Templet family

Anaise Templet died a charity case

Screen Shot 2019-08-09 at 12.45.33 PM.pngFor YEARS, I’ve tried to track down the death date for my great-great-great grandmother, Anaise Templet. I’m not going to say exactly how many years it took me since I don’t like to be dated like rings on a tree. Let’s just say that I finally did it.

What I didn’t need to puzzle out is that Anaise had it rough.

She was 10 when her mother died. She lived with her schoolteacher uncle and his wife until she became the teen bride of Eulice Giroir. They had five children. The youngest was still a baby on her hip when Eulice died.

From my grandmother, I know what Anaise did to feed at least some of those children. She farmed, possibly as a sharecropper but more likely as a field hand.

She seems to have kept her sons while sending her daughters to live with relatives. What’s curious to me is that some of the daughters married and raised families in the same tiny village where my grandmother lived. Never once did I hear my grandmother talk about her grandfather’s sisters and their offspring. She just mentioned “Naise” and her grandfather’s only brother. It’s likely that she never knew the connection or that she was bumping into relatives at the village post office. That means the little family truly fell apart with Eulice’s death.

But I digress.

Anaise remarried at age 47 to a man named Felix Leonide Larose. They lived in Labadieville. I found them on the 1900 census. After that, they vanished.

Over the years, I’ve looked for a death certificate or a cemetery marker. I’ve scoured succession records and property indexes. I wondered if they might have gone to Texas like Anaise’s brother Charlie and died there. I looked in the burial records for Gibson and Amelia, which cover most of the family tree. Nothing.

Now, of course, I also looked in Assumption Parish for a burial record. But what I forgot is that I looked years ago before I stumbled across her second marriage. After coming across what I suspected was her obit today, I called the diocese.

The lady at the diocese looked up the burial record. Then she came back with the results.

Archivist: You said her name was Anaise?

Me: Yes.

Archivist: It doesn’t list a first name. It just says Mrs. Felix Larose nee Templet.

And there you have it. Anaise died in 1909 at age 61. Her husband died weeks later. On Anaise’s burial record, the priest jotted down that it was a charity case, meaning the church had to bury her because the family couldn’t afford it. She also died before the priest could visit her.

It’s nice to close the loop on Anaise. Now I’m wondering who Desire Lagreze was and why she died at his house.





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