Facts and Events
Notes written by Cheryl Courrege Burguieres, August 1972:
"Marie Elie, born December, 1865, in Jefferson Parish, was to spend all but the first couple of years of her life in France. She remained there until her death in 1951.
In 1867, After the Civil War, Elie's father and mother returned to France with their four children, Jean, Bertrand, Jean Marie and Elie, who was two years old. The purpose of going to France was to put Jean and Bertrand in school. While Marguerite was in France, she discovered she was pregnant, so she had to remain in France until the baby was born. This baby was Jenny Courrege. When they were ready to return to Louisiana, Marguerite realized she could not make that long voyage across the ocean with two babies, so she decided to leave Marie Elie with cousins, with the intention of going back for her later. She was put in the care of cousins who got so attached to her that they did not want to part with her. Her mother did go back to France, but Elie was a grown woman at that time.
Tante Elie was visited by Aunt Bertha in 1950, where she was then living with an order of nuns (Fille de la Croix of Maubourguet) with whom she left her property upon death. In her early life she had been married to a Rousseau of Tarbes; they had no children. She is remembered as being very religious and lonely in her later life. She also seemed worried about the care of her property, which was of some significance.
Her apartment at Mauburguet before going to live with the nuns was described by Cousin Camille who also visited her (in the 1940s). Her apartment was of seven rooms and two halls with beautiful grounds (flowers and fruit trees around the house). Her furniture was described as being those old rare, beautiful pieces. She also had beautiful paintings, draperies and linens, and fine china of Dresden and Seure.
Tante Elie was also visited by her sister Eugenie in 1931."