Thursday, July 5, 2012

Marcel Forestin Bourgoyne

Marcel Forestin Bourgoyne, son of Jules Francois Bourgoyne and Cecile Adelaide Tullier, was born 16 January 1834.  He was christened in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana on 10 April 1834.  He married Marie Irma Comeaux, the daughter of Firmin Coumeaux and Marie Emma Frioux, on 28 May 1855 in Brusly, West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana.  She was born 28 March 1840 and christened on 12 October 1840 in East Baton Rouge Parish.  I have seen Marcel Forestin Bourgoyne also listed as "Florestin" on other family records.  I'm not sure which one is most accurate.  

According to family history databases, it appears that Forestin died at the young age of 23 years and was buried on 12 May 1857 in Brusly, West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana.  Only a few days later, on 16 May 1857, Forestin's young wife was laid to rest in the same location.  She was only 17 years old.  

I wonder what circumstances took the lives of a couple so young?  Was it yellow fever or malaria?  Those were just a couple of deadly diseases that claimed the lives of many in that era.  Did Forestin and his wife have any children?  Since they married and died between the census decades, they are not found in census records.  

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