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Marie Anne Le'onide Josephine DuFouchard Verloin DeGruy

Marriage of [Jean] Victor Baudier and [Marie] Leonide Josephine DuFouchard Verloin DeGruy 03-19-1824
Submitted by Helen Kendrick  May 2001
Source Archdiocese of New Orleans Archives

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1824-Certificate of Marriage

This is to Certify That Victor Baudier of majority age, native of Morlain, France, Son of Nicolas Baudier and Simone Pelle Deforge and Marianne Leonide Dufouchart Degruy, minor at this parish, Daughter of Antoine DeGruy and Josephine Guerin Moll (e)? were lawfully Married on the 19th day of March 1824 According to the Rite of the Roman Catholic
Church, Rev. Louis Moni officiated in the presence of Mm. Thomas, Doctor of Medicine and Joseph Verloin; Trabve, Doctor of Medicine; Grandchamp and Ayemi Jeourda (?) Witnesses.

A true and exact extract from the Marriage Registers of St. Louis Cathedral which are now in the Archives of the Archdiocese of New Orleans.  Vol. Marr. Bk 4 (1821-1830), Page 42; Act No. 214.
Certified by Jacob B. Date: 28 December 1999 Included with this certificate extract was a copy of the original act written in French.
Archdiocese of New Orleans Archives
Note: Victor Baudier was born in Morlaix, France

Governor Jacques Phillippe Villere'

Jacques Villeré

26th, 2nd since U.S. Statehood Governor of Louisiana

In office


Preceded by
William C. C. Claiborne

Succeeded by
Thomas B. Robertson

Personal details

April 28, 1761
St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana

March 7, 1830 (aged 68)
Saint Bernard Parish, Louisiana

Political party

Jeanne Henriette de Fazende


Jacques Phillippe Villeré (April 28, 1761 – March 7, 1830) was the 26th Governor of Louisiana, and the second after it became a state. He was the first Creole and the first native of Louisiana to attain that office.

 [hide] 1 Early life
2 Military service
3 Political career and Later Life
4 Sources

Early life [edit]

He was born near present day Kenner, Louisiana on the concession La Providence on the German Coast somewhere in St. John the Baptist Parish in 1761. His father was Joseph Roi de Villeré, Naval Secretary of Louisiana under French King Louis XV and one of the victims of Spanish Governor Alejandro O'Reilly who was sent by the Spanish King to put down a revolt in Louisiana. Villeré's paternal grandfather, Etienne Roi de Villeré had accompanied Iberville on the voyage to the colony. His mother was Louise Marguerite de la Chaise, granddaughter of the Chevalier d’Arensbourg.

Military service [edit]

Villeré joined the French army and was educated in France at the Crown's expense due to his father's death at the hands of O'Reilly. In 1776, he was assigned by the French army to Saint Domingue as a first lieutenant of the artillery. On leave in Louisiana, Villeré was detained by the Spanish authorities.

Political career and Later Life [edit]

In 1784, Villeré married Jeanne Henriette de Fazende, the daughter of Gabriel de Fazende, who owned a plantation seven miles (11 km) downriver from New Orleans in Saint Bernard Parish. In 1803, he secured a seat on the municipal council (the Cabildo) of New Orleans during the short French rule. The next year, Villeré was appointed a Major General in the territorial militia, a Police Juror in Orleans Parish and a Justice of the Peace for St. Bernard Parish.

Villeré was a member of the convention which drafted Louisiana's first state constitution. He ran for governor in 1812, but was defeated in the election by William C. C. Claiborne when the creole vote was split between Villeré and Jean N. Destréhan.

He participated in the Battle of New Orleans in 1815, commanding the First Division of the Louisiana Militia. His men stood fast, assigned to the area near Lake Borgne and Bayou Dupre, as the British Army approached New Orleans. The Villeré Plantation, Conseil, located downriver from the city, was overrun by the British Army. His home was destroyed and he lost 52 slaves, whom the British took aboard their ships and freed later.

Villeré was elected Governor in 1815, narrowly defeating Joshua Lewis . He took office the following year and serving through 1820, a period of prosperity and growth for the new state. He retired to his plantation in St. Bernard Parish after his term. In 1824, Villeré was brought out of retirement to run again for Governor, but he and Bernard de Marigny split the Creole vote and Henry Johnson was elected Governor.

He died March 7, 1830 on his plantation Conseil after a long illnes

Political offices

Preceded by
William C. C. Claiborne Governor of Louisiana
1816–1820 Succeeded by
Thomas B. Robertson
Jacques Phillippe Villeré, a native of Louisiana and the 2nd Governor, died in 1830. He is interred in St. Louis Cemetery #2 <../../Cemeteries%20Orleans%20Table.shtml> in New Orleans.
In the War of 1812 Villeré was commander of the First Division of the Louisiana Militia. His only formal education had been two years in a French military academy. During the war, his Conseil Plantation in the St. Bernard area, was overrun by the British.
Having lost to Claiborne in the first election for governor, Villeré was narrowly elected governor in 1816 in the second election. With the war over, Villeré became mediator between the factious Creole and American populations.
He retired after his term as governor and returned to his Conseil Plantation in St. Bernard Parish. The Creole-Anglo turmoil continued and although he was aging, he was pushed to run for governor for the 1824-1828 term. Henry S. Johnson was elected.
His wife Jeanne died in 1826. They had raised eight children. Villeré died in 1830 at age 69 at his Conseil Plantation in St. Bernard Parish.