Gabrielle  (Savary) Saucier

Gabrielle (Savary) Saucier (1684 - abt. 1735)

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Gabrielle Saucier formerly Savary
Born in St Denis, Paris, Ile-de-France, Francemap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married in Mobile, ALmap
Wife of — married about [location unknown]
Wife of — married about [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died about in New Orleans, Orleans Parishmap
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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. ________________________________________________________________


  • A Lagniappe of Family Stories by Michelle Saucier Ladner
  • Gabrielle's People by Walter Saucier

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