Etienne Penisson left a complicated succession when he died at his home on Bayou Boeuf in 1856. His widow had to detail the heirs.
- Son Jean Baptiste
- Daughter Marie, who was dead. So her portion went to her children Aimee Bourg Delucky, Pauline Bourg and Rosalie Bourg
- Daughter Dometile (wife of Joseph Lacoste)
- Daughter Cidalise, who was dead. So her portion went to her children Joseph and Eliza Brogdan
- Daughter Amelina (wife of Auguste Lafontaine)
- Daughter Celeste (wife of Joseph Font)
- Daughter Carmelite (wife of Baptiste Menard)
- Son Etienne Jr.
- Son Cleopha
- Son Victor
Making matters even more complicated was the fact that the heirs were scattered across Louisiana. Most lived in Assumption Parish, but daughter Marie’s children were in St. Mary Parish as was daughter Carmelite. Amelina was in St. Martin Parish. Celeste was in New Orleans.
All told, Etienne Sr. left an estate worth $105,000. That’s $3 million in today’s dollars. No wonder succession records state that Etienne Sr. Left a valuable sugar estate.