Saturday, February 22, 2014

Gustavie Thomas

The place of maternal princess goes to Julie’s daughter, Gustavie. She was born in November 1878 to Julie Burcard and Pierre Thomas. Gustavie lived a short, tender life. There is much we do not know.

We do know that Gustavie met and married a mulatto man by the name of Louis “Man” Caire on April 30, 1904. Louis’ father was a Frenchman named Jeancoeur Caire. His mother was a Creole woman of color from Edgard named Philaje Jean Lewis.

Gustavie and Louis had a single daughter. They named her Eunice. Tragically, Gustavie perished during childbirth at the age of twenty-seven. Unfortunately, this was a far too common occurrence in her day. She, too, was buried in St. John the Baptist Cemetery.

Jean Frederic Burcard

Jean Frederic Burcard (Burkhardt) was born 28 July 1813 in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana to Francois Barrios Burkhardt and Magdeleine Webre. 

He married Claire Francoise "Fannie" Hymel in 1836, at the age of 23 years. They had six known children together and made a home in St. John the Baptist parish where Jean Frederic made a living as a sugar planter.  

Burcard served from 1852-1857 as the parish's sheriff.

Jean Frederic was also the father to at least one of his slaves. Julie Burcard, my 3x great-grandmother is one.