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Lathrop in Louisiana

Posted: 26 Feb 2014 11:40PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Lathrop Piaget

I am trying to determine if the Lathrops in Plaquemines Parish (who owned Linwood and Greenwood plantations) are the same family of Lothrops as found in the History of the town of Leeds, Androscoggin County, Maine: from its settlement June 10, 1780. This historical society claims that Elias Lane Lothrop married the daughter of the Swiss Consul in New Orleans ( https://archive.org/stream/historyoftownofl00stinch#page/72/... ). The volume gives her name as Piazia, but this is incorrect. The Swiss Counsul in New Orleans during the Civil War was Alexandre PIAGET (not Piazia) as evidenced in the collected correspondence of General Butler, who was the Union Military Governor during the occupation. Several of the US City Directories for New Orleans also list Alexandre Piaget as the Swiss Consul. The published history of Leeds was in 1901, however, and it gives no sources for the information in the volume. I have entries for two children of Alexandre Piaget in the New Orleans birth record index: a son named Guy Joseph Alexander Piaget, and a daughter named Marie Louise Lucile Piaget. The 1900 census shows an Elias Lathrop and Lucile Lathrop in Plaquemines Parish with relationship of husband and wife, and a family of 10 children. I can find NO marriage record for this couple. Has anyone found a marriage record for this couple? Elias Lathrop was allegedly born in Maine in 1854. Marie Lucile Piaget was born in New Orleans in 1856.

(cross-posted in Orleans Parish forum)

Re: Lathrop in Louisiana

Posted: 5 Mar 2014 5:09PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 5 Mar 2014 5:22PM GMT
Family Search shows the following:

This is a birth record for Elias Lothrop in Leeds, Maine, born 7 July 1853. Parents are listed as Davis Francis Lothrop and Caroline S. Morse. Father was 33, mother was 28.
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/2HKT-S46
This one shows the birthplace was actually Androscoggin, Leeds Co.
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F4SV-7VF

1870 census - Elias L. Lanthrop born 1853-1854 in Maine. Head of household is Dennis F. Lanthrop and Caroline, presumably his wife. Location – Androscoggin, Leeds Co. Looking at the image, I can see where the father could be DAVIS F. Father is 49, mother is 46. Census was taken July 1st. There is an Irvin in this household, aged 14.
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M6DC-4N1

This 1870 census shows an Elias L. Lanthrop, 16, in the home of a Jane Lanthrop, 49, in Cumberland, Brunswick Co., Maine. Note there’s a Cassie Keay, 23, in the household. There’s also an elderly woman named Jane Morse, 79, living in the home. Census was taken June 13th.
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M6D8-B2C

I believe these two Elias L. Lanthrops are one in the same, and that he was visiting his Aunt Jane Lanthrop in June and was back home in July.

1880 census Plaquemines Parish – Elias L. Lanthrop, 25, born in Maine, living in the home of Silas Sawyer & wife Carrie K. Sawyer, 34. Elias is a cousin to presumably Carrie/Cassie. Also listed in the household are Aunt Jane Lanthrop, 58, and cousin Irvine Lanthrop, 22.

This appears to be the same Elias L. Lanthrop living in Plaquemines Parish in the 1910 census.
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MPY5-LFZ

I would say this is a pretty strong case toward proving that these Lanthrops are the same family found in the history of Leeds County.


In the above mentioned 1910 census, Elias’ daughter Jane Lanthrop Houston is living with them. Here’s a death record for Jane showing her mother’s maiden name as Lucille Pioget. Jane was married to Samuel Houston. It also shows that Elias' wife, Lucille, stated that her father was born in Switzerland.
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FSBQ-88W

Re: Lathrop in Louisiana

Posted: 5 Mar 2014 5:16PM GMT
Classification: Query
I don't know if you're interested, but there's a heirloom photos of Elias' son-in-law here:

http://heirloomsreunited.blogspot.com/2012/11/c1904-photogra...

Re: Lathrop in Louisiana

Posted: 5 Mar 2014 5:18PM GMT
Classification: Query
Here's an online reference to Marie Louise Lucille Piaget's emancipation, Louisiana. Second District Court (Orleans Parish), General Index of All Successions, 1846 - 1880.

http://nutrias.org/~nopl/inv/2dc/2dc_p.htm

Re: Lathrop in Louisiana

Posted: 5 Mar 2014 5:28PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you, Barbara. You found some records I overlooked. I just wanted someone else to take a look at things and see if they came to the same conclusions. I'm having such a hard time trying to trace my Piaget and Pilet women!

Re: Lathrop in Louisiana

Posted: 5 Mar 2014 5:33PM GMT
Classification: Query
So, in the succession index, you believe that Lucille was emancipated? I never considered that she could be a slave. Her father was white and was a planter in the 1800s, and I believe her mother was white also. Maybe Lucille emancipated slaves in the household after her parents' deaths? I'm going to have to try to get those court records when I have some extra cash

Re: Lathrop in Louisiana

Posted: 5 Mar 2014 7:18PM GMT
Classification: Query
No, it means she was a minor. This is from the library's site:


Emancipation Records

This category of court proceedings relates to the emancipation of minors, rather than of slaves. (See the section on Slavery, Free People of Color, and Freedmen for slave emancipations.) In Louisiana minors above the age of eighteen but not yet legally adults sometimes came into the possession of property, often through succession. In order for minors to be able to handle their own property, state law provided for judicial emancipation . Records of emancipation proceedings usually include the names of the minor and parent(s), the age and/or date of birth of the minor, and some statement of the reasons for requesting emancipation. The earliest emancipation records appear to have been filed in the Parish Court [mf VCP], but some also exist in the files of the First Judicial District Court [mf VMA]. After 1846 emancipations were filed in the Second District Court [mf VSB] and, after 1880, in Docket 1 of Civil District Court [mf VT].

Re: Lathrop in Louisiana

Posted: 5 Mar 2014 8:03PM GMT
Classification: Query
ah! Thank you. that makes more sense with my understanding of the Piaget family.
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