Notes for Marie Louise Talbot: SOURCE: Nancy Schweitzer: 1. Nancy's Sources: "As a direct descendant of Marie Louise Talbot, I center this narrative around her place in the history of the Talbot family. I do not take credit for the many years of hard work which went into gathering of information concerning the Talbot family. Konrad Talbot of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Eileen Talbot and her daughter Eileen Talbot Boseworth, both of New Orleans, Louisiana, are responsible for most of the research. Information was gathered from newspapers, church records, census data, and from the Ports of France, Canada, and Louisiana. All emphasis in cited documents is mine. At the reunion of the Talbot-Arboneaux family held in the summer of 1983, 1 acquired a copy of the extensive research material on the Talbot family. After reading the genealogy of the Talbot family, I envisioned a beautiful and interesting story. I dedicate my work to the memory of my parents; Gustave Joseph Naquin and Georgie Marie Talbot Naquin, and my grandparents, Tarleton Joseph Talbot and Lela Arboneaux Talbot. Portions of the genealogical research of the Talbots were translated from the handwritten French. Many of the records were originally in small print. Consequently, small discrepancies will appear in the spelling of names and a few dates." Nancy Naquin Talbot Schweitzer Exerpts from above:
"The Canal, a small community of Acadian descendants, is located south of the city of Napoleonville, Louisiana, near Lake Verrete in Assumption Parish. The Canal was formally known as the Attakapas Canal. Both the Canal and the city of Napoleonville, which was founded in 1835, trace ancestry to the migration of Acadian exiles to Louisiana." In the 1940's Nancy would visit her grandparents who had moved back to "The Canal" from the New Orleans area and would listen to stories told by them and other relatives. In the summer evenings, my grandmother, Lela Arboneaux Talbot, her neighbor, Louise Falterman, myself (Nancy), and Louise's grandchild Eleanor, would go to the church to recite the rosary in memory of departed family members. Louise led the recitation with much enthusiasm. As we returned to the house, we often would find elderly friends and relatives of my grandfather, Tarleton Talbot, engaged in conversations and stories of past generations who lived on the Canal. ... sometimes after the old men would leave the front porch of my grandparents' home, conversation would continue among the immediate family members. Grandpaw would comment brieflly about the 'lost inheritance' and about the woman who visited the family of his father, Ernest Louis Talbot. She was described as a lovely lady with 'gold buttons.' 'I searched the genealogy and found a copy of a document dated May 26, 1841, drawn up in Assumption Parish. This document confirms the existence of the "inheritance."State of Louisiana, Parish of Assumption, May 26, 1841, and the sixty-fifth of the Independence of the United States of America. Before us, André LeBlanc, notary public, duly commissioned and sworn for the said parish and living, and the witnesses hereinafter named and undersigned, was presented Mr. Baptiste Henry, Marie Boudrau, Arcange Nfittras, Yacinte Rousseau, and Jean Baptiste Bouseau, all residents of this parish, parents and fiiends, minor children of Louis André Talbot and Rosalie Dugas of the said parish, they, all in assembled family at the home of Mr. Baptiste Henry, also a resident of this parish, in virtue of an order from the Court of this said pansk dated the twenty-second of the present month, requires that I preside at this family assembly, have declared that after having taken the oath required by law, that the interests of said minor legatees, general and universal of Dame Marie Louise Talbot their grandmother, by her testament passed at Bordeaux on December 3, 1828, and it is an absolute necessity, and evident advantage, that a certain house located at Bordeaux, Allees de Noyer Street #124, and put in care of Mr. André Lafitte, Merchant in Bordeaux and executor of the will of the said Dame Marie Louise Talbot, be sold by the said Louis André Talbot for the benefit of the minor children and the proceeds placed for their "en bien fond" of Louisiana.' ' My grandfather spoke of a Mr. Roullet who kept the family from receiving their "inheritance. A second document dated February 5, 1844 and recorded July I st, 1844, confirms the fact that Ernest Louis Talbot was the minor child of Louis André Talbot. The document also declares that Marie Louise Talbot is the deceased grandmother of Ernest Louis Talbot, and, that Mr. Roullet was given power of attorney.'
The document read as follows: State of Louisiana, Parish of Assumption, this fifth day of the month of February, in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred forty-four, the sixty-eighth year of the Independence of the United States of America.
Before me, Alexandre Couvillier, Parish Judge of the Parish of Assumpcion, officio Notary for said Parish and in the presence of witnesses here in after named and signed personally appeared: Mr. Arsene Naquin and Mrs. Louise Talbot his wife, whom he authorizes the validity of these present, and, Messrs. Bazile Talbot and Louis Joseph Talbot, all major of age residing in the Parish of Assumption.
And, Mr. Louis André Talbot, also domiciled in this Parish, acting in the name of his minor children named Theophile Talbot, Marie Louise Talbot, Clovis Talbot, Jules Talbot, Étienne Valmont, ARVILLA, Ernest and Louis Emile, being issue of the legitimate marriage of Mr. Louis André Talbot, with Mrs. Rosalie Dugas, general and universal legatees of Mrs. Marie Louise Talbot, their deceased grandmother, who died at Bordeaux in the kingdom of France, on the eighteenth of July, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-one.' 'Each appears have, by these present, made and constituted as their general and special agent, Mr. Joseph Roullet, residing presently in New Orleans in a Parish of this State, to whom they grant power, for them and in their names, to receive the succession of said Marie Louise Talbot.' 'At the time that this document was recorded, three of Louis André Talbot's children, Louise, Basile, and Louis Joseph were of age (past 21) and signed on their own. Caroline Adeline Talbot had died. The other children were rninors, so Louis André signed for them.' ''Several questions required answers as I began to read the document further. Did Mr. Roullet keep the inheritance from the family? Was it possible that he had difficulty completing the transactions because of the political conditions of France at the time? Was Marie Louise Talbot the lovely lady with the "gold buttons" my relatives had spoken about? Why was she often spoken of in hushed tones by the family who gathered in the evenings on the Canal?' 'The Last Will and Testament of Marie Louise Talbot, dated December 3, 1828, And recorded at Bordeaux, France, helps to answer some of my questions and indicates that she did indeed have a special relationship with the family of Louis André Talbot.' 'Two and one-half years later on July 18, 1831, Marie Louise Talbot died at the age of seventy-three, a single woman. 'Three copies of her will were dispatched and delivered to Mr. Lafitte and one copy was sent to Mr. Martin. On March 1, 1832, the dispatch was delivered to Mr. NErande (Mirande), husband of Miss Louise Douville, cousin of Marie Louise Talbot, living at Lannion.' 'The will was registered at Bordeaux on July 20, 1831, Folio 159. (copy on file).' 'I was impressed by the beautiful dictation of the Will of Marie Louise Talbot. She is referred to as Dame Talbot, a title given to women of recognition. Her words are that of a well-spoken and well-educated woman. Her reference to Rosalie Dugas is of special interest. Although Marie Louise Talbot does not name Louis André Talbot as her legal son, all the documents refer to his children as her grandchildren. The bonds of mother and son seem very strong.' 'Her affection for the children and wife of Louis André Talbot suggests that she did visit the family. She may have visited in her later years.' 'Marie Louise Talbot died at twelve o'clock on July 18,1831, at her home occupied on the Rue Allee des Noyers #124, Bordeaux, France.'
... Marie Louise Talbot probably lived for a period of time with her brother Louis Talbot on Guadeloupe, like many other Acadian exiles who stayed. Such a place of residence would explain her white dresses, calico curtains, and many trunks of leather. Guadeloupe has a hot, damp climate from May to November. The islands have cool, dry weather from December to April. Leading farm products include coffee, cocoa, and sugar cane.
MARIE LOUISE TALBOT (by Nancy Schwitzer, cont.)
THE YOUNG GIRL
Marie Louise Talbot was born October 4, 1758, on Isle St. Jean, church parish of St. Pierre-du-Nord, which is now Prince Edward Island. Marie Louise Talbot was baptized the same day by Gille Jotin LaCroix, in the presence of her father Louis Charles Talbot. She was soon taken to France and baptized again by Reverend LeSage Cure' two weeks after her mother's death.
Isle St. Jean was claimed for France in 1603 by Samuel de Champlain. French colonists began to settle on the island about 1720. (Marie-Louise's grandfather is said to be the first European settler on the island which is now known as Prince Edward Island.) British troops took over the area in 1758 during the French and Indian War (I754-63). In the Treaty of Paris 1763, France gave the island to Great Britain. The British changed the name of the island to Prince Edward Island in 1799.
The British encroachment in 1758 prompted the people of Isle St. Jean to board the "five ships" in an effort to leave the island and return to France.
On January 23,1759, Marie Louise Talbot, at the age of three months, was taken by her father, Louis Charles Talbot, on one of the "five ships" departing for France. Also on the voyage were his wife, Marie Françoise Douville, and the brothers and sisters of Marie Louise Talbot: Louis, age 16; Joseph, age 14; Jean, age 11; Françoise, age 7; Charles, age 5; and Marie Henriette, age 3.
The crossing of the Atlantic must have been very difficult for the Acadians, since it took almost three months. Two of the younger children of Louis Charles Talbot and Marie Françoise Douville Talbot, Françoise age 7, and Marie Henriette age 3, died during the voyage and were buried at sea. Jean age 11, died March 4, 1759, and was immediately buried at the church cemetery of St. Servan, France, their destination. He probably died as the ship was nearing its port, St. Malo, France.
Marie Françoise Douville Talbot (Marie-Louise's mother) at the age of 36, died on March 25, 1759. She was buried less than a month after her son Jean was placed in the cemetery of St. Servan, Ile et V., St. Malo, France.
Marie Louis Talbot was again baptized in France two weeks after her mother's death (She had been baptised as a newborn on Ile St. Jean). Marie Louise Talbot's name was later shown recorded on the hospital list of children cared for in St. Malo.
In May of 1760, Louis Talbot, the father of Marie Louise Talbot, remarried. His bride was Marie Jullienne Benoist, a young girl of St. Benoist of Paris.
On April 2nd of 1762, Françoise Talbot was bom to Louis Talbot and Marie Benoist. She was baptized on the same day at St. Servan.
Two years later, in 1764, Louis Talbot, his wife, his daughters Marie Louise and Françoise and his son Charles went to Rochefort on the schooner, Heureaux. The Heureaux was on its way to Cayenne. Louis Talbot, age 50, and his family were going to attend a wedding.
The family of Louis Talbot were passengers on the schooner "Vigilant" on their return trip to St. Malo. After the wedding, it was recorded that Louis Talbot died at sea September 12, 1764.
Several years later, Marie Louise Talbot, age 13, and her sister Franciose, age 11 were again listed as living at St. Malo. Her uncle Francois Bonniere found her and brought her to live with her grandmother and his family who had relocated from St. Servan to St. Pierre & Miquelon.
On September 29, 1774, the baptism of a child named Marguerite took place on the island of St Pierre and Miquelon (south of Newfoundland). The parents were Jacques Douville, Marie-Louise's uncle, and Judith Quimons (Kimine). Marie Louise Talbot, age 16, was the godmother of the child. Marie Louise Talbot signed her name, indicating that she was educated.
Nothing more is found of the early life of Marie Louise Talbot after the record of her presence at the baptism of Marguerite on St. Pierre and Miquelon (Newfoundland). Louis Talbot, the older brother of Marie Louise Talbot, seemed to have parted from the family soon after they reached France from Isle St. Jean (Prince Edward Island). Being the oldest, he probably made his way to the West Indies.
It is speculated that Marie Louise Talbot went to live with him sometime after the age of seventeen. In her personal papers were found the birth record of her brother Louis. Also, as noted in the documents of succession of her property, Louis Talbot's power of attorney was transferred to André Lafitte through a businessman at Guadaloupe.
Guadeloupe is made up of two islands, the smaller of which has the volcano known as La Soufriere. This volcano erupted quite violently, according to the literature, in 1798 (Note-p.f.: Is it possible that this is where Marie Louise and her son Louis André were there just before their trip to Rhode Island and that she arrived there to stay with her uncle, Pierre Douville's, family?) and again in 1843. Parts of this island has a growth of lush vegetation. The island is also known for many sugar plantations.
It was noted in the inventory of the clothes of Marie Louise Talbot that she had many articles of cotton. The most valuable and costly kind of cotton is known as Sea-Island cotton, which is grown in the West Indies. Most of her cotton garments probably came from cotton fabric produced in India, but it does place her at Guadaloupe sometime in her life. Also, the trunks listed on the inventory of her house would suggest that she did travel. - E-mail from Theresa B. Saltzman (11-02-99): " Louis André Talbot is also my Grrrrrreat Grand Father. I am from Napoleonville and my mother was a Talbot. The Talbots are from the Assumption Parish (Napoleonville) area. You are correct Louis André's mother was Marie Louise Talbot and his father was André Lafitte. (Lafitte being a "very close friend" I have a copy of Marie Louise Talbot's will leaving her possessions to her grandchildren in Napoleonville and also other possessions to André Lafitte. My grandmother always said we were kin to the family "Lafitte", so you can draw your own conclusions." - E-mail from Lenn Talbot: I live in Pensacola, FL but was born and raised in Baton Rouge. I come from LouisAndreTalbot/ Étienne Valmont Talbot/Donnie Louis Talbot/Lennes Antoine Sr. I'm the "junior". I am fortunate to have photographs of my two great grandparents, Clara Gaudet, and Étienne Valmont (The picture of Étienne is one I scanned at a family reunion. It was badly faded but I was able to enhance it a bit .) - From Bonnie Richard: " not married. Left will. Died wealthy, left home and money to her Louisiana grandchildren. Left sentimental possessions to daughter-in-law, Rosalie Dugas Talbot. Left other sentimental possessions to André Lafitte, who was executor of her will. She is named as Louis André Talbot's mother in Louisiana Succession proceedings." - Lenn Talbot: "I found a reference to Marie Louise Talbot and Marie L Talbot arriving in Providence Rhode Island in December 1789 . She is listed as a seamstress and her destination was Cranston (a suburb south of Providence). She was sailing from St. Malo, France. It is ASSUMED that Louis André would have been between 4 and 10 years of age at that time and traveled under her name, hence the two listings for her. The listings are found in RHODE ISLAND PASSENGER LISTS , Port of Providence 1798-1808, 1820-1872, Port of Briston and Warren 1920-1871 Compiled from the United States Custom House Papers By Maureen A. Taylor. page 20."
Pierre Douville, a brother of Françoise Douville Talbot lived in Rhode Island (Pawtuckett & Warwick). He was killed in battle in 1792. His wife (Cynthia ABORN and children, continued to reside in Rhode Island. Cynthia ABORN died in Providence in October 1806).
Louis André did list "R. I" and 1792 as his birth place and date (I think that was the 1860 census --- I am not looking at my files now).
As a teen-ager Marie was rescued from a French Hospital (orphanage?) and returned to the new world to live with her grandmother, Marie Roget DOUVILLE on Miquelon ...No one seems to know what happened to Marie Louise after she was "deported" from Miquelon in the 1780's.
Since she was "raised" in a French orphanage, undoubtedly under the supervision of "Nuns", she might likely have been taught sewing skills.
Nancy Schwietzer (an Arbonneau/Talbot), now living in Niceville, FL, has written a very nice pamphlet about Marie Louise based upon an analysis of the Will and the inventory of the estate. She was quite a wealthy woman, it seems. Because of the large number of white cotton dresses and some straw hats in the wardrobe lists, Nancy believes that Marie may have lived for a time with her brother in Guadaloupe.
I am attaching jpeg images of the document I found.
Michael Talbot (Metarie) has written that Pierre Douville was honored by Geo. Washington, and that a portrait of Pierre still hangs at Brown University in Providence. I have scanned the "history" of Brown University that I can find on the internet, but find no mention of him. I need to write to Brown University and inquire specifically about this and Pierre's association with Brown U. Perhaps there might be some mention of his family there.
It is a fertile area for research. If you discover anything I would certainly appreciate if if you would share it with me...
Thanks, Lenn (lentalbot@pcoLouisianagulf.net) -
Source: Tim Hebert On May 14, 1793, a small British force raided the island (St. Pierre and Miquelon) and sent the small French garrison and non-resident fisherman to Halifax. From there, they were sent to France ... arriving in mid 1794. The resident Acadian fisherman were told to work for the English, but they refused. So the English decided to expel all of them. But before they could, about 32 Acadian families left for Iles Madeleine (1793). More (360) Acadians sailed for Ile Madame. In September 1796, the remaining Acadians on the islands were sent to Halifax. They were placed in nearby fishing villages and forced to work on English fishing boats in the Grand Banks. Finally, in July of 1796, the government said they could go to France. In July 1797, a number of them sailed to Bordeaux in France. The following month, more Acadians sailed to Le Havre. When a treaty was made in 1814, hundreds of Acadians returned to St. Pierre and Miquelon. By 1820, there were 800 Acadians on the islands. - St. Pierre & Miquelon Genealogy (Robert Langlois): Marie-Louise was at St. Pierre on September 29, 1774. She was godmother to the daughter of her uncle Jacques Douville: "Marguerite b. 29/09/1774, née idem, p. LETIECQ Pierre, m. TALBOT Marie-Louise" ----- !QUESTIONS (PAF)- SHE WAS NOT LISTED IN THE 1776 CENSUS. WHERE WAS SHE? DID SHE ESCAPE THE SECOND DEPORTATION OF ILE ST. JEAN? DID SHE GO BACK TO FRANCE? DID SHE GO TO RHODE ISLAND WITH HER AUNT AND UNCLE, PIERRE AND CYNTHIA ABORN DOUVILLE? In 1776 she would be about eighteen years old. (In 1776, another "orphaline" granddaughter of Elizabeth Roge Douville named Rose Bujold, age 21, was living with the family. ----- Denise Guntner: Her baptism record states that "she was born on October 4, 1758 and baptized on Ile St. Jean on the same day by Gille Jotin LaCroix, in presence of Louise Talbot and Pierre Hebett (Hebert?), and was taken soon after to France. The ceremonies of baptism were given by Re. LeSage, Curé, on April 8, 1759. Louise was only 5 months old when her mother died. She was baptised a week and a half after her mother died. Cajun & Caymanian Families (Denise Guntner): Note: Marie Louise Talbot's baptism record is interesting. It states that she was born on October 4, 1758 and baptized on the Isle St. Jean on the same day by Gille Jotin LaCroix, in presence of Louis Talbot and Pierre Hebett, and was taken soon after to France. The ceremonies of baptism were given by Rev LeSage, Cure, on April 8, 1759.
Marie Louise was only 5 months old when her mother died. She was baptised a week and a half after her mother died.
Marie Louisa Talbot was born October 04, 1758 in Ile St. Jean and she was baptized on April 08, 1759. Her sponsors were Louis Boubarne & Louise Morin. She died July 18, 1831 in Bordeaux, France and was buried July 19, 1831, Bordeaux, France. Sources: Title: Mike Talbot -- !WHEREABOUTS IN 1798: Providence Co., Rhode Island Alien Registration List Port of Providence 1798 - 1808: Name:Talbot, Marie L.- Age 33 - Sex: F Occupation: Seamstress - Residence: Port Malo, France - Date of Arrival: 12/17/1798 Citizenship: French Destination: Cranston Reporter's Name: Marie L. Talbot
Also: Name: Talbot, Marie Louise Age 33 Sex: F Occupation: Seamstress Port Malo, France Date of Arrival: 12/07/1798 Citizenship: France Destination: Cranston Reporter's Name: Marie Louise Talbot (Was this Louis Andre Talbot's passport?)
More About Marie Louise Talbot: Baptism: 08 Apr 1759, Sponsors: Louis Boubarne & Louise Morin.6958, 6959 Burial: 19 Jul 1831, Bordeaux, France.6960, 6961 Category: French. Direct Line: Esma.
More About Marie Louise Talbot and André (Guillaume) Lafitte: Other-Friends: Unknown6961, 6962
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