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Doris JOA (#47182459)
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Bio Photo After retiring as a teacher, I had the time to look into my ancestors. I found relatives at which helped fill in the gaps in my search. Because someone else took the time to do those postings which helped me, I decided to help someone else. I have worked on postings for several local cemeteries and love taking the photos. I have tried to be very accurate but realize mistakes are a reality. I will be happy to do any corrections or make transfers when necessary.

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Billingsley, Brummett, Odom, Murray, Cawthorn, Fontane are just a few of the names found in my family tree.
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John Plaisance
Wade Scallan
I know his siblings were:
Aimee ?
Ida - My Great Grandmother
Jacob Thomas

My first question is, do you have any info on Aimee and who she married.

Secondly, Ida died in a hospital stating she had two brothers and two sisters. Are their any other siblings I'm not aware of?

And their father Jean-Baptiste Abel Scallan, do you know when he died? I know it was before June 1917. But that's all I can figure out.
Added by John Plaisance on Jun 20, 2015 9:30 AM
H Banks Edwards
Entry correction
Working with your entries for LANCE PAUL BLANCHARD and ELOUISA G BLANCHARD, I noticed that you had them as husband and wife; however, when checking the Selective Service record posted with Lance, I find they are instead Son and Mother. You might want to correct the entry.

Thank you for the time you have spent gathering this data.

Added by H Banks Edwards on Jun 19, 2015 5:46 AM
Lisa s
RE: Wow Thank you
Good morning Doris, I hope your move is going as smoothly as possible:) I would love to see your Ancestory page, that would be wonderful. My dad was Roy Lee Willis, Bessie's youngest child. He was born Nov. 14, 1927 and passed away July 8, 1990. I'm afraid I don't have any real information on his siblings other than what I saw on gravefinder. My email is, I'd love to see anything that you have. Thanks again, I truly appreciate it. Take care:)
Added by Lisa s on Jun 08, 2015 9:01 AM
Bianca Star
RE: Edward Villemarette
Oh wow small world, I was quite young when my great grandpa passed, but 2 of his daughters and his son are still alive, he lost one daughter in the 80's and that is what had me trying to tie them all in together.

My name is Bianca, thank you so much I learned a good bit on Ancestry the other night, I will paste it here, I found it very interesting.

Villemarette's in America
John Villemarette (View posts)
Posted: 12 Jun 2002 8:51PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Villemarette Vieillemarette
It appears that all Villemarette's in America are decedents of Francois Villemarette, I'm interested in any additional information you may have about the people list below (corrections, stories, etc):

Pierre Vieillemarette and Nicole Dauber gave birth to Francois Vieillemarette on July 7th, 1817.
7:10am. Witnesses were Jean Laraux a neighbor and Louis Faure. He had two sisters Josephine (who was married to Lon Doet, had 5 children, 4 girls, one boy) and Myette (3 children from Neyat her first husband, and 2 from Francois Artiques from Mourigal her second at Auders) and a brother who died while he was in Paris. Francois godfather was Maudice Medicu. His Uncle was Daubech from St Calmine. The name is based on "Marette" a local term for a type of pond found in the area. Upon their death his parents left an estate of 14,800 francs.

Francois gave his place of birth as Lahesse, France. His birth certificate is registered in Tulle. His passport listed him as a resident of Espagnac, Correze (Maudar Street). His parents are listed as farmers. His brother in-law grew wheat.

He had blond hair, gray eyes, brown beard, and ruddy skin complexion. He had spent some time in Paris with his friend Brousseroux, His friend called him "Plaisant" and they apparently enjoyed a bottle of wine in the cafes of Paris. His friend was in the heating appliance business (fabricates stoves). May 12th, 1839 the Paris Revolution was a major uprising which Francios would of witnessed. Socialism and Marxism were clashing with the constitutional monarchies.
His papers indicate that Francois register and was not selected for the draft two years earlier, 1837, his number was 43.

Francois left France at the age of 22, it was October 25th, 1839. (His passport is dated August 29th, 1839 Paris.) When he left Paris his destination was New Orleans, Avoyelles Parish. He did not tell his parents what country he was heading for.

Based on a letter from his brother, Francois's parents died between 1862-1867 during a period when Francois was not receiving mail due to the American civil war.

The tone of the letters are questioning and curious over why he doesn't mention his profession, or information about his wife, and children. Their curious over the source of his success and why he does not want to share the information with his friend and family. Because of the Civil War there was a lapse in mail to France. He continued to receive letters complaining that he never wrote. One letter, his friend complains that even though Francois says he is writing the letters do not arrive. There are many theories about how he made his money but he ended up with a large parcel of land on the Red River which he farmed.

May 1877, Francois applied for and became a citizen of the United States. It was then that he changed the name to its current spelling "Villemarette". I have his original hand written application.

Francois married twice in the United States. The first wife married December 16th, 1843 (Celeste Guillot) died July 6th, 1848 leaving a son:

Celestin (born 10 Oct 1844). (see note for more about Celestin or "Uncle French")

She is buried at St Pauls, Mansura, Lousianna.

His second wife was, 16 year old, Zelia Guillory (married Nov 21, 1848), at Pointe Coupee, Lousiana. (She died in 1920) Her parents were Cyprien Guillory and Emilie Roy. She bore him the following children:

Francois Eugene 10 Feb 1853 (buried in St Alphonsus Church, Hessmer, La)
Pierre Ernest 15 Oct 1855
Marie Leonie 11 Nov 1857
Emile 15 March 1862
Ulysse 5 Feb 1864
Jean Baptiste 18 Oct 1866
Jules Abel 27 Jan 1869
Vataline 23 August 1871

You are descended from the oldest son Francois Eugene. He married Eliza Roy. On the 1860 Census Francois gives his occupation as "merchant". On the 1870, census "farmer". He was a farmer on the Red River.

The oldest son Celestin joined the Confederate Army in 1863 and is listed as C. Villmaret. He was assigned to the 2nd Field Artillery which was referred to as the "Boone's Battery". The unit was engaged in the Alexandria defense. They occupied Fort Buhlow near Pineville, La.

Francois Eugene and Eliza Roy had eight children of their own:

Ernest Oldest son. Lived in Hessmer.
Louis Killed by a switch train engine in Alexandria. He was a blacksmith. Buried St Alphonsus Church, Hessmer La
Philogene was an amateur town barber used a stove for hot water and a hose for cold nickname was Bee-doo
Eddie Lived to 90. Farmer, house painter, worked in cotton gins.
Lydia lived in Hessmer
Zelia The oldest lived in Belledeau. Small in stature. Smoked a pipe.
Alice Lived in Hessmer
Maurice (Youngest child) telegraph operator and later he worked in the Bank. Was in World War I

Re: Villemarette's in America
JVillemarette (View posts)
Posted: 30 Nov 2008 4:11PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: villemarette,vieillemarette
Its been years since I've updated this discussion board but in case anyone is thinking of going to France and seeing the town of Vieillemarette I can assure you it is worth the visit. The town exists but not on many maps. We went to a small hotel in Gimmel outside of Tulle and they gave us the directions. The area is charming with many of its original medieval towns. Whereas Vieillemarette and Labesse are nothing more than 8 farms at a cross road. The homes are all original. Several families welcomed us into their homes which were the original two room and loft design. Thick stone walls and dates from the 1600's. Also, the street in Paris and the apartment building where Francois lived also still exists. There is a resturant on the first floor decorated with pictures of the area from the 1800's. Unfortunately its noted several places that Francios was born on Mauder --which is the way its listed on the passport. It took a visit to France to see that it was a convention of the time. He was born in Labesse, birth registered in Espagnac <--again a quaint medival town but with a church,a store, and more what we would call a town.
Again if your thinking of going --its a fun adventure.

I found this on a message board on,
Added by Bianca Star on May 28, 2015 4:26 AM
Lisa s
Wow Thank you
Thank you so much Doris for your reply. You might have actually met my family. I've seen pictures of Aunt Mabel's motel, she used to have my family over to swim:) Karen is my sister and Gary was my brother. I sure would love to see those pictures of Grandma "Peggy":) Funny, I had never heard her referred to as Peggy at my house but I've seen it before in my research. I truly do appreciate you taking the time to email me back. Maybe in a few months I can email and see if you're situated in Florida. My sincerest wishes for a smooth move:) Take Care Doris, thanks again.
Added by Lisa s on May 27, 2015 3:29 PM
Lisa s
Bessie Ruth "Peggy" Washington Brummett
Good afternoon Doris. I'm sure that you're busy and I don't want to bother you but I just had to ask:) Did I understand your comment on Bessie Brummett's page to mean that she was your Grandmother? I'm guessing through her marriage to Pop Brummett. I ask because she was my Grandmother as well but I never had the pleasure of getting to meet her. My father was her youngest son Roy Lee Willis. My parents had me late in life and she passed on before I was born. My father was in the Ariforce and my parents settled in CA. I do try to do family tree type research but I'm not very good at it. It was just nice to see someone reference knowing my Grandma. I appreciate the work you do. Especially for someone like me who did not grow up knowing extended family, it's wonderful to hear things about their lives. My parents and brother are now passed, it's just my sister's family and my own now. So, I thank you for what you do. Any little story you have about Grandma Bessie would be wonderful to hear. Take Care, God Bless.
Added by Lisa s on May 27, 2015 2:34 PM
Bianca Star
86105529 Edward Villemarette
Added by Bianca Star on May 25, 2015 7:31 PM
Bianca Star
Edward Villemarette
Is this a relation to you? If not is there a way this grave could be transferred to me, this is my great grandfather.

His wife was Hazel Tassin Villemarette
Added by Bianca Star on May 25, 2015 7:04 PM
jenean gilstrap
RE: marvin layne duke #28273475
well, thanks so much for your response - and have a great day - jenean
Added by jenean gilstrap on Apr 29, 2015 7:46 AM
jenean gilstrap
marvin layne duke #28273475
hi doris - just came across the record of marvin layne duke - would you happen to know if this is the same marvin layne duke - an attorney with the monroe firm of johnson & johnson at one time - whose son, born 1975, is named lance d duke? thanks so very much for your time and information - and for the work that you do here! best wishes - jenean c gilstrap
Added by jenean gilstrap on Apr 28, 2015 9:21 AM
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