At the time that I posted the begining of this thread I did post all the information I had, it's a long story. Over the years I have added a lot of info. Francois GARIAG (b 9 Jan 1858, La Maison Penacq, Sarrance, Basses Pyrenees, France) married Marie LASSERRE on 11 Feb 1884, in Perquie, Landes, Aquitaine, FRANCE. I have a copy of the marriage certificate and French military documents to support his birthdate and place, as well as his obituary. I do not have Marie's birthdate but according to the marriage certificate she was the daughter of Jean LASSERRE & Jeanne DUMESTE. Perhaps they were from Perquie, where the couple was married. They appear on a passenger ship list arriving inNew Orleans, Louisiana on 2 Apr 1890. If you have a connection to this family, I would love to share info.