|Felix Gilles-Louis Bernard-DuMontier|
|Felix left St-Malo, France on 12-Aug-1785 as an officer on the ship "Ville D'Archangel", engaged by the Spanish government to transport expatriated Acadian families to Louisiana. On 11-Oct-1785, the ship was at Havana, Cuba. They disembarked again on 18-Oct-1785 from Cuba and made their way to Louisiana. When they arrived at Balize, an outpost of the Mississippi River, on 4-Nov-1785, they ran aground and didn't made it to New Orleans until 3-Dec-1785. Among the passengers were Marie-Victoire Bourque and her parents Ambroise Bourque and Marie-Modeste Molaison. Felix later married Marie-Victorie and remained in Louisiana (near Baton Rouge), never returning to France.|
Felix is considered a Revolutionary War veteran as he was an ensign on one of the battleships of the French off of Virginia when Gen. Washington and Gen. Lafayette defeated the British at Yorktown. He served as a 1st Lieutenant in the Spanish Mixed Roal Militia, La. Provincial Legion, 1774. He represented Iberville, being appointed by Gov. Claiborne in the first Louisiana Territorial Legislature, December 1804.
1810 Census of Baton Rouge, pg. 125, lists "Felix B. Dumantier"
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Celeste was married in 1807. Robert Louis and Onesiphore are not living at home.
From the Baton Rouge Gazette, September 2, 1843:
"DIED -- On the 29th of August, at the residence of his son-in-law, Major James DeVall in West Baton Rouge, Felix Bernard, Esquire, a native of Nantz, France, aged 81. The deceased was a midshipman in the French Navy during the American Revolution, and as such assisted at the closing scenes of that great drama, the capture of Yorktown. He has left descendants numerous and respectable. By the kindness of Colonel Whistler and the officers of the 4th regiment stationed at this place, his remains were committed to mother earth with the honors due to one who has served at the time and in some of the same scenes with Washington and Lafayette."
|Marie Victorie met Felix Gilles-Louis Bernard-DuMontier onboard ship while coming to New Orleans from France via Cuba.|
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