|Birth: ||Dec. 1, 1858|
|Death: ||Oct. 10, 1934|
The only child of Jean Baptiste Tassin (1814-1861) and his second wife Féroline (known as Caroline) Bordelon (he was her second husband, as well), Caroline Tassin was born in Marksville, Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana about December of 1858. She was baptized on Feb. 28, 1859 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Mansura, LA. Her mother became a widow for the second time in 1861, when she still had 5 of her own children at home and 3 Tassin orphans as well. The youngest was little Caroline. She was raised with a young orphaned nephew, Aldigé Mayeux (1855-1897), whom she regarded as a brother.
Caroline married, at about age 17, to Cleophas Dufour on December 23, 1875 at St. Paul's in Mansura, LA. They had eight children before Cleophas' death (probably about 1892 but certainly before 1894). They were Jules Arnaud Dufour (1876-1957), Maria Alida (1878-1913), Anita (1879-1943), Annie Lou (1881-1941), Marie Aline (1883-1952), Caroline (1884-1952), Cora (1886-1954), and Jean Baptiste Wilmore (1889-1938). The family farmed on Tassin land in Voorhies, not far up the Bayou des Glaises from Moreauville, LA. A widow in her early 30's with a family of eight, Caroline hired farm help to supplement that her elder son Jules could provide; her other children were girls ranging in age from about 14 to 6 and one other son, only 2 or 3 years old.
Stephen Edward Segrue (1858-1901), born in New Orleans, had remained in the city working as a carpenter and boarding in a house with his brother Thomas. We last see him in the city directory of 1878, as a 20-year-old. By the time of the 1880 census, however, he had moved to the 2nd. Ward in Pointe Coupee Parish, in or near Denham Springs, and was boarding with a farm family and working as a laborer. Like his brothers Thomas and John, he left New Orleans, probably in response to the devastating Yellow Fever epidemic that peaked there in 1878.
By 1894, the year he married Caroline Tassin Dufour, Edward had migrated to Avoyelles Parish. He spoke English and she spoke only French. They had four children between 1894 and 1900. Three survived to adulthood and one died either at birth or shortly after, in 1899. The 1900 census lists Edward as Head of Household, with his wife Caroline, and identifies him as a farmer. He is now working the Tassin land of Caroline's ancestors.
Edward died in June 1901 so suddenly that the priest records he was unable to see the paperwork at the time of burial. Family story says he died in a hunting accident while far from the house, in neighboring woods. He had accidentally shot his leg and could not make it back. By the time he was found, gangrene had set in. Caroline became a widow again, at the age of 42.
This resilient woman's troubles did not end with her second martial tragedy. She remained on the farm another quarter century, working it with her son Wilmore Dufour (who was only 12 when his stepfather died) until his marriage in 1915, and also with her son Thomas Arthur Segrue, (who was only 6 at his father's death but who remained on the farm until his own marriage in about 1922). Caroline left only when a regional disaster forced her off and destroyed her farm - the Great Flood of 1927.
Caroline's daughter Annie Lou Dufour had married Fulgence J. Coco (1880-1951) and the pair took her mother in in 1927. They had children still at home, so Caroline could help her daughter, as well. Caroline lived with them until the last few months of her life, and she died at the hospital in Pineville, LA, where the attached photo of her was taken in the summer of 1934. It is the last image ever made of her and the only one the family still has.
Stephen Edward and Caroline Tassin Dufour Segrue were my great-grandparents, and I wish for them in death the peace that their lives seldom afforded.
Stephen Edward Segrue (1858 - 1901)
Cleophas Dufour (1852 - 1894)*
Annie Lou Dufour Coco (1882 - 1941)*
Thomas Arthur Segrue (1894 - 1966)*
Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cemetery
Plot: Section C, Left Side, Row 39, Plot 9
Maintained by: Judy Schaaf
Originally Created by: Jerry Bordelon
Record added: Jul 24, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 55377671