APPENDICES

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

FORET

[FOH-ray, foh-RET]

ACADIA

Gereyt, son of Crispin de Forest and Marguerite Bornstra, was born at Leyden, Holland, in June 1637.  His parents were among the thousands of French Huguenots who fled persecution in the mother country by moving to the Netherlands.  Gereyt came to Acadia in c1659, when the English controlled the colony.  He converted to Catholicism in order to marry Marie, daughter of Étienne Hébert and Marie Gaudet, in c1666.  As a result of his conversion, he chose the more Catholic-sounding name of Michel and became a farmer.  Marie gave him six children, four sons and two daughters, before she died.  All of their chidren were born at Port-Royal, and all of them created families of their own.  Their two daughters married into the Brassaud and Benoit families.  In 1686, Michel, in his late 40s, remarried to Jacqueline or Jacquette, 13-year-old daughter of Martin Benoit and Marie Chaussegros.  She gave him another daughter, who married into the Comeau family, but no more sons.  Michel died at Port-Royal in c1691, in his mid-50s.

Oldest son Michel, fils, by first wife Marie Hébert, born in c1667, married Madeleine, daughter of Claude Petitpas and Catherine Bugaret, at Port-Royal in c1689.  They settled at Minas and had seven children, including a son who married into the Celestin dit Bellemère family.  Their two daughters married into the LeMire and Michel families.  In October 1708, at Grand-Pré, Michel, fils remarried to Marie, another daughter of André Célestin dit Bellemère and Perrine Basile and the sister of his son's wife.  They also lived at Cobeguit and Ste.-Famille, Pigiguit.  They had five children, including a son who married into the Vincent and Richer families.  Three of their daughters married into the Rullier dit Le Cadien, Bonnière, and Billeray families.  Michel, fils died at Minas in July 1731, age 64.  All three of his daughters by his second wife moved to Île St.-Jean, today's Prince Edward Island, by the early 1750s.  

Pierre, born in c1668, by first wife Marie Hébert, married Cécile, daughter of Michel Richard dit Sansoucy and Madeleine Blanchard, probably at Port-Royal in c1692.  They settled at Ste.-Famille, Pigiguit, and had nine children, including a son who married into the Babin family.  Four of their daughters married into the Landry and LeBlanc families.  In June 1714, Pierre was "among the inhabitants of Acadia who went with Father Gaulin to view land on Île Royale," today's Cape Breton Island.  The following August, he received permission from the king of France to settle on the island, but he must not have liked what he saw there.  He died at Pigiguit in June 1730, age 62.  

René, by first wife Marie Hébert, born in c1670, married Françoise, daughter of Claude Dugas and Françoise Bourgeois, at Port-Royal in c1695.  They remained at Port-Royal and 14 children, including seven sons who married into the Guilbeau, Girouard, LePrince, and Richard families.  Their six daughters married into the Robichaud, Bastarache, Guilbeau, LePrince, and Gaudet families.  René also received permission from the French in August 1714 to settle on Île Royal, but, like his brothers, he remained in British-controlled Acadia.  He died at Port-Royal in April 1751, age 80. 

Youngest son Jean-Baptiste, by first wife Marie Hébert, born in c1677, married Marie-Élisabeth, daughter of Jean Labarre and Catherine ____, probably at Port-Royal in c1698.  Jean-Baptiste served for a time as a domestique for Daniel LeBlanc at Port-Royal before moving to Chignecto, where he and Marie-Élisabeth had 12 children, including eight sons who married into the Girouard, Babineau, Pitre, Poirier, Saulnier, and Hébert families.  Their four daughters married into the Landry, Doiron dit Gould, Poirier, and Blanchard families.  Acadian genealogist Stephen A. White relates:  "According to a tradition, preserved by the elders of Memramcook, Jean-Baptise Forest, husband of Élisabeth LaBarre, was the seigneur of Menoudie before the Expulsion...."  This would have been quite a promotion in life for a man who once had been a domestique.  

[For more of this family in pre- and post-dispersal Acadia and Canada, see Book Three]

In 1755, descendants of Gereyt dit Michel de Forest could be found at Annapolis Royal; Ste.-Famille, Pigigit, and Cobeguit in the Minas Basin; Chignecto; Memramcook and Chepoudy in the trois-rivières area west of Chignecto; and on Île St.-Jean and Île Madame in the French Maritimes.  By then, members of the family had shortened their name to Forest.  

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Forêt is a French surname, and a member of that family, no kin to the descendants of Michel de Forest, "lived" in Acadia.  According to Stephen A. White, "a soldier named Forêt, a soldier in the Marine," died between October and December 1704 during Queen Anne's War aboard the King's vessel La Loire in the basin at Port-Royal.  None of the Forets of Louisiana are descendants of this Frenchman. 

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In March 1752, a French official counted Julien Fouré, "fisherman, native of Carbé, bishopric of St.-Malo," age 33, with his 21-year-old wife Marie-Anne Ducharme of Québec, and their 2-year-old son Julien, fils, born at Rivière-de-Miré, at Port Dauphin on the Atlantic shore of Île Royale.  The fisherman was not kin to the Forests of peninsula Nova Scotia.

LE GRAND DÉRANGEMENT

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

LOUISIANA:  WESTERN SETTLEMENTS

Forests were among the earliest Acadians to find refuge in Louisiana.  The first of them reached New Orleans from Halifax via Cap-Français, St.-Domingue, with the Broussard dit Beausoleil party in February 1765.  After a brief respite in the city, he followed the Broussards across the Atchafalaya Basin to the Attakapas District and helped established La Nouvelle-Acadie on the banks of Bayou Teche:

Pierre FORET (c1720?-1817?; Michel, ?)

Pierre Forest, called Pedro Fure, was counted at La Manque, on the lower Teche with one woman and one boy in his household in April 1766.  There is no church record linking him to anyone specific.  A Pierre Foret, whom the recording priest at Opelousas described as "very poor," died in St. Landry Parish in January 1817 at the astonishing age of 97.  Was this the Pierre Forest who had come to Louisiana with the Broussards half a century before?  One thing is certain--he did not create the western line of the Acadian Foret family.  

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Not until the 1790s did an Acadian Foret, who had come to Louisiana from France in 1785, establish a western branch of the family:

Descendants of Pierre-Nicolas FORET (1769-1814; Michel, ?)

Pierre-Nicolas, younger son of Jacques Forest le jeune and Marguerite-Geneviève Comeau, born at St.-Servan, near St.-Malo, France, in September 1769, came to Louisiana with his parents aboard La Ville d'Archangel, the sixth of the Seven Ships from France, in 1785.  He followed his family to the new Acadian community of Bayou des Écores, north of Baton Rouge.  After a series of hurricanes devastated the community in the early 1790s, most of the Acadians left Bayou des Écores and moved to other Acadian communities on the river or to upper Bayou Lafourche.  Pierre-Nicolas went to neither place.  He married Marie-Françoise, daughter of Alabama Creoles Henri Fontenot and Marie-Louise Doucet and widow of Pierre Pitre, at Opelousas in October 1795.  They settled near her parents on La Prairie dite de L'Anglais near Prairie Ronde in what became St. Landry Parish.  Their daughters married into the Bello, Broussard, Demarest, Fontenot, Henry (German Creole, not Acadian), LaFleur, and Vigé families.  Pierre Nicholas died "suddenly from an inflammation of the lungs," that is, pneumonia, at Prairie dite de L'Anglais in January or February 1814; he was only 45 years old; his succession records were filed at the Opelousas courthouse, St. Landry Parish, in October and November 1816.  Only one of his five sons seems to have created a family of his own.  Most, if not all, of the Acadian Forets of southwest Louisiana are descended from Pierre and his son Cyprien.  Not unusual for Acadians in St. Landry Parish, Pierre's son, daughters, and grandchildren married mostly non-Acadians. 

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Their oldest son, name unrecorded, born in c1796, died at Opelousas in November 1803, age 7.  

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Jean, baptized at Opelousas, age unrecorded, in May 1798, probably died young.

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Pierre, fils, born at Opelousas in December 1799, also probably died young.  

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Cyprien, baptized at Opelousas, age 5 months, in February 1804, married Joséphine, daughter of Étienne Versure Fuselier and Lucille Deshotel, at the Opelousas church, St. Landry Parish, in September 1824.  Their son Pierre le jeune was born in St. Landry Parish in July 1825, Adolphe in November 1831, Gerand in June 1838, Onile in c1845, and Félicien in November 1847.  Their daughter married a Fontenot cousin.  His children settled near Ville Platte in what became Evangeline Parish. 

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Pierre le jeune married cousin Lucile, called Lise and Lucie, daughter of Pierre Savant and Lucille Philippe Fontenot, in a civil ceremony in St. Landry Parish in October 1846, and sanctified the marriage at the Opelousas church, St. Landry Parish, in May 1848.  Their son Pierre Adolphe was born in St. Landry Parish in November 1849, Alcée in October 1851, and Arthemon near Ville Platte, then in St. Landry but now in Evangeline Parish, in September 1858.  Their daughter married into the McDaniel family.  Pierre le jeune's succession record was filed at the Opelousas courthouse in November 1862; he would have been 37 years old that year. 

Pierre Adolphe married Nancy, daughter of Isom Lee and Marguerite Gibbons, at the Washington church, St. Landry Parish, in August 1870.

Alcée married Emeline Tate in a civil ceremony in St. Landry Parish in October 1870.

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Gerand married cousin Marguerite, daughter of Louis Philippe Fontenot and his Acadian wife Marguerite Pouponne Pitre, at the Opelousas church, St. Landry Parish, in February 1860.  Their son Jérôme Hortan was born probably near Ville Platte, then in St. Landry but now in Evangeline Parish, in August 1861.  Their daughter married into the Deshotels family.

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Onile married Lucretia or Lucille, daughter of Charles Greenwell and Josèphe L. Fontentot, at the Opelousas church, St. Landry Parish, in June 1866.  Their son Joseph Willis was baptized at the Ville Platte church, then in St. Landry but now in Evangeline Parish, age 2 months, in February 1868.  They had 18 more children, including many sons. 

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A son, name unrecorded, died in St. Landry Parish 2 days after his birth in November 1813.  

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Not long after Pierre-Nicolas Foret settled at Opelousas, other kinsmen who had immigrated from France settled in the area: 

Descendants of Victor FORET (c1733-?; Michel, Michel, fils)

Victor, son of Jacques Foret and his first wife Claire Vincent, born at Ste.-Famille, Pigiguit, in c1733, married Judith, daughter of François Robichaud, at Port-La-Joye, Île St.-Jean in May 1756, remarried to Anne-Josèphe, daughter of Joseph Hébert, at Port-La-Joye in February 1757, and was deported with her to St.-Malo, France, in late 1758.  Their children--at least six of them--were born in the St.-Malo area.  Victor remarried again--his third marriage--to Frenchwoman Julienne Rosereux probably at St.-Malo in c1766.  She gave him at least six more children.  Victor remarried yet again--his fourth marriage--to Marie-Jeanne-Catherine, daughter of Frenchman André Richer of St.-Malo, sister of Victor's father's second wife, at St.-Servan, France, near St.-Malo, in February 1784.  Victor and his large family sailed to Louisiana from France in 1785 aboard La Ville d'Archangel, the sixth of the Seven Ships, followed the majority of the passengers from their ship to Bayou des Écores, north of Baton Rouge, and then moved downriver to Baton Rouge by 1788.  From Baton Rouge, Victor took his family to the Opelousas District probably in the 1790s.  Meanwhile, his daughters married into the Beziné, Perez, and Vilkensol families and settled at New Orleans.  Spanish officials counted Victor, his wife, three sons, and a daughter in the Grand Louis sub district of the Opelousas District in 1796.  Victor and his fourth wife had no more children in Louisiana, but two of his sons by his third wife settled in what became St. Landry Parish.  They do not seem to have had sons of their own, however, so the Acadian Forets on the western prairies are descended from another line of the family.  

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Oldest son Joseph-Victor, by his second wife, born and baptized at St.-Suliac, France, in May 1760, was at Opelousas with his father's family in the late 1790s.  He probably did not marry. 

2

Jean-Jacques, by his third wife, born at St.-Servan, France, in September 1775, married Geneviève, daughter of Étienne Ardoin and Marie-Josèphe Lapointe, at Opelousas in January 1802.  They may have had no children.  

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Youngest son Étienne-Gilles, by his third wife, born at St.-Malo in c1778, married Marguerite, daughter of fellow Acadians Amand Hébert and Geneviève Babin and widow of Jean Baptiste Janeau, at the Opelousas church, St. Landry Parish, in March 1820; he was 42 years old at the time of the wedding.  Like his older brothers, he, too, may have fathered no children.  

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Other FORETs on the Western Prairies

Area church and civil records make it difficult to link some Forets in the western parishes with known Acadian lines of the family there:

François Foret married French Creole Séraphine Verret and settled near Charenton, St. Mary Parish, on lower Bayou Teche, by the early 1840s.  

Joseph Foret and his wife Marie Uranie or Ursine LeBlanc, who lived on bayous Lafourche and Black in the 1840s, settled near Grand Coteau, St. Landry Parish, by the early 1850s, and near Creole, then in Calcasieu but now in Cameron Parish, by the late 1850s.  

Étienne Forest married Anglo-American Eugènie Tate in a civil ceremony in St. Landry Parish in January 1853.  The parish clerk who recorded the marriage did not bother to give the couple's parents' names.  The fact that the clerk called Étienne a Forest is strong evidence that he was Acadian.  Their son Armand, born probably in St. Landry Parish in January 1856, married Edvise Reed at the Ville Platte church, then in St. Landry but now in Evangeline Parish, in March 1875. 

George Foret married Clothilde Gradnigo and settled near Washington, St. Landry Parish, by the late 1860s. 

Lucille Foret married Thaddeus C. Duinn in a civil ceremony in St. Landry Parish in October 1870.  The parish clerk who recorded the marriage did not give the couple's parents' names. 

LOUISIANA:  RIVER SETTLEMENTS

Three Forest families, a wife, and an orphan, reached New Orleans in 1765 from Halifax via St.-Domingue, today's Haiti.  They did not follow the Broussards to Bayou Teche, however, as their cousin Pierre had done. They settled, instead, at Cabanocé/St.-Jacques on the river above New Orleans where 20 Acadians from Georgia had settled the year before:  

Charles Forest of Port-Royal, age 42, came with second wife Marguerite Saulnier, age 40, five children--Pierre-Paul, called Paul, age 19, Anselme, age 13, Marie, age 5, Marguerite, age 3, and Charles, fils, age 1--and niece Marguerite Forest, age 19.  Charles, fils was baptized at New Orleans in December 1765, which gives an idea of when the family reached the colony.  By 1770, Charles, père had taken his family to nearby Ascension, where he died in March 1783, in his early 60s.   Daughter Marguerite, wife of Joseph LeBlanc, may have died at Ascension in February 1793; the priest who recorded her burial said that she was 28 years old.  Marie died at Ascension  in February 1793, in her early 30s; her husband, Charles Bergeron, remarried at Assumption on upper Bayou Lafourche the following January, so Marie may lived there, too.  Charles's three sons married at Ascension, and two of them remained there, but youngest son Charles, fils settled on upper Bayou Lafourche, creating a third center of family settlement.  

Catherine Forest, age unrecorded, came with husband Claude Gaudet, age unrecorded, and a 13-year-old son.  

Pierre Forest, age 26, came with wife Anne Dupuis, age 24, and no children.  They remained at St.-Jacques.  

Joseph Forest of Pigiguit, age 19, came with wife Isabelle Léger, age unrecorded, and no children.  They remained at Cabanocé.

Marie Forest, age 17, came alone.  She married Joseph, son of fellow Acadian René dit Jean-René Godin dit Valcour, at Cabanocé in April 1766 and died there by April 1769, where her husband was listed in a census with another wife.  

Pierre FORET (c1739-?; Michel, ?)

Pierre Forest, born in Acadia in c1739, came to Louisiana from Halifax via St.-Domingue in 1765 with wife Anne Dupuis and no children.  Spanish officials counted them on the left, or east, bank of the river at Cabanocé/St.-Jacques in 1766.  They may have had no children.

Descendants of Joseph FORET (c1746-1770s; Michel, Pierre, Pierre, fils)

Joseph, younger son of Bonaventure Forest and Claire Rivet, born at Ste.-Famille, Pigiguit, in c1746, became separated from his family during Le Grand Dérangement and ended up as a prisoner in Nova Scotia while they were exiled in Maryland.  Joseph married fellow Acadian Isabelle Léger perhaps in a prison compound in British Nova Scotia in the early 1760s, and they came to Louisiana from Halifax via Cap-Français, St.-Domingue, in 1765.  Spanish officials counted them at Cabanocé/St.-Jacques in 1766.  They may have lived for a time at New Orleans in early 1767, about the time his parents and sisters reached the city from Maryland.  Joseph's daughters married into the Dugas and Foret families and perhaps into the Marois family as well.  Joseph remarried to Anne, daughter of fellow Acadian Étienne Martin of Port-Royal and widow of Pierre Blanchard, at St.-Jacques in June 1775.  He died by July 1778, when his wife remarried at St.-Jacques.  His younger son settled on upper Bayou Lafourche.  

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Older son Jean-Joseph-Bernard, by his first wife, born at New Orleans in January 1767, may have died young. 

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Younger son Jean-Baptiste, by his first wife, born in June 1772 probably at St.-Jacques and baptized at St.-Jean-Baptiste des Allemands the following November, married Sophie, daughter of fellow Acadians Michel Bourgeois and Anne Landry, at St.-Jacques in May 1790.  They settled upriver at Ascension before moving on to upper Bayou Lafourche. 

Descendants of Pierre-Paul FORET (c1746-1797; Michel, Jean-Baptiste)

Pierre-Paul, called Paul, oldest son of Charles Forest, by his first wife Marguerite Poirier, and older half-brother of Anselme and Charles, fils, was born probably at Chignecto in c1746.  He followed his family into exile on the Gulf of St. Lawrence shore, into the prison camps of Nova Scotia, and on to Louisiana via Cap-Français, St.-Domingue, in 1765.  Spanish officials counted him with his family on the right, or west, bank of the river at Cabanocé/St.-Jacques in 1766.  He married Marguerite, daughter of fellow Acadians Joseph Orillion dit Champagne and Marguerite Dugas, probably at Cabanocé in c1768.  They were living on the west bank of the river there in 1769, but by 1770 they were being counted at nearby Ascension, still on the west bank.  They were still there in 1777.  Their daughters married into the Babin, Landry, and Orillion families.  Paul died at Ascension in October 1797; he was 51 years old.  Three of his five sons created families of their own.  All of them settled on upper Bayou Lafourche near Paul's brother Charles, fils.  

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Oldest son Joseph, born probably at Ascension in c1771, married cousin Marguerite, daughter of fellow Acadians Joseph Foret and Isabelle Léger, at Ascension in February 1793.  They may have lived for a time along the upper Lafourche.  Their son Pierre-Paul-Joseph was born at Ascension in April 1796, and Joseph Séverin or Séverin Joseph in April 1805.  Joseph remarried to Marie Madeleine, daughter of fellow Acadians Honoré Breaux and Élisabeth LeBlanc, at St. Gabriel in February 1807.  They settled on upper Bayou Lafourche.  

2

Clément-Anaclet, born at Ascension in November 1773, died at age 18 months in May 1775.  

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Paul, fils born at Ascension in November 1775, died a few weeks later.  

4

Louis, born at Ascension in May 1782, married Anne-Marie, daughter of fellow Acadians Athanase Dugas and , at Ascension in February 1802.  They settled on upper Bayou Lafourche.  

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Youngest son François-Achille, born at Ascension in February 1784, married Geneviève, daughter of fellow Acadians Jean-Baptiste Bergeron, fils and Marie Babin, at Assumption in May 1802.  They settled on upper Bayou Lafourche.  

Descendants of Anselme FORET (c1752-?; Michel, Jean-Baptiste)

Anselme, second son of Charles Forest, by his second wife Marguerite Saulnier, younger half-brother of Paul and older brother of Charles, fils, was born probably at Chignecto in c1752, followed his family into exile on the Gulf of St. Lawrence shore, into the prison camps of Nova Scotia, and on to Louisiana in 1765.  Spanish officials counted him with his family on the right, or west, bank of the river at Cabanocé/St.-Jacques in 1766 and near his family on the west bank at nearby Ascension in 1770.  He married Marie-Madeleine, called Madeleine, daughter of fellow Acadians Simon LeBlanc and Élisabeth LeBlanc, at Ascension in February 1774.  They were still living on the right bank there, next to brother Paul, in 1777.  Only one of his five sons married, but he may not have had sons of his own, so, except for its blood, this line of the family may not have survived in the Bayou State.  

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Oldest son Jean-Louis, called Louis, baptized at St.-Jacques, age unrecorded, in December 1776, married Marie-Julienne, daughter of fellow Acadians François Duhon and Isabelle Landry, at St.-Jacques in October 1796.  Their daughter married into the Barrilleaux family.  He and his wife may have had no sons.  

2

Ludivic, born at St.-Jacques or Ascension in c1777, died at Ascension in August 1799.  He was only 22 years old and did not marry.  

3

Paul le jeune, born at Ascension in December 1778, may have died young.  

4

Hippolyte, born at St.-Jacques or Ascension in c1779, died at Ascension in May 1799.  He was only 20 years old and did not marry.  

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Augustin, born at Ascension in December 1780, died at age 6 months in July 1781.

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In September 1766, three Forest individuals, a bachelor, a wife, and a widow, but no Forest families, came to Louisiana from exile in Maryland.  They, too, settled at Cabanocé/St.-Jacques:

Catherine-Marie-Josèphe Forest of Pigiguit, age 56, came with husband Jacques LeBlanc of Grand-Pré, age 58, and three daughters, ages 16, 14, and unrecorded.

Anne Forest, age 37, widow of Pierre Babin, came with two sons, ages 11 and 6.  Anne remarried to Étienne, son of fellow Acadian Joseph Bujole, at New Orleans in c1768 and settled with him at Ascension, just upriver from Cabanocé.  

Pierre Forest, age 29, came alone.   He married at New Orleans two years after he reached the colony and settled at St.-Jacques.

Descendants of Pierre FORET (c1737-1770s; Michel, ?)

Pierre Forest came to Louisiana with the first contingent of Acadian exiles from Maryland in 1766 and followed them to Cabanocé/St.-Jacques.  He married fellow Acadian Marie-Josèphe Landry at New Orleans in c1768 and returned to Cabanocé.  Spanish officials counted them on the left, or east, bank of the river at Cabanocé in 1769.  Their daughters married into the Bergeron and Godin families.  Pierre died by April 1777, when his wife remarried at St.-Jacques.  He and his wife seem to have had no sons, so this line of the family, except for its blood, would have died with him.  

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Three Forest families reached Louisiana from Maryland in July 1767.  They had hoped to settle at Cabanocé with their wayward kin, but the Spanish authorities, now in firm control of the colony, insisted that they settle in a new Acadian community, St.-Gabriel d'Iberville, upriver from Cabanocé.  St.-Gabriel had easy communication with Cabanocé by water, so the new arrivals agreed to go there: 

Bonaventure Forest of Pigiguit, age 44, came with wife Claire Rivet, age 42, and four daughters--Marguerite, age 18, Marie, age 15, Marie-Madeleine, age 13, and Anne-Rose or Anne-Sophie, age 12.  Bonaventure and Claire had no more children in Louisiana.  Three of their daughters married into the Dugas, Hébert, Landry, and Plide families and remained on the river.  Marie may not have married and may have died at St.-Gabriel in May 1780, in her late 20s.  

Pierre Forest, age 29, Bonaventure's older son, came with wife Marguerite Blanchard, age 28, and three children--Pierre, fils, age 6, Simon, age 3, and Marie-Victoire, called Victoire, an infant.  They remained at St.-Gabriel.  Pierre, père remarried to fellow Acadian Marie Breaux, widow of Olivier Babin, at nearby Ascension in December 1775.  

Jean-Baptiste Forest, age 31, came with wife Marguerite Richard, age 24, and two children--Marie, age 3, and Pierre-Moïse, called Moïse, age 1.  They had another daughter in Louisiana.  Son Moïse also settled at St.-Gabriel.  Marie may have died at St.-Gabriel in May 1780, in her late teens.  

Descendants of Jean-Baptiste FORET (c1736-1760s; Michel, ?)

Jean-Baptiste Forest, born probably at Minas in c1736, was exiled to Maryland in 1755 in his late teens.  He married Marguerite, daughter of fellow Acadians Joseph Richard and Marie LeBlanc of Ste.-Famille, Pigiguit, probably in the early 1760s in Maryland and was counted with her and an orphan girl at Upper Marlborough in July 1763.  Their children, a daughter and a son, were born after 1763.  Jean-Baptiste took his family to Louisiana in 1767 with the second contingent of Acadian exiles from Maryland and settled at St.-Gabriel d'Iberville.  They had another daughter at St.-Gabriel, who married into the Blanco family.  Jean-Baptiste died by May 1770, when his wife remarried at St.-Gabriel; he was in his early 30s.  His only son settled at St.-Gabriel and then in West Baton Rouge Parish and had many sons of his own.  This was the only line of Acadian Forets who remained on the river.  The other lines either died out or moved to Bayou Lafourche or to the western prairies by the early 1800s.

Pierre-Moïse, called Moïse, born at Upper Marlborough, Maryland, in c1766, married Bibianne, daughter of fellow Acadians Pierre Allain and Catherine Hébert of Minas and Baltimore, at St.-Gabriel in April 1790.  They settled in what became West Baton Rouge Parish.  Their son Pierre-Moïse, fils, also called Moïse, was born at St.-Gabriel in December 1796, Michel-Rosémond probably at Manchac, south of Baton Rouge, in September 1801 but died at age 6 in October 1807, Joseph Hippolyte was born in February 1806, Pierre Treville in February 1808, Pierre Paulin, called Paulin, in February 1810, and Augustin Dorville, called Dorville, in January 1812.  Their daughters married into the Alexandry, Laguionie, and Landry families.

Pierre Moïse, fils married Arthémise, daughter of fellow Acadian Mathurin Landry probably at St. Gabriel, Iberville Parish, in the late 1810s.  They settled in West Baton Rouge Parish.  Their son Jean Théodule, called Théodule, was born in July 1823, Pierre Adamis or Adonis, called Adonis, in September 1827, Pierre in May 1834, and Joseph Prudent in August 1836.  Their daughters married into the Guénard (French Creole, not Acadian), Labauve, Lejeune, and Molaison families.

Théodule married Williamine Octavine, called Octavine, daughter of fellow Acadians Paul Babin and Caroline Lejeune of West Baton Rouge Parish, at the Baton Rouge church, East Baton Rouge Parish, in March 1845.  Their son Pierre Edgard was born near Brusly, West Baton Rouge Parish, in May 1847, Louis Odilon in November 1853, Jean Baptiste René in June 1855, and Jules Eustache in April 1861. 

Adonis married Alida, daughter of fellow Acadians Zenon Lejeune and Élise Martin, at the Brusly church, West Baton Rouge Parish, in February 1849; Adonis's sister Élisabeth married Alida's brother Alfred.  Adonis's and Alida's son André Victor was born near Brusly in April 1852, Joseph Félicien in April 1854, and Jean Louis in March 1856. 

Paulin married Augustine, daughter of fellow Acadians Joseph Richard and Emerite Blanchard of West Baton Rouge Parish, at the Baton Rouge church, East Baton Rouge Parish, in February 1833. 

Dorville married Marie Adolphine, called Adolphine, daughter of fellow Acadians Valentin Hébert and Marie Élise Hébert, at the Baton Rouge church, East Baton Rouge Parish, in July 1836.  They settled in West Baton Rouge Parish.  Their son Théodore Dorville was born in October 1837.  Dorville remarried to Pauline, daughter of fellow Acadians Zéphirin Blanchard and Élise Lebert, at the Brusly church, West Baton Rouge Parish, in June 1847.

Théodore Dorville, by his father's first wife, married Hélène Odile, another daughter of Zéphirin Blanchard and Élise Lebert, at the Brusly church, West Baton Rouge Parish, in February 1865; Hélène was a sister of Théodore Dorville's father's second wife.

Descendants of Pierre FORET (c1743-1781; Michel, Pierre, Pierre, fils)

Pierre, older son of Bonaventure Forest and Claire Rivet, born at Ste-Famille, Pigiguit, in c1743, was exiled to Maryland in 1755, where he married fellow Acadian Marguerite Blanchard in c1762.  They and their two young sons came to Louisiana in 1767 with the second contingent of Maryland exiles and followed them to St.-Gabriel d'Iberville.  Their daughter married into the Dugas family.  Pierre remarried to fellow Acadian Marie Breaux, widow of Olivier Babin, at nearby Ascension in December 1775.  She gave him more children.  Pierre died at St.-Gabriel in May 1781; he was only 43 years old.  Daughter Marie-Victoire or -Victorine, by his first wife, widow of Théodore Dugas, died in Ascension Parish in July 1853; the Donaldsonville priest who recorded her burial said that she died at "age 89 years," but she was "only" 86.  None of Pierre's three sons seems to have survived childhood, so his line of the family, except for its blood, probably did not survive in the Bayou State.  

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Oldest son Pierre, fils, by his first wife, born probably in Maryland in c1761, likely died young.

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Simon, by his first wife, born probably in Maryland in c1764, also may have died young.

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Youngest son St.-Cyre, by his second wife, perhaps a twin, baptized at St.-Jacques, age unrecorded, in May 1777, probably died young.

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The arrival dates of several members of the family who settled on the river are difficult to determine:

Brigitte, born in Acadia in c1753, daughter of Pierre Forest and Marie Lejeune, married Pierre, son of fellow Acadian Pierre Breaux, at St.-Jacques in January 1776.  This is her first appearance in Louisiana records.  She died in Ascension Parish in February 1825, age 72, a widow.  

Marie, daughter of Olivier Forest and Rose-Osite Gautrot, born in Acadia in c1755, married Jean-Baptiste, son of fellow Acadian Jean-Baptiste Bergeron dit d'Amboise, at St.-Jacques in January 1775.  This is her first appearance in Louisiana records.  She remained at St.-Jacques and died at her son Michel Bergeron's home, St. James Parish, in October 1847, in her early 90s.

Anne-Marie Forest came to the colony alone.  When she arrived is anyone's guess.  She probably married Augustin, son of fellow Acadian Joseph Landry, settled with him at St.-Gabriel and Ascension, and gave him two daughters at Ascension in 1774 and 1779.  If so, she died by August 1786, when her husband remarried at St.-Gabriel. 

Pierre Forest came to the colony alone.  When, and where he settled, is anyone's guess.  He could have been the Pierre Foret, described by the recording priest described as "very poor," who died in St. Landry Parish in January 1817 at the astonishing age of 97.  

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The largest group of Forests to find refuge in Louisiana reached the colony in 1785 aboard three of the Seven Ships from France.  Most of them settled on the river but did not remain there: 

Pierre Forest, age 25, crossed on Le Beaumont, the third of the Seven Ships, which reached New Orleans in August.  He was alone.  He followed  the majority of his fellow passengers to Baton Rouge.  

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Jacques Forest l'aîné of Grand-Pré, age 76, crossed on La Ville d'Archangel, the sixth of the Seven Ships, which reached New Orleans in December.  With him was second wife Frenchwoman Angélique Richer of St.-Malo, age 43, bachelor nephew Étienne Forest, age 35, and kinswoman Marie-Jeanne Billeray, age 27, widow of Frenchman François Le Sommer.  They followed  the majority of their fellow passengers to the new Acadian community of Bayou des Écores north of Baton Rouge, though Étienne may have gone to the German Coast instead.  Jacques l'aîné and Angélique had no children in Louisiana.  

Jacques Forest le jeune, age 55, crossed on Le Ville d'Archangel with wife Marguerite-Geneviève Comeau, age 50, son Pierre-Nicolas, age 15, and kinswoman Marie Forest, age 21, Victor's daughter.  Jacques le jeune and Marguerite had no more children in Louisiana.  Pierre-Nicolas moved to the Opelousas District in the 1790s and started a western branch of the family there.  

Victor Forest of Pigiguit, age 52, Jacques l'aîné's son and Anne and Madeleine's brother, crossed on La Ville d'Archangel with fourth wife Frenchwoman Marie-Jeanne-Catherine Richer of St.-Malo, age 46, and seven children--Joseph-Victor, age 25, Anne-Pérrine, age 21, Servanne-Julienne, age 17, Marie-Adélaïde, age 15, Jeanne-Élisabeth or -Isabelle, age 13, Jean-Jacques, age 10, and Étienne-Gilles, age 7.  They followed Victor's father to Bayou des Écores, but Victor and his family did not remain there long.  By 1788, he had moved his family downriver to the Baton Rouge area.  In the 1790s, he crossed the Atchafalaya Basin to the Opelousas country and took his three sons with him. 

Anne Forest, age 30, widow of Simon LeBlanc, Jacques l'aîné's daughter and Madeleine and Victor's sister, crossed on La Ville d'Archangel alone.  She probably followed her father and siblings to Bayou des Écores but was living on upper Bayou Lafourche a few years later.  

Marie Forest, age 20, Jacques le jeune's daughter, crossed on La Ville d'Archangel with husband Jean-Baptiste Aucoin, age 27, and an infant daughter.  They probably went to Bayou des Écores with their fellow passengers but moved to the Opelousas District soon afterwards.  She remarried to "Acadian" Antoine Bellard, fils, who had come to Louisiana from Maryland, at Opelousas in October 1797. 

Only two of the Forests who came from France remained on the river, and neither seems to have created a family of his own:

Étienne FORET (c1750-; Michel, Michel, fils)

Étienne, son of Jean-Baptist Forest and Marie-Madeleine LeBlanc and nephew of Jacques Forest l'aîné, was born in Acadia in c1750.  He was deported probably from Île St.-Jean to France with his family aboard one of the five British transports that reached St.-Malo in late January 1759; he and his widowed mother were the family's only survivors.  He settled probably in the St.-Malo area near his relatives and followed his uncle Jacques to Louisiana aboard La Ville 'Archangel, the sixth of the Seven Ships from France, in 1785.  He was recorded with no wife on the ship's passenger list, so he probably was still a bachelor in his mid-30s.  He may have been the Étienne Foret who married Marguerite, daughter of French Creole Jacques Clome and lived and died on the German Coast just upriver from New Orleans.  Marguerite died at the city's Charity Hospital in April 1796; her burial record, written by a Spanish priest, describes her as widow of Estevan Forest.  If this was him, one wonders if he fathered any children.  The church records of both St.-Charles des Allemands and St.-Jean Baptiste of the German Coast offer no clues.  

Pierre FORET (c1760-?; Michel, ?)

Pierre Forest, a sailor, born perhaps in France in c1760, came to Louisiana aboard Le Beaumont, the third of the Seven Ships, in 1785.  He was still a bachelor.  He followed the majority of the passengers from his ship to Baton Rouge.  One wonders what happened to him in Louisiana. 

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Other FORETs on the River

Local church and civil records make it difficult to link some Forets on the river with known Acadian lines of the family there:

Mathieu-Joseph Foret died at St.-Jacques in October 1776.  The priest who recorded Mathieu's burial did not bother to give his parents' names or his age at the time of his death.  

Marie Foret died at St.-Gabriel in April 1780.  The priest who recorded her burial did not bother to give her parents' names or her age at the time of her death, so she could have been one of two Marie Forets who lived in that settlement.  

Rosalie Foret married Joachim Marois at St.-Jacques in February 1787.  The priest who recorded the marriage did not bother to give the couple's parents' names.  Was she the Rose or Rosalie, daughter of Joseph Foret and his first wife Isabelle Leger, who married Acadian Michel Dugas at Ascension in July 1800? 

Marguerite Foret died at Ascension in October 1790.  The priest who recorded her burial did not bother to give her parents' names or mention a husband.  He said only that she was 60 years old when she died.  

Théodore Foret, husband of Léodora Bergeron, died near Convent, St. James Parish, in February 1811.  The priest who recorded his burial said that Théodore was 39 years old when he died, but the good father did not give Théodore's parents' names.  

Jean Foret married Esther Mainville.  Their son Léopold Jean Augustin was born near Baton Rouge in October 1819.  

Jules Foret died near Brusly, West Baton Rouge Parish, in November 1855.  He was only 19 years old and did not marry.  The priest who recorded his burial did not bother to give Jules's parents' names. 

Valmont Foret died near Brusly, West Baton Rouge Parish, in January 1864.  The priest who recorded Valmont's burial did not give his age, mention a wife, or give his parents' names.  One wonders if Valmont's death was war-related. 

Jean Marie Théodore, called Théodore, Forest married Maria Angela or Angelica Berthelot and settled near Convent, St. James Parish, by the late 1860s. 

LOUISIANA:  LAFOURCHE VALLEY SETTLEMENTS

A Forest who came to Louisiana from France in 1785 chose to settle on upper Bayou Lafourche:

Madeleine Forest, age 43, crossed on L'Amitié, the fifth of the Seven Ships, which reached New Orleans in November.  With her were husband Bénoni Blanchard, age 45, and six children, ages 18 to 3.  Madeleine died in Assumption Parish in November 1814, in her early 70s.  

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The first Foret to create a family on the upper bayou was not a refugee from France, as usually was the case, but a 1765 arrival who moved there from the river in the late 1780s or early 1790s.  Three of his nephews from Ascension and a cousin from St.-Jacques joined him on the upper bayou during the early antebellum period, creating what became the largest center of Foret family settlement.  During the antebellum period, some of them moved down bayou as far as the Terrebonne country:

Anne-Rose, called Rosalie, Foret, a native of Maryland and widow of Michel Dugas, died in Assumption Parish in September 1844.  The Plattenville priest who recorded her burial said that Rosalie died at "age 78 yrs.," but she probably was in her late 80s. 

Descendants of Charles FORET, fils (1764-1821; Michel, Jean-Baptiste)

Charles, fils, third and youngest son of Charles Forest, by his second wife Marguerite Saulnier, born probably at Halifax in September 1764, followed his family to Louisiana via Cap-Français, French St.-Domingue, in 1765.  He was baptized at New Orleans on 10 December 1765, giving an idea of when the family reached the colony.  Spanish officials counted him with his family on the right, or west, bank of the river at Cabanocé/St.-Jacques in 1766 and 1769 and on the west bank at nearby Ascension in 1770 and 1777.  He married cousin Marie-Madeleine, daughter of fellow Acadians Bénoni Blanchard and his second wife Madeleine Forest, at Ascension in February 1786.  Charles and Marie-Madeleine were living on upper Bayou Lafourche by 1791, the first Foret family to settle there.  Their daughters married into the Boudreaux, Duhon, Fait, Landry, and Theriot families.  Charles, fils died in Assumption Parish in January 1821; he was 57 years old.  Five of his six sons married and settled in Assumption and Lafourche Interior parishes.  His was not only the first Foret family to settle on the bayou but also the most prolific line of the family there.  Most of his descendants remained in Assumption Parish. 

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Oldest son Charles-Béloni, baptized at Ascension, age unrecorded, in April 1787, married Angélique, daughter of fellow Acadians Amable Landry and Ursule Pitre, at Assumption in February 1807.  Their son Jean Charles, called Charles, was born in Assumption Parish in September 1809, Étienne Rosémond, called Rosémond, in November 1811, Pierre Evariste, called Evariste, in October 1813, Firmin in July 1816 but died at age 12 1/2 in January 1829, Élie Marius, called Marius, was born in January 1819, Jean Zenon, called Zenon, in July 1821 but died at age 6 in October 1827, and Jules was born in February 1826.  Their daughter married into the Pomponeau family.

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Jean Charles married Marie Louise, daughter of fellow Acadians Blaise Boudreaux and Perrine Barrilleaux of Lafourche Interior Parish, at the Plattenville church, Assumption Parish, in November 1833.  Their son Baptiste Eugène was born in Lafourche Interior Parish in November 1834.  After the death of his wife, Jean Charles filed a succession inventory at the Thibodauxville courthouse in April 1835, and remarried to Marcellite or Marcelline, daughter of Joseph Rousseau and his Acadian wife Eulalie LeBlanc, at the Thibodauxville church, Lafourche Interior Parish, in February 1837; Jean Charles's younger brother Marius married Marcellite's sister Marie.  Jean Charles and Marcellite's son Oleus Cletus was born in Assumption Parish in January 1845, and Charles Oscar near Labadieville in December 1858.  Their daughters married into the Bourg and Perque families.

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Rosémond married distant cousin Elise or Elisa, daughter of fellow Acadian Henri Landry, at the Plattenville church, Assumption Parish, in May 1835.  Their son Joseph Eugène, called Eugène, was born in Assumption Parish in December 1837 but died at age 11 months in October 1838.  Rosémond remarried to Marie, daughter of Étienne Ordoneaux and his Acadian wife Marie Aimée Blanchard, at the Thibodaux church, Lafourche Interior Parish, in June 1847; the marriage also was registered in Terrebonne Parish.  Their son Ovide Voltaire was born in Terrebonne Parish in June 1848, Joachim Martial at Bayou Black in August 1849, Justilien in April 1855, and Cyprien in September 1860. 

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Evariste married Marie, daughter of François Truxillo and Azélie Rousseau, at the Plattenville church, Assumption Parish, in June 1835.  Their son Jules died in Assumption Parish, age 2 months, in July 1836.  Evariste remarried to Cléonise, called Léonise, daughter of fellow Acadians François Barrilleaux and Florence Aucoin, at the Plattenville church in January 1839.  Their son Anatole Demetrius Homere was born in Assumption Parish in October 1843, and Ernest Cyprien in April 1851.  Their daughter married into the Boudreaux family.  Evariste died in Assumption Parish in October 1853; the Plattenville priest who recorded his burial said that Evariste died at "age ca. 37 years," but he was 40. 

Anatole married Eliska, daughter of Rosémond Fremin and his Acadian wife Aglaie Thibodeaux, at the Labadieville church, Assumption Parish, in February 1868.

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Marius married Marie, another daughter of Joseph Rousseau and Eulalie LeBlanc, at the Plattenville church, Assumption Parish, in January 1844; Marie's sister Marcellite was the second wife of Marius's oldest brother Jean Charles.  Marius and Marie's son Clet Marcellus was born in Assumption Parish in August 1844, Désiré in August 1846, Marcellin Gustave in April 1848, and Prosper Villeaux in December 1850. 

Désiré died near Labadieville, Assumption Parish, in January 1864.  He was only 17 years old.  One wonders if his death was war-related. 

Marcellin married Philomène, daughter of François Berthelot and his Acadian wife Aglae LeBlanc, at the Labadieville church, Assumption Parish, in March 1867.

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Jules married Élodie, daughter of fellow Acadians Jean Baptiste Guillot and Adeline Barrilleaux, at the Plattenville church, Assumption Parish, in January 1853.  Their son Léon Anatole was born near Labadieville in July 1857.  Jules remarried to Léonide, daughter of fellow Acadians Simon Comeaux and Eulalie Gaudet, at the Plattenville church in September 1864.  Their son Alexandre Arthur was born near Labadieville in March 1867, and Ernest Cyprien in September 1868. 

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Ambroise-Paul, born at Assumption in August 1793 but died at age 3 1/2 months the following November.  

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Pierre-Aurelien, baptized at Assumption, age unrecorded, in June 1797, married Marie Cléonise, called Cléonise, daughter of fellow Acadians Pierre Bourg and Félicité Landry, at the Plattenville church, Assumption Parish, in June 1819.  Their son Pierre Julien Comes was born in Assumption Parish in June 1823.  Pierre died in Assumption Parish in August 1823; the priest who recorded his burial said that Pierre was 28 years old when he died, but he was only 25.  

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Élie, born at Assumption in March 1799, married Marie Josette or Joséphine, called Joséphine, daughter of fellow Acadians Paul Pitre and Céleste Blanchard, at the Plattenville church, Assumption Parish, in February 1825.  Their son Désiré Azena, Augena, or Engenas, also called Agenai Désiré and Joseph Augena, was born in Assumption Parish in January 1826, Élie Maximin, called Maximin, in December 1827, Valéry Jean Baptiste in April 1829, Charles Valsin in December 1840, and Hippolyte in September 1844.  Their daughter married into the Escaine family.  Élie died in Assumption Parish in February 1846; he was only 46 years old.  One of his sons moved to the Brashear City, now Morgan City, area on the lower Atchafalaya in the late 1850s, but the others remained in Assumption Parish.  The son who moved to the Brashear City area, in fact, returned to Assumption Parish in the mid-1860s. 

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Valéry married Célestine or Céleste, daughter of fellow Acadians Joseph Daigle and Céleste Daigle, at the Paincourtville church, Assumption Parish, in May 1848.  Their son Clairville or Clerville, a twin, was baptized at Paincourtville, age illegible, in September 1849 but died the following November, Joseph Romain, called Romain, was born in January 1850 but died at age 1 1/2 in October 1852, and Adam Lubin was born near Brashear City, now Morgan City, St. Mary Parish, on the lower Atchafalaya, in March 1862, and Joseph Léo near Paincourtville in January 1865.  Their daughter married into the Hébert family.  Valéry died near Paincourtville in November 1868; the priest who recorded his burial said that Valéry died at "age 35 years," but he was 39. 

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Augena married first cousin Marie Asema, called Asema, daughter of fellow Acadians Joseph Foret and Denise Theriot, his uncle and aunt, at the Paincourtville church, Assumption Parish, in June 1852; they had to secure a dispensation for second degree of consanguinity in order to marry.  Their son Joseph Élie, called Élie, was born near Paincourtville in June 1856 but died at age 4 1/2 in February 1861, Joseph Désiré was born in September 1859, and Joseph Nicomide in December 1861.  Augena, called Angena by the recording priest, died near Paincourtville in August 1863; he was only 37 years old; one wonders if his death was war-related.  His twin daughters were born a month before he died, but they, too, died, the following September and October; pity Asema that terrible summer and fall, when she buried a husband and two infants.   

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Maximin married Angelina, daughter of Balthazar Percle and Marie Oubane, at the Pierre Part church, Assumption Parish, in May 1860.  Their son Marcellin Désiré was born near Pierre Part in August 1861.  Maximin died in Assumption Parish in July 1863; the Paincourtville priest who recorded his burial said that Maximin died at "age 37 years," but he was only 35.  His older brother Augena died a month after he did.  One wonders if their deaths were war-related. 

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Hippolyte, born at Assumption in April 1805, married Henriette, daughter of Joseph Antoine Arao, Araou, Araos, Ardos, Arouso, or Harahoue and Marie Antoinette Millan, at the Donaldsonville church, Ascension Parish, in June 1827.  Their son Clet Hippolyte was born in Assumption Parish in June 1827, and Marcellin died at birth in April 1834.  Their daughters married into the Brogden and Himel families.

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Youngest son Joseph, a twin, born in Assumption Parish in November 1810, married Denise, daughter of fellow Acadians François Theriot and Marie Bourg, at the Thibodauxville church, Lafourche Interior Parish, in August 1830.  Their son Élie le jeune was born in Assumption Parish in May 1831.  Their daughter married a Foret first cousin.

Élie le jeune married Victorine, daughter of fellow Acadian Urbain Bourg, at the Thibodaux church, Lafourche Parish, in April 1854.  Their son Joseph Numa was born in Assumption Parish in December 1854, Adam Ernest near Canal in August 1861, and an unnamed son died at age 5 months in July 1865.  Élie le jeune remarried to Marie-Léonelle, called Léonelle, daughter of Joseph Gastal, Gastale, or Gastel and Celina Fremin, at the Plattenville church, Assumption Parish, in January 1868.  Their daughter Joséphine married Joseph Albert Moïse and settled in Morgan City, St. Mary Parish. 

Descendants of Joseph FORET (c1771-1832; Michel, Jean-Baptiste, Charles)

Joseph, eldest son of Pierre-Paul Foret and Marguerite Orillion and nephew of Charles, fils, born probably at Ascension in c1771, married cousin Marguerite, daughter of fellow Acadians Joseph Foret and Isabelle Léger, at Ascension in February 1793.  Their daughter married into the LeBlanc family.  Joseph remarried to Marie Madeleine, daughter of fellow Acadians Honoré Breaux and Élisabeth LeBlanc, at St. Gabriel in February 1807.  They settled on upper Bayou Lafourche near his uncle and younger brothers.  Their daughter married into the Roger family.  Joseph died in Lafourche Interior Parish in December 1832; the Thibodauxville priest who recorded his burial said that Joseph was 64 years old when he died, but he was closer to 61.  

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Older son Pierre-Paul-Joseph, called Paul, from his first wife, born at Ascension in April 1796, married Rose Scholastique, daughter of fellow Acadians Tranquille Arcement and Anne Rassicot, at the Thibodauxville church, Lafourche Interior Parish, in January 1826.  Their son Pierre Paul was born in Lafourche Interior Parish in January 1831, and Joseph le jeune in February 1833.  Their daughters married into the Authement, Brien, Duplantis, and Pelegrin or Peregrin families. 

Joseph le jeune married Anna or Hannah, also called Allo, daughter of fellow Acadians Hippolyte Doucet and Clementine Bourg of New Iberia, at the Houma church, Terrebonne Parish, in July 1855.  Their son Joseph Israël was born in Terrebonne Parish in August 1857, Paul Cletus in March 1860, Théophile Augustin in August 1864, and Ozémé Raphaël near Montegut in October 1870.

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Younger son Joseph Séverin or Séverin Joseph, from his first wife, born at Ascension in April 1805, married Marie Clémence, daughter of fellow Acadians Joseph Benoît Richard and Isabelle Anne Rassicot, at the Thibodauxville church, Lafourche Interior Parish, in August 1829.  Their son Joseph Valfroi, called Valfroi, was born in Lafourche Interior Parish in January 1832, Pierre Paul in October 1833, Trasimond Séverin in March 1835, Joseph Zéphirin, called Zéphirin, in December 1838, Evariste Onésime or Onésippe, also called Charles, in September 1842, Théophile, also called Ellis, in November 1844, and Adrien Richard, called Richard, in November 1846.  They also had sons named Marcellin and Justilien.  Their daughter married into the Ayo family.  Séverin died near Raceland, Lafourche Parish, in September 1853; the priest who recorded his burial said that Séverin died "at age 45 yrs.," but he was 48; an "oath of tutor" in his name and listing his children was filed at the Thibodaux courthouse in March 1854. 

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Valfroi married Marie Euphrosine, called Euphrosine, daughter of Auguste Ledet and his Acadian wife Modeste LeBlanc, at the Raceland church, Lafourche Parish, in May 1854.  Their son Joseph was born near Lockport, Lafourche Parish, in April 1857, and ___ Félicien was baptized at the Lockport church, age unrecorded, in November 1868. 

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Trasimond married Melasie, daughter of fellow Acadians Narcisse LeBlanc and Celina Robichaux, at the Raceland church, Lafourche Parish, in October 1855.  They settled near Lockport. 

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Marcellin married Mathilde, daughter of fellow Acadians Valéry Breaux and Marguerite Roger, at the Raceland church, Lafourche Parish, in May 1857.  Their son Jean Beautor was born near Lockport in March 1860. 

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Zéphirin married Emelina, called Melina, another daughter of Narcisse LeBlanc and Celina Robichaux, in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Parish in May 1863.  They settled near Lockport. 

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Onésippe, called Charles by the recording priest, married Philomène, daughter of fellow Acadians Joseph Barrilleaux and Adèle dite Choinette Theriot, at the Lockport church, Lafourche Parish, in April 1866.  Their son Joseph Norbert was born near Lockport in June 1867. 

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Justilien married Eliska or Elisa, another daughter of Valéry Breaux and Marguerite Roger, at the Lockport church, Lafourche Parish, in July 1866.  Their son Joseph Lee was born near Lockport in September 1868, and Joseph David was baptized at the Lockport church, age unrecorded, in October 1870. 

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Ellis married Louisa, daughter of fellow Acadians Étienne LeBlanc and Azélie Bertrand, at the Lockport church, Lafourche Parish, in December 1866.  They settled near Raceland. 

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Richard married Florence, another daughter of Joseph Barrilleaux and Adèle dite Choinette Theriot, at the Lockport church, Lafourche Parish, in February 1867.

Descendants of Louis FORET (1782-c1805; Michel, Jean-Baptiste, Charles)

Louis, fourth son of Pierre-Paul Foret and Marguerite Orillion and nephew of Charles, fils, born at Ascension in May 1782, married Anne-Marie, daughter of fellow Acadians Athanase Dugas and Rose LeBlanc, at Ascension in February 1802 and settled on upper Bayou Lafourche near his uncle and brothers.  Their 15-month-old daughter Delphine was granted tutelage by the Lafourche Interior Parish court in July 1805 because Louis had died by then; he would have been only 23 years old that year.  Delphine married into the Bourgeois family.  Louis and his wife may have had no sons, so this line of the family, except for its blood, probably died with him.  

Descendants of François-Achille FORET (1784-1844; Michel, Jean-Baptiste, Charles)

François-Achille, fifth and youngest son of Pierre-Paul Foret and Marguerite Orillion and nephew of Charles, fils, born at Ascension in February 1784, married Geneviève, daughter of fellow Acadians Jean-Baptiste Bergeron, fils and Marie Babin, at Assumption in May 1802.  They settled on upper Bayou Lafourche near his uncle and older brothers.  Their daughters married into the Bernard, Destival, Mire, Monier or Monnier, and Robichaux families.  François Achille died in Lafourche Interior Parish in July 1844; he was 60 years old; a petition for succession inventory was filed at the Thibodaux courthouse in July 1845. 

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Oldest son François Placide, called Placide, baptized at the Donaldson church, Ascension Parish, age unrecorded, in August 1806, married Marguerite Eugènie, 18-year-old daughter of fellow Acadians François Babin and Henriette Broussard of Iberville Parish, at the Thibodauxville church, Lafourche Interior Parish, in January 1825.  Their son François Achille le jeune was born in Lafourche Interior Parish in August 1827, Hippolyte Narcisse in August 1834, and twins Jean Baptiste Ovile and Pierre Deterville le jeune in September 1837.  Their daughter married into the Theriot family.  Placide died near Raceland, Lafourche Parish, in March 1867; the priest who recorded his burial said that François Placide died at age 63. 

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François Achille le jeune married Marie Isabella, called Isabella and Élizabeth, daughter of Ulgère Hotard and Héloise Tausin, at the Thibodaux church, Lafourche Interior Parish, in October 1847.  Their son François Jean Baptiste Félix, called J. Félix, was born in Lafourche Interior Parish in August 1848, and Pierre Félix Félicien near Raceland in March 1861. 

J. Félix married Marie Théolina or Théolaine Autin in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Parish in October 1866.  Their son Louis Marcellin was born near Raceland in January 1870.

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Hippolyte Narcisse married Virginie, daughter of Creoles Fergus Bourgeois and Eugènie Baudoin, at the Raceland church, Lafourche Parish, in September 1855.  Their son Hippolyte Fergus was born near Raceland in May 1859, and Léo Félicien in January 1864.

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Pierre Deterville le jeune married Louisa or Émelie, daughter of George Falgout and Useline Champagne, in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Parish in June 1857.  Their son Pierre Deterville, fils was born near Raceland in September 1860, and Jean Baptiste Ovile le jeune in April 1870.

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Jean Baptiste Ovile married Céleste Clementine, called Clementine, daughter of Antoine Matherne and his Acadian wife Céleste Savoie, in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Parish in April 1858.  They settled near Raceland and then in Terrebonne Parish. 

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Achille Adoptal, Adoptel, or Adolphe, baptized at the Donaldson church, Ascension Parish, age 15 months, in October 1808, married Julie, 15-year-old daughter of Auguste Tourelle and Catherine Portier of St. James Parish, at the Thibodauxville church, Lafourche Interior Parish, in September 1829.  Their son Ulysse was born in Lafourche Interior Parish in January 1841, Félix Achille Laida in December 1844, Onésime Filema in December 1846, François Trasimond in January 1849, Félix Zezulma near Raceland in March 1851, and Eugène Théolise in June 1858 but died at age 5 months the following November.  Their daughters married into the Baudoin, Foret, Grabert, Lagain, and Sanchez families.  Achille, called Doctel Achille by the priest who recorded his burial, died near Raceland in April 1863; the priest did not give Achille's age at the time of his death, but he was in his late 50s.  One wonders if his death was war-related.  A "petition for tutorship" in Achille's name, listing his children, was filed at the Thibodaux courthouse in November 1865. 

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Ulysse died near Raceland, Lafourche Parish, in February 1860.  He was only 19 years old and did not marry. 

2b

Félix married Baptistine Hotard, widow of Charles Dutilleu, in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Parish in February 1867.  Their son Alphonse was born near Raceland in October 1869. 

2c

François married Irma, daughter of Paul Autin and his Acadian wife Adeline Hébert, in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Parish in April 1869.

3

Pierre Deterville, called Deterville, born in Assumption Parish in July 1810, married Mélanie, 17-year-old daughter of Alexis Autin and Marie Aubert of St. John the Baptiste Parish, at the Thibodauxville church, Lafourche Interior Parish, in February 1832.  Their son Pierre Cléoville was born in Lafourche Interior Parish in September 1833, Félicien in December 1834, Pierre Deterville Justilien, called Justilien, in June 1838, and François Alexis in December 1842.  Their daughters married into the Bourgeois, Falgout, and Thibodeaux families.  

3a

Félicien married Céleste Justine, called Justine, daughter of fellow Acadians Pierre Cyprien Bourgeois and Marie Céleste Landry, at the Raceland church, Lafourche Parish, in July 1855; Félicien's sister Froselie Mélanie married Céleste's brother Pierre Evelien.  Félicien and Justine's son Joseph Désiré was born near Raceland in January 1869. 

3b

Justilien married fellow Acadian Celina Blanchard, in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Parish in March 1864.  Their son Pierre Félicien was born near Raceland in February 1867. 

4

Youngest son Jean Baptiste Edmond, called Edmond, born probably in Assumption Parish in the 1810s, married Estelle Vina, daughter of fellow Acadians Joseph Louis Martin and Céleste Theriot, at the Thibodauxville church, Lafourche Interior Parish, in October 1835.  Their son Jean Baptiste Edmond, fils was born in Lafourche Interior Parish in September 1836, Sylvain Adam, called Adam, in August 1839, Hippolyte in December 1845, and Louis Ozémé, called Ozémé, in April 1849.  They also had a son named Jules, unless he was Hippolyte.  Their daughter married into the Robichaux family. 

4a

Adam married first cousin Berthilde Odalie or Odalie Berthilde, also called Ordalie, daughter of fellow Acadians Achille Adoptel Foret and Julie Tourelle, his uncle and aunt, at the Raceland church, Lafourche Parish, in September 1856.  Their son Joseph Adam was born near Raceland in January 1864 but died at age 15 months in April 1865, Oscar Adam was born in June 1868, and Sylvain Lucimien in December 1870. 

4b

Jules died, or at least was buried, at Raceland, Lafourche Parish, in February 1863.  He was only 18 years old and probably did not marry.  One wonders if his death was war-related. 

4c

Ozémé married Eugènie, daughter of Eugène Lagain, Laguin, Laquin, or Layain and Marie Metier, in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Parish in October 1867.  They settled near Raceland. 

Descendants of Jean-Baptiste FORET (1772-1842; Michel, Pierre, Pierre, fils, Bonaventure)

Jean-Baptiste, younger son of Joseph Forest and his first wife Isabelle Léger, born probably at St.-Jacques in June 1772 and baptized at St.-Jean-Baptiste des Allemands the following November, married Sophie, daughter of fellow Acadians Michel Bourgeois and Anne Landry, at St.-Jacques in May 1790.  They settled upriver at Ascension before moving to upper Bayou Lafourche.  Their daughter married into the Barrios (Spanish Creole, not Acadian) family. Jean Baptiste, père died in Lafourche Interior Parish in September 1842; he was 70 years old.  Two of his three sons married, but only one of their lines survived. 

1

Oldest son Jean-Baptiste, fils, born at Ascension in January 1798, married Marguerite, daughter of Emanuel Barre and Antoinette Mora, at the Thibodauxville church, Lafourche Interior Parish, in July 1820.  One wonders if they had any children. 

2

Michel, born at Assumption in March 1800, married Céleste, 18-year-old daughter of German Creole François Schweitzer, also called Chaistre, Choise, Choiste, Choitre, Chouasse, Chouave, Chouest, Choueste, Chousse, and Shoesse, and his wife Dorothée Wileich or Vilick, in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Interior Parish in April 1825, and sanctified the marriage at the Thibodauxville church, Lafourche Interior Parish, in July 1829.  Their son Joseph Michel was born in Lafourche Interior Parish in October 1833, François Robert, called Robert, in November 1837, Barthélemy in November 1839, Théodule Cleopha in January 1848, and Jean Caliste, called Caliste, in June 1850.  They also had a son named Alfred.  Their daughters married into the Buford, Domingue, Guidry, Martin, Mayet, and Soudellier families.  A "petition for tutorship" in Michel's name, listing his children, was filed at the Houma courthouse, Terrebonne Parish, in May 1860; he would have been 60 years old that year. 

2a

Alfred married Marie Louise, called Louise, daughter of Édouard Pichoff and his Acadian wife Rosema Dugas, at the Houma church, Terrebonne Parish, in June 1863; Louise's mother was a Dugas.  Their son Toussaint Alidor was born in Terrebonne Parish in November 1864, and Alfred Beauregard in January 1870.

2b

Caliste married Evelia, daughter of fellow Acadian Edmond Guidry and his Creole wife Elmire Belanger, at the Montegut church, Terrebonne Parish, in February 1869, on the same day his brother Robert married, but at a different place.

2c

Robert married Marie Angelina, daughter of Washington Whitney and Arthémise Duplantis, at the Houma church, Terrebonne Parish, in February 1869, on the same day his brother Caliste married, but at a different place.

2d

Théodule married Aimée, daughter of D. Joseph Dupré and his Acadian wife Céleste Pitre, at the Montegut church, Terrebonne Parish, in May 1870; Aimée's mother was a Pitre.

3

Youngest son Joseph, born probably at Assumption in c1807, died in Ascension Parish in August 1827.  He was only 20 years old and did not marry.  

Other FORETs in the Lafourche/Terrebonne Valley

Area church and civil records make it difficult to link some Forets in the Bayou Lafourche/Bayou Terrebonne valley with known Acadian lines of the family there:

Marguerite Foret gave birth to son Moïse in Assumption Parish in November 1817.  The priest who recorded the boy's baptism did not give the father's or the grandparents' names.  

Joseph Foret married Marie Uranie or Ursine LeBlanc.  Their son Lezin Joseph was born in Lafourche Interior Parish in November 1844.  They were living on Bayou Black, Terrebonne Parish, during the late 1840s and moved to the western prairies by the early 1850s. 

Rosalie Foret gave birth to son Fleuri Ernest in Terrebonne Parish in December 1852.  The Houma priest who recorded the boy's baptism did not give the father's or the mother's parents' names. 

Jean Samuel Foret married Acadian Melie Eveline Dantin and settled in Terrebonne Parish by the mid-1850s. 

Rosémond Foret married Hilaire LeBlanc.  Their son Joseph Ernest was born near Lockport, Lafourche Parish, in March 1861. 

François Foret married Ermelise Molenaire and settled in Terrebonne Parish by the early 1860s. 

Placide Foret died near Raceland, Lafourche Parish, in May 1865.  The priest who recorded his burial did not give Placide's age, his parents' names, or mention a wife. 

François Foret married Marie Eulasie or Eulalie Dyan and settled near Montegut, Terrebonne Parish, by the mid-1860s.  Their son Paul was born near Montegut in April 1867. 

Édouard Pontiff Foret married Rosena Dugas.  Their daughter married into the Buford family in Terrebonne Parish in the late 1860s. 

Joseph Foret married Rosalie Foret.  Their son Joseph Augustin was born near Montegut, Terrebonne Parish, in March 1867. 

Victorine Foret gave birth to son Marcellin Octave Elesse near Montegut, Terrebonne Parish, in March 1868. 

Joseph ___, son of ____ Foret and ____ LeBlanc, was baptized at the Lockport church, Lafourche Parish, age unrecorded, in October 1868.  The boy's middle name and his parents' names are illegible in the baptismal record. 

Michel Foret married Priscilla Cain in a civil ceremony in Lafourche Parish in January 1870.  The parish clerk who recorded the marriage did not give the couple's parents' names. 

Ovile Foret died near Raceland, Lafourche Parish, in February 1870.  He was only 4 months old.  The priest who recorded the boy's burial did not bother to give the parents' names. 

NON-ACADIAN FAMILIES in LOUISIANA

During the colonial period, as early as the 1720s, Frenchmen with similar-sounding names, no kin to the Forests of Acadia, settled at New Orleans and on the river above the city near where their Acadian namesakes eventually settled:

Dominique Forée, a native of Gex, on the Swiss border, Diocese of Besancon, France, was a corporal in the company of Demerveilleux when married Francoise Bouché of Rennes, Brittany, at New Orleans in February 1725.  One of his sergeant's was a witness to his marriage.  

Louis Foré, "surnamed Richeleiu," married Louise-Marguerite Teillen.  Their son Louis-Gabriel was born at New Orleans in March 1765.  

Maria, daughter of Angelica Fores, married Antonio Joseph, son of Joseph Manuel Bagarin and Antonia Maria De Mesa of Caracas, Venezuela, at New Orleans in May 1784.  Maria probably was Spanish.  Angelica, still unmarried, died at New Orleans in March 1800, in her late 60s.  

Hyacinthe Foré married Marguerite Carel.  Their son Hyacinthe, fils was born at New Orleans in February 1786.  

Guillaume, son of Pierre Foré and Anne Dardenne of Toulouse, France, was a 28-year-old soldier in the third company, second battalion, stationary regiment of the province of Louisiana, and still a bachelor, when he died at New Orleans in December 1790.  

Louis, son of Louis LaForet or LaForest and Judith Normand of "Santa Catarina," married Emerica, Émerite, Émelie, or Emerentianne, daughter of French Creole Joseph Goudreau, at St.-Jacques on the Lower Acadian Coast in September 1792.  Their son, name unrecorded, died at St.-Jacques, age 10 months, in December 1795, and Joseph was born at Ascension in December 1803.  Their daughter married into the Guidry family.  Joseph died in Ascension Parish in February 1839; he was only 35 years old; the priest who recorded his burial said nothing of Joseph having a wife, so this line of the family, except for its blood, may have died with him.   

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During the antebellum period, Forêts and Forests, called Foreign French by native Louisianians, came to the Bayou State.  At least two of them settled near their Acadian namesakes on the western prairies and along Bayou Lafourche, but most of them remained at New Orleans.  One Forest who settled on lower Bayou Teche was a native of Germany:  

Michel, son of Jacques Forêt and Madeleine Jean of Toulon, France, had been living in the Grand Coteau area of St. Landry Parish "for 3 to 4 years" when he married Julie, daughter of German Creole Michel Rether or Ritter, at the Opelousas church, St. Landry Parish, in January 1816.  Their son Michel, fils was born near Grand Coteau in May 1830 but died at age 6 in August 1836.  Their daughters married into the Bergeron (French Creole, not Acadian), Marks, Savoy, Stelly, and Taylor families.  Michel, père died near Grand Coteau in December 1839; he was 58 years old; his succession record was filed at the Opelousas courthouse the following March.  His family line, except for its blood, probably died with him.  

Auguste Charles, son of Gabriel Forêt and Charlotte Guenelle of France, married Julienne Felonise, daughter of Acadian Joseph Simon Boudreaux and his Creole wife Marie Julienne Brossier, at the Thibodauxville church, Lafourche Interior Parish, in January 1823.  Their child, name unrecorded, died in Lafourche Interior Parish, age 4 months, in March 1824.  

Francisca Forest married John Schwartz in a civil ceremony in St. Mary Parish in September 1861.  The parish clerk who recorded the marriage did not give the couple's parents' names.  Francisca's name actually was Franziska Förstl, and she was native Niederhausen, Freiburg, Baden, Germany.  Her husband, Johann Schwarz, was from Eilingen, Prussia.  They settled at Franklin, where Franziska's first cousin, Valentin Ibert, ran a mortuary that is still in operation today. 

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Some Forets were neither Acadian nor French but Afro Creoles owned by Acadian Forets:

Honoré, son of Séverin Foret's slave Esther, was born near Raceland, Lafourche Interior Parish, in October 1846.  The priest who baptized Honoré called him a Foret but did not give the father's name. 

Jean, son of Jean Baptiste Foret's slave Joséphine, was born near Raceland, Lafourche Parish, in May 1853. 

Ferdinand, son of "Miss Séverin" Foret's slave Esther, was born near Raceland, Lafourche Parish, in June 1853. 

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After the War of 1861-65, a Forêt from New Orleans settled among his namesakes on upper Bayou Lafourche:

Antony, son of Medard Forêt and Élizabeth Victor of New Orleans, married Rosalie, daughter of Jean Baptiste Asemard, at the Plattenville church, Assumption Parish, in November 1868. 

CONCLUSION

Forests settled early in Acadia and were among the earliest Acadians to find refuge in Louisiana.  Pierre Forest came to the colony in February 1765 with the Joseph Broussard dit Beausoleil party from Halifax via St.-Domingue.  He followed the Broussards to the Bayou Teche valley but failed to produce a family there, at least none that lasted.  More Forests came to Louisiana in 1765, 1766, and 1767 from Halifax and Maryland, and from France in 1785.  They settled not on the western prairies but on the river above New Orleans in the area that became known as the Acadian Coast.  By the early antebellum period, however, only one line of Acadian Forets remained on the river, descendants of a 1767 immigrant from Maryland who had settled at St.-Gabriel d'Iberville before moving to what became West Baton Rouge Parish.  The other lines on the river had either died out or moved elsewhere.  A western branch of the family finally emerged in the 1790s when several Forets from the river moved to the Opelousas District, but only a single family line survived there, in what became St. Landry and Evangeline parishes; they were especially numerous in the Ville Platte area.  Meanwhile, Forets from the Acadian Coast moved to upper Bayou Lafourche and created a vigorous center of family settlement.  During the antebellum period, most Forets lived in the Lafourche/Terrebonne valley from Assumption down to the coastal marshes of Terrebonne Parish.  By the early 1860s, a Foret from upper Bayou Lafourche had moved to Brashear, now Morgan, City, in St. Mary Parish, and another to the coastal marshes of the Creole area of what was then Calcasieu Parish, but the great majority of their cousins remained on the southeastern bayous.  The Foret who had moved to the Brashear City area, in fact, returned to Assumption Parish during the mid-1860s. 

Not all of the Forets of South Louisiana were descendants of Michel de Forest of Leyden and Port-Royal.  Frenchmen with similar-sounding surnames came to the colony as early as the 1720s.  Most of them remained at New Orleans, but one, Louis LaForet, settled at St.-Jacques on the Acadian Coast in the 1790s.  During the antebellum period, Foreign-French Forêts and a German Förstl, called a Forest, settled in St. Landry and St. Mary parishes and on upper Bayou Lafourche, where Acadian Forets had gone.  However, especially along Bayou Lafourche, their numbers remained small compared to their Acadians namesakes.  Also during the antebellum period, slaves with the surname Foret lived on Bayou Lafourche farms owned by Acadian members of the family.  ...

In Acadia, the family dropped the "de" in their name, leaving only Forest.  The family's name evolved into Foret in Louisiana, where the name Forest is uncommon today.  The family's name also is spelled Desforets, Faurais, Fauret, Forait, Foraix, Foray, Foré, Fores, Forett, Forey, Forez, Forrest, Forret, Froet, Fure, LaForet.  The descendants of Michel de Forest should not be confused with their fellow Acadians, the De La Forestries of Île St.-Jean, who came to Louisiana from France, or with the Forêts and LaForets of France, who were French Creoles or Foreign French in Louisiana, not Acadians.  [For the Acadian family's Louisiana "begats," see Book Ten]

Sources:  AGE, May 2005, 10; Arsenault, Généalogie, 544-49, 960-64, 1383-86, 2488-90; BRDR, vols. 1a(rev.), 2, 3, 4, 5(rev.), 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11; De La Roque, "Tour of Inspection," Canadian Archives 1905, 2A: 26-27, 42; "Fort Edward, 1761-62"; Hébert, D., South LA Records, vols. 1, 2, 3, 4; Hébert, D., Southwest LA Records, vols. 1-A, 1-B, 2-A, 2-B, 2-C, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9; <islandregister.com/1752.html>; NOAR, vols. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7; <perso.orange.fr/froux/St_malo_arrivees/5bateaux.htm>, Family Nos. 13, 18, 88, 89; Robichaux, Acadians in Nantes, 68; Robichaux, Acadians in St.-Malo, 63-64, 324-31, 576-77; White, DGFA-1, 621-40; White, DGFA-1 English, 131-35; Wood, Acadians in Maryland, 117-20; Daniel Norton, Förstl descendant.   

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 FORET 01 Sep 1766 StJ, Asc born c1729, Nova Scotia; married (1)Pierre BABIN; arrived LA 1766, age 37, a widow; married, age 39, (2)Étienne, son of Joseph BUJOLE & Marie-Josèphe LANDRY of Pigiguit, & widower of Brigitte CHENET, c1768, New Orleans; in Cabanocé census, 1769, right [west] bank, called Anne FOREST, age 40, with husband, 2 BABIN sons, 1 BUJOLE son, 1 BUJOLE stepson, & 2 BUJOLE stepdaughters; in Ascension census, 1770, right [west] bank, called Anne FOREST, age 42, with husband, 2 BABIN sons, 1 BUJOLE son, 1 BUJOLE stepson, & 2 BUJOLE stepdaughters; in Ascension census, 1777, right [west] bank, called Anne FOREST, age 48, with husband, 1 BABIN son, 1 BUJOLE son, & 2 BUJOLE stepdaughters
Anne-Marie FORET 03 176? StG, Asc called Marie; married Augustin, son Joseph LANDRY & Marie-Josèphe RICHARD, probably early 1770s, St.-Gabriel; died by Aug 1786, when her husband remarried at St.-Gabriel
*Anne-Perrine FORET 04 Dec 1785 NO born & baptized 23 Mar 1764, Plouër, France; a triplet; daughter of Victor FORET & his second wife Anne-Marie HÉBERT; sister of Joseph-Victor & Marie her triplet, half sister of Étienne-Gilles, Jeanne-Isabelle, Jean-Jacques, Marie-Adélaïde, & Servanne-Julienne; at Plouër 1764-66; at St.-Servan, France, 1766-72; sailed to LA on La Ville d'Archangel, age 20; married, age 21, Jean-Baptiste, son of Francois BEZINÉ & Isabelle ______ of Montréal, Canada, 18 Jul 1786, New Orleans; died [buried] New Orleans 3 Oct 1800, age 34[sic]
Anne-Rosalie FORET 02 Dec 1785 Asp born c1748; daughter of Jacques FORET l'aîné & his first wife Claire VINCENT; sister of Madeleine & Victor; married , age 18, Simon, son of Pierre LEBLANC & Françoise THÉRIOT, 18 Nov 1766, St.-Servan, France; on list of Acadians at St.-Malo, France, Sep 1784, called Anne FORET, widow LEBLANC, with 1 unnamed son; sailed to LA on La Ville d'Archangel, age 30[sic]; a widow, listed singly; in Valenzuéla census, 1788, left bank, called Anne FOREST widow LE BLANC, age 40[sic, with family of brother-in-law Benoit BLANCHARD; in Valenzuéla census, 1795, called Ana, age 42[sic], with no one else in her household; in Valenzuéla census, 1797, called Anne FOREST, Widow, age 43, with family of Charles BLANCHARD
Anne-Rose or -Sophie FORET 05 Jul 1767 StG, Asc, StJ, Asp born c1755, Ste.-Famillie, Pigiguit, or MD; daughter of Bonaventure FORET & Claire RIVET; sister of Joseph, Marguerite, Marie, Marie-Madeleine, & Pierre; in report on Acadians at Upper Marlborough, MD, Jul 1763, called Sofphie FORAY, with parents, 3 sisters, & orphan Joseph BOUDREAU; arrived LA 1767, age 12; in report on Acadians who settled at St.-Gabriel, 1767, called Ana Rosa, age 12, with parents, sisters, & Joseph PRENS; in Ascension census, 1777, right [east] bank, called Anne BONNANT, age 15[sic], with mother, stepfather Abraham LANDRY, & stepbrother Joseph LANDRY dit Dios?; married, age 23, Michel, son of Jean DUGAS & Marie-Charlotte GODIN, 23 Feb 1778, St.-Jacques; moved to Lafourche valley; died [buried] Assumption Parish 27 Sep 1844, age 78[sic], a widow
Anselme FORET 06 1765 StJ, Asc born c1752, Chignecto; son of Charles FORET & his second wife Marguerite SONNIER; brother of Charles, fils, Marguerite, & Marie, half brother of Pierre-Paul; arrived LA 1765, age 13; in Cabanocé census, 1766, right [west] bank, JUDICE's Company, Cabanocé Militia, called Anselmo FOREAT, age 15, with father, stepmother, half brother, half siblings, & cousin Marguerite FORET, 4 arpents, 1 gun; in Ascension census, 1770, right [west] bank, age 18, head of "family" number 15, listed singly so still a bachelor, with 6 arpents next to brother Paul; married, age 22, Marie-Madeleine, called Madeleine, daughter of Simon LEBLANC & Élisabeth LEBLANC, 7 Feb 1774, Ascension, now Donaldsonville; in Ascension census, 1777, right [west] bank, called Enselme, age 26, head of family number 15, with wife Magdelaine age 22, son Louis age 7 mos., daughter Magdelaine age 2, 5 arpents next to brother Paul, 0 slaves, 5 cattle, 2 horses, 0 sheep, 4 swine, 2 arms; in JUDICE's Company, Acadian Coast Militia, Aug 1779, called Anselme FORREST, fusileer
Bonaventure FORET 07 Jul 1767 StG born c1723, probably Ste.-Famille, Pigiguit; son of Pierre FORET & Madeleine BABIN; married, age 20, Claire, daughter of Étienne RIVET & Anne LEPRINCE, c1743, Pigiguit; exiled to MD 1755, age 32; in report on Acadians at Upper Marlborough, MD, Jul 1763, age 40, called Bonaventure FORAY, with wife Claire, daughters Margueritte, Marie, Magdelaine, Sofphie, & Joseph BOUDREAU orphan; arrived LA 1767, age 44; in report on Acadians who settled at St.-Gabriel, 1767, called Bentura FORES, age 44, head of family number 36, assigned no farm; with wife Clara age 42, daughters Margarita age 18, Maria age 15, Madalena age 3[probably 13], Ana Rosa age 7, & [orphan?] Joseph PRENS age 12; died by Feb1777, when he was called deceased in the marriage record of daughter Marie-Madeleine
Brigitte FORET 08 176? StJ, Asc born c1753, NS; daughter of Pierre FORET & Marie LEJEUNE; married, age 22, Pierre, fils, son of Pierre BREAUX & Marie DUPUIS, & widow of Marie LEBLANC, 15 Jan 1776, St.-Jacques; in St.-Jacques census, 1777, left [east] bank, age 24, with husband, a daughter, & [engagé?] Jean ROGER; in St.-Jacques census, 1779, unnamed, with husband & 2 unnamed others; died [buried] Ascension Parish 13 Feb 1825, age 72, a widow
Catherine-Josèphe FORET 09 1765 StJ born & baptized 17 May 1713, Annapolis Royal; daughter of René FORET & Françoise DUGAS; married, age 24, Claude, son of Bernard GAUDET & Jeanne THÉRIOT, 18 Aug 1737, Annapolis Royal; at Fort Edward, NS, Aug & Oct 1762, unnamed, with husband & son; arrived LA 1765; in Cabanocé census, 1766, probably the woman in the household of Claudio GODET
Catherine-Marie-Josèphe FORET 10 Sep 1766 StJ born c1710, probably Pigiguit; daughter of Pierre FORET & Cécile RICHARD; married, age 20, Jacques, fils, son of Jacques LEBLANC & Catherine LANDRY of Grand-Pré, 12 Jun 1730, Grand-Pré; exiled to Philadelphia, PA, 1755, age 45; moved to MD late 1750s or early 1760s; in report of Acadians at Oxford, MD, Jul 1763, called Joseph, with husband, 2 sons, & 3 daughters; arrived LA 1766, age 56; in Cabanocé census, 1769, right [west] bank, called Catherine, age 59, with husband & 2 daughters; in St.-Jacques census, 1777, right [west] bank, age 67, with husband & no children, all of them grown
Charles FORET, père 11 1765 StJ, Asc born c1722, perhaps Menoudy, Chignecto; son of Jean-Baptiste FORET & Marie-Élisabeth LEBARRE; married, age 20, Marguerite, daughter of Michel POIRIER & Jeanne BOURGEOIS, 4 Jun 1742, Beaubassin; married, age 27, (2)Marguerite, daughter of Pierre SONNIER & Madeleine COMEAUX, c1750, probably Chignecto; in Cabanocé census, 1766, right [west] bank, JUDICE's Company, Cabanocé Militia, called Carlos FOREAT & Charles FOREST, age 40[sic], with wife Marguerite age not given, sons Paul age 20, Anselme age 15, Charles age 2, daughters Marie age 6, Marguerite age 4, & niece Marguerite [FORET?] age 20, 0 slaves, 6 arpents, 0 cattle, 0 sheep, 0 hogs, 1 gun; in Cabanocé census, 1769, occupying lot number 45, right [west] bank, called Charles FOREST, age 47, with wife Margueritte age 44, son Charles age 5, daughters Marie age 10, & Margueritte age 8; in Ascension census, 1770, right [west] bank, called Charles FOREST, age 48, head of family number 13, with wife Marguerite age 45, son Charles age 6, daughters Marie age 10, Margueritte age 8, & 6 arpents; in Ascension census, 1777, right [west] bank, called Charles FORREST, age 52[sic], head of family number 13, with wife Margueritte age 49, daughters Marie age 17, Margueritte age 15, 6 arpents between sons Charles & Paul, 0 slaves, 16 cattle, 4 horses, 0 sheep, 9 swine, 1 arm; died [buried] Ascension 24 Mar 1783, age 55[sic]
Charles FORET, fils 12 1765 StJ, Asc, Asp born 27 Sep 1764, probably Halifax; son of Charles FORET & his second wife Marguerite SONNIER; brother of Anselme, Marguerite & Marie, half brother of Pierre-Paul; arrived LA 1765, age 1; baptized 10 Dec 1765, New Orleans; in Cabanocé census, 1766, right [west] bank, age 2, with parents, full sisters, half brothers, & cousin Marguerite; in Cabanocé census, 1769, right [west] bank, age 5, with parents & siblings; in Ascension census, 1770, right [west] bank, age 6, with parents & sisters; in Ascension census, 1777, right [west] bank, called Charles FORREST, fils, age 14, head of "family" number 12, listed singly, with 4 arpents fallow next to father Charles; married, age 22, Marie-Madeleine, daughter of Bénoni BLANCHARD & his second wife Madeleine FORET, 20 Feb 1786, Ascension, now Donaldsonville; in Valenzuéla census, 1791, left bank, age 25[sic], with wife Marie age 24, son Charles age 3, daughters Colastie & Divine age 1, 0 slaves, 7 arpents, 0 qts. rice, 100 qts. corn, 8 horned cattle, 3 horses, 20 swine; in Valenzuéla census, 1795, called Carlos, age 32, with wife Maria Magdalena age 29, son Carlos age 9, daughters Escolastica age 5, & Isabel age 1; in Valenzuéla census, 1797, called Charles FOREST, age 33, with wife Marie age 30, son Charles age 11, daughters Scolastique age 6, & Isabelle age 3, 0 slaves; in Valenzuéla census, 1798, called Charles FOREST, age 35, with wife Marie age 31, sons Charles age 10, Pierre age 2, daughters Colastie age 7, Isabelle age 3, & Margueritte age 1, 6/40 arpents, 0 slaves; died [buried] Assumption Parish 29 Jan 1821, age 57
Étienne FORET 13 Dec 1785 BdE? born c1750; son of Jean FORET & Madeleine LEBLANC; nephew of Jacques FORET l'aîné; deported from Île Madame to St.-Malo, France, aboard one of the Five Ships 25 Nov 1758, arrived St.-Malo 23 Jan 1759, called Étienne FOREST, age 9; at St.-Servan, France, 1759-65, probaxbly raised by relatives; sailed to LA on La Ville d'Archangel, age 30[sic], no occupation listed, no wife given, traveled with uncle Jacques FORET; married Marguerite, daughter of Jacques CLOME & Marie-Anne THOMAHCHE of the German Coast?; died before Apr 1796, when his wife was described as a widow in her burial record at New Orleans?
Étienne-Gilles FORET 14 Dec 1785 BdE?, BR, Op born c1778, St.-Malo, France; son of Victor FORET & his third wife Julienne ROSEREUX; brother of Jean-Jacques, Jeanne-Isabelle, Marie-Adélaïde, & Servanne-Julienne, half brother of Anne-Perrine, Joseph-Victor, & Marie; on list of Acadians at St.-Malo, France, Sep 1784, unnamed, with parents & siblings; sailed to LA on La Ville d'Archangel, age 7; on list of Acadians at Baton Rouge, 1788, unnamed, with widowed father & siblings?; moved to Opelousas District; in Opelousas census, 1796, Grand Louis District, unnamed, with parents & brothers; married, age 42, Marguerite, daughter of Amand HÉBERT & Geneviève BABIN, & widow of Jean Baptiste JANEAU, 20 Mar 1820, Opelousas
Jacques FORET l'aîné 15 Dec 1785 BdE born c1709, probably Grand-Pré; son of Michel de FOREST, fils & his second wife Marie CÉLESTIN dit BELLEMÈRE; married, age 22, (1)Claire, daughter of Michel VINCENT & Marie-Josèphe RICHARD, 2 Jul 1731, Grand-Pré; exiled to VA 1755, age 46; deported to England 1756, age 47; at Southampton, England; repatriated to France aboard La Dorothée, arrived St.-Malo 23 May 1763, age 56; at Plouër, France, 1763-65; at St.-Servan, France, 1766-72; at St.-Malo 1772, age 60[sic]; on list of Acadians at St.-Malo Sep 1784, called Jacques De FORET, listed singly; married, age 76, (2)Angélique, daughter of André RICHER & Madeleine RENOUX of St.-Malo, & sister of his son Victor's fourth wife, late 1784 or early 1785, probably St.-Malo; sailed to LA on La Ville d'Archangel, age 75, head of family, no occupation listed
Jacques FORET le jeune 16 Dec 1785 BdE?, Op? born c1731, probably Minas; exiled to VA 1755, age 25; deported to England 1756, age 26; married, age 29, Marguerite-Geneviève, daughter of perhaps Maurice COMEAUX & Marguerite THIBODEAUX, c1759, England; repatriated to France aboard La Dorothée, arrived St.-Malo 23 May 1763, age 33; at St.-Servan, France, 1763-72; in Poitou, France, 1773-75; in Third Convoy from Châtellerault to Nantes, France, Dec 1775; on list of Acadians at St.-Malo, Sep 1784, with wife, 1 unnamed son, & 2 unnamed orphans; sailed to LA on La Ville d'Archangel, age 55, head of family, no occupation listed
Jean-Baptiste FORET 18 Jul 1767 StG born c1736; exiled MD 1755, age 19; married Marguerite, daughter of Joseph RICHARD & Marie LEBLANC of Ste.-Famille, Pigiguit, probably early 1760s, MD; in report on Acadians at Upper Marlborough, MD, Jul 1763, called Jean FORAY, with wife Margueritte, & orphan Margueritte PRINCE; arrived LA 1767, age 31; in report on Acadians who settled at St.-Gabriel, 1767, called Juan Baptiste FORES, age 31, head of family number 3, assigned farm number 34, with wife Margarita age 24, son Moïses age 1, daughter Maria age 3, & orphan Margarita PRENS [PRINCE] age 10; died by May 1770, when his wife remarried at St.-Gabriel 
Jean-Jacques FORET 17 Dec 1785 BdE?, BR, Op born & baptized 9 Sep 1775, St.-Servan, France; son of Victor FORET & his third wife Julienne ROSEREUX; brother of Étienne-Giles, Jeanne-Isabelle, Marie-Adélaïde, & Servanne-Julienne, half brother of Anne-Perrine, Joseph-Victor, & Marie; on list of Acadians at St.-Malo, France, Sep 1784, unnamed, with parents & siblings; sailed to LA on La Ville d'Archangel, age 11; on list of Acadians at Baton Rouge, 1788, unnamed, with widowed father & siblings?; moved to Opelousas District; in Opelousas census, 1796, Grand Louis District, unnamed, with parents & brothers; married, age 27, Geneviève, daughter of Étienne ARDOIN & Marie-Josèphe LAPOINTE, & widow of Raymondo GARCIA, 24 Jan 1802, Opelousas
Jeanne-Élisabeth/Isabelle FORET 19 Dec 1785 BdE?, BR born & baptized 24 Feb 1772, St.-Servan, France; daughter of Victor FORET & his third wife Julienne ROSEREUX; sister of Étienne-Gilles, Jean-Jacques, Marie-Adélaïde, & Servanne-Julienne, half sister of Anne-Pérrine, Joseph-Victor, & Marie; sailed to LA on La Ville d'Archangel, age 12; on list of Acadians at Baton Rouge, 1788, unnamed, with widowed father & siblings?
Joseph FORET 20 1765 StJ born c1746, probably Ste.-Famille, Pigiguit; son of perhaps Bonaventure FORET & Claire RIVET; brother perhaps of Anne-Rose, Marguerite, Marie, Marie-Madeleine, & Pierre; married (1)Isabelle LÉGER; arrived LA 1765, age 19; in Cabanocé census, 1766, VERRET's Company, Cabanocé Militia, called Joseph FORETE, with 1 unnamed woman [wife Isabelle] in his household; married, age 29, (2)Anne, daughter of Étienne MARTIN & Marie-Jeanne COMEAUX of Port-Royal, & widow of Pierre BLANCHARD, 6 Jun 1775, St.-Jacques; died by Jul 1778, when his wife remarried at St.-Jacques
*Joseph-Victor FORET 21 Dec 1785 BdE?, Op born & baptized 26 May 1760, St.-Suliac, France; son of Victor FORET & his second wife Anne-Marie HÉBERT; brother of Anne-Perrine & Marie, half brother of Étienne-Gilles, Jean-Jacques, Jeanne-Isabelle, Marie-Adélaïde, & Servanne-Julienne; at St.-Suliac 1760-64; at Plouër, France, 1764-66; at St.-Servan, France, 1766-72; sailed to LA on La Ville d'Archangel, age 24; in Opelousas census, 1796, Grand Louis District, unnamed, with parents & brothers; never married?
Madeleine FORET 23 Nov 1785 Asp born c1742, Ste.-Famille, Pigiguit; daughter of Jacques FORET l'aîné & his first wife Claire VINCENT; sister of Anne-Rosalie & Victor; married, age 24, Bénoni, son of Joseph BLACHARD & Anne DUPUIS, & widower of Agnès DUGAS, 20 Feb 1766, Plouër, France; in Poitou, France, 1773-76; in Fourth Convoy from Châtellerault to Nantes, France, Mar 1776; on list of Acadians at Nantes, Sep 1784, called Magdeleine DEFORET, with husband, 3 unnamed sons, & 3 unnamed daughters; sailed to LA on L'Amitié, age 43; in Valenzuéla census, 1788, left bank, called Magdeleinne FOREST, age 46, with husband, 2 sons, 2 daughters, & sister Anne widow LEBLANC; in Valenzuéla census, 1791, left bank, called Madelaine FORET, age 49, with husband, 2 sons, & 2 daughters; in Valenzuéla census, 1795, called Magdalena FORET, age 53, with husband, 1 son, & 2 daughters; in Valenzuéla census, 1797, called Magdeleinne FOREST, age 54, with husband, 1 son, & 2 daughters; in Valenzuéla census, 1798, called Magdelenne, age 56, with husband, 1 son, & 2 daughters; died [buried] Assumption Parish 5 Nov 1814, age 72
Marguerite FORET 24 1765 StJ born c1746, Nova Scotia; arrived LA 1765, age 19; in Cabanocé census, 1766, right [west] bank, age 20, with family of uncle Charles FORET
Marguerite FORET 25 1765 StJ, Asc born c1762, probably Halifax; daughter of Charles FORET & his second wife Marguerite SONNIER; sister of Anselm, Charles, fils, & Marie, half sister of Pierre-Paul; arrived LA 1765, age 3; in Cabanocé census, 1766, right [west] bank, age 4, with parents, siblings, & cousin Marguerite (born c1746); in Cabanocé census, 1769, right [west] bank, age 8, with parents & siblings; in Ascension census, 1770, right [west] bank, age 8, with parents & siblings; in Ascension census, 1777, right [west] bank, age 15, with parents & sister; married Joseph, son of Honoré LEBLANC & Marie-Josèphe TRAHAN, Ascension, now Donaldsonville, late 1780s?; died [buried] Ascension 5 Feb 1793, age 28[sic]?
Marguerite FORET 26 Jul 1767 StG born c1749, probably Ste.-Famille, Pigiguit; daughter of Bonaventure FORET & Claire RIVET; sister of Anne-Rose, Joseph, Marie, Marie-Madeleine, & Pierre; deported to MD 1755, age 6; in report on Acadians at Upper Marlborough, MD, Jul 1763, called Margueritte FORAY, with parents, 3 sisters, & orphan Joseph BOUDREAU; arrived LA 1767, age 18; in report on Acadians who settled at St.-Gabriel, 1767, called Margarita, age 18, with parents, sisters, & Joseph PRENS [PRINCE]
Marie FORET 27 1765 StJ born c1748, NS; arrived LA 1765, age 17; married, age 18, Joseph dit Bellefontaine dit Lincour, son of probably René dit Jean-René GODIN dit Valcour & his first wife Françoise DUGAS of Rivière St.-Jean, 10 Apr 1766, Cabanocé; in Cabanocé census, 1766, left [east] bank, called Marie FOREST, age 18, with husband & no children; died by Apr 1769, when her husband was listed in the Cabanocé census with another wife
Marie FORET 28 1765 StJ, Asc born c1760, probably Halifax; daughter of Charles FORET & his second wife Marguerite SONNIER; sister of Anselme, Charles, fils, & Marguerite, half sister of Pierre-Paul; arrived LA 1765, age 5; in Cabanocé census, 1766, right [west] bank, age 6, with parents, full & half siblings, & cousin Marguerite (born c1746); in Cabanocé census, 1769, right [west] bank, age 10, with parents & siblings; in Ascension census, 1770, right [west] bank, age 10, with parents & siblings; in Ascension census, 1777, right [west] bank, age 17, with parents & sister; married, age 19, Charles, son of Jean-Baptiste BERGERON & Catherine CAISSIE dit ROGER of Rivière St.-Jean, 4 Oct 1779, Ascension, now Donaldsonville; died [buried] Ascension 25 Feb 1793, age 32
Marie FORET 29 Jul 1767 StG born c1752, probably Ste.-Famille, Pigiguit; daughter of Bonaventure FORET & Claire RIVET; sister of Anne-Rose, Joseph, Marguerite, Marie-Madeleine, & Pierre; deported to MD 1755, age 3; in report on Acadians at Upper Marlborough, MD, Jul 1763, called Marie FORAY, with parents, 3 sisters, & orphan Joseph BOUDREAU; arived LA 1767, age 15; in report on Acadians who settled at St.-Gabriel, 1767, called Maria, age 15, with parents, sisters, & Joseph PRENS [PRINCE]; died [buried] St.-Gabriel 7 Apr 1780, age 28?
Marie FORET 30 Jul 1767 StG born c1764, probably MD; daughter of Jean-Baptiste FORET & Marguerite RICHARD; sister of Moïse; arrived LA 1767, age 3; in report on Acadians who settled at St.-Gabriel, 1767, called Maria, age 3, with parents, brother, & orphan Margarita PRENS [PRINCE]; in St.-Gabriel census, 1777, left bank ascending, unnamed, age 10[sic], with mother & stepfather Sirille RIVETTE?; died [buried] St.-Gabriel 7 Apr 1780, age 16?
Marie FORET 31 Sep 1766? StJ born c1755; daughter of Olivier FORET & Rose-Osite GAUTREAUX; deported to MD 1755, an infant; in report on Acadians at Snow Hill, MD, July 1763, called Marie FOREST, with widowed mother Osite FOREST [GAUTREAUX]; arrived LA probably Sep 1766, age 11; married, age 20, Jean-Baptiste, fils, son of Jean-Baptiste BERGERON dit d'Amboise & Marguerite BERNARD, 30 Jan 1775, St.-Jacques; in St.-Jacques census, 1777, right [west] bank, called Marie FAUREST, age 22, with husband & 1 son; in St.-Jacques census, 1779, unnamed, with husband & 4 others; died at son Michel BERGERON's home, St. James Parish, 11 Oct 1847, age 94[sic], buried next day 
*Marie FORET 32 Dec 1785 BdE? born & baptized 23 Mar 1764, Plouër, France; a triplet; daughter of Victor FORET & his second wife Anne-Marie HÉBERT; sister of Anne-Perrine her triplet & Joseph Victor, half sister of Étienne-Giles, Jeanne-Isabelle, Jean-Jacques, Marie-Adélaïde, & Servanne-Julienne; at Plouër 1764-66; at St.-Servan, France, 1766-72; married Jean LANDRY?; on list of Acadians at St.-Malo, France, Sep 1784, called Marie De FORET, with husband Jean LANDRI & 1 son?; sailed to LA on La Ville d'Archangel, age 21, traveled with family of Jacques FORET le jeune
Marie FORET 33 Dec 1785 BdE?, Op born & baptized 19 Jul 1764, St.-Servan, France; daughter of Jacques FORET le jeune & Marguerite-Geneviève COMEAUX; at St.-Servan 1764-72; married, age 19, (1)Jean-Baptiste, son of Claude AUCOIN & his first wife Marie-Josèphe SONNIER, 27 Apr 1784, St.-Servan; on list of Acadians at St.-Malo, Sep 1784, with husband & no children; sailed to LA on La Ville d'Archangel, age 20;  moved to Opelousas District; married, age 33, (2)Antoine, fils, son of Antoine BELLARD & Marie-Françoise GALLAND of Picardie, France, 24 Oct 1797, Opelousas
*Marie-Adélaïde FORET 34 Dec 1785 BdE, NO, Op? born & baptized 15 Aug 1770, St.-Servan, France; daughter of Victor FORET & his third wife Julienne ROSEREUX; sister of Étienne-Gilles, Jean-Jacques, Jeanne-Isabelle, & Servanne-Julienne, half sister of Anne-Perrine, Joseph-Victor, & Marie; at St.-Servan 1770-72; sailed to LA on La Ville d'Archangel, age 15; married, age 23, Francisco, son of Juan Joseph PEREZ & Maria MORILLO of Campillo, Granada, Andalucia, Spain, widower of Cathalina SANCHEZ, & sergeant of militia, 9 Apr 1793, New Orleans
Marie-Madeleine FORET 22 Jul 1767 StG born c1754, probably Ste.-Famille, Pigiguit; called Madeleine; daughter of Bonaventure FORET & Claire RIVET; sister of Anne-Rose, Joseph, Marguerite, Marie, & Pierre; deported to MD 1755, age 1; in report on Acadians at Upper Marlborough, MD, 7 Jul 1763, called Magdelaine FORAY, with parents, 3 sisters, & orphan Joseph BOUDREAU; in report on Acadians who settled at St.-Gabriel, 1767, called Madalena, age 3[sic, probably 13], with parents, sisters, & Joseph PRENS [PRINCE]; married, age 23, (1)Pierre, son of Joseph LANDRY & Marie-Josèphe RICHARD, 3 Feb 1777, St.-Jacques; married, age 27, (2)Ignace, son of Paul HÉBERT & Marguerite-Josèphe MELANCON, 26 Nov 1781, St.-Gabriel; married, age 41, (3)Antoine, son of François PLIDE & Marie LAFOIS of Montréal, 28 Oct 1795, St.-Gabriel
Marie-Victoire FORET  47 Jul 1767 StG, Asc born March 1767, probably MD; called Victoire; daughter of Pierre FORET & his first wife Marguerite BLANCHARD; sister of Pierre, fils, & Simon; in report on Acadians who settled at St.-Gabriel, 1767, called Victoria FORES, age 4 mos., with parents & brothers; married, age 17, Théodore, son of Jean DUGAS & Marie-Charlotte GODIN, 11 Oct 1784, Ascension, now Donaldsonville; died [buried] Ascension Parish 16 Jul 1853, age 89[sic], a widow  #
Moïse FORET 35 Jul 1767 StG born c1766, Upper Marlborough, MD; son of Jean-Baptiste FORET & Marguerite RICHARD; brother of Marie; arrived LA 1767, age 1; in report on Acadians who settled at St.-Gabriel, 1767, called Moïses, age 1, with parents, sister, & orphan Margarita PRENS [PRINCE]; in St.-Gabriel census, 1777, left bank ascending, unnamed, age 13[sic], with mother, sister, & stepfather Sirille RIVETTE?; married, age 24, Bibianne, daughter of Pierre ALLAIN & Catherine HÉBERT, 12 Apr 1790, St.-Gabriel
Pierre FORET 37 Feb 1765 Atk born c1720?, Nova Scotia; arrived LA Feb 1765 with party from Halifax via St.-Domingue led by Joseph BROUSSARD dit Beausoleil; in Attakapas census, 1766, La Manque District, called Pedro FURE, with 1 woman & 1 boy in his household; in Attakapas census, 1785, called Jn FORE, with 10 unnamed free individuals, 0 slaves; died [buried] St. Landry Parish 1 Jan 1817, age 97, buried "in the parish cemetery"?
Pierre FORET 38 1765 StJ born c1739, Nova Scotia; married Anne DUPUIS; arrived LA 1765, age 26; in Cabanocé census, 1766, left [east] bank, JUDICE's Company, Cabanocé Militia, called Pedro & Pierre FOREST, age 27, with wife Anne DUPUY age 25, 0 slaves, 6 arpents, 0 cattle, 0 sheep, 0 hogs, 1 gun
Pierre FORET 39 Sep 1766 StJ born c1737, probably Minas; exiled to MD 1755, age 18?; arrived LA 1766, age 29; married, age 31, Marie-Josèphe LANDRY, c1768, New Orleans; in Cabanocé census, 1769, occupying lot number 113, left [east] bank, called Pierre FOREST, age 32, with wife Marie-Josèph[e] age 31, & no children; died before Apr 1777, when his wife remarried at St.-Jacques
Pierre FORET, père 40 Jul 1767 StG born c1738, perhaps Ste.-Famille, Pigiguit; son perhaps of Bonaventure FOREST & Claire RIVET; brother perhaps of Anne-Sophie, Joseph, Marguerite, Marie, & Marie-Madeleine; deported to MD 1755, age 17; married, age 24, (1)Marguerite BLANCHARD, c1762, MD, in report on Acadians at Baltimore, MD, Jul 1763, called Pierre FORREIT, with wife Marguerite BLANCHARD, & son Pierre; in report on Acadians who settled at St.-Gabriel, 1767, called Pedro FORES, age 29, head of family number 17, assigned farm number 33, with wife Margarita age 28, sons Pedro age 6, Simon age 3, & daughter Victoria age 4 mos.; married, age 37, (2)Marie BREAUX of St.-Gabriel, widow of Olivier BABIN, 11 Dec 1775, Ascension, now Donaldsonville; in St.-Gabriel census, 1777, right bank ascending, called Pierre FAURES, age 42[sic], with unnamed wife [Marie?] age 30, 3 unnamed daughters ages 9, 6, & 6 months, an unnamed twin son age 6 months, 1 Negress, 19 cattle, 12 hogs, 30 fowl, 6 arpents?; died [buried] St.-Gabriel 7 May 1781, age 43?
Pierre FORET, fils 41 Jul 1767 StG born c1761, MD; son of Pierre FORET & his first wife Marguerite BLANCHARD; brother of Simon & Victoire; in report on Acadians at Baltimore, MD, Jul 1763, called Pierre FOREIT; in report on Acadians who settled at St.-Gabriel, 1767, called Pedro FORES, age 6, with parents & siblings; died [buried] St.-Gabriel 7 May 1781, age 20?
Pierre FORET 42 Aug 1785 BR born c1760; sailor; sailed to LA on Le Beaumont, age 25; listed singly
Pierre FORET 44 17?? Op? born c1720; died [buried] St. Landry Parish 1 Jan 1817, age 97, buried "in the parish cemetery"?
Pierre-Nicolas FORET 43 Dec 1785 BdE?, Op born & baptized 9 Sep 1769, St.-Servan, France; son of Jacques FORET & Marguerite-Geneviève COMEAUX; at St.-Servan 1769-72; in Poitou, France, 1773-75; in Third Convoy from Châtellerault to Nantes, France, Dec 1775; on list of Acadians at St.-Malo, France, Sep 1784, unnamed, with parents & 2 orphans; sailed to LA on La Ville d'Archangel, age 15; married, age 26, Marie-Françoise, daughter of Henri FONTENOT & Marie-Louise DOUCET, & widow of Pierre PITRE, 10 Oct 1795, Opelousas
Pierre-Paul FORET 36 1765 StJ, Asc born c1746, Chignecto; called Paul; son of Charles FORET & his first wife Marguerite POIRIER; half-brother of Anselme, Charles, fils, Marguerite, & Marie; arrived LA 1765, age 19; in Cabanocé census, 1766, right [west] bank, JUDICE's Company, Cabanocé Militia, called Pable FOREAT, age 20, with father, stepmother, full brother, half siblings, & cousin Marguerite FORET, 6 arpents, 1 gun; married, age 22, Marguerite, daughter of Joseph ORILLION dit Champagne & Marguerite DUGAS, c1768, probably Cabanocé; in Cabanocé census, 1769, occupying lot number 46, next to his father, right [west] bank, called Paul FOREST, age 24, with wife Margueritte ORSILLON age 19, & daughter Margueritte age 3 months; in Ascension census, 1770, right [west] bank, age 24, head of family number 14, with wife Margueritte ORILLON age 20, daughter Margueritte age 1, & 6 arpents next to father Charles; in Ascension census, 1777, right [west] bank, called Paul FORREST, age 31, head of family number 14, with wife Margueritte ORILLION age 27, son Joseph age 6, "publican" Joseph MARANS age 50, his wife Angelique DUGAS age 46, 5 arpents between father Charles & brother Enselme, 1 slave, 16 cattle, 2 horses, 7 sheep, 15 swine, 2 arms; in JUDICE's Company, Acadian Coast Militia, Aug 1779, called Paul FORREST, fusileer [listed twice]; died [buried] Ascension 26 Oct 1797, age 51
Servanne-Julienne FORET 45 Dec 1785 BdE?, NO born & baptized 13 May 1768, St.-Servan, France; daughter of Victor FORET & his third wife Julienne ROSEREUX; sister of Étienne-Gilles, Jean-Jacques, Jeanne-Isabelle, & Marie-Adélaïde, half sister of Anne-Perrine, Joseph-Victor, & Marie; at St.-Servan 1768-72; on list of Acadians at St.-Malo, France, Sep 1784, unnamed, with parents & siblings; sailed to LA on La Ville d'Archangel, age 17; married, age 19, Jacob, son of _______ VILGEMENOL/VILKENSOL & Maria Christina GERQUERIN of Veslar, Germany, 24 May 1787, New Orleans
Simon FORET 46 Jul 1767 StG born c1764, MD; son of Pierre FORET & his first wife Marguerite BLANCHARD; brother of Pierre, fils, & Victoire; in report on Acadians who settled at St.-Gabriel, 1767, called Simon FORES, age 3, with parents & siblings
Victor FORET 48 Dec 1785 BdE?, BR, Op born c1733, Ste.-Famille, Pigiguit; son of Jacques FORET l'aîné & his first wife Claire VINCENT; brother of Anne-Rosalie & Madeleine; married, age 23 (1)Judith, daughter of François ROBICHAUX & Agathe TURPIN, 2 May 1756, Port-Lajoie, Île St.-Jean; married, age 24, (2)Anne-Josèphe, daughter of Joseph HÉBERT & Isabelle BENOIT, 2 Feb 1757, Port-Lajoie; deported from Île St.-Jean to Cherbourg or La Rochelle, France, 1758-59, age 25; married (3)Julienne ROSEREUX, c1766, perhaps St.-Malo, France; married, age 49, (4)Marie-Jeanne-Catherine, daughter of André RICHER & Madeleine RENOUX of St.-Malo, France, & sister of his father's second wife, 24 Feb 1784, St.-Servan, France; on list of Acadians at St.-Malo, Sep 1785, called Victor de FORET, with wife J. M. RICHET, 5 unnamed sons, & 5 unnamed daughters; sailed to LA on La Ville d'Archangel, age 50[sic], head of family, no occupation listed; on list of Acadians at Baton Rouge, 1788, called Bitorio DOUFORE (DES FORETS), with unnamed wife [Marie-Jeanne-Catherine], 2 unnamed children, 6 units corn, 0 units rice; moved to Opelousas District; in Opelousas census, 1796, Grand Louis District, called Victor DEFORET, with unnamed wife [Marie-Jeanne-Catherine], 3 unnamed white males, 1 unnamed white female, 0 slaves

NOTES

01.  Wall of Names, 10, calls her Anne FOREST veuve Pierre BABIN 2, & does not list her with second husband Étienne BUJOLE, who is listed without a wife, p. 14; Arsenault, Généalogie, 2456, says Etienne & Anne were married c1757; Bourgeois, Cabanocey, 171, & Voorhies, J., Some Late Eighteenth-Century Louisianians, 425, her marriage record, calls her Marguerite FORREST, calls her husband Étienne BUJOLS, & says the wedding took place in New Orleans but gives no date of marriage nor any marriage witnesses.  See also Bourgeois, p. 175; Robichaux, Bayou Lafourche, 1770-98, 4, 13.

If Arsenault's marriage date is correct, she should have been listed with Étienne when she came to LA.  Arsenault is wrong, however, because Anne's son Charles by her first husband was born in c1760, & Étienne's twin daughters by his first wife, Brigitte CHENET, were born in c1761, which makes the c1757 marriage date to Anne FOREST absurd.  On top of that, Étienne was at Oxford, MD, in Jul 1763 with "Brigitte his wife."  See Jehn, Acadian Exiles in the Colonies, 156.  Moreover, Étienne & Anne's son Jean was not born until 1768, 11 years after Arsenault says that they were married.  Their marriage is not found in BRDR, vol. 2 (1770-1803), nor NOAR, vol. 2 (1751-71); however, Bourgeois, p. 171, cited above, says it took place in New Orleans "presumably 1768."  

Why does her marriage record call her Marguerite FORREST?  Was Marguerite her first name?  She is called Anne in the Cabonocé/Ascension censuses of 1769, 1770, & 1777.

02.  Wall of Names, 43, calls her Anne FORET veuve Simon LE BLANC, & lists her singly; Robichaux, Acadians in St.-Malo, 324-25, Family No. 394, calls her Anne-Rosalie FOREST, says she was "born about 1748 in the parish of Ste. Famille in Acadie [Pigiguit], & gives her parents' names; Robichaux, Acadians in St.-Malo, 576, Family No. 651, details her marriage, gives her & her husband's parents' names, & says she was born in c1748. 

Her estimated birth year is based not on the passenger list of L'Amitié but on the date given in Robichaux. 

03.  Wall of Names, 16, calls her Anne FOREST, & lists her singly.

When did she reach the colony?  Was it in Feb 1768 with the third contingent of Acadian exiles from MD?  That's when her putative husband Augustin LANDRY reached LA.

Arsenault, Généalogie, 2524-25, in a profile of Augustin LANDRY in the LA section, calls his wife Anne-Marie FOREST, does not give her parents' names, & says he married her in c1760 but gives no place of marriage.  Augustin came to LA from MD in Feb 1768 with his younger siblings, not a wife, so he would have married her after he got to LA, not before.  If she was the Anne-Marie FORET who married Augustin LANDRY, she first appears in LA records in 1774.  See the baptismal record of daughter Marie Christina, called Christina, LANDRY, dated 25 Dec 1774, in BRDR, 2:443 (ASC-1, 27).  Christina's marriage record, dated 21 Apr 1792, in BRDR, 2:420 (SGA-14, 18, #60), calls her mother Maria FOREE but does not say that the mother was deceased at the time of the wedding.  Was this an oversight by the family & the recording priest, or was Anne-Marie still alive in 1792? 

04.  Not in Wall of Names.  Robichaux, Acadian in St.-Malo, 328-30, Family No. 399, her birth/baptismal record, calls her Anne-Perinne FOREST, a triplet, gives her parents' names, says her godparents were Pierre DESGUETS, Sr. de la Frenelais & Madeleine FOREST, & that her family resided at Plouër from 1764-66, at St.-Servan from 1766-72, & details its voyage to LA in 1785; NOAR, 4:29, 131 (SLC, M5, 48, her marriage record, calls her Ana Petrona FORET, "native of St. Ma(lo?)," calls her husband Juan-Bautista BEZINE, "native of Morial (Montreal) in Canada," gives her & his parents' names, does not give his mother's surname, & says the witnesses to her marriage were Vicente LLORCA & Josef MARTINEZ; Hébert, D., Southwest LA Records, 1-A:63-64, 323 (NO Ch.: v.2, p.48, #151), also her marriage record, calls her Ana Petrona FORET of St. Malo, of 22 yrs., calls her husband Juan Bautista BESINE of Montreal, Canada, over 25 yrs., gives her & his parents' names, but gives no witnesses to the marriage; NOAR, 7:136 (SLC, F4, 92), her death/burial record, calls her Anna FORETS, "native of St.-Malo in France, sp. Juan Bautista BAZINET, native of Canada," but does not give her parents' names.  

Did she go to Bayou des Écores with her parents & siblings, or did she stay in New Orleans?  Note that a copy of her marriage record, with their ages, not found in the original record copy, is in Father Hébert's collection of Southwest LA church & civil records.  Why?  Did she & her husband follow her father to the Opelousas District?  Judging from her burial record, I would guess that she & her French-Canadian husband remained in New Orleans.

Why is this well-documented Acadian immigrant not on the Acadian Memorial's Wall of Names with the rest of her family?

05.  Wall of Names, 16, calls her Anne-Rose FOREST; BRDR, 2:260, 292 (SJA-1, 47), her marriage record, calls her Anne-Soffy FORET "of Acadia," calls her husband Michel DUGAS "of Acadia," gives her & his parents' names, & says the witnesses to her marriage were Joseph ROSIARE & Bonaventure GODIN; BRDR, 6:246 (ASM-10, 20; ASM-10, 49), her death/burial record, calls her Rosalie FORET, "age 78 yrs., widow of Michel DUGAS," but does not give her parents' names.  See also Jehn, Acadian Exiles in the Colonies, 155; Voorhies, J., Some Late Eighteenth-Century Louisianians, 434. 

So, was her name Anne-Rose or Anne-Sophie?  The only primary source that calls her Anne-Rose is the Spanish report of 1767.  Everywhere else, in MD & LA, she is called Sophie or some variation of it, though her burial record calls her Rosalie.  The editors of Wall of Names evidently followed the 1767 report, so she is called Anne-Rose on the Acadian Memorial's Wall of Names.  

Judging by the ages given for her in the Spanish report of 1767, the age given in her burial record was way off.   

06.  Wall of Names, 16, calls him Anselme FOREST; BRDR, 2:292, 471 (ASC-1, 126), his marriage record, calls him Anselm/Anselme FORET, calls his wife Magdelaine LE BLANC, gives his & her parents' names, says his parents were Acadians, & that the witnesses to his marriage were Abraham LANDRY & Joseph LEBLANC.

07.  Wall of Names, 16, calls him Bonaventure FOREST; Arsenault, Généalogie, 1384, the Pisiguit section, a profile of his father, says Bonaventure was born in c1720; Arsenault, 2488, the LA section, calls him Bonaventure FOREST, says he was born in 1720, son of Pierre [FOREST] & Madeleine BABIN of Pigiguit, that he married Claire, daughter of Étienne RIVET & Anne LEPRINCE, at Pigiguit in 1743, that they were deported to MD, & lists their children as Marguerite, born in c1745, Marie in c1746, Madeleine in c1748, & Sophie in c1750, but gives no birthplaces.  See also Jehn, Acadian Exiles in the Colonies, 155; Voorhies, J., Some Late Eighteenth-Century Louisianians, 434. 

Arsenault's birth year for him disagrees with the Spanish report of 1767, followed here. 

Did he have sons named Pierre & Joseph? 

08.  Wall of Names, 13 (pl. 2L), calls her Brigitte FOREST, & lists her with husband Pierre BREAU 2 & a daughter; BRDR, 2:156, 292 (SJA-1, 55a), her marriage record, calls her Brigitte FORET "of Acadia," calls her husband Paul BREAU, gives her & his parents' names, says all parents were "of Acadia," & that the witnesses to her marriage were Simon LEBLANC & Pierre ARCENEAU; BRDR, 4:211 (ASC-4, 179), her death/burial record, calls her Brigitte FORET, "age 72 yrs., wid. of Pierre BRAUD," but does not give her parents' names.  

She appears in no LA record until her marriage at St.-Jacques in Jan 1776.  Surely she had come to LA before the date of her marriage.  Did she arrive from MD in 1766 as a young orphan?  

09.  Wall of Names, 17, calls her Catherine FOREST.  See also "Fort Edward, 1761-62"; White, DGFA-1, 636-37, 674. 

10.  Wall of Names, 21, calls her Catherine FOREST; White, DGFA-1, 997, give her middle names.  See also Jehn, Acadian Exiles in the Colonies, 156. 

11.  Wall of Names, 16, calls him Charles FOREST; Arsenault, Généalogie, 2488, the LA section, calls him Charles FOREST, says he was born in 1723 but gives no birthplace, calls his parents René [FOREST] & Françoise DUGAS of Port-Royal, says he married Marie CHIASSON, daughter of Abraham [CHIASSON] & Marie POIRIER at Beaubassin on 10 May 1745, & remarried to Marguerite SAULNIER in c1755 but gives no place of marriage, says he was at St.-Jacques in 1766, that he occupied lot number 45 on the west bank of the river at St.-Jacques in 1769, that niece Marguerite, no surname given, born in 1746, lived with him there, & lists his children as, from his first marriage, Paul, born in 1746, Anselme in 1751, & Charles in 1754, &, from his second marriage, Marie, born in 1760, & Marguerite, born in 1762, but gives no birthplaces; White, DGFA-1, 639, calls him Charles [FOREST], says he was born in c1722 but does not give his birthplace, says his parents were Jean-Baptiste FOREST & Marie-Élisabeth LABARRE, details his marriages, including his wives' parents' names, details his presence at Cabahannocer [St.-Jacques] in 1766 & 1769, & at Ascension in 1770, & details his burial at Ascension in Mar 1783; BRDR, 2:292 (ASC-1, 188b), his death/burial record, calls him Carlos FORET, age 55 years, but does not give his parents' names or mention a wife.  See also Bourgeois, Cabanocey, 165, 174; Robichaux, Bayou Lafourche, 1770-98, 2.

White, DGFA-1, 637, says that Charles, son of René de FOREST & Françoise DUGAS, married Marie CHIASSON & Marie-Josèphe GIROURD & died at Menoudie, Chignecto, in 1805, so the Charles who went to LA, despite Arsenault's claim, was someone else; White, of course, is followed here.

12.  Wall of Names, 16, calls him Charles FOREST; Arsenault, Généalogie, 2488, his father's profile in the the LA section, calls him Charles FOREST, & says he was born in 1754 but gives no birthplace; NOAR, 2:125 (SLC, B5, 111), his birth/baptismal record, calls him Charles FORET (FORETS), says he was born on 27 Sep 1764 but gives no birthplace, gives his parents' names, says his father was Acadian, & that his godparents were Mathurin DOUSSAIN & Félicité BOISDORE; BRDR, 2:97, 292 (ASC-1, 167), his marriage record, calls him Carlos FORET, does not give his or his wife's parents' names, & says the witness to his marriage was Jean-Baptiste _____; BRDR, 4:211 (ASM-3, 142), his death/burial record, calls him Charles FORET, age 57 yrs., & gives his parents' names but mentions no wife.  

His birth date hints that he was born in Nova Scotia a few months before his family left that colony.  (Ignore Arsenault's date of birth for him--as his father's profile on p. 2488 reveals, this probably was another Charles FOREST, fils.)  The date of his baptism in New Orleans--10 Dec 1765--gives an idea of when his family reached the colony--probably aboard one of the last ships from Halifax via Cap-Français, St.-Domingue, that arrived in Nov.  

He was the first of his family to settle on upper Bayou Lafourche, which became an important center of FORET settlement.

13.  Wall of Names, 43, calls him Étienne DESFORETS neveu [of Jacques DESFORETS]; <perso.orange.fr/froux/St_malo_arrivees/5bateaux.htm>, Family No. 89, shows that in the crossing to St.-Malo in 1758-59 only he & his widowed mother survived the crossing, that brother Olivier, age 14, died in the hospital probably at St.-Malo 15 Apr 1759, & sister Josèphe died in hospital 12 Apr 1759, no doubt from the rigors of the voyage.  

Despite the disagreement in estimated birth years calculated from his ages on the passenger lists of 1758-59 & La Ville d'Archangel, this is probably him.  The earlier ship record is followed here.  

One searches the church records of South LA in vain for a marriage or baptismal record that names him as husband or father.  See BRDR, vol. 2; Hébert, D., South LA Records, vol. 1; Hébert, D., Southwest LA Records, vol. 1-A.  However, in NOAR, 6:59 (SLC, F4, 31), dated 4 Apr 1796, one finds the burial record of Margarita CLOME, native & resident of the German Coast, daughter of Jacobo CLOME & Maria Ana THOMAHCHE, & widow of Estevan FOREST; she died at age 45 at the New Orleans Charity Hospital.  Is this our man?  Did he move from Bayou des Écores all the way down to the German Coast, marry a Creole girl close to his age, & die there before 1796?  

14.  Wall of Names, 43, calls him Étienne-Gilles DESFORETS; Robichaux, Acadians in St.-Malo, 328-30, Family No. 399; Hébert, D., Southwest LA Records, 2-B:383, 492 (Opel.Ch.: v.1-B, p.353), his marriage record, calls him Étienne FORET, "native of St. Malo in France," calls his wife Marguerite HÉBERT, "widow of dec. Jean Baptiste JANEAU," gives his & her parents' names, & says the witnesses to his marriage were Jean FORET [his brother] & Joseph Maurice CORTIN.

His wife was 17 years older than he was!  Why did he wait so long to marry? 

15.  Wall of Names, 43, calls him Jacques DESFORETS; White, DGFA-1, 632; BRDR, 1a(rev.):72, 196-97 (SGA-2, 215), the record of his first marriage, calls him Jaque FOREST, "age ca 22, of the parish of Ste Famille de Pigiguit," calls his wife Claire VINCENT "of the parish of Ste. Famille de Pigiguit," gives his & her parents' names, says his father & her mother were deceased at the time of the wedding, & that the witnesses to his marriage were Jean-Baptiste (+) FOREST, Charles (+) FOREST, Jean VOYÉ, Michel (+) VINCENT, Jan SESMER (signed), & that the groom & ____ VINCENT made their marks on the wedding document; Robichaux, Acadians in St.-Malo, 324-25, Family No. 394.

16.  Wall of Names, 43, calls him Jacques FORET; Robichaux, Acadians in St.-Malo, 325-26, Family No. 395; Robichaux, Acadians in Nantes, 68, Family No. 126.

His family is 5 down from Victor FOREST's & 4 down from Jacques FOREST l'aîné's family on the passenger list of La Ville d'Archangel, so the 3 families essentially traveled together.  See Hébert, D., Acadian Families in Exile 1785, 90-91.  How was Jacques le jeune kin to Victor & Jacques l'aîné?  A cousin/nephew?  Robichaux's studies of the Acadians in France do not say. 

Where did Jacques le jeune & his wife go after the Acadians abandoned Bayou des Écores in the 1790s?  His son settled in Opelousas & created a western branch of the FORET family.  Did Jacques le jeune & his wife go to Opelousas, too, or did he die at Bayou des Écores? 

17.  Wall of Names, 43, calls him Jean DESFORETS; Robichaux, Acadians in St.-Malo, 328-30, Family No. 399; Hébert, D., Southwest LA Records, 1-B:16, 299 (Opel. Ch.: v.1-A, p.103), his marriage record, calls him Jean FORET, calls his wife Geneviève HARDOUIN, "widow of Raymondo GARCIA," gives his & her parents' names, & says the witnesses to his marriage were Geneviève HARDOUIN, Laurent DUPRÉ, ____ PHAVRON, & François ESCOUFFIE.

18.  Wall of Names, 16, calls him Jean-Baptiste FOREST; Wood, Acadians in Maryland, 118-19.  See also Jehn, Acadian Exiles in the Colonies, 155.

So who were his parents?  He married in MD because his wife was only 12 years old in 1755.  

19.  Wall of Names, 43, calls her Jeanne-Isabelle DESFORETS; Robichaux, Acadians in St.-Malo, 328-30, Family No. 399.

20.  Wall of Names, 16, calls him Joseph FOREST; Arsenault, Généalogie, 2489, the LA section, calls him Joseph FOREST, says he was born in c1746 but gives no birthplace, probablement son of Bonaventure [FOREST] & Claire RIVEST of Pigiguit, says he was widower of Isabelle LEGER when he remarried to Anne MARTIN, details his second marriage, including Anne's first husband's name, lists his children as, from his first wife, Rosalie, born in 1770, Jean-Baptiste in 1773, & Marguerite in 1774 but gives no birthplaces, says he "decédé avant 1777, alors premier sa veuve gardait avec elle en outre des enfants du permier mariage de son mari, un orphelin, Pierre POIRIER, né en 1764," & that in 1778, Anne MARTIN, "avait éspousé Jean-Baptiste RICHARD et demeurait à Saint-Jacques"; BRDR, 2:293, 520-21 (SJA-1, 54a), the record of his second marriage, calls him Joseph FORET, "widower of Isabelle LEGER," calls his wife Anne MARTIN, "widow of Pierre BLANCHARD," does not give any parents' names, & says the witnesses to his marriage were Jean-Jacque LEGER & François HUBER.

Arsenault, 2488, profile of Bonaventure FOREST in the LA section, lists no sons for Bonaventure & Claire RIVET, hence the probablement in Arsenault's profile of Joseph. 

Their son Jean-Joseph-Bernard's baptism at New Orleans on 27 Apr 1767 hints that the family may have spent some time in the city that year before returning to Cabanocé.  Son Jean-Baptiste was baptized at St.-Jean-Baptiste on the Lower German Coast in Nov 1772, so this family got around.  See NOAR, 2:126 (SCL, B5, 163), 3:133 (SJBED, B1, 2).

21.  Not in Wall of Names.  Robichaux, Acadians in St.-Malo, 328-30, Family No. 399, his birth/baptismal record, calls him Joseph-Victor FOREST, gives his parents' names, says his godparents were Joseph GAUTROT & Marguerite-Josèphe HÉBERT, & that his family resided at St.-Suliac from 1760-64, at Plouër from 1764-66, at St.-Servan from 1766-72, & details its voyage to LA in 1785.

Why is she not on the Acadian Memorial's Wall of Names with the rest of her family?

22.  Wall of Names, 16, calls her Madeleine FOREST; BRDR, 2:294, 447 (SJA-1, 39a), the record of her first marriage, calls her Magdelaine FORET, calls her husband Pierre LANDRY, gives her & his parents' names, says all parents were Acadians, that her father & both of his parents were deceased at the time of the wedding, & that the witnesses to her marriage were Joseph LANDRY & Pierre BREAUX; BRDR, 2:294, 361 (SGA-5, 28), the record of her second marriage, calls her Maria Magdalena FAURAIS, "widow of Pedro LANDRY," calls her husband Ignacio HÉVER, gives her & his parents' names, her first husband's name, & says the witnesses to her marriage were "the parents"; BRDR, 2:293-94, 597 (SGA-14, 21, #77), the record of her third marriage, calls her Magdalena FORET, calls her husband Antonio PLIDE, gives her & his parents'  but not her previous husbands' names, says his parents were "of Québec, Canada," & that the witnesses to her marriage were Joseph LEBLANC & Maturin LANDRY.  See also Jehn, Acadian Exiles in the Colonies, 155; Voorhies, J., Some Late Eighteenth-Century Louisianians, 434.

The estimated birth year calculated for her based on the Spanish report of 1767--c1764--makes no sense in light of the dates of her 2 marriages.  She must have been older than 3 in 1767; note that she was listed on the British report in MD in Jul 1763, so she had to have been born before 1764.  Was she actually age 13, & not 3, in 1767?  Probably so.  

23.  Wall of Names, 41, calls her Magdeleine FOREST; BRDR, 3:330 (ASM-3, 94), her death/burial record, calls her Magdalena FORET, no age given of Acadia, married to Belonio BLANCHARD, & gives her parents' names.  See also Robichaux, Acadians in Chatellerault, 11; Robichaux, Acadians in Nantes, 13-14.

24.  Wall of Names, 16, calls her Marguerite FOREST niece [of Charles FOREST].

25.  Wall of Names, 16, calls her Marguerite FOREST.  

That she was the wife of Joseph LEBLANC of Pigiguit & France is pure guess work here.  The burial record of a Margarita FORET, age 28, dated 5 Feb 1793, in BRDR, 2:294 (ASC-4, 13), unfortunately does not provide her parents' names or her husband's name.  However, this record conforms to Joseph LEBLANC's second marriage later that year, and the age of the deceased Margarita conforms to the ages found in other records.  Thanks to the incompetence of the priest at Ascension, however, her full identity may remain a mystery. 

26.  Wall of Names, 16, calls her Marguerite FOREST.

What happened to her in LA?

27.  Wall of Names, 17, calls her Marie FOREST, & lists her with Joseph GODIN dit Bellefontaine; Bourgeois, Cabanocey, 171, & Voorhies, J., Some Late Eighteenth-Century Louisianians, 424, her marriage record, calls her Marie FORRET, calls her husband Joseph GODIN, & gives no witnesses to her marriage.

Her marriage record shows that she was married after she reached LA.

28.  Wall of Names, 16, calls her Marie FOREST; BRDR, 2:73, 294 (ASC-1, 137), her marriage record, calls her Maria FORET, calls her husband Carlos BERGERON, gives her & his parents' names, says his parents were Acadians, & that the witnesses to her marriage were Maturino BERGERON, Joseph ARSENO, & Juan ROGERT; BRDR, 2:294 (ASC-4, 13), her death/burial record, calls her Maria FORET, "age 32 years, wife of Charles BERGERON," but does not give her parents' names.

29.  Wall of Names, 16, calls her Marie FOREST.

Was she the Marie FORET who died at St.-Gabriel in Apr 1780?  See BRDR, 2:295 (SGA-4a, 23, #12), which calls her Marie FORET, but does not bother to list the parents' names or give her age at the time of her death.

30.  Wall of Names, 16, calls her Marie FOREST.

Was she the Marie FORET who died at St.-Gabriel in Apr 1780?  See BRDR, 2:295 (SGA-4a, 23, #12), which calls her Marie FORET, but does not bother to list the parents' names or give her age at the time of her death.

31.  Wall of Names, 16, calls her Marie FOREST; BRDR, 2:76, 295 (SJA-1, 54), her marriage record, calls her Marie FORET, calls her husband Jean-Baptiste BERGEREAU, gives her & his parents' names, says "both parties of Acadia," & that the witnesses to her marriage were Olivier PART, Pierre BLANCHAR, & Marin BERGERONT; BRDR, 6:57 (SJA-4, 75a), her death/burial record, calls her Jean Baptiste BERGERON[sic], "a widow, age 94 yrs.," & says she "d. at her son's, Michel BERGERON, d. after several days of illness, always was alert until ill," but does not give her parents' names.  See also Jehn, Acadian Exiles in the Colonies, 151; Wood, Acadians in Maryland, 127-28. 

Since she settled at Cabanocé, she likely came to LA in 1766.  Why was she not with her mother & stepfather there in 1769?

32.  Not in Wall of Names.  Robichaux, Acadians in St.-Malo, 328-330, Family No. 399, her birth/baptismal record, calls her Marie FOREST, a triplet, gives her parents' names, says her godparents were Jacques FOREST & Marie DESGUETS, that her family resided at Plouër from 1764-66, at St.-Servan from 1766-72, & details its voyage to LA in 1785.

She traveled with the smaller family of a FOREST kinsman, not her huge nuclear family, but travel to LA she did.  

Why is she not on the Acadian Memorial's Wall of Names with the rest of her family?

33.  Wall of Names, 43, calls her Marie FORET; Robichaux, Acadians in St.-Malo, 325-26, Family No. 395, her birth/baptismal record, calls her Marie FOREST, gives her parents' names, calls her mother Marguerite COMMAUX, says her godparents were Jean BRAUD & Élizabeth COMMAUX, says her family resided at St.-Servan from 1763-72, & details her marriage; Robichaux, Acadians in St.-Malo, 14, Family No. 23; Hébert, D., Southwest LA Records, 1-A:42-43, 323-24 (Opel. Ch.: v.1-A, p.75), the record of her second marriage, calls her Marie FORET "of St.-Malo, widow of Mr. (Jean-Baptiste) AUCOIN," calls her husband Antoine BELLARD "of Picardie," gives her & his parents' names, & says the witnesses to her marriage were Silvain SONNIER, Charles COMMAUX, & Charles JEANSONNE.  

The Acadian Memorial at St. Martinville call the BELLARDs Acadian. 

34.  Not in Wall of Names.  Robichaux, Acadians in St.-Malo, 328-30, Family No. 399, her birth/baptismal record, calls her Marie-Adélaïde FOREST, gives her parents' names, says her godparents were Jean LANDRY & Anne MICHEL, that her family resided at St.-Servan from 1766-72, & details its voyage to LA in 1785; NOAR, 5:167, 302 (SLC, M5, 87), her marriage record, calls her Maria FOREST, "native of St.- Malo in France," calls her husband Francisco PEREZ, "native of the town of Campillo in the Kingdom of Granada in Andalucia, sergeant in the militia of this city, widower of Cathalina SANCHEZ, dec. in this parish," gives her & his parents' names, says her father was "native of Acadia" & her mother "native of St.-Malo," that his parents were "natives of Campillo," & that the witnesses to her marriage were Juan Pedro BERNARD, "native of France," & Juan Bautista BASSINER, "native of Canada, both established in this city"; Hébert, D., Southwest LA Records, 1-A:323, 618 (NO Ch.: v.2, p.87, #368), also her marriage record, calls her Maria FORET, native of St. Malo, France, says he was "native of Lugar in Campillo, Granada in Andalusia, widr. of Cathalna SANCHEZ," gives her & his parents' names, calls her mother Juliana ROCHERE, but gives no witnesses to the marriage.  

Note that a copy of her marriage record, with their ages, not found in the original record copy, is in Father Hébert's collection of Southwest LA church & civil records.  Why?  Did she & her husband follow her father to the Opelousas District?

Why is she not on the Acadian Memorial's Wall of Names with the rest of her family?

35.  Wall of Names, 16, calls him Moïse FOREST; BRDR, 2:9, 295 (SGA-14, 14), his marriage record, calls him Moïse FORET, calls his wife Bibiana ALLAIN, gives his & her parents' names, calls his mother called Margarita Bibiana KLIEBERT (sic), & says the witnesses to his marriage were Pedro ALLAIN, Théodoro DUGAT, Firmin LANDRY, & Simon BABIN; BRDR, 3:11, 331 (SGA-14, 14), also his marriage record, calls him Moïse FORET, calls his wife Babiana ALLAIN, gives his & her parents' names, corrects his mother's name, calling her "Margarita Bibiana KLEIBERT (sic) RICHARD intended," & says the witnesses to his marriage were Pedro ALLAIN, Théodore DUGAT, Firmin LANDRY, & Simon BABIN. 

His full name may have been Moïse-Jérôme or Pierre-Moïse, the first found in the burial record of son Michel Rosémond, dated 19 Oct 1807, in BRDR, 3:331 (SJO-4, 35), & the second in baptismal record of son Pierre-Treville, dated 6 Feb 1811, in BRDR, 3:331 (SJO-6, 99).  

His birth place is revealed in daughter Marie-Madeleine-Adeline's baptismal record, dated 8 Oct 1799, in BRDR, 2:294 (SGA-11, 97, #480), which calls the father Moyses [FORET] "of Malbre in N. America."  His parents were counted at Upper Marlborough, MD, 3 years before his birth.  See Jehn, Acadian Exiles in the Colonies, 155.

Would he have served as a witness to his future wife Bibianne's sister Marguerite's wedding in 1773, when he & Bibianne were only 7?.  Strange.  See BRDR, 2:11 (SGA-14, 20 #69).

36.  Wall of Names, 16, calls him Paul FOREST; Arsenault, Généalogie, 961-63, the Beaubassin section, calls him Paul, says he was born in c1746, & says his parents were Charles FOREST & Marguerite POIRIER; Arsenault, 963, says Paul was born in c1746, says his parents were Charles FOREST & Marguerite POIRIER, & that he married Anne BOURG in c1768, no place given, & Louise BONNEVIE, no date or place given; BRDR, 2:295 (ASC-4, 27), his death/burial record, calls him Pierre-Paul FORET, husband of Margarita ORRION, but does not give his parents' names.  

So was his full name Pierre-Paul?  Everywhere else he is called simply Paul.  

Arsenault is confused about this fellow.  Arsenault, 961-63, the Beaubassin section, calls his parents Charles FOREST & Marguerite POIRIER.  Arsenault, 2488, the LA section, in a profile of his father, erroneously attributes Charles to René FOREST & Françoise DUGAS, not Jean-Baptiste FOREST & Élisabeth LABARRE, & says Paul's mother was Marie CHIASSON.  Arsenault, 963, gives the wrong wives for Paul.  There was no Anne BOURG in LA in 1768, nor did a Louise BONNEVIE go to LA, so Bona must have sent Paul elsewhere, though where that may have been is unclear.  However, Arsenault, 2488, says Paul, son of Charles FOREST & Marie CHIASSON, married Marguerite ORILLON dit Champagne in c1768, which conforms to LA records, followed here. 

37.  Wall of Names, 16, calls him Pierre FURNE, & lists him singly, though he may also be the fellow called Pierre FOREST 3, also listed singly.  See also Voorhies, J., Some Late Eighteenth-Century Louisianians, 125. 

FURNE is not an Acadian surname; I am assuming it is FORET.  

38.  Wall of Names, 16, calls him Pierre FOREST.

39.  Wall of Names, 16, calls him Pierre FOREST 4. 

Arsenault, Généalogie, 2489, the LA section, says that Pierre FOREST, no parents given, married Anne DUPUIS, no date or parents given, & remarried to Marie-Josèphe LANDRY in c1768, no parents given.  Wall of Names lists the Pierre FOREST who married Anne DUPUIS as a different person than the Pierre FOREST who married Marie-Josèphe LANDRY & hints that Pierre & Marie-Josèphe were married when they came to LA.  The marriage record in Bourgeois, Cabanocey, 171, & Voorhies, J., Some Late Eighteenth-Century Louisianians, 425, for Pierre FORREST & Marie LAUDRIE at New Orleans in c1768 shows that the couple did not marry until after they reached LA, unless the ceremony at New Orleans was a blessing of a marriage that already existed (which makes no sense if he came to the colony in Sep 1766).  A Marie-Josèphe LANDRY, widow of Pierre FORET, remarried to Basil, son of Nicolas LE CLAIRE & Charlotte JEREGRE of Québec, 4 Apr 1777, at St.-Jacques.  See BRDR, 2:443, 488 (SJA-1, 30).  The record lists no parents for Pierre or Marie-Josèphe, nor does it mention a previous wife for Pierre.  If this is our man, & I am confident it is, he died in his mid-30s.  

40.  Wall of Names, 16, calls him Pierre FOREST 2; Arsenault, Généalogie, 1386, the Pigiguit section, calls him Pierre FOREST, says he was born in c1743, sans doute son of Bonaventure [FOREST] & Claire RIVET, that he married Marguerite BLANCHARD in c1762 but gives no place, that their son Pierre, fils was born in c1763 but gives no birth place, & says they were counted at Baltimore, MD, in 1763; Wood, Acadians in Maryland, 120, does not give his birth year or his parents' names; BRDR, 2:154, 296 (ASC-1, 132), the record of his second marriage, calls him Pierre FORET, "widower of Margarite BLANCHARD," calls his wife Marie BRAUD, "widow of Olivier BABEIN," does not give any parents' names but says all parents "were Acadians res. at St. Gabriel at Manchac," & that the witnesses to his marriage were Anselme BLANCHARD & Jean-Charles BROD; BRDR, 2:295 (SGA-5, 33), perhaps his death/burial record, calls him Pedro FORET, but does not give his parents' names, mention a wife or wives, or give his age at the time of his death.  See also Jehn, Acadian Exiles in the Colonies, 158.

So who were his parents?  Bonaventure FORET & Claire RIVET, who lived at St.-Gabriel?  Arsenault, 1386, cited above, says they were his parents without a doubt, but Arsenault, 2488, profile of Bonaventure FOREST in the LA section, says Bonaventure & Claire were married in 1743, & lists no sons for the couple.  Wood, cited above, does not even venture a guess. 

Was he the Pierre FOREST on the east bank at St.-Gabriel in 1777?  De Ville, St. Gabriel Census, 1777, 4

Also a guess, based on process of elimination and the fact that his wife remarried in 1782, is his death at St.-Gabriel in May 1781.  The priest who recorded his burial gave only his name.  For all we know, the Pierre FORET who died at St.-Gabriel in May 1781 could have been Pierre's son, Pierre, fils.

41.  Wall of Names, 16, calls him Pierre FOREST.

What happened to him in LA?

42.  Wall of Names, 34 (pl. 8R), calls him Pierre FOREST, & lists him singly; Hébert, D., Acadian Families in Exile 1785, 38-39, calls him Pierre FOREST, garçon, marin, age 25, on the embarkation list, does not include him on the debarkation list, calls him Pierre FOREST, young man, sailor, age 25, on the complete listing, & says he was in the 36th Family aboard Le Beaumont with no one else.  

Since he does not appear on the debarkation list of Le Beaumont, he may have been 1 of the 2 people who died on this ship during the crossing from France to LA.  If so, he should be removed from this list.  

43.  Wall of Names, 43, calls him Pierre FORET, & lists him as if he was a brother, not a son, of Jacques; Robichaux, Acadians in St.-Malo, 325-26, Family No. 395, his birth/baptismal record, calls him Pierre-Nicolas FOREST, gives his parents' names, calls his mother Marguerite COMMAUX, says his godparents were Pierre BOURG & Victoire BOURG, & that his family resided at St.-Servan from 1763-72; Robichaux, Acadians in Nantes, 68, Family No. 126; Hébert, D., Southwest LA Records, 1-A:319, 464 (Opel. Ch.: v.1-A, p.59), his marriage record, calls him Pierre-Nicolas LAFORET "of Acadia," calls his wife Marie-Françoise FONTENAUT, gives his & her parents' names, does not give her first husband's name, & says the witnesses to his marriage were Antoine SIMIEN & Francisco LARRAMENDI. 

For his wife's first husband's name, see Hébert, D., Southwest LA Records, 1-A:319 (Opel. Ch.: v.-1A, p.29).

44.  Wall of Names, 16, calls him Pierre FOREST 3; Hébert, D., Southwest LA Records, 2-A:397 (Opel. Ch.: v.1, p.157), perhaps his death/burial record, calls him Pierre FORET, says he was buried "at age 97 years in the parish cemetery," that "He was very poor," & does not gives his parents' names or mention a wife.

The very old man who died near Opelousas in Jan 1817 matches no other Pierre FORET, so I assume this is him, unless he was the Pierre FORET who came to LA with the BROUSSARDs in 1765.  

45.  Wall of Names, 43, calls her Servanne-Julienne DESFORETS; Robichaux, Acadians in St.-Malo, 328-30, Family No. 399; NOAR, 4:130, 312 (SLC, M5, 53), her marriage record, calls her Servana-Juliana FORÉ, "native of San Servando, Diocese of St.-Malo in France," calls her husband Jacobo VILGEMENOL, "native of Veslar in Germany," gives her parents' names & his mother's name, calls her mother Juliana RUSURU, & says the witnesses to her marriage were Vicente LLORCA, Antonio XIMENEZ, & Joseph MARTINEZ.

46.  Wall of Names, 16, calls him Simon FOREST.

47.  Wall of Names, 16, calls her Victoire FOREST; BRDR, 2:261, 295 (ASC-1, 157 & 158), her marriage record, calls her Maria Victoria FORET, calls her husband Théodoro DUGAST, gives her & his parents' names, says her parents were "of Acadia," & that the witnesses to her marriage were Maturin LANDRY & Carlos DUGAS; BRDR, 8:231 (ASC-11, 150), her death/burial record, calls her Marie Victorine FORÉ, "age 89 years, widow of Théodore DUGAS," but does not give her parents' names.

She was among the last of the Acadian immigrants in LA to join our ancestors. 

48.  Wall of Names, 43, calls him Victor DESFORETS; White, DGFA-1, 632; Robichaux, Acadians in St.-Malo, 328-30, Family No. 399; Robichaux, Acadians in St.-Malo,1099, the record of his fourth marriage.  See also Voorhies, J., Some Late Eighteenth-Century Louisianians, 515.  

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