Landry Unions and Reunions
This week we are having a Landry reunion in Lake Charles, so I thought it would be appropriate to post a relevant relative. The person receiving the honor this week is my great great grandmother Marguerite Basalite (aka Basilde) Landry Leveque. She was born in 1821 in Iberville Parish in Louisiana. She was the sixth and last child of Joseph Emanuel Landry and Clarice Celeste Bruneteau. Manuel and Clarice were 4th cousins through the Acadian Landry forefather Rene Landry.
I’ll try not to be too confusing, but that’s going to be difficult. Because, you see , I also descend from Marguerite’s next older sister Anna Adele Landry. I won’t explain how she fits in, because I want to get to the next older sister Clarissa Doralise Landry. Clarissa married Joseph Auguste Leveque (I posted his photo last Christmas.) in 1831 at the age of 18. She and Joseph Auguste had six children together. Shortly after the last child was born in 1840, Clarissa died.
Now I don’t really know all the details about the dynamics going on in the family, but in 1843 Joseph Auguste got married again. And I’m sure you’ve already guessed who it was that he married. Yes, you are right, it was our very own Marguerite Basalite. Was she sweet on him when he was married to her sister? Did she want to make sure her nieces and nephews were cared for properly? Was she longing to have servants of her own? Did she want her headstone to read the same as her sister’s: Mrs. J. A. Leveque? Did he only want to marry a Landry? a cousin? Or did he think, “Hey, she’s over here all the time, maybe I should marry her?” All I know is that they got married and had eight or nine children together (six lived to adulthood). And I descend from a daughter of this second marriage, Marie Celeste Leveque.
Marie Celeste went on to marry a Landry cousin of her own. That’s right. She married Simon Alcide Joseph Landry, her half first cousin once removed. And their son (my grandfather) married his first cousin once removed through the Landry line. That’s a lot of Landry lines in this group of people. Unions and reunions. It reminds me of a poem I once read,
It must have been Cajun tradition
or kids with a lot of volition.
Whatever it was
It didn’t give pause.
It happened despite admonition.
Oh wait! I wrote that poem. Who else writes poems about their families marrying their cousins? No one that I know. Maybe my third cousin once removed. Oh wait? That’s me, too! Like I said, I try not to get too confused. But with a family tree like ours, that’s asking for a bit too much.
A note about the photo. The first copy of this photo that I found was the one on the left. It’s not a very big file, it’s very yellowed, and it has spots all over it. But since it was all that I had, I worked on it and tried to make it look good. It still looked a bit rough.
Then I came across a slightly better version and started working on that one. Finally I got this better version from my dad and worked on it and retouched it. I’ve been working on this photo for over six months! I threw the first edited version away. So you’d better enjoy it. And if you have an even better copy of it, wait a while before you show it to me. I’m not quite ready to throw away my new edited version.