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Jean-Marie Morlas

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  • Name Jean-Marie Morlas  [1
    Born 14 Nov 1846  Laas, Gers, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Notes 
    • Bennie Zahn wrote that "Jean-Marie Morlas was born at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, 14 May 1846 au Capule with Joseph GORDAY, farmer, age 36, and Pierre BIAMOURET, 48, as witnesses." She went on to note that the dates of his immigration, marriage and death are unknown. As daughter Marie Morlas was shown on the 1870 census to be born circa 1862 in New Orleans, his immigration and marriage were sometime prior to that date.

      There appears to be discrepency between Jean/John's date of birth as reported by Bennie Zahn, and as shown on the 1870 Louisiana census. If his age on the above referenced census was accurate, then he would have been born circa 1838. If the birth date of May, 1846 is accurate, then he should have instead been listed on the 1870 census as age 24. Being born in the year 1846 would also mean that he was just 16 when he married Caroline and when his first daughter born, with his wife being five years his senior. Perhaps the original French records were misread or mistranscribed?

      Jean-Marie abandoned his family. It is assumed he vanished sometime in 1878, as according to Bennie Zahn, his sons Bertrand and John Dominic were admitted to St. Mary's Catholic Orphan Boys's Home on 17 Jan 1879, and discharged in February 1880. The city directory of 1888 listed his wife as the widow of John Morlas. Her residence at the time was Tonti between Poydras and Julia Street.
    • (Research):
      Census Information:

      1870 census

      Lousiana, Orleans Parish, New Orleans, Ward 3
      1155-2378
      Morlas, John 32 Butcher France
      Morlas, Caroline 29 Keeps house New York
      Morlas, Mary 8 At School Louisiana
      Morlas, John 5 Louisiana
      Morlas, Bertrand 1 Lousiana
    Person ID I186  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Father Francois Morlas,   b. 29 Jan 1808, Laas, Gers, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Apr 1878, Laas, Gers, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Mother Catherine Bernes,   b. 25 Mar 1812, Laas, Gers, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jan 1889, Laas, Gers, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 2 Oct 1833  Laas, Gers, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Witnesses at their wedding were Jean FOURNOT, 32, Jean DARRIEUX, farmer, age 21, Jean DELOM, 21, and Jean MORLAS, 29, a shoemaker and cousin to Francois.
    Family ID F190  Group Sheet,  Family chart

    Family 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 
    Children 
     1. Marie Morlas,   b. Abt 1862, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1887, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 25 years)
     2. John Dominic Morlas,   b. 25 Aug 1865, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Feb 1923, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
     3. Bertrand "Uncle Cook" Morlas,   b. 4 Jul 1867, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Aug 1948, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     4. Henry Morlas,   b. Jun 1874, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1918, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 43 years)
    Last Modified 9 Dec 2006 
    Family ID F188  Group Sheet,  Family chart

  • Event Map
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  • Histories
    Ancestral Region in France
    Ancestral Region in France
    The Gascony region, in the southwest of France, was home to the Pene, Morlas and Roquevert families before they emigrated to New Orleans around 1860.

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