Cathedral of St. Louis King pf France
A MINOR BASILICA — ESTABLISHED AS A PARISH IN 1720
615 PERE ANTOINE ALLEY, NEW ORLEANS, LA. 70116
6 November 1974 Telephone 525-9585
Mrs. Dorothy J. Core
Almyra, Arkansas 72003
Dear Mrs. Core:
As per your letter of November 3rd, in Baptismal Book III, page
58 is a baptism of PIERRE LAVIGNE born "yesterday", baptized
May 27, 1756 son of PIERRE LAVIGNE, master locksmith, and of
JEANN RILLIEUX. Sponsors: NICOLAS PICOU and MARIE GARGUERITE
LAVIGNE. /s/ P. Lavigne, father.
Same Book III, page 92 is "JACQUE LAVIGNE March 13, baptized
March 16, 1758 son of PIERRE LAVIGNE, ecrivain (writer, scribe, etc.)
of the Kingf' storehouse, and of JEANNE RILIEUX. Sponsors: Mr.
DELACHAISE, guard of the King's storehouse (warehouse, etc.) and
Dame MARGUERITE HUBERT wife of the avocat (counsellor, barrister, etc.)
Mr. DE LA FRENIERE. /s/ Lafreniere, /s/ Lavigne /s/ Meuchaux.
In reading the handwritten copies of Myra Vaughn, no doubt, she
misunderstood the handwriting and copied the name JEANNE RILLIEUX
as JEANN BILLAUM. Most times the R's resemble the letter "B".
In the New Orleans Genesis, September 1966 issue, page 281, is an
article titled "The Legend of Perique". This was by Mrs. Irna
Centanni, a very dear friend of mine, and a marvelous researcher.
This should help you some with the LAVIGNE and RILLIEUX families.
No doubt you have the marriage of JEAN BAPTISTE HOMARD native of Neuilly
Diocese of Soisson, and a resident of Arkansas, married Jan. 18, 1724
ANNE MARGUERITTE MOSSEL native of Minden in Hanover, widow of JEAN
In a marriage on Aug. 27, 1726 is mention of the witnesses, one being
JACQUES GILLEREAU, a resident of Arkansas.
On March 20, 1728 LOUIS LEONARD a native of "Langueduc", and a resident
of Arkansas, son of JEAN LEONARD and of LOUISE CALAIS married MARGUERITE
KISTEMACKER daughter of ETIENNE KISTEMACKER and of ANNE DORVARE residents
of the German Parish. Witnesses: ETIENNE KISTEMACKER, ANDRE SCHANTZ,
JACQUES CANTRELLE resident of Natchez, JAQUES MICHEL a resident of
[handwritten notes] >on Profond there is Louis Lionnard
Alexis [MS illegible] silk worker<
Hope this is of some help.
Alice D. Forsyth