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05.10.13

Dozier Elementary Band Makes Parish/School History

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2013 Dozier Elementary 5th Grade Band

2013 Dozier Elementary 5th Grade Band

On Wednesday March 13, 2013 the Dozier Elementary Band traveled to UL Lafayette to perform in the District Concert Festival. Though District Festival is a normal occurrence for middle school and high school bands in the parish, it is rare for 5th grade elementary bands to participate. So much so, that the Dozier Elementary Band was the first 5th grade band in Vermilion Parish to ever participate in a District Festival event, making history for the school and the parish.

Upon hearing Dozier Elementary’s first band concert for Christmas, Vermilion Parish Music Supervisor Madeline Dehart approached DES band director Kylie Veazey to consider taking the group to this year’s District Festival. Veazey, a 1st year band director admitted she was a bit apprehensive, but decided take a leap of faith with her young musicians and it paid off. Veazey shared, “if nothing else I felt, this could be a great experience for the students.”

Though Veazey had never participated in a District Festival as an actual band director, she had indeed participated many times with the Erath High band under the direction of her (former) EHS Band Director Kenny Broussard. Broussard, who has a daughter in the 5th grade band, was on hand to experience the event, not only as a parent, but as a proud band director watching his former student, who is now a band director herself.

The festival is used as an assessment for bands in District III. Ratings for assessment are on a scale from 1-5. A rating of “1″ is the highest level of performance, and a rating of “5″ is the lowest. Though it was their 1st district concert performance, the Dozier Elementary Band managed to receive all superior ratings (1’s), as well as receiving a plaque for making “Sweepstakes,” for all superior ratings.

The DES 5th grade band consists of sixty five 5th grade students who have been playing their instruments a mere six months.

As a 1st year band teacher an excited Kylie Veazey shared “Not only did everyone comment on how well the band performed, but also on the discipline and manners of our band member. I am extremely proud of the students!”

On Tuesday, March 12, 2013, Kylie Veazey and her DES 5th grade band participated in a “practice run” at 6:00 for the District Concert for the parents and community in Dozier’s cafeteria as well. 

03.03.13

Dozier Celebrates Dr. Seuss

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Dr. Seuss Day at Dozier 2013

With literacy and fun as common threads for celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday each year, elementary schools across the nation use this opportune day to embed reading and learning habits to connect the well known Seuss theme “Oh the Places You Will Go!” with students.

With Dr. Seuss’ March 2nd birthday, falling on a weekend this year, coupled with Pre K and K conferences on February 28th and March 1st, Dozier Elementary Librarian Schuyler Poche, Principal Karla Toups and Assistant Principal Natalie Hebert opted to host their annual school wide Dr. Seuss celebration earlier this year. The literacy event was held on Wednesday, February 27th.

Dozier Elementary Librarian Schuyler Poche once again successfully planned a variety of fun filled activities for the students and teachers to honor famous author and to celebrate the “Reading Across America” theme.

The literacy based event began in the library prior to the celebration with an author study of Theodor Seuss Geisel (a.k.a Dr. Seuss). Lessons included songs, reading Dr. Seuss books, watching clips of his movies, as well as learning more about a man whose unique style of the written word, has captivated book audiences for the past five and a half decades.

To promote the “Read Across America” theme that day, teachers and students were invited to dress as storybook characters from their favorite books. The halls seemingly became “a walking library” as proud tiny storybook characters and their educators trickled though the hall on the morning of February 27th. The day began with their annual breakfast with “green eggs and ham” menu, followed by a variety of Seuss themed classroom and school wide activities.

During the day, 2nd graders were treated to decorating Seuss hat cookies like the hat in the story “The Cat in the Hat” story.

Librarian Schulyer Poche also arranged for guest readers to read Dr. Seuss books to all classes. Educators invited to read were: Dozier Elementary Principal Karla Toups; Dozier Elementary Assistant Principal Natalie Hebert; Dozier Elementary Counselor Glenn Roy LeBlanc, Curriculum Facilitator Patricia Thibodeaux; former Dozier Elementary Principal Elizabeth Gremillion; retired teachers Cheryl DesOrmeaux, Cindy Hargrave, Ann Vincent, Joan Langlinais and Nancy Toups.

Other special guests included Vermilion Parish Maintenance Supervisor Lonnie Richard, Erath Mayor George Dupius and Erath Town Councilman John LeBlanc. Two surprise guests during one reading were Dozier Elementary secretary Tammie Domingues and her sister (Erath bus driver) Jackie Lange who participated in one reading as “Thing 1 and Thing 2.”

With a focus on literacy, the Dr. Seuss quote, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” was definitely one that resonated with the student body and faculty this year in their successful effort to celebrate the birthday of a unique and iconic author of our time.

02.14.13

Dozier’s Sea of iPad Apps

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Dozier’s Sea of iPad Apps

Dozier’s Sea of iPad Apps  http://www.vrml.k12.la.us/dozieripad

Dozier Elementary has started an iPad app site to assist teachers, parents and students with educational apps. The site has a list of “free apps”…. “paying apps”… articles and more!

Interested in helping the school get iPads? Click here! http://www.vrml.k12.la.us/dozier/eye/ipaddonation/ipadcommercial13.htm

(Student Video included, as well as the information on how to help.)

Scholastic Reading Graphic Organizers

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Scholastic Reading Graphic Organizers
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plan/graphic-organizers-reading-comprehension

VP Graphic Organizer Site. (Many are interactive!) http://www.vrml.k12.la.us/graphorgan/

Dropbox Resource!!

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For those unfamiliar with it, think of it like the VP server, where you store things and can grab from any computer you are logged into. With this, you can SAVE and grab your documents from a computer, your iPad, iPhone, Smartphone, etc. If I create something, I save it in my dropbox. Then if I go to school, I can get to the document, photo, etc. from a computer at school, from my iPhone, iPad, etc. AWESOME resource.  Free, but isn’t unlimited. I think you can buy additional space though. I just remove unneeded things not to go over my limit.
Note: You can also create “shared” folders in dropbox! Love, love dropbox!! ~Stacy~

Stutes named DES Teacher of the Year 2013-14

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Pictured with the 2013-14 Dozier Elementary Teacher of the Year Suzette Broussard Stutes (center) are (left) DES Principal Karla Toups and (right) DES Assistant Principal Natalie Hebert.

On Friday, February 8, 2013 during the school’s annual Mardi Gras parade, Dozier Elementary Principal Karla Toups announced to filled parking lot of students, faculty members and parents that Suzette Broussard Stutes was the school’s “2013-14 Teacher of the Year.” The surprised Stutes was then greeted with roses by family members on hand.

Stutes, who was named as the 25th Dozier Elementary Teacher of the Year got teary eyed, when she learned that the “1st DES Teacher of the year” in 1988 was she (and her twin sister Suzanne’s) Kindergarten teacher and mentor, the late Cecile Dubois. Stutes and Dubois worked together from 2007 until 2011. Dubois retired in 2011, but two remained close until Dubois passed away in July of 2012.

The current 2nd grade teacher is a 1997 graduate of Erath High, and a 2001 UL graduate in her 11th year of teaching. Stutes began teaching in January 2002 at Green T. Lindon. From the fall of 2002 until May of 2007, she taught at Live Oak Elementary, Kaplan Elementary, St. Edwards and also in St. Mary Parish. In 2007, she returned to Vermilion Parish and began teaching at Dozier Elementary.

Principal Karla Toups shared that Stutes “has become known as a teacher who truly embraces technology in her classroom. As an educator, she readily brings productive technology integration skills and valuable lessons to her students.” Toups also stated that “not only does she incorporate student driven curriculum technology activities with computers in her centers, but has her students using Promethean Board flip charts in independent group settings to bring effective lessons in that capacity as well. She truly works hard to enhance lessons utilizing the technology tools with the curriculum.”

Through the years, she has participated in a number of technology sessions at the parish and school level. She has also hosted Professional Development Promethean Board/Activotes sessions to assist her faculty when needed. She is currently serving as one of the school’s tech reps. In May of 2012, she traveled with district leaders and educators to Rapides Parish to view students using iPads, with the intent of gaining more knowledge about utilizing the tablets in a classroom setting.

The dedicated teacher states on her school faculty page “I love children and I have always wanted to make a difference in a child’s life. The greatest gift of all is watching a child grow academically throughout a year. I also love seeing how every child is unique in their own way, but recognizing the similarities that lie in their big hearts!” She also states on her page “This is my 11th year of teaching and every day is a new challenge, but I sincerely love what I do!”

The next level of competition for the Dozier teacher will now be at the parish level.

Suzette Stutes and her husband, Josh have three children, Rilee-Grace, Owen and Andrew. She is the daughter of Judy Broussard and the late Wilbur Broussard.

Dozier Elementary’s Vision for iPads

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Dozier Elementary teacher Suzette Stutes, Dozier Elementary teacher Lori Porter, Dozier Elementary part time Tech Specialist/Webmaster Stacy Bodin, Vermilion Parish Technology Specialist Mike Dartez, Rapides Parish Instructional Technology Facilitator Jill Summers, and Vermilion Parish Supervisor of Classroom Technology Jude Dubois.

As new technologies emerge on the horizon each year, Dozier Elementary is always interested new equipment which can broaden student learning at their school.

With the help of area businesses, grants and donations, the school has managed to attain new classroom computers, mobile computer labs, Promethean Boards, cameras and more since they began their “Eye on Technology” campaign in 2009.

With a new vision in mind, the school leaders Karla Toups, Natalie Hebert and the school’s technology team are now making an attempt to bring iPads into the classrooms within the next three years. In fact so much so, the school has already done its homework on this particular topic and started the process.

During the spring, the school unveiled a unique website focusing on iPad resources to assist them on their new quest. The website dubbed “A Sea of iPad Resources” offers possibilities not only for its own teachers and students, but for parents as well. The website located @ http://www.vrml.k12.la.us/dozieripad shares both free and paying educational iPad apps, information and articles on iPads in education.

In taking their vision another step further, on May 15, 2012, two Dozier Elementary teachers Suzette Stutes and Lori Porter, the school’s (part time) Technology Specialist/ Webmaster Stacy Bodin and two technology district leaders, Jude Dubois and Mike Dartez headed to Rapides Parish to view hands-on iPad lessons in classrooms. The trip was to broaden their knowledge of iPad integration and to see two classroom management systems in place at Phoenix Elementary Magnet and Pineville Elementary.

Instructional Technology Facilitator Jill Summers from Rapides Parish, led the interested group in a “walk through” Professional Development Day. Vermilion Parish Supervisor of Classroom Technology Jude Dubois was also able to speak with his counterpart in Rapides Parish, Director of Technology Bill Morrison and ask questions, while District Technology Specialist Mike Dartez was able to get input from Summers, as well.

Riding on the cusp of completing their 2012-2015 school technology plan in May, coupled with their impressive iPad classroom tour, Dozier Elementary’s vision is seemingly a little closer, as they are now completing grants, and have plans to use donations to attain iPads in upcoming years.

Stacy Bodin, who works as the part time Tech Specialist shared “We are realistic and know grants and/or donations may not come through for this to happen, however that has not stopped us yet!” Bodin also stated, “What we do know after our Rapides Parish visit is (a) our group saw a lot potential for iPad use for our students and (b) we are more than willing to go that extra mile to work for them by writing grants and anything else that comes with the territory!” She ended by stating “The school would welcome any new businesses whose focus is technology in schools to partner with, or anyone for that matter, who would like to help our quest. Our website @ http://www.vrml.k12.la.us/dozier has our information.”

Dozier Participates in Taylor Swift Webcast

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Dozier Library Event-Through the use of technology, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade Dozier Elementary students were able to view Scholastic’s Live Webcast with country music superstar Taylor Swift on Wednesday, October 24th. The Dozier Elementary Library was filled with excited students who were able watch the “live” free webcast sponsored by Scholastic. Through the help of modern technology, the unique live streaming event was set up hear the star speak about the importance of reading in young students. DES Librarian Schuyler Poche signed up, along with schools across the country to listen to Swift focus on the topic “where reading can take you.” In her interview Swift mentioned that she loved books like the “Giving Tree” as well as Dr. Seuss books when she was younger.

11.05.11

The Brasseaux Line

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Auguste Brasseaux was the son of Joseph Brasseaux (1775 – 1803) and Théodose Gautreaux (September 3, 1775-1813). He was born in St. Gabriel on August 27, 1800. He  married Suzanne Primeaux (September 24, 1810- January 24, 1870), daughter of Francois Primeaux (1787 – 1833) and Justine Baudoin (1787–1877). Note: The list of Francois and Justine Primeaux’s children can be found on page 44.

Auguste and Suzanne Brasseaux married on October 4, 1825 at the Vermilionville Church in Lafayette Parish. By the 1840′s they had moved south to the Abbeville area in Vermilion Parish. Auguste died near Abbeville on November 12, 1862 at 62 years old.

Their children included:

1.Elmire Brasseaux   b: April 5, 1827 in Lafayette, LA

2.Aladin Brasseaux   b: May 21, 1828 in Lafayette, LA

3.Joachim Brasseaux   b: October 1829 in Lafayette, LA

4.Teleide Brasseaux   b: April 23 1832 in Lafayette, LA

5.Victorine Brasseaux   b: February 5, 1833 in Lafayette, LA

6.Aureline Brasseaux   b: March 21, 1836 in Lafayette, LA

7.Adrien Brasseaux  b: December 8, 1839 in Lafayette, LA

8.Joseph Brasseaux   b: September 23, 1845 in Abbeville, LA

9.Gustave Brasseaux   b: January 4, 1851 in Abbeville, LA

One Brasseaux son was Aladin, the father of  Ophe Brasseaux. He was born in Lafayette Parish on May 21, 1828. In March 1856, he married Belzire Broussard (b. June 26,  1836), who was the daughter of fellow Acadians, Don Louis Martin Broussard and Magadeline Beniot in the Abbeville Church.

Aladin’s children all born in Abbeville, Louisiana included: Marie Umea Brasseaux  b:  January 16, 1857; Ophe Brasseaux (b: September 25,  1863; Galbert (Albert) Brasseaux  (b: around 1861); Ophelia Brasseaux  (b: September 25, 1870);  and Joseph Edward Brasseaux (b: 13 February 1878).

Ophe Brasseaux had four children. Three with first wife Anna Sonnier (Leah, Lucia and Fenelon) and one additional daughter with Bertha Broussard Brasseaux, named Anna Brasseaux (Broussard). Ophe had five grandchildren. Two of the grandchildren were daughters of Fenelon. Those were Emily Brasseaux Bodin and Mary Mae Brasseaux. The other three were children of daughter Lucia Brasseaux and her 1st husband Whitney Butuad. Their names were Melvin, Lloyd and Norma Butuad. Ophe had two daughters who never had biological children, but each did raise a relative’s child. Leah raised Emily, Fenelon’s daughter. Anna raised Mary Mae Brasseaux’s daughter Shirley.

Ophe Brasseaux was the son of Aladin Brasseaux and Belzire Broussard. His siblings were Marie Umea, Ophelia, Galbert and Joseph Edward Brasseaux. His paternal grandparents were Auguste Brasseaux and Suzanne Primeaux. His maternal grandparents were Don Louis Martin Broussard (1804-1880) and Magadeline Beniot (born December 14, 1806).

Ophe Brassseaux married Anna Sonnier (daughter of Charles Sonnier and Elizabeth Belair) on October 3, 1885. The Brasseaux’s three children were Leah, Lucia and Fenelon Brasseaux.  The family is unsure what happened to Ophe Brasseaux’s 1st wife Anna Sonnier following Fenelon’s birth in 1890.  We haven’t found records on her death (or life for that matter) as of yet.

The oldest child of the couple was Leah Brasseaux (born on August 4, 1886). She married Osay Broussard, but the couple never had biological children. Leah (and Osay) raised her brother Fenelon’s daughter Emily after her mother (Eva Meyers Brasseaux) died at 22 years old. Emily was about 2 at the time.

Lucia Brasseaux was born in 1887 and married twice. Her first husband was Whitney Butuad. They had three children Lloyd, Melvin and Norma. Her second husband was Adam Landry.

Ophe and Anna’s only son Fenelon Brasseaux was born on March 9, 1890 and married four times:  He first married Eva Meyers on October 8, 1910, who died just four years later on May 14, 1914 of diphtheria and profound blood poisoning.  His second wife was Auneus Broussard, who died in 1940 of cancer. He then married his  third wife Claudia Vincent. His last wife was Marie Nevarre.  Fenelon had one daughter with Eve Meyers. Their daughter Emily Brasseaux Bodin was born on August 7, 1911. He had another daughter with Aenues Broussard Mary Mae Brasseaux February 24, 1917.  Fenelon was a World War I Veteran.

Ophe Brasseaux married Bertha Broussard Brasseaux on February 14, 1898. Ophe had another daughter, Anna Brasseaux circa 1899. The couple and their daughter lived in Vermilion Parish and in Port Arthur, Texas. Ophe and Bertha Brasseaux divorced on January 14, 1942. His daughter Anna (Brasseaux) married Oze Broussard and never had any biological children. They raised Mary Mae Brasseaux’s daughter, Shirley Brasseaux (Broussard). The family isn’t sure is Shirley was ever legally adopted. In school, she used Broussard as her last name.

Ophe Brasseaux died on October 24, 1943.

10.29.11

Bodin: French and Louisiana Roots

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Our Bodin Legacy

The information below is a combination of Bodin historian Larry Bodin’s information from the Bodin of Les Familles Bodin website and research done by Stacy Bodin. Thanks to Larry’s extensive family research, we have been able to preserve a small part of our family legacy, which might have been lost forever.  Also a special thanks to Travis Callahan who maintains the Bodin Family site.

French immigrant Jean Louis Bodin was born on the island of Noirmoutier, France in 1761 to parents Pierre Bodin and Jeanne Massonet. His paternal grandparents were Pierre Bodin and Jeanne Guibeaux, and his maternal grandparents were Mathurine Massonet and Claire Isacard.

Jean Louis Bodin’s documented legacy takes our family story back to 1715, the year his grandfather Pierre Bodin was born in France. However the “Louisiana-Bodin” tie basically began with Jean Louis Bodin, who Larry stated on the Les Famillies Bodin’s site was a “seaman on the sailing vessel La Bon PaPa.” The La Bon PaPa was the first and smallest of the seven ships that sailed from France to the Louisiana Territories bringing the first French immigrants.

Jean Louis Bodin (1761-1806) and Marie Francois Josèphe Doiron (1768-1818)

Both Jean Louis Bodin and Marie Francois Josèphe Doiron have citations found on the Louviere Database and Families site.  Those citations state:

Jean Louis Bodin citation:  “Birth-28 December 1761-Jean Louis Bodin was born on 28 December 1761 at Moir Moutier, France; “On Monday, twenty-eight, Jean Louis born this day at noon. Son of Pierre BODIN farmer to l’Herbaudière and Jeanne Massenet , his wife, was baptized by us, Vicar undersigned: the godfather was Pierre Issabare (not sure), Germain cousin and godmother Marie BODIN, paternal aunt of the child.”

The Marie Francois Josèphe Doiron citation states “Francoise Doiron was born circa 1768 at St. Malo, France; see census data.”

Alexis Doiron (Gregorie Bodin’s Great, Great Grandfather)

With adversity plaguing the Doiron family for several decades, the strength of the family appeared to be their strong suit along the way. More than one generation crossed oceans in an attempt to find better lives for their families. Alexis Doiron’s granddaughter, Marie Francoise-Josèphe Doiron would play undeniable role in the Bodin family’s Louisiana legacy.

The story begins with the Alexis Doiron family in the 1600’s.

Alexis Doiron’s paternal grandfather Jean Doiron was born around 1649 in France and brought his family to settle in Canada around 1670.  Jean Doiron’s grandson Alexis Doiron was born in Pisiquid, Canada (modern Windsor, Nova Scotia) on June 29, 1723, to Louis Doiron and Marguerite Barrieau.

At the age of 20, Alexis married Marguerite Thibodeau on September 12, 1743 in Canada. Alexis’ young wife Marguerite dies sometime after giving birth to three children.

Canadian census of 1752 before he reaches his 30th birthday, Alexis Doriron is mentioned as a widower. “ALEXIS DOUARON, widower, ploughman, native of I’Acadie, aged 29 years, he has been in the country two years. He has three sons: Gregoire, aged 8 years, Joseph, aged 6 years, Theodore, aged 3 years. And the following live stock: two oxen, one horse and two pigs. The land on which he is settled is situated as in the preceding case [at the farther end of Grand Anse], It was given to him verbally by Monsieurde Bonnaventure. He has made no clearing.”

On July 20, 1753, he remarries 15-year-old Madeleine-Josephe Bourg. By this time, the tumultuous years of Acadian unrest in Canada is at hand bringing  with it,  major changes to Acadian communities. As with many others during this troublesome era, the Alexis Doiron family faced deportation to France in fall of 1758.

After expulsion in 1758, the family faced immense struggle while in France. The family lost two children and hard times consumed their lives. After many years in France, the entire family eventually returned to Canada, except for his eldest son (Alexis Gregorie Doiron’s) family. One source cited that “it appears the Alexis Doiron family left France and returned to Canada without permission, making it an illegal voyage at that time.”

In the magazine article “The Saga of Alexis Doiron” it states that little is known about how or when the family returned to Canada, but there is a document found indicating that the Doiron family was settled there on June 1, 1772 showing their return to Canada.

Canadian census of 1752 before he reaches his 30th birthday, Alexis Doriron is mentioned as a widower. “ALEXIS DOUARON, widower, ploughman, native of I’Acadie, aged 29 years, he has been in the country two years. He has three sons: Gregoire, aged 8 years, Joseph, aged 6 years, Theodore, aged 3 years. And the following live stock: two oxen, one horse and two pigs. The land on which he is settled is situated as in the preceding case [at the farther end of Grand Anse], It was given to him verbally by Monsieurde Bonnaventure. He has made no clearing.”

On July 20, 1753, he remarries 15-year-old Madeleine-Josephe Bourg. By this time, the tumultuous years of Acadian unrest in Canada is at hand bringing  with it,  major changes to Acadian communities. As with many others during this troublesome era, the Alexis Doiron family faced deportation to France in fall of 1758.

Father and Daughter Legacy – Alexis “Gregorie” Doiron- Marie Francois Josèphe Doiron

After expulsion in 1758, the family faced immense struggle while in France. The family lost two children and hard times consumed their lives. After many years in France, the entire family eventually returned to Canada, except for his eldest son (Alexis Gregorie Doiron’s) family. One source cited that “it appears the Alexis Doiron family left France and returned to Canada without permission, making it an illegal voyage at that time.”

 

In the magazine article “The Saga of Alexis Doiron” it states that little is known about how or when the family returned to Canada, but there is a document found indicating that the Doiron family was settled there on June 1, 1772 showing their return to Canada.

How did the Our Bodin family end up in Louisiana?

During 1785, seven ships set sail from France to New Orleans. According to the Acadian–Cajun Geneology site, the fifth ship named the  L’Amitie was led by Captain Joseph Beltremieux.  Their intense voyage began in France on August 20, 1785 and traveled for 80 days. The 400 ton ship arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana on November 8, 1785 with 270 people (68 families) on board.

On the L’Amitié ship were two of Alexis Gregorie Doiron’s daughters, Doiron’s widow Helene (Aucoin) Dantin, her second husband Louis Dantin and his daughters. Those listed in the family on the L’Amitie ship were:  Louis DANTIN, house carpenter 38; Hélène AUCOIN, wife 37; Jeanne DANTIN, daughter 16; Marie DANTIN, daughter 12; Anne DANTIN, daughter 9; Julie DANTIN, daughter 7; Françoise DOIRON, Hélène’s daughter 17; Marie DOIRON, Hélène’s daughter 12.

Once in Louisiana, Marie Francoise-Josèphe Doiron married Jean-Louis Bodin, the son of French Creole Pierre Baudin (or Bodin) of Normandy, France on February 28, 1787 in St. Gabriel, Louisiana. The marriage of Jean Louis Bodin and Marie Francoise Doiron produced six children. Gregoire’ Bodin  1795–1865; Jean Charles Bodin; 1797–1822; Genevive Bodin  1800–1849; Simon Bodin  1800–1849; Clemencia Bodin;1804–unsure of death date and Marie Rose Bodin 1805–1875.  (continued on the next page).

Gregoire’ Bodin

Gregoire’ Bodin was born December 12, 1795, in Saint Gabriel, Louisiana to Jean Louis Bodin and Marie Francois Josèphe Doiron. Gregoire’ married Pelagie Rene LeBlanc, the daughter of Rene Leblanc and Marguerite Trahan on November 11, 1816.  Their children included: Joseph Bodin 1817–1839; Therence (Terrence) Bodin 1819 – 1880; Norbert Bodin 1821–1890; Emile Bodin  1823–1896; Caroline Bodin 1825 – 1876 Josephine Bodin 1827–1864; Aurelia Bodin 1829–1832; Dolze John Bodin 1832–1901; Melanie Bodin 1835–1869; and Pierre Ulix Bodin 1837–1910.

After the death of Pelagie LeBlanc Bodin in 1840, Gregoire’ remarried Natalie Bourg (Bourque) with Natalie giving birth to five additional Bodin children. Those born of the Bodin Bourg union included: Marie Asema Bodin Penn 1836–1911; Gregoire’ Bodin Jr. 1845–1852; Eugene Gabriel Bodin 1849–1929; Eleanor Felicite Bodin 1852 –1861 and an unnamed Bodin baby in 1852.

The Les Familles Bodin website also states that Gregoire’ “took over the duties of under tutor for the eight minor children of his deceased brother, Simon when he died at 48 years of age.”

 

Despite the fact that Gregoire’ Bodin could not read or write, he became a respected businessman in St. Mary Parish as a sugar cane plantation owner with 2000 acres of land. Gregoire Bodin’s plantation structure built in 1841 near Charenton still stands today. It was renamed Vacherie by later owners.

Due to lack of education and the ability to read or write, many family stories were chronicled verbally and passed on to the next generation. Some of those are mentioned below:

On the Bodin of Les Familles Bodin website, Bodin historian, Larry Bodin states: “Both Gregoire’ and his brother were men of large stature, and stories were told that when they were together they did not need a ladder.” Another comment about his large statue states that a “pair of Gregoire’s pants is still owned by a family member and the waist of those pants, when held up by an average sized man, reach the neck of the holder.”

Another unique tid bit of information states that his pants held a special meaning for the older descendants of Gregoire’ as the last tie to their ancestor.  One elderly family member told Larry Bodin that when the elder members of the family were near death they would call for someone to bring the pants to their bedside so that they “could see them one more time.”  Larry cited that “the family member recounting this story would cry each time he told it.”

A popular story passed down through the generations involves his death. Upon his death on the upper floor of his plantation home, Gregoire’ was too large to bring down the spiral staircase.  His servants had to cut a hole in the ceiling and lower his body to the bottom floor with ropes.  A note on the Les Famillies Bodin website says that “a recent renovation of the home covered the hole that was still visible up until that time.” 

As per the Bodin Famillies Website: Gregoire’ Bodin died in 1865 and is buried in a family tomb in Charenton. When Gregoire died he was buried in the family tomb. On August 26, 1992 Hurricane Andrew severely damaged the tomb when one of the large pieces of marble fell off and was broken. On October 25, 1993 Gregoire’s great great great grandson, Larry Bodin, undertook the task of restoring the tomb. The renovation began and lasted until April 8, 1994. The renovators stated that it would be too costly to build a tomb with marble today, and that the cost would run to more than $20,000. The cost of the renovation was over $4,000 and was paid with contributions from members of the Bodin Family. One final note states “Larry is probably one of the few people who has seen the remains of his  great great grandfather.” In Larry’s own words he stated he was ” a giant of a man, over seven feet”.

Citations:  “Saga of Alexis Doiron” magazine article (The Island Magazine, Number 39, Spring/Summer 1996) and the Bodin Les Famillies Website

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