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Thomas C. Jeansonne - 1st hus of Eliza/Elaisa STEEN
Posted by: Toni Linn (ID *****4450) Date: July 17, 2009 at 08:59:09
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I am looking for information on Thomas C. Jeansonne who was born about 1800 to 1810 (this is just a guess) possibly in Louisiana, Kentucky or Texas. Thomas may have been a doctor per family stories and may have died c. 1839 or 1840 - possibly in the yellow fever epidemic that swept Louisiana during that time frame. According to his daughter, Mary War Nan Johnson, she said her father died when she was a little girl; since Mary was born in 1838, his death in 1839 or 1840 would fit.

I have very little information on Thomas who was my g-g-g-g grandfather. The information we do have is that he married Eliza/Elaisa STEEN on September 20, 1836 in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. This is according to Louisiana Marriages to 1850 on Ancestry.com (Eliza Stein [Steen] married Thomas C. Jeansonne).

Eliza Steen [or Elaisa] was born June 14, 1818 in either Opelousas, St. Landry Parish or New Iberia, Iberia Parish to Hilaire Elias Steen and his wife, Catherine STELLY. Since Eliza was baptized in St. Landry Church in Opelousas, St. Landry Parish, she may very well have been born in Opelousas.

Thomas and Eliza's daughter, Mary, indicated on the 1900 Obion County, Tennessee census that her father was born in Texas, yet on another census she indicates he was born in Kentucky.

I have found quite a few Jeansonne's who purchased property in the parishes of St. Landry, Avoyelles, and Evangeline (most in the early to mid 1800's, some as late as 1880).

In the book, "Southwest Louisiana Records, Church and Civil Records of Settlers" Volume 1 (1756-1810), I have found two pages of Jeansonne's, but no Thomas C. Jeansonne. Most, if not all, of the Jeansonne's in this book are in the Opelousas, St. Landry Parish area.

Family history also indicates that he owned a plantation. According to our records, his daughter, Mary, was born in New Iberia, Iberia Parish - although according to one bit of information, Mary was born in St. Landry Parish. So ... Thomas' plantation was probably in either Iberia Parish or St. Landry Parish.

One more item that I found on Ancestry.com that may be our Thomas C. Jeansonne, is a marriage record for a first marriage: Thomas JEANSONNE or JOHNSON, birth bef. 1810, death est. 1834-1901, married Olive PERKINS on 21 Aug 1828 in Opelousas, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana.

We would like to know who Thomas' parents were, where he was born and where he died and any other information anyone can provide on him. We have searched and searched and cannot find any further information on Thomas.

If anyone would like to see the Jeansonne's mentioned in the book, Southwest Louisiana Records, please contact me and I can give you the names.

We would really appreciate any information on Thomas C. Jeansonne or suggestions as to records/sites that we should search for him.

Thank you -

Toni


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