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Marriages and Liaisons

In 1745, Jean Baptiste Honore Destrehan married Catherine de Gauvry and moved into her family home. Jean Baptiste Honore and Catherine had seven children.

  • At 25 years of age, Jean Baptiste Honore Destrehan, the oldest boy, married Feclicie St. Maxent. Her father made his fortune in the fur trade with his partner Pierre Laclede, funding the outpost, which would become St. Louis, Missouri.
  • At 20 years of age, Jeanne Marguerite married Etienne DeBore, who at the age of 30 was a wealthy Louisiana businessman involved in the sugar industry.
  • At 19 years of age, Jeanne Marie, married Pierre Phillip Marigny, son of an important and wealthy New Orleans family.
  • At 18 years of age, Marie Elizabeth Isabel married Charles Phillipe Favre D'Aunoy, son of another important New Orleans family.
  • Jeanne Catherine, daughter number four, had not been well and died in 1773 unmarried.
  • After the death of Jean Baptiste Destrehan on February 26, 1765, the youngest two sons, Jean Baptiste Louis, 15 years of age, and Jean Noel, 14 years of age, were too young to marry and lived with Etienne and Jeanne Marguerite DeBore.
  • In 1776, Etienne bought the two youngest boys, Jean Baptiste Louis and Jean Noel a plantation in St Charles Parish with their share of the estate. Etienne lived with them and taught them how to manage the plantation. At 17 years of age, Jean Noel released from guardianship by his brother-in-law and declared an adult, received the St. Charles Parish Plantation. In 1786, Jean Noel married Marie Celeste Robin de Logny the daughter of the Commandant of the German Coast and Indigo Planter. 
  • Catiche was Jean Baptist's supposed daughter, born in 1738. Catiche married Pompe, also enslaved by the Destrehan estate. Her son with Pompe was named Honore', later, after he gained freedom he changed his name to Jean Baptist Honore Destrehan. The Destrehan name was dropped by the third generation family member, Francois, in the early 1800s.
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