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Elisee Cormier (abt. 1804 - 1879)

Elisee Cormier
Born about in Opelousas, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, USAmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 15 Jan 1822 in St. Landry Parish, Louisianamap
Husband of — married 6 Aug 1850 in Grand Coteau, St. Landry, Louisiana, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Grand Coteau, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, USAmap
Profile last modified | Created 1 Feb 2016 | Last significant change: 23 May 2021
01:47: Joyce (Bjorkgren) Rivette edited the Biography for Elisee Cormier (abt.1804-1879). (updated categories, added slave info) [Thank Joyce for this]
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Elisee Cormier was born about February 1804 in Opelousas, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana.[1][2] He was baptized on 2 November 1804 at age 8 months, at St. Landry Catholic Church in Opelousas. His sponsors were Major Elisee Owen and Silesie Savois. Father Louis Buhot performed the ceremony.[1]

He married first Marie Christine Johnson, daughter of William Johnson and Marie Therese Ritter. They obtained a marriage license on 14 January 1822 in Opelousas,[3] and were married on 15 January 1822 at the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Grand Coteau, St. Landry Parish. Witnesses were Denis Dessessart and Pierre Potier. Father Hercule Brassac presided.[4]

They had at least ten children:

  1. Marie Celestine Cormier, b. 24 Nov 1822
  2. Zephirin Cormier, b. 13 Feb 1825
  3. Emelia Cormier, b. 24 May 1827
  4. Elisha Cormier, b. 20 Jan 1829
  5. Aurelia Cormier, b. 22 Feb 1831
  6. Marie Anaise Cormier, b. 26 Feb 1833
  7. Marie Olivia Cormier, b. 5 Mar 1835
  8. Marie Lodoiska Cormier, b. 18 Sep 1838
  9. Mary Magdalen Cormier, b. 30 Aug 1840
  10. Joseph Numa Cormier, b. 21 Feb 1843

He was widowed in 1844.[5]

Elisee married second Marguerite Edwige Bergeron, daughter of Pierre Bergeron and Marie Eulalie Cezanne, on 6 August 1850 at St. Charles Borromeo Church.[6] They were enumerated during the 1850 census in St. Martin Parish. Although he should have had several children still under the age of 16, none of them were listed in his household.[7] Elisee owned five slaves in 1850, ranging in age from 18 to 55.[8]

Elisee and Edwige had no known children together.[9] She died on 11 February 1865 at Grand Coteau.[10]

Elisee died on 4 January 1879, and was probably buried at the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church cemetery at Grand Coteau.[11]


1840 census - need to find.

1850 census, St. Martin Parish;

  • 1 black female, age 55
  • 1 black male, age 45
  • 1 black female, age 30
  • 1 black male, age 25
  • 1 black male, age 18

1860 census - need to find.

Research Notes

Name. Before this profile was adopted, Elisee's name was entered as "Elizee-Paul" Cormier. No source for this name was given. "Paul" has never been seen associated with his name, so it has been removed from this profile.
Census Records. Need to find this family in the 1830, 1840, and 1860 censuses. Also, none of his younger children were living with him in the 1850 census. Where were they? Some may have died, others married, but an attempt needs to be made and documented to discover what became of them.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Donald J. Hébert, Southwest Louisiana Records, 1750-1900, compact disk #101 ("SWLR CD"), (Rayne, LA: Hébert Publications, 2001; reprints by Claitor's Publications); cites Opel.Ch, v.1-B, p.346; baptism, Elisee Cormier, age 8 mths
  2. Hébert, SWLR CD; cites GC Ch., v.1, p.18 #44, marriage, Elizee Cormier and Christine Johnson, he was about 18 years old, born and living at Opelousas
  3. Hébert, SWLR CD; cites Opel. Ct.Hse. Mar. #4; marriage, Elisha Cormier and Marie Christine Johnson
  4. Hébert, SWLR CD; cites GC Ch., v.1, p.18 #44, marriage, Elizee Cormier and Christine Johnson
  5. Hébert, SWLR CD; cites GC Ch.: v.1 p.64; burial, Christine Jeansonne, d. 23 Jun 1844
  6. Hébert, SWLR CD; cites GC Ch.: v.1, p.190 & v.2, #18; marriage, Elisee Cormier and Marguerite Edwige Bergeron, 6 Aug 1850
  7. "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 22 Dec 2020), household of Elisé Cormier, Anse Charpentier, St. Martin, Louisiana, United States; citing family 360, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 240; FHL microfilm no. 443,483; see also Ancestry Record 8054 #2913340
    Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
    - Elisé Cormier Male 47 Louisiana
    - Elvise Chautin Female 52 Louisiana
    - Erasie Chautin Female 32 Louisiana
    - Aladin Marks Male 8 Louisiana
    - Adiotate Marks Male 4 Louisiana
  8., "1850 U.S. Federal Census - Slave Schedules," database on-line; The National Archive, Washington DC, NARA Microform Publication M432, Seventh Census Of The United States, 1850 U.S. Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; Ancestry Record 8055 #90768732, owner Elise Cormier, 1BM45, 1BM25, 1BM18, 1BF55, 1BF30, total 5
  9. Hébert, SWLR CD; found no references to children of Elisee Cormier and Marguerite Edwige Bergeron
  10. Hébert, SWLR CD; cites GC Ch.: v.1, p.155; burial, Marie Edwige Bergeron, died 11 Feb 1865 at age 65 yrs
  11. Hébert, SWLR CD; cites GC Ch.: v. 1, p. 206; burial, Elysee Cormier, age 75 yrs

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