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John Dominic Morlas

John Dominic Morlas

Male 1865 - 1923  (57 years)

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  • Name John Dominic Morlas  [1
    Born 25 Aug 1865  New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 14 Feb 1923  New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Metairie Cemetery (Lake Lawn Metairie), New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Owner of La Bella Creole Dairy. Bennie Zahn wrote, in the January 9, 2000 issue of THE TIMES-PICAYUNE (Living, Section E, page 7), that "The property was originally acquired in the late 1800s by John Morlas who made the purchase with silver dollar coins collected from wealthy customers on his milk route. The family legend is, that whenever he was given a silver dollar in payment for milk and cream, he tossed it onto the top of the armoire in his bedroom. When this property which adjoined the Tulane (University) tract was put on the market, he gathered all of the silver coins, counted them and found that he had $8,000, enough to buy the property. After his death in 1923, his wife, Lucine Roquevert Morlas, sold part of the tract, about 3,800 feet long with a depth varying from 100 to 140 feet, for $100,000 for the then proposed St. Vincent Infant Asylum. Within a year, the property was resold for $165,000 to men who had successful experience in local developement and who started immediately to beautify the ground. Today the property is called Versailles Boulevard and extends from Claiborne Avenue to Fontainebleau Drive."
    Person ID I184  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Father Jean-Marie Morlas,   b. 14 Nov 1846, Laas, Gers, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Caroline Maria Holmes,   b. Jan 1841, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jun 1901, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years) 
    Married Bef 1862 
    Family ID F188  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lucine Roquevert,   b. 28 Jan 1869, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1946, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 28 May 1888  St. Stephen's Church, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Leontine Josephine Morlas,   b. 19 Jan 1889, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Feb 1972, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     2. John Louis "Bebe" Morlas, Sr.,   b. 22 Jan 1891, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Nov 1963, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     3. Clothilde Marie Morlas,   b. 27 Dec 1893, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Oct 1938, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
     4. Estelle Augustine Morlas,   b. 12 Oct 1895, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jan 1976, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     5. Lucine "Lucille" Genevieve Morlas,   b. 20 Aug 1897, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Dec 1969, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     6. Louis August Morlas,   b. 17 Apr 1899, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 May 1964, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     7. Eugenia "Jenny" Catharine Margaret Morlas,   b. 15 Jan 1900, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Dec 1978, Bay Saint Louis, Hancock County, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     8. Juliet Theresa Morlas,   b. 20 Dec 1901, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Feb 1985, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     9. Leon Joseph Morlas,   b. 19 Oct 1903, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 May 1976, Gulfport, Harrison County, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     10. Josephine Marguerite Morlas,   b. 13 Apr 1905, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Sep 1983, McAlester, Pittsburg County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     11. Leopold "Paul" Victor Morlas,   b. 14 Nov 1907, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Feb 1971, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     12. Vivian Anna Morlas,   b. 22 Mar 1909, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 May 2000, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
     13. Eleanor Cecelia Morlas,   b. 17 Apr 1911, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Feb 1986, Jefferson, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    Photos
    Morlas Family Reunion, New Orleans, 1987
    Morlas Family Reunion, New Orleans, 1987
    Over 120 family members were present for this reunion, most of them descended from John Dominic Morlas and Lucine Roquevert of New Orleans
    Albums
    Morlas Siblings & Cousins Reunions
    Morlas Siblings & Cousins Reunions (10)
    Held in New Orleans starting in 1927
    Last Modified 9 Dec 2006 
    Family ID F176  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 25 Aug 1865 - New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 28 May 1888 - St. Stephen's Church, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 14 Feb 1923 - New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Metairie Cemetery (Lake Lawn Metairie), New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Morlas Dairy, 2220 Calhoun Street, New Orleans
    Morlas Dairy, 2220 Calhoun Street, New Orleans
    According to Simone Morlas of Marrero, the Morlas family home and Dairy in this photo "were shared by Bertrand Morlas Sr. (born in France) and his nephew, John Dominic Morlas (born in New Orleans), and their families." Between the two families they had 19 children--some of whom are shown in this 1898 photo. A few years later, they each opened their own dairies, Bertrand operating "The Calhoun Dairy" from the 3200 block of that street and John Dominic operating "La Belle Creole" on the 6300 block of South Claiborne.
    Morlas, John Dominic
    Morlas, John Dominic
    Husband of Lucine Roquevert
    B. 1865 New Orleans D. 1923 New Orleans
    He saved the tips he received delivering milk, eventually accumulating enough open his own Dairy, La Belle Creole, in New Orleans.

    Headstones
    Morlas Mausoleum, Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans
    Morlas Mausoleum, Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans
    This mausoleum was erected in the Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans at the death of John Dominic Morlas in 1923.

    It also became the final resting place of his wife, Lucine Roquevert, and their children: John Louis & wife Antoinette (Trapani) Morlas, Clothilde & husband Leon Bordes, Estelle & husband August Trapani, Louis & wife Lenora (Christoffer) Morlas, Leopold "Paul" & wife Olie (Roberts) Morlas, Vivian & husband Eugene Schoenfeld; as well as the resting place of several of John Dominic's grandsons; John Louis (I) Morlas Jr., Bertrand C. Morlas, John Louis (II) Morlas Jr., Sylvan "Brother" Bordes and Eugene "Jim" Schoenfeld, Jr.

    More so than any city this side of Paris, New Orleans is renowned for its historically significant and ornate necropolises. One of the parish's most unique "Cities of the Dead" is the eerily beautiful and diverse Metairie Cemetery. Built over the old Metairie Race Course, the cemetery was founded by Charles T. Howard. According to legend, when Howard was not allowed to join the country club that owned the track, he vowed it would become a cemetery. Many other famous Louisianans are interred here, in structures ranging from Gothic crypts to Romanesque mausoleums to Egyptian pyramids

  • Sources 
    1. [S479] Zahn, Bennie Jay--The Families Pene Roquevert Morlas (Privately Published; New Orleans, LA 1992) , updates and corrections issued periodically.