My grandmother saved a bunch of Houma newspapers that had genealogy articles and family photos. I’m dumping them on my blog in the hopes that they’ll be useful to someone.
Most of these concern the Gouaux family.
Francois Gouaux was a druggist who grew up near Bordeaux in southern France. He left his native country for Louisiana, where he married Cecile Folse in Thibodaux. The couple settled in Houma around the 1850s and opened a drug store on Main Street.
They had five children, mostly girls:
Victoire married Louis J. Menville.
Celine married Odressis J. Theriot and became the mother of Zoe and Judith.
Emma married Camille St. Martin.
Louise married Dr. Leon Tarleton.
Francois owned the whole square between School and Belanger in Block 600 at one time. He built a home on School Street and built a laboratory in the back to brew his own remedies. He sold a colon cure, anti-asthma medicine and ringworm ointment across Louisiana and in other states.
I'm a Louisiana girl who's lived all over our beautiful state. My grandmother got me hooked on genealogy. Since she'd taken care of my father's side of the family tree, I tackled my mother's side. My mother's family came to Louisiana via France via Acadia.
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