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Marie Jeanne Brignac (abt. 1730 - abt. 1802)

Marie Jeanne Brignac aka Fontenot
Born about in Fort Toulouse, Louisiane, Nouvelle-Francemap
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Wife of — married 24 May 1747 in Mobile, Alabamamap
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Died about at about age 72 in Opelousas, Louisiane, Nouvelle-Francemap
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Marie Jeanne Brignac, daughter of Simon Brignac, soldier in Derneville's company, and Marie Turpin, was likely born about 1730.

"She married Joseph Philippe Fontenot dit St. Philippe, soldier in Derneville's company, native of the Alibamons district, son of Louis Fonteneau dit Colin, sergeant, and Louise Henry, on May 24, 1747. Witnesses named: Simon Brignac, father of the bride; Pierre Domail, habitant. Witnesses signing: Cross of Simon Brignac, the bride's father; Pierre Domail; (Louis) Marcellin; (Francois) Hierly; Favre, not identified; (Louis) Houries or Houriez."[1][2]

Known children of the marriage:

  1. Michel Philippe Fontenot (1747)
  2. Marianne Fontenot (1750)
  3. Jacques Fontenot (1753)
  4. Joseph Philippe Fontenot (1755)[3]
  5. Charles Fontenot (1757)
  6. Marie Josephe Fontenot (c.1759)[4]
  7. Simon Philippe Fontenot (1760)[5]
  8. Francois Philippe Fontenot (1765)
  9. Marguerite Fontenot (1767)
  10. Pierre Louis Fontenot (1770)
  11. Magdelaine Fontenot (1771)
  12. Paul Fontenot (c.1773)[6]
  13. Marie Jeanne Fontenot (c.1776)[7]

Marie Brignac, Madame Fontenot, probably died May 6, 1802 as she was buried the following day, as recorded at St. Landry Catholic Church in Opelousas, Louisiana. Note that if she was born in 1730, the recorded age at death is too old; however, the priests were notoriously unreliable recorders of age at death. See below for other possible dates for her death.[8]

Another Marie Brignac died in Opelousas on 4 December 1799, no age or spouse listed.[9]

There is also this death record, though the spouse name is problematic:

Hebert, SWLR CD;
BRIGNAC, Marie - widow Velleaire [Bellair FONTENOT] bur. Wednesday, 24 June 1801 "muerta en su cama" [died in her bed]. Fr. Pedro de ZAMORA (Opel. Ch.: v.1, p.52)


Maternal relationship is confirmed [Miteouamigoukoue-2 |Marie (Miteouamigoukoue) Mitewamewkwe] is a common Ancestor, by a triangulated group consisting of Kevin Lajiness GEDmatch M658673, Rosalie Fabiola Gonneville formerly Cournoyer aka Jalbert GEDmatch A587108 and Samantha A. Guillory GEDmatch A714347 sharing a ABT. A 13cM segment on chromosome 14 from 25204655 to 32601696.


  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. 265.
  2. Rev. Donald J. Hebert, Southwest Louisiana Records 1740-1900 ("SWLR"), CD #101 (Baton Rouge, LA: Claitor's Publications Division, 2001);
    BRIGNAC, Marie (Simon & Marie TURPIN) m. 24 May 1747 Philippe FONTENOT (Louis & Marie HENRY) [Source: "Love's Legacy - The Mobile Marriages, 1724-1786," by Jacqueline O. VIDRINE. Refer to the Vidrine text for a complete abstract and translation, page 265. (Mobile Church: Marriage Register: 1726-1786)
  3. Hebert, SWLR CD;
    FONTENOT, Joseph (Francois - of this parish & Therese ENGLE - of Mobile) b. 25 March 1814, bt. 16 Oct. 1814 Pats: Philippe FONTENEAU & Marie BRIGNAC - of Alibamons; Mats: Jacques ENGLE - of Germany & Marthe PAQUET - of Mobile; Spons: Joseph LATIOLAIS - represented by Jacques DUPRE & Theotiste ROY - wife of Mr. DUPRE. Fr. Michel Bernard BARRIERE (Opel. Ch.: v.2, p.40)
  4. Hebert, SWLR CD;
    FONTENOT, Caroline (Louis & Marie Josephe FONTENAUT) bt. Sunday, 1 Feb. 1801 Pats: unknown; Mats: Joseph FONTENAUT & Marie Jeanne BRIGNAC; Spons: Louis FONTENAUT & Theotiste ROY. Fr. Pedro de ZAMORA (Opel. Ch.: v.1-A, p.240)
  5. Hebert, SWLR CD;
    FONTENOT, Hiacinthe (Simon - native of Mobile & Theotiste DESMARETS - of this parish) b. 1 Nov. 1813, bt. 3 Jan. 1814 Pats: Philippe FONTENAU & Marie BRIGNAC - from Alibamons or Mobile; Mats: Francois DESMARERTS - of this colony & Marie Catherine DUCLOS - of Pointe Coupee; Spons: Louis FONTENAU & Louise FONTENAU - brother and sister of the baptized. Fr. Michel Bernard BARRIERE (Opel. Ch.: v.2, p.20)
  6. Hebert, SWLR CD;
    • FONTENOT, Paul - of this parish (dec. Philippe & Marie BRIGNAC) m. 22 July 1806 Rosalie McAULEY - also of this parish (Patrick & Nancy IVEY) Wits: Francois FONTENOT, Roger WEST, Ball ----. Fr. Louis BUHOT (Opel. Ch.: v.1-A, p.158)
    • McCAULEY, Rosalie - also of this parish (Patrick & Nancy IVEY) m. 22 July 1806 Paul FONTENOT - of this parish (dec. Philippe & Marie BRIGNAC) Wits: Francois FONTENOT, Roger WEST, Ball ----. Fr. Louis BUHOT (Opel. Ch.: v.1-A, p.158)
  7. Hebert, SWLR CD:
    GUILLORY, Donatien (Louis & Marie Jeanne FONTENAUT) bt. Sunday, 20 Nov. 1796 Pats: Joseph GUILLORY & Marie LACASSE; Mats: Joseph FONTENAUT & Marie BRIGNAC; Spons: Pierre GUILLORY & Elise FONTENAUT, his paternal & maternal uncle and aunt. Fr. Pedro de ZAMORA (Opel. Ch.: v.1-A, p.170)
  8. Hebert, SWLR CD;
    BRIGNAC, Marie - spouse of Joseph FONTENAUT. bur. 7 May 1802 at age about 85 yrs. old. Fr. Louis BUHOT (Opel. Ch.: v.1, p.55).
  9. Hebert, SWLR CD;
    BRIGNAC, Marie bur. Wednesday, 4 Dec. 1799. Fr. Pedro de ZAMORA (Opel. Ch.: v.1, p.43)
See Also:
  • For more about the family who immigrated to Louisiana, see Jacqueline O. Vidrine and Elaine G. Pucheu, "The First Fontenot Families of Louisiana," Louisiana Genealogical Register XXII (December, 1975); XXIII (March, 1976).
  • Ancestry Family Trees: Rider/Deshotel Family

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Brignac-137 and Brignac-1 appear to represent the same person because: There are three profiles for two sisters both called Marie and both married two Fontenot brothers, Philippe and Joseph. Let's consider merging these two because they have the same husband. The death date needs to be reconciled--there are 3 death notices for women named Marie in Opelousas.
posted by Jacqueline Girouard
Brignac-137 and Brignac-1 appear to represent the same person because: Although Brignac-127 is unsourced, we can still determine that they are meant to be the same person who married Phillipe Fontenot in 1747. The two women also have the same parents, and similar names. There is no indication of the possibility that the two are sisters who married the same man only a few weeks apart. Keep the information on Brignac-1 and delete what is on Brignac-137. Thanks
posted by Jacqueline Girouard
Brignac-75 and Brignac-1 are not ready to be merged because: The spouse's name and the marriage date isn't close. There is some confusion with this family so I think we need to do more research before merging. There may be some conflation so some of the info and sourcing is the same.
posted by Jacqueline Girouard
Brignac-75 and Brignac-1 appear to represent the same person because: This looks like the same person--

best, christy

posted by Christy Woodward
Brignac-1 and Brignac-137 are not ready to be merged because: The source cited in 137 is insufficient.
posted on Brignac-137 (merged) by Kermit Soileau
Was she really 10 years older than her husband? She would have been 54 when her last child was born.
posted by Jacqueline Girouard