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Our Roots Along the Bayou Teche ..... CASTILLE and LeBLANC

Updated June 16, 2004

Rita Heard McPherson
337 37th Court NE
Birmingham, AL 35215
A-United States
ritamcp1@bellsouth.net

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I dedicate this site to the memory of my grandfather, Evans Castille. As a child, he told me stories of my Spanish-Cajun hertiage...of the Spaniard, Jose Rafael Ignacio Buenaventura Castell who traveled to America; married a young and, of course, beautiful Acadian widow.

I have been greatly helped in this endeavor by the work begun by Miss Jeanne Castille and Father Donald Hebert, who before his death helped so many of us by his volumes of church and courthouse records.

One of my first contacts on the web was cousin and fellow genealogy buff Maurice Castille. His work nearly tripled my information; and as I expand this page, will be a source of reference and insight into our heritage.

More recently, I have had the pleasure of meeting (over the web) Jerry Castille. Jerry has been a tremendous help in expanding my knowledge of the ancestors of our ancestor Jose Rafael Castel.

Please be sure to check the link for "The Cousin's Place"...the brainchild of my 'older and wiser' aunt and life long best friend Joanne Castille Goleman (younger daughter of Evans and Rita Castille). Jo has given a voice to the memories of those who grew up on Bayou Teche.


If you see a mistake or have info to share, please contact me.

These pages will include the surnames: BORDA, CASTILLE, CHAMPAGNE, CORMIER, DEGEYTER, JUDICE, LeBLANC, OLIVIER, PELLERIN, RICHARD, SAVOY, STELLY, THIBODEAUX...to name a few.

Other lines I am researching include:
1) The family of Daniel McPHERSON, especially those settling in Jefferson, Blount and Cullman counties in AL. Related families include: KINCHLOE, GLASSCOCK, McANNALLY, and HUNDLEY.

2) The family of Joseph Patrick MADDEN of Bowling Green, KY and Birmingham, AL via Roscommon, Ireland. Includes: HARLOWE, HIGGINS, WEBB, and VAUGHAN.

3) The family of Robert Hiram TURNER and Elizabeth STOBERT. Related families: RANSOM, STOREY, VINTSON, MELLOWN, BARNARD, NEYMAN, WOLFE, BLACK and SMITH.

4) The Joseph HEARD and Harriett NORTON family of Baton Rouge, LA area. Including: COTTEN, DELAUNE, PATE, KELLER, LIVELY, DENHAM, EDMONDSTON, SIMS, PADDELFORD, COCKERHAM, MARTINAS, WHITE, DARDEN.

Look forward to hearing from you.
Rita


My Family History

 

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  • Family of Jose Rafael Ignacio Boneventura Castel (142 KB)
    AKA: Joseph CASTILLE of Spain. How he came to marry Ozite Landry Broussard, an Acadian widow, in Maryland is a mystery. By 1767, they arrived in Louisiana and settled along the Bayou Teche. Some descendants live scattered far from the Teche, many others continue to live along it's banks.
 

Family Photos

  • Avery Bernard and Cecile Degeyter Castille; c 1945 (149 KB)
    Affectionately known as PopPop and MomMom. Photo courtesy of Neoma Barras Mitchell.
  • Evans (Avon) Castille, circa 1960 (74 KB)
    My grandfather, whose pride in our family history and gift for telling me the stories, made my ancestors become more than names and dates
  • Ella Louise Castille, c 1942 (141 KB)
    This photo of my mother was probably taken when a street fair came to town. As a child, she nearly died of rheumatic fever. A story of her illness appears on "The Cousin's Place" website as retold by my younger son Michael when he was in third grade.
  • Avery and Cecile Degeyter Castille; c 1950 (97 KB)
    Parents of Willis, Arthur, Adolphina, Laurent, Abel, Maria, Evans, Jean and Helene
  • Grave of Joseph-Ignace and Scholastique Castille (5 KB)
    St. Martin of Tours Cemetery, St. Martinville , LA. Evans Castille is standing to the left. Photo courtesy of Joanne Castille Goleman.
  • Col. Simon Castille and wife Eunice Marie LeBlanc (66 KB)
    Simon was the only son of Mathias (Matthieu) Castille and his second wife Ada Castille. Eunice was the daughter of Francois LeBlanc and Mathilde Daigle. See related file "Pappie" a bio of Simon Castille. Photo courtesy of Jerry Castille.
  • Mathias (Matthieu) Castille circa 1900 (63 KB)
    Mathias Castille (1854 - 1939) was the youngest son on Emile Cesere Castille and Marie Adelaide Thibodeaux. He was married to Anastasie Angelle and upon her death Ada Castille. Photo courtesy of Jerry Castille.
  • Avery Bernard & Cecile Degeyter Castille, c 1940 (59 KB)
    Standing on the porch of their home at the end of Pill Lane in St. Martinville located on the banks of the Bayou Teche. Photo courtesy of Neoma Barras Mitchell.
  • Family of Evans and Rita Leblanc Castille, c 1935 (10 KB)
    Evans Castille, wife Rita LeBlanc and children John and Ella. St. Martin Parish, LA.
  • Anastasia Angelle, circa 1880 (56 KB)
    Anastasia (1859 - 1898) was the first wife of Mathias Castille. She was the daughter of Cesaire Angeles and Modeste Quebdeaux. Photo courtsey of Jerry Castille.
  • Evans & Avery Castille, circa 1942 (93 KB)
    I have been told that with his raised, clinched fist my grandfather Evans was indicating his strength and ability to take care of his father in his later years. It was important to him that his parents knew he would help provide for them.
  • Ella Castille Heard, c 1960 (5 KB)
    Oldest daughter of Evans and Rita LeBlanc Castille; Wife of Freddie Thomas Heard. Taken in Baton Rouge, LA.
  • Family of Mathias and Anastasia Angelle, c 1895 (79 KB)
    In front of the family home, (l-r): Zacharie, Adelaide, Robert, Berthilde, Moise, William, Mathias, and Eloise. Albert and Simon are not present. Photo courtesy of Jerry Castille.
  • Cesene Castille, c 1885 (122 KB)
    Cesene was the son of Emile Cesaire Castille and Marie Adelaide Thibodeaux; and the husband of Helene Zenon Castille, his first cousin. This is a copy of the photo my grandfather Evans had hanging in his St. Martinville home. Photo courtesy of Joanne Castille Goleman.
  • Ella Castille and Eddie Lee Sanders, c 1988 (25 KB)
    Ella Castille Heard and Eddie Lee Sanders, second husband. Taken at their home in Port Allen, LA.
  • Cesaire (Cesear) Castille, c 1875 (108 KB)
    Son of Emile Cesaire Castille and Marie Adelaide Thibodeaux; husband of Josephine Guilbeau. This is a copy of one that hung in my grandfather Evans home. The names "Cesene and Cesaire" were nearly always spoken in the same breath. Photo courtesy of Joanne Castille Goleman.
  • Avery Bernard Castille, September 1900 (114 KB)
    I believe this photo is of my great-grandfather. The back is inscribed " Breaux Bridge September 1, 1900. Photo courtesy of Joanne Castille Goleman.
  • Cecile Degeyter Castille, c 1900 (120 KB)
    This photo is believed to possibly be that of Avery Bernard Castille's wife Cecile Degeyter. It is on the same matting as the on of him taken in Breaux Bridge, Sept. 1900. Photo courtesy of Joanne Castille Goleman.
  • Valsin Castille, Sr.; circa 1890 (46 KB)
    Son of Joseph Gervais Castille, father of Denerville Jenque Castille, Grandfather of Jean Denerville Castille and Great Grandfather of Maurice J. Castille. See realted file for more info. Photo courtesy of Maurice Castille.
  • Who is this person? Drawn by E. H. Thibodeaux (21 KB)
    This drawing is pasted into my grandfather's journal in which he had recorded family info. The only notation is "Made by E.H. Thibodeaux, at 87 years". I do not know the date of the drawing ; but it would be before Nov. 1967. The actual size is about 9 x 11. Can anyone identify this person or who the artist? Courtesy of Joanne Castille Goleman.
 

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