Person:Michel Benoit (2)


Michel Benoit was born on 16 August 1808, to Francois Xavier Benoit and Madeline Marguerite Trahan.[5] Michel married Elise, daughter of fellow Acadian Jean Granger, at the Grand Coteau Church, St. Landry Parish, in February 1829. They made their home in what is now Calcasieu Parish.


Facts and Events

Name[1][2] Michel Benoit
Gender Male
Birth[1][2][3] 16 Aug 1808 St Martinville, St Martin, Louisiana, United States
Christening? 17 Jan 1809 St Martinville, LAGodparents: Michel Trahan & Isabelle Aucoin
Marriage 1 Feb 1829 Grand Coteau, St Landry, Louisiana, United Statesto Elise "Lise" Melanie Granger
Residence[1] 1840 Calcasieu, Louisiana, United States
Residence[2] 1850 Calcasieu, Calcasieu, Louisiana
Residence[3] 1860 Calcasieu, Louisiana, United States
Death? Y


Pedigree of Michel Benoit (1808- )
Michel Benoit (1808- ) Francois Xavier Benoit (1779-1823) Etienne Benoit (1751-1787) [[Person:|Claude Benoit]]
Anne Comeau (or Cormier) (1730- )
Magdeleine Breaux (1747-1825) Charles Breaux (1700-1768)
Claire Trahan (1709-1768)
Madeline Trahan (1791- ) Michel Jean Trahan (1773-1865) Jean Trahan (1697-1778)
[[Person:|Marie Hebet]]
Marguerite Faustin (1773-1794) [[Person:|Unknown Faustin]]

One of the First Families of Calcasieu Parish

A project based on the 1840 Census of Calcasieu Parish, counts the family of Michel Benoit as one of the first families of Calcasieu Parish.S1

Calcasieu Parish - 1850

The family was listed as living in Calcasieu Parish in the 1850 Census. Michel listed his occupation as planter.[2]

Record Information from Census Record

Census Place: Calcasieu, Louisiana

  • Michel Benoit M 42 Planter, Value of real estate - $200
  • Lise F 36
  • Jn Bte M 14
  • Zelmise F 11 [Marie Zelmire]
  • Lise F 8 [Elisa]
  • Virgine F 6
  • Julien M 3
  • Jacques M < 1 year

Lake Charles - 1860

The 1860 Census showed their location as Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. Michel listed his occupation as farm laborer.[3]

Record Information from Census Record

Census Place: Lake Charles, Louisiana

  • Michel Benoit Sr. WM 50 Farm Laborer, Value of personal estate - $2500
  • Lise Benoit WF 45
  • Julien Benoit WM 19, Farm laborer
  • Lise Benoit WF 15

Member of the Law and Order Company

In August 1860, when Calcasieu Parish was only 20 years old and Lake Charles was still an unincorporated village, lawlessness became so bad that a number of residents decided to organize a vigilante committee. They named it the Law and Order Company of Lake Charles. Their organization had four purposes: to quell rowdyism, protect property, stop violence and stop breaches of the peace.

Its members were Jacob Ryan, David Goos, Joseph Bilbo, William Haskell, E.A. King, Asa Ryan, Michel Mithon, Joseph Pujo, W.H. Kirkman, Joseph Sallier, Victor Touchy and Michel Benoit.

(Based on a entry in “Leaves from the Diary of Louise,” American-Press, Aug. 22, 1925.)S6

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Janice Batte Craven and La Vaughn H. "LV" Hayes. List of the First Families of Imperial Calcasieu Parish, 1840.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Seymour, Geneva Bailey. 1850 census of Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. (Cecilia, Louisiana: H?bert Publications, c1980), Year: 1850; Census Place: Calcasieu, Calcasieu, Louisiana; Roll: M432_230; Page: 381; Image: 275., 1850, Primary quality.
    1850 Census
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Seymour, Geneva Bailey. 1860 census of Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. (Eunice, Louisiana: H?bert Publications, c1980), Series: M653 Roll: 409 Page: 173, 29 Jul 1860, Primary quality.
    1860 Census
  4.   Acadians Who Found Refuge in Louisiana, February 1764-early 1800s.
  5. Hébert, Donald J. Southwest Louisiana Records: Church and Civil Records of Settlers, 1756-1810. (Eunice, Louisiana: Hebert Publications, 1974-), Volume 1, p. 39.

    Benoit, Michel (Francois Xavier of Carencro & Marguerite Trahan) b 16 August 1808 (SM Ch : v 6 #547)

  6.   Michel Benoit and the Law and Order Company of Lake Charles.