At Their Best
A few weeks ago I erroneously stated that I had posted photos of all of my great grandparents. I was wrong about that. There was someone that I had left out. I’ve mentioned her in other posts, but no photo was shown. She was the first of them to die in 1909, so there aren’t as many photos of her. Still, I hope you will forgive this oversight. And curiously no one pointed out this error to me. I thought everyone was reading these posts and keeping track of all of the information in them. I’m going to have to start giving tests!
So if you haven’t gone back through all of my posts and figured it out yet, I will give you a minute to take the time to do so. In the meantime I will write this sentence. There. Now you’ve had time to find it if you want to. If you haven’t figured it out, I will let you in on this morsel of information.
The person that I’ve left out was Marie Therese Landry Patureau. She was born Sept. 25, 1868, in Plaquemine, Louisiana. She was the oldest child of Trasimond Landry and Marie Amalie “Belite” Bujol Landry. She had two younger sisters and two younger brothers before her father died in 1879. Her mother remarried and gave her two younger half sisters. A few years later she met the man of her dreams. (He also happened to be her 2nd cousin.)
This photo is of the marriage between Marie Therese Landry and Vincent Maximilian Patureau on Oct. 10, 1888. It is a beautiful photo of these two people. I first remember seeing it in the home of Patricia Marionneaux Nelson last year after her funeral. I was on the lookout for it until it somehow popped up in my cousin Tricia’s house while she was cleaning. (Thank you, Tricia.) She brought it to the latest reunion and I took a few photos of it.
The only thing I knew about the wedding before I saw the photo was a description that was allegedly in some newspaper. It stated, “The lovely bride, arrayed in her snowy wedding robes, looked even more charming than usual, while the manly groom, proud in the consciousness of the conquest he had made, appeared to the best advantage.” When I read that, it made me want to see what they were talking about. It’s so much better to have the photo of the event. They certainly do appear to be at their best.
Feb. 5, 2020 Update
Feb. 7, 2021 Update continued – I was looking at the newspaper article and noticed the names of the bridesmaids and groomsmen. I had never bothered to look them up in my tree to see if they were there. Sure enough, many of them were. That’s because they were related to the couple getting married. The bridesmaids were all relatives. Kate Landry was Marie Therese’s younger sister who was 18 at the time. The youngest sister Manette was only 12 years old and was not mentioned. She was probably too young to be a bridesmaid. Olive and Della Bergeron were two other bridesmaids and they were first cousins to Marie Therese. Their mother (Marie Adele Bujol Bergeron) was the sister of Marie Therese’s mother (Marie Amelie “Belite” Bujol Landry). Anoise (Marie Constance Anaise) Doiron was a first cousin to the others. Her mother Marianne Celile Bujol Doiron was a sister of Belite and Marie Adele.
Louis Aillet was the first groomsman listed. I’m assuming he was the best man and Kate was the maid of honor. Louis Aillet was the first cousin of Max Patureau. Max’s mother was Emma Landry Patureau and Louis’s mother was Emma’s sister Henriette Zulma Landry Aillet. I couldn’t find a connection between the other groomsmen. They were probably friends and/or business associates of Grampa Max. N. C. Roth is one of the groomsmen and I did find a Nicolas Celestin Roth who was about the same age as Max and lived in Plaquemine. Though he is not related, in a few years he would marry Pauline LeBlanc who was related to both the bride and the groom through the Landry family line.