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Descendants of Antoine Mouton


19. DON LOUIS BORDAT5 MOUTON (JEAN4, SALVADOR3, DR. JEAN2, ANTOINE1)95 was born August 18, 1800. He married MARIE LOLETTE CORMIER96 February 10, 1817.

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ON LOUIS BORDAT MOUTON:
MOUTON, Don Louis - native of this parish (minor son of Jean - inhabitant at Carencros & Marthe BORDA) m. 10 Feb. 1817 Marie CORMIER - native of this parish (minor daughter of dec. Jean Baptiste - inhabitant at la Butte & Pauline MARTIN) Wits: Valery MARTIN, Ozeme GUILBEAUX, Joseph Fortune PENNE, Louis LINGOIS, Jean Baptiste CORMIER, Zenon CASTILLE, Jean MOUTON fils, Augustin GUIDRY. Fr. Gabriel ISABEY (SM Ch.: v.6, #26)


MOUTON, Don Louis Minors: Children: Arcene - 5 yrs.; Euphemia - 3 yrs. Succ. dated 17 Sept. 1822 (SM Ct.Hse.: Succ.#455)

MOUTON, Don Louis m. Marie CORMIER 3 children: Marie Arsene - 7 yrs.; Euphemie - 5 yrs.; Louis - 2 yrs. Succ. dated 30 April 1825 (Laf. Ct.Hse.: Succ.#60)

MOUTON, Don Louis (Jean & Marthe BORDA) married to Lulotte CORMIER; buried 10 Sept. 1822 in the parish cemetery at age 22 yrs. Fr. Michel BARRIERE (Laf. Ch.: v.1, p.3)

MOUTON, Louis (Jean & Marie Marthe BORDA - of Acadia & living in this parish) b. 18 Aug. 1800, bt. 14 Oct. 1801 Pats: Salvador MOUTON & Anne BASTARACHE - of Acadia; Mats: Antoine BORDA - "medico" [doctor] of Chateaudun, France & Marguerite MARTIN - of Acadia; Spons: Pierre POTIER & Adelaide MOUTON. Fr. Michel Bernard BARRIERE (SM Ch.: v.5, #408)

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ARIE LOLETTE CORMIER:
CORMIER, Marie - native of this parish (minor daughter of dec. Jean Baptiste - inhabitant at la Butte & Pauline MARTIN) m. 10 Feb. 1817 Don Louis MOUTON - native of this parish (minor son of Jean - inhabitant at Carencros & Marthe BORDA) Wits: Valery MARTIN, Ozeme GUILBEAUX, Joseph Fortune PENNE, Louis LINGOIS, Jean Baptiste CORMIER, Zenon CASTILLE, Jean MOUTON fils, Augustin GUIDRY. Fr. Gabriel ISABEY (SM Ch.: v.6, #26)
     
Children of D
ON MOUTON and MARIE CORMIER are:
  i.   EUPHEMIA6 MOUTON97, b. 1819; m. JOHN CREIGHTON98, March 30, 1837.
  Notes for EUPHEMIA MOUTON:
MOUTON, Euphemie (Don Louis & Marie CORMIER) m. 30 March 1837 John CREIGHTON (Laf. Ch.: v. 2, p. 256)

  ii.   ARCENE MOUTON99, b. 1817.
45. iii.   DON LOUIS LL MOUTON, b. November 30, 1822.


20. GOVERNOR ALEXANDRE5 MOUTON (JEAN4, SALVADOR3, DR. JEAN2, ANTOINE1)100 was born November 19, 1804 in On a Plantation Near Carencro, Louisiana, and died February 12, 1885 in Lafayette Parish Louisiana. He married (1) CELESTINE ZELIA ROUSSEAU101 September 7, 1826 in Lafayette , Parish, Louisiana, daughter of JEAN ROUSSEAU and CELESTE DUPRE. She was born May 29, 1811 in St. Landry Parish Louisiana, and died October 16, 1837 in Lafayette Parish Louisiana. He married (2) EMMA KITCHELL GARDNER102 January 1842 in Washington DC, daughter of CHARLES GARDNER and ANNE MCLEAN. She was born 1820 in New York City, and died 1897 in Lafayette, Louisiana.

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OVERNOR ALEXANDRE MOUTON:
MOUTON, Alexandre (Jean - of Acadia & Marie Marthe BORDA - of this parish) b. 19 Nov. 1804, bt. 8 Oct. 1805 an the area of Carencro at the residence of Pierre HEBER Pats: Salvador MOUTON & Anne BASTARACHE - of Acadia; Mats: Antoine BORDA - surgeon of Chateaudeun, France & Marguerite MARTIN - of Acadia; Spons: Joseph MOUTON, represented by Frederic MOUTON & Marie GUEDRY. Fr. Michel Bernard BARRIERE (SM Ch.: Folio E, p.5, #6)

MOUTON, Alexandre - of Lafayette Parish (Jean & Marie Marth ----) m. contract dated: 7 Sept. 1826 Zelia ROUSSEAU (min. dgtr. of dec. Jean Jacques & Celeste DUPRE) (Opel. Ct.Hse.: Notarial Acts: v.AA, p.122)

MOUTON, Alexandre - native of St. John Parish of Lafayette (major son of Jean & Marie Marthe BORDAT) m. 7 Sept. 1826 Celestine Zilia ROUSSEAU - native of this parish (minor daughter of dec. Jean Jaques & dec. Celeste DUPRE) Wits: Celestin LAVERGNE, Charles MOUTON, Jean Marie DEBAILLON, Louis VANHILLE, Cyprien DUPRE, GARRIGUES Flaujeac, Francois POIRET, A. CARRIERE, A.E. MOUTON, Lastie DUPRE, J.J. LOUAILLIER. Fr. Flavius Henri ROSSI (Opel.Ch.: v.1-B, p.472 & 472-A)


Alexandre Mouton was the ninth governor of the state of Louisiana and the first member of the Democratic party to hold that office. After graduating from Georgetown College in Washing D.C. he practiced law with Edward Simon in 1825. In 1826 he was elected for three consecutive terms to the House of Representatives of that State of
Legislature, serving as speaker of that body for two sessions. He was on the electoral ticket during the presidential campaigns of 1828, 1832, and 1836. He served in the United States Senate from 1837 to 1843. In 1843 he elected Governor. In 1852 he was chairman of the Great Southwestern Railroad Covention, in 1858 he was elected President of the Vigilance Committee of Attakapas and in 1860 he was a delegate to the National Convention for President of the United States. In 1861 he was the President of the Secession Convention n Baton Rouge.
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During his lifetime the plantation home, Ile Copal, of Senator Mouton became the center of buisness, culture and social activites. In his library were found books of fiction, history, and biography in both French and English. The dignified and liberal character of hospitality offered in his stately mansion was in noticeable contast to that given in the modest home of the pioneer. The house downtown is now occupied by the Lafayette Museum has an interesting history. For many years it was known as Governor Mouton's town house. Having been built about 1800 by Jean Mouton , his father. The Governor later added three rooms to it. His first wife Zilia Rousseau added
reputed beauty. Three of Zilia and Governor Mouton children were born in that house, Odeida, Mathilde, and Cecilia. Alexandre and his
family continue to reside in the town house until 1836.
His 2nd marriage was to Emma Kitchen Gardner. They were married in Washington D.C.

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OVERNOR ALEXANDRE MOUTON:
Burial: Cemetery of the Cathedral of St. John Lafayette Louisiana

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ELESTINE ZELIA ROUSSEAU:
ROUSSEAU, Celeste Zilia (Jean Jacques & Celeste DUPRE) b. 29 May 1811, bt. 3 Nov. 1811 Spons: Jacques DUPRE & Theotiste ROY. Fr. Louis BUHOT (Opel. Ch.: v.1-B, p.545)

ROUSSEAU, Zelia (dec. Jean Jacques & Celeste DUPRE) m. contract dated: 7 Sept. 1826 Alexandre MOUTON (Opel. Ct.Hse.: Donations: v.1, p.8)

ROUSSEAU, Zelia (min. dgtr. of dec. Jean Jacques & dec. Celeste DUPRE) m. contract dated: 7 Sept. 1826 Alexandre MOUTON - of Lafayette Parish (Jean & Marie Marth ----) (Opel. Ct.Hse.: Notarial Acts: v.AA, p.122)
ROUSSEAU, Zilia of - Opel. (Jean Jacques & Celeste DUPRE) m. 6 Sept. 1826 Alexandre MOUTON of Laf. (Opel. Ct.Hse.: Mar.#66)


ROUSSEAU, Celestine Zilia - native of this parish (minor daughter of dec. Jean Jaques & dec. Celeste DUPRE) m. 7 Sept. 1826 Alexandre MOUTON - native of St. John Parish of Lafayette (major son of Jean & Marie Marthe BORDAT) Wits: Celestin LAVERGNE, Charles MOUTON, Jean Marie DEBAILLON, Louis VANHILLE, Cyprien DUPRE, Garrigues FLAUJEAC, Francois POIRET, A. CARRIERE, A.E. MOUTON, Lastie DUPRE, J.J. LOUAILLIER. Fr. Flavius Henri ROSSI (Opel.Ch.: v.1-B, p.472 & 472-A)

In his "Stories of Dixie" James W. Nicholson said this about Zelia Rousseau Mouton: " While residing in Washington with her husband, Senator Mouton, the celebrated sculptor, Powers carved
the 'Greek Slave.' In selecting a model hand for his famous statue
he is said to have chosen the hand of Zelia Mouton who was not noted alike for the beauty of her face and the symmetry of her form."
It was also said by Mrs. Mouton grandson Alexandre Mouton son
of Odeida that her hand was used as a model for the hand of Pocahontas in the painting of the Indian princess which hangs in the rotunda of the capitol in Washington.

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In 1828, Zelia Rousseau, writes a letter to her dear Grandmama Rousseau, her father's mother, hoping to see her family from France. She tells her Grandmama Rousseau how her Grandmother, Theostile Roy Dupre, on her mother side raised her and Gadrat, Zelia sister, after their mother, Celeste Dupre, and their father, Charles Rousseau, died when they were very young. She proceeds to tell her Grandmama Rousseau that Grandmother Dupre was was very jealous since she married Alexandre Mouton. In the letter she tells about her health being poor because of the lost of a baby.

In a article, Family Traditions, written by Mother Evangeline Mouton RSCJ,
daughter of Fred Mouton and Mathilde Deblanc Mouton, tells the story
that Zelia Rousseau died when Mother Evangeline grandmother, Odeida Mouton, Zelia's daughter, was just a little child. It is said that Zelia died suddenly at the table, some think poisoned by a slave. She also writes
that the news of her great grandmother's death had taking awhile before
Governor Mouton received the news of her death since he was in Washington D.C. There was an upopened letter that Governor Mouton had wrote to Zelia that was found at their home.


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ELESTINE ZELIA ROUSSEAU:
Burial: Cemetery of the Cathedral of St. John Lafayette Louisiana

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MMA KITCHELL GARDNER:
GARDNER, Emma K. m. Alexandre MOUTON bt. conditionally on 28 Nov. 1871 at age 52 yrs.(1819) Spon: Elisa MOUTON. Fr. G.A. ROUXEL (Laf. Ch.: v.7, p.49)


EMMA KITCHELL GARDNER

                  1820-1897

      When Washington D.C. belle , Emma Kitchell Gardner married Senator Alexandre Mouton in 1842, little did she know that she would soon become a first Lady of Louisiana.
      Born in New York City to Colonel and Mrs. Charles Kitchell Gardner , she had moved with her family to Washington D.C. where her father served in the Cabinet of President Andrew Jackson.
      A popular beauty in Washington society , Miss Gardner was wooded and won by Senator Mouton, sixteen years her senior. At the time the senator was a widower with four small children. Because of her unusual beauty , the new Mrs. Mouton was asked to pose for the likeness of Pocahontas in the celebrated painting that hangs in the United States Capital.
      In 1842 , shortly after their marriage, Senator Mouton was nominated for Governor of Louisiana. Subsequently he was elected Louisiana’s ninth governor in 1843. the first Democrat to occupy the executive chair, he served in that office until 1846. According to accounts of that time his term as governor was a prosperous one, and he and Mrs. Mouton were highly respected and well loved.
      Mrs. Mouton supported her husband in his later efforts regarding secession. In 1856 and 1860., Governor Mouton was elected as a delegate and president of the secession convention that met in Baton Rouge.
      Governor Mouton and his wife retired to his plantation near Lafayette , Louisiana,
where he died on February 12,1885.Mrs Mouton lived there until her death in 1897 at the age of seventy-seven.


      Mrs. Emma Gardner Mouton was twenty first in descent from King Henry 1V of England and his wife Queen Eleanor , Countess of Provence. She bought to this branch of the Mouton family the blood of many hundreds of royal and noble families.


      It is interesting to put this whole story in prospective and go back to the very beginning of Alexander Moutons marriages and children. The first marriage of Alexander Mouton took place in 1826 to the great grand daughter of Governor Jacques Dupre. Her name was Celestine Zelia Rousseau and she was 15 years old at the time. Alexander was 22 years old. They had five children before Zelia died at the age of 26 from a fever. At the time of her death Alexander was in Washington D.C. Two years later he came home to take care of the placing of his children .. His sister-in-law Gadrat Rousseau Mouton , Mrs. Emile Mouton, his brother’s wife , was taking care of his children until his return to Vermillionville. Six months later Alexander put his only son Alfred 10, in the St. Charles College in Grand Coteau and Mathilde 8 and Odeide 5 , with the Madames of the Sacred Heart also in Grand Coteau. Cecelia 3 remains with his good sister-in-law Madame Gadrat Rousseau Mouton the sister of his deceased wife Zelia.
      And so it was that when Emma Gardner 22 and a new bride returned in 1842 with Alexander Mouton to her new home in Vermillionville , Louisiana. She not only had to take over the plantation home Ile Copal but also the four children of Alexander who by then were Alfred 13,Mathilde11, Odeide8 and Cecelia 6 years old. It must have been a great adjustment for her especially dealing with slaves as well.
      By the time that Emma began to have children there was a 15-year difference between Alfred the first child and his first stepsister Eliza. There were seven children born to this marriage and the largest space from the oldest to the youngest child was 28 years. It is also noteworthy to learn that Mathilde Mouton the Governor’s child by Zelia married the brother of Emma Gardner Mouton , General Frank Gardner. So her stepdaughter was also her sister-in-law.
      And so Emma is living a very nice life and having her family and visiting with her parents in New York and Washington when the Civil War starts. She is married to a Southerner whose son and her stepson is General Alfred Mouton . Her brother General Frank Gardner is also in the army of the Confederacy. She must have been very torn between her parents and siblings in the North and her brother and husband in the South.
      Emma and her children stayed at Il Copal during the war and in due time welcomed her step daughter Odeide and her six children who were fleeing the Yankees who had burned down her home, Walnut Grove . Her father Alexander was in New Orleans under arrest so only the women and a few hands were there.
      At the end of the war Emma’s children were of these ages, Eliza, 20, Paul,16,
Charles 15, Marie, 13, George Clinton 11, Rufus King, 7.
      A letter written by Alexander to his wife Emma who has gone to Washington D.C., after the war to see her parents. The war was over in April and this letter is written in November 1865. He writes: “I can very well imagine the satisfaction you must have had at seeing your parents, but I believe that outside of this reunion , you will find few things which could be of interest to you in Washington. Your old associations are gone; the barely concealed hatred of these Yankees must be quite disagreeable. I beg of you to be very careful with these people and not let yourself be involved in their hypocrisy. Do not forget that your hearth and altar are here in this earth cursed by the Yankees But do not believe that I want to advise not to engage in any discussion with people , on the contrary it would please me greatly to learn that you have abstained from making any allusions to the grief we owe to these people . I would be delighted in my resentment .”
      From the letters Alexander sent to Emma in Washington she must have stayed many months there. It seems that most of the children were here with their aunt Mathilde
who took good care of them. It must have been difficult to travel so soon after the war so if you did travel you did not return for many months.
     
     
      GARDNER, Emma K. m. Alexandre MOUTON bt. conditionally on 28 Nov. 1871 at age 52 yrs.(1819) Spon: Elisa MOUTON. Fr. G.A. ROUXEL (Laf. Ch.: v.7, p.49)c
Reference: Southwest Louisiana Records by Rev. Hebert



           
DEATH OF THE WIDOW OF GIVERNOR
            ALEXANDER MOUTON
HER PROMINENCE IN LOUISIANA AND THE
            DISTINGUISHED FAMILIES WITH WHICH SHE
            WAS CONNECTED.

Mrs. Emma K. nee Gardner , widow of Governor Alexander Mouton , who died near Lafayette at the ripe age of 77 years, was a link Between the present and the past and as an actor in some of most stirring events in the history of the State. Mrs. Mouton was born in New York City.
She was a woman of fine intellect and vivacious temperament. The Greater part of her life spent in more or less the atmosphere of official Life. She was possessed of a wonderful store of anecdotes and Information She was kind and gentle and her death is deeply deplored.
Mrs. Mouton nee Gardner of Washington D.C. came from a most distinguished family in the history of the nation. ,and was joined to a Family equally as famous. Her father Col. Gardner fought in the United States army with distinction during the early part of the century and Was honored by “Old Hickory” with a place in his cabinet.

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MMA KITCHELL GARDNER:
Baptism: November 28, 1871, Lafayette, Louisiana
     
Children of G
OVERNOR MOUTON and CELESTINE ROUSSEAU are:
46. i.   GENERAL GENERAL JEAN JACQUE ALEXANDRE ALFRED6 MOUTON, b. February 18, 1829, Opelousas, La; d. April 8, 1864, Battle of Mansfield North of Louisiana.
47. ii.   MATHILDE MARIE CELESTE MOUTON, b. 1831, Lafayette, Louisiana.
  iii.   ALEXANDRE AMBROISE MOUTON103, b. June 5, 1832; d. July 18, 1933.
  Notes for ALEXANDRE AMBROISE MOUTON:
MOUTON, Alexandre Ambroise (Alexandre & Celestine Zilia ROUSSEAUX) b. 5 June 1832 (Lat Ch.: v. 4, # 70)

48. iv.   HENERITTE ODEIDE MOUTON, b. March 21, 1834, Lafayette Parish ,Louisiana; d. December 20, 1912, Lafayette Parish Louisiana.
  v.   CECELIA ACADIE MARIE MOUTON104, b. August 19, 1836.
     
Children of GOVERNOR MOUTON and EMMA GARDNER are:
49. vi.   CHARLES ALEXANDRE6 MOUTON.
  vii.   ANNA ELIZA MOUTON105, b. 1844; d. 1910.
  Notes for ANNA ELIZA MOUTON:
Anna was an organist.

She fell in love with a Union Soldier and was told she could not have anything to do with the yankies.

She never married.



50. viii.   PAUL JOSEPH JULIAN MOUTON, b. November 2, 1848.
51. ix.   MARIE THERESE MOUTON, b. June 28, 1851.
52. x.   GEORGE CLINTON MOUTON, b. September 13, 1853.
  xi.   ALEX ALIDA GARDNER MOUTON106, b. July 23, 1855.
  Notes for ALEX ALIDA GARDNER MOUTON:
MOUTON, Alex Alida Gardner (Alexandre & Emma GARDINER) b. 23 July 1855 (Laf. Ch.: v. 6, #128)

53. xii.   WILLIAM RUFUS KING MOUTON, b. January 3, 1857.


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