Acadians Who Found Refuge in Louisiana, February 1764-early 1800s
Louis-Charles, son of Nicolas Talbot and Marguerite Aubry of St.-Georges-de-Bar-le-Duc, Lorraine, born in the parish of St.-Benoist, Paris, in c1714, came to greater Acadia probably in the 1730s. He married Marie-Françoise, called Françoise, daughter of François Douville and Marie Roger, at St.-Pierre-du-Nord, Île St.-Jean, today's Prince Edward Island, in November 1739.
In 1746, Louis-Charles and his family were at Québec, but they returned to Île St.-Jean. In 1752, they were living at St.-Pierre-du-Nord; the census taker called Louis-Charles a fisherman and said that he had been "in the country twenty years." He was addressed in the census as le sieur, so he evidently was a prominent member of the French middle class, literate and respected.
(The Douvilles also were members of that class and were even wealthier and more influential than the Talbots. François Douville owned at least three parcels of land around St.-Pierre-du-Nord and was, in fact,
one of the first European settlers on the island, having settled at Havre-St.-Pierre in 1719.)
Louis-Charles and Marie had eight children, all born on Île St.-Jean: Marie-Henriette in September 1740, Charles-Louis in May 1743, Joseph in c1745, Jean-François in c1748, François in May 1752, Charles in January 1754, a second Marie-Henriette in March 1756, and Marie-Louise in October 1758.
LE GRAND DÉRANGEMENT
When the British rounded up the Acadians in Nova Scotia in the fall of 1755, Louis-Charles Talbot and his family, living in territory controlled by France, remained unmolested. Their respite from British oppression was short-lived, however. After the fall of the French fortress at Louisbourg in July 1758, the victorious British rounded up most of the Acadians on Île St.-Jean and, regardless of their social status, deported them to France. Louis-Charles, called "Louis of Paris, 17 years at Île St.-Jean" on the ship's passenger list, age 45, Marie-Françoise, age 37, and seven of their children, ages 15 years to 3 months, crossed on one of the five British transports that left the Gut of Canso in late November 1758 and reached St.-Malo in late January 1759. The crossing nearly destroyed the family. François, age 6, and Marie-Henriette, age 3, were buried at sea. Two months after the family reached France, wife and mother Marie-Françoise died at St.-Servan, near St.-Malo, probably from the rigors of the voyage. Jean, age 10, and Charles, age 5, also died at St.-Servan in March 1759. Only Louis-Charles, Charles-Louis, age 15, Joseph, age 13, and infant Marie-Louise, age 3 months, survived the terrible crossing.
Louis-Charles Talbot lived at St.-Servan from 1759-64. Marie-Louise, born on Île St.-Jean, was baptized at St.-Servan in April 1759. In May 1760, Louis-Charles remarried to Marie-Julienne, daughter of fellow Acadian Julien Benoist, at St.-Servan. She gave him another daughter--Françoise, born at St.-Servan in April 1762.
As part of the French effort to strengthen its empire in the Caribbean Basin and in South America after the disaster of the Seven Years' War, Louis-Charles, Marie-Julienne, and their children--Charles-Louis, age 21, Joseph, age 19, Marie-Louise, age 6, and Françoise, age 2--were supposed to join other Acadians in a settlement near Cayenne, today's French Guiana, in 1764. But they did not go to Cayenne. They went to La Rochelle and then to the French island of Martinique instead. Charles-Louis remained on Martinique, but the rest of the family returned to France. Louis-Charles died on the return voyage to France in September 1764; he was 50 years old.
Marie-Louise was living in an orphanage in November 1773 when her uncle, François Bonniere, husband of her maternal aunt, Louise Douville, took her on his ship, Marie Françoise, to Île St.-Pierre, one of the two French-owned islands off the southern coast of Newfoundland. There she lived with her uncle Jacques Douville and her widowed grandmother, Marie Roger. But her adventures were not over. In 1778, during the American Revolution, soon after France joined the American struggle against their old red-coated enemies, the British, who controlled every part of the Maritimes except the two French-owned islands, rounded up the Acadians on St.-Pierre and Miquelon and deported them to France. This was Marie-Louise's second deportation and the fifth time she had crossed the Atlantic; she was 20 years old. At Bordeaux in c1791, when she was in her early 30s, Marie-Louise gave birth to a son, Louis-André, fathered by André Lafitte, scion of a shipping and insurance family who had been born on either Île St.-Pierre or Île Miquelon in November 1764, so he was younger than she was. According to family tradition, Marie-Louise sailed the Atlantic twice again, her sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth crossings. In the late 1790s, in her 40s, she sailed to the United States to visit Douville relatives in Rhode Island. Two decades later, in her 60s, she sailed to Louisiana to see her first grandchild, and then she returned to France. This sturdy, much-traveled lady died at Bordeaux in July 1831; she was 72 years old. André Lafitte died at Bordeaux in December 1842; he was 78 years old.
Meanwhile, in the 1810s, their son Louis-André left his native France and emigrated to Louisiana.
LOUISIANA: LAFOURCHE VALLEY SETTLEMENTS
The date of Louis André Talbot's arrival in Louisiana is unknown. In Louisiana, he did not call himself Louis André Lafitte, his father's surname, but went by the name Louis André Talbot. This may have been a smart move on his part. In the 1810s, when Louis André probably reached Louisiana, his fellow Bordelaise, the Laffite brothers of Barataria, were seen by a sizable part of the populace as pirates and smugglers; Jean Laffite, especially, was persona non grata, still a sworn enemy of Louisiana Governor William C. C. Claiborne even after the smugglers helped General Andrew Jackson defeat a British army at Chalmette in January 1815, so it may have been a good idea for the young immigrant to assume his mother's surname. Most likely, though, Louis André may have been born "a natural child, called a Talbot from birth, and never used his father's name. No matter, he left New Orleans probably not long after he reached the city and moved to upper Bayou Lafourche, where his life began in earnest.
Descendants of Louis-André [LAFITTE] TALBOT (c1791-c1867; Louis-Charles)
Louis André Talbot first appears in Louisiana records in November 1816, when he married Rosalie, daughter of fellow Acadian Jean Pierre Marin, called Pieree, Dugas, at the Plattenville church, Assumption Parish. They remained in Assumption Parish. Despite the huge size of their family, Louis André and Rosalie adopted Antoinette, daughter of Pepe Pepin, in the early 1840s; sadly, the little girl died at age 2 in July 1842. Their daughters married into the Blanchard, Landry, and Naquin families. Louis André and Rosalie had at least 10 sons, eight of whom created families of their own, and three of whom married sisters. In July 1850, the federal census taker in Assumption Parish counted 2 slaves--a 19-year-old black male and an 8-year-old black female--on Louis A. Talbot's farm in the parish's Second Congressional District. Louis André died in Assumption Parish in the late 1860s, in his late 70s. Most of his sons served the Southern Confederacy during the War Between the States, two of them at the cost of their lives. One of his sons moved to the western prairies after the war and established a western branch of the family.
Oldest son Louis Basile, called Basile, born in Assumption Parish in March 1819, married Marie Josèphe or Josephine, sometimes called Josephine, daughter of fellow Acadian Jean Baptiste Henry, at the Thibodaux church, Lafourche Interior Parish, in November 1838. Their son Adolphe Basile, called Basile, fils, was born in Lafourche Interior Parish in July 1845, and Louis Adolphe, called Adolphe, in Assumption Parish in December 1846. Their daughters married into the Barbier, Boudreaux, and Melançon families. Basile remarried to fellow Acadian Marie Blanchard in c1847. Their son, name unrecorded, died in Assumption Parish at age 2 1/2 months in January 1852, Lusignan Ferdinand was born in February 1853, Cyprien Camille near Attakapas Canal, Assumption Parish, on the east side of Lake Verret, in December 1857, Clebert Narcisse in October 1865, and Louis Alcée near Grand Coteau, St. Landry Parish, in May 1869. Their daughter married into the Boudreaux family in Lafayette Parish. During the War Between the States, despite his age, Basile, père served in the 1st Battery Louisiana Light Artillery, also known as the St. Mary Cannoneers, raised in St. Mary Parish, which fought in Louisiana. He was captured on Bayou Teche in April 1863, held briefly by the Federals, was paroled and exchanged. After the war, he moved his family to the western prairies, establishing a western branch of the family. His sons by his first wife, however, remained on the upper bayou.
Adolphe Basile died near Labadieville, Assumption Parish, in November 1869. The priest who recorded the burial, and who did not bother to give any parents' names or mention a wife, said that Adolphe died at "age 25 years," be Adolphe Basile would have been only 24. Did he marry?
Louis Adolphe, by his first wife, married Aimée, daughter of Maximin Ayo of Lafourche Parish, at the Labadieville church, Assumption Parish, in April 1870; Aimée's mother was a Naquin.
Louis Joseph, also called Louis, fils, born in Lafourche Interior Parish in July 1822, married Dauphine, another daughter of Jean Baptiste Henry, at the Thibodaux church, Lafourche Interior Parish, in August 1842. Their son Louis Oscar was born near Labadieville, Assumption Parish, in August 1850, Clovis Amédée le jeune, a twin, in February 1853 but died at age 11 in February 1864, Théophile Ernest, called Ernest, was born in July 1855 but died at age 16 months in November 1856, Jean Baptiste Anatole was born in September 1857, Joseph Osémé in May 1860, and twins Camille Beauregard and Émile Davis in January 1864. Their daughter married into the Fremin family.
Théophile, born in Assumption Parish in December 1823, died at age 15 months in March 1825.
Clovis Amédée, born in Lafourche Interior Parish in October 1825, married Azélie Séraphine, yet another daughter of Jean Baptiste Henry, at the Thibodaux church, Lafourche Interior Parish, in May 1845. The son Louis Adolphe died 5 days after his birth in Lafourche Interior Parish in March 1846, Jean Baptiste le jeune was born near Labadieville, Assumption Parish, in November 1849, and Clovis Aurestile was born in October 1851. Clovis remarried to Rosalie Césaire, daughter of French Creole Augustin Lagrange, at the Thibodaux church in April 1853. Their son Émile Adam was born near Labadieville in October 1854, Jules Justilien in December 1856, and Louis Wilfred near Attakapas Canal in July 1860. During the War Between the States, Clovis served in Company B of the 1st Regiment Louisiana Heavy Artillery, a unit composed of many conscripts from Assumption Parish that fought at Vicksburg, Mississippi; his younger brother Jules also was in the company; like Jules, Clovis died at Vicksburg in early 1863; he was 37 years old.
Jean Théophile, called Théophile dit Lolo and Théo, born in Lafourche Interior Parish in January 1826, married Acadian Marie Zéolide, called Zéolide, Boudreaux in c1850. They settled near Attakapas Canal, Assumption Parish. Their son Claiborne Théophile was born in October 1853, Valmond Adam in January 1855, Pierre Anatole in November 1857, Mertile Léandre in February 1860, and Étienne Cleopha in August 1866. During the War Between the States, Théo served in Company G of the 2nd Regiment Louisiana Cavalry, raised in Rapides Parish, which fought in Louisiana. He survived the war and returned to his family at Attakapas Canal.
Jules André, born in Lafourche Interior Parish in January 1833, married Célestine, daughter of fellow Acadian Urbain Bourg, at the Attakapas Canal church, Assumption Parish, in October 1858. During the War Between the States, Jules, called Julius in Confederate records, served in Company B of the 1st Regiment Louisiana Heavy Artillery, a unit composed of many conscripts from Assumption Parish that fought at Vicksburg, Mississippi; his older brother Clovis also was in the company. Like his older brother, Jules died in City Hospital, Vicksburg, in January 1863, probably of disease; he was only 20 years old. His daughter married into the Falterman family. Except for its blood, this family line died at Vicksburg.
Étienne Valmond, called Valmond, born in Lafourche Interior Parish in April 1835, married Clara or Clarice, daughter of fellow Acadian Jean Baptiste Gaudet, at the Thibodaux church, Lafourche Parish, in January 1856. Their son Joseph Henri was born in Lafourche Parish in July 1860, and John William in January 1863. During the War Between the States, Valmond served in King's Battery Louisiana Light Artillery, also known as the St. Martin Rangers, raised in St. Martin Parish, which fought in Louisiana. Valmond enlisted in the battery in St. Mary Parish in early September 1862, four months before his younger son John Williams was born; Valmond was 27 years old at the time of his enlistment. What he was doing on lower Bayou Teche in the late summer of 1862 is anyone's guess; perhaps he was a conscript who had been sent there from the Bayou Lafourche area to join a front-line unit. He appears only on the company roll for January and February 1864; the orderly sergeant marked him "present."
Louis, fils died at birth in Assumption Parish in August 1837.
Louis Ernest, called Ernest, was born in Assumption Parish in April 1841. During the War Between the States, Ernest served in the Assumption Parish Regiment Militia. He fought in the Battle of Labadieville, in Assumption Parish, in October 1862, fell into Federal hands, was paroled, and sent home. Afterwards, with brother Émile, Ernest enlisted in Company H of the 2nd Regiment Louisiana Cavalry, raised in Assumption Parish, which fought in Louisiana. Ernest married Elmire, daughter of French Creole Hubert Barbier, at the Plattenville church, Assumption Parish, in December 1865; Elmire's mother was a Melançon. Their daughter Mary Cordelia had been born near Pattersonville, St. Mary Parish, the previous August. Ernest remarried to fellow Acadian Élodie Philomène Breaux at the Attakapas Canal church, Assumption Parish, in October 1872.
Youngest son Louis Émile, called Émile, was born in Assumption Parish in August 1843. During the War Between the States, Émile served with older brother Ernest in Company H of the 2nd Regiment Louisiana Cavalry. Émile married Cécilia, daughter of French Creole Louis Dominique Richard, at the Labadieville church, Assumption Parish, in January 1867; Cécilia's mother was a Thibodeaux. Their son Alphonse Albert was born near Labadieville in July 1869.
NON-ACADIAN FAMILIES in LOUISIANA
Non-Acadian families and individuals with a similar surname, probably Anglo Americans, also settled in South Louisiana:
William, son of Benjamin Talbert of Madison County, Kentucky, married fellow Anglo-American Abigail Fletcher of East Baton Rouge Parish in a civil ceremony in St. Landry Parish in October 1820.
Cyrus Talbot died by July 1840, when his succession record was filed at the Franklin courthouse, St. Mary Parish.
Richard C. Talbot married Louisa, daughter of Isaac Trowbridge, at the Franklin Episcopal church, St. Mary Parish, in September 1846. The minister who recorded the marriage did not give the groom's parents' names or the bride's mother's name. In January 1851, the federal census taker in St. Mary Parish counted 4 slaves--a male and 3 females, all black except for 1 mulatto, ranging in age from 40 to 2--on R. Talbot's farm near Franklin. This probably was Robert C.
William E. B., son of Mathew Talbot and Elizabeth Hews, was a resident of St. Jean the Baptist Parish when he married Marie Clementine, called Clementine, daughter of French Creole Ludger Matherne, at the Convent church, St. James Parish, in October 1855. During the War Between the States, E. B. Talbot served in Company D of the 27th Regiment Louisiana Infantry, raised in Iberville Parish, which fought at Vicksburg, Mississippi; this was probably William E. B.
In July 1850, the federal census taker in Iberville Parish counted 5 slaves--2 males and 3 females, all black, ranging in age from 32 to 1--on A. Talbot's farm. Augustus or Augustin Talbot married Marie Lavinia, calle Lavinia, Robertson, who was baptized a Roman Catholic as an adult at the Plaquemine church, Iberville Parish, in November 1858. Their daughter Kate married Louis, fils, son of Louis Desobry, père, at the Plaquemine church in December 1859. In July 1860, the federal census taker in Iberville Parish counted 3 slaves--all males, all black, ages 26, 18, 11, living in a single house--on A. Talbot's farm at Plaquemine. During the War Between the States, Augustin served in companies A and I of the 1st Regiment Louisiana Cavalry, raised in Iberville and Pointe Coupee parishes, which fought in Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Mississippi, and Louisiana.
In July 1850, the federal census taker in Orleans Parish counted 7 slaves--3 males and 4 females, all black, ranging in age from 50 to 20--on A. Talbot's farm in the First Ward of the parish's First Municipality.
In August 1850, the federal census taker in Orleans Parish counted 50 slaves held by "Negro trader" W. F. Talbot in the First Ward of the parish's Third Municipality.
In June 1860, the federal census taker in Orleans Parish counted 2 slaves--a 30-year-old black males and a 15-year-old black female--in Allen Talbot's household in New Orleans Third Ward.
Richard Talbot married Ophelia Washington. Their son Louis was born near Arnaudville, St. Landry Parish, in March 1870.
Other Anglo-American Talbots served in Louisiana units during the War Between the States:
B. E. Talbot served in Company I of the 2nd Regiment Louisiana Cavalry, raised in Iberville Parish, which fought in Louisiana.
Edward Talbot also served in Company I of the 2nd Louisiana Cavalry.
George T. Talbot served in Company B of the Consolidated Crescent Regiment Louisiana Infantry, which fought in Louisiana. Was he the George Talbot who married Myra Talbot at the Episcopal church in Franklin, St. Mary Parish, in the late 1860s?
James Talbot served as a gunner in the 29th (Thomas's) Regiment Louisiana Infantry, was attached to the Confederate navy, captured at Arkansas Post, Arkansas, in late December 1862, and ended up at the prisoner-of-war compound at Camp Douglas, Chicago, Illinois, where he was released after taking the oath of allegiance to the United States government.
Martin Talbot served in Company A of the 11th Regiment Louisiana Infantry, raised in Orleans Parish, which fought in Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, and Mississippi.
Wallace P. Talbot, a 26-year-old unmarried clerk living in New Orleans when the war began, served as a first sergeant and second lieutenant in Company E of the 7th Regiment Louisiana Infantry, raised in Orleans Parish, which fought in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania--one of General R. E. Lee's Louisiana Tigers. Lieutenant Talbot was killed at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in July 1863.
William A. Talbot served in Kean's Battery Louisiana Light Artillery, also known as Company A of the 12th Battalion Louisiana Heavy Artillery, raised in Orleans Parish, which fought in Virginia, Louisiana, and Alabama.
No Acadian family that came to Louisiana has a more interesting story than this one. There is no question that the family's progenitor, Louis André Talbot of Assumption Parish, was of Acadian descent in both his paternal and maternal lines. His father's family had lived on either Île St.-Pierre or Île Miquelon, French-owned islands off the southern coast of Newfoundland; his mother's family was from Île St.-Jean, today's Prince Edward Island.
Louis André Talbot did not come to Louisiana with any of the extended Acadian families in the 1760s. And although his mother's family was deported from Île St.-Jean to St.-Malo, France, in 1758-59, he did not come to Louisiana on any of the Seven Ships of 1785. He was born probably at Bordeaux in c1791, six years after the Seven Ships sailed; his father was a Lafitte, but he assumed his mother's family name. Louis André came to Louisiana probably in the early 1810s, before another war between Britain and the United States made trans-Atlantic travel more difficult than usual. He did not remain at New Orleans but chose upper Bayou Lafourche as his new home, settling in Assumption Parish, where he and his wife, a fellow Acadian, raised a large family, including 10 sons. His oldest son Basile settled on the western prairies either on the eve of or soon after the War Between the States, establishing a western branch of the family. Louis André's other sons remained on upper Bayou Lafourche.
There were non-Acadian Talbots, probably Anglo Americans, who settled in South Louisiana, but none of them were as prolific as Acadian Louis André and his sons.
Judging by the number of slaves they owned during the late antebellum period, the Acadian Talbots participated only peripherally in the South's plantation economy. In 1850, Louis André held only two slaves on his Assumption Parish farm. A decade later he held none, or at least none who appeared on the federal slave schedule of 1860.
The War Between the States took a terrible toll on the family. Early in the war, successive Federal incursions devastated the Bayou Lafourche valley, and Confederate foragers also plagued the area when the Federals were not around. But the personal loss to the family was even greater. Six of Louis André's sons and a grandson served Louisiana in uniform during the War Between the States. Two of his sons, Clovis and Jules, the older one middle-aged, married, and the father of several children, the younger one also married, the father of two daughters, and still in his teens, were conscripted into the same unit in the summer of 1862 and died a few months later at Vicksburg, Mississippi, within days of one another. The other three sons and the grandson survived the war. Evidently the family's ardor for the Southern cause was not diminished by its loss. Two of Louis André's grandsons, twins born in January 1864, were named Camille Beauregard and Émile Davis. Louis André died in Assumption Parish in the late 1760s, in his late 70s. ...
The Acadian family's name also is spelled Dalbot, Tabbat, Talbat, Talbautte, Talbert, Talbeut, Talboth, Talbotte, Talbout, Talebot, Tallebot, Terbonne, Thalbot, Tolbot.
Sources: 1850 U.S. Federal Census, Slave Schedules, Assumption, Iberville, Orleans, & St. Mary parishes; 1860 U.S. Federal Census, Slave Schedules, Iberville & Orleans parishes; Arsenault, Généalogie, 2141; Booth, LA Confed. Soldiers, 3(2):763; BRDR, vols. 3, 5(rev.), 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11; Davis, W. C., The Pirates Lafitte, 1-2, 492-95n1, passim; Hébert, D., Acadians in Exile, 67-68, 411, 583-97; Hébert, D., South LA Records, vols. 1, 2, 3, 4; Hébert, D., Southwest LA Records, vols. 2-B, 3, 7, 8, 9; Mike Talbot, descendant, <mwtalbotandassoc.design.officelive.com/Talbot.aspx>; <perso.orange.fr/froux/St_malo_arrivees/5bateaux.htm>, Family No. 171; Robichaux, Acadians in St.-Malo, 729-31; Mike Talbot, descendant.
(present-day parishes that existed during the War Between the States in parenthesis; hyperlinks on the abbreviations take you to brief histories of each settlement):
Lafourche (Lafourche, Terrebonne)
|SB||San Bernardo (St. Bernard)|
Attakapas (St. Martin, St. Mary, Lafayette, Vermilion)
San Luìs de Natchez (Concordia)
St.-Gabriel d'Iberville (Iberville)
Bayou des Écores (East Baton Rouge, West Feliciana)
New Orleans (Orleans)
St.-Jacques de Cabanocé (St. James)
Baton Rouge (East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge)
Opelousas (St. Landry, Calcasieu)
For a chronology of Acadian Arrivals in Louisiana, 1764-early 1800s, see Appendix.
The hyperlink attached to an individual's name is connected to a list of Acadian immigrants for a particular settlement and provides a different perspective on the refugee's place in family and community.
|*Louis André TALBOT 01||1810s||Asp||born c1791, Bordeaux, France, or RI; son of André dit Guillaume LAFITTE of Îles St.-Pierre & Miquelon & Bordeaux & Marie-Louise TALBOT of Île-St.-Jean & Bordeaux; married, age 25, Rosalie, daughter of Jean Pierre Marin DUGAS & Françoise ARCEMENT, 25 Nov 1816, Plattenville; died Assumption Parish late 1860s|
01. Not in Wall of Names. BRDR, 3:291, 806 (ASM-2, 272), his marriage record, calls him Luis TALBOT of Bordeaux, par. of St.-Luis, calls his parents Guillermo & Luisa LAFITTE, gives his wife's parents' names, & says the witnesses to his marriage were Pedro Francisco PELLETIER, Juan Pedro LAGRANGE, & Alexandro DELAUNE. See also Arsenault, Généalogie, 2141; <mwtalbotandassoc.design.officelive.com/Talbot.aspx>.
Louis André's marriage is the first time he appears in LA records. He probably came to LA alone in the 1810s.
Descendant Mike Talbot speculates that Louis-André took his mother's surname, not his father's, because in 1816 the LAFITTEs of Barataria--Jean and his brothers, the famous "pirates" and smugglers--had been declared outlaws, again, by LA governor W.C.C. CLAIBORNE, & being a LAFITTE in LA, despite having no connection to the famous smugglers, may not have been a good idea at the time for a young immigrant. Louis-André's father, André dit Guillaume LAFITTE, also was Acadian, born on either Île St.-Pierre or Île Miquelon in Nov 1764 during Le Grand Dérangement. If the LAFITTEs, who were in the shipping & insurance business, were still residing on St.-Pierre & Miquelon in 1778, they would have been deported to France with the other Acadians there when the British seized the islands during the American Revolution. André dit Guillaume probably met Louis-André's mother in Bordeaux. Mike Talbot speculates that Louis-André could have been born illegitimate, which would have been another reason to assume his mother's surname.
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