APPENDICES

Acadians Who Found Refuge in Louisiana, February 1764-early 1800s

OZELET

[OZ-uh-lay]

ACADIA

Jean Ozelet, or Osselet, born at La Tremblade, near Rochefort, France, in c1664, emigrated to Newfoundland probably in the 1680s and became a fisherman and petit habitant there.  He married Madeleine, daughter of Louis Beaufet and Marthe Orion, at Plaisance, now Placentia, Newfoundland, in c1692.  They had eight children.  Between 1694 and 1711, Jean and his family lived at Petit-Grève, Plaisance, Petit-Plaisance, and Grand-Grève, Newfoundland.  Evidently they were among the French fishing folk on Newfoundland who were transported to the new French colony of Île Royale in October 1714.  In 1715, French officials counted the family at Louisbourg on Île Royale, today's Cape Breton Island.  They were living at Petit-Dégrat, Île Royale, by 1719 and were still living there in 1726.  Four of Jean and Madeleine's five daughters married into the Boulanger dit Saint-Nicolas, de Lafargue, Grénard dit Bélair, and Villalon families at Newfoundland and Île Royale.  Only one of his three sons seems to have created a family of his own:   

Oldest son Jean, fils, born probably at Petit-Plaisance after 1705, married Jeanne, daughter of François Moyse dit Latrielle, fils and Marie Brun, in c1736 perhaps at Annapolis Royal and settled at Cobeguit in the Minas Basin.  Jean, fils's son Jean-Baptiste was born at Cobeguit in c1743.  Jean fils died at Cobeguit in c1747, in his late 30s.  Jeanne remarried that year to Benjamin Pitre of Cobeguit, with whom she had three more children, all daughters, all born at Cobeguit.   According to Acadian genealogist Bona Arsenault, Jean Oiselet or Osselet, evidently Jean, fils, was born probably in France in c1710, married Jeanne, daughter of François Moyse and Marie Brun of Annapolis Royal, probably at Annapolis Royal in c1732, and fathered a daughter, Madeleine, born probably at Annapolis Royal in c1735, who married Claude, fils, dit Le Petit Claude, son of Claude Boudrot and Judith Belliveau of Beaubassin, in c1760 during exile.  Madeleine followed her husband to imprisonment at Fort Cumberland, formerly French Fort Beauséjour, in the early 1760s, and to Île Miquelon off the south coast of Newfoundland in 1764.  In 1778, during the American Revolution, the British deported the family and other island Acadians to La Rochelle, France, where Madeleine died in June 1779.  Arsenault says nothing of Jean, fils's son Jean-Baptiste, who, records show, fled from Cobeguit to Île St.-Jean in 1755, was deported to France in 1758, married into the Landry family there, and took his family to Louisiana in 1785. 

Jean le jeune, born probably at Petit-Plaisance after 1705, died at Port-Toulouse, Île Royale, in c1715.  He was only 10 years old.  

Youngest son Nicolas, born probably at Petit-Plaisance after 1710, was baptized at Petit-Dégrat, Newfoundland, in 1724, but he does not seem to have created a family of his own.  

LE GRAND DÉRANGEMENT

[For the family's travails during the Great Upheaval, see Book Six]

LOUISIANA:  LAFOURCHE VALLEY SETTLEMENTS

Jean-Baptiste Ozelet, now 42, his wife, Marguerite Landry, 43, their four children--Jean-Charles, 18, Mathurin-Joseph, age 13, Marie-Charlotte, age 10, and Julien, age 4--sailed to Louisiana aboard La Bergère, the second of the Seven Ships of 1785, which reached New Orleans in mid-August.  After a brief respite in the city, they chose to follow the majority of the passengers from their ship to upper Bayou Lafourche.  Jean-Baptiste and Marguerite, now well into their middle age, had no more children in Louisiana.  Jean-Baptiste died at Assumption in March 1798; he was 55 years old.  Marie-Charlotte married François, son of fellow Acadian Joseph Gautreaux, at Assumption in February 1803.  François also had come to Louisiana from France.  Marie-Charlotte died at Assumption in January 1815.  The priest who recorded her burial said that she was 38 years old when she died, but she was 41.   Jean-Charles died at Assumption in October 1803; he was only 36 years old probably never married.  The Acadian Ozelets of South Louisiana are descended from his younger brothers, Mathurin-Joseph and Julien: 

Descendants of Mathurin-Joseph OZELET (1772-1818; Jean, Jean, fils)

Mathurin-Joseph, sometimes called Joseph-Mathurin or just Mathurin, second son of Jean-Baptiste Ozelet and Marguerite Landry, born at St.-Servan, near St.-Malo, France, in August 1772, came to Louisiana aboard La Bergère, the second of the Seven Ships from France, in 1785, with his parents and siblings and followed them to upper Bayou Lafourche, where he married cousin Marie Élisabeth/Isabelle, daughter of Vincent Landry, at Assumption in May 1798.  Marie was a native of Louisiana.  All of their children were born at Assumption.  Their daughters married into the Aucoin and Lescue families.  Mathurin-Joseph died at Assumption in May 1818; he was only 45 years old.  Only one of his three sons created a family of his own.  

1

Oldest son Grégoire-Mathurin, born in November 1800, died at age 1 in January 1802.  

2

Pierre Mathurin, born in August 1810, died at age 5 in August 1815.  

3

Youngest son Joseph Alexandre, called Alexandre, born in April 1817, married Henriette or Henrietta, daughter of fellow Acadian Fabien Thomas Guillot, at the Plattenville church, Assumption Parish, in January 1843.  Their son Jule or Jules was born in Assumption Parish in February 1840, Joseph Justilien in August 1846, and Louis Sosthène in August 1851 but died at age 1 1/2 months the following October.  Their daughters married into the Landry and LeBlanc families.  Alexandre died in Assumption Parish in February 1867; he was only 50 years old.  

3a

During the War of 1861, Jules served in Company F of the 26th Regiment Louisiana Infantry, raised in Terrebonne Parish, which fought at Vicksburg, Mississippi.  He died in the trenches at Vicksburg.  

3b

Joseph Justilien married Angeline, daughter of fellow Acadian Firmin Landry, at the Paincourtville church, Assumption Parish, in July 1870. 

Descendants of Julien OZELET (1780-1834; Jean, Jean, fils)

Julien, third and youngest son of Jean-Baptiste Ozelet and Marguerite Landry, born at Chantenay, a suburb of Nantes, France, in September 1780, came to Louisiana aboard La Bergère, the second of the Seven Ships, in 1785, with his parents and siblings.  He followed them to upper Bayou Lafourche, where he married Marguerite, daughter of French Creole and fellow exile from France Lambert Billardin, at Assumption in October 1802.  Marguerite was a native of Morlaix, France, and had come to Louisiana aboard Le St.-Rémi.  Julien remarried to Anne-Marie, called Marie, daughter of Domingo Esteve, Esteves, Estevez, or Steves of the Canary Islands, at the Plattenville church, Assumption Parish, in July 1816.  Their daughters married into the Domingues or Domingo, Gonzales, Granier, Mazerolle, and Solar families.  Julien died in Assumption Parish in November 1834; the priest who recorded his burial said that Julien was 60 years old when he died, but he was 54.  

1

Oldest son Augustin, by his father's first wife, born at Assumption in July 1803, died 11 days after his birth.  

2

Jean Baptiste le jeune, by his father's first wife, born at Assumption in June 1804, married Élise, daughter of fellow Acadian Pierre Marie Theriot, at the Plattenville church, Assumption Parish, in September 1829.  Their son Joseph Honoré died at age 7 months in October 1832.  Their daughters married into the Penisson and Boudreaux families.  

3

Raymond Pierre, by his father's second wife, born at Assumption in October 1817, married Marguerite Carmelite, sometimes Carmelite, daughter of French Creole Marcellin Adam, at the Thibodaux church, Lafourche Interior Parish, in March 1845; Carmelite's mother was an Hébert.  Their son Jean Baptiste Adrien, called Adrien, was born in Lafourche Interior Parish in February 1848 but died of yellow fever at age 5 in September 1853, Joachim Augustin was born in October 1849, Adam in c1851 but died of yellow fever at age 19 months in September 1853, Jean Adresi was born in December 1852, and Arnet, a twin, died 4 days after his birth in August 1854.  They also had a son named Paul.  Raymond, called an Azelet by the recording priest, died in Lafourche Parish in April 1866; he was only 48 years old; a petition for tutorship for his children Eugènie, Joachim, and Paul, was filed at the Thibodaux courthouse the following September. 

4

Youngest son Raphael Anselme, by his father's second wife, born at Assumption in April 1821, married Louise, daughter of Louis Gravaux, Gravereaux, or Gravour, at the Plattenville church, Assumption Parish, in December 1842; Louise's mother was a Pitre.  They had daughters but probably no sons, so this line of the family, except for its blood, may not have survived.  

NON-ACADIAN FAMILIES IN LOUISIANA

The Acadian surname Ozelet also was spelled Ancelet in Louisiana.  But most, if not all, of the Ancelets of South Louisiana are not descendants of Jean-Baptiste Ozelet of Acadia.  By the 1840s, a French immigrant, or Foreign Frenchman as native Louisianians would have called him, whose surname also was spelled Ancelet, created a family line in the prairie parishes west of the Atchafalaya Basin:

Descendants of Louis ANCELET, fils (?-?)

Louis, fils, son of Louis Ancelet, Ancelot, or Onclet, père and Augustine Gebey of Harsy Legrand, Department of Seine et Marne, east of Paris, married Elisa, Laiza, or Loisa, daughter of Acadians Jean Martin and Madeleine Trahan, at the St. Martinville Church, St. Martin Parish, in March 1846.  They had at least two sons.  Their daughters married into the Doré, Duplechin, and Decoux families. 

1

Louis III married Acadian Eugènie Girouard at the Youngsville church, Lafayette Parish, in January 1870.  Their son Ambroise had been born near Youngsville in November 1869, Louis IV near Lafayette in March 1871, and a child, perhaps a son, name unrecorded, died at age 7 days in January 1873.  Louis III remarried to Marguerite Anastasie, called Anastasie, Bernard, at the Carencro church, Lafayette Parish, in February 1875.  Their son Joseph Vitalis, called Vitalis or Dutelie, was born near Carencro in October 1877, Jean Evan, called Evan, in January 1880, John in March 1890, Joseph le jeune in March 1893, and Archange in August 1895 but died at age 2 1/2 in February 1898.  Their daughter married into the Webre family.  

1a

Ambroise, by his father's first wife, married Acadian Berthe Gautreaux at the Carencro church, Lafayette Parish, in January 1889 and received his "emancipation" the following October.  Their son Joseph Hilton or Eteon was born near Lafayette in January 1890, Joseph Columbus near Carencro in August 1894, Gabilus in December 1896, and Joseph Wilson near Lafayette in July 1899.  

1b

Louis IV, by his father's first wife, married Francoise Friche or Triche, at the Carencro church, Lafayette Parish, in January 1894.  Their son Joseph Semord was born near Carencro in January 1895, and Archange near Rayne, Acadia Parish, in October 1899.  

1c

Vitalis, by his father's second wife, married Ida, daughter of Acadian Joachim Sonnier, at the Carencro church, Lafayette Parish, in January 1897.  Their son Jean Clauris was born near Lafayette in September 1899.  

1d

Evan, by his father's second wife, married Euranie, daughter of Norbert Lormand, at the Carencro church, Lafayette Parish, in January 1900; Euranie's mother was a Comeaux

2

Joseph dit Pierre married Anaïs, daughter of Anglo-American Onesime Caruthers or Credeur, at the St. Martinville church, St. Martin Parish, in June 1875.  Their son Joseph, fils was born near Youngsville, Lafayette Parish, in January 1882, Ode in December 1883, Olivier near Lafayette in March 1895, and Ophe in June 1899.  Their daughters married into the Doré, Dugas, and Hernandez families.  

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Other Ancelets of the prairie parishes may have been kinsmen of Louis:  

Joseph Ancelet married Louise Manceau probably in the 1840s.  Their son Édouard was born in Lafayette Parish in December 1847.  

Frederick William Ancelet married Céleste Marguerite Druilhet probably at Jeanerette, Iberia Parish, in the late 1880s or early 1890s.  Their son Ernest Léonard or Leénard Ernest, born near Jeanerette in November 1894, died at age 10 months in September 1895.  In June 1860, the federal census taker in St. Mary Parish had counted a single slave--a 45-year-old female--on F. W. Ansley's farm in the parish's Western District.  This may have been Frederick William's father.  

Joséphine Ancelet's son Bernard was born near Lafayette in August 1895.  The priest who recorded the boy's baptism did not list the father's name.  

CONCLUSION

The Ozelets were one of those Acadian families who endured a quarter of a century of neglect in the mother country before choosing to settle in Louisiana.  Jean-Baptiste Ozelet of Newfoundland and Cobeguit and his wife Marguerite Landry brought three sons with them to the colony on La Bergère, the second of the Seven Ships from France, in 1785.  Two of his sons created families of their own on upper Bayou Lafourche.  During the antebellum period, Jean-Baptiste's descendants moved down bayou into Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes.  The family remained a small one and owned no slaves in the decades before the War of 1861.  

Meanwhile, in the 1840s, a Foreign French family appeared in the old Atakapas District, west of the Atchafalaya Basin, with a surname similar to the Acadian Ozelets.  Most, if not all, of the Ancelets of South Louisiana are descended from French immigrant Louis Ancelet, whose wife was an Acadian.  They, too, owned no slaves during the antebellum period.  

At least one Acadian Ozelet served Louisiana in uniform during the War of 1861-65.  Jules Ozelet, a great-grandson of Jean-Baptiste of Acadia, was 20 years old and single when he enlisted in Company F of the 26th Regiment Louisiana Infantry in Terrebonne Parish in March 1862.  His regiment ended up at Vicksburg, Mississippi, in the spring of 1862.  Jules survived the Battle of Chickasaw Bayou in December 1862 and the first Federal assaults against the Confederate left flank during the siege of Vicksburg in May 1863.  His luck ran out later that month, however, when a Federal artillery shell took his head off while he was serving in the trenches.  He probably was buried in the Vicksburg city cemetery with thousands of other Confederates who gave their lives defending the Southern citadel.  Military records find no Foreign-French Ancelets in Confederate units.  Nonetheless, the war took its toll on both families.  Successive Federal incursions devastated the valleys of Bayou Lafourche and the upper Vermilion River, where Ozelets and Ancelets lived.  Confederate foragers also plagued the region when the Federals were driven off. ...

In Louisiana, the Ozelet family's surname also was spelled Ancelet, Anselet, Auselet, Auslet, Auzelette, Oiselet, Oselet, Oslet, Oslette, Osselet, Ossellet, Ouselet, Ozellet.  The Acadian Ozelets and Foreign-French Ancelets should not be confused with the Oustalet family of Jefferson Davis Parish, whose French progenitor did not reach New Orleans until the late nineteenth century.

Sources:  1860 U.S. Federal Census, Slave Schedules, St. Mary Parish; Arsenault, Généalogie, 1507, 1696; BRDR, vols. 2, 3, 4, 5(rev.), 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11; Hébert, D., South LA Records, vols. 2, 3, 4; Hébert, D., Southwest LA Records, vols. 4, 9, CD; <perso.orange.fr/froux/St_malo_arrivees/5bateaux.htm>, Family No. 151; Robichaux, Acadians in Châtellerault, 81; Robichaux, Acadians in Nantes, 139; Robichaux, Acadians in St.-Malo, 641-43; White, DGFA-1, 1262-63; White, DGFA-1 English, 268.  

Settlement Abbreviations 
(present-day civil parishes that existed in 1861 are in parenthesis; hyperlinks on the abbreviations take you to brief histories of each settlement):

Asc

Ascension

Lf

Lafourche (Lafourche, Terrebonne)

PCP

Pointe Coupée

Asp

Assumption

Natc

Natchitoches (Natchitoches)

SB San Bernardo (St. Bernard)

Atk

Attakapas (St. Martin, St. Mary, Lafayette, Vermilion)

Natz

San Luìs de Natchez (Concordia)

StG

St.-Gabriel d'Iberville (Iberville)

BdE

Bayou des Écores (East Baton Rouge, West Feliciana)

NO

New Orleans (Orleans)

StJ

St.-Jacques de Cabanocé (St. James)

BR

Baton Rouge (East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge)

Op

Opelousas (St. Landry, Calcasieu)

For a chronology of Acadian Arrivals in Louisiana, 1764-early 1800s, see Appendix.

The hyperlink attached to an individual's name is connected to a list of Acadian immigrants for a particular settlement and provides a different perspective on the refugee's place in family and community. 

Name Arrived Settled Profile
Jean-Baptiste OZELET 01 Aug 1785 Asp born c1743, probably Cobeguit; called Jean; son of Jean OZELET, fils & Jeanne MOYSE; half-brother of Agnès PITRE; moved to Île St.-Jean, c1755; deported from Île St.-Jean to St.-Malo, France, aboard one of the Five Ships 25 Nov 1758, arrived St.-Malo 23 Jan 1759, called Jean OZELET, fils de Jeanne MOÏSE, age 16; pit sawyer; at St.-Suliac, France, 1759-66; married, age 23, Marguerite, daughter of Charles LANDRY & Cécile LEBLANC, 10 Feb 1766, St.-Servan, France; at St.-Servan 1766-72; in Poitou, France, 1773-76; in Fourth Convoy from Châtellerault to Nantes, France, Mar 1776; on list of Acadians at Nantes, Sep 1784, called Jean-Bts. AUZELET, with wife Marguerite, 3 unnamed sons, & 1 unnamed daughter; sailed to LA on La Bergère, age 43, head of family; received from Spanish on arrival 1 each of shovel & meat cleaver, 2 hatchets, 3 each of axe & hoe; in Valenzuéla census, 1788, left bank, Jean-Baptiste OSELET, age 42[sic], with wife Margueritte age 45, sons Jean-Charles age 20, Mathurin age 15, Julien age 7, daughter Marie[-Charlotte] age 13, 6 arpents, 30 qts. corn, 2 horses, 4 swine; in Valenzuéla census, 1791, left bank, called Jean-Baptiste OSELET, age 48, with wife Margrithe age 49, sons Jean-Charles age 23, Mathurin-Joseph age 18, Julien age 10, daughter Marianne age 16, 0 slaves, 7 + 5 + 4 arpents, 0 qts. rice, 300 qts. corn, 6 horned cattle, 4 horses, 20 swine; in Valenzuéla census, 1795, called Juan Bautista OSSELET, age 50[sic], with no wife, sons Juan Carlos age 28, Maturino age 24, Julian age 15, & daughter Maria age 21; in Valenzuéla census, 1797, called Jean-Baptiste OSELET, age 51[sic], with sons Jean-Charles age 29, Mathurin age 25, & Julien age 16, 0 slaves; in Valenzuéla census, 1798, called Jean-Baptiste OZELET, age 52[sic], with sons Jean age 30, Mathurin age 26, Julien age 17, & daughter Marie age 22, 5/40 arpents, 0 slaves; died [buried] Assumption 29 Mar 1798, age 55
Jean-Charles OZELET 02 Aug 1785 Asp born & baptized 30 Mar 1767, St.-Servan, France; son of Jean-Baptiste OZELET & Marguerite LANDRY; brother of Julien, Marie-Charlotte, & Mathurin-Joseph; at St.-Servan 1767-72; in Poitou, France, 1773-76; in Fourth Convoy from Châtellerault to Nantes, France, Mar 1776; printer; on list of Acadians at Nantes, Sep 1784, unnamed, with parents & siblings; sailed to LA on La Bergère, age 18; in Valenzuéla census, 1788, left bank, age 20, with parents & siblings; in Valenzuéla census, 1791, left bank, age 23, with 5 arpents, parents & siblings; in Valenzuéla census, 1795, called Juan Carlos, age 28, with widowed father & siblings; in Valenzuéla census, 1797, age 29, with widowed father & brothers; in Valenzuéla census, 1798, called Jean, age 30, with widowed father & siblings, 5/40 arpents, 0 slaves; never married; died [buried] Assumption 22 Oct 1803, age 36
Julien OZELET 03 Aug 1785 Asp baptized 13 Sep 1780, St.-Jacques, Nantes, France; son of Jean-Baptiste OZELET & Marguerite LANDRY; brother of Jean-Charles, Marie-Charlotte, & Mathurin-Joseph; on list of Acadians at Nantes, France, Sep 1784, unnamed, with parents & siblings; sailed to LA on La Bergère, age 4; in Valenzuéla census, 1788, left bank, age 7, with parents & siblings; in Valenzuéla census, 1791, left bank, age 10, with parents & siblings; in Valenzuéla census, 1795, called Julian, age 15, with widowed father & siblings; in Valenzuéla census, 1797, age 16, with widowed father & brothers; in Valenzuéla census, 1798, age 17, with widowed father & brothers; married, age 21, (1)Marguerite of Morlaix, France, daughter of Lambert BILLARDIN/VILLARDIN & Marguerite DAIGLE, 4 Oct 1802, Assumption, now Plattenville; married, age 35, (2)Anne-Marie, daughter of Domingo ESTEVEZ & Isabel FANAIS of the Canary Islands, 1 Jul 1816, Assumption; died Assumption Parish 2 Nov 1834, age 60[sic], buried next day
Marie-Charles or -Charlotte OZELET 04 Aug 1785 Asp baptized 6 Sep 1774, St.-Jean-L'Evangeliste, Châtellerault, France; daughter of Jean-Baptiste OZELET & Marguerite LANDRY; sister of Jean-Charles, Julien, & Mathurin-Joseph; in Poitou, France, 1774-76; in Fourth Convoy from Châtellerault to Nantes, France, Mar 1776; on list of Acadians at Nantes, Sep 1784, unnamed, with parents & brothers; sailed to LA on La Bergère, age 10; in Valenzuéla census, 1788, left bank, called Marie, age 13, with parents & brothers; in Valenzuéla census, 1791, left bank, called Marianne, age 16, with parents & brothers; in Valenzuéla census, 1795, called Maria, age 21, with widowed father & brothers; not in Valenzuéla census, 1797, with the rest of her family; in Valenzuéla census, 1798, called Marie, age 22, with widowed father & brothers; married, age 28, François of Nantes, son of Joseph GAUTREAUX & his second wife Anne PITRE, 3 Feb 1803, Assumption, now Plattenville; died [buried] Assumption 28 Jan 1815, age 38[sic]
Mathurin-Joseph OZELET 05 Aug 1785 Asp born & baptized 20 Aug 1772, St.-Servan, France; son of Jean-Baptiste OZELET & Marguerite LANDRY; brother of Jean-Charles, Julien, & Marie-Charlotte; in Poitou, France, 1773-76; in Fourth Convoy from Châtellerault to Nantes, France, Mar 1776; printer; on list of Acadians at Nantes, Sep 1784, unnamed, with parents & siblings; sailed to LA on La Bergère, age 13; in Valenzuéla census, 1788, left bank, called Mathurin, age 15, with parents & siblings; in Valenzuéla census, 1791, left bank, called Mathurin-Joseph, age 18, with 4 arpents, parents & siblings; in Valenzuéla census, 1795, called Maturino, age 24[sic], with widowed father & siblings; in Valenzuéla census, 1797, called Mathurin, age 25, with widowed father & brothers; in Valenzuéla census, 1798, called Mathurin, age 26, with widowed father & siblings, 5/40 arpents, 0 slaves; married, age 26, Marie-Élisabeth/Isabelle, daughter of Vincent LANDRY & Susanne GODIN, 29 May 1798, Assumption, now Plattenville; died [buried] Assumption Parish 24 May 1818, age 45

NOTES

01.  Wall of Names, 30 (pl. 7R), calls him Jean OZELÉ, & lists him with his wife & 4 children; <perso.orange.fr/froux/St_malo_arrivees/5bateaux.htm>, Family No. 151, shows that in the crossing to St.-Malo in 1758-59, his mother, no age given, & half-sisters Francoise PITRE, age 10, & Canuse PITRE, age 4, died at sea, that only he, his stepfather Benjamin PITRE, age 34, & half-sister Agnès PITRE, age 11, survived the crossing; Robichaux, Acadians in St.-Malo, 641, Family No. 743, calls him Jean OSELET, says he was born in c1743 but gives no birthplace, gives his parents' names, says his father was born in c1710 but gives no birthplace, calls his mother Jeanne MOYSE & says she was born in c1714 but gives no birthplace, that she married his father in c1742 but gives no place of marriage, that she remarried to Benjamin PITRE but gives no date or place of marriage, that she died at sea in the crossing to St.-Malo in 1758-59, & that he & his stepfather "disembarked at St.-Malo ... on January 23, 1759 from one of the 'Five ships'"; Robichaux, Acadians in St.-Malo, 642-43, Family No. 744, calls him Jean OSELET, says he was born in c1743 but gives no birthplace, gives his parents' names, details his marriage, says his wife was born in c1741 but gives no birthplace, gives her parents' names, includes the birth/baptismal & death/burial records of son Jean-Charles, born & baptized 30 Mar 1767, St.-Servan, godson of Charles LANDRY & Françoise HENRY, daughter Marie-Marguerite, a twin, born & baptized 27 Jan 1769, St.-Servan, goddaughter of Firmin VINCENT & Marie-Josèphe LANDRY, died age 1 day & buried 28 Jan 1769, St.-Servan, daughter Jeanne-Olive, a twin, born & baptized 27 Jan 1769, St.-Servan, goddaughter of Joseph-Ignace GAUDET & Marie-Madeleine LANDRY, died age 2 days & buried 29 Jan 1769, St.-Servan, son Pierre-Henry, born & baptized 28 Jul 1770, St.-Servan, godson of Jean-Henry RAVALEUX & Périnne MARIE, died age 2, 7 Jul 1772, buried next day, St.-Servan, & son Mathurin-Joseph, born & baptized 20 Aug 1772, St.-Servan, godson of Mathurin DESPREZ & Elizabeth LION, says he "disembarked with the family of Benjamin PITRE, his stepfather, at St.-Malo on January 23, 1759 from one of the 'Five ships'," & that he resided at St.-Suliac from 1759-66, & St.-Servan from 1766-72; Robichaux, Acadian in Châtellerault, 81, Family No. 159, calls him Jean-Baptiste OSELET, says he was born in c1743 but gives no birthplace, gives his parents' names, details his marriage, says his wife was born in c1741 but gives no birthplace, gives her parents' names, includes the birth/baptismal record of daughter Marie-Charles, baptized 6 Sep 1774, St.-Jean-l'Evangeliste, Châtellerault, goddaughter of Charles AUCOIN & Marie-Josèphe LANDRY, & details the family's participation in the Poitou settlement of the early 1770s; Robichaux, Acadians in Nantes, 139, Family No. 254, calls him Jean OSELET, says he was born in c1743 but gives no birthplace, gives his parents' names, says he was a sawyer, details his marriage, says his wife was born in c1741 but gives no birthplace, gives her parents' names, includes the birth/baptismal record of son Julien, baptized 13 Sep 1780, St.-Jacques, Nantes, & details the family's participation in the Poitou settlement of the early 1770s as well as its voyage to LA in 1785; Hébert, D., Acadian Families in Exile 1785, 20-21, calls him Jean OZELÉ, cieur de long, age 43, on the embarkation list, Jean-Baptiste OZELÉ, on the debarkation list, & Jean OSELET, pit sawyer, age 43, on the complete listing, says he was in the 43rd Family aboard La Bergère with his wife & 4 children, details his marriage, including the names of his & his wife's parents, says son Mathurin was born in 1772 but gives no birthplace, & lists the implements the Spanish gave to him & his family after they reached LA; BRDR, 2:573 (ASM-3, 15), his death/burial record, calls him Juan Bautista OSSELET, age 55 years, widower of Margarita LANDRY, but does not give his parents' names.  See also Voorhies, J., Some Late Eighteenth-Century Louisianians, 489; Robichaux, Bayou Lafourche, 1770-98, 41, 61, 95, 141, 173.  

The name OISELET/OSELET/OSSELET/OZELÉ/OZELET was also being spelled ANCELET/ANSELET in LA by the 20th century.  See, for example, the various volumes of Hébert, D., South LA Records, in which the name changes from OZELET to ANSELET by the 1840s.  See also marriages, which shows the evolution of the name into the 1850s.  Why is this family not in Arsenault's list of immigrants to LA?  See his Généalogie index, 2644-46.

02.  Wall of Names, 30 (pl. 7R), calls him Jean-Charles [OZELÉ], & lists him with his parents & 3 siblings; Robichaux, Acadians in St.-Malo, 642-43, Family No. 744, his birth/baptismal record, calls him Jean-Charles OSELET, gives his parents' names, says he was godson of Charles LANDRY & Francoise HENRY, & that his family resided at St.-Servan from 1766-72; Robichaux, Acadians in Nantes, 139, Family No. 254, calls him Jean-Charles [OSELET], gives his parents' names, & details the family's participation in the Poitou settlement of the early 1770s as well as its voyage to LA in 1785; Hébert, D., Acadian Families in Exile 1785, 20-21, calls him Jean-Charles, son [Jean OZELÉ's] fils, imprimeur, age 18, on the embarkation list, does not include him on the debarkation list, calls him Jean-Charles OSELET, son [of Jean OSELET], printer, age 18, on the complete listing, & says he was in the 43rd Family aboard La Bergère with his parents & 3 siblings; BRDR, 2:573 (ASM-3, 39), his death/burial record, calls him Juan OSSELET, age 36 years, gives his parents' names, but mentions no wife.  See also Voorhies, J., Some Late Eighteenth-Century Louisianians, 489; Robichaux, Bayou Lafourche, 1770-98, 41, 61, 95, 141, 173.  

I say he never married because, in the Baton Rouge diocesan sacramental records, I can find no marriage record for him, &, more tellingly, no baptismal records of children born to him.  So why did he never marry?

03.  Wall of Names, 30 (pl. 7R), calls him Jullien [OZELÉ], & lists him with his parents & 3 siblings; Robichaux, Acadians in Nantes, 139, Family No. 254, his birth/baptismal record, calls him Julien OSELET, gives his parents'  names, does not give his godparents' names, & details the family's participation in the Poitou settlement of the early 1770s as well as its voyage to LA in 1785; Hébert, D., Acadian Families in Exile 1785, 20-21, calls him Jullien, son [Jean OZELÉ's] fille, age 4, on the embarkation list, does not include him on the debarkation list, calls him Julien OSELET, his [Jean OSELET's] son, age 4, on the complete listing, & says he was in the 43rd Family aboard La Bergère with his parents & 3 siblings; BRDR, 2:573, 720 (ASM-2, 71), the record of his first marriage, calls him Julian OSSELLET of Nantes, France, calls his wife Margarita BILLARDIN from St. Martin in Morlaix but lists her under the surname VILLARDIN, gives his & his wife's parents' names, & says the witnesses to his marriage were Étienne BILLARDIN & Mathurin OSSELLET (his brother); BRDR, 3:313, 671 (ASM-2, 259), the record of his second marriage, calls him Julian OSSELLET of Acadia, widower of Marguarita VILLARDIN, gives his & his wife's parents' names, says that her family was from the Canary Islands, that her father was deceased at the time of the marriage, & that the witnesses to his marriage were Santiago DORMOY, Antonio ALEMAN, & Francisco TUREYRA; BRDR 5(rev.):471 (ASM-3, 249), his death/burial record, calls him Julien OSELET, age 60 yrs., & does not give his parents' or wives' names.  See also Voorhies, J., Some Late Eighteenth-Century Louisianians, 489; Robichaux, Bayou Lafourche, 1770-98, 41, 61, 95, 141, 173.  

His second wife & her family were Islenos, natives of the Canary Islands, the first of whom reached LA during the Spanish period in the late 1770s.  See Appendix.  

04.  Wall of Names, 30 (pl. 7R), calls her Marie-Charlotte [OZELÉ], & lists her with her parents & 3 brothers; Robichaux, Acadians in Chatellerault, 81, Family No. 159, her birth/baptismal record, calls her Marie-Charles OSELET, gives her parents' names, says she was goddaughter of Charles AUCOIN & Marie-Josèphe LANDRY, & details the family's participation in the Poitou settlement of the early 1770s; Robichaux, Acadians in Nantes, 139, Family No. 254, calls her Marie-Charlotte [OSELET], gives her parents' names, & details the family's participation in the Poitou settlement of the early 1770s as well as its voyage to LA in 1785; Hébert, D., Acadian Families in Exile 1785, 20-21, calls her Marie-Charlotte, sa [Jean OZELÉ's] fille, age 10, on the embarkation list, does not include her on the debarkation list, calls her Marie-Charlotte OSELET, his [Jean OSELET's] daughter, age 10, on the complete listing, & says she was in the 43rd Family aboard La Bergère with her parents & 3 brothers; BRDR, 2:316, 573 (ASM-2, 78), her marriage record, calls her Maria OSSELLET of Châtelru, St. Juan Evangeline Parish in Poitou, France, gives her husband's birthplace & the names of her & her husband's parents, & says the witnesses to her marriage were Pedro GAUTRAUX & Juan PITRE (relatives of the groom); BRDR, 3:671 (ASM-3, 95), her death/burial record, calls her Maria OSSELLET, age 38 yrs., married to Francisco GAUTRAUX, & give her parents' names.  See also Voorhies, J., Some Late Eighteenth-Century Louisianians, 489; Robichaux, Bayou Lafourche, 1770-98, 41, 61, 141, 173.  

Where was she in 1797, when she would have been 23 & still single?  She was counted with her family in 1798.  Evidently the Spanish census taker at Valenzuéla in 1797 simply missed her.  

05.  Wall of Names, 30 (pl. 7R), calls him Mathurin [OZELÉ], & lists him with his parents & 3 siblings; Robichaux, Acadians in St.-Malo, 642-43, Family No. 744, his birth/baptismal record, calls him Mathurin-Joseph OSELET, gives his parents' names, says he was godson of Mathurin DESPREZ & Elizabeth LION, & that his family resided at St.-Servan from 1766-72; Robichaux, Acadians in Nantes, 139, Family No. 254, calls him Mathurin [OSELET], gives his parents' names, & details the family's participation in the Poitou settlement of the early 1770s as well as its voyage to LA in 1785; Hébert, D., Acadian Families in Exile 1785, 20-21, calls him Mathurin, son [Jean OZELÉ's] fils, impremeur, age 13, on the embarkation list, does not include him on the debarkation list, calls him Mathurin OSELET, his [Jean OSELET's] son, printer, age 13, on the complete listing, says he was in the 43rd Family aboard La Bergère with his parents & 3 siblings, & that he was born in 1772 but gives no birthplace; BRDR, 2:438, 573 (ASM-2, 32), his marriage record, calls him Maturino OSSELLET, gives his & his wife's parents' names, says they all were from Acadia, & that the witnesses to his marriage were Calixte LANDRY & Ambrosio HÉBERT; BRDR, 3:672 (ASM-3, 130), his death/burial record, calls him Maturin Joseph OSSELLET, "no age given, " & does not give his parents' names or mention a wife.  See also Voorhies, J., Some Late Eighteenth-Century Louisianians, 489; Robichaux, Bayou Lafourche, 1770-98, 41, 61, 95, 141, 173.  

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