Person:Jean-Baptiste Rodrigue (1)

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Jean Baptiste Rodrigue
m. 1 Jun 1763
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Jean-Baptiste Rodrigue is considered to be the progenitor of the Rodrigue family in America. After migrating to the Louisiana German Coast, he married twice, cultivated hundreds of acres of land, had many children and served under General Don Bernardo de Galvez in the Louisiana infantry during the American Revolution.

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Name Jean Baptiste Rodrigue
Alt Name Jean Baptiste Rodriguez
Gender Male
Birth[7] 1 Sep 1736 Beauport, Quebec, Quebec, Canada
Marriage 1 Jun 1763 Edgard, St. John the Baptist, Louisiana, United Statesto Marie Josephe Dervain
Residence[8] 1784 Louisiana, United StatesGerman Coast
Death[1][4] 11 Apr 1803 Edgard, St John the Baptist, Louisiana, USA
Burial[12] 12 Apr 1803 Edgard, St. John the Baptist, Louisiana, United StatesSt John the Baptist Cemetery
Military[1][2][8] Louisiana, USA


Parentage

Jean-Baptiste Rodrigue was the son of Jean Rodrigue and Dorothee Fougere.

Source Record
Dictionnaire Genealogique des Familles Canadiennes depuis la Fondation de la Colonie Jusqu'a Nos Jours, Cyprien Tanguay, Volume 7, p. 25-26.
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Dictionnaire Genealogique des Familles Canadiennes depuis la Fondation de la Colonie Jusqu'a Nos Jours, Cyprien Tanguay, Volume 7, p. 25-26.
[7]
1731, (7 mai) Beauport.
III Rodrigue, Jean, b 1711;
Fougere, Dorothee, b 1707, veuve de Francois Vachon, s 23 Nov 1758, a St-Joseph, Beauce.

--Jean-Batiste,
b. 1 Sept 1736.

Pedigree Chart

Pedigree of Jean-Baptiste Rodrigue (1736-1803)
Jean-Baptiste Rodrigue (1736-1803) Jean Baptiste Rodrigue (1711-1783) Rene Rodrigue (1678-1715) Jean Rodrigue (1650-1720)
Anne Roy-dit-Leroy (1641-1715)
Elizabeth Dauphin (1687-1758) Rene Dauphin (1666- )
Marie-Suzanne Gignard (1667- )
Dorothee Fougere (1707-1758) Pierre Fougere (1676-1748- ) Simon Fougere (1650- )
Anne Gentay (1659- )
Madeleine Verieul (1683-1746) Nicolas Veriel (1632-1714)
Colette Roussel (1632-1673)


Arrival in Louisiana

It is believed that Jean Baptiste Rodrigue came to the German Coast of Louisiana (present-day St. Charles and St. John the Baptist parishes) between 1760 and 1763, toward the end of the French and Indian War.[13]

Louisiana (1763-1784)

Marriage to Maria Josefa Dervain

Rodrigue married Maria Josefa Dervain (1747-1784), the daughter of Rene Dervain and Anne Marie Conrad Frederick, on 1 June 1763. The couple had 12 known children: Doroté, Jean Francois, Francoise Ursule, Marie Josephe (Josette), Louis, Alexis, Jean Rene, Agnes, Angelique, Pierre, Jean Charles and Gabriel.

John Baptiste and Marie Josephe settled in the Louisiana German Coast, an area so named because of the many Germans who originally settled there. He owned and cultivated about 305 acres on the west bank of the Mississippi River and was a prominent member of the community.[13]

Map of the Louisiana German Coast, 1775
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Map of the Louisiana German Coast, 1775

Service in the American Revolution

During the American Revolution, Rodrigue served in the Louisiana infantry under General Don Bernardo de Galvez, the Spanish governor of the Louisiana territory. According to the Archives of the Indies in Seville, Spain, he served in the First Company of the Second Louisiana Battalion.[15]

On 21 September 1779, Rodrigue fought in the Battle of Baton Rouge, the second British outpost to fall to Spanish arms during Bernardo de Gálvez's march into British West Florida.[11]

Last Will and Testament of Jean Baptiste Rodrigue and his wife Marie Josephe Dorvin

No. 8; 8-18-83 (p. 72). Witnessed by Antoine Delatte, Dominique Guidry, Louis Pain and Daniel Pain.[5] [6]

Census of the Louisiana German Coast - 1784

The family of Jean-Baptiste Rodrigue and wife Marie Joseph "Dervin" appeared in the General Census of 1784 of the Second Coast of the Germans.[8]

Jean Rodrigue and Marie Joseph Dervin in the 1784 Census of the Louisiana German Coast
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Jean Rodrigue and Marie Joseph Dervin in the 1784 Census of the Louisiana German Coast

Louisiana (1785-1803)

Marriage to Marguerite Delatte

Maria Josefa passed away in 1784. John Baptiste then married Marguerite Delatte (1757 - 1837), daughter of Antoine Louis Delatte and Catherine Clero, on 7 Apr 1785, in St John the Baptist Church, Edgard, Louisiana[12] John Baptiste and Marguerite had five known children: Pelagie, Rosalie, Jean Baptiste II, Eleanor and Ozette.

Inventory of the community property of Jean-Baptiste Rodrigue and his late wife, Marie Josephe Dorvin (1785)

No. 22. 8-16-85 (p. 88). Inventory taken on the Rodrigue farm by Pierre Becnelle and Jean-Pierre Bossie in the presence of Jean-Baptiste Rodrigue; Ambroise Borne, his son-in-law; and Jacques Troxler, his brother-in-law. Debts owed by the community to: Cantrelle, Fevre, Antoine Baudouin. One item on the inventory reads "for the expenditure of his wife, Marguerite Delatte, a sum of 62 piastres. Signing the document were Pierre Bossie, Jean-Pierre Bossie and Jean-Pierre Keller. Partition, October 9, 1785. Each of the 11 children of Jean-Baptiste Rodrigue and Marie Josephe Dorvin is to receive 596 piastres from their mother's succession.[5] [6]

Death (11 April 1803)

Jean Baptiste Rodrigue died on 11 April 1803, in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana.[1] [4]

At the time of his death, Jean-Baptiste Rodrigue's farm in St. John the Baptist Parish contained "about 9 arpents frontage by the customary depth, and was bounded below by the farm of Antoine LeBorne and above by the same." A public sale was held on 27 April 1803. The farm sold to Marguerite Delatte, his widow, for 7300 piastres.[5] [6]

Inventory of the community property of the late Jean-Baptiste Rodrigue and his wife, Marguerite Delattre (1803)

No. 19. 1-19-03. At the request of Marguerite Delattre and the children of her first marriage and her second marriage, numbering 14 in all, Andry orders an inventory and appraisal of the community property. Inventory and appraisal made by Antoine Borne and Jean Denoyer in the presence of the widow; Pierre, Louis, Gabriel and Francois Rodrigue; Antoine Delattre fils, husband of Dorote Rodrigue; Noel Delattre, husband of Josette Rodrigue; Antoine Dupuie, husband of Francoise Rodrigue; and Angelique Rodrigue, widow of Jean-Lopuis Delatte; Agnes Rodrigue, Rozalie Rodrigue, Pelagie Rodrigue, Ozette Rodrigue and Jean-Francois Rodrigue; and the children of the late Jean-Charles Rodrigue. Debts owed the succession by: Noel Delattre, Louis Rodrigue, Pierre Rodrigue, the late Jean-Charles Rodrigue. Debts owed by the succession to: Dr. Lesnare, Louis Exnicios, Agnes Rodrigue, Francois Rodrigue, Antoine Tregre, Jean D. Bridy, Pierre Gouyer, Giles Cantin.[5] [6]

Public sale of the property of the late Jean-Baptiste Rodrigue and his wife, Marguerite Delattre (27 April 1803)

No. 22. 4-26-03. At the request of Marguerite Delattre, widow of Jean-Baptiste Rodrigue, together with that of her children and sons-in-law of both marriages (14 children in all), Andry orders the sale of the community property in order that a settlement might be made between the widow and her children. Sale announced by Antoine Tregre in the presence of Marguerite Delattre; Pierre, Louis, Gabriel and Francois Rodrigue; Noel and Antoine Delatte; Antoine Dupuis; the widow of Jean-Louis Delatte; all children or in-laws of the widow. Buyers and their bondsmen were: Louis Vicner, Louis Burnette, Gabriel Rodrigue, Antoine LeBorne, Jean-Pierre Folse, Jean Folse, Charles Picou, Laurent Bayre, Gabriel Lorio, Joseph Mathiew, Michel Weber, Antoine Tregre, Andre Himelle, Mathias Rouselle, Etienne Rambeaux, Achilles Trouard, Francois Roquigny, Jean-Baptiste Barre, Baptiste Monet, Antoine Delatte, Pierre LeBourgeois, Pierre Bossier fils, Joseph Hotard, Antoine Sanchez, Nicolas Keller, Pierre Materne, Francois Deslonde, Louis Picou, Jean-Baptiste Droully, George Portier, Andre Bouvier, Michel Elle, Jean-Baptiste Droully, George Portier, Andre Bouvier, Michel Elle, Jean-Baptiste Denoyer, Yves Bertelotte, Antoine Folse, Pierre Marmillon, Henry Berthelote, Jacques Troxler, Romain Lavigne, Andre Elle, George Lagrange, Pierre Berthelote (son of Yves Berthelote), Cristome Borne (son-in-law of Noel Delatte), Mathias Ory, Joseph Tommellette, Cristophe Troxler, Antoine LeBorne, Antoine Weber, Louis Exnicios, Baptiste Montz, Jacques Barbier, Antoine Haydelle. Witnessed by: Jean Denoyer, Pierre Bossier pere, Pierre Bossier Fils, Adam Weber, Pierre Becnel, Christophe Himelle, Antoine Delatte, Jean-Louis Laurent and Pierre Rouselle.

Public Sale of the Farm of the Late Jean-Baptiste Rodrigue, April 27, 1803. Andry proceeds with the sale of the farm of the late Jean-Baptiste Rodrigue. The farm, containing about 9 arpents frontage by the customary depth, is bounded below by the farm of Antoine LeBorne and above by the same. Sale announced by Antoine Tregre. Sold to Marguerite Delatte, widow of Jean-Baptiste Rodrigue for 7300 piastres.[5] [6]

References
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ancestor #: A097989, in Daughters of the American Revolution. Genealogical Research System.

    Service: LOUISIANA
    Rank: PATRIOTIC SERVICE
    Birth: 9-1-1736, BEAUPORT CANADA
    Death: 4-11-1803, ST JOHN THE BAPTIST PAR LOUISIANA
    Service Source: CHURCHILL, SPANISH RECS, PP 57, 140, 401
    Service Description: 1) GALVEZ, LOUISIANA INFANTRY

  2. Galvez Expedition.

    Jean Baptiste Rodrigue fought in the American Revolution as a soldier with the Galvez Expedition.

  3.   Rodrigue Lineages, in Réal Rodrigue. Rodrigue Families Association.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Death Certificate of Jean Baptiste Rodrigue.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Conrad, Glenn R. Saint-Jean-Baptiste des Allemands: Abstracts of the Civil Records of St. John the Baptist Parish with Genealogy and Index, 1753-1803. (Lafayette, Louisiana: University of Southwestern Louisiana, 1972).
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Rodrigue Records in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana, 1783-1805. (Taken from: Conrad, Glenn R. Saint-Jean-Baptiste des Allemands: Abstracts of the Civil Records of St. John the Baptist Parish with Genealogy and Index, 1753-1803 (Lafayette, Louisiana: University of Southwestern Louisiana, 1972).).
  7. 7.0 7.1 Tanguay, Cyprien. Dictionnaire généalogique des familles canadiennes depuis la fondation de la colonie jusqu'à nos jours. (Montréal: Eusèbe Senécal, 1871-1890), Volume 7, p. 25-26.
    Tanguay, pp. 25-26
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Robichaux, Albert J. Louisiana Census and Militia Lists, 1770-1789: Vol. 1: German Coast, New Orleans, below New Orleans and Lafourche. (Harvey, Jefferson, Louisiana, United States|Harvey, Louisiana: Privately Printed, 1973).

    (Military: p 74. 1770-1789. Listed as married, age 33, a native of Canada.)

    1784 Census of LA German Coast
  9.   Biography of Jean Baptiste Rodrigue.
  10.   Descendants of Joao RODRIGUES.
  11. Battle of Baton Rouge, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. (Online: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.).
    Battle of Baton Rouge
  12. 12.0 12.1 Sacramental Records of the Roman Catholic Church of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. (New Orleans, Louisiana: Archdiocese of New Orleans, 1987-), Vol 7, p 275. 1718-1831.

    (NOTE: Surname listed as "RODRIGUEZ", age as 64.)

  13. 13.0 13.1 Boudreaux, Wilma and Sandra Clark Henry. Descendants of Jean Rodrigue and Anne Le Roy of Portugal-Canada-U.S.A. (Louisiana) (Houma, Louisiana, S. C. Clark, 1990).
  14.   Jean Baptiste Rodrigue on esse-essence.com.
  15. Churchill, Robert C. S.A.R. Spanish Records - Men under General Don Bernardo de Galvez and other records from the Archives of the Indies, Seville, Spain (Louisiana Society of the Sons of the American Revolution), pp. 57 and 140.