Including Early Pointe Coupee & Avoyelles Colonists

...and their roots in Canada, France, Germany...

Port of LaRochelle in Charente Maritime

Welcome to my Home Page! My name is Cathy. How's ya Momma and them doin?

Many of my ancestors were among the first colonists of Pointe Coupee, Avoyelles, Mobile, Opelousas, the German Coast as well as New France. If you have ties to these areas, there's a good chance you'll find something here to interest you.

My Ancestor Surname List
Name Index List

A few words about the way I use place names in my research ... Unlike many researchers, I use place names as they are defined in current time. Example: I am very well aware that Avoyelles Parish did not come into existence until 1807 and, before that, the area now known as Avoyelles was part of the District of Rapides. Prior to that, the Avoyelles area was part of the Territory of Orleans. Therefore, I may show an act that occurred in the Mansura area in 1804 as Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana even though the act, technically, took place in Mansura, District of Rapides.

I chose long ago to use current place names for a number of reasons - including the fact that my method makes it much easier to identify the location in which supporting documents are found today. This might not seem like such a big deal in more recent history but it is significant, for instance, in the old records of France. Boundaries there changed quite frequently and the boundaries were not always clearly defined. I have always felt that it does me no good to identify an act in France as having occurred in one of the ancient provinces since few people would understand what location I'm talking about based on today's administrative divisions of France. In my humble opinion, it is much easier to research the history of a particular area by tracing it backwards rather than attempting to begin tracing the history of any area from long ago to current time. (Video that makes my point)

Also, those of you who have done any research in the State of Virginia will understand what I'm talking about. The county lines there changed repeatedly in the early days of this country and it is sometimes very difficult to identify the county place names even if multi-generations of a single family were born in the same town.

Sorry if you don't agree.

The Guillaume Lemoine Page

My Paternal Great-Great-Grandparents:
Ovide Lemoine & Victoria Dufour
Joseph Lemoine & Azema Lemoine
Augustin Couvillion & Florence Couvillion
Leon Fernand Guillory & Angeline Mayeux

My Maternal Great-Great-Grandparents:
Zenon Vincent Mayeux & Armide Moreau
Joseph Coco & Pauline Mayeux
Augustin Bordelon & Constance Marcotte
Adolph P. Rabalais & Javelli Rabalais

For you non-Southern types, "lagniappe" means "a little somethin' extra"

The First Colonists of Québec (with focus on Avoyelles Ancestors)

Québec May 1629 through July 1634 - The Missing Sacramental Register Entries

Hélène Desportes and the Will of Samuel Champlain - 1635

The Company of One Hundred Associates

Louisiana Ancestors at the Founding of Montréal

La Grande Recrue de 1653

The Great Earthquake of 1663

The Filles à marier & the Filles du Roi (King's Daughters)

Jean Roy & Francoise Bouet's Connection to Jeanne Mance

1666 Montréal Recensement - Transcription

The Carignan-Salières Regiment

The 'Milice de la Sainte-Famille de Jésus, Marie et Joseph' 1663-1666

The Lachine Massacre of 1689

The Lachenaie Massacre of November 1689 and the devastation of the Hubou Family

The LeConte Dupré (Lecomte, Lecompte) Family and Montréal Fire of 1721

Rouensa, Illiniwek Indian Chief

Families on 1745 Pointe Coupee Census

Guillory Family: The infamous "Margarita" case

Site of "Le Poste de Pointe Coupée", "L’Église St-François d’Assise" and Nicolas de la Cour land/house

Replica of 2nd St. Francis Catholic Church, Pointe Coupee, Louisiana - Dedicated 1760

Picture of 2nd St. Francis Catholic Church, Pointe Coupee, Louisiana - Dedicated 1760

Current St. Francis Catholic Church, Pointe Coupee, Louisiana

Catholic Priests of Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana 1796-1910

Understanding Place Names in France

Louisiana Lineage Research Book Suggestions

Civil War Pension Transcriptions

Avoyelles Soldiers in the American Revolution
(Pic above: Flags that flew over Louisiana during the American Revolution (Source: http://www.usskidd.com/battles-revolution.html)

Plaque - Pointe Coupee Militia 1779 - Plaque in Pointe Coupee

Document Page

Links to copies of marriage records & other colonial documents

My book: "Long Journey Home: The Ancestry of the Bret, Coco, Drapeau, Goudeau, Gremillon and Tassin Families in France"

Researching Avoyelles Families in Louisiana, Canada and France

Tombstone Pictures

Ancestor Photographs

Joseph Ferdinand Mayeux, My Elusive Great-Grandfather

My name is Cathy Lemoine Sturgell and I'd love to hear from you!
Last updated on 4-19-2016
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