Places We Remember
By Cliff LeGrange & Diane Solar LeGrange
Family Histories, document and preserve family traditions and memories, the stories are what bring a family tree to life.
“Where did I come from”?
"You live as long as you are remembered."
“You are what survives of you.”
“Family pictures are magic mirrors. Like looking at your family tree of your ancestors three generations ago is almost like a ‘Ghost from the Past to You’.
Gaudet’s were among the first families of Acadia and among the earliest Acadians to find refuge in Louisiana. The first of them, four families, came to New Orleans from Halifax via Cap-Français, French St.-Domingue, in 1765.
They settled at Cabanocé/St.-Jacques on the river, which became known as the Acadian Coast 1765 - 1820.
Two Gaudet families moved from the Mississippi River settlement (First Acadian Coast) to the upper Bayou Lafourche corridor, and which added two small lines to that center of family settlements.
Most of their Gaudet cousins, however, remained on the river in St. James and Ascension parishes.
Patriarch of The Gaudet Family … Jean Gaudet, Generation 1.
Jean Gaudet migrated from France to Acadia between 1630 and 1670.
Fr. Archange Godbout of Novia Scotia, described Jean Gaudet as the Abraham of Acadia, because of his numerous descendants.
Jean was the ancestor of 10% of the little Acadian settlement, in Nova Scotia, with his two sons and two daughters, 22 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Jean Gaudet was born around 1575.
Gaudet’s arrives in Louisiana in 1766
The Acadians had lived on Nova Scotia’ territory since the founding of Port-Royal in 1604. Largely ignored by France, the Acadians grew independent minded. After the British gained control of Acadia in 1713, the Acadians refused to sign an unconditional oath of loyalty to become British subject.
Once the Acadians refused to sign an oath of allegiance to Britain, which would make them loyal to the crown, the British Lieutenant Governor, as well as the Nova Scotia Council on July 28, 1755, made the decision to deport all the Acadians.
Louisiana Purchase 1803
How Did the Wallace Gaudet Descendants Get to The Pierre Part Belle River Area ?
Via Joseph Gaudet (6)
Gibson Gaudet first son to leave the Nest.
After Gip left, Wallace took apart their old house at Indigo Bayou.
The house was reassembled / added on to it and located on the Eastern side of the Hwy. 75 across from the Gaudet Store.
The store was a typical country general store, they kept many of the supplies needed for bayou living. Large sacks of flour, coffee, coal oil for lamps, feed for animals. The store also bought fish and moss from people. In the 1940’s most people came to store by putt putt boat.
The Old Green Pick-Up Truck Hauled Moss, Mr. Ed Gaudet delivered to moss gins. They Delivered Groceries A One-Of-A-Kind Delivery Service
The Gaudet family provided a one-of-a-kind service to their customers. Each morning Shirley Gaudet would take the old green truck and make the round to all the houses on the route and take orders.
Return to the store place the goods in bags or boxes and then make the deliveries, every day but Sunday.
The Gaudet Store customer base was south from the store to Indigo Bayou, on both sides of the road. They did not cross Grand River to deliver groceries.
At a time when very few people at Bayou Pigeon had a automobile, this was a great service to residents of Bayou Pigeon.
People purchased most of their groceries, every day and only bought what they needed for the day, i.e.., no refrigeration!
Shirley Gaudet was the ‘pillar’ of the Gaudet grocery store doing all the heavy lifting of taking the daily orders, packing the groceries in the bags, and delivering. She was known for carrying 100-pound sacks of animal feed from the truck to the steps of each house.
Shirley and Wallace ran the Grocery store and Ed Gaudet ran the Bar and Dancehall, there were live bands on Saturday night and on Sunday afternoons.
Even then Shirley took care of many of the customers, folks remember Shirley opening the store after the dance to fix lunch meat sandwiches for the customers who needed something to take them home.
Wallace Gaudet passed in 1961.
he river communities Along the Eastern Atchafalaya Basin, ie. Ramah, Bayou Plaquemine, Bayou Sorrel, Bayou Pigeon Pierre Part, Belle River, Stevensville are known for Their Folklife and Traditions of The Bayou Cajuns.