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Re: fontenot/jacques/ledoux/desmerais/edward of LA


This is what I have documented.

LaTour - A'lbert - Manuel - LeDoux

The LaTour family and the Manuel family was from the same region in France, Pyrennes.

Jean Baptiste Manuel m. Francoise Simon Fontenot was born in 1784 to Pierre Manuel and Genevieve Albert.

Pierre was the son of Jean Manuel and Jeanne Lapierre. He was born 25 June 1752, in New Orleans, Louisiana. (St. Louis Cathedral Records V.2, pg. 260)

Christened the 30 July 1752, in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was the first child born to Jean and Jeanne Manuel in Louisiana. His sister had been born in France prior to their departure.

D. 1796-1806, in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. Succession #47 dated Oct. 1812 in St. Landry Parish Courthouse. Bur. St. Landry Parish, Louisiana.


Catholic. A brick mason by trade. Arrived in New Orleans Louisiana
sometimes between the birth of their first daughter in April 1749 and
their son Pierre in June of 1752. Pierre was baptized at St. Louis
Cathedral. They were in Illinois by March 1756. It is probable they left New Orleans in 1755, with the usual autumn convoy to the Illinois. He was Master Mason at Fort Chatres, Illinois. They lived at Prarie DuRocher and later at Kaskaskia. The Manuels left Illinois at the end of the Seven Years war, when the English acquired the land east of the Mississippi. They probably departed for New Orleans on 15 June 1764 in convoy of soldiers and settlers led by the Illinois Commandant, Pierre-Joseph De Neyon De Villers. De Neyon had turned command over to Louis St Ange de Bellerive leaving forty men under him to await the arrival of the English. They arrived in New Orleans on 1 July 1764. Jean Manuel wrote to his friend in Illinois that they would remain in New Orleans on 10 Jan. 1765. Research is continuing for the parents of Jean Manuel. He is believed to be from the area of the French Spanish border, in the Pyrennes mountains. Possibly of Basque descent.

LIVED: France 1749, New Orleans, Louisiana. 1752, Fort Chatres, Ill. 1756, New Orleans, Louisiana. 1765.

and Dean. pg. 616-617 K221(H341) sale of land by Lavigne to Ponisse 9 Nov. 1756.

Wit. by Jean Manuel Master Mason residing in Prarie Durocher and
Ramond A. Albert residing in Kaskaskia. Signed his name Jean Manuel
pg. 688-689 K267(H508) Estate sale of Barrios Estate 24 Jan. 1760.
Manuel purchased arm chair for 40 livres, chairs for 50 livres, couch for 23 livres.


Name: Sophie Desmaret
Sex: F

Ursin Pierre Manuel b: 8 DEC 1787


M. Sophie Desmaret, on the 30 July 1807, in St. Landry Parish, LA. (St. Landry Parish LA Courthouse Records #2)1 (Opelousas Church V.1, pg. 170)1


Clare (Claire) Manuel b: 28 SEP 1833
Lastie Ursin Manuel b: ABT 1814
Onezime Ursin Manuel b: ABT 1822
Francois Ursin Manuel b: ABT 1815
Sophie Ursin Mire Manuel b: 15 SEP 1830
Pierre Ursin Manuel b: 3 APR 1809
Jean Baptiste Ursin Manuel b: ABT 1815


Name: Clare (Claire) Manuel 1
Sex: F
Birth: 28 SEP 1833

1850 United States Federal Census

Name: Clara Ledoux
Age: 17
Estimated birth year: abt 1833
Birth Place: Louisiana
Gender: Female
Home in 1850
(City,County,State): St Landry, Louisiana

1870 United States Federal Census

Name: Clara Manuel
Estimated birth year: abt 1833
Age in 1870: 37
Birthplace: Louisiana
Home in 1870: Ward 4, St Landry, Louisiana
Family and neighbors: View Results
Race: Black
Gender: Female
Value of real estate: View image
Post Office: Bayou Chicot

Father: Ursin Pierre Manuel b: 8 DEC 1787
Mother: Sophie Desmaret

Pierre Valmont Ledoux
Married: 13 DEC 1849


Josephine Ledoux b: 23 OCT 1858
Sophie Ledoux b: 12 FEB 1855
Christoval Ledoux b: 12 MAR 1861
Clara Ledoux b: 18 AUG 1864
Ursin Ledoux b: ABT 1853
Pierre Ledoux b: 17 FEB 1857
Alce Ledoux b: 17 MAR 1863


State of Louisiana
Parish of S. Landry

Know all men by these presents that Ursin Manuel fils of the State of Louisiana and Parish of St. Landry as principal and Achille Dupre are firmlybound unto Adolphe Garriques clerk of the District Court in and for the Parish of St. Landry in the sum of Thirteen hundred dollars, for the payment of whichwell and truly to be made they bind themselves, their heirs
executors and administrators jointly and Severally.

In witness whereof they have hereunto signed at Opelousas this twenty ninth day of September A. D. 1851.

The Condition of the above obligation is such that whereas the above bound Ursin Manuel fils has been appointed administrator of the Estate of Ursin Manuel pere and Sophie P. B. Desmaret his wife, late of said Parish both decd. Now if the said Ursin Manuel fils Shall well and faithfully Said Estates, render a just account thereof and pay over the sums when thereunto lawfully required, and finally Shall do and perform all and Singular the duties & functions incumbent on him as administrator as aforesaid, according to Law, then the above obligation to be null & void, otherwise to remain in full force-

s/ J. B. Dejean Ursin + Manuel fils
s/ Lucius Dupre s/Achille Dupre

We the undersigned, heirs of the Estate of Ursin Manuel pTre and Sophie Desmarets, both late of Said parish deceased, do agree, that the property belonging to said Estates should be sold on the following terms and conditions, "to wit," The purchase money payable , in two equal annual instalments [sic] from the first of April next (1852) but all sums of ten dollars and under, payable, at the first [term?] and over ten dollars as above stated.

Parish of Saint Landry the 26th September 1851
Jean Bte x Manuel
Lastie Ursin x Manuel
Pierre Ursin x Manuel
Francois Ursin x Manuel
Onezimi Ursin x Manuel
Jean Bte x Ledoux
s/ Pierre Ledoux

Filed Sept. 30, 1851 A. Garrique Cl[erk]

We the undersigned heirs of the late Ursin Manuel pFre deceased do hereby give a general discharge to Garland Lastasses [sic] & Ursin Manuel fils administrator of said Estate having received all coming to us from the hand of said attys & administrator- Opelousas 25th April 1855

Witness: Garrique

Lastie U x Manuel
Onezime x Manuel
Jean Bte U. x Manuel
Francois U. x Manuel
Wife of J. Bte Ledoux Sophie U. x Manuel
Josephine x Ratel
s/ Pierre Valmond Ledoux

Received of Garland Lastasses [?] all sums due them to the Estate of Ursin Manuel pFre deceased of which I am administrator-------25th April 1855 Ursin x Manuel adm.

A. Garriques
Filed 13th July 1858
Homere A. Latour, D. Clerk

Source: a photocopy of the Estate, #1588, St. Landry Parish Courthouse, Opelousas, Louisiana

Harrison Thomas LaTour
LaTour Genealogical Collection

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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