Jean Baptiste Rougeau was born in New Orleans sometime in the 1730's based on the year of his parent's marriage (1730) and that he himself first wed, to Marguerite Demouy on 14 Aug 1759 in Mobile, Alabama where he was serving as the greffier and notary of the city.
One source suggests he was born in 1738.
but that would mean he was only 21 at the time he married. He and Marguerite had at least one child, a daughter named Marguerite who was born at the estimated year of 1760. The family relocated to Natchitoches Post, where Jean Baptiste's wife was buried on 18 Sep 1775.
He moved to the Opelousas area sometime after 1788, possibly to be near his daughter, Marguerite, and her children.
He was listed in the Opelousas censuses of 1793, 1796, and 1810.
He wasn't the Jean Baptiste Rougeau who was buried on 28 June 1811 at the estimated age of 60 years,
because this would suggest he was born about 1751, and we know he married first in 1759. It seems possible that that one is another Jean Baptiste Rougeau, recorded on the left bank of the Mississippi in the 1788 census of Bayou Lafourche, who was aged 36 at the time (so born about 1752) and married to a Marie Alonzo.
Therefore it seems safest to say he died before 22 Jan 1815, the date his daughter Genevieve married and he was noted deceased.
Known Children of Jean Baptiste and Marguerite Demouy
Known Children of Jean Baptiste and Isabelle Ledet
Jean Baptiste Rougeau, fils b. 12 Apr 1791 Note that he was born before his parents wed and received the baptismal ceremonies after they had wed.
Alexandre Rougeau who had already reached his majority when he wed Marie Anne Soileau, the daughter of Noel Soileau and Angelique Fontenot on 27 June 1814 suggesting he was born in the early 1790's. He later wed Nancy Reed, the widow of Denis Vidrine in 1844.
Jean Baptiste Rougeau, the younger, b. 27 Aug 1805
The list of children may not be complete, as the 1796 census of Opelousas shows the household contains 3 boys ages 1-15; 1 girl age 1-15; 2 men over 15; 1 woman over 15.
This suggests that perhaps Jean Baptiste had a son with his first wife (the other male over age 15), and there was another daughter aged 1-15, as Euphemie wasn't yet born.
↑ Jacqueline Olivier Vidrine, Love's Legacy: The Mobile Marriages Recorded in French, Transcribed, with Annotated Abstracts in English, 1724-1786, (University of Southwestern Louisiana: Lafayette, LA, 1985) p. 297; Text:
Mob. mb I:42d-1
August 14, 1759
One bann published; dispensed with two.
Jean Baptiste Roujot,1 greffier and notary of this city, native of New Orleans, son of Francois Rougeau and of deceased Angelique Chartron (Chartran).
Marguerite Demouy, native of this city, daughter of Jean Charles Demouy, deceased, when living (captain?) of the Mobile militia, and of Marie Joseph Rochon, deceased.
Witnesses signing: (P?) Rochon, perhaps Pierre; (Louis) A(uguste) Rochon; Bernoudy, same signature as Mob. mb I:40, July 26, 1758; (Joseph?) (Pe?)tit; (Marie Claude) Bernoudy Pechon; (Pierre?) Harpin Delagautrais, surely the son of Captain Pierre Rene Harpin dela Gautrais and Therese Nepveu; Du--------, possibly Alexandre Claude Duparquier; (Pierre Rene?) De Lagautrais, widower of Therese Nepveu, apparently remarried to Belzaguy; Rochon, not identified; Maurice Bernoudy, born 1746, a Bernoudy-Belzaguy son (Mob. bb I:162); fe(mme?) Duparquier (see Mob. mb I:41, December 18, 1758); (Louise Marguerite) Belzaguy Delagautrais; (Antoine) Pechon, with "comte" a later addition; Rochon, not identified; (Jacques Georges Heurceaux) de Livoy, a spouse of Henriette de St. Aignet.
1. He compiled the census of Mobile in November 1763. PRO, CO 5/83, Pt. I. Around 1764, he and his family moved to Natchitoches. Mills, Natchitoches, I, index.
Note: This genealogy is missing their daughter Genevieve.
↑ Elizabeth Shown Mills, Natchitoches (Vol. II) Abstracts of the Catholic Church Registers of the French and Spanish Post of St. Jean Baptiste des Natchitoches in Louisiana: 1729-1803, (New Orleans, LA: Polyanthos, 1977) p.144; Text:
1110. MARGARITA ROUSAU [MARGUERITE DEMOUY ROUJOT]
September 18, 1775, burial of the wife of seno? Rousau.
↑ Donald J. Hébert, Southwest Louisiana Records, 1750-1900, compact disk #101 ("SWLR CD"), (Rayne, LA: Hébert Publications, 2001; reprints by Claitor's Publications);
ROUGEAU, Jean Baptiste - of New Orleans, widower of Marguerite DEMOURY (Edmond Francois & Angelique CHARTROUS) m. 15 Jan. 1793 Elizabeth LEDE - of Maryland (Louis & Marie Anne TRAHAN) Wits: Francois MILANI, Louis QUARTIER, Louis RELIQUIT. Fr. Pedro de ZAMORA (Opel. Ch.: v.1-A, p.43)
LEDE, Elizabeth - of Maryland (Louis & Marie Anne TRAHAN) m. 15 Jan. 1793 Jean Baptiste ROUGEAU - of New Orleans, widower of Marguerite DEMOURY (Edmond Francois & Angelique CHARTROUS) Wits: Francois MILANI, Louis QUARTIER, Louis RELIQUIT. Fr. Pedro de ZAMORA (Opel. Ch.: v.1-A, p.43)
"United States Census, 1810," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XH2C-X9Q : accessed 3 October 2020), Jean B Rougot, Opelousas, Louisiana, United States; citing p. 318, NARA microfilm publication M252 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 10; FHL microfilm 181,355.
ROUGEAU, Genevieve - native of this parish (major daughter of dec. Jean Baptiste - native of la Mobile & Izabelle LEDEE - native of la pointe coupee - and inhabitants of this parish) m. 22 Jan. 1815 Louis Lucas dit Lelis FONTENOT - native of this parish (major son of Joseph FONTENAU dit Larose & Magdelaine HAYSER [HAYSE] - natives des Alibamons & inhabitants of this parish) Wits: Jean JEANSONNE, pere [Sr.], Francois PITRE, William HERGEROEDER. Note: Dispensed of two banns of marriage due to the immediate departure of the militia of this parish [War of 1812]. Note: Elisabeth LEDEE, mother of the bride gives her consent to her daughter marrying Lucas FONTENOT, dated 21 Jan. 1815. Fr. Michel Bernard BARRIERE (Opel. Ch.: v.1-A, p.264, #5)
ROUGEAU, Jean Baptiste (Jean Baptiste ROUJOU & Isabelle LEDE) b. 12 April 1791, bt. Sunday, 1 Sept. 1793 supplied ceremony for baptism which was previously performed at home. Spons: Antoine LEDE & Marguerite ROUJOU. Fr. Pedro de ZAMORA (Opel. Ch.: v.1-A, p.114)
ROUGEAU, Alexandre - native of this parish (major son of Jean Baptiste - from New Orleans & Isabelle LEDE - native of Acadie [probably not from Acadie]) m. 27 June 1814 Marie Anne SOILEAU - native of this parish (minor daughter of dec. Noel - native of la pointe couppe & Angelique FONTENAU - native of Tombeche) Wits: Honnore FUSELIER de la Claire, Jean Baptiste FONTENAU, Charles FUSELIER de la Claire, Fuselier DUBUISSONS, Paulin Philippe FONTENAU, Angelique FONTENAU - bride's mother, Callixte ROUGEAU - groom's brother, William HARGEROEDER. Fr. Michel Bernard BARRIERE (Opel. Ch.: v.1-A, p.254)
ROUGEAU, Severin (Jean Baptiste & Elizabeth LEDEE) b. 17 July 1795, bt. Sunday, 6 Dec. 1795 supplied ceremony for baptism which was previously performed at home. Spons: Joseph MODENA & Adelaide MANUEL. Fr. Pedro de ZAMORA (Opel. Ch.: v.1-A, p.142)
ROUGEAU, Severin - native of Oppellousas (major son of Jean Baptiste & Elisabeth LEDE) m. 21 May 1822 Marie FONTENOT - native of this parish (major daughter of Jaques & Ulalie DOUSSET) Wits: Jaques FONTENOT fils [Jr.], Caliste ROUGEAU, Alexis FONTENOT. Fr. Flavius Henri ROSSI (Opel.Ch.: v.1-B, p.393)
ROUGEAU, Marianne (Jean Baptiste ROUJOT & Isabelle LEDAIS) bt. Sunday, 7 Dec. 1800 Pats: Francois ROUJOT & Angelique CHARTRON; Mats: Louis LEDAIS & Marie Anne TRAHAN; Spons: Etienne DELAMORANDIERE "y su muger" [and his wife]. Fr. Pedro de ZAMORA (Opel. Ch.: v.1-A, p.238)
ROUGEAU, Marianne - native of this parish (major daughter of Jean Baptiste & Isabelle LEDE) m. 20 April 1820 Charles FUSILIER - widower of dec. Sidalise FONTENOT; native of Baton Rouge Parish at the River (major son of Gabriel & Elene SOILEAU) Wits: Vallery BORDELON, Pierre Gabriel WARTELLE, Auguste WARTELLE. Fr. Flavius Henri ROSSI (Opel.Ch.: v.1-B, p.354)
ROUGEAU, Euphrasie (Jean Baptiste & Elizabeth LEDAY - inhabitants of this parish) b. 16 May 1804, bt. 30 May 1804 Spons: Alexandre & Gennevieve ROUJEOT. Fr. Louis BUHOT (Opel. Ch.: v.1-B, p.328)
GUILLORY, Antoine - native of this parish (major son of Louis & Marie Jeanne FONTENAU) m. 8 Sept. 1818 Eufrasie ROUGEAU - native of this parish of St. Landry des Oppellousas (major daughter of Jean Baptiste & Isabelle LEDET) Wits: Alexandre FONTENOT, Joseph Marie ORTEGHE [ORTEGA], Pierre SAVANT, Zenon DESHOTELS. Fr. Flavius Henri ROSSI (Opel. Ch.: v.1-B, p.328)
ROUGEAU, Eufrasie - native of this parish of St. Landry des Oppellousas (major daughter of Jean Baptiste & Isabelle LEDET) m. 8 Sept. 1818 Antoine GUILLORY - native of this parish (major son of Louis & Marie Jeanne FONTENAU) Wits: Alexandre FONTENOT, Joseph Marie ORTEGHE [ORTEGA], Pierre SAVANT, Zenon DESHOTELS. Fr. Flavius Henri ROSSI (Opel. Ch.: v.1-B, p.328)
ROUGEAU, Jean Baptiste (Jean Baptiste & Elisabeth LEDE - inhabitants of this Parish) b. 27 Aug. 1805, bt. 27 Oct. 1805 Spons: Joseph FONTENOT & Louise JANNIS. Fr. Louis BUHOT (Opel. Ch.: v.1-B, p.361)
ROUGEAU, Jean Baptiste - 21 yrs. old; of Opel. (Jean Baptiste & Elizabeth LEDEE) m. 8 Feb. 1828 Celeste DEVILLE, 21 yrs. old (Opel. Ct.Hse.: Mar.#14)
DEVILLE, Celeste - native of this parish (major daughter of Lo--torn--- & Marie JANSONNE) m. 18 Feb. 1828 Jean Baptiste ROUGEAU - native of this parish (major son of Jean Baptiste & Elisabeth LEDE) Wits: Severin ROUGEAU, Vallery VEILLON, Maximilien DESHOTEL. Fr. Flavius Henri ROSSI (Opel.Ch.: v.1-B, p.511)
↑ Jacqueline K. Voorhies, "Opelousas General Census dated May 1796," Some Late Eighteenth-Century Louisianans, (Lafayette, LA: University of Southwestern Louisiana, 1973) p. 351.
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However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage of DNA with Jean Baptiste:
Same marriage mentioned in source on Rougeau-100.