Correction to previous posting....It was the estate record of Joseph Sonnier, Sr. and not Joseph Sonnier, Jr. that was filed in Orange County, TX in 1861.
"Louisiana Families in Southeast Texas" by Reverend Donald J. Hebert cites the succession record of Joseph Sonnier, Sr. It is dated November 25, 1861 and is #A-242. However, upon calling the Orange County, TX courthouse they cited the succession as Case #S-4 dated October 28, 1861 under the name of Joseph Sonier. Joseph Sonnier, Jr. was named the administrator of his father's estate as Joseph Sonnier, Sr. died intestate. This record states Joseph Sonnier, Sr. died in March of 1861 and was a resident of Orange County, TX. He left eight heirs one of which was deceased. Only Sosthene Sonnier was named as one of the heirs as he owed the estate $100.00 from a note he signed. This Orange County, TX estate record was very lax in naming the other children of Joseph Sonnier, Sr.