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THE ESTORGE FAMILY of LOUISIANA

Updated February 6, 2004

John L Estorge
johnestorge@yahoo.com

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There are only a handful of households in the United States which bear the name ESTORGE and this is the first known web site about the history of the Estorge Family.

Our U.S. ancestry traces us back to Jean Estorge of Tulle, France. He came to Grand Coteau, Louisiana and married a woman of Spanish ancestry, Marie Theresa Castille. They were married in 1827 and had five children together including a medical doctor and a Civil War veteran. Jean Estorge died in 1836 just about two weeks after his youngest child was born.

Our ancestral home is known as the Estorge home in Opelousas, Louisiana which was built by Pierre Labyche with slave labor in the 1820's. The Estorge House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the United States. The two-and-a-half story house is of new-classic styling (transition Creole to Greek Revival) and boasts windows of the orignial glass. In the central hall can be seen a magnificent trompe l'oeil painting on the ceiling, while the parlor ceiling is a more elaborate polychrome design. Recently purchased by Dr. Roy P. Boucvalt, the house has been carefully restored and is open from 10am to 4pm daily. Located 427 Market Street, Opelousas. During the Civil War, the home, with all its fine furnishings, made its own contribution to the Confederate cause. Dr. Joseph Leonard Estorge, son of Jean and Marie Theresa Estorge, was living with the family then and treated some wounded soldiers at the house.

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