The BROUSSARD/BRAUSSARD family tree starting with my paternal grandmother…

1. Mary Louise BROUSSARD b. 1924 in Port Arthur, Jefferson County, TX and d. 2001 in St. Louis, MO: She was the daughter of Burness/Burnis/Berniece/Bernice/Byrness/Bernie BROUSSARD Sr. She married Willie Bob GREGORY Sr. b. 1912 in Houlka, Chickasaw County, MS to Willie P GREGORY and Mary E/Mayella STEWART (1) and d. 1970 in St. Louis, MO. Children born to this union: Curtis Allen (my father), Sandra, Deborah, Linda and Willie Bob Jr.

2. Burness/Buness/Burnis/Berniece/Bernice/Byrness/Bernie BROUSSARD Sr. b. 1891 in St. Martinville, St. Martin Parish, LA and d. 1964 in Port Author, Jefferson County, TX. He was married to Setular (2) LOVAN (3) b. 1893 in St. Martinville, St. Martin Parish, LA to John LOVAN Sr and Louise/Louisa ALEXANDER (4) and d. 1984 in St. Louis, MO. Children besides Mary Louise: Alton Bruce, Alston/Elston/Al, Alfred/Alf, Helen Mae, Dorothy Mae, Gladys, Burness Jr, Lawrence/Laurence, Henry George

3. Bazile (5) BROUSSARD b. 1868 in St. Martinville, St. Martin Parish, LA and d. 1945 in Port Arthur, Jefferson County, TX: son of Henritette/Henrietta/Harriet RYAS (6) and Destoil (7) BROUSSARD b.? and d.?. He married Mary REVET (8) b. 1870 in ?, LA to unknown parents and d. 1952 in Port Arthur, Jefferson County, TX. Children besides Burness Sr: Aaron, Cleveland B, Herbert Bruce, Plush, Beulah, Eveda/Vida/Vita/Vedar/Vder, Edith

4. Henriette/Henrietta/Harriet RYAS b. 1859 in LA to Orphee/Alford RYAS and Anny/Anna UNKNOWN and d.? in ?: She was married to Gustave (9) SIMON (10) b. 1856 in St. Martin Parish, LA and d.? in ?. Henriette’s children besides Bazile: Anna DEBLANC (father unknown), Octavie/Octavia SIMON, William/Willie SIMON, Yancy SIMON, Mary SIMON

5. Anny/Anna UNKNOWN b. 1821/1827 in ?, LA and d. ? in ?: mother of Henriette/Henrietta/Harriet. She was married to Orphee/Alford (11) RYAS b. 1811 in ?, TN and d.? in ?. Children besides Henriette/Henrietta/Harriet: Gabriel/Gabrielle/Gobe, Aimee/Amey/Amy, Evariste/Varice/Vories and Pierre/Peter


1. Variation for Stewart=Steward

2. Variations for Setular=Setuler/Setula/Setulas/Setelar/Satulia/Ciutulia/Selutius. Her obituary indicated that she is a twin. On the 1900 St. Martinville, Louisiana census, I have found that her twin is Cornelius. Both were born on Mar 1891. A cousin told me that family legend has it that Setular’s father was a white sheriff in St. Martinville. She refused to talk about it to the cousin and my grandmother didn’t like to talk about it with me either. Setular’s obituary has her being born in New Iberia but I am only finding her and her parents in St. Martin Parish on the censuses. Cornelius gave his place of birth on his WWI draft card as St. Martinville, Louisiana. I feel that it is safe to conclude that since Setular is his twin, she too was born in St. Martinville and not New Iberia. I may have found their mother, Louisa ALEXANDER, on the 1880 Iberia Parish in the household of her grandfather, Celestin NOAH/NORA (the reverend in whose house the victims of the 1888 Freetown massacre took refuge in). This is probably where the New Iberia connection comes from but I am still researching. See the images below the 5 generation chart regarding this incident.

3. Variations for Lovan=Lavan/LaVann/Lavenne/Lavene/Levan/Lavant/Lavergne/Lavern/Lovine/Levine. It has even been spelled as LOVING!

4. Louise/Louisa’s maiden name was spelled 2 different ways on the death records of her children that I have found so far: A) Harry: ALEXANDER B) Ed Percy: ABRAM C) Zack/Zike/Zach/Zacharie: ALEXANDER D) Estella/Stella: ALEXANDER. E) Setular and Zack’s SS-5 application: ALEXANDER. On the death certificates of Willie and Cornelius, the informants did not know her maiden name. Finally, on her marriage record to John LOVAN Sr, her maiden name is ALEXANDRE.

5. Variations for Bazile=Basile/Bazille/Bezile/Bazil/Bazeal/Braziel/Brazil/Brazilio

6. Variations for Ryas=Ryes/Ryos/Rios/Rias/Rius/Rious/Riouse/Riot/Rees/Reis/Rice/Rhys

7. Possible alternate spellings for Destoil: Des Estoile, Destoile, D’estoile, De Stoile, Des Toiles, Destival, Destwal, Des Tois

8. Mary’s surname was spelled different ways on the death certificates of her children: A) Aaron: DELEQULET — possibly a variation of DECLOUET B) Burness Sr: LAVELLE C) Plush: KEVET — a slight misspelling D) CLEVELAND: REVET. Another variation is REVETT on the marriage license of Beulah. On her 1901 marriage certificate to Bazile, her surname was given as RIVETTE. On Burness Sr’s SS-5 application, he entered her maiden name as RIVETTE. Mary gave her maiden name as REVET on her will and said that she was the only wife of Bazile. Evidence points to Mary’s maiden name as RIVETTE/REVET/REVETT and not DELEQULET or LAVELLE.

9. Gustave also used the names Newon/Numa/Luma (please note that these could also be misspellings from transcriptions errors on the censuses).

10. Variations for Simon=Sims/Seymore/Seymour/Cemore

11. Orphee also used the names Orphe/Orphy/Alford/Alfred

5 GENERATION FAMILY TREE CHART (click on the image to view it larger)




2 thoughts on “BROUSSARD”

  1. Possible explanation to your question, ( St. Martin parish) is the or one of the oldest Parish in Acadiana Area.) That being the case most) Most surrounding Parishes (Iberia, Vermilion , Lafayette and maybe others ) were carved out of St. Martin Parish . So, all records prior to those parishes becoming parishes must go through St. Martin Parish Court Records.


  2. That is good to know…thanks. Sorry I took so long to approve your comment! My sister got her DNA results and wants to visit Louisiana. I told her to go to St. Martin Parish for records. It appears that our BROUSSARD family were non-Catholic. What other places do you suggest she visit for records?


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