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Andre Claude Boutte (1721 - 1792)

Andre Claude (Claude) Boutte aka La Lime
Born in Bourseville, Somme, Picardie, Francemap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married 22 Apr 1746 in Mobile, Alabama, Louisiana Territorymap
Descendants descendants
Died in St Martinville, St Martin, Louisiane, Nouvelle-Espagnemap
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Andre Claude Boutte, son of Claude Boutte and Jeanne Freté was born in Bourseville, Somme, Picardie, France[1] on 9 January 1721.[2]

He married Marie Anne Joseph Bodin, of Mobile, daughter of Nicolas Bodin dit Miragoine and of Françoise Palié (Paillé) in 1746.[1]

Children of the marriage:
  1. François Cesar Boutte (1751-1827)
  2. Jean Philippe Boutte (1753-1824)
  3. Louis Hilaire Boutte (1754-1808)
  4. Antoine Boutte (1755-1808)
  5. Jean Baptiste Boutte (1757-1823)

He had a relationship with an enslaved woman of his household named Fanchon.

Children of the union:
  1. Claude Boutte (1763-1810)
  2. Rosette Boutte (1765-1858)
  3. Philippe Boutte (1768- 1838)
  4. Mulo Boutte (c.1771)
  5. Pierre Barnabe Boutte (1775-1826)

He died in Louisiana in 1792.[citation needed]

Research Notes

Most of what follows is not usable without more information than "email from Diane M" or "Rootsweb Message Board."

  • Email from Diane M. to G. Kueber 11/27/2014:
Andre Claude Boutte, father of Rosette Boutte, and mate of Fanchon (Francoise), was a French military officer in Mobile (then called the Florida Parishes). He married the daughter of the commandant of the Fort where he was stationed, Fort Conde, and brought his family (including his wife, children, and his mother-in-law to New Orleans upon the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1763. You can find the immigration records online where he is listed with his family. One had to pledge allegiance to the British flag if you wanted to stay in their territory. He came to New Orleans where he purchased a female slave named "Luisa" from his mother-in-law. No one knows for sure if this was Françoise/Fanchon. Andre Claude Boutte opened up several blacksmith shops in New Orleans and his sons all apprenticed in them.[citation needed]

  • Email from Diane M. to G. Kueber 11/27/2014:
Andre Claude Boutte's (called Claude) first child with his domestic servant Françoise (called Fanchon), was born in 1763. He was named Claude. Four more children were born to Andre Claude and Fanchon, including Rosette Boutte. The other 3 children were boys.[citation needed]

  • __ Below from Rootsweb Message Board __ = Will of Andre Claude Boutte:
Author: captx1
Surnames: Boutte
Classification: will
Message Board URL:
Message Board Post by Carolyn Boutte (and Rob) Peterson:
About a year ago Gloria Vaughn Walker sent me 27 images she copied involving the 1792 will of Claude Boutte (Boutet). She also sent two separate English translations of the will itself which is the first 5 pages in French. These translations essentially agree and below I show text which represents them. The 6th page is in Spanish, a list of expenses, translated by Dorothy Karilanovic and Juan M. Pages 7 and 8 are in French (translated by Marie Joseph Daban). The remaining pages in Spanish have not been translated. They appear to involve some questions and answers about the procedures and may (or may not) be formalities required by the officials. Many of the images of these pages are practically unreadable. Beside the poor image capture, there is serious bleed through from ink on the back of the pages. I am posting this information because I doubt I will anytime soon pursue this item further -- and I have never seen this will published.
Apparently the documents are still available to be viewed and perhaps better copies made if anyone is interested. Here is what Gloria told me about this collection:
The document can be found in the private office of Chief Deputy Clerk of St. Martin Parish in St. Martinville, La. The volumes are referred to as the Original Acts. This particular document is:
Boutet, Claude 1792
Testament Number 93
Book 12, Number 24
This past spring I had written to the clerk to see if these volumes were digitized. They are not since many years ago they were laminated. I had it photocopied by the office staff years ago when I was there. If ever I get the chance I would like to go by there and see if I could photo the pages with a camera. I think the bleed through would not show so much as it does in photocopy.

Pages 1-5 (French) 1792 Testament Claude Boutte

Today twenty seventh day of the month of September at four o'clock in the afternoon we the undersigned have been three days to this hour at the house of Mr. Claude Boutte, father, whom between ourselves profess having declared to the children that his last intentions that to be pleasing to God to remove him from this world. He asked to be buried on holy grounds and with the ordinary ceremonies of the Catholic and Apostolic religion and domain.

That he always professed and in which he will remain resolute as to the earthly goods that he possessed. He upon understanding that his children are to share in a friendly manner and in part equally between each other.The house in which he resides at this moment be sold next year with the slaves that he possesses. From the products of the harvest will be given to the mulattos Philipo, Pierre, Mulo and Rosette one hundred piastras (dollars) once paid on the condition that they work at the same harvest. Under the same conditions 150 piastres will be given to the mulatto Claude.

He declared to be in debt [investor] to Sr. Hillaire Boutt for a sum that he cannot say but that his sons their brother could find out while settling this account with his eldest son - Francois Cezar Boutt which is aware of this account.

That he enlisted his children to buy some land of about five to ten acres near the farm & give it to the negress named Fanchon, his slave.

That he wanted the product of his actual harvest be used on the acquirements of his debts that he recommends to be payed promptly.

That he names as his testamontial executor Mister Olivier de Vezin that he recommends thus to his children to take care of the mulattos' conduct and all designated & to help them if their conducts are worthy.

That he understood that the dwelling that was enlisted by his children for the negress Fanchon to be paid in obligation by him of which the negress is a bearer. [translator: wrote out to the side in parnathese in pencil "(of his child?)"]

That he recommends to Mr. Olivier, his executor to take charge personally of the friendly division between his children of his goods after having paid what he may owe giving him the [amanutention*] of his words with the power to substitute in its place unless for reason that requires judiciary acts & understanding that this division takes place between them and him without intervention from anyone - seeing the erratic situation in which Mr. Boutt senior finds himself in this moment &[araignant*] that it does not please God to recall him before Mr. Le Commandant for which we have sent cannot arrive, we have signed this article in its proper...requisition at Atacapas this 29 September at six o'clock in the evening in the residence of Mr. Boutt senior.

(signatures) Jn Bte Darby, Louis Grevenberg, Dauterive Dubucley, Dauterive Benoist St. Claire

I, Dr. Francisco Caro y Luengo, Commander of the Atacapas, having traveled on this day at Senor Claude Boutte at his request have found him in his bed sick in body but not in spirit who gave us the written document above mentioned in our presence. We have signed between us declaring that it contains his last intentions after having been read to him and said that he persisted and that he could not sign (his name) seen in large [gram*] - the failing of his eyesight [requerant*] us to certify what we have done - today & present.

(signatures = same as above)

Page 6 (Spanish)

For my trip of five leagues to receive the will of the Testator. (4) For the proceeding of having received them. (1) For the issue of the seals. (2) For the publication of these. (1) For the five declarations from whom they were witness of the final ordinance. (10) For the two days that I was away from home. (11) For the copy of other dispositions and declarations (?) from the 8th government book of property convened at 11 pesos. (3) For my trip fro the removal of the seals in which I worked one day from my house using my own carriage. (10.4) For the copy of the will delivered to Mr. Olivier. (2) Total..... (45)

For two notifications to Mr. Olivier. (2) For a copy to the same. (1) For an act of viewing paid by the same Mr. Olivier as a pledge ... from Mr. Hillaire Boutte... mulato named Charle..year 92. (2) For one copy that I delivered to Mr. Francis Cesar Boutte (on?) a business matter with Longron. (1.4) Total..... (6.4)

(Grand) Total.....(52) {pesos or piastres}

Pages 7 and 8 (French) Testament of Claude Boutte.

Today 28th day of the month of September of the year 1792 We Jn Francisco Caro y Luego Commandant of the Atacapas finding ourselves at the home of deceased Claude Boutte in the instant of his death and one of the heirs being absent. We on request of Mister Olivier de Vezin executor of the will named by the deceased and informed of what the charge is that he accepts. We placed the seals on the desk of the said deceased to remain there until the arrival of the missing heir or giving proxy to this effect and this in the presence of Mssrs Louis Grevenberg and D'auterive Debuclet witnesses of our assistance who had signed with us after reading. (Signatures) Francisco Caro y Luengo D'aurtive Debuclet Louis Grevenberg [citation needed]

Pages 9 -27 (Spanish, untranslated)


  1. 1.0 1.1 Jacqueline Olivier Vidrine, Love's Legacy: The Mobile Marriages Recorded in French, Transcribed, with Annotated Abstracts in English, 1724-1786 (Lafayette, LA: University of Southwestern Louisiana, 1985) p. 249. Text:
    Mob. mb I:34a-1
    April 22, 1746
    Three banns published.
    Claude Boutté dit La Lime, soldier of this garrison (Mobile), native of (Bourseville?),1 parish of Notre Dame, Diocese of Amiens, son of Claude Boutté, master carpenter, and Jeanne Ferlé or Ferté.
    Marie Anne Joseph Bodin, native of this parish (Mobile), daughter of Nicolas Bodin dit Miragoine and of Françoise Palié (Paillé).
    Witnesses named: Françoise Palié, mother of the bride; Jean Baptiste Bodin, brother of the bried; Charles de Lalande, royal scribe and guardian of the storehouse at this post.
    Witnesses signing: The cross of the mother, Françoise Palié; Marie Louise Bodin, sister of the bride; J(ean) B(aptiste) Baudin, brother of the bride; Jeanne Kerourete, wife of Bertrand Joseph de Boissy (Mob. mb I:15); Marye Englique Provost, who married Lorenson in 1740 (Mob. mb I:27); Dubord, not identified; (Charles) de Lalande, spouse of Charlotte Duval; (Jean) Lorenson (dit Beaulieu), husband of Marye Angelique Provost, who signed both Lorenson and Loranson.
    1. An anonymous translator of this record suggested Bourseville as a probability, "mentioned by Dauzat and Rostiang as being, or having been, in the department of Somme, the capital of which is Amiens." Bousseville was not located.
  2. Baptism record in 1721, online at, Frame 110
    09/JAN/1721 son of the late Claude BOUTE and Jeanne FRETE
    Godfather Claude FRETE Godmother Charlotte DELAHAYE

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Claude dit la Lime Boutte, son of Claude Boutte and Jeanne Ferte’, was born 9 January 1717/ 19 at Bourseville, Somme, Picardie, France. He married Marie Anne dit Miragoine Bodin 22 April 1746 at Mobile, West Florida Territory (Alabama). Marie Anne dit Miragoine, daughter of Baron Nicholas dit Miragoine Bodin and Francoise Paille, was born 8 April 1727 in Mobile, West Florida Territory (Alabama). They had 5 children. Claude dit la Lime was a “soldat de cette garrison “(soldier of this garrison) Fort Conte, Mobile, West Florida Territory (Alabama) at the time he married Marie Anne dit Miragoine, the daughter of the commandant. The military of New France consisted of a mix of regular soldiers from the French Army and French Navy supported by small local volunteer militia. Most early troops were sent from France, but localization after the growth of the colony meant that, by the 1690s, many were volunteers from the settlers of New France, and by the 1750s most troops were descendants of the original French inhabitants. Additionally, many of the early troops and officers who were born in France remained in the colony after their service ended, contributing to generational service and a military elite. The French built a series of forts from Newfoundland to Louisiana and others captured from the British during the 1600s to the late 1700s. Some were a mix of military post and trading forts. Part of the job of the military was to create good trade relations with the Natives. New France relied heavily on the fur trade given that it was the only valuable commodity in the entire colony, which cost more to operate than it brought in, in profit. ( He brought his family (including his wife, children, and his mother-in-law) to New Orleans upon the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1763 which forced the French to give up all their lands east of the Mississippi River to the English unless they pledged the oath of loyalty to the British flag. The Bouttes lived on 12 Ste. Anne Street in New Orleans. Claude dit la Lime was a Forgeron (Master Blacksmith) and opened several blacksmith shops in New Orleans. His sons all apprenticed in them. Apparently, Claude dit la Lime owed a debt of 8 pesos (pieces of 8) 7 reales to Henry Voix. Claude la Lime sold 3 slaves to pay his debt. (The Louisiana Historical Quarterly) By 1774- 77, the Bouttes were living in Attakapas (St. Martin, LA), French Louisiana. Claude’s occupation was listed as a rancher. Enlisted men retired from the French army received sizable grants from the Spanish government. The Spanish was interested in populating the vast reaches of Louisiana, and owners were expected to occupy and improve the land within three years. Andre Claude died 27 September 1792 at Poste de Attakapas, Spanish Louisiana and was laid to rest ?. Marie Anne dit Miragoine died 13 June 1810 in St. Martinville, Attakapas (St. Martin), Louisiana and was to rest ?. (, Family Search, The Louisiana Historical Quarterly, Wikitree)

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Baptism record in 1721

Frame 110

09/JAN/1721 son of the late Claude BOUTE and Jeanne FRETE

Godfather Claude FRETE Godmother Charlotte DELAHAYE

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