Vacherie, Homeplace of Gregoire Bodin

  Les Familles Bodin Newsletter  

August 2, 2018

Travis J. Callahan, Editor

11403 Wesley Road, Abbeville, LA 70510




Reunion 2018

The Bodin Reunion (2018) was held on April 21, at the Baldwin Community Center, 305 Hwy 83, Baldwin, LA.

  More than seventy members were present and old acquaintances were renewed and  new family members met relatives they had never known.

Members from Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Virginia, and Arizona came to our reunion.

Front- L-R: Ruby Robicheaux Mestapey, Jeron LaFargue, Mitch Bell, Shayne Owens Bell,
Dr. Michael Cooper, Steve Workman, Karen C. Workman, Maureen Cooper DuBois.

Back-L-R: Jim Mestepey, Henry Richard (Houma) *, Janice Richard LeCompte (Houma)*, Kevin Cooper Roddy, Jennifer Dighton (holding Knox Forbes), Emily Forbes, Mike Mangham, Callie Lundrigan (holding Claire Marie Lundrigan), Stanley Lundrigan s
tanding behind Callie.

             *Henry Richard and Janice R, LeCompte are descendants of Norbert Bodin, the rest are  
               descendants of Melanie Bodin Richard.    

Nordine Patin Broussard, Henry Broussard, and Gaynell Bodin Barras

worked the sign in desk.


Early sign in on reunion day

Siblings Judy Bodin Shugart, Jim Bodin, Larry Bodin, and Carolyn B. Luke

In the background Cousin Joe Dubois

L-R: Henry Richard ( from Houma and descends
from Norbert). Phillip DuPriest ( from West Virginia, descends from Dolze),
Denis Bodin, Jr, Francis Bodin ( both from Ashton and descend from
Dolze), Ronnie Bodin ( from St. Martinville and descends from Dolze) .

Our Beloved Sister Janet Bodin and her sister Judy Plauche  sign in.

Joe Dubois, of Houma ,LA and Sharon Hoffman, and Jim Hoffman of Brandon, MS

Jim Hoffman won a Bodin Book Door prize

Claudette Robichaux won a Bodin Book door prize


Henry Richard purchased a Bodin Book 

Some of the parking lot on Reunion Day

Drew Keller toured  Vacherie, Home of Gregoire Bodin, his Great Grandfather, and then visited  the Bodin Tomb in Charenton, LA. Pictures are compliments of Drew Keller.

In Memory Of Ivy Joseph Bodin Jr.

Once more we have lost a member of the Bodin Board Of Directors.

Click here for his Obituary .

The recorded version is a beautiful  tribute to Ivy.

Reunion 2016

Hello Dear Bodin Cousins. 

The 2016 Bodin Family Reunion is now in the history book. The event was well attended. I managed to meet a few more of my Bodin Cousins and found that one, Paul Bodin, lives only a mile from me. We had members in attendance from Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, South Carolina,  and West Virginia. 

President Larry Bodin wanted to concentrate on the membership being together  and visiting with  each other at this reunion rather than having a formal program. As we all know this was a form of family entertainment in the days before television and cell phones.

Jim Bodin, suffering from a recent injury to his lip, still managed to provide a stirring rendition of Ava Maria which he does by whistling in accompanyment   to a music soundtrack. This is a form of Kareoki that I had never heard about. I was impressed. Thank you Jim.

Tolbert Greenwood spoke of his memories of his families past and the ties between the Cajun Bodin families and their  relatives across the Sabine River. There is an old joke in my family that many of  my Uncles and Aunts ended up in Texas when Gulf Oil built the first pipeline across the Sabine and my relatives followed the pipeline right of way  and founded Port Neches. At that time they changed the pronunciation of their name to Boden.

It was a good story for me because my first childhood memories were as a child living in Orange Texas where my Dad worked at Livingston Shipyard building Navy Ships. I really loved that Friday Ice Cream truck. 

Travis Callahan 1946 Orange, Texas

Several of my Uncles lived in the area with one being the barber in Port Neches.

Tolbert Greenwood has graciously allowed me to use his notes for this newsletter.

Click Here for his Memories


Penn, Bodin, Dumesnil History

by Larry D. Bodin


This story begins just outside of Jeanerette, Louisiana . The first house was built by Francis Henry Penn I, in the early 1800's. He died in the early 1840's, leaving behind three minor children.


One of the daughters, Celeste, married Ursin Provost. When she died he later married Josephine Bodin (Gregoire's daughter).


 After Ursin died Josephine married Eugene LeBlanc. Josephine and E. LeBlanc both  died of yellow fever in 1867. Francis Henry Penn II married Azema Bodin, July 26, 1850. The property and home were  in litigation for a long time. The home was sold to Robert E. Smith in 1973 and moved to Breaux Bridge to showcase his antique furniture.


I had visited the home near Mulates Restaurant on several occasions. There is even a sign Penn Road, I had gone several times after and the house was fenced off where someone could not even get close to the house. There is a picture of the house after the move, and looked like it had been there forever.


On one of my visits to the   area I decided to visit Edna Mae Tyler Dupuis, who lived in Breaux Bridge. Edna Mae was the daughter of Azema Dumesnil Tyler, grandpa's sister, and she was the oldest of the family. All of the older Penn family were paying a lawyer to recover the property  where the property was located, Edna Mae was the one representing the family.


The case went to trial in the 50's and the judge ruled that  they had no case. There are two documents I found belonging to Grandpa Dumesnil from a lawyer they had hired. On that visit with Edna Mae, she kept asking if  I could  show her where the house was located? I went and showed her where it was and later she and her family had a gathering there, what a treat for them. On that visit she told me she had a picture of Azema Bodin Penn, which I had never seen. I am also attaching a picture of the un-restored and restored picture along with Henry which I got from another relative. At that time I did not have any clue as to when F. Henry Penn  II had died. I knew he was buried in Charenton because he had a Civil War marker and Azema had nothing. Since that time I put markers for both of them in Charenton.   



P.S. Leroy (Soup) Dumesnil just passed this weekend, he had accompanied Edna Mae at the hearing in New Iberia in the 50's. Leroy was the son of Henry and Annie Dumesnil, Grandpa Bill Dumesnil's brother, and they lived on Weber  street here in Franklin. I had wondered where the name Henry came from, and now we  know. Grandpa mother Annette was the oldest child of Henry II and Azema Bodin's family, they lived on Penn Road just outside of Baldwin. I gather from family that it burnt down, but never saw it not even in a picture.



The Henry Penn home after the move to a location near Breaux Bridge, LA

Henry & Azema Bodin Penn

Hand drawn pictures of Henry & Azema


 A map of the Penn Property in 1939

The History of  our Bodin Home, Noirmoutier, France

 submitted by Larry D. Bodin

News !

Family Reunion at Ashton

On May 24, 2015,  the family of Denis Bodin, Sr. and Laurence Hebert Bodin held a family reunion in Ashton on Rodriguez Lane at the home of Earl & Juliet Rodriguez Peterson. Juliet being the oldest grandchild of that union. Children from this union are, Ambrose, Irene B. Breaux, Hazel B. Rodriguez Dumesnil, Grace B. Haydel, Jules, Theophile, Roland, Denis, Jr., Therese B. Boudreaux, Rita B. Darden and Francis. 

There were eleven children born to Denis and Laurence, of the eleven there were four in attendance, Grace being  the oldest at 95, Denis, Jr., Therese and Francis. Rita could not make the reunion because of illness. There were 20 grandchildren in attendance. Total family attendees were 113 and the youngest  was 8 months old. There were other friends besides the 113 that also came for the day. There were five generations represented. Total number of grandchildren in the family is 49 and 90 g-grandchildren. ( Bodin Book P. 132 # 360).

Denis & Laurence Bodin July 18, 1912

By Larry D. Bodin

The  Bodin Family Reunion was held March 29, 2014 at the Baldwin Community Center. Pictures taken at the Reunion are on the album page.

Click here to go to the album page

Three of our members have written articles for your viewing in this issue of the Bodin Newsletter.

All three men are long time genealogists and are continuing to search for the roots of the Bodin Family.

In the order that I recieved their submissions I present them to you.

  Click here for the Biographical Sketch of Eugene Gabriel Bodin (1849-1929)

By Larry D. Bodin

Click here for Battle for The Bayous

by Tolbert Greenwood

The  presentation by Paul Breaux at the March 29, 2014 Reunion  

Click Here for the Presentation by Paul Breaux


Please note  that the Bodin Family now owns it's own domain name.  



Larson "Cap" Bodin retires

Charter Bodin Board Member Larson Bodin has decided to slow down a little due to health issues and has resigned  from the Board of Directors.

On November 16, 2003 Les Familles Bodin  presented Cap with a reminder of our thanks in the form of a plaque of appreciation. The plaque is inscribed :

This Certificate of Appreciation given to Larson “Cap” Bodin on this 30th day of October 2013.
For all that you have done for many years of your life to record and preserve  our family history 
we award you the first ever Honorary Trustee Award of Les Families' Bodin.

Presenting the plaque is left to right, Larry Bodin, President. Gaynell Bodin Barras,Treasurer,

Larson Bodin, and the late C. Michael Bodin , Board of Directors

Thanks to William Boone Bonvillian for the newsletter addition.

Click Here 

for the

Biography of Captain Claude Albert Bonvillian, U.S.N.:

From Houma, Louisiana to the Manhattan Project


By William Boone Bonvillian of Great Falls, Virginia, his grandson, 7/30/13

Pictures from The Past

Picture Compliments of Kenneth Broussard of Vidor, TX

    Kenneth Purchased a Memorial Brick at the Veteran Memorial in Vidor, TX

And Enshrined his fathers name on the memorial wall

 Keep an eye on this space for more information.

 Please send me any Bodin news that you may have. I will update this page when I have more material.

The pictures from the past reunion are on the album page below

Click Here for the Bodin Newsletter Album.

The Family Album  

Some of the Bodin Board of Trustees  in attendance at the 2014 Reunion are

front row, left to right. 

Nordine Patin Broussard, Diana Vincent Callahan, Debra Hardy Bodin, Gaynell Bodin Barras, Nancy Garber Borel, and Irma Gary Bodin.

back row L to R,

 Kenneth Broussard, Travis J. Callahan, C. Michael Bodin,  Ellen Bodin Bayless, Paul Breaux, and President Larry D. Bodin

Present but not pictured, Jeron LaFargue

Trustees  not present were, Ivy Bodin, of California, and Noelie Bodin of Belgium .

Picture complements of Gloria Helmstetter


 Editors Note:

Some of our most interesting communications among the Bodin family is that which is done in simple e-mail messages between two family members. A wonderful example of this communication is the one that follows. Paul Breaux of Lafayette, LA sent his cousin Ivy Bodin of Vista, California an article about French being spoken in Louisiana schools at a time when they were both school boys.  Then they describe their own experiences. This is family history at it's best. I will post their conversation here on the newsletter. 




 Hello Cousin Paul,

 Living with my Bodin grandmother and her Mother, MaMere LaGrange, French was always spoken.  Daddy could speak French; Mother could not.  Mostly being raised by my grandmother I mostly spoke French until I entered First Grade.  Mother taught my grandmother some English so she could speak to me in English but she very seldom did.  But they could speak English together.  My Great Grandmother LaGrange spoke no English.


When I arrived at school in the mid-40s -Baldwin Elementary...First Grade was horrible.  All they did was correct my speech from French to English.  We were smacked on the hand with a ruler as reinforcement.  I was quite puzzled and did not understand.  Most puzzling also was my teacher who I knew to be my cousin--Melba Boudreau and she was the one doing this to me.  I could not understand why she would do this.  She was a Crochet and certainly spoke French like her mother.  My residual feeling about school was anxiety and I hated to go.  Second Grade was much of the same, also taught to me by Cousin Melba.  This was so unnerving.  I still spoke French with Grandma Bodin and her mother and some English with my parents.


But I was indeed learning English the hard way.  By the 3rd grade I could speak English and teacher changed to Mrs. Robicheaux....a whole different teacher.  French was not spoken and not an issue.  She was hard and disciplined....and you listened and excelled.  I was starting to have an epiphany.


Fourth Grade was a breeze; I excelled academically and had a marvelous new teacher Mrs. Orville Longman.  She was kind.  And school was interesting and I vowed I would succeed academically.  I was starting to be a whiz by Fifth grade with Miss Myrtle Kramer and did quite well in 6th.  Then on to Franklin High for 7th grade on up.


  The French language was out of my life but in 9th grade I discovered Miss ONeil and her Latin class. I studied it for 4 years and actually could speak Latin.  Arriving at college in Lafayette I learned I could study any number of languages and during  my college career I studied French for 4 years, reclaiming my native tongue.  And I also studied German for 4 years.  All this as electives.  I started regretting having been robbed of my mother tongue French all those years ago in school.  But I settled into the reality of the French I did have.  Languages all came easy to me and sometimes even I still dream in French. 


The one language compliment I did receive and relish  occurred years later when I was in the Air Force.  My testing set the stage for my career there  and I was selected to study Chinese at Stanford.  I could not have been happier.  This did not happen however and I had a different career in the Air Force for a few years.  The languages I did know and have were even more precious for me by then.


Thank you for listening to Ivy's story about his French heritage and  theft of his native language.   What happened in those days was inexcusable.  But then in the 60s and 70s French became a Louisiana Heroine....  I also recall reading that the law against French speech was finally though late, rescinded by the Legislature.....Cousin Ivy


Hello Cousin Ivy,

I could not stop reading once I started.  I know you to be only 3 or 4 years older than I, and I could not have ever imagined your at the time you were beginning school having experienced such.  I myself began the first grade in 1948, not really that much behind you.  And, I recognize and eventually for one reason or other came in contact with many of the people you describe (Melba, for example, who had a son my age and with whom I even roomed at USL as a sophomore, and Mrs. Crochet)

For my mother, it  was such a decisive/defining experience that she never spoke French in the presence of me and my brother and sister.  She would converse in French only with her mother (Laurence), and siblings, and my dad or his parents.  Never with me and my siblings.  

I knew very few French words, and enough to put them together in phrases but nothing about constructing sentences.  Some of the French my parents and others did carry over to their English sort of "unconsciously."  I learned as a child that the name for the fly closure on the front of pants was "braquette."  I remember using that word on the school ground and my buddies not knowing what I was talking about.  Eventually I called it "zipper," even if it was a button closure!




[Coincidentally, I took the Latin classes with Lorena O'Niell, too.  Never forgot the "Gallia est omnes divisa " opening in Caesar's Gallic Wars — Ms. O'Niell told us we could not forget it  . . .  

And then, Cousin there is the attached 2012  Resolution by our own legislature urging/encouraging use of French!?  If not "back to the future," certainly "forward to the past"



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Regular Session, 2012




To urge and request state agencies, when translating information from the English language

to the French language, to make every effort to make such translations using

Louisiana French by utilizing dictionaries and other resources dedicated to the

preservation and celebration of this unique language.

WHEREAS, pursuant to R.S. 1:51, Louisiana is officially bilingual: "Any act or

contract made or executed in the French language is as legal and binding upon the parties

as if it had been made or executed in the English language"; and

WHEREAS, the Louisiana French Language Services Program, provided for in R.S.

25:671 through 674, was established by Act No. 106 of the 2011 Regular Session of the

Legislature for purposes that include providing state government services to French-speaking

citizens and visitors in the French language and assisting Louisiana citizens who speak

French in dealing with and receiving services from state government so as to support the

long-term sustainability of Louisiana's historic French cultural heritage; and

WHEREAS, many citizens of Louisiana speak French as a first or second language,

and, as stated in R.S. 25:671, the legislature finds that the heritage of the French-speaking

people of Louisiana is one of the greatest treasures of Louisiana's rich cultural patrimony and

perhaps the most significant factor in making the state's culture unique; and

WHEREAS, the legislature further finds, as provided in R.S. 25:671, that providing

state government services in the French language would encourage the preservation of the

state's French cultural heritage for future generations, provide important and sometimes life sustaining

services to French-speaking citizens and visitors, and support and encourage

French investment in Louisiana, serving not only the state's French-speaking citizens but the

entire state; and



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WHEREAS, in fulfilling the purposes of the Louisiana French Language Services

Program, as well as under other circumstances, state agencies likely seek resources for

providing translations of important information from English to French, and ideally, state

agencies should utilize resources which offer translations from English to Louisiana French;


WHEREAS, there are resources readily available from reputable publishers and

authors who are experts in Louisiana French; and

WHEREAS, Louisiana French, according to the Council for the Development of

French in Louisiana (CODOFIL), is a "rich tapestry of the French that was spoken in the

eighteenth century by Acadian and French immigrants and the French and African Creoles

who came to Louisiana from the West Indies"; CODOFIL notes that Louisiana French also

includes aspects of Spanish and English, language from local Native American tribes, and

African vocabulary, making the accent and expressions of Louisiana French truly distinctive;


WHEREAS, Louisiana French plays a significant and singular role in the history of

Louisiana and contributes to the state's special cultural flavor, and it is fitting and appropriate

that it be used in English-French translations conducted by state agencies.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of Louisiana does hereby

urge and request state agencies, when translating information from the English language to

the French language, to make every effort to make such translations using Louisiana French

by utilizing dictionaries and other resources dedicated to the preservation and celebration

of this unique language.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this Resolution be transmitted to the

commissioner of administration and to the chief executive officer of each executive branch








                                         Trip to France, Italy & Spain 2012 

                          by Larry D. Bodin

My trip in 2011 to Europe was supposed to be my last trip, but everyone knows how that goes. I do think that this was my last one, one more time. Since I am back I have been having trouble with my knee and if it would have been like that during the trip, the trip would have been out. Our trip consisted of myself, Ruby and Jim Mestepey. They were already planning their trip when I came into the picture. Their daughter was supposed to be going and had to cancel so they invited me to go along. At first I had declined but later reconsidered. Most of our trip was centered around the Mediterranean Sea


Our first week we spent at Jim & Ruby’s friends home. Jim had worked in France at one time and made friends with this couple. From their home we were able to visit Italy area, as well as Cannes ,  and Monte Carlo . Later in the trip we visited LaChaussee, where the Robicheaux families came from. Ruby was interested in that history because she was a Robicheaux before marriage. We saw the castle the Robicheaux family lived near and got to speak to the current owner. It was raining that day so we could not do all we intended to do. We stayed at a bed and breakfast in a town called Loudun, near LaChaussee. While at Loudon, we were the closest to Noirmoutier than any other place on the trip but that was not our focus of the trip. 


While at Lachaussee we took a tour of the museum there and the tour person happened to have a Bodin connection, her name is Michele Bodin Touret . We have communicated electronically  several times since I am back. She has common names of our family and is from the area we are from. We are having trouble making a connection because of the records during the revolution period. Common names in her line are Pierre, Jean Baptist, Charles, Henri and those are common in our line. We have to see if Jean Baptist and Pierre were either brothers are cousins. 


Our second week was spent at a condo in Canet and from there we visited Barcelona . I had seen the Mediterranean Sea in Barcelona several years ago, but this trip really gave me a different look which was much more picturesque. In Italy we visited St. Margarita, Portafina,  and Camaldi. The area between the road and the sea were just as picturesque as could be with  large villas. Ruby did fall on the trip but luckily she got by for the rest of the trip with a little tender loving care from Jim.  Recently she began to walk without a boot that she had been wearing since she got back

After she got back she found out that she had broken a small bone in her foot and recently  she began to walk with a boot that she has been wearing since she got back. We had a good driver, Jim, and plenty of map readers between the three of us. It took me several days into the trip to finally learn how to read a map. Jim and Ruby were already proficient at it since they had taken many trips before to Europe , we also had a GPS and that helped a lot especially when we took the wrong road, but that did not happen too often. In France we also visited Avignon , which is where the Pope lived  for several centuries also Limoges , famous for its table ware.


 I  rely on family members to update this  newsletter. Please send any info that you may have . 

Old news, old stories, old documents would be great.
Any submissions will be greatly appreciated and a large or small article would help greatly. I have a proofreader named Larry, and we can correct grammar and spelling on any submission.


Remnants of Josephine Bodin Provost LeBlanc Plantation

By Larry D. Bodin


This story has been on the back burner for some time now and so I thought it was time to put it together before I forget some of the details.

Documentation of this story is from :

Fort de Chartres, Illinois being restored, 1986 by Michael R. Rogers,

Descendants of Nicholas Provost by Dr. Kennell Philip Brown, Franklin, LA Courthouse.

After the 2010 reunion, I went to visit Father Crumley, who was the guest speaker at our reunion that year. In a casual conversation we began to speak about Mike Rogers,
and Father could tell by my conversation that I did not know that Mike had passed away. In fact I found out that Mike had passed in January of that year. Mike was a genealogist and made many trips to the courthouse in Franklin and on many trips would stop in and visit me at the store in Franklin. On many occasions he had mentioned an old building near the Yellow Bowl that had a connection to the family. He had never shown me exactly where it was.

When Father Crumley told me he had passed that was the first thing I thought of, him not ever showing me where it was. After that surprise I began to ask around and after mentioning it to my Uncle Francis, he said he had an idea about the location of the building. So the next week end we decided we would go to see if we could find the building. We did find the building and  its located on Hwy 182. 19343 and Carroll Bonin lives in front of the building. Carol was very interested in what we knew about the building and also gave us the current history of the building. That property was in his family from long ago. He said that the building is well known to genealogist, history department, engineering classes because if it’s age.

He was barbequing at the time under his carport and gave us permission to take pictures and walk around and view the building. The building was part of the Sorrell Plantation. This was the land of the Provost’s and that is where Dr. Brown and Mike Rogers come into play. They are both descendants of the Provosts.


I originally met Dr. Brown through Mike. I remember the first time I met Dr. Brown, he got down on his knees and begged did I have a picture of Josephine Bodin Provost LeBlanc and my answer was negative. After speaking with Dr. Brown, I came to the realization that if he did not have one, there was none to be had. I have on several occasions made an attempt to find relatives but always met a dead end. I have a signed copy of Dr. Brown’s work and have used it on many occasions. His work was done before Father Hebert’s books were published, so he got the records directly from the churches and got his pictures and history from family members. I am sure along the way he was asking for any pictures the family had. Dr. Brown published his book in 1957 and now he is deceased. The building that remains was part of the homestead of Josephine Bodin and Ursin Provost, Jr.


Ursin had first married Celeste Penn (sister of Henri Penn) she died in 1845 and they had two children (Pierre and Therese).

They passed away at young ages so there were no lines to follow. Ursin’s second marriage was to Josephine Bodin in 1846 and they had three children (Joseph, Antoine and Marie Azema) Joseph

Alcide was mayor of Jeanerette (1880’s) and also bought the property of Pierre Ulysee Bodin at a

Sheriff Sale and Zulmee R. Haydel bought it back from him later. Ursin died in 1851 leaving seven children for Josephine to look after.


In 1854, Gregoire Bodin, Josephine’s father, bought the plantation they were living on, which was the estate of Ursin Provost. It was the same property that had been purchased by Ursin. In 1854 Josephine married her brother-in-law Eugene LeBlanc, (Eugene being the brother of Jean Baptist, husband of Caroline Bodin Leblanc). Eugene and Josephine had two children (Eugene and Euginie). Both died of yellow fever in 1867, seven days apart in 1867 and are buried in New Iberia all in the same plot with Ursin, Jr. and his first wife Celeste. The plot is near the cross in the center of the cemetery in New Iberia.


At the time of Josephine & Eugene’s death

Joseph was 20, Ursin was 19, Marie Azema was 17, Eugenie was 13 and Eugene was 8. In previous

Newsletters articles were written about Joseph Alcide Provost and also an article about the purchase

of the plantation by Gregoire Bodin for Josephine, it may have been a wedding present when she married Eugene. So if we look at some dates, Gregoire died in 1865, two years later three died of

Yellow Fever, Augustine Richard, Eugene and Josephine Bodin LeBlanc.


Some of the many families with ties to the Provost family are Guiberteau, Drulhet, Brown, ( Felix the son of Godfrey Provost married Mary Inez Bodin in 1917, daughter of Aldolph Bodin and Clara Trimble, Aldolph being the son of Ernest, Ernest being the son of Norbert Bodin first marriage.) Stanbury, LeBourgeois, Minvielle, Schexnayder, Trappey, Rogers, Girard, Haydel, Gonsoulin, Vincent, Yeutter, Weber, Moresi, Lancon, Dooley, Daigle, Krepper and Judice.


The farm where the building is located near the Yellow Bowl is being farmed by the Gonsoulin Brother's farm.

* Dr. Brown’s book was printed by Bob Angers, Franklin Banner Tribune.

* Carrol Bonin says the Tulane and LSU engineering schools have visited the building and taken pictures.

* Dr. Brown (deceased) was the brother of Carl Brown (deceased) and Carl was the husband of

Jo Ann Bodin, Jo Ann the daughter of John & Yvonne Bodin.





We have recently been contacted by Cousin Mary Dugas who just discovered our web page. She sent the picture below.

Norbert Bodin and wife Melisse Veret and six of their children (Dennis, Dina, Jean-Charles, Flora, Marie-Cecile, and baby Robert Paul, the Grandfather of Mary Dugas.



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If you move, PLEASE let me know of your new mailing address. We maintain a file of postal addresses. If your email message returns we may need to write to you to get your new email address.

Printed Copies of this newsletters

If someone you know does not have email capabilty, please consider printing the newsletter for them. I have personally run out of time in my personal life since  I do this same job for the Bodin Family and four other organizations. I can no longer print and mail the newsletter. It is my decision to only provide the electronic newsletter.


  Dues for the period April 2018  through April, 2020 are as follows:

Dues per family with children 18 and over living at home for the two year period are $20.00 Dues for individuals for the two year period is $10.00.

 Editors Notes:

A large number of members paid their dues at the 2018 reunion covering the period of April 2018--April 2020. As a not for profit association we cannot accumulate   a large amount of money and that is why the board cut the dues in half prior to  the 2012   reunion. We do not advocate increasing the association dues.

We maintain only enough money to pay for the next reunion. That price increases every year. This year the reunion cost increased by nearly 20% which causes us to have to consider ways to raise additional funds.

If you want to help to maintain the quality of our biennial reunions feel free to provide a donation to Treasurer  Gaynell Bodin Barras and she will send me your name and I will show you as a Contributer For the Future ( no amount will be listed) to the cost of the 2020 reunion.

All money collected at each reunion is counted at the conclusion of that reunion by a minimum of three people who are officers of the association. Those fund are kept in a safety deposit box at the Bank of Erath . Erath, LA. No one can access that box unless another officer of the association is present.


Please make dues checks payable to our treasurer, Gaynell B. Barras herself  and not to the association. She cannot cash a check made out to Les Familles BodinHer address is 901 Lake Dauterive Rd Loreauville LA   70552-2007

You may also send your dues  to Larry D. Bodin himself  at 711 Main Street Franklin, LA  70538

We ask that you send dues made out to these people personally since we do not have a checking account for Les Familles Bodin and we have trouble cashing checks made out to the association.

How to Order the Bodin Family Book   

Larry Bodin advises that he has a few Bodin Books remaining. 

Larry D. Bodin   711 Main Street Franklin, LA  70538   

Phone 337-828-9536  

Kenneth Broussard,  son of the Late Luella Bodin Broussard,  author of the Bodin 

Book,  has a few books left for sale. In the future, Kenneth expects to do an

upgrade on the book by adding new members

 family info that was not in the original book.

 Website -

Online form to submit family information -

Download form -
(form attached to send out by email.)

Forms can also be emailed to or sent through postal mail to:

Kenneth Broussard
PO Box 117
Vidor, TX 77670


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Editors Note: I have been asked why I did not publish Stacy Bodin’s entire Hurricane story at one time. The article is simply too long to put into a six page newsletter. I am including the link to Stacy’s page here. From her "Hurricane link" you can see all her storm pictures and stories.  This is a very interesting page, from a very talented lady.  

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