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Elijah Douresseau and Hazel Pete

This is a picture of my paternal great grandparents on their wedding day (this is actually one of my favorite family photos).

They looked so cute together, don’t you think! =P


(click on the photos to enlarge them)

And this is a much later picture of the happy couple…


(The first picture makes them look light-skinned for some odd reason though)


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Deridder, Beauregard, Louisiana, USA

I also have never been to my Madea‘s hometown of Deridder, so I will only post some links for right now…

City of Deridder

(from the site)

“The History of DeRidder


The story of DeRidder goes something like this. In 1893, railroads were being built in the United States, and one of their builders was Mr. Stilwell. There was an international financial crisis that year, and Mr. Stilwell could not raise the $3 million needed to finish constructing a railroad from Kansas City down to the Gulf, about 800 miles. Since he could not raise the money in the United States, he decided to go to Europe for aid. He first tried England, but failed. He then went to Holland for assistance. He was at a loss while in Amsterdam, and then remembered a young coffee merchant he had met while on a previous trip to Europe with his wife. Mr. Stilwell went to the Coffee Exchange for their list of members, and found the name of the young merchant, Jan Dehouyen. Mr. Stilwell found Jan Dehouyen and told him about his plans for building the railroad in the United States. These plans intrigued Jan Dehouyen, so he raised the $3 million needed for this Kansas City Southern Railroad. Then Mr. Dehouyen decided to change careers from coffee to railroads, and traveled to the United States with Mr. Stilwell.

Jan Dehouyen kept an office in Amsterdam, Holland, and there was a map in his office showing Kansas City in the north and the Gulf in the south. Occasionally, Mr. Dehouyen would be asked to name a place, which might be of interest in the future, which was located along the railroad. Mr. Dehouyen had a sister-in-law named Ella DeRidder Dehouyen. She was a beautiful girl from Belgium, and was a favorite relative of Jan Dehouyen. He named our city “DeRidder”, in honor of his sister-in-law…”

The Local Newspaper

Lots of Miscellaneous Info and Links


(from the page)

“As of the census2 of 2000, there were 9,808 people, 3,819 households, and 2,616 families residing in the city. The population density was 446.0/km² (1,155.4/mi²). There were 4,454 housing units at an average density of 202.6/km² (524.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 60.81% White, 34.73% African American, 0.57% Native American, 1.42% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.57% from other races, and 1.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.40% of the population.

There were 3,819 households out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.6% were married couples living together, 16.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.5% were non-families. 28.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.1% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 14.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 89.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,952, and the median income for a family was $39,384. Males had a median income of $36,388 versus $21,302 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,996. About 15.0% of families and 18.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.1% of those under age 18 and 18.2% of those age 65 or over…”

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Baden-Baden ???Wirstenburg???, Germany

I noticed that the Petry website had “Wirstenburg“, Germany listed as George Petry‘s (my gggg grandfather’s) place of birth.

I had never heard of this place before so I did a few searches…

Turns out that there is no such place (family researchers are only human, so it really doesn’t surprise or bother me much when I find errors; comes with the territory).

I have found two possible alternatives, however.



(map borrowed from this website)




Map of Baden Wurttemberg – Visit us for more German Maps

The more logical choice would seem to be Wurttemberg, though IMO.

What do y’all think?

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Petry Family Reunion 2007

It’s official!

The Petry family reunion will take place in Houston this year =)

(from the website)

Petry Family Reunion Website

Greetings Family Members,The Petry Family of Houston is pleased to announce the plans for our fifth Family Reunion. We are looking forward to greeting each of you in Houston. This is the first time Houston is hosting the Family Reunion. The theme for this year is “Our Roots, Our Family”. We have planned a great weekend of fellowship with activities we hope you will enjoy. You will have an opportunity to be a part of Petry Family history by participating in creating the first Petry Family Reunion Recipe Book. We also need copies of pictures and family history to include in a souvenir booklet. We would like to encourage you to register early. If you register by March 31, 2007, you will be eligible for a mystery drawing on Saturday, July 28, 2007.

Registration fee for each adult family member is $30.00; fee for children ages 7-17 is $10.00; and children 6 and under are free. Persons registering the day of the reunion will be assessed an additional $5.00 per person and asked to pay with cash. Please complete the registration form and return with payment by April 30, 2007. Register by March 31, 2007 to be eligible for a mystery drawing. You may refer any questions to Deborah Herbert Manning at (281) 499-3442, Nona Joe Provo at (713) 688-7604, Joseph Collins at (713) 686-8270 or Paul Christy at (713) 433-7315. You may also view information on Information regarding local Sunday Services will be provided at registration. We are looking forward to greeting all of you in July of 2007! | Registration Form

The Petry Family Reunion Committee – Houston


Friday, July 27:

  • Lodging Arrangements – ($69.00 per night)
  • Holiday Inn Astrodome @ Reliant Park 8111 Kirby Dr, Houston, Tx 77054 (713) 790-1900
  • Rooms reserved under Petry Family Reunion – deadline for reservations July 20, 2007
  • Registration will be held from 6pm – 9pm Holiday Inn Astrodome @ Reliant Park
  • Refreshments will be provided from 6pm – 8pm
  • Scavenger Hunt Game begins upon your arrival (details on registration form)
  • Games – Cards, Dominos
  • List of local activities in the Houston Area will be posted

Saturday, July 28:

  • “A Day In Texas With An Evening of Events” – 1pm – 10pm Judson Robinson Jr. Community Center – 2020 Hermann Drive Houston 77004 (Location is near the Museums and Zoo)
  • Family Picnic Activities – 1pm – 5pm – Dinner served 2pm – 4pm
    1. Children’s Activities – Playground, Games
    2. Family Talent Show (Please signup on the registration form)
    3. Games – Cards, Dominos, Checkers, Basketball, Scavenger Hunt
    4. Golf – Hermann Park Golf Course – fees not included with registration
  • Evening Activities/Dance – 7pm -10pm

Family Tree

George Petry (Baden-Baden Wirstenburg [sic], Germany) and Selena Ellinor Worfford [sic] (Franklin, Louisiana)

  • Mary E Petry (1828)
  • George W Petry (Feb 7, 1835)
  • Louis Henry Petry (March 7, 1839) [sic]
  • Elina Rosebelle Petry (Feb 20, 1841)

Louis Henry Petry (3-7-1830 [sic] / Julia Briggs (7-4-1847)

  1. John Adam (Uncle Bud) 1869
  2. Elizabeth (Aunt Lizzie) 1871
  3. Mary Ella 1873
  4. Erastus (Uncle Rastus) 1874
  5. Alexander 1876
  6. Louisia 1877
  7. Louiza 1879
  8. Joseph U. 1881
  9. Benjamin (Uncle Benny) 1883
  10. Louis Henry, Jr. (Uncle June) 1885
  11. Selena (Aunt Seleny) 1887

***I just have one question though…So do family members that don’t live in the Houston area have to pay the registration fee AND hotel lodging? I don’t have to worry about that though (because I live in the area) so I’m really just curious…***

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Lola Mae (Hendricks) Alfred Obit

This obituary can also be found in the Beaumont Enterprise‘s archives.

(This is my maternal great grandmother. We affectionately called her by the family nickname, “Madea”.)

Beaumont, TX Friday, 2 April 1999

(I hope to add a photo here soon, also)

Lola Mae Alfred, 74, of Beaumont died March 29 at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital.

Funeral will be at 1 p.m. today at First Union Baptist church with burial at Greenlawn Cemetery under the direction of Mercy Funeral Home on Gladys Avenue.

A native of DeRidder, La., she lived in Beaumont 70 years.

Survivors include her husband, Alfred B. “Sonny” Alfred of Beaumont; daughters, Leonia Ruth Harris, Lola Ann Matherson and Sherryln Rose Kinnear, all of Beaumont; sons, Herbert “Butch” Baltrip Jr., Sylvester Joseph Senegal, Walter James Alfred and Johnny Earl Alfred, all of Beaumont; brother, Ernest B. Hendricks of Beaumont;18 grandchildren; and 50 great-grandchildren.

***I think that there may be an error because I don’t believe that she was buried in Greenlawn Cemetery. I’ll update this post when I find out the name of the place where she was really buried. Also, Walter and Johnny are really Leonia’s (Madea’s daughter’s) children. They were adopted by Madea and Papa Sonny long ago.***

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Hazel (Pete) Douresseau’s Obit

This obituary can be found in the Beaumont Enterprise‘s archives.

This woman was my paternal great grandmother.

(I hope to add a photo here soon)

Hazel Douresseau
CHURCH POINT – Funeral services for Ms. Hazel P. Douresseau, 82, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church here with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Butler will conduct the services. Ms. Douresseau, a resident of Church Point, died Saturday, January 15, 2000, in Lafayette General Hospital. Survivors include: four sons, Adam Douresseau of Los Angeles, Calif., Preston Douresseau, John Douresseau and Andrew Douresseau, all of Beaumont, Texas; five daughters, Barbara Douresseau of Church Point, Savelia Pete of Los Angeles, Calif., Elizabeth Wrighting, Mary Ramsey and Cecelia Joseph, all of Beaumont, Texas; three sisters, Sable Charlot of Church Point, Hilda Smith and Theresa Johnson, both of Beaumont, Texas; three brothers, Paul Pete of Los Angeles, Calif., Variant Pete of Beaumont, Texas, and Tee Rogers of Church Point; 42 grandchildren; 66 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Ms. Douresseau was preceded in death by her husband, Elijah Douresseau; and a son, Rufus Douresseau. Visiting hours will be observed from 8 a.m. Saturday until time of services in Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Church Point. Duhon Funeral Home of Church Point is in charge of arrangements.

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