APPENDICES

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

AROSTEGUY

[ah-ROS-teh-gee]

ACADIA

Pierre, son of François Arostey or Arosteguy and Marie Lassalde, came to Acadia probably from Bayonne, Gascogne, France, by May 1737, when he married Marie, daughter of Charles Robichaud dit Cadet and his second wife Marie Bourg, at Grand-Pré.  They moved on to the Beauséjour ridge at Chignecto and had at least five children, including perhaps a son, Pierre, fils, who married Isabelle Comeau

LE GRAND DÉRANGEMENT

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

LOUISIANA:  RIVER SETTLEMENTS

Arosteguys settled "late" in Acadia, but they were among the earliest Acadians to find refuge in Louisiana.  Pierre Arosteguy, age 52, wife Marie Robichaud, age 53, and four of their children--Anne, Jean, Marguerite, and Marie-Théotiste--came to the colony from Halifax via Cap-Français, St.-Domingue, in 1765.  They settled at Cabanocé/St-Jacques on the river above New Orleans where 20 Acadians from Georgia had settled the year before.  Spanish officials counted Pierre and his family at Cabanocé in 1766.  Son Jean had a boy and two slaves in his household then; one wonders if the boy was Jean himself.  In July 1767, Spanish officials counted three of Pierre's children--Jean, described as a "young man," Marguerite, and Marie--not at Cabanocé but at New Orleans, making one wonder if their parents had died by then.  Anne and Marie-Théotiste married into the Capdeville and Morin families in New Orleans.  Anne's husband, Bernard Capdeville, was a ship's surgeon.  Anne died by December 1768, when her husband remarried at Fort San Luìs de Natchez. 

Another Pierre Arosteguy, probably Pierre's son, also came to Louisiana from Halifax via St.-Domingue in 1765.  With him was wife Isabelle Comeau.  Their daughter Marie-Rose was born at New Orleans in August.  They also were counted at Cabanocé in 1766.  One wonders if Pierre, fils fathered any sons. 

CONCLUSION

Pierre Arosteguy, fils may not have fathered a son, and Jean Arosteguy may not have created a family of his own.  If so, this Acadian family, except for its blood, did not survive in the Bayou State.  

The family's name also is spelled Apostey, Arostegui, Arostegy, de Chigerail.  [See also Book Ten]

Sources:  AGE, October 2004, 64; Bourgeois, Cabanocey, 161; BRDR, vol. 1a(rev.); Stanley LeBlanc PDF; NOAR, vol. 2; Voorhies, J., Some Late Eighteenth-Century Louisianians, 114-15, 426; White, DGFA-1, 1405.

Settlement Abbreviations 
(present-day civil parishes that existed in 1861 are in parentheses; 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
Anne AROSTEGUY 01 1765 NO, Natz? born Beauséjour, Chignecto; daughter of Pierre AROSTEGUY & Marie ROBICHAUX; sister of Jean, Marguerite, Marie-Théotiste, & Pierre, fils; on list of Acadians being held at Fort Cumberland, formerly Beauséjour, August 1763, with parents, siblings, & Joseph LA PIERRE; arrived LA 1765; married Bernard, son of Antoine CAPDEVILLE & Catherine LARCOSSE or COUSAN of Ste.-Foix de Morlaas, Bern, Switzerland, chief surgeon of the French ship L'Intelligence, 25 Feb 1766, New Orleans; died by Dec 1768, when her husband remarried at Fort San Luìs de Natchez
Jean AROSTEGUY 02 1765 StJ, NO son of Pierre AROSTEGUY & Marie ROBICHAUX; brother of Anne, Marguerite, Marie-Théotiste, & Pierre, fils; on list of Acadians being held at Fort Cumberland, formerly Beauséjour, August 1763, with parents, siblings, & Joseph LA PIERRE; arrived LA 1765; in Cabanocé census, 1766, VERRET's Company, Cabanocé Militia, called Jean AZOSTEGUIE & Juan AZOSTEGUI, with 1 boy & 2 slaves in his household; in report on Acadians in New Orleans, Jul 1767, called Jean AROSTELLIE, young man, with sisters Marie & Marguerite & the notation:  "These people have not yet received their food supplies for the month of July."
Marguerite AROSTEGUY 03 1765 StJ, NO daughter of Pierre AROSTEGUY & Marie ROBICHAUX; sister of Anne, Jean, Marie-Théotiste, & Pierre, fils; on list of Acadians being held at Fort Cumberland, formerly Beausejour, August 1763, with parents, siblings, & Joseph LA PIERRE; arrived LA 1765; in Cabanocé census, 1766, the girl in the household of Pedro AZOSTEGUI?; in report on Acadians in New Orleans, Jul 1767, called Marguerite AROSTELLIE, with brother Jean & sister Marie & the notation:  "These people have not yet received their food supplies for the month of July."
*Marie-Rose AROSTEGUY 04 1765 StJ born & baptized 17 Aug 1765, New Orleans; daughter of Pierre AROSTEGUY & Isabelle COMEAUX; in Cabanocé census, 1766, unnamed, the girl in the household of Pedro AZOSTEGUI?
Marie-Théotiste AROSTEGUY 05 1765 StJ, NO daughter of Pierre AROSTEGUY & Marie ROBICHAUX; sister of Anne, Jean, & Marguerite; on list of Acadians being held at Fort Cumberland, formerly Beausejour, August 1763, called Marie, with parents, siblings, & Joseph LA PIERRE; arrived LA 1765; in Cabanocé census, 1766, the girl in the household of Pedro AZOSTEGUI?; in report on Acadians in New Orleans, July 1767, called Marie AROSTELLIE, with brother Jean & sister Marguerite & the notation:  "These people have not yet received their food supplies for the month of July."; married Antoine-Emmanuel MORIN, 10 Jan 1768, New Orleans
Pierre AROSTEGUY, père 06 1765 StJ born c1713, probably Bayonne, France; son of François AROSTEGUY & Marie LASSALDE; married, age 24, Marie, daughter of Charles ROBICHAUX dit Cadet & his second wife Marie BOURG, 18 May 1737, Grand-Pré; on list of Acadians being held at Fort Cumberland, formerly Beausejour, August 1763, with wife Marie, sons Francois & Jean, daughters Anne, Marguerite, & Marie, & Joseph LA PIERRE; arrived LA 1765, age 52; in Cabanocé census, 1766, VERRET's Company, Cabanocé Militia, called Pedro AZOSTEGUI, with 1 woman & 1 girl in his household; died Cabanocé before Jul 1767?
Pierre AROSTEGUY, fils 07 1765 StJ born probably Grand-Pré; son of probably Pierre AROSTEGUY & Marie ROBICHAUX; married Isabelle COMEAUX; arrived LA 1765; in Cabanocé census, 1766, VERRET's Company, Cabanocé Militia, called Pierre AZOSGEGUI, Pedro AZOSTEGUI, with 1 woman & 1 girl in his household

NOTES

01.  Wall of Names, 9, calls her Anne AROSTEGUY; NOAR, 2:6, 40 (SLC, B5, 190), her marriage record, calls her Anne AROSTELY, "native of Beauséjour in Acadia, Diocese of Quebec," calls her husband Bernard CAPDEVIELLE, "native of Mornasse in Bearn, Diocese of Lescard (Lescar), chief surgeon on the ship, L'Intelligence, Captain GARLON," gives her & his parents' names, & says the witness to her marriage was Pierre ROCHE.  

Hers was the first recorded Acadian "mixed" marriage in LA.  Considering that she married Bernard so soon after her family reached LA, did she even go to Cabanocé/St.-Jacques?  As a senior ship's surgeon, he would have been better located to practice his profession in New Orleans, the colony's major port, not in a remote upriver settlement like Cabanocé/St.-Jacques, though as the record of his second marriage shows, he was at Fort San Luís de Natchez, far upriver from New Orleans, in Dec 1768.  The marriage record says he was "surgeon-major" there at the time.  Did she go with him to Fort San Luís?  His second marriage record calls her Anne DE CHIGERAIL.  See BRDR, 1b:30-31 (PCP-4, 33; PCP-3, 268).  

Bernard died at St.-Gabriel in Sep 1800, age 77.  His death/burial record calls his parents Antonio CAPDEVILLE & Catalina COUSAN of Martasi, France, so this is the same fellow.  See BRDR, 2:174 (SGA-8, 25, #136).  If the age given for him in the burial record is correct, he would have been born in c1723.  This means he would have been about age 43 when he married Anne AROSTEGUY at New Orleans in early 1766.  Ship's surgeon or not, he probably was a widower when he married her, though the church record in New Orleans says nothing of a previous wife, nor does the record of his second marriage at Fort San Luís.  

02.  Wall of Names, 9, calls him Jean AROSTEGUY.  See also Bourgeois, Cabanocey, 161; Voorhies, J., Some Late Eighteenth-Century Louisianians, 114, 426.

03.  Wall of Names, 9, calls her Marguerite AROSTEGUY.  See also Voorhies, J., Some Late Eighteenth-Century Louisianians, 115, 426. 

She could have been the girl in the household of either of the Pierre AROSTEGUYs at Cabanocé in 1766, one her father, the other probably an older brother. 

04.  Not in Wall of Names, 9, with the rest of her family because of the circumstance of her birth.  She is on this list because she was in utero when her mother reached LA.  NOAR, 2:7, her birth/baptismal record, calls her Marie-Rose AROSTHY, gives the names of her parents, calls her father "Acadian, resident [of New Orleans at the time]," & says her godparents were Jean DUGUAS, "resident [of New Orleans at the time]," & Agnes HEBERT.  The birth of this child is proof positive that the family reached LA in 1765 with the refugees from Halifax via St.-Domingue.  Too bad the New Orleans priest did not record the baby's grandparents, too.

05.  Wall of Names, 9, calls her Marie-Théotiste AROSTEGUY; NOAR, 2:211, 245 (SLC, M2, 3 or 33), her marriage record, calls her Marie-Théotiste ROSTOGUI, calls her husband Antoine-Emmanuel MORIN, dates the marriage as "cir." 10 Jan 1768, but does not give any parents' names.  See also Voorhies, J., Some Late Eighteenth-Century Louisianians, 115, 426.  

She could have been the girl in the household of either of the Pierre AROSTEGUYs at Cabanocé in 1766, one her father, the other probably an older brother. 

06.  Wall of Names, 9, calls him Pierre AROSTEGUY; AGE, October 2004, 64, calls him Pierre APOSTEY (AROSTEGUI, AROSEGY), & says he was from the diocese of Bayonne in Gascogne; BRDR, 1a(rev.):10, his marriage record, calls him Pierre AROSTEY, gives his & his wife's age at the time of marriage, the names of their parents, the home diocese in France of his parents, & says the witnesses to their marriage were Jean ROBICHAUT (brother of the bride, who made his x), Joseph ROBICHAUT (brother of the bride, who made his x), Ambroise BOURG (who made his x), & Jean LEBER (who signed), & that the bride & groom also made their xs.  See also Voorhies, J., Some Late Eighteenth-Century Louisianians, 114-15, 426.  

I have not found the AROSTEGUY family in Arsenault, Généalogie.  White, DGFA-1, 1405, gives his name & the names of his parents in the profile of his wife Marie ROBICHAUD.  His marriage record proves conclusively that he was Acadian, which is why he & his family were listed with the Acadians in the Cabanocé census of 1766 & called Acadians in the Spanish report of Jul 1767.  

There are so many questions about this fellow & his family:  When did the elder Pierre reach Acadia?  My guess would be sometime in the 1730s.  What was his profession?  What compelled him to leave France & settle in a British-occupied colony?  What was his relationship with the other Pierre AROSTEGUY who arrived in LA in 1765?  Father & son?  Why were his 3 unmarried children counted at New Orleans, not Cabanocé, in Jul 1767?  Had Pierre & Marie died by then, leaving them orphans?

07.  Wall of Names, 9, calls him Pierre AROSTEGUY 2.  See also Bourgeois, Cabanocey, 161; Voorhies, J., Some Late Eighteenth-Century Louisianians, 115.  

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