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Henri Saucier

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Henri Saucier

Posted: 29 Mar 2012 12:03PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Saucier, La Croix, Savary, Montmeuniere, Vifvareinne-Vivarenne, Sansot dit LaGrange
Henri Saucier was born 1706 in Old Mobile at the Fort Louis de la Louisiane to Jean Baptiste Saucier and Marie Gabrielle Savary (Savarit) who was a Pelican Girl.

In 1711, when Henri was five, his family moved from the then-abandoned fort at Old Mobile to New Mobile. By the time Henri reached his tenth birthday, his father Jean Baptiste Saucier had passed away. His mother remarried to Pierre Vifvareinne (Vivarenne) in Mobile about 1717; she and Pierre had two sons before Pierre died in 1719: Jean Baptiste and Francois. Marie Gabrielle married for a third time in 1720 in Mobile to Jean Baptiste Sansot dit LaGrange by whom she had a daughter Jeanne.

On 11 Aug. 1732 at the age of 26, Henry married 21-year-old Barbe la Croix at Fort de Chartres, Illinois. Barbe was the daughter of Francois and Barbe (Montmeuniere) La Croix. Henri and Barbe resided at Le Petite Village located just five miles above Old Fort de Chartres. From 1735 until mid 1738, the couple remained in Illinois.

Barbe La Croix's parents sold Henri three arpents of land, the property extending from the Mississippi River to the Bluffs, lying between land of Giradot and Francois la Croix. The price was 300 minots of wheat, payable in yearly installments of 10 minots, with the promise to maintain the commune which crossed his land. The agreement was signed with a cross for La Croix and a cross for his wife on 6 Feb. 1733.

By 1740, Henri had relocated his family on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, also living at times in New Orleans and Mobile. In 1757, word came to the coast that Henri's brother Francois and half-brother Jean Baptiste Vifvareinne (Vivarenne) had passed away. He promptly took care of his affairs and journeyed north to assist the grieving families. He was away for nearly two years.

At this time he auctioned off his own property which he had for 25 years. The Kaskaskia Manuscript of 1 Oct. 1758 records in part, "Henry Saucier, living at St. Phillippe his actual domicile, sells land situated between Francois la Croix and Estienne Mercier, facing the Mississippi River and running back to the hills, in the village of St. Phillipe, to Mr. Joseph Belcour."

In 1762 the Spanish took over French Louisiana after nearly seven decades of Bourbon French rule. Henri's large family withdrew to the Spanish New Orleans area when the country to the East was ceded to Britain in 1763. Several of his sons returned to the coast after the Spanish took control of Britain's claim to the eastern coastal area in 1779.

Henri passed away sometime around 1761-1762, most probably in Louisiana. He and Barbe were the parents of ten children and left behind many grandchildren living in the areas of East Louisiana to Mobile, Alabama.

Source: "A Family of French Colonial America, Saucier"; held at Biloxi Public Library

The children of Henri and Barbe La Croix Saucier:

Jean Baptiste Saucier 1733 –
Henri M. Saucier 1734 –
Francois Saucier 1737 –
Christian Savary Saucier 1740 – 1880
Child Saucier 1743 – 1747*
Philippe Saucier 1747 – 1820
Marie Barbe Saucier 1749 –
Maria Magdeline Saucier 1750 – 1825
Pierre Saucier 1752 – 1770
Charles Julian Saucier 1756 –

*I do not know whether this child was male or female or even if this is the proper placement among the children. Whoever this child was, he/she probably did not live for very long.

I hope this information helps anyone researching this family!
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Madehlinne 29 Mar 2012 6:03PM GMT 
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