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Re: Rosanna Hamilton & Rosemond V. Gautreau
Posted by: Lee Gautreau Date: July 14, 2001 at 22:01:37
In Reply to: Rosanna Hamilton & Rosemond V. Gautreau by Pam (Bordelon) Cook of 115

According to “Les Gautreaux de la Louisiana” by Bennett Gautreaux, 1953 (page 1129); Rosana was born March 3, 1863 (place not mentioned). Bennett also indicates that the tombstone lists her birth as 1865 (“Cemeteries of East Ascension Parish, Louisiana”, Melancon, Doris Millet and Little, Elsie Moore, 1990 [E ASC Cem] {p-230}), however, this is a secondary record and is subject to the accuracy and knowledge of the person providing the information. I also looked for Rosana in the various Catholic records and did not see any references to her.

Bennett Gautreaux lists the marriage or Rosana Hamilton and Rosemond Gautreau as February 2, 1882. I had found this same information in the Diocese of Baton Rouge Catholic Church Records Vol 15 page 247, "Rosana Hamilton married Rausemond Gautreaux on February 2, 1882 (prior civil marriage) wit. John Marchand; William Baire (Saint Theresa -3, 131)" - In case you are not aware; Saint Theresa is in Gonzales, LA, however, the church was not established until 1918. The church was established from an earlier church by the name of Sacre Coeur (Sacred Heart) which is located several miles outside of Gonzales in Cornerview. Bennett also notes the date of the previous Civil ceremony as being April 26, 1880 (which is prior to the birth of the first child (Eve b. Sept. 10, 1881).

Bennett indicates a death date of February 4, 1907 at Asc, based on the Ascension Parish Court Probate record 534. However, he also indicated that the tombstone referenced in E ASC Cem (p-230) shows a death date of 1906. I would think that this later date is more likely since it is a primary record (if indeed the date was copied correctly) and it is pretty hard not to know what year it is when someone imprints the year that someone has died on a headstone.

Oh well I hope this helps you in your search.

Best regards, Lee

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