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BEFORE BROWN

A SNIPER IN THE TOWER

BAD BOY FROM ROSEBUD

WORSE THAN DEATH

Cajuns

While sitting on the front steps of a very modest home in the small Cajun community of Church Point in Louisiana, Nolan Lavergne talked to his son about the happiness and hardships of growing up on a tenant farm in rural St. Landry Parish. His son was a rookie high school American History teacher who asked a seemingly simple question: "Who was your grandfather?" The father did not know.

"Well, Daddy, I'm going to find out for you," said the son.

Thus began a fourteen-year-long project culminating in Lives of Quiet Desperation, a look at the ancestry of Gary M. Lavergne, a Louisianian of French descent. In addition to a substantial genealogy with over 1,200 names, Lavergne includes a series of concise essays placing generations in historical context. Special treatment is given to the forces that helped to determine the migrations of various groups of French-speaking people, and the pioneers who helped to build new worlds in Canada and French Louisiana. Particular emphasis is placed upon defining and describing the differences between Cajuns, Creoles, and other Louisiana French cultures.

The vast majority of the ancestors were simple, poor, tenant farmers with large cohesive families. the uncommon were pioneers of note. they all faced considerable odds and led lives of quiet desperation.

 

 

EUGENE LAVERGNE AND MARIE HERMINE BOURGEOIS

Paternal great-grandparents

Homer and Eugene Lavergne

This picture is reportedly Homer Lavergne and his father, Eugene Lavergne, the son of Baptiste Ursin Lavergne and Azelie Steel. The picture is circa 1890. Eugene was born on October 19, 1846 and died December 7, 1892. Homer was born on July 22, 1866.

Hermine Bourgeois Lavergne and Jean Clairville Lavergne

Marie Hermine Bourgeois married Eugene Lavergne on September 5, 1865. She is pictured here with her son, Jean Clairville Lavergne. She was born on Christmas Day of 1846. She died on September 6, 1930 in Lawtell, Louisiana.

 

   

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