Newspaper articles, terrebonne parish

The Naquin family


Here’s a family tree story from the 1972 issue of the “Houma Daily Courier.” This has been at my grandmother’s house since it hit her driveway. I got a little lost in the story of Nolan Gane, who went from Houma to Broadway to Hollywood before dying at age 22 (really age 23).

The article itself: “A congressman’s mother, a Louisiana legislator, a Civil War soldier, an actor, an actress and a grandmother of a famed television star.

It all happens in the Emile Joseph Naquin family, the immediate family of which formed April 20, 1857, when Emile and Azema Boudreaux pledged a life-time of love in a brief wedding ceremony.

Granddaughters Mrs. Lloyd Autin and Mrs. Alvin White claim they have always been interested in the family tree of Grandpa Naquin, and the two were able to compile information and gather old photographs to have their story reproduced in the Courier Sesquicentennial souvenir issue.

The first known member of the family was Pierre Naquin. Little is available on his marriage, but the girls were able to tell us about his son Joseph Naquin, who married Marie Josephe Arseman, daughter of Pierre and Marie Hebert.

That union resulted in the birth of Joseph Ambroise Naquin II, who married Celeste Prejean. The date of that marriage is not definite, but Alice and Inez claim it was on or near August 3, 1833.


Joseph and Celeste gave birth to ten children, one of whom was named Maxmillian Naquin. Maxmillion married the daughter of Victor and Clemence Bergeron, Azelie Richard, Nov. 5, 1836.

Maxmillian died Sept. 16, 1855, leaving behind twelve offspring, including Emile, Inez and Alice’s granddad.

Emile Joseph was born Sept. 16, 1838, and died Feb. 24, 1909. He met and married Azema Boudreaux April 30, 1857.

Azema was born Sept. 3, 1840, and she died May 10, 1888, preceeding her husband in death by 17 years.


Emile’s siblings included Mathilde, Melvina, Alfred, Ozeme, Odile, Anatole, Emeline, Mathilde, Myrtile, Edgar and Ourestile.

Emile and Azema became parents of Emile or ‘Nac,’ Henry, Alice, Lydia, Joseph Clay, Lea, Alida Marie and Leila.

Grandpa Emile was apparently an active man in the community. Inez and Alice stated he was a sugar boiler in the winter and by summer a brick layer. The two say he helped to build part of the original parish jailhouse.

They reported he even worked out of Cuba during the height of the sugar cane season there.

He served in the Civil War, and the family has preserved a portrait of Grandpa Emile in his war uniform.


Inez and Alice talked more on their aunts and uncles and their families.

Emile Joseph or Uncle Nac married Edna and they had no children.

Henry married Mamie Gautier and they had two children, John Harris and Liola.

Nolan Gane, the actor

Alice married Sidney Gagne and had a son Nolan Sidney, according to a souvenir newspaper clipping, was active and prominent in Terrebonne Parish politics during his day, having served as a Louisiana legislator while his wife and son became associated with the entertainment world.

Other newspaper clippings Inez and Alice have saved on their aunt and first cousin indicated Nolan appeared on stage at five and in his last performance in a motion picture he and his mother were said to have starred opposite each other.

naquin6Nolan died at 22, his future ‘aglow with the fire of hope and reward.’ An account of his death continued, ‘Few are there in Houma today (February 1915) who do not remember little Nolan Gagne, the handsome, bright-eyed little boy who attended St. Francis de Sales Academy.


‘Fifteen years ago, his mother who idolized him, took him to New Orleans and there put him in charge of the Jesuits. He was then but eight years old. His talent for elocution and acting became noticeable, and in the school plays he always won praise for his work.

‘When he was but 11 years old, Mrs. Gagne took him to Chicago and there he went upon the vaudeville stage; but this class of acting did not suit his taste and soon after he left for New York where he secured a position with a leading Broadway Co. which was then playing From Rags To Riches.

‘At the same time he was attending the Jesuits College in New York, and won the gold medal for elocution. His reputation as an actor soon got him into a larger field and in less than a year from the time he graduated from the Jesuit College, he was sought by some of the biggest theatrical companies in the Metropolis.

‘Gane (the name he used for stage purposes) went on to star in Billy the Kid, The Great Divide, Ninety and Nine, Madame X and Forty Five Minutes to Broadway.’

His mother’s sister, Lydia Naquin, married Prosper Rideau and they reared four children, including Bernice, Walter Eddie, Frank and Sidney. Sidney and the former Annette Moore were wed in April 1922 and they became parents of two boys and a girl, who in turn produced eight grandchildren.

Joseph Clay was the husband of the former Louise Marie Bergeron. Married January 14, 1882, they became the parents of two boys who each fathered two children. One of the granddaughters, Lelia Graves, bore a great-grandson Philip Joseph.

Lea, the mother of Congressman F. Edward Hebert, was born Oct. 7, 1870, and died Dec. 3, 1952. Her husband, Felix J. Hebert, died 27 years before.

The couple also had a son Gordon. He married Heloise Robichaux and they reared Renee. The congressman married Gladys Bofill and a little girl named Dawn soon joined their family unit. Dawn in turn married J. M. Duhe Jr. and they gave Congressman and Mrs. Hebert four grandchildren.



Inez and Alice’s mother, Alida Marie Naquin, was born in February 1876 and died in February 1965. She and Albert Theophile Fanguy were wed May 27, 1901. Mr. Fanguy, also born in February of 1876, died four years before Mrs. Fanguy.

Together they reared eight children, two of whom are deceased. From eight children sprang 14 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

Inez explained that the family tree gets a little complicated in parts, but she’s figured out that her parents, the Fanguys, were the sixth generation. That makes she and her five sisters the seventh generation, their children the eighth and their grandchildren the ninth generation of the Naquin family.

Mr. Fanguy, along with John J. Kleiner, Claude Wallis and Joseph A. Gagne formed a committee of invitation for the parish’s first carnival ball, held the evening of February 22, 1898.

Fanguy’s wife was cited in a past issue of the Courier carrying details of the Mardi Gras masquerade ball as the woman attired ‘in a pretty evening costume, greatly admired by all.’

The ball was held at the Opera House, the site of the present post office on East Main St. It was interesting to note that soon the parish will gain a new post office facility fronting Lafayette St., and the current post office site will come to be known also as the site of the old Houma post office.

Children of the Albert Fanguys include Inez, widow of Alvin Joseph White who died in 1967. Their son David Lawrence married Connie Jean Rogers and that union produced granddaughter Toby Ann White, now two years old.

Inez’s brother Alvon Vincent died in July of 1971. He married the former Theresa Gross and their two daughters blessed them with three grandsons and two granddaughters.

Dorothy Mae married Sebert J. Haynes in 1928. They are parents of two boys and a girl. A son has two children and their daughter one girl.

Thelma Rita and the late Frederick Joseph Daigle were wed in 1939. Her husband died in 1963. The couple had no children.

Wenonah Katherine is the wife of Houma Airport Commission president Butley Joseph Mahler. They were married in 1933 and are parents of two girls and a boy. The Mahlers have five grandchildren.

A second brother Nolan Anthony, born in 1916, was killed in an accident in Meridan, Miss. in 1942. A bachelor, he served as a 2nd Lt. in the 27th Bombardier AAF during the Second World War.

Alice Evelyn Cecile is the wife of Lloyd Joseph Autin, owner of a meat packing company. Married in 1936, the Autins are parents of a boy and a girl.

Son Michael is married and has given the Autins a granddaughter and a grandson; Anne Marie became Mrs. John McDougal Lankford in 1957. They have one daughter.

The eighth of Azema and Emile Naquin’s children was Lelia, who died in 1903. She was married to Alcee (Elsie) Comeaux, who died in 1939.

The Comeauxs reared two daughters, one of whom bore four children. These four gave the Comeaus ten grandchildren.

The family tree of the Emile J. Naquins dates back to approximately 1700, and like the stately oak, is destined for an unpredictable growth pattern. A salute from the Courier on this, the 150th anniversary of Terrebonne Parish, goes out to the Naquin family, one of many who help in its own way to make Terrebonne a better place to live.’



War of 1812 Survivor Pension Index, Part 1

If a War of 1812 soldier died before applying for a pension, his widow could apply for survivor benefits. The widow would supply her marriage information, her husband’s death information and, often, information about her husband’s previous wives.

Here’s Part 1 of Louisiana widows who applied for War of 1812 pensions. They are organized by the name of the late husband.

Joshua Albin
Widow: Drusilla Lane Albin
Soldier’s death: Aug. 11, 1873, in Livingston Parish, Louisiana
Widow’s death: Feb. 2, 1880, in Springfield, Louisiana

William C. Anderson
Widow: Elizabeth Anderson
Soldier’s death: Feb. 8, 1877, in Jackson Parish, Louisiana

Raynal Auguste
Widow: Susanne Felicite Hazur
Soldier’s Death: Sept. 25, 1877, in New Orleans, Louisiana

James Mc. Baker
Widow: Ann Eliza Baker
Soldier’s death: April 16, 1861 in New Orleans, Louisiana
Widow’s death: March 12, 1885, in New Orleans, Louisiana

Jean Baptiste Bandry
Widow: Catharine Ory
Soldier’s death: May 1, 1846, in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana

Charles Barnes
Widow: Fanny Grisham
Soldier’s death: 1843 in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana
Widow’s death: February 1883 in Lincoln Parish, Louisiana

Callum Barnes
Widow: Theodosia Stone
Soldier’s death: Jan. 11, 1877, in Keatchie, Louisiana

Antoine Barras
Widow: Rosalie Bourg
Soldier’s death: Sept. 25, 1853, in Assumption Parish, Louisiana

Bonaventure Bayhi
Widow: Arthemise Zeringue
Soldier’s death: Jan. 17, 1871, in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana

Joseph M. Baysset
Widow: Ann Maria Michel
Soldier’s death: March 20, 1866, in New Orleans, Louisiana

Seraphin Beauduit
Widow: Josephine Ducos
First Wife: Philonese Labat
Soldier’s death: Dec. 25, 1862, in New Orleans, Louisiana
Widow’s death: About 1890

Gilbert Bernucho
Widow: Arthemise Rousseau
Soldier’s death: Sept. 15, 1864, in Assumption Parish, Louisiana

Joachim Bermudez
Widow: Alix Montanell
First wife: E Dreux
Second wife: Maria B. E. Troxler
Soldier’s death: Sept. 10, 1866, in New Orleans, Louisiana
Widow’s death: April 2, 1906

Jean Noel Bernondy or Clairville Bernonoy
Widow: Lucia Palao
First wife: Euphroisie Baran
Soldier’s death: Jan. 15, 1882, in New Orleans, Louisiana
Widow’s death: Oct. 14, 1901

Jean Louis Berthelotte
Widow: Seraphine Webre
Soldier’s death: June 7, 1833, in New Orleans, Louisiana

William Bickham
Widow: Amelia Roberts
Soldier’s death: Nov. 1, 1847, in Washington Parish, Louisiana

Phineas Bill
Widow: Fanny Gallup
Soldier’s death: Dec. 19, 1839, in Assumption Parish, Louisiana
Widow’s death: Oct. 18, 1878, in Richmond County, New York

Alexander S. Blackburn
Widow: Martha Cole
Soldier’s death: Feb. 2, 1863, in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana
Widow’s death: About 1889

Nathan Blackwell
Widow: Mary Pecafield
Soldier’s death: March 2, 1870, in Washington Parish, Louisiana

Francisco Arseno Blanc
Widow: Maria Angelica Azurine Laratut
Soldier’s death: Aug. 30, 1841, in New Orleans, Louisiana

Francois C. Bonseigneur
Widow: Marie Malbernaque
Soldier’s death: Sept. 28, 1829, in New Orleans, Louisiana

George Bossier
Widow: Eugenia Haydel
Soldier’s death: Oct. 30, 1841, in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana

Simon Hyppolite Boudreau
Widow: Henrietta Boudreau
Soldier’s death: Nov. 25, 1854, in St. James Parish, Louisiana

Joseph Boudreaux
Widow: Isemene Labauve
Soldier’s death: April 2, 1834, in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana

Guillaume Boudreaux
Widow: Marguerite Francoise Gauthreau
Soldier’s death: Sept. 14, 1861, in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana
Widow’s death: July 17, 1884

Barthelemy E. Bouny
Widow: Victorine Therese Nancy Vernies
Soldier’s death: Jan. 31, 1845, in New Orleans, Louisiana

Abraham Bourgeois
Widow: Marie Anne Champagne
Soldier’s death: Feb. 15, 1813, in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana
Widow’s death: Feb. 2, 1877

Jean Baptiste Bourgeois
Widow: Angele Gauthreaux
Soldier’s death: June 14, 1864, in Ascension Parish
Widow’s death: Jan. 18, 1886, in Darrowville, Ascension Parish, Louisiana

Augustin Bourgue
Widow: Susanne Leger
Soldier’s death: June 6, 1844, in Grand Coteau, Louisiana

Charles P. Boutte
Widow: Julia Carmouche
Solider’s death: Jan. 20, 1870, in New Orleans, Louisiana
Widow’s death: Aug. 15, 1883, in New Orleans, Louisiana

Ira Bowman
Widow: Mary E. Richardson
First wife: Elizabeth Shackleford nee Du Bose
Second wife: Margaret Risley
Soldier’s death: Nov. 6, 1854, in Tensas Parish, Louisiana

Rosemond Brand
Widow: Emerante Melancon
Soldier’s death: Oct. 25, 1848, in Ascension Parish, Louisiana

John R. Breland
Widow: Mary Lewis
First wife: Lurana Rogges
Soldier’s death: May 14, 1875, in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana

Alexander Brignac
Widow: Mary Conrad
Soldier’s death: Oct. 26, 1827, in Livingston Parish, Louisiana

Jean Olidon Broussard
Widow: Victoire Babineau
Soldier’s death: Nov. 22, 1840, in Caraneron, Louisiana

Edward Broussard
Widow: Pelagie Dubois
Soldier’s death: Aug. 14, 1864, in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana
Widow’s death: March 14, 1881

Jonathan Browne
Widow: Malinda Greenlee
Soldier’s death: Jan. 18, 1872, in Jackson Parish, Louisiana

Joseph Bujol
Widow: Marie Francoise Levegue
Soldier’s death: Oct. 24, 1824, in Assumption Parish, Louisiana

Lester Burbank
Widow: Eliza Simmon
Soldier’s death: Jan. 29, 1854, in New Orleans, Louisiana

John B. Burford
Widow: Edna Jackson
Soldier’s death: March 17, 1871, in Union Parish, Louisiana

Henry Burrough
Widow: Winney Posey
Soldier’s death: June 1873 in DeSoto Parish, Louisiana

James Bussey
Widow: Elizabeth Lake
Soldier’s death: April 8, 1858, in Bastrop, Louisiana

Joseph Byrd
Widow: Martha Bounds
Soldier’s death: October 1865 in New Orleans, Louisiana

Abraham Caldwell
Widow: Jane J. Milon
Soldier’s death: Dec. 4, 1860, in Livingston Parish, Louisiana

John D. Calvert
Widow: Emily Ann
First wife: Mar. Gillespie
Soldier’s death: Sept. 15, 1863, in Trinity, Louisiana
Widow’s death: Sept. 27, 1901

Antoine Cambre
Widow: Marie Madeline Leche
Soldier’s death: Jan. 29, 1817, in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana

David Carey
Widow: Huldah Brown
Soldier’s death: Jan. 10, 1838, in New Orleans, Louisiana
Widow’s death: June 3, 1890

John G. Carney
Widow: Mary Rainor
Soldier’s death: Dec. 17, 1868, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

John Carroll
Widow: Elizabeth J. Hamilton
First wife: Susannah
Second wife: Jane
Soldier’s death: Nov. 1, 1873, in Jackson Parish, Louisiana

Miller Carter
Widow: Winny Maria Reeves
First wife: Miles
Soldier’s death: Oct. 10, 1869, in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana

Bernard Castelain
Widow: Arsine Victor or Arsin Victor
Soldier’s death: Oct. 7, 1833, in New Orleans, Louisiana

Eugene Champayne
Widow: Eleanore Waguespack
Soldier’s death: May 16, 1839, in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana

John Chance
Widow: Zilpha Daughty
Soldier’s death: Sept. 15, 1834, in East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana
Widow’s death: July 9, 1875

Baley D. Chaney
Widow: Elizabeth Cook
Soldier’s death: Jan. 21, 1873, in East Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Widow’s death: April 18, 1901

Jacques Charbonnet
Widow: Marie Emilie Frenie
First wife: Aurore F.
Soldier’s death: Feb. 22, 1877, in New Orleans, Louisiana

Jean Louis Chauffee
Widow: Maria Amelia Streck
Soldier’s death: Nov. 30, 1866, in Assumption Parish, Louisiana

Louis Chauveau
Widow: Marianna Massey or Marcey
Soldier’s death: May 27, 1830, in New Orleans, Louisiana

Jacques Cheminard
Widow: Charlotte Bozant
First wife: Mar. Dorsey
Soldier’s death: Aug. 15, 1853, in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana

Eugene Chenet
Widow: Antoinette Canaby
Soldier’s death: May 18, 1870, in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana

Kinchen Chesnut
Widow: Emily Devereaux
Soldier’s death: March 1852 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana
Widow’s death: 1891

Henry Chevarre
Widow: Felicite Dubourg
Soldier’s death: April 19, 1865, in New Orleans, Louisiana
Widow’s death: 1887

Louis Chiasson
Widow: Cydalise Sonnier
First wife: Doralise Sonnier
Soldier’s death: Jan. 22, 1881, in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana
Widow’s death: May 16, 1885, in Carencro, Louisiana

James Christian
Widow: Susan Carly
First wife: Sophia Watson
Second wife: Olive
Soldier’s death: Feb. 11, 1869, in Caddo Parish, Louisiana
Widow’s death: Sept. 1, 1884, in Mooringsport, Louisiana

Samuel G. Cloud
Widow: Sophia H. Day
Soldier’s death: Dec. 20, 1862, in Oakley, Louisiana
Widow’s death: Dec. 27, 1882

John Collins
Widow: Caroline M. Robinson
Soldier’s death: June 15, 1871, in East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana

Pierre Combel
Widow: Marie Louisa Angela Fromenton
Soldier’s death: About July 2, 1859, in New Orleans, Louisiana

Hyppolitte Comeaux
Widow: Eugenie LeBlanc
Soldier’s death: June 6, 1867, in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana

Pierre Conrad
Widow: Virginia Madire
Soldier’s death: Sept. 2, 1871, in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana
Widow’s death: About 1888

Henry Cooper
Widow: Martha Sticker
Soldier’s death: July 8, 1862, in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana

David Copple Jr.
Widow: Polly Staton
Soldier’s death: Feb. 4, 1835, in Plaquemine, Iberville Parish, Louisiana
Widow’s death: Oct. 10, 1884

Isham T. Corley
Widow: Tabitha Whittington
First wife: Rebeccah Leonard
Soldier’s death: Jan. 16, 1877. in Grant Parish, Louisiana
Widow’s death: July 1, 1895, in Taft, Grant Parish, Louisiana

Francois Edouard Correjolles
Widow: Victoire Celanie Pascal
Soldier’s death: July 2, 1864, in New Orleans, Louisiana
Widow’s death: Dec. 23, 1895, in New Orleans, Louisiana

James Courtney
Widow: Sarah Furlow
Soldier’s death: May 20 or 29, 1834, in Jackson, East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana

Alexander Courtney
Widow: Lucy Naul
First wife: Sarah Morgan
Soldier’s death: Nov. 14, 1880, in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Charles Cousinard
Mary Monget
Soldier’s death: March 16, 1828, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Widow’s death: November 14, 1879, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Francois Tervalon Couvreur
Widow: Benedicte Voltaire Bohaim
Soldier’s death: Oct. 4, 1882, in New Orleans, Louisiana
Widow’s death: About 1897

George Crawford
Widow: Samantha Adkenson
First wife: Pamelia Brookham
Soldier’s death: July 4, 1876, in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana

Basil Crocker
Widow: Elodie Robert
First wife: Antoinette Hazeur
Soldier’s death: Jan. 29, 1879, in New Orleans, Louisiana
Widow’s death: Oct. 2, 1884

Jean Francois Crusel
Widow: Jeanne Manuella Auzemia Nautre
First wife: Marie Thereza Fernandez
Soldier’s death: April 1843 in Englishtown, Plaquemine Parish, Louisiana

Thomas Curry
Widow: Mary Ann Richardson
Soldier’s death: Nov. 5, 1874, in New Orleans, Louisiana
Widow’s death: Oct. 12, 1885, in New Orleans, Louisiana

Josiah G. Curry
Widow: Susan Conch
First wife: Mary (Polly) A. Connor
Soldier’s death: May 16, 1878, in Columbia, Louisiana
Widow’s death: Prior to Dec. 15, 1889

John Cutright
Widow: Catharine Hough
First wife: Nancy Lemons
Soldier’s death: Dec. 29, 1874, in Sabine Parish, Louisiana