I came across an interesting story the other day while researching old newspaper articles for Germain Bergeron.
I didn’t find my Germain Bergeron. That would be Jean Charles Germain Bergeron, who died in 1824. Instead, I found his son, who also was named Germain.
Germain Bergeron was the last child of Jean Charles Germain Bergeron and Marie Magdeleine Doiron. He arrived just two months before his father died.
Despite being born in Lafourche, Germain and his family settled in Terrebonne Parish. He married a woman with a very unusual name: Marie Clorene Exniceos.
In 1871, a newspaper called “The Louisiana Sugar-Bowl” ventured to Bayou Chacahoula to report on the “comparatively newly settled portion of the parish of Terrebonne.” The newspaper found mostly small planters with a few sugar plantations.
Germain Bergeron was among the farmers trying to grow cotton with tattered fortunes following the Civil War.
The newspaper provided a snapshot of how things were going: