Sixth Generation


52. Dominique COCO II was born on 14 May 1786 and was baptized on 14 December 1786 in New Orleans at Saint Louis Church by Spanish Capuchin friar Fr. Antonio de Sedella - commonly called Père Antoine. He was named after his godfather - Dominique Lougurant. His godmother was his aunt, Henriette Rabalais Ducôté. Interestingly, both he and his cousin were baptized on the same day in New Orleans - Henri Zenon Ducôté - the child of Pierre Ducôté and Henriette. Fifteen months after Dominique's baptism, Saint Louis Church burned to the ground in the event now known as the Great New Orleans Fire of 1788..2809,1,2962 He may have been born in the DesFosse house in Mansura (still standing) which was possibly built by or for his father. He appeared in the census in 1810 in (Avoyelles Parish), Louisiana, USA. He was married to his first wife, Zoe Juneau, by this time and had three children. He appeared in the census in 1820 in (Avoyelles Parish), Louisiana, USA in a section of the census labeled "Island South of the Avoyales, South of Red River". Dominique and Zoe Juneau had six children by this time. Dominique appeared in the census in 1840 in (Avoyelles Parish), Louisiana, USA. Dominique had been married to his 2nd wife, Caroline Bordelon, for about sixteen years and the couple had already amassed considerable wealth and owned 70 slaves. He appeared in the census in 1850 in (Avoyelles Parish), Louisiana, USA. Once again, he was a widower. At this point, his land value was $75,000 and he owned 66 slaves. Interestingly, he could not read or write but two sons and one daughter were attending school, another son was a 'student of law' while the another son was a teacher. In 1856, Dominique and his son, Adolph, purchased a piece of property referred to as the 'old James L. Burroughs plantation' from Edward Satterfield for $8,564. The plantation had been built c1835 in front of the old Hamburg Indian mound by Burroughts. The original land patent had belonged to Zachariah Kimball and was sold to to the Compton family before it was obtained by Burroughs. According to Randy Decuir's "Bayou des Glaises & Ward 11 of Avoyelles", the old plantation home was still existing in the 1950s. It was described as "being rectangular - story and a half having bousillage construction, interior chimneys, plaster walls, and shuttered windows. A double set of solid panel front doors was framed all around with side light windows. A front porch was built over the front entrace area." In addition to the plantation home, there was a sugar house, cotton gin, moss gin, slave quarters and many sheds and barns. Various members of the Coco family retained ownership of this property until 1916. On 26 October 1859, Dominique sold the old Burroughs plantation to his son, Adolph. It is unknown if Dominique ever lived in the old plantation because he owned multiple pieces of property. Supposedly, however, he did live in a large two-story brick plantation home in the area of where the Tunica casino is located today. The area became known as Cocoville. He appeared in the census in 1860 in (Avoyelles Parish), Louisiana, USA. By this time, he had been married to his third wife, Melazie Ledoux, for about nine years. The value of his real estate in this census was $180,000 and his personal estate was $8000. He owned over 700 acres and had 107 slaves (32 slave dwellings). To put some of this in perspective, he was assessed a Civil War Tax on the value of all lands with their improvements & dwellings in the amount of $45.38 while most in Avoyelles paid a tax of less than 2 dollars. Dominique died on 12 September 1864 at the age of 79 in Mansura (Avoyelles Parish), Louisiana, USA. According to "Moreauville Centennial 1904-2004 Volume II", he died of complications from the mumps. When he died, he was one of the richest men in Avoyelles Parish.36,560,561 He was buried on 13 September 1864 at Saint Paul the Apostle Catholic Cemetery & Mausoleum in Mansura (Avoyelles Parish), Louisiana, USA.561,562 Caroline BORDELON and Dominique COCO II251 obtained a marriage license and marriage bond on 5 November 1824 in Opelousas (St. Landry Parish), Louisiana, USA. Dominique was the widower of Zoe Juneau at the time of his marriage to Caroline Bordelon.1,563

[Note: Dominique's 1st marriage was to Zoe Juneau in about 1803. A dispensation had been granted by the Catholic Church on 24 January 1803 so that the couple could marry. His third marriage was to Melazie LeDoux on 10 June 1851 in Pointe Coupée.]

53. Caroline BORDELON was born about February 1805.564 She was baptized on 27 October 1805 at Saint Landry Catholic Church in Opelousas (St. Landry Parish), Louisiana, USA.564 She appeared in the census in 1840 in (Avoyelles Parish), Louisiana, USA with her husband and children. Caroline was buried on 18 July 1845 at Saint Paul the Apostle Catholic Cemetery & Mausoleum in Mansura (Avoyelles Parish), Louisiana, USA.565 She had her estate in succession on 30 November 1846 in (Avoyelles Parish), Louisiana, USA. This is the date of the Petition for Homologation of Account for her estate.122,123

Children were:

i.

Adolphe Dominique COCO was born on 14 September 1825 in (Avoyelles Parish), Louisiana, USA.566 He was baptized on 6 January 1826 at Church of the Presbytere in Louisiana, USA.567 He was a Clerk of Court, Sheriff, Louisiana State Representative, Louisiana State Senator. Adolphe in 1879 filed bankruptcy prior to 1880 based on a Louisiana Supreme Court case of that year. The court case involved the succession of his father and stepmother, Melazie LeDoux. He died in 1897 at the age of 72 in (Avoyelles Parish), Louisiana, USA.568 He was buried on 2 September 1897 at Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum #1 in Marksville (Avoyelles Parish), Louisiana, USA.568

ii.

Valery COCO was born on 1 March 1827 in (Avoyelles Parish), Louisiana, USA.569 He was baptized on 22 March 1827 at Saint Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Mansura (Avoyelles Parish), Louisiana, USA.569 He was a Mayor of Mansura. Valery died in June 1899 at the age of 72 in Louisiana, USA.570 He was buried at Saint Paul the Apostle Catholic Cemetery & Mausoleum in Mansura (Avoyelles Parish), Louisiana, USA.570

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iii.

Joseph D. COCO dit Baldony.

iv.

Alphonse Bienvenue COCO was born on 18 February 1829 in (Avoyelles Parish), Louisiana, USA.571 He was baptized on 10 April 1829 at Saint Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Mansura (Avoyelles Parish), Louisiana, USA.571 Civil War Military service: CSA, Quartermaster, Avoyelles Regiment.572 He died on 8 May 1887 at the age of 58.573 Alphonse was buried at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cemetery & Mausoleum in Moreauville (Avoyelles Parish), Louisiana, USA.573

v.

Anatole COCO was born on 4 July 1836 in (Avoyelles Parish), Louisiana, USA.574 He was baptized on 22 October 1836 at Saint Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Mansura (Avoyelles Parish), Louisiana, USA.574 Civil War Military service: CSA, Company B, 2nd Regiment (33rd Regt. Partisan Rangers), 18th Infantry Regiment. The 'Louisiana Confederate Soldier Burial Database' shows that he served in Co. E, 13th Louisiana Infantry. However, Decuir's "Avoyelles Confederates Bring the War Home ..." state that no records were found of his service but his pension application indicates that he was in two units: Company B, 2nd Regiment (33rd Regiment Partisan Rangers) and the 18th Infantry Regiment. Decuir also states that Anatole was mentioned in the pension application of Paul Bordelon of Boone's Battery. Paul indicated that he had signed up with Anatole and went with him to Shreveport in about 1862.575 He died on 12 August 1886 at the age of 50.576,577 Anatole was buried at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cemetery & Mausoleum in Moreauville (Avoyelles Parish), Louisiana, USA.577

vi.

Eugenie COCO was born in Louisiana, USA. She was buried in 1853 at Saint Paul the Apostle Catholic Cemetery & Mausoleum in Mansura (Avoyelles Parish), Louisiana, USA.578

vii.

Philogene COCO was born on 11 March 1841 in (Avoyelles Parish), Louisiana, USA.579 He was baptized on 16 May 1841 in Mansura (Avoyelles Parish), Louisiana, USA.579 Civil War Military service: CSA, Pvt., Company G, 1st Louisiana Calvary. He died on 13 January 1904 at the age of 62 in Moreauville (Avoyelles Parish), Louisiana, USA.580,581,582 Philogene was buried on 14 January 1904 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cemetery & Mausoleum in Moreauville (Avoyelles Parish), Louisiana, USA.582,583