Updated: 26 August 2014; Published: 26 August 2014
‘Monlezun-Peterson Family Chronicle Main Page!’
Anna ‘Bernadette’ Monlezun-Pontón, Chronicler
“We sit by fires we did not light; we drink from wells we did not dig!’ Author Unknown
My father, Lee Joseph Monlezun, is of French Basque descent from Southern France! He would speak to this lineage with such pride and awe. In time, and in honored memory of him and ‘his people’, there is the ‘Family Heritage Room’ on Arthur Avenue, was the pilgrimage to ‘our’ region among the Basques on their soil, the first Monlezun/Peterson Family Reunion on our soil. Also, a flight west to the ‘Center for Basque Studies’, University of Reno, a Family EXCEL and a FAMILY TREE printed as a Wall Mural calling by name many generations. These are now ‘our people!’
“When Monlezuns left the Basque country of southern France near the Pyrénées in the mid-1850s, France was undergoing almost constant revolution from Napoleon's time through the Franco-Prussian War and was still ruled by monarchs. They left their home and headed for the
land of freedom. Among them was a young man, Dominique Monlezun, the ancestor of a large family in Acadia, Calcasieu, Jefferson Davis and Vermilion parishes in South Louisiana.
About the same time, from the Pyrenees, came a young lady named Louise Thomasine Peterson of Swedish descent. The two families landed in New Orleans, LA in 1866 but soon made their way to the southwestern section of the State, where Louise Thomasine Peterson and Dominique Monlezun were married March 10, 1873 in New Orleans, LA. Dominique eldest brother, Pascal, was his best man! The couple settled near the Vermilion Parish line on the Mermentau River from
present-day Lake Arthur. They had five children, Anna ‘Josephine’, Joachim Ezador, Paul ‘Emile’, Theodore Joseph and Antoine Monlezun. The four sons, like their father, were carpenters and built many of the early Lake Arthur homes which are still standing. They built their homes in a row on Iowa Street!”
I am most grateful to my first cousin, Margaret ‘Yvonne’ Monlezun-Guillory of Houston, TX who lovingly and diligently researched and shared her documented familial lineage information. Also, profound gratitude is extended to my sister, Constance Victoria Monlezun Darbonne, who gathered even more wonderfully poignant details while on French Basque soil in our country of origin! Merci Beaucoup!
In the beginning…
Pierre Monlezun born ca.1749 in France
married Jeanne Abadie born in France
Child of Pierre Monlezun and Jeanne Abadie:
Born abt. 1769, Lalanne, died 21 November 1852 Lalanne , Commune de Lalanne-Trie,
Trie-sur-Bais, dept. Hautes Pyrenes, France
m. Anne Nogaro
b. 6 April 1772 Vidou, France, d. 07 February 1819 age 47
daughter of Gabriel Nogaro b.ca 1741 d.1819 age 78 and Jean Marie Roug
b. 1748 d. 15 February 1782 age 34
The five children of Dominique Monlezun and Anne Nogaro:
1. Dominique Barthelemy Monlezun, b: 13 September 1805, Lalanne
d. 06 November 1884 age 79, Lalanne
m. 21 May 1830
Marie Mailhe b. abt. 1808 in Vidou, France d. 13 July 1886 daughter of Guillaume Mailhe-Daniel
and Marianne Monlezun, daughter of Francois Monlezun and Marianne Navarre!
2- Louise Monlezun, b. December 1806
3- Pierre Monlezun, b. 04 December 1808
4- Gabrielle Monlezun, b.29 April 1812
5. Bernada Monlezun, b. 25 August 1814
The Six Children of Dominique Barthelemy Monlezun and Marie Mailhe are:
Pascal Monlezun, b. 26 October 1832, Lalanne d. July 19, 1887 age 72 Abbeville, LA.
He married (1) Bernadine LaAbbadie in the late 1850’s, Lafayette, LA
(2) m. Leviie Platsmire, a German immigrant,
2 October 1888 Antoinne Monlezun, b. 15 September 1839 m. Rose Lassus 26 April 1868
Marie Monlezun, b. 29 June 1842; m. Jean Baptiste Antoine Severin Duran 06 February 1874
b. 18 April 1845, Lalanne d. 28 June 1928, age 83, Lake Arthur, LA.
“In 1845, April 18th, at 8 PM, before us, Mayor and registrar of Lalanne, Parish of Tire,
Department of Hautes Pyrenees, Mr. Monlezun, Dominique, laborer, age 40 and living in
Lalanne, has presented a masculine child, born today at 3 AM. His wife is Marie Mailhe, age
37 years old. The child’s first name will be Dominique.” Made his First Communion 25 May
1858 ~ inscription inside his small bible!
m. 10 March 1873 Louisa Thomasine Peterson in New Orleans, LA
b. 06 May 1855, d. 1886 Cypress Point, LA, age 29, daughter of Charles Auguste
Peterson b.ca.1819 in Sweden and Bonisa Raphaela Buchanan, Florida and paternal
granddaughter of Admiral Carl Von Norden-Skiold b.1791 in Sweden. Their four children:
1. Louisa Thomasine and twin 2. Selinda Josephine, 3. John Augusta of Marseille, France &
4. Jochina Theresa Peterson-Gambino whose daughter Reparata Gambino b. 12 July 1884 d. May
1926 entered Convent 13 August 1925 ‘Soeur Marie Joaquine de St. Joseph!’
6. Anne Monlezun, b. 20 April 1849, d. 21 November 1852, age 3 in Lalanne
The Five Children of Dominique Monlezun and Louisa Thomasine Peterson are:
1. Anna ‘Josephine’ Monlezun, b. 17 February 1874; d. 1950 age76
m. John Edward Murray 22 October 1900
2. Joachim Ezador Monlezun, b. 28 January 1876 d. 04 November 1960 age 84
m. Adele Boutte 25 April 1901
3. Paul ‘Emile’ Monlezun, b. 03 November 1877, d. 27 April 1965 age 87
m. Adeline Boutte 22 April 1901
4. Theodore Joseph Monlezun, b. 29 November 1879 d. 14 August 1966 age 86
m. Blanche Blanchard 2 June 1908
5. Antoine Monlezun b. 31 March 1882, d. 29 March 1971, age 88
m. 22 February 1909
Victoria Broussard, 10 February 1884, d. 12 June 1989 age 105
daughter of Antoine Broussard and Aspasie Miller.
The Four Children of Antoine Monlezun and Victoria Broussard are:
1. Mary ‘Beulah’ Monlezun, b. 03 February 1910, d. 28 March 1985
m. Alvis Pitts April 1939
2. Clyde Joseph Monlezun, abt. 1914, d. January 1987
m. Nadine Moss 12 April 1942
3. Lee Joseph Monlezun b. 24 April 1917, d. 31 July 1985, age 68
m. Anna ‘Gertrude’ Hensgens 13 August 1941
4. Alvin Joseph Monlezun b. Sunday 1 February 1920 d. 10 October 1944, age 24
119th Inf. Regt., 30th Inf. Div., 1st US Army, 1st Lieutenant; killed in action during WW ll in
Achen, Germany ‘Battle of the Bulge’; buried in Henri Chappell Military Cemetery in Belgium.
Rest in Eternal Peace, Dear One.
‘CENTER FOR BASQUE STUDIES, UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, RENO!’
What Is A Basque! Where are They From! Can They Cook Gumbo?!
‘GENERATIONS OF MONLEZUNS MAKE THEIR MARK!'
“AND SO WE WILL GATHER!”
A wonderful story penned by Constance Victoria Monlezun Darbonne, a direct descendant, pursuant to her
familial visit to Lalanne and Monlezun, France on her fervent pilgrimage to Southern France!
‘THE ‘MONLEZUN-PETERSON FAMILY REUNION!’
And gather we did and called ten generations by name!
‘THE LIVING ROOM ON ARTHUR AVENUE!’
www.leadkindlylight.net to ‘Heritage and Archival Special Collections’ to ‘Arthur Avenue’
‘MONLEZUN/PETERSON FAMILY EXCEL!’
Generation Four < > Seven
‘THE MONLEZUN/PETERSON FAMILY TREE ~ Called by Name!’
PASCAL MONLEZUN FAMILY EXCEL!”
Generation Four < > Seven
I am grateful to my brothers Lee Joseph, Jr. and Dominique Joseph, LLC for purchasing our ancestral home
of origin which has enabled me as her ‘Caretaker’ to create heritage binders of archival paper and ‘family
walls’ exhibiting our heritage and remembrances. That is wood-and-nails!
This way is a venue for being ‘electronically faithful!’
And, it is only a click away for all present and future generations!
God of our ancestors, help us cling to You! Lead, Kindly Light!