Re: Desessarts, Dessessarets, Dessessarts
By Rita January 10, 2012 at 10:47:00
Gary, I know your posting is a little old, but am in hopes this reaches you.I have an Ancestor, Charls Claiborn Reid that was living with a Pierre DeLaFosse and Clementine Desessarts DeLaFosse in Polk Co., TX in 1850.Tradition through a related individual says that this Clementine was a sister to my Claiborn (C.C.)Reid.I see where she married in LA her name is not Reid but Desessarts.I assume she is some relation to your family as she named her first son Benjamin Hilaire; the Hilaire being a little less common than most.I see some have her tied to Andres Luis, but not sure about that either.
My Reid ancestor named his first daughter, Alice Clementine; supposedly after Clementine Desessarts DeLaFosse as the later was supposed to have been his sister.However it could be it was just because they were friends.
The only information passed down in our family regarding C.C.Reid was that his parents were English/Irish descent, that both his parents died about the mid 1840's (probably in Rapides Parish)leaving him and two sisters as orphans, and that he came to Polk Co., TX with a James Marsh family from Rapides Parish about 1847/1848.All searches through the years has failed to reveal his parents or sisters names.Even though C.C. may have been close to the Marsh family, he really didn't name any of his children after them so far as I can tell; so felt there was no kinship.Even as a minor, C.C.had land in Polk Co., so would have thought his father would have had land in LA; which if he did I understand those records were destroyed during the Civil War.His cattle brand selected in 1850 was "JR" which was a little odd since his name did not include a "J".
What I am looking for is any connection between the Desessarts-DeLaFosse-Reid(spelled various ways) families.Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.