Pierre Laurendine, a French soldier who came to Mobile in 1719. One son, Edward Laurendine, is the ancestor of the Caucasian line. Another son, Jean Baptiste Laurendine Sr., is the ancestor of the Creole branch, through his son, John Baptiste Jr.
Their story is one of many two-sided families and not unlike many around the South: a white slave master man and his offspring -- the "legitimate" ones born to him by his white wife and the "illegitimate" ones born to him by his black mistress.
Such was not the case for the Laurendines. Several of the descendants of Jean Baptiste Sr., were listed as being married to Creoles or people of "color." Both sides of the Laurendines descended from married couples.
One group inherited their father's name and social standing in the community. The other group may have received their father's name, but were automatically relegated to lesser status due to their black African ancestry.
John Baptiste Laurendine Sr. is listed as having married Lucia Coulleret, the daughter of his half sister, Catherine. A Creole woman from Biloxi, Catherine was the daughter of Pierre and his first wife. John Baptiste Sr. was the son of Pierre and his second wife, Marie Anne Fourchet, a French woman sent from Paris to marry and populate the colonies.
According to the Laurendine genealogy chart, Jean Baptiste Jr., never married, but had seven children with a "free mulatto" named Rosita Miraguan.
Catherine married Pierre Coulleret. This marriage produced several children, one of them was Maria Catherine (Pierot) Coulleret, born Abt. 1739.
Maria Catherine (Pierot) Coulleret married Antoine Jean Pierre Catoire. This marriage produced several children, one of them was Catherine Catoire, born 5-26-1758.
Catherine Catoire -- Sacramental Church Records of Archdiocese of New Orleans-------, Her birth is in the Sacramental Church Records of Archdiocese of New Orleans (Vol. 2 Page #45).
Catherine Catoire married Charles Henry Vigier, born 1-17-1725.
Jetté, DGFQ: Viger, Charles (Charles & Marie-Madeleine Lefebvre) n. 17 Jan 1726 et b. 18 Jan 1726 Montréal.
This marriage produced several children, one of them was Felicitas Vigier.
Vige, Felicite (Charles & Catherine Catoir) b. 11 Oct. 1779 ------ bt. 1 Nov. 1779; Sponsors: Pierre Gobert (?) & Marie Joseph Tibodo (Opel. Ch.: Vol. 1A Page #20) -------------------- Vige, Felicite (Charles & Catherine Catoire) m. 13 Sept. 1796 Francois Franchebois -- of Pointe Coupee (Jean & Louise L' Agee -- of Manchak); Witnesses: Francois Pitre, Antoine Simien, Charles Vige, Antonio Lambert (Opel. Ch. : Vol. 1A Page #68)
Felicitas Vigier, born 10-11-1779 married Jean Francois Françhebois, born 1-20-1772. This marriage produced several children, one of the was Felicite (Felicia) Françhebois.
1850 Census Roll 240 Sheet 125 Lines 30-41 Lists St. Landry, LA Gracest Latour 57 Gun Smith; Felicie 39; Homere 18; Alfred 12; All born France.
Hebert, SLR: Franchebois, Felicite (Jean & Felictie Vige) b. 1811 In Succ. of Jean Franchebois dated 1 Apr 1821 (Opel. Ct. Hse.: Succ. #215).
Felicite (Felicia) Françhebois born 1811 married Pierre Grasset LaTour, my 3rd Great-Grandfather, on my mothers side.
Hébert, Southwest Louisiana Records, v.2 (1811-1830): Latour, Pierre Grasset de Bergerac, Pres, de Bordeau dept. de la Dordogne (Jean Grasset & Marie Bertrand) m. 4 Jul 1826 Felicia Frangebois of Iberville Parish (Opel. Ch.: v.1, pp.466 & 466A).
1850 St. Landry Parish Census (sheet 126, .l 30-41) lists Gracest Latour, age 57; Felicie, age 39; Homere, age 18, and Alfred, age 12. All born in France [sic]; occupation, gunsmith; value of real estate: $700.
Hébert, SLR: Latour, Grasset d. 4 Dec 1860 at age 62 (Opel. Ch.: v.2, p.130).
Harrison Thomas LaTour
LaTour Genealogical Collection