First Families of Louisiana: Colonial Ancestor -- Vives

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Colonial Ancestor: Don Juan Vives

(Submitter: Kinta B. Delamain)



1. Don Juan Vives

Residence: Valenzuela, La Fourche Parish, Louisiana

Evidence: Sidney A. Marchand, An Attempt to Re-Assemble the Old Settlers in Family Groups (Baton Rouge: Claitor's Book Store, 1965), family group no. 694, cites the marriage of Don Juan vives (son of Juan Vives and Francisca Planez and a lieutenant of militia at Valenzuela, La Fourche Parish) and Marguerite Bujol (daughter of Joseph Bujol and Anna Le Blanc and widow of Joseph Constant) in 1780.
     Note: The published diocesan records transcribe Marguerite's name inaccurately as Planette, but the original document clearly shows a 'z' and two vertical creases in the paper.

Birth: circa 1754 (based on his stated age at time of death) royal city of Cario, Province of Valencia, Spain.
     Again, the published diocesan records mis-transcribe this place-name as Cario, Reynade, Valencia. The original actually reads Cario Reyna de Valencia.

Evidence: Marriage record (translated from Spanish), Diocese of Baton Rouge Catholic Church Records, Vol. 2 (1770-1803) (Baton Rouge: Diocese of Baton Rouge, 1980), pp. 168 & 722 (citing ASC-1,139).

Burial: 11 May 1822 Donaldsonville, Ascension Parish, Louisiana

Evidence: Burial record, Diocese of Baton Rouge Catholic Church Records, Vol. 4 (1820-1829) (Baton Rouge: Diocese of Baton Rouge, 1983), p. 550 (citing ASC-4,155). The record calls him "Jean Vincent, age 68 yrs., doctor of medicine," and notes that he died at home.

Marriage to: Marguerite Bijeaud (Bujol), 8 February 1780 Ascension Church, Donaldsonville, Louisiana

Evidence: Marriage record (translated from Spanish), Diocese of Baton Rouge Catholic Church Records, Vol. 2 (1770-1803), pp. 168 & 722 (citing ASC-1,139).

2. Carmelita Vives

Evidence of Relationship to #1: The record of her marriage to "Dn. Luis Landry" states that she was the "legitimate daughter of Dn. Juan Vives, Brevet Captain of the Provincial Militia and Surgeon for His Majesty in this settlement, and of Da. Margarita Bujol, the former a native of Derie, Kingdom of Valencia in Spain, and the latter of Acadia." Diocese of Baton Rouge Catholic Church Records, Vol. 2 (1770-1803) (Baton Rouge: Diocese of Baton Rouge, 1980), pp. 168 & 722 (citing ASM-2,75).
     Note: This is another mis-transcription: The original says Derie Ciudad del Reyno de Valencia, or "royal city of Derie, in Valencia." Valencia was not a kingdom.

Birth: circa 8 April 1784 (or 1790) probably Ascension Parish, Louisiana

Evidence: The first date is from tradition in the family; no baptismal record for her has been found in the diocesan archives. The second date is based on her age at death, as given in Diocese of Baton Rouge Catholic Church Records, Vol. 4 (1720-1829), p. 550 (citing ASC-4,165).

Burial: 17 December 1822 Donaldsonville, Ascension Parish, Louisiana

Evidence: Diocese of Baton Rouge Catholic Church Records, Vol. 4 (1820-1829), p. 550 (citing ASC-4,165).

Married : Louis Landry, 10 January 1803 Valenzuela, La Fourche Parish (?), Louisiana. The place is according to family tradition; the marriage record, however, appears among the records of Assumption Church, Plattenville, and the ceremony may have taken place there.

Evidence: Diocese of Baton Rouge Catholic Church Records, Vol. 2 (1770-1803), p. 722 (citing ASM-2,75). Landry is called "a soldier in the Militia of this Colony."

3. Marie Mathilde Landry

Evidence of Relationship to #2: The record of her marriage to André Gourrier names her parents as "Louis and Marguerite Carmelite Vives, dec'd." Diocese of Baton Rouge Catholic Church Records, Vol. 4 (1820-1829), pp. 244 & 332 (citing ASC-7,5).

Birth: 11 October 1806 Ascension Parish, Louisiana

Evidence: Mary Mildred Stone Ware Anderson, "A Pioneer Gourrier Family," Louisiana Genealogical Register 29 (September 1982): 230. Anderson quotes a diary kept by one of André Gourrier's sons. No baptismal record for Mathilde has been found in the diocesan archives.

Death: 2 May 1868 Iberville Parish, Louisiana

Evidence: Undated obituary clipped from the Iberville South [Plaquemines].

Married to: Dr. André Gourrier (or Port Terrajo, St. James Parish), 14 February 1829 Ascension Parish, Louisiana.

Evidence: Diocese of Baton Rouge Catholic Church Records, Vol. 4 (1820-1829), pp. 244 & 332 (citing ASC-7,5).
                 Obituary, Iberville South [Plaquemines], naming "Mrs. Mathilde Gourrier, wife of the late Dr. A. Gourrier of this Parish."

4. Thomas Edouard Gourrier

Evidence of Relationship to #3: His baptismal record names his parents as André Gourrier and Mathilde Landry. Diocese of Baton Rouge Catholic Church Records, Vol. 6 (1840-1847) (Baton Rouge: Diocese of Baton Rouge, 1986), p. 280 (citing ASC-6,387).

Birth: 20 December 1840 (place not named but thought to be St. James parish); baptized 25 April 1841 Ascension Church, Donaldsonville, Louisiana

Evidence: Diocese of Baton Rouge Catholic Church Records, Vol. 6 (1840-1847), p. 280 (citing ASC-6,387).

Death: 31 December 1893 Reliance Plantation, Plaquemine, Iberville Parish, Louisiana

Evidence: Funeral card in possession of the family (which also notes his membership in United Confederate Veterans and Knights of Pythias).

Married to: Anna Euphemie Hall (daughter of Alfred Hall and Ophelia Brusle), 15 June 1880 St. Gabriel Church, Iberville Parish, Louisiana

Evidence: Diocese of Baton Rouge Catholic Church Records (Baton Rouge: Diocese of Baton Rouge, 1995), Vol. 15 (1880-1882), pp. 259 & 280 (citing SGA-21a,56). Wedding invitation in possession of the family.

5. Anna Gertrude Gourrier

Evidence of Relationship to #3: Her baptism certificate names her parents as Thomas Gourrier and Anna Hall. Copy of Baptismal Certificate, Diocese of Baton Rouge, dated 27 April 1983.

Birth: 21 January 1883 Iberville Parish, Louisiana

Evidence: Copy of Baptismal Certificate, Diocese of Baton Rouge, dated 27 April 1983.

Death: 2 August 1962 Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Texas

Evidence: Texas Death Certificate, file no. 746.

Married to: William Wilfred Tucker, 5 July 1905 Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana

Evidence: Louisiana Marriage License, Tangipahoa Parish.




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