Assumption Parish Genealogy, Montet Family

Taught by the nuns in Plattenville, Part 2

I reached out to the Sisters of Mt. Carmel in an attempt to sort out the story that my great-grandmother was taught by the nuns in Plattenville. This is confusing to me since the Catholic school in that area is in Paincourtville.

Here’s what I got:

Your gr-grandmother could have been taught in Plattenville … we were there for a time … in the early 1800’s and then in the late 1800’s. (1890-1917).  Once I have names, I’ll check if we have anything confirming your information.  We do have a few records for Plattenville and for Paincourtville that  have survived multiple moves and multiple floods, hurricanes, etc.
So it’s possible that Isabelle Giroir did indeed go to school in Plattenville. It’s also possible that her grandmother, Marie Colette Pothier, went to the same school.
Curiouser and curiouser.
Assumption Parish Genealogy, Montet Family

Taught by the nuns in Plattenville

I always heard growing up that my great-grandmother Isabelle Giroir was educated by the nuns in Plattenville until her parents moved to the country, where they could buy more land at a cheaper price. This was a family story because it meant she could actually read and write, unlike her younger siblings who didn’t get an education in the country.

Certainly, there is no Catholic school now in Plattenville so I always wondered if that story meant a neighboring town such as Napoleonville or Paincourtville. What I think is likely is that the school was in Paincourtville and administered for a time by the Plattenville church. Maybe someone in the know could tell me.

I came across this on the Plattenville church’s website:

“In 1825, an American congregation, named the Sisters of Loretta at the Foot of the Cross, opened a school at Plattenville. As they lacked full knowledge of French, it was difficult to work with the parishioners. Therefore, they turned it over in 1828 to religious of the Sacred Heart Sisters from Convent, Louisiana. They, in turn, gave way to the Sisters of Mount Carmel, a pioneer foundation of this order in the state. The Sisters of Mt. Carmel were sent to Plattenville in 1833 during the pastorship of Father Charles Boutelow de St. Aubin. Father Boutelow had been obliged to flee from France during a revolt there. This was the Mt. Carmel sisters’ first house to be established in Louisiana.”

Unpacking that a bit, Isabelle was born in 1895. Her mother, Elizabeth Montet, was born in 1869. So it seems likely that both Isabelle and Elizabeth were educated by the Sisters of Mt. Carmel. Why Elizabeth was Elizabeth instead of Isabelle (French for Elizabeth) is something I’ll never know. Maybe she made up for it by naming her daughter Isabelle instead of Elizabeth.

Anyhoo, back to the Sisters of Mt. Carmel …

In 1905, the sisters held a ball:

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Now, if only I could find school rosters.

Assumption Parish Genealogy, Montet Family

Plantations of Assumption Parish

I’ve mentioned that the Montets owned Aurelie Plantation in Assumption Parish. The family story is that they let it go to taxes after the Civil War. I’m sure there’s a way of tracking that down. I just haven’t gotten around to it.

I came across this interesting map of plantations in Assumption Parish.

Given that Joseph Florentin Montet married into the Pothier family, I wonder if Pothier once belonged to his wife’s family.

What’s really interesting to me is that Aurelie is below Plattenville. There’s an existing Montet Road that’s above Plattenville. I wonder what the connection is.

At some point, I’ll do a newspaper archive search for some of these plantations and see what I find.


Genealogy tools, Montet Family

Montes who aren’t Montets

In researching the Montet family, I often look at what could be misspellings of the name. Sometimes I strike gold. Other times, I find Montes who aren’t Montets.

That’s what happened when I looked at New Orleans death records. I’m sharing what I found in case they’re useful to someone else.

Here’s Mary Alice Monte, the daughter of John R. Monte and Alice Scroggins:


John and Alice also lost a son:


Montet Family, Newspaper articles, St. Mary Parish Genealogy

Newspaper notes from Amelia

Miss Marple once said that local newspapers are always a useful source of information. As always, Miss Marple was right.

Here are some terribly misspelled notes from the town of Amelia in the early 1900s. I found my g-g-grandparents, Augustin and Elizabeth Giroir.

Saturday, July 27, 1918

Mrs. E. P. Schwing and children of Morgan City are the guests of Mr. and Mrs. J. K. Schwing of Amelia for a few days.

Mr. H. A. Rentrop went to New Orleans Friday, where he will take a position at the S. P. machine shop in Algiers.

Mr. Dewey Vigene of Algiers spending some time at Amelia with Mr. and Mrs. A. Verret.

Wilton Rentrop, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Rentrop, is on the sick list this week.

Mr. Earl Barrilleaux, who has been working at the shipyard in Morgan City, is now spending a few days with relatives in Amelia.

Miss Rosa Rentrop has been informed by the War Department that Mr. J. Allen Thompson of the U.S. Naval Reserves has arrived in France safely.

Tuesday, Aug. 6, 1918

Mrs. A. E. Pension and children left Sunday for New Orleans to visit her sister, Mrs. W. Verret.

Mrs. Clement Landry and Miss Agnes Barrilleaux were the guests of Mrs. J. J. Greenwood at Ramos Friday.

Mrs. A. J. Mahony of Glenwild is spending some time with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Rentrop of Amelia.

Dr. and Mrs. J. T. Prosser and daughter, Edmay, have returned from Alexandria after visiting relatives there.

Miss Bertha Patureau of Plaquemines left here Sunday after spending several weeks with her brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Allen Patureau.

Mr. John Mahony of Glenwild spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Rentrop Sr.

Mr. Lovelace Blanco has returned home after spending several days in Orange, Texas.

Mr. Robt. Morrison spent Saturday and Sunday in Morgan City the guest of Miss Alice Smith of Lake Bridge, who is visiting her sister, Mrs. Fauchet.

Mrs. R.C. Robicheaux and daughter, Aline, of San Antonio, Texas, is spending some time with her sister, Mrs. Eugene Theriot of Amelia.

Mr. Earl Barrilleaux has returned from New Orleans, having failed in examination for enlistment in the navy. He will return to the city in two weeks.

Thursday, Aug. 8, 1918

Mr. C. H. Barrielleaux spent Sunday with relatives here.

Mrs. Philips, Miss Philips ands Miss White of Alexandria is spending some time with Dr. and Mrs. J. T. Prosser at Amelia.

There are many cases of charbon among the live stock at Amelia and is causing heavy loss to the community.

Mr. Louis Giroia, son of Mr. and Mrs. Augustin Giroia, left here Tuesday for Napoleonville. From there, he will be sent to a training camp for service in the United States army.

Miss Cleona Blanco is spending a few days in Morgan City.

Mr. Douglas Vining of Morgan City spent Monday and Tuesday at Amelia.

Mr. Sidney David of Amelia will leave Napoleonville Wednesday with a number of drafted men for training camps. His many friends wish him much success.

Saturday, Aug. 10, 1918

Mr. A. E. Pension was in Morgan City Thursday.

Mrs. A. J. Mahony returned to her home in

Glenwild after spending a few days at Amelia as the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Rentrop.

Mr. Sidney Barras went to Morgan City on business Friday.

Miss Edna Blanco of Amelia, daughter of Mr. B. Blanco, was quietly married Wednesday evening to Mr. Edward Bergeron, son of Mr. and Mrs. V. Bergeron of Ramos.

Eugene Rentrop, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Rentrop Jr., is on the sick list this week.

Miss Alice Smith of Lake Bridge has returned to her home after spending several days in Morgan City.

The weather for a few weeks has been so rainy that the farmers of this section are unable to plant their fall potatoes. It is feared that there will be a very small crop this year. Although this rainy weather is not good for the planting of potatoes, it is very beneficial to the cane crop.

Messrs. Clement Landry, B. Blanco, Ettienne Giroir and Noah Landry went to Morgan City in a gasoline boat Thursday.

Monday, Nov. 11, 1918

Mrs. W. H. Rentrop was called to the bedside of her mother, Beadle who was formerly of this place. Her body was brought here Saturday morning. Funeral services was held from St. Andrew’s Catholic Church.

Mr. Joe Bourg was in Morgan City Friday.

Mrs. J. S. Dellucky of this place and son, Ernest, of New Orleans returned here Friday from Camp Beauregard, where they visited Private Frank Dellucky, who is at the Base Hospital having undergone an operation.

Mr. Oleus Pension, son of Mr. Alexson Pension, died here Friday at noon from at attack of influenza. A brother, Adeo, died from pneumonia two weeks ago. Besides his father, Mr. Penisson is survived by three sisters and one brother and other relatives. Funeral services were held Saturday morning from the Catholic Church.

Friday, Nov. 29, 1918

Mr. Eddie Barrilleaux of Centerville spent a few hours here Monday.

Mr. Willie Auction was in Morgan City Tuesday.

Mr. Roy Nutta returned to Patterson Tuesday after working here several days.

Mr. Anidas Lajounis left for Centerville Wednesday where he will work for some time.

Mrs. Willie Auction and daughter Miss Edna went to New Orleans Tuesday.

Mr. Adrien Barrilleaux, Noah Landry and Emile Barrilleaux are now working at Cotton Bros near Morgan City.

It has been raining here for several days and the farmers are unable to haul their cane to the wharves.

Mrs. T. Auction and daughter Mrs. Prosser are spending a few days in New Orleans.

Monday, Dec. 16, 1918

Mr. Simoneaux of Avolon was the guest of his son Mr. Walter for a few days this week.

Mr. Jos. Tellette was a business visitor to Morgan City Friday.

Mrs. J. S. Dellucky spent one day this week with her daughter, Mrs. Lyn Arceneaux in Morgan City.

Beg to acknowledge that it was a false report about Bugler John Blanchard being wounded. It was a telegram telling that he had been gassed.

Mr. Clement Landry was in Morgan City Friday.

Mrs. Sidney Barras has returned home from the St. Mary Hospital, accompanied by her sister Miss Dugas.

Messrs. A. Barrilleaux and A. E. Pennison were visitors to Morgan City Friday.

Tuesday, Dec. 24, 1918

Mr. C.C. Pension of Algiers is spending a few days here, the guest of his brother-in-law and sister, Mr. And Mrs. A. H. Rentrop Jr.

Mr. Henry Dellucky has returned home from Camp Pike, where he was mustered out of service.

Mrs. A. H. Rentrop of Algiers came Sunday to spend Christmas with relatives.

Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Arceneaux and son, Junior, of Morgan City spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Dellucky and family.

Mr. Sidney Barras, who has been working in Chacahoula, is spending the holidays with his family here.

Messrs. A. E. Pennison and A. Barrilleaux are spending a few days with their families here.

Mr. O. J. Blanchard will return to his home in Scott Mond.

Messrs. Easton and Lester Domangue of Ramos spent Sunday here with friends.

Mr. C. Landry was in Morgan City Saturday.

Miss Edna Aucoin spent Saturday and Sunday here with her parents.

Private Guy Thibodeaux of Camp Shelby, Miss., is here on a few days’ furlough, the guest of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Thibodeaux.

Mr. Anidas Lajounie returned home Saturday from Centreville where he spent some time.

Thursday, Dec. 26, 1918

Messrs. A. H. Rentrop Jr., Walter Simoneaux and A. E. Pennison were business visitors to Morgan City Monday.

Misses Annie and Inez Tellotte were visitors to Morgan City Monday.

Messrs. Emile Barrilleaux and Noah Landry are spending the Xmas holidays here, from Cotton Bros.

Mr. Percy Schwing was in Morgan City Monday on business.

Messrs. C. Landry and Earl Barrilleaux went to Morgan City in boat Monday.

Miss Pearl Schwig of Lake Charles is spending the holidays here with relatives.

Montet Family

Marie Pothier Montet

Marie and her husband, Florentin Montet. 

When my great-great-great grandmother, Marie Pothier Montet, died in 1910, the local newspaper recorded that she left behind a family of 92 people. I wonder who did the head count.

Just for fun, I thought I’d see if I could come to the same number. Math is fun! I’m assuming that they didn’t count deceased relatives. Also, did they only count her direct descendants? Did they count in laws? This is already getting complicated!

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Here it goes:

  • Clairville Charles Clebert (1). Clairville’s children and grandchildren:
    • Marie Ida (2): Her children Marie Leila (3), Andrew Frederick (4) and Jules Joseph (5)
    • Mathilde Clara (6): Her children Eva (7) and Claude Joseph (8).
    • Joseph Martin (9)
    • George Raouel (10)
    • Angela Berthe Monique (11)
    • Charles Edouard (12)
    • Thomas (13)
    • Luc (14)
    • Sidney (15)
  • Marie (16) and her children and grandchildren:
    • Jean Lovinsi (17): His son Jean Lovinsi Jr. (18)
    • Marie Elizabeth (19): Her children Louis (20), Marie Lena (21) and Charles (22)
    • Clara Adele (23) and her children Marie (24) and Frank Albert (25)
    • Jeanne Therese (26)
    • Alice Eulalie (27)
    • Elizabeth Ernestine (28)
    • Joseph (29)
    • Joseph George Louis (30)
    • Eno Michael (31)
    • Cecile Marie (32)
  • Joseph Florentin (deceased son so he doesn’t count) but his son Henri Camille (33)
  • Magloire Rene Ugers (34) and his children:
    • Marie Lucille Anne (35)
    • Bertha (36)
    • Rene Frank (37)
    • Frederick (38)
    • Wilfred (39)
    • Leonce George (40)
    • Irby Henry (41)
  • Florentine Aselie (42)
  • Joseph Augusten (43) and his children:
    • Joseph Clarence (44)
    • Clara Izabel (45)
    • Amelie Ilda (46)
    • Adele Elizabeth (47)
    • Lucie May (48)
    • Joseph Sydney (49)
    • Verna (50)
    • Nellie (51)
    • Wallace Andrew (52)
  • Elizabeth and her extensive family (53):
    • Jean Joseph Ulysse (54)
    • Louise Eulalie (55)
    • Joseph Florestin Arnold (56)
    • Isabelle Emilie (57)
    • Adolphe Louis (58)
    • Marie Berthe (59)
    • Jean Joseph (60)
    • Pauline Cecile (61)
    • Jean Ney (62)
    • Augustin Eddie (63)
    • William Paul (64)
    • Dewey Mitchell (65)
    • Augustin Andre (66)
    • Adele Rita (67)

Well, I’m short. So I’ll add in the spouses.

Clairville’s wife, Marie Odillia Pennison (68)

Marie Ida’s husband, Paul Edmond Blanchard (69)

Mathilde Clara’s husband, Walter Joseph Ponson (70)

Jean Lovinsi Thibodeaux’s wife, Nita Hebert (71)

Adrien Aloysius Thibodeaux’s widow, Bridget Mary Hebert (72). And I forgot their child: Mary Agnes (73)

Marie Elizabeth Thibodeaux’s husband, Luke Granier (74)

Clara Adele Thibodeaux’s husband, Joseph Arvelle Granier (75)

Joseph Florentin Montet’s widow, Alice Landry (76)

Magloire Rene Ugers Montet’s wife, Marie Angeline Guigou (77)

Joseph Augusten Montet’s wife, Josephine Oscarine Ema Bergeron (78)

Joseph Clarence Montet’s wife, Marie Lillian Falcon (79)

Clara Isabel Monter’s husband, Martial Silvere Boudreaux (80)

Elizabeth Montet’s husband, Joseph Augustin Giroir (81)

And I forgot Marie’s brother, Arsene Adrien Pothier (82)

Still short! Rats.