We are the Keith & Sandra Lapeyrouse Family of Baton Rouge, LA. Sandra and I both grew up in Chalmette, LA after moving from New Orleans, LA as infants. After marriage, we moved briefly to Lake Charles, LA before setting down in Baton Rouge, LA where our son James was born.
The Lapeyrouse side of the family is descended from Jean Baptiste Laperouse (also spelled Laperuse, Laperusse, Laperuze and Lapeyrouse) and Antoinette Elanore Henry who came to Louisiana ca. 1810 and settled in New Orleans. He had four children by his first wife, Elanore who were Severin Francois, Louis Edmond, Euguene, and Maria Estelle. After Elanore died in in 1825, Jean Baptise married Constance Melanie Henry and settled in Terrebonne Parish. They had four children, Henri Armogne, Victorin, Pascal Telesphore and Zephrin. These eight children of Jean Baptiste Laperouse then proliferated through out south Louisiana settling largely in Houma-Thibodeaux, New Iberia and New Orleans and creating the Lape(y)rouse's of Louisiana.
Genealogy on the Lapeyrouse (Laperouse) family has been ongoing for some time with several people actively researching this family history and making everyone's else task that much easier. I have credited these sources where indicated. I hope this information will make you search for your ancestry as it has made my search easier. To date, there is no know relationship with the navigator Jean-François de Galoup, Comte de La Pérouse , although some research indicates both this family and people who founded the Lapeyrouse Family of Louisiana lived in Brest, France in the 1700's.
The Wigginton side of the family is descended from William Wyatt Wigginton and Elizabeth (Betty) Bemiss both of Kentucky who moved to Louisiana ca. 1870 with his sister Flora and lived in Saint Bernard Parish. They had three children, William Emile, Elizabeth (Lillie) and Minnie. William married twice more to Eliza McCrea and Anice Fowler having several childen with these wives. I have a moderate amount of information on this side of the family.
Research into the Tidwell side of the family is just beginning. This side is descended from Ebon Tidwell of La Salle Parish, Louisiana. If you have any information on Tidwell's from central Louisiana, please let us know.
The Mazza side of the family is descended from Nicolo Mazza who immigrated to the United in 1910 and settled in Angulla, Missisppi. They moved to New Orleans, Louisiana in the 1930's and established this side of the family.
We hope you enjoy the site, the records collected to data and the links to other web sites that may help you on you quest for your family's genealogy. Happy hunting for your ancestors.
Keith, Sandra and James