Marie Louise Lafond, born on June 27, 1890 somewhere in France, married Camille Desiré Carrié on July 4, 1908, in Paris.
Camille Desiré, born on August 7, 1886, was a well-known Parisian baritone who at times sang together (duet) with the great Carusso in opera houses, including Rouen, Trouville, and the Trocadero of Paris.
Marie Louise also enjoyed show business. As a vaudeville showgirl, she sang and danced, often with her talented mother, Louise Lafond (born in 1872), in the Paris Opera Chorus and other places, including Rome, Vienna, and Moscow.
Camille Desiré and Marie Louise had a son, Marc (my father, still living and active at 92), born in Nantes-sur-Seine, Paris, on July 12, 1909, who grew up mainly in his uncle's household in Paris since his parents spent most of the time on the road, performing in numerous theaters. Camille later married Madame Blancheville. He drank too much and died young in misery. Marie Louise's end is unknown. So is Madame Blancheville's.
Marc lived a few years in Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, and Spain, already in his twenties, and wrote short stories (fiction) based on things he saw and people he met - one of them won first prize in a national contest. In Venezuela, his next and permanent geographical stop, he basically did the same in his spare time. Dona Josefa de Sicilia Perez, his Jaén-native wife (my dear mother), always stood by him until her death in Valencia, Venezuela, on January 3, 1974.
Camille Desiré's father was Achille Carrié, the successful treasurer and director of an insurance company founded by his father in Paris. Achille's father (and mother) were from the South of France. They owned vineyards in the vicinity of Vergèze, near Nimes, which later they sold in order to move to Paris. These vineyards, research by Marc shows, later turned out to be the Perrier water site.
Camille Desiré's mother was Fernande Joly, a school teacher who eventually became school director. She came from the north of France (possibly LiIle, near the Belgian border) together with 3 sisters (Henriette and Raizon, among them) and 2 brothers (Nestor, one of them). She may have ancestors from England or Canada. Fernande died at age 60.
Born in Ales (Gard), France, on August 5, 1939, I (one of Marc's two sons, the other being Louis) emigrated to Venezuela, South America, in 1949, where I lived until 1959. Then, I emigrated to the United States and in time became a U.S. citizen, settling in Los Angeles.
I got to meet both my father's mother and grandmother (Marie Louise and Louise Lafond) once, just the day before I left France, and only for a few minutes. I was 10 years old. Marie Louise was already near 60, her mother near 80. They both looked good, though - physically and spiritually!
For now, I would like to have leads connecting to Marie Louise (my grandmother) and her mother Louise [Lafond]. Who were their parents? Who was Louise's husband? Did she ever marry? Also, if possible, leads to Fernande [Joly], Achille [Carrié], and Madame Blancheville (whom I know nothing about). Any info related to my grandfather Camille Desiré (Marie Louise's husband) would also be appreciated.
P.S. The following notes may interest you:
1. I stopped going to French schools at age 10, when I left the country, so please bear with me if I sometimes misspell a French word.
2. Nestor Joly, brother of Fernande, had a daughter, Charlotte, who married someone in the Longuet family. Some tips suggest they may have lived some years in London, England, and some years possibly in Canada, Australia, or New Zealand. They had a son, who, according to my father (Marc Carrié), very likely is the father of Gerard Longuet, a cultured Frenchman possibly living in the north of France today. I'm still in the process of researching these last details. Maybe someone with pertinent info can add some input here. That would be greatly appreciated.
3. I almost forgot to mention that the Family Carrié extends to Varilhes, a historical village of about 3000 people located about half way between Pamiers and Foix (Ariège), some 70 Km south of Toulouse.
I used to live in Toulouse when I was a kid, but I never suspected there was an avenue in Varilhes called Avenue Jacques Carrié, my own name, something I found out only recently. This Jacques Carrié must have been a very important person to have an avenue named after him. I'm not jealous, only curious. After all, the Carrié line, I've been told, is a rather short one. Or am I wrong? Who was this Jacques Carrié? Anybody knows? How does it connect to the Carrié line? Thanks.
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