|Death: ||Apr. 4, 1853|
In 1894, Jane's granddaughter, Estella Laussat Willoughby, wrote what she knew about her grandmother Jane:
Antony Laussat's mother's maiden name was Jane Estelle Van Guilliaumes. When Mr. Laussat senior married her, she was the widow of General Benard, Commissary General "de marine et de guerre," a man of better family than most of Bonaparte's officers, his ancestors for several generations having been leading bankers in France, and his mother, Lady Mary Fitzgerald. It was through General Benard the vessels were confiscated that created the indebtedness of France to citizens of the United States. He was with Napoleon in the Italian Campaign and was sent by him to St. Domingo with the French Army under General Le Clerc (husband of Bonaparte's beautiful sister, Pauline) where they both died of yellow fever.
Madame Laussat was of Dutch parentage, born in Amsterdam, though educated in France. Left an orphan when scarcely more than an infant, she and a sister older than herself, with a trusty old Dutch nurse, were sent to Bordeaux to be under the care of an aunt they had in that city, married to an eminent physician, and childless, but whose name I do not now remember. The aunt died during the terrors of the Revolution, and the children and nurse were placed by the uncle in a first-class boarding school in Bordeaux, where Jane remained until her marriage with General Benard. In the meanwhile, she had lost her sister and the faithful nurse, also her uncle who had been dragged from his carriage and murdered by one of those brutal mobs that roamed the streets unchecked in those lawless times. General Benard was very much older than his wife – a man of refined tastes and luxurious habits – had a beautiful establishment, which his official position enabled him to keep in handsome style, but left no fortune.
Pierre Antoine Tetignac Laussat (1756 - 1829)*
Antony Laussat (1806 - 1833)*
Alfred Laussat (1809 - 1838)*
Susanna Estelle [Cook] De Laussat Willoughby (1815 - 1912)*
Laurel Hill Cemetery
Plot: Section 7, Lot 351
Created by: Blanche
Record added: Jul 03, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 54432914