Tracing the roots of the Beauvais, Charrier, Guerin, Guillory, Nugent, Ortego, and Prestenback Families
[Many thanks to the Guillory Family for some of the earlier Guillory history found on this page]
Our line begins with Simon Guillory, who was born in 1646. Simon was christened on 16 Feb 1646 at the church of St. Sauveur in Blois, department of Loi-et-Cher, France.
He was married to Louise Bouchard (also born in 1646), daughter of Laurent & Nicole Bouchard on 6 Nov 1667. Simon arrived at the city of Quebec on 25 May 1664 aboard the ship "LE NOIR", which had sailed from LaRochelle, France.
Louise's deathdate is unknown, but Simon died on 6 Dec 1696.
Francois Guillory, a sailor, was born 18 Mar 1676 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. In 1711, he married Jeanne Montfort in Mobile, Alabama in the United States. Jeanne Monfort, parents unknown, was born in 1682 in Belle-Isle-En-Mer, Brittany, France.
Joseph Pierre Gregoire was born 16 Dec 1712 in Dauphin Island, Mobile, Alabama. On 20 Aug 1739, he married Marie Jeanne Lacasse, daughter of Jean Lacasse and Marie Anne Fourche. Jeanne was the widow of Joseph Stameyer, who had died in 1738 (less than 10 months after their marriage had taken place); she was not quite fourteen at her second marriage to Joseph Gregoire. Jeanne was born 20 Mar 1726, and died at the age of 38 on 27 Apr 1764, after giving Joseph Gregoire eight children.
Joseph moved his family, including slaves, to Opelousas, Louisiana after Jeanne's death; he had recently received a land grant of some 640 acres there. Before the move, Joseph was having an affair with his slave, Marguerite; she was pregnant during the move to Louisiana. In the ensuing years, Marguerite gave Joseph Gregoire three additional children. Around 1770, Joseph began proceedings to free Marguerite and her children - yet paperwork that was drawn up turned out not to be legally binding.
Joseph Gregoire died in 1786 in Mobile, Alabama, and a lengthy, years-long battle ensued where Marguerite fought to free herself, and then her children, from slavery from Joseph Gregoire's legitimate children. This was known as "The Margarita Case" (Harrison LaTour has done some excellent research on the Guillory line...including a good deal of the info here. Thanks to him for his efforts). The case was not fully settled until 1783; Marguerite and her children had won their freedom.
Jean Baptiste was born 1 Jul 1744 in Mobile, Alabama. He moved to Opelousas, Louisiana in St. Landry Parish with his father and family, and on 12 Sep 1775, he married Marguerite Hayes, daughter of Nicholas Hayes and Marguerite Folse. Marguerite was born 6 Feb 1756 in Alsace, France. Jean Baptiste died in Nov of 1813 in Opelousas, Louisiana and Marguerite died 16 Jun 1821 in Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana.
Cyprien Auguste was born 7 Sep 1793 in Opelousas, Louisiana. He married Emelie Roy, daughter of Joseph Roy and Marie Anne Bordelon, on 1 Aug 1815 in Avoyelles Parish.
Emelie was baptised 24 Feb 1801, on her first birthday, at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Mansura, Louisiana, where it is said she is now buried. She first married Jean Baptiste Guillory III, son of Jean Baptiste and Celeste Guillot, who was born 1 Sep 1816; they had no children. She then, later, married his nephew, Cyprien Guillory.
Cyprien died 12 Sep 1850 in Mansura, Louisiana in Avoyelles Parish. Emelie followed a year later on 7 Jun 1851.