- Eliza Blanchard Payne (12 KB)
My second great grandmother, Eliza Blanchard Payne, Natchitoches, La.
- Crockette Jones at 9 (4 KB)
Crockette Jones was the niece of Mammaw Cunningham.Crockette's mother was Williamina Payne (“Aunt Willie”) and her husband, Crockett Kelly Jones.Niece Crockette was born in 1874 at Evergreen Plantation, on the east side of Cane River, just above Natchitoches, the home her mother returned to as a twenty-one year old widow with a young child.Crockette died in 1966.Her daughter, Willie Mae Norris, has published a book containing much genealogical information and many photos of the Blanchards, Paynes, and other Natchitoches relatives.
- Edward Orlando Blanchard (53 KB)
Lieutenant Edward Orlando Blanchard (1803-1855), my 3rd great-grandfather, was born in Norfolk Virginia, the son of Thomas Blanchard and Amy Newton.Due to financial circumstances, his family moved from Virginia to Mississippi, and after his father’sin 1824, his mother established a plantation on Red River near Alexandria, La.In 1835, at age 32, Edward married Marie Eliza Bludworth of Natchitoches and they had two children.Edward and Eliza’s younger child, Marie Eliza Blanchard, was my 2nd great-grandmother.The family home was Ile Aux Vaches Plantation, located on Cane River adjacent to Natchitoches, Louisiana.Edward died after falling from a horse on September 15, 1855.The original portrait photographed above hangs in Beau Fort Plantation on Cane River, owned by Jack and Anne Brittain.
- Cephalide Metoyer (3 KB)
Eldest daughter of my 4th great-grandparents, Francois Benjamin Metoyer and Aurore Lambre, Cephalide Metoyer married Francois Archinard.Cephalide's sister, Susanne Lise Metoyer, is my 3rd great grandmother.Lise married Phanor Prudhomme, and after Lise's untimely, Cephalide (who had become a widow) also married Phanor, although she died soon after.Cephalide was the grandmother of Laura Locoul Gore, who wrote "Memories of the Old Plantation Home."
- Thomas Orlando Blanchard (41 KB)
Thomas Orlando Blanchard, my 4th great-grandfather, was born in Boston in 1761.He married Amy Newton from a prominent family in Norfolk, Virginia, where most of the Blanchard's children were born.The family later moved to Natchez Mississippi where Thomas died in 1824. Amy sold the Mississippi plantation and bought cheap land on the Red River near Alexandria, La., where she established another plantation which greatly prospered, leaving her a wealthy woman.Thomas and Amy's fourth child, Edward Orlando Blanchard, married Marie Eliza Bludworth of Natchitoches.Their daughter, Marie Eliza Blanchard, married William Edward Payne, and they are the parents of Alicia Evelina Payne.The original miniature portrait of Thomas shown above hangs in Beau Fort Plantation, home of Anne Williams Brittain.
- George Mason IV (1725-1792) (32 KB)
George Mason IV is our first cousin nine times removed.A patriot, he refused to sign the Constitution because it lacked a bill of rights.His objections were addressed in the passage of the first amendments to the constitution, including the addition of a Bill of Rights and the 11th amendment, which addressed his call for strictures on the judiciary.How are we related?Our 9th great-grandfather, George Mason II, was George's grandfather.We are descended from George IV's aunt, Simpha Rosa Enfield Mason.Simpha's daughter, Elizabeth Dinwiddie, was our 7th great-grandmother and George IV's 1st cousin.Elizabeth's great-granddaughter, Mary Eleanor Mason, married William Washington Peyton in 1819, and they were the grandparents of Anne Peyton, who married Milton Joseph Cunningham ("Papa's grandfather) in 1874.
- Nathaniel Elligeberry Methvin, 1950 (29 KB)
Dad's grandfather, Nathaniel Elligeberry Methvin, ca. 1950.
- Elmina and Her Six Boys (40 KB)
Daddy D.T.'s father, Nathaniel Elligeberry Methvin, is standing at the far right of this photo.According to family members, this photo was taken at the funeral of Elmina Braswell's only daughter, Adrene Methvin Parrot, who died on April 29, 1890.
- Alphonse Prudhomme (27 KB)
Reunion of Civil War soldiers, date unknown.Photo courtesy of Sandra Prudhomme Haynie.
- Rouquier homesite sign (24 KB)
J. Francois Rouquier, my 5th great-grandfather, was born ca. 1759 in France, and died January 13, 1808, in Natchitoches, Louisiana.Rouquier was an Indian trader and one of the three first and largest land grant owners in Natchitoches Parish.He was considered to be the wealthiest man in Natchitoches at that time.For his loan of a large sum of money to the Spanish government, Rouquier received land grants in Northwest Louisiana, especially around Natchitoches.He married Marie Louise Prudhomme on January 5, 1782 in Natchitoches.Louise was the daughter of Jean Baptiste Prudhomme and granddaughter of Jean Philippe Pierre Prudhomme.Mary Louise and Francois Rouquier had five children.There are numerous Natchitoches records that give his business activities and the growth of his family.His plantation home was on the west side of what is now Northwestern State University campus and is marked by this highway plaque.
- Desiree Buard, ca. 1876 (5 KB)
Desiree Buard (1870-1965) was the 2nd cousin of Marie Atala Prudhomme (Mammaw Hill).Desiree’s mother was Irene Archinard, daughter of Cephalide Metoyer.Cephalide was the sister of Susanne Lise Metoyer, Mammaw Hill’s grandmother.Desiree married Winter Wood Breazeale, Jr., and they had three children.At age 88, Desiree was driving with Mammaw Hill on Cane River Road, Highway 494, near the J. H. Williams Gin, when their car collided with another car.As a result of the crash, Mammaw Hill suffered injuries from which she died the next day, May 23, 1958 at age 82.Desiree survived the crash and lived another 11 years, dying in 1969 at age 99.
- Maie Prudhomme (27 KB)
Photo courtesy of Henley Hunter, Maie's grandson.Maie is my 2nd great-aunt.Sister of Lallah Prudhomme, she was the daughter of Alphonse and Lise Lecomte Prudhomme.
- J. Alphonse Prudhomme (2 KB)
(1838-1919) Photo from book by Laura Locoul Gore, "Memories of the Old Plantation Home," p. 25, mis-identified in the book as Phanor Prudhomme (Alphonse's father).The boy with Alphonse in the photo is presumed to be his eldest son, Pierre Phanor, who appears to be about 10 years old, which would make this photo ca. 1875 (Alphonse would be 37).
- Charles Milton Cunningham (12 KB)
Charles Milton Cunningham was founder of the Natchitoches Times and was its editor until 1930.Born in New Orleans, he died here in 1936.He served in the Legislature as both Representative and Senator.
- Alphonse Prudhomme (36 KB)
Dressed in Civil War uniform for a reunion, 1901.Photo Courtesy of Sandra Prudhomme Haynie, July 28, 2001.
- John Hamilton Cunningham, (1908-1945) (7 KB)
My grandfather's brother, John Hamilton Cunningham (1908-1945), was killed in the Battle of the Bulge. This photo is from a group shot marked "1940."
- Alphonse, Cora, and Lallah (39 KB)
1878: Jacques Alphonse Prudhomme and two of his daughters, Cora and Lallah, ages 7 and 3, respectively.Alphonse was about 40 years old.
- Milton Joseph Cunningham (46 KB)
Photo from obituary in New Orleans paper, 1916
- John Hamilton Cunningham (1908-1945) (16 KB)
Papa's younger brother, John Hamilton Cunningham, December 7, 1908 - January 5, 1945.John was killed at the Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne, Belgium, at age 36.
- Lise Lecomte as a young woman. (37 KB)
Lise Lecomte Prudhomme, my 2nd great-grandmother.Photo from daguerrotype owned by Henley Hunter.
- Obituary, Milton Joseph Cunningham (94 KB)
Obituary, 10/20/1916, New Orleans Times Picayune
- Elisabeth Cunningham, age 25 (6 KB)
Papa's sister, now known as Sister Mary of Mercy.
- The Hill Family at Kisatchie (46 KB)
Front row:Mildred Hill, Celia Morse, Sam Hill, Jr.; 2nd row: Sam Hill, Sr. holding Cora Lee Hill, Ruth Raggio, Lallah Prud'homme Hill, Norma Hill; back row:Cookie.
- Lise and Cora Lecomte (60 KB)
Lise (b. 1840) is on the left.On the right is probably her sister Eulalie Cora (b. 1837).Two other sisters were much older.Photo courtesy of Heney Hunter.
- Ida G. Cunningham (4 KB)
This is the only full-sibling of my great-grandfather, Charles Milton Cunningham, daughter of Milton Joseph Cunningham and his second wife, Anne Peyton.Photo from class photograph found at Cammie G. Henry Library, April '01.
- John Hamilton Cunningham (1810-1886) (1 KB)
My 3rd great-grandfather -- the earliest Cunningham ancestor I have been able to verify."John Hamilton Cunningham was a native of South Carolina, from which state he went to Mississippi and later to Louisiana, and settling in Caddo parish, lived there several years, and later to Homer, Claiborne parish, for many years and where the subject of this sketch [Milton Joseph Cunningham] was educated, and then moved to Natchitoches in 1860,where he died at an advanced age [in 1886].He was a lawyer, merchant and planter.The mother of Milton J. Cunningham bore the maiden name of [Ann] Buie [1812-1850] and was a native of Mississippi, where they were married."-- Excerpt from "Louisiana:Comprising Sketches of Parishes, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons, Arranged in Cyclopedic Form," (Volume 3), pp. 112-113.Edited by Alcée Fortier, Lit.D., 1914, by Century Historical Assn.(http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/la/caddo/biographies/cuninghm.txt)J.H. Cunningham was a lawyer and a physician and a member of the Natchitoches bar for twenty-six years.His funeral notice refers to him as "Reverend," and he may have been involved with the Baptist Church; his son, Virgil Gilbert Cunningham was one of the founders of the Baptist Church in Natchitoches.
- Thomas McManus (23 KB)
Thomas McManus was born in 1835, probably near Cornafulla, Roscommon County, Ireland.We know little about his life, except that he had a brother named John, and that in both brothers had adjacent farms near Cornafulla.Their two families show up on the Leitrim-Roscommon census of 1901 (available online), although John had died by that time.The census shows that Thomas and John had both married women named Bridget.Although the census shows that Thomas and Bridget had three sons and four daughters, we know from family members that there was also a daughter named "Bedelia" who was called "Aunt Delia" by her neices and nephews in Boston.She may have already left home by the time of the census.We know that two of the three sons, Thomas (our ancestor) and Michael, emigrated to the United States.The third son, John, inherited the family farm, and his son, Michael "Micho" and his wife Bridie still farm the land with their son Shane. Photo courtesy Agnes McManus Walsh.
- Charles Murray Cunningham, 1940 (7 KB)
Papa's brother, Charles (1912-??), from a group shot in 1940.
- Lallah, age 4 (2 KB)
Photo taken in 1933.
- Lallah Cunningham, age 21 (3 KB)
Not sure where this was taken.About 1950.
- W. Peyton Cunningham, Sr., 1940 (13 KB)
My grandfather, William Peyton Cunningham, who was named after his great-grandfather, William Washington Peyton.
- Munnie & Papa (56 KB)
My maternal grandparents, Mildred Rosalind Hill and William Peyton Cunningham, Sr.Photo taken at Christmas, 1946, when they were 45 years old.
- Myrtis Gregory Methvin, age 33 (8 KB)
Photo taken in early September, 1928.
- Mary Pitcher's Tomb (64 KB)
Mary Pitcher helped raise the children of Milton J. Cunningham, and is buried with the family in American Cemetery, Natchitoches. "Our Mammy, the most faithful human being that ever lived."
- DeWitt, Jr. and "Mama Methvin" (38 KB)
My father, DeWitt T. Methvin, Jr., about 3 months old, held by his mother, Myrtis Gregory Methvin.Photo taken in Alexandria, La.
- Anna Elizabeth Sweatt (9 KB)
Daddy's maternal grandmother, who married Elijah Milton Gregory.
- McManus Group Portrait, Boston, ca. 1915 (288 KB)
Taken in Boston, ca. 1915, this photo shows five of the six McManus siblings who emigrated from Cornafulla, Roscommon Co., Ireland, in the early 1900's. Michael and Connor's great-grandfather, Thomas McManus, is seated on the bottom row with his arms crossed. He died a few years later in the 1918 flu epidemic. Clockwise from top left: Sabina "Bini" McManus Kilday, Michael "Mike" McManus, Eleanor "Ellen" McManus Heavey (who returned to Ireland), Patrick Mulvey (husband of Mary Anne McManus, not pictured),Bedelia "Delia" McManus Ring, Thomas "Tom" McManus, and Margaret "Marg" Packenham Sheeran (sister of Tom's wife, Rose Packenham). Photo courtesy of Mick McManus, an Irish cousin whose grandfather John McManus was one of the three siblings who stayed in Ireland. Sent May, 2010.
- Mammaw Cunningham, ca. 1952 (17 KB)
Mammaw Cunningham was my great-grandmother.She loved flowers, and was known for the beauty of her garden.
- Lise Lecomte Prudhomme (46 KB)
Mother of Lallah Prudhomme (Mammaw Hill), Lise was my 2nd great-grandmother.Photo courtesy of Henley Hunter, June, 2001.
- Mildred "Mimi" Methvin (852 KB)
Owner of Satori ADR, L.L.C - see my website at www.satoriadr.com/
- Alicia Evelina Payne, age 11 (1 KB)
Original group photo at Beau Fort Plantation owned by Anne Williams Brittain on Cane River, October 2000.
- Lise Lecomte [Prudhomme] (19 KB)
Photo from Cammie G. Henry Center.
- Marie Eliza Blanchard (497 KB)
This is Mammaw Cunningham's mother, Marie Eliza Blanchard.Eliza was the daughter of Edward Orlando Blanchard of Norfolk, Virginia (see photo) and Marie Eliza Bludworth.Eliza Blanchard was only 11 days old when her mother died, presumably from complications of childbirth.When Eliza was 10 months old, her father married his third wife, Cornelia Celestine Dranguet.She was 9 years old when her father died in a riding.In 1870, at the age of 23, Eliza married 39-year old William Edward Payne of Dublin, Ireland.They had seven children between 1871 and 1882.Their third daughter, Alicia Evelina Payne, was my great-grandmother.This photo was taken in 1903 on the porch of Rose Lawn, the fabulous home built by James Henry Williams for his bride, Eliza’s daughter (Mammaw’s sister), Eliza Cornelia Payne Williams.The son of the latter couple, Judge R. B. Williams, died in 2001 at the age of 92.Until hishe lived on Williams Avenue in Natchitoches, just down the street from Rose Lawn.
- Payne Children (46 KB)
Eliza (14), John William (8), Evelina (11), Williamina (13), Mary (6), Edward Orlando (3) (ages approximate).Original photo at Beau Fort Plantation (Home of Anne Brittain) 10/2000.
- Lise Lecomte Prudhomme & Norma Hill, ca. 1903 (69 KB)
Lise Lecomte Prudhomme with her granddaughter, Norma Hill.Norma was the eldest child of Lallah Prudhomme and Sam Hill, and Munnie's sister.Photo from Noelie Prudhomme %field's) photo album.
- Aurore Lambre (1 KB)
Marie Aurore Lambre (1798-1897), my 4th great-grandmother, was the daughter of Remy Lambre and Suzette Prudhomme.At the age of 14 (almost 15), she married Francois Benjamin Metoyer (he was just shy of his 19th birthday).The Metoyers eventually had twelve children between 1814 and 1838.Their second daughter, Cephalide Metoyer, married Francois Archinard.The granddaughter of the latter couple, Laura Locoul Gore, wrote a book which describes plantation life in Natchitoches and on River Road near New Orleans in the mid- to late-1800's:"Memories of the Old Plantation Home."Gore writes that "Benjamin Metoyer, Cephalide's father, each year had his cotton crop boarded on a barge and, with friends and a chef, would drift down the river, stopping at many of the plantations on the way, reaching New Orleans at the end of a month.There he saw his daughter [Cephalide, who was educated for ten years at the Ursuline Convent], sold his crop and stayed for Carnival, enjoying life to the fullest.Benjamin was very friendly with the Locoul family and he dined with them frequently, while his wife remained with the brood of children at home on the cotton plantation.His jokes, pranks and general hilarity as a 'bon viveur' were so well known that my grandmother, Elisabeth Locoul, always called him: 'le Diable de Benjamin.'"(p. 22)
- Mammaw Cunningham,ca. 1952 (17 KB)
Mammaw Cunningham loved flowers, and was known for the beauty of her garden.
- Guillaume Duparc (5 KB)
Guillaume Duparc was the husband of my 4th great-grandaunt, Anna “Nanette” Prudhomme (see above).Born to a Norman family of distinction from Caen, France, a young and hot-tempered Guillaume brought disgrace on the Gilles family [his original surname] bya close friend of his father's in a duel.Guillaume's father, in seeking to regain his honor and punish his son, ran after him,.He missed his target, but killed his own favorite cow.Guillaume left home and joined the French Marines.He rose in the ranks and made his reputation fighting against the British in America's Revolutionary War.After the war, Duparc and his comrade in arms, Rousseau, were commissioned by the Spanish to defend His Catholic Majesty's Louisiana waterways.The two, in the employ of King Carlos, became partners in real estate and business ventures in Louisiana, buying property along the Mississippi River and in southwest Louisiana.Within a year, King Carlos awarded Rousseau for his service and named him Commandante of the post in Natchitoches. It was through Rousseau that Duparc met his future wife.While Duparc was in Natchitoches on business, Rousseau, an in-law of the Creole Prudhomme family, tactfully introduced Duparc to their very eligible daughter, Nanette.Duparc's marriage to Nanette in 1788 provided all the necessary financial, political and social base needed for his future well-being. Duparc established the Duparc Plantation about 55 miles north of New Orleans on River Road.After Duparc'sin 1808, Anna, and later her children, continued to run the plantation until the late 1800's.Anna's great-granddaughter, Laura Locoul Gore, was the designated heir to the plantation, but she married and moved to St. Louis.The plantation was ultimately sold out of the family.Later, Laura wrote a book about the plantation and her family, including many references to her Prudhomme cousins in Natchitoches:"Memories of the Old Plantation Home."
- Oakland Plantation Store, ca. 1877 (483 KB)
Mammaw Hill (Lallah Prudhomme) is sitting on the porch at her father's feet.Photo courtesy of Sandra Prudhomme Haynie.
- Virgil G. Cunningham & Grandson (44 KB)
Photo of V. G. Cunningham, founder of First Baptist Church in Natchitches.He was the brother of my second great-grandfather, Milton J. Cunningham.
- George Washington (11 KB)
"The Porthole Portrait" by Rembrandt Pealec. 1823-1860.George Washington is our second cousin:his grandfather, Lawrence Washington, was the brother of my 8th great-grandfather, John Washington II.The father of these two brothers (our common ancestor) was Col. John Washington I.He was born in 1633 at Sulgrave Manor, Northamptonshire, England.He came to Virginia in 1657, and died at Bridges Creek, Virginia in 1677.John's two sons, Lawrence and John II, were born in Virginia, in 1659 and 1661 respectively.Lawrence was the father of Augustine Washington, who was the father of George Washington.The other brother, John Washington, had Henry, who had Bailey, who had Mary Butler Washington, my 5th great-grandmother.Mary married Col. Valentine Peyton, a surgeon, in 1780, and they had William Washington Peyton, father of William, Jr., father of Anne Peyton.Anne married Milton J. Cunningham in 1874 and she died of tetanus in 1878 after having two chidren, Ida and Charles Milton Cunningham. (Papa's father).