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Terrebonne Genealogical Society

TGS Newsletter
Vol. 22 No. 6 Sept. 2003

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Membership, book orders and/or 
     address changes, contact: 
      Corresponding Secretary: Jess Bergeron 
      Email:  jessndot at
      Phone (985) 876–2348 
      TGS, Station 2 Box 295, Houma, LA 70360-0295 
News items or events, contact: 
     Newsletter Editor  Ed Hicks
      5306 Hwy 1, Raceland, LA 70394-2033 
      E-mail: edhicks at
      Phone: (985) 532–3586 
NEXT MEETING:   Saturday, September 27, 2003
Main Library, Houma, LA 1:00 p.m.

   Our August meeting was filled with all kinds of questions and answers about families and friends, and I don’t take shorthand, so I missed most of them. I guess you will just have to get out of your comfortable chair and see if you can find a ride to the next meeting. Time and place is given above. Take it from me, you will be glad you came.
   We have heard that a few of you are sick so you have a good excuse. Dorothy Bergeron couldn’t make it last meeting, so please pray for her. She is always good about reminding us to pray for all of you. Also, Dorotha Horvath is in the hospital seriously ill and needs your urgent prayers. She did a lot to help our little society get off the ground. Surely we can help her, now that she needs us.

At the meeting we prayed for the family of Marion Cecilia LABIT CLARK, member, and mother of Sandra CLARK HENRY, charter member and co-author of Descendants of Jean RODRIGUE and Anne LE ROY of Portugal - Canada - U.S.A. (Louisiana), more commonly known as the “Rodrigue Book.” She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Hardy (Mary Lee CLARK) TODD of Marble, Ark., Mrs. Gerri CLARK HAIRE of Baytown, Tex., and Mrs. Willard (Sandra Anne CLARK) HENRY of Houma; one sister, Mrs. Edwin L. (Ann LABIT) FRAZIER of Baytown; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elroy Marcus CLARK; her parents, Hayes Joseph LABIT and Anna Mary RODRIGUE LABIT; her paternal grandparents, Emile LABIT and Josephine BOUDREAUX LABIT; her maternal grandparents, Eusebe RODRIGUE and Arcene LEDET RODRIGUE; one son, Richard Hayes CLARK; and one brother, Nolan Joseph LABIT. She was a retired school teacher for the Huntsville (Ark.) School District, a retired Arkansas Realtor and a member of the Arkansas Teachers’ Retirement System.

Our sympathies also go out to our member Sandra A. HELTZ BARRÉ, who lost her mother-in-law recently. Ida Mae ZERINGUE BARRÉ died Saturday, September 6, 2003. She was the beloved wife of Klebert BARRÉ and mother of Wendy B. HOWES, Farrel BARRÉ, Carrol B. DUHE and Don J. BARRÉ. She was the daughter of the late Sidney and Maria BRAUD ZERINGUE. Sister of Noelie ROUSSEL, Earline WEBER, Lillian AUDIFFRED and Eliza OUBRE. Also survived by 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. 

APOLOGIES: We forgot! Please accept our sincere apologies, but somehow we did not print the list of our faithful members who helped put the quarterly together on 25 July 2003. A great big “Thank you” is due from all of us who enjoy reading it. Thanks to Jim AVET, Julia BENOIT, Catherine BER, Dorothy and Jess BERGERON, Brice and Rita BERNARD, Niles BOUDREAUX, Blanche BROWN, Marcie CAVALIER, Phil and Jane CHAUVIN, Rodney HARTMAN, Ed HENRY, Ed HICKS, Enola THERIOT, Jane WEBERT and Nancy WRIGHT. Dorothy and Jess brought their granddaughter, Catherine, who did her share of the work.

NEWS FROM SAN MARCO, FL: We received a clipping from the San Marco News, Summer 2003, which included an article by our member Louis  ZELENKA. Some of you may be interested in the article, it is about the jukeboxes which used to be everywhere, but are collectors’ items, now, and some of the popular music of the 1935 - 1955 era. San Marco is in the Jacksonville area of Florida. Interested? Call Louis at (904) 630-2409.

FILM: The Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies, College of Arts & Sciences, at Southeastern Louisiana University (Hammond) cordially invites you to attend the Grand Premier of the docu-drama film “Reluctant Americans: The West Florida Revolt, Completing the Louisiana Purchase” which will be presented on Thursday, September 25, 2003, at 7:00 pm. It will be shown at the Columbia Theater, Hammond, LA, with a Gala Reception to follow, sponsored by Southeastern Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Commission. For additional information, please call the Center at (985) 849-2151. P.S., the invitation was sent to the society, so tell them you are a member.

CONFERENCE: We received another invitation, this one from the Creole Heritage Center in Natchitoches, LA. It seems that the Creole Studies Consortium, Northwestern & Tulane Universities, is holding a Creole Studies Conference in New Orleans at the Radisson Hotel on October 23 - 25, 2003. See their website for a list of speakers and topics. It sounds really interesting. Some last-minute changes to the information on the website are 1) Early Bird Registration has been extended to September 29th, so if you are interested, you still have time. Also, 2) the Creole Soirée is from 7 pm to Midnight, 3) Kid Care is available (contact 1-800-862-5808). 4) Discount car rental is available, too, with Avis. Call 1-800-331-1600. Give the Reference No. AWD J818219. And don’t forget hotel reservations. Call 1-800-333-3333 as soon as possible after reading this. For registration forms and other info, call 1-318-357-6685 or visit P.S. I looked all through the 15-page online brochure but the only charges besides the hotel room that I could find was a $25.00 charge for the Soirée. Check it out. Sounds like a good deal.

RESEARCH SEMINAR: Tulane is involved in another presentation, albeit in a small way. They are providing the venue for a group of societies called the Genealogical Societies of Metropolitan New Orleans to present a Genealogical Research Seminar on Saturday, November 8, 2003 from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm at Jones Hall on the Tulane University campus. If you are a member of one of the societies in the group, you probably already know that your fee is only $35.00, whereas non-members have to pay $40.00, just like those who register late (after 8 October 2003). The line-up of speakers is impressive: Wilbur E. “Bill” MENERAY, PhD will be speaking on the “Spanish Colonial Period in Louisiana - 1762 - 1803.” Pamela BOYER PORTER has the topic “Spanish Archives Materials: Not Just for Hispanics.” And Mic BARNETTE is handling “The Settlement of the Gulf Coast: A Historical Timeline and Study.” Finally, Pamela BOYER PORTER will return to talk on “Some Real ... Reliable Research Sites on the Internet.” For more information and registration forms, visit their hosting website and click on Genealogical Research Seminar.

CMA 2004 - NOVA SCOTIA: Interest is heating up concerning the possibility of visiting Nova Scotia next year. Tour groups are forming and some places are filling up. If you think you are interested, I gave a contact in last month’s news. It’s not too early. In fact, it may be a little late.
 Some of the families holding reunions in Nova Scotia are the following:
BROUSSARD Family-- Reunion Date(s): August 11 to 13, 2004 Place: Pomquet, Nova Scotia 
President: Sheila BROUSSARD 902-473-7092. Web site of BROSSARD (also written: BROUSSARD, BEAUSOLEIL): Web site of Pomquet, Acadian
CHIASSON Family-- Reunion Date(s): August 1 and 2, 2004; Place: Cheticamp, Nova Scotia; Contact Éric CHIASSON - Email: chiasson2004 at Chéticamp regional office: etoilescma2004 at or phone 902-224-3328 CHIASSON Web Site: Also written: CHIÉSSON, SCIASSON, GIASSON AND CHÉSSON
COMEAU Family-- Reunion Date(s): August 12, 2004; Place: Church Point, Nova Scotia; President: Pierre COMEAU, phone 902-769-0268 Family address: C.P. 458, Petit-Ruisseau, Nova Scotia, Canada B0W 1Z0 or try this one: The name is also written: COMMEAUX, COUMMEAUX, COMEAUX, COMO, COMMAUX, COMAUX, COMMEAU et COMMAU. Who knew Perry COMO was a Cajun?
CORMIER Family-- Reunion Date(s): August 1, 2004; Place: Amherst Nova Scotia; Contact: Joe O'BYRNE (902) 667-9404 CORMIER is also written: CORMIÉ, CORMIÉRE
CORPORON Family-- Reunion Date(s): August 8, 2004; Place: Tusket, Nova Scotia; President: Gérard POTHIER, P.O. Box 448, Lower Wedgeport, NS, CANADA B0W 2B0 -- The CORPORON family will have its reunion with the POTHIER/POTTIER family 902-663-4371
COTTREAU Family-- Reunion Date(s): August 8, 2004; Place: Wedgeport, Nova Scotia; Contact: Franklin COTTREAU, P.O. Box 220, Wedgeport, NS, CANADA B0W 3B0, phone 902-663-4388
CLAIREMONT Family-- Reunion Date(s): August 7, 2004; Place: Wedgeport, Nova Scotia; President: Larry FITZGERALD, P.O. Box 2745, RR # 1, Arcadia, NS, CANADA B0W 1B0   The CLAIREMONT family will have its reunion with the deVILLER, FITZGERALD, HARRIS and JACQUARD families. Invitation to LEFAVE, BOUCHER, HARRINGTON and KINNEY families.
DAIGLE Family-- Reunion Date(s): to be announced; Place: To be determined; Contact: Lloyd DAIGLE, 17421 Tiger Road, Prairieville, LA, USA 70769-6035 - Contact (Nova Scotia): Marcel DAIGLE, 35 Dresden Court, Lower Sackville, NS, CANADA B4C 3X1 
d'ENTREMONT Family-- Reunion Date: August 7, 2004; Place: West Pubnico, Nova Scotia; Contact: Jean Bernard d'ENTREMONT, P.O. Box 191, West Pubnico, Nova Scotia, CANADA B0W 3S0  The d'ENTREMONT family will have its reunion with the d'ÉON family; phone 902-762-2245 [Did you find out the answer to the puzzle about the Arcement/d’Entremont connection? It’s in the Terrebonne Life Lines. Look in the article index under ARCEMENT. Ed]
deVILLER Family-- The deVILLER family will have its reunion with the CLAIREMONT, FITZGERALD, HARRIS and JACQUARD families. Invitation to the LEFAVE, BOUCHER, HARRINGTON and KINNEY families.
DOIRON Family-- Reunion Date(s): August 2, 2004; Place: Pomquet, Nova Scotia; President:   Theresa RENNIE, P.O. Box 136, Pomquet, NS, CANADA B2G 2L4 phone 902-386-2388
DOUCET Family-- Reunion Date(s): August 2, 2004; Place: Université Sainte-Anne, Church Point, Nova Scotia; President: Glenda DOUCET-BOUDREAU phone 902-769-3005; Family address: P.O. Box 458, Little Brook, Digby County, Nova Scotia, Canada B0W 1Z0, or email to doucet2004 at

 We started listing the families in the July newsletter, but if you did not see your name, yet, try accessing the CMA-2004 Nova Scotia website at and follow the links to fun. First, click on English or Français, then find the tab labeled families (or familles) to locate your own surnames of interest.

THEY CAME ... THEY STAYED: As you may know, already, about a year or more ago we decided to work on a revision of Laïse Ledet’s book which was originally published by her in 1982. She gave us permission to do so before she died, but it was some time before we hit upon the idea of publishing it in a digital form (on CD-ROM). There were problems which could best be solved with going that route. We have scanned all the pages and are well on the way to a complete and comprehensive index. The database of families is about ¾ done, but we wanted to update the information to document the past 20 years. We need help. Ms. Laïse took the families of her students and friends to start with and showed their ancestries and family groups. Those young people have matured and some of them have married and had their own families. We thought it would be a good thing to contact them and see if they would be willing to help us update the book. 
You may have seen Bill ELLZEY’s column in the Houma Daily Courier on Wednesday, September 17, 2003. He very graciously told about the book and included the list of names. Here they are: Ricky Billiot, son of Mr. & Mrs. Edouard BILLIOT (Jeanne DARDAR); André Dupré, son of Mr. & Mrs. Andy DUPRÉ (Maria LEDET); Rory Dupre born, son of Mr. & Mrs. Everard DUPRE (Kathleen THIBODEAUX); Jamie Ellender, son of Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth ELLENDER (Geraldine RODRIGUE); Jenny Hotard, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Joseph HOTARD (Diana Marie NEAL); Phia LeBoeuf, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Gale LEBOEUF (Cynthia DUPRE); Tim (or Timmy) Levron, son of Mr. & Mrs. Alcée LEVRON (Cecile NAQUIN); Eves Naquin, son of Mr. & Mrs. Henry Joseph NAQUIN (Marie Fabiola DUPRE); Valerie Savoie, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Clifton SAVOIE (Norma LEBOEUF); and Pauline Brunet, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Howard BRUNET. If you know of the whereabouts of any of these people, please contact Ed Hicks c/o Terrebonne Genealogical Society, Sta. 2, Box 295, Houma, LA 70360-0295, or send me an email at my address at the head of this newsletter.

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