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Philippe Fontenot (1727 - bef. 1790)

Philippe "St. Philippe" Fontenot
Born in Mobile, Fort Toulouse, Alabamamap
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Husband of — married 24 May 1747 in Mobile, Alabamamap
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Died before before age 63 in St. Landry Parish, Spanish Louisianamap
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Philippe Fontenot has French origins.

Philippe Fontenot, son of Louis Fontenot and Louise Henry was baptized on 2 September 1727 in Alabama. His parents were married there in February 1726.[1]

He married Marie Jeanne Brignac on May 24, 1747.[2][3]

"Philippe Fonteneau" served with half-pay of 6 livres per month, according to a decision of June 11, 1764, sent to the "Bureau des Invalides" June 12, 1764. Discharged September 15, 1763.[4]

Philippe and his wife arrived in Opelousas, Louisiana in 1764 from Alabama.[citation needed]

They were on the Census of 4 May 1777 Opelousas, St. Landry.[5]

He served in the civil militia on 8 June 1777 in Opelousas, Louisiana.[citation needed]

Philippe died before 16 October 1790, the date of his succession court proceeding, and was buried presumably in the St. Landry Church cemetery located in Opelousas. Note: his name wasn't found on the Find a Grave cemetery list of interments but not all graves are marked and have been His succession was recorded in July 1791 at St. Landry Parish, Louisiana.[3]

Family records found on Hebert CD:
  1. FONTENOT, Francois (Phillip & Marie BRIGNAC) m. 12 Feb. 1793 Therese JACOB (Francois & Martha JACOB) Wits: Isac LEMELLE, Pierre MANCOT(?), Francois MILANI, Phillip REAUT or MEAUT(?). Fr. Pedro de ZAMORA (Opel. Ch.: v.1-A, p.43)
  2. FONTENOT, Marguerite - widow of Louis MARRITEAU (Phillip FONTENOT & Marie BRIGNAC) m. 4 June 1797 Francois PERRON - of Islas Negras [Illinois] (Francois & Marie LAUNIER - of Islas Negras [Illinois]) Wits: Antonio LAMBERT, Antoine SIMIEN, P. GUILLIORY. Fr. Pedro de ZAMORA (Opel. Ch.: v.1-A, p.74)
  3. FONTENOT, Marie Jeane (Phillip & Marie BRIGNAC) bt. 29 Oct. 1780 at age 2 mths. Spons: Jean Baptiste GUILLORY & Marie Josephe FONTENEAU. Fr. L.M. GRUMEAU (Opel. Ch.: v.1-A, p.23) Note: the birth date is off for this couple--could be 1760 instead of 1780.
  4. FONTENOT, Paul (Phillip & Marie BRIGNAC) m. 7 Feb. 1798 Marie Jeane MERCIER (Joseph & Catherine HAY) Wits: P. GUILLORY, Joseph BRIGNAC, Francois PERRON. Fr. Pedro de ZAMORA (Opel. Ch.: v.1-A, p.80)
  5. FONTENOT, Modeste (Joseph & Magdelaine HAYERS) bt. Sunday, 15 Oct. 1797 Pats: Phillip FONTENAUT & Marie BRIGNAC; Mats: Nicolas HAYERS & Marguerite FOLCHS; Spons: Baptiste LAFLEUR & Theotiste DESMARES. Fr. Pedro de ZAMORA (Opel. Ch.: v.1-A, p.184)


  1. Winston De Ville, Gulf Coast Colonials, A compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana, (Baltimore, MD: Clearfield Company, Inc., 1968) p. 38
    Text: Louis Fontenot dit Colin - son of Joachim Fontenot and Jeanne Prido, native of Poitiers, parish of St. Germain; sergeant in De La Tour's company; sergeant in Merveilleux's company; married 8 February 1726. Louise Henry - Daughter of Mathurin Henry and Louise de Perigo; native of Port Louis, parish of Blauet (Blavet?); widow of La Bogne (?).
    Philippe- Born 21 August 1727. (Note: on this record the mother is listed as Louise Perigot.)
  2. 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.
    Mob. mb I:37b-2
    May 24, 1747
    One bann published; dispensed.
    Philippe Fontenau (Fontenot)1 dit St. Philippe, soldier in Derneville's company, native of the2 Alibamons district, son of Louis Fonteneau dit Colin, sergeant, and Louise Henry.3
    Marie Brignac, native of the Alibamons, daughter of Simon Brignac, soldier in Derneville's company, and of Marie Turpin.
    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;4 (Louis) Houries or Houriez.
    1. For more about the family, which emigrated 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).
    2. In the original, "de" was partially effaced by "aux" written over it.
    3. The groom's parents had married February 8, 1726. Mob. mb I:61.
    4. Could be Louis Favre, who married Marguerite Tellier before 1763, or the Jean Claude who married Marguerite Wiltz by 1760. However, there were other Favre men in Louisiana at that time, including Pierre in Grandpré's company; Jean in Le Verrier's; and Charles Guy Favre Daunoy. Mob. bb I:197,208, 221; HMLO 299; LHML, Black Books, February 7, 1744.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Donald J. Hébert, Southwest Louisiana Records, 1750-1900, compact disk #101 ("SWLR CD"), (Rayne, LA: Hébert Publications, 2001; reprints by Claitor's Publications);
    Note: this succession record is for his brother Joseph; not Philippe
    • "FONTENOT, Joseph dit Bellair, wid. is Marie Jeanne BRIGNAC. Inheritors listed: Marie Josephe, wid. Terrebonne m. Louis FONTENOT; Clair m. Joseph GUILLORY; Marie Jeanne m. Louis GUILLORY; Augustin; Lucas, widr. of Severine DESOTO. Succ. dated July 1791 (LSAR: Opel.: 1791).
    • "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)"
  4. General Roll of Louisiana Troops - 1720-1770, compiled and translated from the French by Winston De Ville from document number AD, D2C, 54:1, Library of Congress (Clearfield, Baltimore, MD, 1999) non-paginated, alphabetical under "F."
  5. Winston De Ville, Southwest Louisiana Families in 1777: Census Records of Attakapas and Opelousas Posts, (Baton Rouge, LA: Claitor's Publishing, 2010) citing: Papeles Procedentes de Cuba, at the General Archives of the Indies in Seville, Spain; legajo 2358, folios 258 -300); p. 19
    Text: [Household #] 29.
    Philippe FONTENAUT, 60 [sic]. With 8 cattle, 0 horses, 4 pigs, 0 sheep.
    Marie BRIGNAC, wife, 55.
    Louis, 25;
    Jacque, 23;
    Philippe, 12;
    Joseph, 8;
    Marguerite, 10.

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Married Marie Nicole Brignac on the 7th and Marie Jeanne Brignac on the 24th? Surely it's the same woman, but which name is correct?
posted by Stephanie Ward
Thanks Stephanie, There is a reliable source in the biography for a marriage date of May 24, 1747.
posted by Jacqueline Girouard