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Re: Ancestors of Ovide Ardoin are. . .
Posted by: Laura Thomas (ID *****8331) Date: December 29, 2003 at 19:32:44
In Reply to: Ancestors of Ovide Ardoin are. . . by Rose Wells of 206

Dear Rosie,

I just read your response to my query yet again (I find that reading things multiple times gives so much more insight) and saw you were planning to publish. Here is some more information on the people I mentioned.

William Dossman Ardoin is buried in the Whittaker Cemetery in DeRidder, LA. Noted on the on-line index at RootsWeb is a marker noting his military service in WW1. His wife, Ethel Edwards is buried at Whittaker Cemetery, as is Rosalie Jordan, his sister.

Rosalie is my great-grandmother. She married David Andrew Lindsey (b. 7 Apr. 1885 or 1887 in Cooper Co., MO to William and Francis Elizabeth Warden, prev. married to John Paxton) before 1914 which is when my grandfather Wilman Andrew Lindsey was born in DeRidder, LA. Rosalie and David had 9 children with Wilman (1914-1997) the oldest. Marvin (1915- abt. 1935), Elmer (1920-1932) and Mary Louise (1934-1936) died young of complications brought on by poverty as David was looking for work away from the family during the depression (there is a record of funerals online at the DeRidder, LA gen-web page with two of the childrens names listed). Wilman took their deaths personally throughout his lifetime as he was the oldest. Evelyn (1922-1980) married a James LeGrove and had several children. Tommy, Bobby, and Johnny, the youngest three siblings, are still alive, but I am unsure about Agnes (1917-?).

Shortly after Mary Louise Lindsey’s death David and Rosalie divorced. It may have been Dave’s roaming far for work, or other marital issues. Rosalie later married Charles Hudson and later still Heubert F. Jordan whom she is buried next to in Whittaker Cemetery. As her grave marker gives her last name as Jordan, I belive he is her last husband. David Lindsey is also buried in Whittaker Cemetery. Family lore states he did not marry again, but had a beautiful home in DeRidder that he rarely lived in, preferring the company of the hound dogs and the swamps.

Osia “Osie” Ardoin was the youngest of Ovide and Mary Louise’s children. He stayed close to Dave and Rosalie all their life and also their children. He was living with Dave and Rosy during the 1920 census in Polk, AR. I recently was given a photograph of Osie during his later years. Sadly, he passed away in 1999 before I had the chance to meet him. I believe Wilman and Marie, my grandparents, tried to stay close to all of Rosa’s siblings. Rosa never spoke English, always French. My mother and aunts were Un, Deux, Trois, etc. Rather amusingly, my mother became Dukey due to the numbering. Family lore again states Rosa died during church services of a massive heart attack. She stood up, shouted, "Hallelujah!" and died immediately.

I believe Amos and possiably Tilly or Lorraine also stayed with my Grandparents for a while when my mother was little, but need to explore that route a bit further.

I hope this gives you some useful information. Please feel free to contact me for more information or copies of photographs.

Sincerely,
Laura Thomas

PS. I’ve had no luck so far on Adelaide Simon Fontenot (LeDoux) yet. I do have LA indexed on my census program, but cannot seem to find her near Villeneuve LeDoux. I checked 2 pages either side of V. LeDoux and did not see her name (thinking perhaps they owned land abutting at the back property line). Is there a sibling or such she may have been residing with? Let me know and I can look in spare time. Thanks.


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