The Genealogy of Acadian Reminiscences

The Genealogy of Acadian Reminiscences: The Martin and Mouton Lineage of Judge Felix Voorhies and the Connection to Emmeline Labiche

by Stanley LeBlanc, Host of www.thecajuns.com & Acadian Museum Living Legend

In his book In Search of Evangeline Birth and Evolution of the Evangeline Myth, Carl A. Brasseaux describes the evolution of the Evangeline Legend and the Story of Pouponne et Balthazar, a family tale recounted by Sidonie de la Houssaye; and, Acadian Reminiscences, by Judge Felix Voorhies who claimed in the book that his grandmother had adopted Emmeline Labiche, the True Evangeline, in Acadia.

In subsequent correspondence, Judge Voorhies said that the story had come from Anne Bastarache, the widow Borda, who told it to her grandson, Alexandre Mouton. Brasseaux and others correctly stated that Anne Bastarache was not the widow Borda but the mother-in-law of Marie Marthe Borda who was the daughter of Marguerite Martin and Antoine Borda. Brasseaux and the Preface of the book Acadian Reminiscences refer to the widow Borda as the great-grandmother of Judge Voorhies, but both Anne Bastarche and Marguerite Martin were maternal great-great-grandmothers of Judge Voorhies. See “Line of Descendancy from Antoine Mouton to Felix Voorhies” for Anne Bastarache and “Line of Descendancy from Barnabe Martin to Felix Voorhies” for Marguerite Martin. In addition to being the maternal grandmother of Jean Baptiste Mouton, Marguerite Martin was also the first cousin once-removed of his wife, Angelique Martin, the grandmother of Judge Voorhies. Judge Voorhies’ great-grandmother, Marie Marthe Borda, died September 7, 1831; and his grandmother, Angelique Martin, died June 26, 1831 so neither one could have told the story to him since he was born in 1839. He most likely adapted a story that his mother, Cidalise Mouton, had heard either from her mother or her grandmother.

Marguerite Martin was the widow of Rene Robicheaux, when she married Antoine Borda on Oct. 31, 1767. Her death record states that she was over 104 years old when she died in 1823 which was a large overstatement! She would have been born about 1719 if she was 104 in 1823 and would have been 53 when her daughter Modeste was born in 1772. She most likely was born about 1733.

Emmeline Labiche was a fictional character, but the step-mother of Marguerite Martin was Emilienne Comeaux who married Ambroise Martin about 1739; and, there was a real Labiche line from France that was initially on the German Coast, Assumption, Lafourche and later in the SW Louisiana area – see “Outline Descendant Report for Pierre Labiche” for the first five generations. Note: Andre Blanc married to Melanie Labiche was aka LeBlanc, Vice, Weiss, Wice.

Outline Descendant Report for Pierre Labiche

1 Pierre Labiche d: Bef. Apr 29, 1780

.. + Theresa Morelle d: Bef. Apr 29, 1780

….2 Pierre Labiche b: Abt. 1750 in Paris, France, d: Oct 11, 1794 in St. John the Baptist Parish, LA

….  + Agnes Ockman m: Abt. 1790

……3 Firmin Labiche b: Abt. Apr 1791 in St. John the Baptist Parish, LA

……  + Delphine Badeaux b: 1797 in St. Charles Parish, LA, d: Jun 27, 1833 in Thibodaux, LA

……..4 Victor Labiche b: Jan 26, 1817 in Assumption Parish, LA, d: Bef. Jul 25, 1870

……..  + Marie Gautreaux b: 1832, m: Abt. 1853, d: Aft. 1920

……….5 Joseph Labiche b: Abt. 1854

……….  + Adolisca Boudreaux b: Abt. 1854, m: Dec 30, 1874 in Lydia, LA

……….5 Justilia Labiche b: Abt. 1863

……….  + Alcee LeBlanc b: Apr 13, 1860 in New Iberia, LA, m: Jan 29, 1880 in Lydia, LA

……….5 Honora Labiche b: Feb 09, 1868 in New Iberia, LA

……….  + Carlos Migues b: Aug 29, 1862 in New Iberia, LA, m: Mar 29, 1883 in Lydia, LA

……..    + Marie Chauffe b: 1818, m: Feb 11, 1839 in Assumption Parish, LA, d: Jul 16, 1851 in Assumption Parish, LA

……….5 Augustin Labiche b: Jun 19, 1840 in Assumption Parish, LA

……….5 Marie-Eulalie Labiche b: Aug 05, 1841 in Assumption Parish, LA

……….5 Marie-Aurisilde Labiche b: Dec 15, 1842 in Assumption Parish, LA, d: Jun 09, 1844 in Assumption Parish, LA

……….5 Rose Labiche b: Jun 30, 1844 in Assumption Parish, LA

……….5 Benjamin-Arthur Labiche b: Apr 19, 1847 in Assumption Parish, LA

……….5 Alexandre-Osemie Labiche b: Mar 22, 1849 in Assumption Parish, LA

……….5 Marie-Malvina-GraciElia Labiche b: Jul 09, 1851 in Assumption Parish, LA

……..4 Delphine Labiche b: Nov 02, 1814 in Assumption Parish, LA

……..  + Henri Tregle b: St. John the Baptist Parish

……..4 Roseline Labiche b: Aug 01, 1819 in Assumption Parish, LA

……..4 Marie-Palmire Labiche b: May 15, 1821 in Thibodaux, LA

……..4 Theodule Labiche b: Apr 20, 1823 in Thibodaux, LA

……..4 Marie-Aurelia Labiche b: Apr 04, 1827 in Thibodaux, LA

……..4 Marie-Emelia Labiche b: May 29, 1829 in Thibodaux, LA

……..4 Telesphore Labiche b: Jan 28, 1832 in Thibodaux, LA

……  + Claire Tregle m: May 01, 1834 in Thibodaux, LA, d: Bef. Oct 19, 1839

……  + Delphine Louviere m: Oct 19, 1839 in Assumption Parish, LA

……..4 Marie-Adolphine Labiche b: Aug 14, 1839 in Thibodaux, LA

……..  + Arsene Hebert m: Apr 30, 1856

……3 Melanie Labiche b: Jul 18, 1793 in St. John the Baptist Parish, LA

……    + Andre Blanc b: Jan 15, 1789 in St. John the Baptist Parish, LA, m: Jan 30, 1810 in St. John the Baptist Parish, LA, d: Apr 20, 1846 in Thibodaux, LA

……..4 Filonise Blanc b: Apr 03, 1819 in Assumption Parish, LA, d: Oct 31, 1857

……..  + Charles-Marcel Boudreaux m: Jun 23, 1837 in Thibodaux, LA

……..4 Joachim Blanc b: May 13, 1811 in St. John the Baptist Parish, LA, d: Aug 08, 1813 in St. John the Baptist Parish, LA

……..4 Josephine Blanc b: Jun 06, 1813 in St. John the Baptist Parish, LA

……..  + Michel Kelley m: Oct 10, 1831 in Thibodaux, LA

……..4 Valsin Blanc b: Mar 25, 1816 in Assumption Parish, LA, d: Apr 08, 1869 in St. Martinville, LA

……..  + Caroline Juneau b: Jul 28, 1822 in Thibodaux, LA, d: Sep 04, 1847 in Thibodaux, LA

……….5 Marie-Josephine Blanc b: Sep 06, 1839 in Thibodaux, LA

……….  + Jean-Baptiste Gautreaux m: Oct 30, 1856 in Assumption Parish, LA

……….5 Marie-Angele Blanc b: Jul 02, 1841 in Thibodaux, LA, d: Jun 08, 1918 in Assumption Parish, LA

……….5 Emile-Laroque Blanc b: Jun 18, 1843 in Thibodaux, LA

……….  + Emelie Parr m: Jan 05, 1865 in Houma, LA

……….5 Elmire-Azimilia Blanc b: Jun 07, 1845 in Thibodaux, LA
……….  + Victor Boudreaux m: Apr 06, 1861 in Assumption Parish, LA

……….5 Ovide-Urcin Blanc b: Aug 31, 1847 in Thibodaux, LA, d: Sep 21, 1847 in Thibodaux, LA

……..  + Rosalie Boudreaux m: Feb 19, 1849 in Thibodaux, LA

……….5 Theodora Blanc b: Jun 09, 1850 in Assumption Parish, LA, d: Mar 31, 1851 in Thibodaux, LA

……….5 Eveline-Aurelia Blanc b: Apr 01, 1852 in Assumption Parish, LA, d: Aug 28, 1868 in St. Martinville, LA

……….5 Marie-Aurelia Blanc b: Dec 28, 1853 in Assumption Parish, LA

……….  + Francois Falgout m: Dec 29, 1875 in Houma, LA

……….5 Joseph Blanc b: Nov 17, 1855 in Assumption Parish, LA, d: Dec 03, 1855 in Assumption Parish, LA

……….5 Amanda-Victoria Blanc b: Feb 22, 1857 in Assumption Parish, LA

……….  + Joseph Gautreaux m: Apr 05, 1877 in Assumption Parish, LA

……….5 Joseph Blanc b: Abt. 1859 in Thibodaux, LA

……….5 August-Ernest Blanc b: Mar 31, 1861 in Thibodaux, LA

……….5 Eveline-Odilia Blanc b: Mar 27, 1863 in Houma, LA

……….5 Augustine-Malvina Blanc b: Feb 15, 1865 in Houma, LA

……….5 Eve-Julia Blanc b: Nov 04, 1867 in St. Martinville, LA

……..4 Thomassin Blanc b: Feb 01, 1822 in Thibodaux, LA, d: Nov 15, 1859

……..  + Catherine-Eugenie Gros m: Sep 03, 1846 in Assumption Parish, LA

……..4 Ursin-Seraphin Blanc b: Mar 06, 1825 in Thibodaux, LA, d: Sep 01, 1830 in Thibodaux, LA

……..4 Faustin Blanc b: Mar 09, 1827 in Thibodaux, LA, d: Dec 04, 1902 in Breaux Bridge, LA

……..  + Pamela Sedotal m: Feb 13, 1854 in Assumption Parish, LA

……..4 Joseph-Adam Blanc b: Jun 06, 1831

……..  + Azelie Boudreaux b: Abt. 1834, m: Sep 05, 1853 in Thibodaux, LA

….    + Anne Viate b: 1759, m: Apr 29, 1780 in St. John the Baptist Parish, LA, d: Sep 01, 1787 in New Orleans, LA

Line of Descendancy from Antoine Mouton to Felix Voorhies

1 Antoine Mouton

… + Jeanne Merlasse

……2 Jean Mouton b: Abt. 1693

…… + Marie Girouard b: Abt. 1695, m: Jan 07, 1711

………3 Jacques Mouton b: Abt. 1714, d: Bef. Jul 11, 1763

………    + Marguerite Caissie b: Feb 06, 1717, m: Nov 09, 1734 in Beaubassin, Acadia, d: Bef. Jul 11, 1763

…………4 Salvador Mouton b: Abt. 1736, d: Apr 09, 1773

………… + Anne Bastarache b: Dec 05, 1725 in Port Royal, Acadia, m: Jan 24, 1752, d: Abt. 1766

……………5 Jean Mouton b: Abt. 1754, d: Nov 22, 1834 in Lafayette, LA

…………… + Marie-Marthe Borda b: Abt. 1768, m: Jun 23, 1783, d: Sep 07, 1831

………………6 Jean-Baptiste Mouton b: Apr 24, 1784

………………    + Angelique Martin b: Mar 1779 in Opelousas Post, LA, m: Jun 01, 1801, d: Jun 26, 1831 in Lafayette, LA

…………………7 Cidalise Mouton b: Sep 16, 1808

…………………    + Cornelius Voorhies Jr. b: Abt. Aug 1804 in Opelousas, LA, m: Jul 19, 1826, d: Jul 02, 1859

……………………8 Felix Voorhies b: Jan 01, 1839, d: 1899 in New Iberia, LA

………………… + Charles Anthoine d: Bef. Jul 19, 1826

………… + Marguerite Foret m: 1768

Line of Descendancy from Barnabe Martin to Felix Voorhies

1 Barnabe Martin b: Abt. 1636, d: Bef. 1686

… + Jeanne Pelletret b: Abt. 1643, m: Abt. 1666, d: Jan 10, 1706

……2 Rene Martin b: Abt. Mar 1671, d: Sep 29, 1756

…… + Marie Mignier dit Lagassé b: Oct 13, 1671

………3 Charles Martin b: Abt. 1696

……… + Jeanne Comeaux b: Abt. 1698, m: Nov 27, 1715

…………4 Claude Martin b: Dec 26, 1730, d: Jul 18, 1798

………… + Marie Babin b: Abt. 1746, d: Sep 29, 1823

……………5 Angelique Martin b: Mar 1779 in Opelousas Post, LA, d: Jun 26, 1831 in Lafayette, LA

…………… + Jean-Baptiste Mouton b: Apr 24, 1784, m: Jun 01, 1801

………………6 Cidalise Mouton b: Sep 16, 1808

………………    + Cornelius Voorhies Jr. b: Abt. Aug 1804 in Opelousas, LA, m: Jul 19, 1826, d: Jul 02, 1859

…………………7 Felix Voorhies b: Jan 01, 1839, d: 1899 in New Iberia, LA

……………… + Charles Anthoine d: Bef. Jul 19, 1826

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