Ninth Generation


494. Guillaume Rene GAUTHIER was baptized on 4 January 1750 at St. Francois d'Assisi in Natchitoches (Natchitoches Parish), Louisiana, USA.859 Guillaume's first wife, Elizabeth Hennet, died on 11 March 1791 after almost nineteen years of marriage. On 12 November 1791, he petitioned for an inventory and sale of the property belonging to the community which existed between him and his deceased wife, Elizabeth Hennet. Guillaume was then an inhabitant of False River. There were eight surviving minors listed in the petition. It is possible that he did this in preparation for his second marriage which took place two and one half months later (to Elizabeth Rabalais - widow of Dominique Coco I). In 1795, Guillaume was listed as an inhabitant of Avoyelles, Louisiana, who owned slaves and who contributed to the indemnity to those of the Pointe Coupee whose slaves were executed as a result of the conspiracy of the Negroes in the year 1795. This indemnity fund was established by Spanish Governor General Baron de Carondelet so that slaveholders could be reimbursed for slaves who were sentenced to death, killed in flight or sentenced to the public works. This fund was established in conjunction with new slave control regulation and restricted slave trade after Captain Guillaume Duparc, commandant of the Pointe Coupee Post, learned in April of 1795 of a plot by local slaves to force their masters into giving them their freedom. At that time, Duparc immediately sent out three patrols to arrest the slaves suspected of planning the revolt. Soon afterwards, several negroes and mulattos were arrested and jailed. In all, sixty three persons were implicated and fifteen were hanged. Several others were sentenced to presidio duty or banished from the colony. The slaveholder tax of 1795 imposed a tax of six "escalins" (75 cents) per slave on slaveowners in the Louisiana colony. There was considerable opposition to this tax and many refused to pay it. Guillaume owned 5 male slaves; his tax was three "piastres" and six "reaux". The census of these taxpayers was dated 3-20-1796. Guillaume and his family resided in what is now Mansura (Louisiana). He owned 509.48 acres described as Section 60, Township 1 North, Range 4 East. The tract extended southward from the Bayou Lacombe slough (Mansura) to the Grande Encore Bluff. It is bisected by State Highway 107 (Mansura to Cottonport Highway). This tract was deeded to Dominique Coco II on 3-31-1809 (but was later acquired by Celestin Gauthier - son of Guillaume). On 11 July 1809, Guillaume entered into a contract with Dominique Coco II which provided that Coco would take care of the six minor Gauthier children. It has been suggested that this legal action may have indicated that Guillaume was on his deathbed. However, it is possible that he took this action due to the fact that his second wife, Elizabeth Rabalais, had died some time prior to 10 March of the same year and Guillaume felt a need to ensure that his children would be taken care of in the event of his untimely death. Dominique Coco II was the step-brother of the children of Guillaume Rene Gauthier and Elizabeth Rabalais so he was a logical choice to care for them if they should become orphans. If Guillaume was on his deathbed in 1809, however, he seems to have recovered because he fathered a child with Augustine Juneau in 1814. The couple was not married and this was reflected on the baptismal record of the child. He died in the home of Charles Cappel on 15 December 1817 in (Avoyelles Parish), Louisiana, USA. 1,860 Elizabeth HENNET and Guillaume Rene GAUTHIER842 signed a marriage contract on 1 February 1773 in (Pointe Coupée Parish), Louisiana, USA.1761 They1761 were married on 2 February 1773 in (Pointe Coupée Parish), Louisiana, USA.1762

[Note: Guillaume was married twice. His first marriage was to Elizabeth Hennet as outlined on this page. His 2nd marriage was to Elizabeth Rabalais (widow of Dominique Coco I) on 31 January 1792 in Opelousas. After the death of Elizabeth Rabalais, he had a child with Augustine Juneau but there is no evidence indicating that the couple were ever married.]

495. Elizabeth HENNET was born about 1752 in Illinois, USA.251 She was buried on 11 March 1791 in (Pointe Coupée Parish), Louisiana, USA.1763 Her estate was in succession by 2 November 1791. On that date, an inventory of her goods was taken.2894

Children were:

i.

Elizabeth GAUTHIER was born on 11 October 1773 in (Pointe Coupée Parish), Louisiana, USA.1764 She was baptized on 12 December 1773 in (Pointe Coupée Parish), Louisiana, USA.1764 She was buried on 23 May 1786 in (Pointe Coupée Parish), Louisiana, USA.1764

ii.

Guillaume GAUTHIER II was born on 7 August 1775 in (Pointe Coupée Parish), Louisiana, USA.1765 He was baptized on 7 August 1775 in (Pointe Coupée Parish), Louisiana, USA.1765 He was buried on 13 February 1824 in (Pointe Coupée Parish), Louisiana, USA.

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iii.

Suzanne GAUTHIER.

iv.

Francois GAUTHIER was born on 2 October 1778 in (Pointe Coupée Parish), Louisiana, USA.1765 He was baptized on 7 November 1778 in (Pointe Coupée Parish), Louisiana, USA.1765 He died about 4 May 1820 at the age of 41 in (Pointe Coupée Parish), Louisiana, USA. Francois was buried on 4 May 1820 in (Pointe Coupée Parish), Louisiana, USA.

v.

Marie Madeline GAUTHIER was born in February 1782 in (Pointe Coupée Parish), Louisiana, USA.1765 She was baptized on 16 April 1782 in (Pointe Coupée Parish), Louisiana, USA.1765 She died on 22 September 1804 at the age of 22 in Louisiana, USA.

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Joseph GAUTHIER I was born on 25 August 1783 in Louisiana, USA.1765 He was baptized on 14 February 1784 in (Pointe Coupée Parish), Louisiana, USA.1765 War of 1812 Military service: War of 1812, Private, Unit: Capt. Patterson, Louisiana Militia. According to "Avoyelleans at the Battle of New Orleans and in the War of 1812, Joseph received a bounty land warrant - Number 55-120-81426.1766 He was buried on 6 October 1830 at Saint Paul the Apostle Catholic Cemetery & Mausoleum in Mansura (Avoyelles Parish), Louisiana, USA.1767

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Celeste GAUTHIER was born on 15 January 1786.1768 She was baptized on 18 April 1786 at St. François d’Assise Catholic Church & Cemetery in (Pointe Coupée Parish), Louisiana, USA.1768 She died before 18 April 1825 at the age of 39.

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Hypolite GAUTHIER was born about 1787 in Louisiana, USA. He died on 10 April 1860 at the age of 73.1769 He was buried at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cemetery & Mausoleum in Moreauville (Avoyelles Parish), Louisiana, USA.1769

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Godefroy GAUTHIER was born on 15 June 1788 in (Pointe Coupée Parish), Louisiana, USA.1765 He was baptized on 29 March 1789 in (Pointe Coupée Parish), Louisiana, USA.1765 He died .

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Paulete GAUTHIER was baptized on 21 April 1791 in (Pointe Coupée Parish), Louisiana, USA.1765