Family of Henry Schuyler Thibodaux & Felicite Bonvillain




Henry Schuyler Thibodaux was born Abt. 1761 in Philadelphia, PA, and died 24 October 1827 at Bayou Terrebonne, LA.


First wife Felicite Bonvillain was born Abt. 1770 in St. James, LA, and died Abt. 1799 in St. James, LA.  They were married 7 May 1793 in St. James, Cabanocey, LA.



Their children were:


1- Leandre Bannon Thibodaux  b: 13 February 1795  St. James, LA; d: 28 August 1843  Lafourche, LA

            +Adelaide Claire Bergeron  b: 16 August 1805  Plattenville, Assumption, LA; m: 9 November 1816  Lafourche, LA; d: Bef. 1835

          *2nd Wife of Leandre Bannon Thibodaux:

            +Josephine Dalila Bonvillain  b: 2 May 1816  St. Martinville, LA; m: 25 August 1835  Lafourche, LA


Notes for Leandre Bannon Thibodaux:

- 1820 Lafourche census: Leander B. Thibodo: males 2<10, 1 (16-26), females 1<10, 1 (16-26)


2- Aubin Benoni Thibodaux b: 1 March 1796  St. James, LA; d: Aft. 1850  Louisiana

            +Eugenie Hebert  b: Abt. 7 January 1798  St. James, LA; m: 17 June 1816  Plattenville, Assumption, LA; d: 22 September 1855  Lafourche, LA


3- Eugenie Thibodaux  b: 30 August 1797  St. James, LA

            +Joseph Paul Bourgeois  b: Abt. 1772; m: 9 July 1817  Plattenville, Assumption, LA



Second wife Brigitte Belanger was born 4 July 1775 at Pointe Coupee, LA, and died 29 December 1849 at Houma, Terrebonne, LA.  They were married 3 June 1800 at St. James, LA.


Their children were:


1- Michel Henri Joseph Thibodaux  b: 18 June 1801  St. James, LA; d: 5 March 1861 Houma, Terrebonne, LA

            +Marie Rosalie Himel  b: Abt. 1801; m: 5 June 1820  Donaldsonville, Ascension, LA; d: Abt. 26 February 1834 Lafourche, LA

          *2nd Wife of Michel Henri Joseph Thibodaux:

             +Marie Azelie Lirette  b: 30 November 1836 Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA; m: 7 July 1856 St. Joseph, Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA


Notes for Michel Henri Joseph Thibodaux:

- 1820 Lafourche census: Michel Thibodo: males 1 (16-26), females 1 (16-26)

- 1850 Terrebonne census: Henry Thibodeaux farmer, $72,500 real estate; wife Emee 24; Lamarque 18; Irma 14; Julie 13; Laura 11.

- South LA Records (vol. 4, p. 594):Thibodaux, Henry Michel d. 5 or 6 March 1861; m. (1) Marie Rosalie Hymel - d. 30 Jan. 1834; m. (2) Azelie Lirette. Children listed: Laura m. Eugene Nadaud du Treil; Lamarque; Louise Irma; Julie m. Hyppolite Viala; d. Voltaire - d. 21 Oct. 1848 at age 23; d. Marie Celina m. Joseph Adrien Leblanc; d. Henry Francois - d. 12 Nov. 1843 at age 22 yrs.; Clay; Bannon; Franklin. Petition for administration; 11 March 1861 (Houma Ct. Hse. Succ. #450)


2- Elmire Marie Thibodaux  b: Abt. 1802; d: 2 March 1846 Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA

            +Evariste Porche  b: 22 November 1799 Plattenville, Assumption, LA; m: 3 December 1825  Houma, Terrebonne, LA; d: Aft. 1850 Terrebonne, LA


Notes for Elmire Marie Thibodeaux:

- 1850 Terrebonne census: Evariste Porche 50 farmer (widower), owns $50K real estate; Alida 20, Zulnida 19; Anacharin 17; Edme 15;  Justine, 12; Schuyler 10; Adolphe 8; Clay 6; Franklina 4.


3- Brigitte Emilie Thibodaux  b: 14 July 1804  Plattenville, Assumption, LA; d: 16 March 1885

            +Leufroy Barras  b: 18 February 1798 Plattenville, Assumption, LA; m: 21 December 1819  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA


Notes for Brigitte Emilie Thibodaux:

- Extracted from Stephen White's Dictionnaire (corrections):  In a letter addressed to his mother and sister (16 April 1876), Henry Clay Deshields mentions meeting Mrs. Barras.  Henry Clay Deshields was the son of Joseph Deshields, and the grandson of Louis Deschamps dit Deshields and Marie Madeleine Thibodeau (d/o Charles Thibodeau and Anne Marie Melanson).  On the other side, Mrs. Barras was the daughter of Henri-Schuyler Thibodaux (s/o Alexis Thibodeau and Marie-Anne Blanchard).  Considering that Charles Thibodeau was approximately 12-14 years older than Alexis; that his other brothers weren't old enough to be the father of Alexis; that there no family ties close enough to Charles and Alexis; it follows that Mrs. Barras and Joseph Deshields were cousins with the third degree; and thus that Alexis Thibodeau was the youngest brother of Charles Thibodeau.  The registers which would have included Alexis' birth and his mother's death no longer exist.


4- Leandre Thibodaux  b: Abt. 1808


5- Henri Claiborne Thibodaux  b: Abt. 1810  St. Bridgit, LA; d: 11 November 1885; burial St. Bridget’s Cemetery, Schriever, LA

            +Marie Mathilde Toups  b: Abt. 1817; m: 23 August 1838  St. Joseph’s, Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA; d: 1878


Notes for Henri Claiborne Thibodaux:

- 1850 Terrebonne census: Henry Thibodaux farmer, $3500 real estate; wife Mathilda; Amelie 10; Emile 8; Brigite 6; Beaty 4; Bellenger 5 months; Dr. Henry Greenburg 32 music teacher; Emee Thibodaux 21.


6- Bannon Goforth Thibodaux  b: 22 December 1812  St. Bridgit, LA; d: 11 March 1866

            +Justine Aubert  b: 5 June 1818 Plattenville, Assumption, LA; m: 28 December 1840  Lafourche, LA


7- Marie Eleonore Thibodaux  b: 22 August 1818  Donaldsonville, Ascension, LA



Notes for Henry Schuyler Thibodaux:

- Origins of Henry Schuyler Thibodaux


- Inventory & Appraisement of Estate of Henry S. Thibodaux


- 1810 Lafourche Census: Henry Schuyler Thibodaux (26-45), 1 female 26-45, 1 male (0-10), 3 males (10-16), 5 males (26-45), 2 females (0-10), 2 females (10-16), 1 female (16-26); descending side of Bayou Terrebonne


- 1820 Lafourche Census: Henry S. Thibodo: males 1<10, 1 (10-16), 6 (26-45), 2 (45+), females 1 (10-16), 1 (26-45), 1 (45+); numerous slaves.


- "Dr. The United States, To H.S. Thibodaux Lieut. of Volunteers attached to the Louisiana Regiment of drafted militia commanded by Colonel De Clouet, For his service from the 30th Oct. 1814 to the 6th April 1815, 5 months seven days at 30 dollars per month ($157), to one servant for 5 months & 7 days at $8 per month ($41.86) to five months seven days clothing at $3.02 per month ($15.80), I certify on honor, that the foregoing account is accurate and just, and that I have not received compensation from the United States, for any part of the time above charged. ($214.66)  I certify on honor, that I actually employed and kept in service one waiter not of the army; and that I did not keep or employ as waiters or servants soldiers from the line of the army for any part of the time charged in the above account.”  Signed:  H.S. Thibodaux.  Received of John T. Pemberton District Pay-Master, Two hundred, fourteen Dollars & 66 Cents, being my pay in full, from the 30 October 1814 to the 6 April 1815 having signed duplicates hereof. "  [Also a subsistence account for $119.34 for himself and his one private servant.]


- " Lafourche Parish, with Thibodaux as its parish seat, is located in south central Louisiana...  Early American settlers included Henry S, Thibodaux, for whom the present parish seat is named.  Thibodaux was commissioned a captain in the seventh regiment of the militia of the Territory of Orleans in 1805, and was a justice of the peace in 1806, being reappointed to that office in 1808.   In 1818, Henry Schuyler Thibodaux donated a lot 140 feet square as a courthouse site and agreed to erect thereon a 3-room wooden courthouse measuring 25 x 40 feet.  The rooms would be used for the grand jury, petit jury, and courtroom.  In exchange for this donation of site and building, he received from the parish the privilege of operating a billiard hall and hotel free of license and taxation.  Henry Schuyler Thibodaux later sold to the parish for $140 a lot adjoining the courthouse as the site for the parish prison.  The parish of  Terrebonne was created in March 1822.  Henry S. Thibodaux was one of three assessors nominated.  One theory is that Terrebonne Parish was named by Henry S. Thibodaux for a parish in Canada which was the birthplace of his father-in-law.  He was also one of the 5 members appointed to the Terrebonne Parish school board in 1822.  He was elected to the five-member board of trustees of public schools in 1827."

              (South Louisiana Records, Lafourche-Terrebonne, Vol. 1 (1794-1840), Rev. Donald J. Hebert)


- "This small cemetery located halfway between Houma and Thibodaux, on LA Hwy. 24 may be the oldest cemetery in the area.  Originally this cemetery was owned by Henry Schuyler Thibodaux and was used as a public cemetery as well as for his family and himself.  The remains of Mr. Thibodaux lie as dust in the bottom of the only remaining large multi-vaulted tomb standing in the cemetery.  It stands alone in the center of the cemetery on a small rise of ground as if to signify that the man called "Father of Terrebonne Parish," the man after whom the city of Thibodaux is named, should stand tall among others even after death.  In the early 1900's rumors of jewels in the Thibodaux casket prompted robbers, probably on two occasions, to break into the tomb.  At the time of these desecrations time had already taken its toll.  The remains, as well as the wooden casket of Thibodaux had disintegrated into dust.  There were two metal caskets in the tomb, that of his son, Henry Claiborne Thibodaux and his daughter-in-law, Mathilde Toups Thibodaux.  The robbers apparently entered the tomb by breaking a hole in the rear of the tomb.  The hole remained open for years before being plastered over.  Mrs. W.N. Olive, Henry's granddaughter, had the two metal caskets removed and buried in an unmarked area in the back of St. Bridget's cemetery.  She had no marker put up for fear that they would again be disturbed.  There has been much controversy over the ownership of the cemetery property through the years.  Even though the family has insisted that the cemetery was set aside as a public cemetery for the people of the area, proof could not be found.  In 1980 the Terrebonne Police Jury took over the cemetery.  At that time it was over 150 years old and was a historical cemetery.  Papers were drawn up and signed, and now the cemetery is legally public property.  Henry Schuyler Thibodaux's tomb has been renovated and is a beautiful white marble tribute to him.  The care and upkeep is now in the hands of the Police Jury.  (The information on the removal of bodies from the tomb was obtained from newspaper articles in the Lafourche Parish Library.)”   [unknown author]


Notes for Felicite Bonvillain:

[posted on by a generous contributor - thank you!]

Inventory and Estimation of the property of Henry S. Thibodaux, Esquire. March 29, 1809. W. G.
At the request of Henry Schuyler Thibodaux, Esquire, and his spouse Madam Bregette Bellinger, I have travelled to his habitation in order to make out an inventory and estimation of property which when appraised is to be divided between the children of his deceased wife Madam Felicity Bon Vilen and her children, named: Leander Thibodaux, Luban Thibodaux and Jenny Thibodaux, in their proper proportion.

After swearing the appraisers, one of which I named on the part of the children, Joseph Marlborough and the other August Babin.  The inventory and appraisement of property is as follows (viz) at cash price.
1. The Plantation at Baton Rouge - $500.00
2. The Plantation on the Lafourche. Six acres front on the righthand side of the Bayou descending about sixteen leagues from the Mississippi. - $300.00
3. Forty head of cattle, big and little at six dollars per head - $240.00
4. Eight head of heifers, big and little at fifteen dollars each - $90.00
5. Farming Utensils - $30.00
6. Household and kitchen furniture - $150.00
7. Blacksmith tools - $160.00
8. Sheep and Goats, one dollar each big and little, fifty in number - $50.00
9. Fifteen Hogs - $15.00
10. One lot of land in Donaldsonville - $300.00
11. One Plantation 13 or 14 acres of land front on the Bayou Lafourche, more or less about ten leagues from the Mississippi on the left hand side descending - $6000.00
12. Three thousand dollars owing to the estate - $3000.00
13. A Negro named George - $450.00
14. A Negro girl named Margrete - $450.00
15. A Negro named Boue - $300.00
Total .......................................................$12035.00

Debts due by Henry Schuyler Thibodaux.
Madam Thibodaux brought with her - $1000.00
Debts due the heirs of Nicolas Bellanger and Margrette Lejeune - $3000.00
To the estate of Fernandes - $350.00
To Claud Francois Girod - $600.00
To the estate of Jean Roger - $410.00
To the estate of Charles Bergeron - $1050.00
To August Babin - $800.00
To Jean Gregoir Guidry - $1200.00
To Matherine Daigle - $650.00
Total.........................................................$ 9060.00

$9060.00 when taken from the estimation made by the sworn appraisers which is $12035.00 leaves a balance of $1487.50 cents which when divided between the three children before mentioned leaves to each of the sum of $495.83 cents.  This inventory estimation statement of debts due and owing together with the division of balance in favor of the children done in the presence of the assistant witnesses on this the twenty ninth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nine and in the thirty third year of the Independence of the United States of America.

Joseph Marlborough His Mark
Appraisers August Babin His Mark
Assistant Witnesses Jean Moreaux Lewis Syng
Signed H. S. Thibodaux Bergette Bellanger Her Mark
Before me William Goforth, Judge
Interior Parish Lafourche March 29, 1809


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