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Marie Theresa Savoie (1800 - 1854)

Marie Theresa "Tharzile" Savoie
Born in St Martinville, Louisianamap
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Wife of — married 30 Oct 1821 in Grand Coteau, St Landry, Louisiana, USAmap
Descendants descendants
Died in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, USAmap
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Marie Theresa Savoie lived in Louisiana.

Marie Therese, dite Tharzile Savoie, daughter of Joseph Savoie and Anne Cormier, was born on 15 October 1800. She was baptized 14 October 1801 by Father Michel Bernard Barriere of the St. Martin of Tours church in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana.[1]

She married Antoine Ritter, widower of Marie Magdelaine Leger and son of Michel Ritter and Marie Louise Stelly, on 31 October 1821. Father Hercule Brassac of the St. Charles Borromeo church at Grand Coteau, St. Landry Parish, presided.[2] They had nine known children:[3]

  1. Antoine Ritter, b. 1823
  2. child Ritter, b. 1825
  3. Uranie Ritter, b. 1826
  4. Michel Ritter, b. 1828
  5. Elmire Ritter, b. 1830 (twin)
  6. Palmire Ritter, b. 1830 (twin)
  7. Anne (Marie, Annette) Ritter, b. 1834
  8. Joseph Ritter, b. 1836
  9. Marcellite Ritter, b. 1839

In the 1830 census, her husband Antoine was the head of a family at Grand Coteau, St. Landry Parish, with seven people in his household. They owned 13 slaves, five of them children under ten years of age.[4] Although the earlier censuses did not list each family member by name, it is apparent from what we know about estimated and known ages that Tharzile was counted as a female between the ages of 30 and 39. All of their known children were present, as well as Antoine's mother.

The family could not be located on the 1840 or 1850 censuses.

Tharzile was widowed in July 1853,[5] and died a few months later on 7 January 1854. Her burial was recorded at the Grand Coteau church.[6]


  1. Donald J. Hébert, Southwest Louisiana Records, 1750-1900, compact disk #101 ("SWLR CD"), (Rayne, LA: Hébert Publications, 2001);
    SAVOIE, Marie Therese (Joseph SAVOY - of the Mississippi & dec. Anne CORMIER - of the Mississippi; living in my parish) b. 15 Oct. 1800, bt. 14 Oct. 1801 Pats: Francois SAVOY & Marie MARTIN; Mats: Baptiste CORMIER & Marguerite BOURCK - all of Acadia; Spons: Hypolite SAVOY & Marcelline GUILLEBAUT. Fr. Michel Bernard BARRIERE (SM Ch.: v.5, #409)
  2. Hébert, SWLR CD:
    SAVOIE, Tharzile - 21 years old; living at Attakapas (Joseph & dec. Manon CORMIER) m. 31 Oct. 1821 Antoine RITTER - about 25 yrs. old; widower of Marie Magdelaine LEGER; born and living at Opeloussas (dec. Michel & Marie Louise STELLY) Wits: Francois MAUPOINT, Adrien GUILBEAU. Fr. Hercule BRASSAC (GC Ch.: v.1, p.14, #37)
  3. Hébert, SWLR CD, baptism records of children
  4. "United States Census, 1830," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 August 2017), household of Antoine Ritter, Grand Coteau, St Landry, Louisiana, United States; citing 16, NARA microfilm publication M19, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 44; FHL microfilm 9,687.
  5. Hébert, SWLR CD:
    RITTER, Antoine d. 14 July 1853 at age 58 yrs. (GC Ch.: v. 1, p. 95)
  6. Hébert, SWLR CD:
    SAVOIE, Theresine m. Antoine RITTER d. 7 Jan. 1854 at age 53 yrs. (GC Ch.: v. 1, p. 99)

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