History of the Ledet Family

Several people have recorded the history of the Ledet's family from Louisiana. I would like to tell you the story my Grandfather (John Daniel Ledet) told me when I was a young boy.

The Ledet's came from France, but lived on the French/German border. This was because my Grandfather was a tall man with blue eyes. He (Antoine Ledet) came to the New Orleans area around the 1780's and eventually ended up in Thibodaux, Louisiana. He had seven boys who spread out over the tri-parish (Lafourche, Terrebonne, and Assumption) area. And all the Ledet's descendants still live in these main areas of the tri-parish.

Although his story is mostly true, in doing genealogy research I have discovered that there were several Ledets who came to Louisiana in the 1700's. One a soldier who died never having children. Another was a plantation owner in the Saint Martinsville area who never had children or married and Antoine Ledet.

Antoine Ledet came to New Orleans from the Diocese, of Launny, France in about 1786. He made his way to Edgard, Louisiana where he married Marguerite Villac in 1788. This was her second marriage but his first marriage. They had seven children (Antoine, Pierre Marcellin, Adelaide, Henry, Marguerite, Jean Pierre, and Augustine. Antoine made his way to Bayou Lafourche (a tributary of the Mississippi River) in Donaldsonville. He traveled South to present day Thibodaux, Louisiana. His first wife died about 1796 and he remarried a Victoria Quimine (Her first marriage) They had 8 children (Isabel Hortene, Marie Clotilde, Auguste, Mariana, Elisa Serphina, Alexis Amant, Francois Claude, and Pierre). Antoine died at 8 PM at his home in Thibodaux on March 28, 1825. He is buried in the church cemetery. His wife Victoria remarried to Jacob Templet.

Antoine's children did move throughout the tri-parish are and settled down in such places as; Thibodaux, Larose, Leeville, Houma, Point Aux Chien, Raceland, Plattenville, and etc. And as my grandfather said most of the Ledet's can trace their roots through these areas.

Although my namesake is Ledet, I have Terrebonne, Plaisance, Lee, Griffin, Bromont, Lefort, Albardo, Richaux, Pitre, Hebert, Savoie, Daigle, in my past. Each with a separate story but each just the same poor people who just wanted to make a decent living and raise a proper French/Acadian family.

 

Jean Daniel Ledet
John was a shrimper and boat operator. During the depression he would buy shrimp from boats at sea and bring them to the shrimp shed. He live a ripe old age and at death was hard of hearing and his eye sight was very poor. I remember him getting up very early every morning and coughing (due to his emphysema) on his way to the outhouse. He was tall blond and blue eyes.  He had no formal education. He lived in the Leeville area until a hurricane forced him and many others to move to the Golden Meadow area.
John also raised his godchild (Eddie Hingle) as one of his children because their parent died.
I have his birth as 1881 but his grave has 1885.
Bernadette Louisiana Lee Ledet
Grandma Dan, as we called her, was a thin short woman who reminds me of Grandy on the Bevely Hillbillies. She always looked old to me but she was full of energy. She use to chew tobacco and always had her spit can nearby. She used to tell the children (her grandchildren) stories about the rugaru. they were better than the movies. I remember hearing about her grave illness while I was attending LSU so I rushed to Terrebonne General Hospital to see her but she had passed away. Died from cancer and bled to death from chewing tobacco.

She and Grandpa Dan were a pair. He went to bed early to get up early and she went to bed late and go up lather than him. When she made coffee for the men she had coffee with sugar and milk mixed in the pot. All we did was pour the coffee and drink. The men drank mostly a small "demi toss" of coffee. We used to live right behind them in G.M.

As a child I remember when she wanted to whip us she would say for us to go find a GOOD one in her bush. One time I didn't want to get whipped so I tried to run away from her but she was too quick.

Lovency Terrrebonne
Lovency (my grandfather) had a very strange pet. the pet was a pelican and it would stay on the roof of my grandfather’s house wheneverr he was home. When he went off down the bayou the pelican would follow him.

Was in hurricane of 1893 and saved his mother and (T dole) & (Taunt Rose ( Rosa' and coon) Rosa's mother)) some (sister) people by tying them to a tree during the tidal surge. I heard that he used his sister's hair to tie her to the tree. I have doubts of this fact but their hair could have gotten tangle in the tree. He was Fifteen at this time. Because of this my Mother said that he always carried a knife and a nail in his pocket because that was what helped him save them. He is in the 1880 Census #  74-77.
He lived in Golden Meadow with his second wife. He had pelicans as pets also farm animals  and would trap for a living by pirogue. They lived in an old Acadian style home with a large iron stove in the kitchen. The beds were made with moss matress.
On his grave he is listed as born May 24 1876.
I was at his home when he died.
Mom said he did not work on the day of the great hurricane and would instead say rosaries in honor of the dead all day. Mom also said that when their was a marsh fire he would claim that the people would say that he set the fire. He would also go see the old sick people until he got older and could not stand seeing them anymore.

Felecie Thereze  Plaisance Terrebonne

Felecia (my grandmother) was seen riding a horse in Larose when Lovency saw her and the story is he fell in love.  She operated a used furniture store next to her home in Golden Meadow.
She loved flowers because her yard was always full of flowers.

History of the Cormier family
First three Cormier families settled here in 1765
(This history of the Cormier family was prepared by the staff of the Congres Mondial Acadien-Louisiane 1999.)

By SHERMAN GUIDRY

 XPLORIN’ ACADIANA
July 2, 1997 - The Bayou Catholic


The first of the Cormier family in North America was Robert Cormier, a master carpenter from La Rochelle,  France. He arrived at Cape Breton in 1634 with his wife, Marie Peraud, and their two sons. By 1650, Robert had moved to Port Royal. For the most part, his immediate descendants settled the new Acadian community established by Jacques Bourgeois at Beaubassin. This new settlement was located on the Isthmus of Chignectou which connects present day Nova Scotia with New Brunswick.

The deportation of the Acadians from their homeland by the British in 1755 resulted in three Cormier families arriving at New Orleans in 1765, amongst the first groups of Acadians to arrive in Louisiana. These first groups were sent to settle in St. James Parish, along the Mississippi River, how ever all three of the Cormier families migrated rather quickly to the Opelousas and Attakapas regions of south central Louisiana. The family quickly established itself as small farmers along the Bayou Teche and as cattlemen on the prairies near Carencro and Grand Coteau. This latter region remains the center of the Cormier family in Louisiana to this day.

The first of these Cormier families was headed by Michel Cormier and his second wife, Catherine Stelly. They raised cattle in the Bellevue and Carencro regions of south central Louisiana. Michel and Catherine's three sons and seven grandsons settled along the Bayous Teche and Vermilion and became small farmers there. Jean-Baptiste, his wife Marguerite Bourque and their children remained in St. James Parish until the late 1770s. Jean-Baptiste married Anne Blanchard of Opelousas after the death of Marguerite and moved his family near St. Martinville. Jean-Baptiste was quite prosperous, as he owned a 350  acre tract near present-day Lafayette and another 560 acres on Bayou Nezpique in the Calcasieu country. Jean-Baptiste's only son, Jean-Baptiste Jr. began an important line of the Cormier name.

Another Cormier family to arrive in Louisiana was headed by Joseph, who arrived with his sons, Michel, Anaclet and Joseph Jr. Joseph became quite prosperous, and his cattle herd expanded from 150 head to nearly 700, with 60 horses between 1777 and 1788. Joseph owned several hundred acres south of Opelousas and on the Bayou Plaquemine Brulee, near present day Church Point, LA. Joseph's son, Anaclet, remained on the southern Opelousas Prairie. Michel and Joseph Jr., however, moved and settled along Bayou Teche. As with many Acadian families in south-central Louisiana, some of the Cormier family began a gradual westward migration after the Civil War. This migration brought several families to the Abbeville and Queue Tortue (Rayne) areas in the mid 1860s.
 
By the 1880s, a few Cormier families had moved west all the way to the Mermentau River near Lake Arthur and Jennings. The migration continued westward into Calcasieu Parish and even southeast Texas with the advent of large scale rice farming in the 1890s.
 
Today, the Cormier family is still centered in south central and southwest Louisiana, roughly along an axis that runs along Interstate 10 from Lafayette to the Texas border. There is also a concentration of Cormier families in east Texas. In Canada, the name is most commonly found in the Acadian regions of New Brunswick.