Bergeron Family, House History

Bergeron house evolution

I’ve written before about the Bergeron house, which is located at LSU’s Rural Life Museum. I was a little bemused to see it there. My ancestors didn’t live in grand plantation homes. They were a simpler stock. In fact, this simple Bergeron house is where some of my ancestors lived. Apparently it’s considered typical of early Cajun homes, which makes it preservation worthy.



The homes dates to between 1810 and 1815. Jean Charles Germain Bergeron, my ancestor, married Marie Magdeleine Doiron in 1805. By 1810, they had three children so they would have been comfortable in this home. Eventually, they had 11 children. The children were born over a nearly 20-year span much like my granny’s children. By the time the youngest were toddling around, the oldest probably had been married off.


At bottom left is how the house looked when it was first built. It had a big front room and then two bedrooms. The bedroom on the left had no exit to the outdoors and would have been the girls’ room (Elise and Abdeline Hanriete).  Elise died young so Abdeline might have had this room to herself (they had no other girls) until she married at 15 to Dozain Gros.

This information is on the Library of Congress’ website ( My family’s come a long way, baby.


If you visit the house at the Rural Life Museum (and I highly recommend that you do!), then you’ll see it as it looked in 1810.  Apparently it grew in 1845. Germain was long dead (dying when his youngest was just a few months old), but Marie Magdeleine was still alive. I can’t imagine, though, that she undertook a house expansion.

How the house looked before it was fixed up and moved to the Rural Life Museum.

A sign at the Rural Life Museum puts into question my populating the bedrooms with Germain and Marie’s children.




So now I’m thoroughly confused. Why is it called the Bergeron House? Did my ancestor ever live there? I’m determined to find out!

4 thoughts on “Bergeron house evolution”

  1. Hello,

    Thanks for your Genealogy and info on the Bergeron home.

    My wife Corliss Dubois ( her grandmother was a Bergeron) is descendant of a Germain Bergeron.
    I don’t think they were same Bergeron that owned the home as he was born in 1742 in Canada
    and was married to a different woman. Wife has her grandmother’s bible which has her genealogy back to Canada, Canary Islands, and France.

    1. I would LOVE it if you could take pictures of the genealogy in the bible and send them to me. My email address is The Jean Charles Germain Bergeron who owned the house was born about 1786. His father – also Germain – was the one born in 1742. To make things even more confusing, Jean Charles Germain also had a son named Germain. The nails on the house date it to 1835. Jean Charles Germain died in 1824. However, other nails used are much older. The thought is the house was originally a cabin that got extensively renovated in 1835, possibly by Jean Charles Germain’s widow.

      1. Sent pictures to your email address
        First page is probably the one you would be interested in first as it shows Bergeron family tree back to Germain and Marguerite

        Found out this summer that one of my first cousins wife and Corliss have a common ancestor Bella Anne Landry on 2nd page

    2. Her Grandmother married into the Bergeron family
      Frank Bergeron of Napoleonville born in 1889
      Frank A Bergeron 1850
      Augustine B Bergeron 1785
      Germaine Bergeron 1743 ( I said 1742 in prior comment per record in Bible it is 1743)
      He was married to Marguerite LeBlanc born in 1752

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