Categories: Louisiana First Families.
The Pelican Girl
Gabrielle Savary came to Mobile, along with 20 other girls, from La Rochelle, France. They set sail on April 19, 1704, stopped in Cap-Francois, (Now Haiti's Cap-Haitien) first week of June, and they landed on August 1, 1704 in Mobile. The girls were known as the Pelican Girls. (The ship they sailed on was the Le Pelican) Gabrielle was one of the last of the Pelican girls to be married, she married Jean Baptiste Saucier. (Who came to Mobile in 1699 as a Canadian passenger with Iberville.)
An excerpt from a letter to S. de Bienville pertaining to the Pelican girls: His majesty sends by that ship 20 girls to be married to the Canadians and others who have begun habitations at Mobile in order that this colony can firmly establish itself. Each of these girls was raised in virtue and piety and know how to work, which will render them useful in the colony by showing the Indian girls what they can do, for this there being no point in sending other than of virtue known and without reproach. His Majesty entrusted the Bishop of Quebec to certify them, in order that they not be suspect of debauch. You will take care to establish them the best you can and to marry them to men capable of having them subsist with some degree of comfort.
Jean Baptiste and Gabrielle are listed in the Louisiana census of 1706. There were a total of 85 families at Fort Louis. Jean Baptiste is listed as:
In pay of and drawing rations from the king;
Jean Sossie, his wife and two children. ________________________________________________________________
Bienville, the brother of d'Iberville was asked to stand as godfather to the daughter of Jean and Gabrielle Saucier. The priest LaVente refused to baptize the child if Bienville was to be godfather.
Gabrielle married twice more after the death of Jean Saucier. First to the soldier Pierre Vifvareine who with she had a son Jean Baptiste Vifvareine. Pierre Vifvareine died shorty thereafter and she then married the soldier Jean Sansot Lagrange whom with she had daughter Jeanne Gabrielle Sansot.
Gabrielle later went to live in the village of New Orleans with her children. Gabrielle found life as a widow hard and asked to be able to leave to go to St. Dominigue with her children. She was refused.
She employed herself as a midwife, and had a second hand goods business in New Orleans first flea market. Now the French Market.
Her sons went on to make names for themselves in the colony. Henry, Jean Baptiste, and Francois Saucier established a trade business from New Orleans to Illinois. With Francois settling in Illinois. Francois designed Fort Chartres in Kaskaskia, Illinois. He was a surveyor and mapmaker.
Henry later moved his family back to the coast and there raised a large family, whose descendants can be found up and down the coast of Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama today. All you have to do is to open a local phone book to see the multiple pages that contain the name Saucier.
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