I contacted one of my cousins who lived in Marseilles for a long time.
He sent me some things that might be of help to you
The Garoutte family was originally from the Accoules, a part of the city of Marseille, just North of the Old Port. The church where Antoine (in 1695) and Michel Garoutte (in 1750) were cristened was destroyed during the French Revolution.
2. The description from the abbeyclock url in an earlier email, Luc says this is behind the central city hall (mairie). From the church remains the belfry
3. book, "The Garoutte History, 1775-1975," by Ellan Douglas Thiesen. In this tree, you can find William Cecil Headrick and Edith Finklestein, who were my grandparents. So you and Luc may be related if this tree has any validity. If so and you would like me to get you in touch with him, send me your direct email at rlboz / at sign / att / dot / net (I spelled it out hoping a robot does not grab it)
My guess from the old traditions of Marseille :
- The family house was in the vicinity of that ACOULES Belfry in the centre of the town close to the harbor (necessity of business and social life)
- The wealthy families had also a “bastide” (local word for what could be called a Chateau because they are very big and stocky houses) for the week end and summer (avoiding the scorching heat in town)
- Marseille is in fact a small town having agglomerated 101 villages from the country side in the immediate vicinity to become a large city. One of these villages called “St Barnabé” (today 13th district of Marseille) has a GAROUTTE AVENUE, not by chance. There is obligatorily a link with this family. In this avenue is today a large center for elderly people including a “bastide”. It is the only one in the street. It could have been the “Garoutte Chateau/bastide” I followed up on this lead:
If you use Google Earth, query for St. Barnabe Marseilles France. You will need to enable Roads. There is a long road called Boulevardd Garoutte. It runs from the South cross street of Boulevard Merle (its name at that end is Boulevad Hageneau) when it crosses Avenue de Saint Barnabe it changes to Bouldevard Garoutte. Homes in this area appear to be large and many have pools so I would say an upscale area even today. as you continue north the road changes to Boulevard Gavoty after Rue Dumas While there are many large homes I did not see anything that appeared to be an older estate with a lot of grounds around it. But you might want to use google earth and just look around the area for yourself.