Tracing the roots of the Beauvais, Charrier, Guerin, Guillory, Nugent, Ortego, and Prestenback Families
Indicates My Line
Lorenz Prestenbach of Baden, Germany married Regina Zeller and had five children:
My ancestor is Urban (or Urbanus) Prestenbach, who was born 23 May 1828 in Germany. Later, he traveled with his wife, Louisa Wack/Waag, from Baden, Germany (now Baden-Württemberg) to the United States; eventually settling in Vacherie, Louisiana - a German settlement in St. James Parish.
An 1870 Census shows Urban, a farmer, (age 42) and Louisa, keeping house, (age 41) living in "Ward 2, Lafourche, Louisiana", near Thibodeaux. Urban died in Thibodeaux, Louisiana on 7 Jun 1891. A 1910 Cenus shows Louisa, an 82 year-old widower, living with daughter, Caroline (59) and son-in-law, Frank Christen (62) and grandson, Francis (16). Urbanus and Louisa had six children:
My line continues from Louis Prestenbach - changed to Prestenback - twin brother of Louise. Louis married Aurelie Constant, daughter of Jean Constant and Marie Otilie Hotard, on 28 Feb 1878 in Lafource Parish, Louisiana; Aurelie was born in 1860. Louis and Aurelie (later changed to Ora Lee), moved to Maringouin, Louisiana in Iberville Parish in 1902 - bringing eleven children with them. Aurelie died 21 Mar 1943 and Louis died 3 Apr 1944 in Maringouin, Louisiana; they are both buried at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Cemetery in Maringouin, Louisiana.
There was also a baby - stillborn - named Connie. Though my grandfather insists she is buried at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Cemetery, we have been unable to ever find her grave.
Though my line continues with Nelson, I will share the information given to me by my grandfather, Riley - Nelson's son - for others that might need it:
Nelson married Florence Mae Guerin, daughter of Adolphe Oliver Guerin and Lelia Lebeau. The couple had had four children: Roland, Myrtle, Riley, and Margie Ann. As of this writing (2007), both sons are still living; Myrtle died in 1983 and Margie Ann in 1967, a few months after their mother. Florence Mae, "Mae", died 7 Dec 1966 and Nelson died 2 Nov 1973 in Maringouin, Louisiana; both are buried in Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Cemetery in Maringouin, Louisiana.
My grandfather, Riley Claude Prestenback, married Dorothy Marie Beauvais, daughter of Horace Beauvais and Melina Nugent, in Maringouin, Louisiana on 25 Jun 1950. This union produced two children: Robert Keith Prestenback and Pamela Ann Prestenback, my mother. Dorothy was born 7 Jul 1932 in Bayou Jack, Louisiana in Avoyelles Parish and died 7 Sep 1989 in Maringouin, Louisiana in Iberville Parish; she is buried at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Cemetery in Maringouin, Louisiana. On June 5, 2009, my grandfather, Riley Claude Prestenback, passed away; he is buried with his wife in the mausoleum at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Cemetery in Maringouin, Louisiana.
Robert "Keith" married Mary-Frances Chustz; they divorced after six months. He then married Lynne Graffia, daughter of Joe and Dora Graffia. They had one son, Robert "Robby" Keith Prestenback. Keith and Lynne divorced, and Keith married Lydia Townley; they have no children together.
Pamela Prestenback, born 21 Sep 1957, married John Ford Bourke on 18 Mar 1977. They divorced in 2008. This union produced three children: myself, Shanna Denise, my sister, Amber Alayne, and my brother, Johnnie Ford. Neither my sister or I are married or have any children, at present.
In May 2006, my brother and his girlfriend, Amanda Grace Wilson of Idaho, had a daughter, Ava Grace Bourke.