Information gleaned from various resources.
The Pelican Girls (aka The Cassette Girls)
Information from Sharon Bond
who posted it as a query to Mobile Co., ALGenWeb and
who credits a good bit of the information to family researchers Clifton
Alexander and Helen Alexander Clunie
Jean Baptiste ALEXANDER. Married in 1704 at Fort Louis de
la Mobile to Marie DUFRESNE who is listed as a Pelican Girl
or Casette girl.
Jean Baptiste ALEXANDER II, born 1706, son of Jean Baptiste
ALEXANDER and Marie DUFRESNE. Married in 1732 to Francois
Hypolite BADON who was born 1716, daughter of Nicholas BADON,
who established Miragouin Plantation near Mobile on 14,000
acres of land given to him by the French king; the plantation was on an
island and that it was established near Fort Louis de la Mobile.
Nicholas BADON was known as Sieur de Miragouin which means
of Musketeer Plantation. Jean Baptiste and Marie had
four children: Jean Baptiste ALEXANDER III, Charles ALEXANDER,
ALEXANDER, and a fourth child. Francois Hypolite died 1744.
Francois ALEXANDER, born 1708, son of Jean Baptiste ALEXANDER
Phillipe ALEXANDER, born 1710, son of Jean Baptiste ALEXANDER
Antoine ALEXANDER, born 1715, son of Jean Baptiste ALEXANDER
Pierre ALEXANDER, born 1716, son of Jean Baptiste ALEXANDER
Marie Marguerite ALEXANDER, birthdate unknown, daughter of Jean
Baptiste ALEXANDER and Marie DUFRESNE.
Jean Baptiste ALEXANDER III, born 1734, son of Jean Baptiste
ALEXANDER II and Francois Hypolite BADON. Married Angelica
LOISEL Their son Francis ALEXANDER, was born in 1779. Jean
Baptiste ALEXANDER III is listed in the 1786 census as being a widower
with two children and eleven slaves.
Charles ALEXANDER, born 1736, son of Jean Baptiste ALEXANDER
II and Francois Hypolite BADON.
Elizabeth ALEXANDER, son of Jean Baptiste ALEXANDER II
and Francois Hypolite BADON.
Francis ALEXANDER, born in 1779, son of Jean Baptiste
ALEXANDER III and Angelica LOISEL. Married on January 9, 1800
to Isabella NICHOLAS who was born 1784 and whose family was from
Orleans. Their son was Francis ALEXANDER II. Francis Alexander
died in 1811. Isabella is listed on the property
tax rolls of Mobile County for the year 1816. Isabella
died in 1824.
Francis ALEXANDER II, born in 1784, son of Francis
ALEXANDER and Isabella NICHOLAS. Married Anna RESTER
in Mobile in 1835.
From Sharon Bond: There is a Francis ALEXANDER buried in an old
cemetery in Delisle, Mississippi, just north of Biloxi.
Who might that be?
I believe that Francis and Anna were
the parents of my great-grandfather, Carlos F. ALEXANDER of Pearl
River County, who applied for a Civil War pension at the age
of 75 in the early 1900's. There is a Francis ALEXANDER buried
in an old cemetery in Delisle, Mississippi, just north of Biloxi.
It stands to reason that Francis, whose mother Isabella died when
he was 13, may have lived in the New Orleans area since he had relatives
I am trying to find the Alexander connection. Much of what I have
given you was researched by a Clifton Alexander in Slidell, Louisiana.
It was shared with me by a cousin I didn't know I had until I started looking!
I also have information on Isabella and on Angelica LOISEL.
I need information on Anna RESTER to establish the connection.
Sr. Jean FONTAILLE, cadet of troops of Mobile.
His wife was Dame Marie Le MIR. Jean had died by 1743 and Marie
was remarried by then to Pierre LOISEL 1
Dlle. Marie Jeanne FONTAILLE, daughter of Sr. Jean
FONTAILLE of Mobile, and Dame Marie Le MIR.
Louis SAUCIER. Was of St. Eustache Parish, Paris. Married
GAILLARD dit DuPLESSIS. Went to Canada as early as 1666,
listed as unmarried and age 32, at residence of Étienne DUMAY,
Sillery, Québec. Marguerite Gaillard was a native of Boulogne,
Picardy, and widow of a DUPERON when she married FrançoisePREVOST
in Québec. Widowed again, she married Louis Saucier
on 12 Jan 1671. Louis died by 1676. Marguerite married
again to Michael LeGARDEUR who also preceded her in death.
Jean Baptiste SAUCIER (shown in records as Jean Sossié),
born 4 Dec 1674, Québec, son of Louis SAUCIER and
Marguerite GAILLARD dit DuPLESSIS. He was shown in the household
of his stepfather LeGARDEUR in the 1681 census, St. Michel
(now St. Foy) near Québec. He was shown as one of
a group engaged by Pierre LeMOYNE, Sieur IBERVILLE, for the Hudson
Bay Expedition. Sailed with Josph LeMOYNE, Sieur SÉRIGNY,
to Rochefort, spring 1699. Sailed on the Renommé
in Iberville's second expedition to the settlement near Biloxi.
Jean was assigned a lot in fthe first plat, indicating he was instrumnetal
in settling the colony. Shown living in the colony in 1706 with a wife
and two children. Married one of the Pelican Girls Gabrielle
SAVARAY who was daughter of Pierre SAVARY and Jeanne FAUTISSE,
and who had been born 28 January 1684 in parish of Saint-Denis where
her godfather, Plomier DESELUSE had been an important merchant.
Jean was one of the 8 citizens of the colony who testified on BIENVILLE's
behalf in interrogations by Inspector Martin d"ARTAGUIETTE
that took place in 1708. Gabrielle is shown as a sponsor in a baptism
in March 1715, then in December 1716, is shown as widow of Mr. Saucier
as sponsor in another baptism. Gabrielle married twice more (see
her listing). 1
François SAUCIER, acting engineer at Mobile, son
of Jean Baptiste SAUCIER and Gabrielle SAVARAY, married
in 1743 to Dlle. Marie Jeanne FONTAILLE, daughter of Sr.
Jean FONTAILLE, cadet of troops of Mobile, and Dame Marie
Le MIR. (records of the Cathedral Parish). BIENVILLE satted
François was educated in Paris no later than
1730, and he appears to be the only member of the family who did so. There
exists a map drawn by him dated 12 May 1728 and he would have been but
age 16 at the time. It may be that talent for drawing that allowed for
François was still in the colony continually
in the 1730s.He served until 1737 as assistant to Captain Ignace François
BROUTIN, principal engineer. François was then given
the task of suveying "Bienville's lands". There were
19 surveys signed by him. His later work was mainly on the forts Condé,
and Tombechbe. He spent a good bit of time on mission at Ft.
Toulouse and the couple had a daughter born 19 Feb 1749, Marie Jeanne
SAUCIER. Other children were born to the couple -- JeanFrançois,
the eldest, whom François referred to as "the other myself",
Mathieu who was about 4 years older than Marie Jeanne, and
Jean Baptiste, who was about two years tounger than Marie Jeanne.
In 1751 François was summoned to New Orleans to construct
a new fort and made engineer of the existing Ft. Chartres in
Anne SAUCIER, daughter of Jean Baptiste SAUCIER and GabrielleSAVARAY.
Shown as a sponsor for a baptism in 1718. 1
Henry SAUCIER, son of Jean Baptiste SAUCIER and GabrielleSAVARAY,
was shown as age 29 in 1735 records. Married at Illinois, 1732,
to Barbe LaCROIX. They lived at St. Phillippe near Ft.
Chartres. They were living on the coast of Gulf of Mexico by
Jean Baptiste SAUCIER, son of Jean Baptiste SAUCIER
Gabrielle SAVARAY, is shown in baptismal records as born
28 Nov 1707, ana also shown elsewhere as age 27 in 1735. Married Marie
Rose GIRADY of Bayou St. John, New Orleans, in 1740. They lived
at Cannes Brulés. Died May 1746. 1
Jacques SAUCIER, son of Jean Baptiste SAUCIER and GabrielleSAVARAY,
is shown in baptismal records as born 28 Apr 1710. 1
Charles SAUCIER. He was shown in the household of his stepfather
in the 1681 census, St. Michel (now St. Foy) near Québec.
Gabrielle SAVARAY, one of thePelican Girls, so-called
because they came to the colony in 1704 aboard the Pelican,
was daughter of Pierre SAVARY and Jeanne FAUTISSE, and who
had been born the 285h of January 1684 in parish of
where her godfather, Plomier DESELUSE had been an important merchant.
Married Jean Baptiste SAUCIER and bore him several children
(see listing under SAUCIER)
Gabrielle is shown as a sponsor in a baptism in March 1715, then in
December 1716, is shown as widow of Mr. Saucier as sponsor in another
baptism. Gabrielle remarried to Pierre VIFVARENNE, sargeant
in the Mobile troops, and their son Jean Baptiste VIFVARENNE,
was baptized on 25 Feb 1719, Mobile -- the father shown as deceased.
married a third time to Jean Baptiste SANSOT dit LaGRANGE.
They were parents of a daughter Jeanne Gabrielle, baptized 18 Oct
1721. Gabrielle is shown as the widow Saucier in a 1726 census
of New Orleans, with 5 children, living on Rue St. Pierre.
Governor Étienne PERIER wrote in a letter, "We have not been
able to refuse passage to the islands to the widow Saucier and to
four of her children." A 1727 census shows the widow and 4 children living
on Royal Street, New Orleans. The 1735 sucession proceedings show
that 4 of her children survived her -- Henry Saucier, Jean Baptiste
Saucier, Françoise Saucier, and Vifvarenne. 1,
Frenchmen and French Ways in the Mississippi Territory, edited
by John Francis McDermott, 1969, University of Illinois
2. "Old Mobile Fort Louis de la Lousiane 1702-1711" by Jay Higginbotham,
University of Alabama Press