Jean Louis Fontenot dit Colin (1686 - 1755)

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Birthplace: Place Montierneuf, Poitiers, St. Germain Parish, Poitou-Charentes, France
Death: Died in Ft. Toulouse de Alibamons, Louisiana Territory
Occupation: Served in the military
Managed by: Betty McMurray
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About Jean Louis Fontenot dit Colin

JEAN LOUIS FONTENOT, DIT COLIN:

Baptism: 18 December 1686, St. Jean de Montierneuf at Poitiers, France

He was the progenitor of all Fontenot's in the country

Emigration: 1764, He was the first Fontenot to arrive in Opelousas, Louisiana, which was under Spanish rule at the time.

Military service: Bet. 1720 - 1730, "...he was assigned to Captain Mervilleux's Company at Fort Toulouse where most of his children were born."

Military service (cont'd): 1720, serving in a colonia marine detachment assigned to Fort Toulouse in the heart of Alabama Indian Country. (Located at the junctions of the Coosa and Tallapoosas Rivers.

Additional Biography per the "Evangeline Historical Society, The Fontenot Family, A Genealogical Study of The Descendants of Jean Louis Fontenot dit Colin and Louise Angelique Henry. ":

Our ancestor, Sergeant Jean-Louis Fonteneau, left home (Poitiers, France) in 1720 on the ship "Drommadaire" for assignment in the colonies. He came through Mobile, the French military headquarters and the seat of government for the Louisiana territory, and was initially assigned to Fort Conde near Mobile. In 1726 he met and married a young widow named Marie Louise Henrique in Mobile. She was about 27 years old and Jean-Louis was 40. Shortly afterward, he and Marie moved to Fort Toulouse, some 300 or so miles up river from Mobile and remained there for many years afterward; enough time to have and raise 12 children (8 boys, 4 girls). Jean-Louis died at the fort in October 1755 and Marie and the rest of the family remained there until it was surrendered to the English in 1763. Rather than submit to English rule, the family and many of their Indian friends moved west and resettled on land grants in Spanish controlled Louisiana. It is from this family that all of us descended. The spelling of our last name was probably changed to its current spelling by the Spanish census authorities when the family settled in Louisiana. Our progenitor's (Jean-Louis) remains lie in an unmarked grave at the cemetery at Fort Toulouse.

All Fontenot's in the United States are descendants of Sergeant Jean Louis Fontenot (Fonteneau). Jean Louis was one of six children born to Joachim Fonteneau and Joane Prado from the St. Germain Parish in Monturneuf, city of Poitiers, France. He was born on December 18, 1686. Jean Louis joined the French Colonial Marines as a young man and left France in 1720, at the age of 34, for assignment in the Mobile (Alabama) military district. Six years later (February 8, 1726) he married a widow from New Orleans (Marie Louise Henrique) and was assigned to the Poste aux Alabama (Fort Toulouse) shortly afterwards. Based on "roll call" records at the fort in the mid 1700s, it appears that Jean Louis was the only sergeant at the garrison of about 40 soldiers. He and Marie Louise had twelve children, 8 sons and 4 daughters, all born at the post. When these children became of age (teenagers), the boys joined the marines and married daughters of other marines and the girls married sons of other marines at the fort. Family names for the spouses were Doucet, Brignac, LaGrange, Lobell and Berthelot. --------------------

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-------------------- Sergeant Jean-Louis Fonteneau, left home (Poitiers, France) in 1720 on the ship "Drommadaire" for assignment in the colonies. He came through Mobile, the French military headquarters and the seat of government for the Louisiana territory, and was initially assigned to Fort Conde near Mobile. In 1726 he met and married a young widow named Marie Louise Henrique in Mobile. She was about 27 years old and Jean-Louis was 40. Shortly afterward, he and Marie moved to Fort Toulouse, some 300 or so miles up river from Mobile and remained there for many years afterward; enough time to have and raise 12 children (8 boys, 4 girls). Jean-Louis died at the fort in October 1755 and Marie and the rest of the family remained there until it was surrendered to the English in 1763.

By Merrick ("Sonny") Fontenot - Please visit his website for more info.

Fort Toulouse is the ancestral home of the Fontenot family in America. It is also the ancestral home of two of my ancestors, Commandant Louis Marchant and his wife, Creek Princess Sehoy I. Sehoy and Louis are the great grandparents of William "Red Eagle" Weatherford, the famous Indian Chief.

Louis' nickname at the Fort Toulouse was "Debonair".

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Jean Louis Dit Colin Fontenot's Timeline

1686
December 18, 1686
Poitiers, St. Germain Parish, Poitou-Charentes, France
December 18, 1686
Poitiers, France
1725
February 8, 1725
Age 38
Mobile, AL, USA
1726
1726
Age 39
Daphne, AL, USA
1727
August 21, 1727
Age 40
Wetumpka, AL, USA
August 21, 1727
Age 40
Fort Conde, Mobile County, Alabama, United States
September 21, 1727
Age 40
Alabama, USA
1729
January 1, 1729
Age 42
1729
Age 42
Mobile, AL, USA
1730
February 27, 1730
Age 43
Fort Toulouse des Alibamons, Louisiana Territory