Showing posts with label St. Landry Parish. Show all posts
Showing posts with label St. Landry Parish. Show all posts

Friday, April 2, 2010

Best Deal in Genealogy

You know those Louisiana death certificates I ordered last week? They arrived yesterday! I sent the forms on one Thursday and the certificates came on the next Thursday. And the records were only $5 each! I need to see if there are any other death certificates I need before the Secretary of State wises up and raises the price.

Below are the death certificates I requested and received. I know you won't care, but I want to list them here so others who may be searching online will land on my blog, contact me, exchange info and live happily ever after as cousins in Genealogyland.

Julia Bourgaux Menou d. 30 Jul 1949

George Paul Bourgaux d. 26 Dec 1931

Charles Matt / Matte d. 1 July 1938 (2nd husband of my great-great grandmother who was the widow of my great-great grandfather who suffered from wandering-eye disease)

Elizabeth Thibodeaux Scanlan d. 29 March 1952 (daughter of Mr. wandering-eye disease)

Frank Scanlan d. 22 April 1946 (husband of Elizabeth)

Earl Rufus Scanlan d. 18 Dec 1933 (Homicide! Shot in a restaurant! Son of Elizabeth and Frank)

ValJean Menou d. 20 Dec 1925 (age 6 of diptheria)

Victor Menou d. 16 Nov 1954 (age 3 of accidental hanging. So sad.)

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Surname Saturday: Thibodeaux

This week for Surname Saturday I am going to tell you about my research interest in the name Thibodeaux.

The Thibodeaux name is everywhere, misspelled all along the way. I am interested in the surname in 1820-1880 Acadia and St. Landry Parishes of Louisiana. That's it. No other parishes, no other time frames.

In this particular time and region there are several men named Pierre Thibodeaux. One of them is my third great grandfather. Most of the public member family trees on Ancestry say that the Pierre Thibodeaux born in 1835 is my man. I believe the 1829 Pierre Thibodeaux is the correct link, however, I've yet to prove that. Just a hunch.

So if you have an interest in these Thibodeauxs from this time frame, please drop me a line. I desperately want to get the right Pierre in my line, because from there, it's quite easy to go back further.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Catching Up

I have been so busy lately doing many different things. Each little task is important in its own way, but none is really worthy of a blog post on its own. I decided to combine all the details into one post.

First, I'm working on the details for an upcoming Acadia Parish, Louisiana road trip. I have one great-great grandparent who came to the area from Belgium in the 1880's and another who came from France at the same time. I'm pretty sure my Thibodeaux branch has been there (and St. Landry parish before that) since the 1700's but until I can sort the mess out, I don't know which Pierre Thibodeaux is mine. What's funny is that when I moved to Texas, I did not know I was only 3 hours away from so much family history.

This week I have been trying to find out where everyone is buried and gathering directions to those cemeteries. I also have an appointment in the research room of the public library. I also went to the Clayton Library to see what they had on Acadia Parish. I didn't get much more than I already had.

Construction has begun on my website. I've had a domain name for years now, figuring it would come in handy one day when I became famous. Since that's not gonna happen, I figure I'll just do something genealogy-related with it. At this rate, the site should be up by 2015. Mark your calendar.

I've also had contact with several different distant cousins this week. That's the way it seems to work for me--no contact for months then they come out of the woodwork. I am really thrilled to meet these people and share information. Hopefully I'll have some time in the next few days to write more in detail about what I've found.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Mail Bag! Death Certificate for Eliza Eldridge

Louisiana is on the ball! I already received the death certificates I ordered earlier this month.

One of the certificates was for my great-great grandmother, Eliza Eldridge (1851-1937). For family members playing along, she was Floyd's father's mother. For regular We Tree readers, she was also the poor widow in the infamous "killing scrape" in my family tree.

She remarried, so her death certificate is under the name Matte (spelled Matt on the document).

Ms. Matte died in Port Barre, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana on August 12, 1937. The cause was "intestinal obstruction due to gall bladder condition." A contributing factor was "old age."

This certificate says Eliza was born in Milan County, Texas. This is news to me. Two censuses state she was born in Louisiana, but the 1930 census says Texas. Hmm...

The death certificate also says her father was Madison J. Eldridge, bithplace unknown. I have in my records James M. Eldridge. Maybe he was known by Madison? I'll have to explore that further.

Eliza's mother was Elizabeth Perkins. This I knew. However, the record also says that Elizabeth's birthplace was Louisville, Kentucky. News to me. The 1930 census for Eliza says both her parents were born in Kentucky.

The informant for Eliza's death certificate was her daughter Lula (Thibodeaux) McGee. Lula was living in Eunice, Lousiana at the time, so that's a nice tidbit of information for my timeline. This record also provided the undertaker's name and Eliza's burial location.

This is why getting death certificates in the mail is such a kick. My Thibodeaux branch of the tree, which I thought was so firmly entrenched in Louisiana for decades, might actually have a branch in Kentucky. I haven't done any research in Kentucky, but I'm happy to start. This goose chase will be fun.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

And When They Met, It was MURDER!!!

The 57th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy asks us to "share some aspect about your family history that you learned about in a newspaper." In all the items in my collection, there is one article that stands out far above the rest and is the perfect fit for this carnival.

Several months ago, I inquired about getting some obituary copies from a Lousisana historical society. Apparently, my branch of Thibodeaux ancestors was unfamiliar to the lady with whom I was corresponding. She was surprised, as she thought she knew all the Thibodeauxs in the Acadia/St. Landry parishes. I casually mentioned that my great-great grandfather died young and I knew nothing about him or how he passed. I received my obits for everyone but him in the mail, and I thought that was the end of it.

However, the lady's curiosity was piqued and she went hunting for more information on my Thibodeaux. She sent me a set of three small articles that explained just exactly how Mr. Thibodeaux died in St. Landry Parish, Lousiana on April 21, 1889. The following paragraph explains the situation:

There was a shooting and killing scrape at Chris Ruppert's saw mill Sunday morning, the 21st nlt. Noel Thibodeaux was shot and killed by Onezime Taylor. From all reports it seems to have been a justifiable act. Most men find it all they can do to support one wife but Thibodeaux wanted two, and so coveted and took his neighbor's and then not satisfied with that took his horse, and still not having enough wanted his life, and so lost his own life, as Taylor was not willing to give his life to a man who had taken all else from him.

Well, that answers my question on when and how my great-great grandfather died. The longer article explains the building tension between the two. Apparently, Thibodeaux tried to kill Taylor before, but was interrupted by others passing by. Finally, Taylor couldn't take whatever Thibodeaux was dishing out anymore, so one day he walked up, exchanged words and shot him dead. Taylor then turned himself in at the sheriff's office. Whether the Taylors were separated or not at the time was debated. However, Thibodeaux was still married so what was going on there?

The articles are written in a colorful, dramatic, slanted fashion as most were in that time. Clearly, the reporter and others were not fans of my great-great grandfather. The reporter mentions that there were two sides to this story, but doesn't include the words of anyone speaking on Thibodeaux's behalf. Taylor's $1000 bond was paid by friends and townsfolk. So many rushed to pay in support of Taylor that many had to be turned away.

The articles do not provide the final details of Taylor's fate, but they hint at acquittal. In time, I'd like to go to the parish and try to locate the records of these proceedings. Until then, I have a great genealogy conversation starter.

[The articles referred to in this piece are from the Crowley Signal. The dates were April 27, 1889 and May 5, 1889.]

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Adding Some Cajun Spice

I'm now a "friend" with Louisiana Genealogy Blogs on Facebook. Some are probably thinking, "Huh? There's no Louisiana in this blog."

I know I've spent a lot of time in Arkansas with the Williamsons, but I actually do have a big stake in Louisiana.

My maternal grandfather's family is from Louisiana. The surnames I'm searching there are Thibodeaux, Bourgaux/Bourgeaux/Borgaux, and Menou. They mostly settled in Acadia Parish in the Rayne and Iota areas. Earlier, this area was known as St. Landry Parish.

I will get around to posting more about this branch of the family, but until then I just wanted to explain why this qualifies as a Louisiana Genealogy Blog.