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Manuels in the 1800's

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Re: Manuels and other families in Evangeline/St. Landry Parishes

Posted: 1026687164000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1028103954000
Surnames: Veillon, LeDoux, Manuel, Fontenot, LaFleur, Hebert, McCauley
Dear Barbara,

Your Message Board Post was gatewayed to me - I am interested in learning more about your Census CDs.

I am a French-speaking native of Evangeline Parish, LA.
Ans Eaux Pailles is L'anse aux Paille

Sifroi Manuel, age 47 in 1880, b. Abt. 1833
Believe this is Leufroy Manuel, b. August 31, 1833, bt. St. Landry Catholic Church, Opelousas, LA, s/o Ursin Manuel, Jr. & Marcelite Hebert

Celine Manuel, wife, age 41 in 1880, b. Abt. 1839
I believe this is Celina F.J.L. Fontenot, born 1839-1841. I found Celina in the 1850 Calcasieu Parish Census, age 9.
Celina is the d/o Faustin P.J.L. Fontenot and Marie Pabla Lusiana Ramirez.

I found Celina F.J.L. Fontenot, b. ca 1841 m. Sifroy Manuel,
page 268, "The Fontenot Family 1600-1903: A Genealogical Study of The Descendants of Jean Louis Fontenot dit Colin and Louise Angelique Henry" pub. 1999 by The Evangeline Genealogical and Historical Society, P. O. Box 664, Ville Platte, LA 70586. No descendants are listed.

page 267 "Faustin P.J.L. Fontenot married Marie Louise Ramires"
Faustin, born February 14, 1798 (Opel. Ch.) the son of Philippe J.L. Fontenot and Francoise Marie Berza, married Marie Louise Ramires on October 14, 1830 (Opel. Ch.). Marie, the daughter of Claude Ramires and Marie Ignace Martinos, was born about 1814. She is listed as being from San Antonio on the marriage record and as being from Mexico on the 1860 Calcasieu Parish census. Their marriage in 1830 was a validation, they were married civilly sometime prior to that date.

Faustin and his family migrated to the Calcasieu Parish area in the 1930s. Faustin died prior to 1850, his wife, Wid. Faustin Fonteneau age 36, is listed on the 1850 Calcasieu Parish Census. She is listed as a Midwife, age 50, on the 1860 census.

This family appears to be one of the early Fontenot families to migrate to the Calcasieu Parish area.

(Special thanks to Dr. Wridley A. Fontenot of Kinder for identifying this family from our list of unknown Fontenots. This family was listed as #143)

Another family that caught my eye:
Jean T Weillon, age 42
his wife, Augustina Weilson, age 32
the brother-in-law, Velenurte Ledoux is my grandfather, Villeneuve LeDoux.
The wife, Augustina VEILLON is Villeneuve's sister, Augustine LeDoux.
Onesia LeDoux, age 12, listed as a dau. is a sister of Villeneuve and Augustine.

This is a REAL extended family: Five marriages for Augustine LeDoux and Jean Pierre Veillon::
Augustine LeDoux, b. August 16, 1871, bt. St. Landry Catholic Church, d/o Auguste LeDoux, Jr. & Azelia Aurelienne (Zilia) LaFleur, m. (#1) January 20, 1870, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Ville Platte, LA Joseph LaFleur, b. July 05, 1847, bt. Opel. Ch., d. May 19, 1874, bur. VP. Ch. Joseph was the s/o Olivier LaFleur & Celeste J.B.LaFleur. Two children were born:
Martzile (Maxile) LaFleur, b. August 16, 1871, bt. VP Ch.
Mathilde LaFleur, b. February 23, 1874, bt. VP Ch.

Augustine LeDoux m. (#2) January 24, 1877, VP Ch., Emile Manuel, b. December 06, 1840, bt. Opel. Ch., d. Jan. 27, 1877, bur. Opel. Ch. One child, Emile Manuel, b. Jan. 16, 1877, bt. VP Ch., d. September 28, 1882, bur. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Chataignier, LA.

Augustine LeDoux m. (#3) September 20, 1879, Opel. Ct. Hse., Jean Pierre Veillon, Sr. (Jean T. Weillon) b. April 11, 1839, bt. Opel. Ch., d. date unknown. Jean Pierre was the s/o Francois Veillon and Marie Deville. He was the widr. of alida Manuel. Two children were born after the 1860 census: JosephFilio Veillon, b. November 02, 1880, bt. VP Ch.
Will Veillon, b. May 27, 1891, bt. VP ch.

Jean Pierre Veillon, Sr. m. (#1) August 19, 1858, Opel. Ct. Hs., Alida Manuel, b. January 07, 1841. She was the d/o Onezime Manuel and Elizabeth McCauley. Three children were born:
Jean Pierre Veillon, Jr., b. april 14, 1861, bt. Opel. Ch., married June 14, 1881, VP Ch., Marie Camilia Young.
Elizabeth (Lis) Veillon, b. October 17, 1870, bt. Chat. Ch., m. September 14, 1880, VP Ch. Ozeme T.J.Fontenot
Maria Veillon, b. October 06, 1872, bt. Chat. Ch.

Given that the majority of our ancestors were illiterate, it's a wonder the census enumerator did as well as he did.

J.B.U. Manuel age 63, b. 1817
Believe this is Jean Baptiste Manuel, b. November 01, 1817, bt. Opel. Ch. He was the son of Ursin Manuel, Sr. & Sophie Desmarets. Jean baptiste m. August 26, 1836, Opel. Ch. Appollonie (Pauline) Hebert, b. April 29, 1818, d. august 23, 1850, the d/o Joachim Hebert and Marie F.P. Fontenot

Onezime Manuel age 58, b. 1822
Believe this is Onezime Manuel, b. November 02, 1822, bt. Opel. Ch., he was the s/o Ursin Manuel, Sr. & Sophie Desmarets. Onezime m. November 23, 1840, Opel. Ct. Hse., Elizabeth McCauley, b. ABt. 1824 - parents are unknown.
They are the parents of Alida Manuel who married Jean Pierre Veillon, Sr.

Gus Fontenot, age 33
Believe this is Gustave S. Fontenot, b. May 27, 1840, vt. Opel. Ch., s/o Celestin Simon Fontenot and Josephine Guillory. Gustave m. June 06, 1868, Opel. Ct. Hse., Caroline Manuel, b. March 14, 1851, bt. Opel. Ch., d/o Pierre Manuel & Josephine Rider.

N. A. Fontenot, age 59
Napoleon Auguste J. Fontenot, b. July 19, 1821, the s/o Auguste J. Fontenot & Emelie Aucoin. Napoleon m. May 06, 1845, Opel. ct. Hse., Marie Louise McCauley, b. April 11, 1826, bt. Opel. Ch., the d/o Henry McCauley, Sr. and Marie Louise S.Bv. Fontenot. Note: Henry McCauley and Marie Louise Fontenot may also be the parents of Elizabeth McCauley, b. Abt. 1824, but I could not find her birth record.

Agricole Manuel, age 45
Believe he is Agricole Manuel, b. November 23, 1837, bt. Opel. Ch., s/o Lastie Ursin Manuel and Elizabeth Reed. Agricole m. August 02, 1877, VP. Ch - a validation - Pauline N.J. Fontenot, b. May 07, 1846, bt. Opel. Ch., d/o Napoleon Auguste J. Fontenot and Marie Louise McCauley.

Most of this information was found in Southwest Louisiana Records by Rev. Donald J. Hebert. Interested individuals can see his obit and a list of his publications at

Serious researchers may want to purchace his CDROM.

Most of the descendants of these families can be found in Southwest Louisiana Records. The Calcasieu Parish families can be found on the Calcasieu Parish Census online.

The fire of 1910 in Lake Charles destroyed the Courthouse records and the Catholic Church Records.

Avec mes meilleurs sentiments
(with my very best wishes)
Rosie Morein Wells
Birmingham, AL

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