1719, traveling to Louisiana. Conrad, First Families,
2. Angelique Reve, whose husband, Nicolas Miradot, had
died in September 1725, is presumably the bride. Mob. bb 1:61. She may
have married again, to Theodore Robin dit Lanoix and then, in
1738, to Julien Gautier. Forsyth and Pleasonton, La. Mg. Contracts, 71.
3. Louis Bourbon witnessed a Gautier-Reve marriage contract passed at
New Orleans in
1738. Forsyth and Pleasonton,La. Mg. Contracts,
Mob. bb I:61a-1
February 8, 1726
Louis Fontenot,2 sergeant in La Tour’s company, son of
Joachim Fontenot and Jeanne Prido, native of Poitiers, parish of St.
Louise Henry, widow of L—b—g—e,4 daughter of Mathurin Henry
and Louise de Perigo or Prigo, native of Port Louis, parish of Blavet.5
Witnesses signing were: (Vincent John or Dourhin dit) Dubreüil,
sindic, Ohlivier (Philippe), François Alleuin or Allevin.
1. Although a space at the end of line one could have
once had (<dix)>
or <<vingtx preceding <huit>>, the McGowan copy gives February 8, as the date.<
2. Perhaps the soldier who died at Alibamons, October
29, 1755. Daniel H. Thomas, <(Fort Toulouse: The French Outpost at the Alibamons on
the Coosa,>> Alabama Historical Quarterly,
XXII (1960), 221n.
3. References to the family were found in
Montierneuf Parish nearby. Photocopies were a gift to this writer from
Mrs. Milton P. Rieder and her husband, now deceased, of New Orleans. See
Jacqueline 0. Vidrine and Elaine Guillory Pucheu, <The First
Fontenot Families of Louisiana,>
GenealogicalRegister, XXII (December, 1975);
XXIII (March, 1976).
4. The name appears to be <<La begne>> or
<<Lebeque>>. One Louison Henry of Port Louis lost her husband, Thomas Le
Beghues, at Chapitoulas, August 2, 1721. Photograph of the original
extract of deaths at the Ste. Reine Concession, in Henry C.
Bezou,Metafrie: A Tongue of Land to Pasture (Gretna, La., 1973). The similar names are tantalizing, but no further
leads have been uncovered.
5. Blavet was given the name Port Louis during the reign of Louis
XIII. Bretagne, Michelin
Green Guide Series (Paris, 1965).
May 29, 1731
deceased husband of Angelique Re— — (Reve? Reue?),1 died September 15,
1725, and was buried in the parish cemetery, according to testimony of
witnesses Etienne Teyssier, sergeant; Maurice Durand ;2 Barthelemy (Justin
de) Lamare ;3 and Felix Lurat.4
signed: (Etienne) Teyssier, (Maurice) Durand.
1. She seems to have been the Angelique
Reffe who was one of the girls sent, by order of the king, on La Mutine
in 1719. The ship arrived at the end of February 1720. She was listed
as Madame Angelique Reffe on the 1721 census of Mobile. Giraud,
Histoire, III: 343, 343n; Maduell, Census, 24. The Miradot-Reve children were
baptized in 1723 and 1725. Mob. bb 1:48, 58.
2. He married the widow of Jean Belzaguy in 1740.
Mob. mb 1:40.
Barthelemy Justin de la Mare signed several records between 1721 and 1736.
At his death on July 26, 1738, he was a lieutenant in the Mobile militia and a grocer. Mob. fb 1:56.
His daughter married in 1734. Mob. mb 1:9.
Mob. bb I:1O2
March 1, 1734
bann published, dispensed with two.
Jean Baptiste Baudrau, Creole of
Dauphine Island, son of Jean Baptiste Baudreau dit Grave- line,
militia captain and habitant of the Pascagoula post, and of Susanne.
Marie Catherine Vinconneau of La Rochelle, daughter of Louis
Vinconneau (deceased), a master tailor of wearing apparel, and of
Catherine Doussin, who is now married to Joseph Simon dit la
Pointe, habitant of Pascagoula.
2 Witnesses signing were: Jean
Baptiste Baudrau, father of the groom; (Charles) Egron (dit La
Motte); (C)ristian (possibly Christian Ladner); (Francois) Riieux, spouse
of Marie Renée Alexandre dit Chenet; N(icolas) Bodin (dit
Miragouin); Pierre Millon (son-in-law of Joseph Simon); (Nicolas?)
Rouss(au?), resident of Dauphine
Island in the 1730s who later
moved to Louisiana’s German Coast.
Father Mathias, Capuchin
priest and apostolic missionary, was functioning as curé at Fort Condé of Mobile
and of Pascagoula, its dependency.
Mobile diocesan archivist recently notified this
writer that this folio is currently maintained in a separate folder. In
addition, some doubt now exists about its original location.
2. The wedding tookplace in the home of Joseph Simon dit La
Pointe at Pascagoula.