Welcome to the Official Homepage
of Les Familles Bodin.
A Poem For All Bodin Descendants
TRIBUTE TO MY ANCESTORS
By Sylvia David Morel
I want to know you all by name,
And when and where you lived.
It matters not if you won fame;
Because of you, I live.
Are alive and well in mine.
Years that divide cannot tear apart
That bond untouched by time.
Your spirit keeps me strong;
Your gift to me with your name,
So I know where I belong.
And In French, the Language of our Ancestors
Où vous restiez, et quand.
Fameux ou pas, me fait rien;
C’est de vous que ma vie devient.
Ils sont toujours dans mon coeur,
Les rêves que vous aviez,
Pour nous tenir toujours ensemble,
Pas touchés par les années.
Votre sang passe dans mes veines
Pour me tenir forte;
avec votre nom,
Le nom que j’apporte.
January 29, 1997 (le 17 janvier, 1997)
Sylvia David Morel
Copyright c 2000 by Sylvia David Morel. All rights reserved by the author. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording, or by any information storage or retrieval system, without written permission of the author.
Sylvia is the daughter of Julia Bodin David, the granddaughter of Isador Bodin, the great granddaughter of Belizaire Bodin and the Great Great Granddaughter of Simon Bodin, son of Jean Louis Bodin, of Noirmoutier, France.
The Bodin Reunion (2018) will be
held on April 21, at the Baldwin Community Center, 305 Hwy 83.
Registration begins at 9 a.m.; a noon meal will be provided, and donations will be accepted. Any questions please contact Larry Bodin at 337-828-9536.
Ivy Joseph Bodin
Jr. was a California resident in his retirement. You may want to listen
to his beautiful obituary on the link below.
Click here for the Obituary
C. Michael Bodin
Once again we have lost a member of the Board of Directors of Les Familles Bodin
C. Michael Bodin died May 12, 2016 at his home in Jeanerette, LA
Click here for his Obituary
The Presidents MessageAs of this month our Bodin Book is in the Louisiana Archives, they were very happy to receive it. It was delivered by Dallas Bodin from New Iberia. Thanks Dallas. LDB
Norbert Bodin Family
Front: L-R: 2 girls, Juliana Ladnier, Aubrey Ladnier.
Middle: L-R: Mary Ladnier,Dean Ladnier, Doris Ladnier, Susan Ladnier Wilson, Claire Ladnier, Myra T. Porter, Lana T. Bodin.
Back: L-R: Greg Ladnier, William Ladnier, Frank DeGraaw, Jim Wilson, Jordan Ladnier, C Michael Bodin, C Andre Bodin.
Front: L-R: Michell Andrews, Shayne Owens Bell, Jeron LaFargue, Susan LaFargue Kyle, Maureen Cooper Dubois, Veeder McKoin Bell, Cherie Richard Fletcher, and Sidney Richard.
Back: L-R: Patricia Richard Porto, Douglas LaFargue, Kevin Cooper Roddy, Kathryn Roddy, Dr. Michael Cooper, Eddie Guy Bell, and Mike Fletcher.
Directors and Trustees of Les Familles Bodin
Incorporation of Association Dec. 13, 1999
President, Larry D. Bodin, Franklin, LA (Director, Researcher, Cemetery Work, Writer) (Gregoire)
Vice Pres. Travis J. Callahan, Abbeville, LA (Director, Web Master, Cemetery Researcher of War Veterans, Writer) (Simon)
Treasurer, Gaynell Bodin Barras, Loreauville (Director, Researcher) (Gregoire)
Secretary, Paul J. Breaux, Lafayette, LA (Trustee, Legal Advisor, Researcher, Writer) (Gregoire)
C Michael Bodin, Jeanerette, LA (Director, Cemetery Research) (Gregoire)
Debra Hardy Bodin, Youngsville, LA (Director) (Simon)
Nordine Patin Broussard, Lafayette, LA (Director, Researcher) (Gregoire)
Ellen Bodin Bayless, Youngsville, LA (Director, Researcher) (Simon)
Diane Vincent Callahan, Abbeville, LA (Trustee, Researcher, Cemetery Research of War Veterans)(Simon)
Noelie Bodin, Country of Belgium (Trustee, Translator) (Gregoire)
Ivy Bodin, Vista, California, (Trustee, Researcher, Writer)
Nancy Garber Borel, Ragley, LA (Trustee) (Gregoire)
Jeron J. LaFargue, Lafayette, LA (Trustee, Researcher) (Gregoire)
Kenneth R. Broussard, Vidor, TX (Trustee, Research) (Gregoire)
Don P. Louviere, Houston, TX (Trustee, Cemetery GPS Work, Researcher) (Simon)
Dallas Bodin, New Iberia, LA (Trustee, Researcher, Cemetery Work) , (Simon)
Becky Bodin LaRose, Gulf Breeze, Florida (Trustee, Researcher,
Writer, ) (Gregoire)
Keith C. Bodin, Ashton, LA (Trustee) (Gregoire)
In Memory Of Irma Gary Bodin
Once more we have lost a member of the Bodin Board Of Directors.
Click here for the Obituary
Our March 29, 2014 the Bodin Reunion was held at the Baldwin, Louisiana Community Center.
Bodin Board Members at the April 21, 2014 Reunion
Trustees in attendance at the 2014 Reunion
Nodine Patin Broussard, Diana Vincent Callahan, Debra Hardy Bodin, Gaynell Bodin Barras,
Nancy Garber Borel, and the late Irma Gary Bodin.
Back row L to R ,
Kenneth Broussard, Travis J. Callahan, C. Michael Bodin, Ellen Bodin Bayless,
Paul Breaux, and President Larry Bodin
In attendance but not pictured was Jeron LaFargue.
Not in attendance , Ivy Bodin of California, and Nolie Bodin of Belgium.
Pcture compliments of Gloria Helmstetter
This picture copyrighted by Paul's Photo Service
1009 Malcolm St., P.O. Box 169 Franklin, LA 70538
Pictures of the reunion participants of the last two reunions are on the album page that
can also be accessed from the newsletter. See our link to the Bodin
newsletter at the bottom of this page for more details.
About Our Logo
The official logo of our association was designed By Allen Dale Belaire and features an outline of the Island of Noirmoutier France, birthplace of Jean Louis Bodin, over a flag of France, and the initial B representing our family.
Looking back on The Early Days
Forming the Corporation
The association held it's first reunion on October 30, 1999 in the town of Franklin Louisiana. There were three hundred attendees with representatives from several different states, including New Jersey , California, Montana , and Texas, and a large number from Louisiana. This initial reunion was for the purpose of meeting other Bodin descendants, developing a database of Bodin descendants and to acquire information for the family tree that will be included here. Paul J. Breaux , Lafayette Attorney, and Bodin descendant is our legal counsel and is drawing up the documents to incorporate our association as a non-profit organization, the purpose of which is to research our history and educate our children and generations to come , so that we never forget where we came from, and who we are.
Bodin Family Members on the banks of the Bayou Teche
The American Legion Hall , Franklin, LA reunion day.
John Bodin , our cousin from New Jersey on the left ,and our president Larry Bodin on the right . Two reasons why our reunion was such a success.
More Early Days News
Les Familles Bodin is now a non-profit corporation. The documents were signed at Baton Rouge , Louisiana on December 13, 1999 by Secretary of State Fox McKeithen. Many thanks to Attorney Paul J. Breaux who performed all the legal duties at no charge to the association.
Travis Callahan , left , and Larry Bodin sign the required forms to incorporate the association at Duffy's Diner in New Iberia, Louisiana. The diner was chosen because it stands on the exact spot where Callahan was born in the home of his grandfather Boniface Bodin. Photo by Paul J. Breaux.
The Officers & Board of Directors
President Larry Bodin, Franklin Louisiana
Vice President Travis J. Callahan , Abbeville, LA
Director C. Michael Bodin, Jeanerette, LA
Director/ Treasurer Gaynell Bodin Barras, Loreauville, LA
Director Debra Hardy Bodin, Youngsville, LA
Director Nordine Patin Broussard, Lafayette, LA
The Board of Trustees
The board includes the above officers and the following trustees
Trustee Diana V. Callahan, Abbeville, LA
Secretary Paul J. Breaux, Lafayette, LA
Trustee Noelie Bodin, Country of Belgium
Trustee Ivy Bodin Jr., Vista, Ca
Trustee Nancy Garber Borel, Ragley, LA
Trustee Jeron J. LaFargue, Lafayette, LA
History of Our Family
Jean Louis Bodin was born on the island of Noirmoutier, France in 1761. He was the son of Pierre Bodin and Jeanne Massonet and the grandson of Pierre Bodin and Jeanne Guibeaux. This takes our Bodin family research back to 1715, the year of the birth of the first Pierre Bodin. We will concentrate here on Jean Louis Bodin who was a crewman on the sailing vessel La Bon PaPa , the first and smallest of the seven ships that sailed from France to the Louisiana Territories bringing the first French immigrants .
Jean Louis married one of the immigrants, Francoise Jose Doirn (Doiron) on February 28, 1787 at St. Gabriel Church.
This is a recent photo of the church which still stands today near the banks of the Mississippi River in the community of Saint Gabriel, LA. I was fortunate to be able to tour the church and it is in remarkable condition. The church has been moved two times to escape the encroaching Bayou Manchac and later the Mississippi River before the present Levee system was developed . It is now about 100 yards from the Mississippi. A group is being formed to preserve this wonderful remnant of the early settlers life .
The Family Of Jean Louis Bodin
The marriage of Jean Louis Bodin and Marie Francoise Doiron produced six children. Of the six our research has only found descendants of two sons, Gregoire and Simon Bodin, and one daughter Marie Rose Bodin
Gregoire was born December 12, 1795 , in Saint Gabriel , LA the first child of Jean Louis Bodin and Marie Doiron. Gregoire married Pelagie LeBlanc on November 11, 1816 and from this marriage ten children were born. After the death of Pelagie in 1840, Gregoire married Natalie Bourg ( Bourque ) and five children were born of that union. Later Gregoire took over the duties of under tutor for the eight minor children of his deceased brother , Simon when he died at 48 years of age.
Gregoire was a very successful plantation owner with 2000 acres of land tilled by slaves engaged in the production of sugar cane. He was a respected business man in Saint Mary Parish even though he could not read and write. The home that he built near Charenton was a lavish structure even in those days .
Gregoire Bodin's Cypremort Prairie Plantation built in 1841 still stands today and was re-named Vacherie by later owners.
Both Gregoire and his brother were men of large stature, and stories were told that when they were together they did not need a ladder. A pair of Gregoire's pants is still owned by a family member and the waist of those pants , when held up by an average sized man, reach the neck of the holder. A story has been told for generations that when Gregoire died on the upper floor of his home , he was too large to bring down the spiral staircase and the slaves cut a hole in the ceiling and lowered the body with ropes. A recent renovation of the home covered the hole that was still visible up until that time. The pants held a special meaning for the older descendants of Gregoire , as the last tie to their ancestor . One elderly family member told Larry Bodin that when the elder members of the family were near death they would call for someone to bring the pants to their bedside so that they " could see them one more time". The person recounting this story would cry each time he told it. He passed away two years ago at the age of 96 years. Remember that family information was passed down through the generations by word of mouth beginning with those members who could not read or write.
When Gregoire died he was buried in the family tomb shown below. On August 26, 1992 Hurricane Andrew severely damaged the tomb when one of the large pieces of marble fell off and was broken. On October 25, 1993 Gregoire's great great great grandson, Larry Bodin , undertook the task of restoring the tomb . The renovation began and lasted until April 8, 1994 . The renovators stated that it would be too costly to build a tomb with marble today, and that the cost would run to more than $20,000.00. The cost of the renovation was over $4,000.00 and was paid with contributions from members of the Bodin Family Larry is probably one of the few people who has seen the remains of his great great grandfather. In Larry's own words " a giant of a man, over seven feet".
Family Tomb Charenton, LA
Order of burial in the Bodin Tomb
Aurelia Bodin, born July 23, 1829 died October 22, 1832 (3)
Joseph Bodin , born November 4, 1817 died September 22, 1839 (22)
Pelagie Leblanc Bodin , born April 15, 1797 died April 6, 1840 (43)
Gregoire Bodin Jr. , born March 30, 1845 died October 10, 1852 (7)
Felicite Bodin , born February 21, 1852 died September 15, 1861 (9)
Gregoire Bodin Sr. , Born December 12, 1794 died June 25, 1865 (71)
The value of the succession as a true record.
Simon and his twin sister Genevive were born April 12, 1800 in Opelousas, Louisiana the children of Jean Louis Bodin and Marie Doiron. At age 24, Simon married Pelagie Landry in Saint Martinville, Louisiana. In reading the succession of Simon which is dated June 28, 1848 , and on file in the Franklin, Louisiana courthouse, one gains insight to the life of this man after his death.
In this record, Simon's wife Pelagie Landry requests that an inventory of the assets of Simon be inventoried and that an " under tutor " be appointed for her children now without a father. The early settlers of this area were very concerned that children have a female and a male guidance in their lives so that they could be taught how to survive and grow to decent adults. Many times a family meeting was held which was very formal and of a legal nature and tutors were appointed. This was the case here and the document shows the attendance of Uncle Gregoire , and cousins Therence, Emile, Norbert Bodin and Henry Penn ( son-in-law of Gregoire ), all of the age of majority. As a result of the family meeting Gregoire was appointed under tutor to his nieces and nephews shown by name in the document. They were ; Belizare, Adrien, Doralize, Uranie, Numa, Alcee, the twins Joseph and Josephine, and Alcide. No reference is made to the tenth child, Marie Belzire who had died at the age of thirteen days, since the document only shows heirs to the estate. There is a reference to the fact that Belizare has reached the age of majority.
The Estate of Simon Bodin in 1848
A description of the family farm located in Saint Mary Parish includes the notation that the land deed was recorded in the town of Washington and that the property was 80 acres in size. The value of this property was listed as $4,000.00 and had previously been purchased in 1831.
The growing crop of 45 arpents of sugar cane and 19 arpents of corn is valued at $1,000.00 along with 100 barrels of corn valued at $62.50 and 64 cords of firewood valued at $96.00 .
The document lists three male slaves and one boy 16 years of age as well as three women slaves , one of which was the mother of two small children valued at a total of $4,000.00.
One must know that slaves of planters of this era , and this area ,were more tenant farmers than slaves and that the " slave owners" usually worked in the fields alongside the slaves. The slaves of " less wealthy " planters usually owned some land on the farm and many were self employed on their time off. Only the very wealthy slave owners had plantations with large numbers of slaves and lived the extravagant lifestyles portrayed in the movies . As I continue my research of the family and slavery in Saint Mary Parish I will update this section.
The following is provided by Paul Breaux, one of the hard working family researchers.
Slavery as regulated by law, and as actually practiced, in Louisiana
While slavery in the past, and practiced even today in some places in the world, of any kind is deplorable and regrettable, this that follows is worth noting . . .
I had a need recently to review in one of my law school text books some points on legal personality and the exercise of free will as applied in Louisiana law to the formation of contracts.
When done with my study of those materials, I read again portions of a chapter in the text book discussing slavery both as legally regulated and as actually practiced by Louisianaians at the late 18th and first half of the 19th centuries. Scanned copies of pages 4 through 8 are attached.
In those pages, and particularly beginning near the top of the 6th page, laws governing slavery in Louisiana are compared and contrasted with laws in the northern states. Two examples of the more lenient and compassionate laws of Louisiana from the French and Spanish are explained at the 7th page of the materials.
The gist of it all is that Louisiana’s treatment of slaves in the law, and even more so in the customs, usages and practices of the slave owners, was measurably more humane than other places in the United States, the legal regulations and actual practices of northern states and other southern states being described in the 1853 book as “the most inhumane ever known in the history of the world.”
The source or cause for the difference in Louisiana is attributed by the 1853 book/research quoted by the law school professor to the French and Spanish laws and the mores/culture of the premiers habitants that were the underpinnings of the very early legal codes of Louisiana.
All of this in the wings of and as a supplement to the observations by the web site editor, Travis J. Callahan, at the Internet web site* of Les Familles Bodin, Inc., at the point of Callahan’s discussion of the inventory of the 1848 estate of Simon Bodin and the fact that the inventory listed, inter alia, six adult slaves and several children.
December 22, 2013.
The succession of Simon continues
There were ten oxen, twenty horses, several cows and calves, and thirty-three sheep, as well as 30 hogs. There are listed saddles , bridles, household furniture , a cistern, flatboats and a pirogue, and other items considered of value in those days. The total estate of Simon Bodin was valued at $13,387.00
Also included in the Saint Mary Courthouse records are legal documents naming Pelagie Landry as administrator of the estate and a second legal document naming Pelagie as the "natural " tutor of the minor children and Gregoire Bodin as the " under" tutor.
I continue to research the life and death of Simon Bodin and at present I am searching for his final resting place and the actual location of his former plantation. A true treasure would be to find a picture of Simon.
Marie Rose Bodin
The family of Rose Marie is being researched at this time. One of the factors that make this research interesting, is that Belisaire, son of Simon married Francoise Orezille Stevens , daughter of Rose Marie Bodin and her husband Louis Stevens. Children of brother and sister (first cousins) were married and shared the same grandparents, Jean Louis Bodin and Francoise Doiron.
If you are a descendant of Rose Marie Bodin Stevens, please contact us.
A Link to the home place of Jean Louis Bodin
(open the page and click on the flag for English version)
The Island Of Noirmoutier, France
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Travis J. Callahan , webmaster
This page updated April 28, 2017
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