Friday, May 1, 2009

2009 Rev. Pierre Robert Family Reunion

For me, the reunion began the evening of April 24th in the Bailey Hotel in Bunkie, Louisiana. With help I discovered that we are descendants of Joseph Leonidas Robert. Joseph was the fourth son of Captain Peter Robert and Anne Grimball and was born in French Santee, South Carolina about 1770. Captain Peter Robert was the second of seven children born to Jocques Robert and his wife, Sarah Jaudon. His grandparents were Pierre Robert II and his second wife, Judith Videaul, and his great grandparents were the Rev. Pierre Robert and his wife, Jeanne Braye. Joseph Leonidas Robert married Mary Hyrne Jaudon about 1798. Joseph and Mary left South Carolina about 1804 and came to Wilkinson county, Mississippi, settling on Bayou Sarah near Woodville.

James Bordeaux Jaudon Robert, fifth child of Joseph L. Robert and Mary Hyrne Jaudon, was born in Wilkinson county, Mississippi, about 1814. He was brought to Louisiana by his parents when quite young and spent the balance of his life on Bayou Boeuf, near Cheneyville, in Rapides parish. He there married Martha Ester Pearce, daughter of Stephen Pearce, and his first wife, Sally Goodwin Bray. Twelve children were born to James and Martha.

William Slaughter Robert, third child of James Bordeaux Jaudon Robert and Martha Ester Pearce, was born near Cheneyville, Louisiana about 1840. He was known to his friends as "Doc Robert." His first wife was Jane Taylor, by whom he had two children: William Taylor Jaudon Robert and Lena Robert. William's second wife was Eunice Bailey, daughter of Walter Bailey and Margret Gertrude Allen. Four children were born to William and Eunice: Ethel Robert, Octavia Robert, Tuzette Robert and Eunice Robert. Ethel and Octavia were twins.


Tuesday, August 5, 2008


The year was 1921. It was the year in which Albert Einstein won the Nobel Prize, not for relativity but for his 1905 work on the photoelectric effect. Einstein would deliver a lecture on his theory of relativity on April 2nd of 1921. Additionally, Northern Ireland would elect its first parliament on May 24, 1921 and after 84 years of British control, Afghanistan would achieve sovereignty on May 27, 1921. What you may not be aware of is that on Friday, May 27, 1921 Alma June Bartet graduated from Leon Godchaux High School at 7:15 P.M. in the School Auditorium. Her class motto was, "With the ropes of the past we ring the bells of the future." Her class colors were green and white and the class flower was the marechal niel rose. She was one of thirteen graduates and she was ninteen years old. The following photos are digital images of the commencement program found among photos once owned by her Aunt Octavia Robert.

BELOW: The cover

BELOW: Class information and a list of graduates
There is more to this well preserved commencement program, but we'll be posting all of it on the website soon. Please share your memories and photos of Aunt Alma June Bartet McCurnin with us!
...more to come


THE BARTET PROJECT is nearing its third month and thanks to so many of you it is coming along nicely. Hopefully, this will be a step toward the development of an EDG (email discussion group) just for members of the Bartet family. If you're interested in being able to interact with others participating in this project, then please let me know.

Thanks for the photos you've allowed me to scan and the ones you've sent me via snail-mail (U.S. Postal Service) and by email. It's a delight to see faces I haven't seen in years and to put faces on those I've only known by name. Please, if you haven't sent photos of yourself or your family, do it now.

I've learned so much about our family. For instance, I did not know that Louis Bartet, Sr., had a sister, Mary Elizabeth Bartet. I did not know that Mary Elizabeth Bartet Courtade's son married, Eunice the sister of Mary Tuzette Robert. This means that Charles Eric Courtade, Mary Elizabeth's oldest son and husband of Eunice Robert, was the nephew and brother-in-law of Louis Bartet, Sr. :) If you don't have a brain cramp yet, then you probably won't get one.

Thanks for taking the time to check here often and for leaving your comments. Who knows, you may want to start your own blog (web log). If you do, please let us know the address so we can visit you and link to your site.

Your help in reconstructing and reconnecting the Bartet family is much appreciated!!

Louis Hubert Bartet, son of Louis Bartet, Jr., grandson of Louis Bartet, Sr. and Tuzette Robert Bartet