Thank you... the 1890 census for louisiana apparently burned in a fire... I believe Alexander's mother to be Josephine Denuit (1851 -1899), immigrated to Louisiana with the family (found the ship manifest) but she died before the 1900 census ... I haven't been able to find any info on her at all ... I guess she was from Belgium too but I haven't been successful... maybe the last name is mispelled?? what's really strange is that I can't find her death record or burial site.. I found their daughter Charlott in a family Crypt in Rayne Louisiana.. no death/burial information on the father Emile either.. but according to famly stories, Emile was outcast from the church & had to buried at night.. I think he left the catholic church or something like that. In Charlotte's crypt, there apears to be an unmarked tomb on top, which makes sense except for where is his wife Josephine?? very puzzling... thanks for your help .. I added the tomb pics to Charlotte if you are interested.