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Mrs Augustine Cherbonnier
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Birth: Oct. 21, 1793
Death: Jan. 3, 1878
Baltimore City
Maryland, USA

Augustine was supposedly the daughter of ____ Lacoste and Aleda/Adelaide Josepha Modesta (Foucher) Lacoste (born 1771).

In the 1850 U.S. Census, Augustine says she was born in France. In the 1870 U.S. Census, she says she was born in Florida. Augustine's son, Andre, says she was born in Florida in the 1880, 1900, and 1910 U.S. Censuses.

However, Augustine was possibly the daughter of Modeste Foucher (c.1773 - 9 Apr 1853) and she may have been born in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Modeste Foucher was the mother of Edouard/Edward Laralde (1806-1884), Thomy Lafon (1810-1893), and Alphée Bodin (born 1813). Alphée married Lovinski Bodin.

Josephine Lacoste was named as the daughter of Modeste Foucher in a book about New Orleans architecture.

Modeste had at least two children by Barthélémy Lafon (1769-1820). In his will dated 4 Sept 1809, Barthélémy named his natural children, Pierre Barthélémy Lafon and Carmélite Lafon, and the children's mother, Modeste Foucher, a free woman of color.


Foucher, Modest, 40 Rue de Bourbon N.
White Inhabitants
Males aged 16 and older - 1
Males below 16 years - 2
Females aged 16 and older - 3
Females below 16 years - 2
Females aged 16 and over - 1

Lafon, Bartholomi, 7 Rue Royale S.
White Inhabitants
Males aged 16 and older - 2

In the 1850 U.S. Census as 'Modeste Lafon,' Modeste was living in the 5th Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana, with her son, Thomy Lafon, and her daughter, Alphée Bodin.

Thomy Lafon left $400,000 to his niece, Marie "Louisa" Laralde (died 1937), the daughter of Edward Laralde. However, maybe her inheritance had just grown to that amount by the time she died. When Louisa died in Cincinnati, Ohio, there was a Hamilton County Circuit Court case to determine who the descendants of Modeste Foucher were.

A 10 Dec 1938 "Afro American" newspaper article reported that six families were battling for the $400,000 fortune of Marie Louise Laralde. The families were the Sprannier, Dejoie, Desoinassem Tholmer, Mathieu, and Seraparu families of New Orleans and the Cherbonnier family of Baltimore County, Maryland.

A 20 Jan 1840 "Afro American" article reported that the Cherbonniers had to prove that Mary Louisa Laralde was not the daughter of a black man to inherit her $4000,000 fortune, and that the prominent Dr. Peter Ovide Cherbonnier, one of the founders of Johns Hopkins Hospital, was a nephew of Thomy Lafon.

A 7 Dec 1940 "Afro American" article reported that 28 people were determined by the Hamilton County Court in Ohio to descendants of Modeste Foucher, mother of Thomy Lafon. Among the heirs whose claims were established were the Cherbonniers, Baltimore blue bloods, who in 1927 rejected the small sum left of the Lafon estate. The ruling gave them a considerable portion of the $400,000 Laralde fortune.

Originally there were 125 claimants to the Laralde fortune, but the Hamilton County Court handed down a ruling that only 28 were the "nearest heirs at law" under Ohio statutes. Those favored were the great-grandchildren of Modeste Foucher, mother of millionaire Thomy Lafon. Those rejected were only related to Modeste Foucher as cousins, nieces, or nephews.

The 28 heirs of Modeste Foucher were determined by the court to be: Louise Alphee Burgess, Belle Adams, Lavada Pratt, Cecilia Railey, Susan Allen, Marguerite Scott Harris, Mary Meader, Edward Scott, Andrew Victor Cherbonnier, Edward Cherbonnier, Julia Raphel, Corinne Blandin, Dorothy Cherbonnier, Lloyd Cherbonnier, Isabelle Cherbonnier, Lawrence Cherbonnier, Corinne Cherbonnier, Joseph Cherbonnier, Agnes Cherbonnier, Philippe Cherbonnier, Ella Hitchcock, Linda Hitchcock, Sister Mary Euphrasia of The Sisters of Mercy, Colgate Pascal, Katherine Ewing, Lucy Flanagan, Richard Hall, and Mary Flint.

Augustine married Pierre Cherbonnier (21 Mar 1781 - 5 Apr 1866).

Pierre was born in France. He was supposedly a medical officer in the French Navy or a surgeon in the French Army, and his uncle, Gen. Pierre Victor Savary, was a member of Napoleon's staff. In 1803, Pierre emigrated to Saint-Domingue (now Haïti). He was requested to take the oath of allegiance to Napoleon I. Pierre refused, sent in his resignation, and supposedly came to the United States with Gen. Charles Victor Emmanuel LeClerc, who married one of Napoleon's sisters, Pauline Bonaparte. Napoleon had sent LeClerc to Saint-Domingue as commander of the expedition in Dec 1801 to re-establish control over the French colony. Pierre Cherbonnier first settled in New York, and later moved to New Orleans, Louisiana.

[I can't find anything about a Gen. Pierre Victor Savary. Some of Pierre Cherbonnier's family did use 'Savary' as a middle name for their children. Gen. Charles Victor Emmanuel LeCler died of yellow fever on 1 Nov 1802 in Saint-Domingue, so it would have been impossible for Pierre to come to the United States with him in 1803.]

"Everybody wishes that Napoleon's body be returned to France," Pierre Cherbonnier wrote in a textbook composed for New Orleans school boys.

Pierre served as a Private under Gen. Andrew Jackson during the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812.

On 5 Mar 1813, Pierre Cherbonnier and Theodule Montreuil purchased a plantation in New Orleans from Marguerite Desillet, the widow of Vincent Chevalier de Morant.

Pierre was an Alderman for the 4th Ward on the City Council of New Orleans between 1815-1820.

At some point, Pierre was an accountant for the Grand Terre Island headquarters of the pirate, Jean Lafitte. The island was in the Barataria Bay, 50 miles south of New Orleans. Barataria Bay became known as Jean Lafitte's kingdom.

"L'Ami des Lois" (Friend of the Laws) was published in New Orleans from 1809-1820. In the first week of Apr 1820, the paper was transferred to A. DuBourg and P. Cherbonnier, who changed it to a tri-weekly in July 1820. On 25 Nov 1820, this firm of publishers announced that they had sold the paper.

As the editor of "L'Ami des Lois", Pierre Cherbonnier became entangled in the Lallemand controversies which resulted in him being sent to jail. Pierre then decided that he wanted to be become an educator.

Cherbonnier, Pierre, broker, Moreau bel. Peace
Foucher, Modeste, widow, 24 Orleans

Cherbonnier, Pierre, teacher, 25 Moreau

In 1829, Pierre wrote "Alphabet ou Method Simple & Facile."

In 1830, Pierre and Augustine moved to Belair, Harford County, Maryland, where they lived until 1838.

In the 1840 U.S. Census, Pierre and Augustine were living in the 7th Ward of Baltimore City, Maryland.

On 22 Oct 1840, Edward Laralde, son of Modeste Foucher, married Armance (Blache) Laralde at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Baltimore, Maryland. The witnesses to their marriage were Peter Cherbonnier and Mrs. V. Cherbonnier.

Cherbonnier, Mons. Pierre (Baltimore, 21 Nov 1840)
Cherbonnier, Mme. (Baltimore, 21 Nov 1840)
Cherbonnier, Victor (Baltimore, 21 Nov 1840)
Cherbonnier, Mlle. Corine (Baltimore, 21 Nov 1840)
Cherbonnier, Alida (Baltimore, 21 Nov 1840)

Cherbonnier, Peter, professor of French language, Lexington st

Cherbonnier, Peter, dw 294 w Pratt st

Cherbonnier, Peter, French professor, 271 Lombard Street.

Cherbonnier, Peter, 9 Franklin Square Carey st

In the 1850 U.S. Census, Pierre and Augustine were living in Baltimore City, Maryland, and he was a "teacher." I can't find Pierre in the 1860 U.S. Census.

An obituary for Pierre's son-in-law, Hon. James Lawrence Bartol, says that Pierre was the President of St. John's College in Maryland.

In the 1870 U.S. Census, the widowed Augustine was living with her daughter, Corinne, in the 7th Ward of Baltimore City, Maryland.

The other known children of Pierre and Augustine were:

1) Corinne Mary (Cherbonnier) Bartol (c.1822 - Dec 1882) was born in Louisiana. She married Hon. James Lawrence Bartol (4 June 1813 - 23 June 1887) on 2 June 1841 in Baltimore, Maryland. Corinne died at the home of her daughter, Kate (Bartol) Hitchcock (1853-1931), after an illness of about 4 weeks.

2) Capt. Andre Victor Cherbonnier, Sr., M.D. (12 Oct 1826 - 25 June 1919) was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. His first name is sometimes seen as Andrew. According to his 1849 passport application, Andre was 5'8" tall with dark eyes, dark hair, and a dark complexion.

Andre graduated from the University of Maryland Medical Department in 1848. He was afterwards appointed to the U.S. Army, from which he retired with the rank of Captain in 1890

Andre [1st] married Frances Colgate (Goodwin) Cherbonnier Cockey ["Fanny"] (c.1824 - 6 June 1886) on 25 Sept 1848 in Baltimore, Maryland, or on 25 May 1848 in Queen Anne's County, Maryland. There are records for both marriages.

About 1884, Andre [2nd] married Sarah C. (Cairns) Cherbonnier. Andre [3rd] married Rose M. (Coyne) Cherbonnier (12 Mar 1865 - 7 Dec 1954) about 1897.

Andre was also the father of:

a) Alida F.C. Cherbonnier (25 May 1853 - 5 Nov 1866) was the daughter of Fanny. Her funeral took place at her home at 95 Fayette Street, Baltimore City, Maryland.
b) Julia Alida Cairns (Cherbonnier) Raphel (27 June 1885 - May 1969) was the daughter of Sarah. She married Dr. Eugene F. Raphel (21 Aug 1878 - 1936) in 1909.
c) Andre Victor Cherbonnier, Jr., (31 Dec 1899 - 19 Nov 1971) was the son of Rose. He married Cecile Coad (Bond) Cherbonnier (18 Sept 1899 - 20 Apr 1968) on 22 Oct 1921 in Washington Valley, Maryland. She was the daughter of William Grason Bond, Sr., and Ellen "Virginia" (Combs) Bond. Andre is #49166229.
Family links: 
  Pierre Cherbonnier (1781 - 1866)
  Andrew Victor Cherbonnier (____ - 1919)*
  Pierre Ovide Cherbonnier (1817 - 1883)*
  Alida Margaret Cherbonnier Sprague (1824 - 1864)*
*Calculated relationship
Green Mount Cemetery
Baltimore City
Maryland, USA
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Record added: Oct 11, 2012
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Mrs Augustine Cherbonnier
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