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Jean Gregoire Volant (b. 1707, d. Bef. 1762)Jean Gregoire Volant (son of Jean Volant and Marie Ursule de Karrer) was born 1707 in Alsace-Lorraine, Savoy, Switzerland, and died Bef. 1762.He married Marie Marthe Chauvin, daughter of Jacques Chauvin and Marie Ann De La Vergne.
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from De La Barre: Life of a French Creole Family in Louisiana; by William D. Reeves; Jefferson Parish Historical Society
Marthe Chauvin married Jean Gregoire Volant in 1736 whom she met while he was Lieutenant Commandant of the Swiss troops in Mobile. Volant later became commander of the 4th Company of Karrer's Swiss Regiment and a powerful figure in Louisiana politics. He was born in the provence of Savoy, Switzerland in 1707. His father was a merchant and his mother's maiden name was Karrer, the name of the nobleman in whose military company Volant spent his life.
Volant moved from Mobile to New Orleans and became a planter, living on a six-arpent plantation. This property Volant sold during the 1750's when he acquired a 14-arpent plantation downriver from N.O. with enough space to raise cattle. Marthe Chauvin Volant died about 1750, and his brother-in-law Jacques Chauvin II died about the same time, and Volant was chosen as the subrogate tutor of his minor children.
Volant eventually got his captaincy because the next governor, Louis Billouart de Kerlerec, considered him a man of integrity who maintained good discipline in his troops. By December 1753, he was Captain Commandent of the Swiss troops in Louisiana.
Jean Phillippe Grondel was his Captain Lieutenant.
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Record Change 1: 12 Jul 2002
Record Change 2: 16 Jul 2002
Children of Jean Gregoire Volant and Marie Marthe Chauvin are:
- Catherine Volant, d. date unknown.
- Constance Volant, b. Apr 1747848, d. date unknown.
- +Marthe Charlotte Volant, b. 22 Jun 1738, Mobile, Alabama, d. 08 Jan 1802, New Orleans, LA.