Marie Catherine Laveau, Voodoo Priestess (c.1801 - c.1881) MP

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Birthplace: New Orleans, LA, USA
Death: Died
Cause of death: Diarrhea
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About Marie Catherine Laveau, Voodoo Priestess

BIRTH YEAR DEBUNKED

Many sources say Marie Laveau was born in 1794 including her death certificate and tomb, but upon marriage of Jacques Paris in 1819, she was a minor, one month shy of turning 18. This coincides with her baptismal record in Louisiana stating a Mulatto girl born Marie Laveaux was born and baptized in September 1801.

HER FATHER'S ETHNICITY

She was born Marie Laveaux, as her father was Charles Laveaux. Many sources are in error stating her father was a White plantation owner. He in fact was a Mulatto grocery store owner, born a free man of color. He is allegedly the son of Charles (Don Carlo) Trudeau and an unknown Laveaux.

MINI-BIO

In history, Marie Laveau was labeled some vile slurs or associated with obscene behavior. Those stories are just that, stories, as rumors were started by those against Voodoo. Marie Laveau practiced Voodoo, but was also a devout Catholic who attended Mass every Sunday. She nursed the sick in her large home, and earned a high respect for that from her Catholic church..

One month shy of turning 18, she married Santyaque "Jacques" Paris (sometimes his name was written in Spanish, as Santiago because of the time period). Not soon after, and mysteriously, he either abandoned the relationship, passed away, or went missing. Marie became known as Widow Laveau. She had a 30 year relationship with Christophe Glapion.

MARIE LAVEAU II MYSTERY

There is myth and mystery behind a named Marie Laveau II. No document listed a Marie Laveau II as Marie Laveau's daughter, but the name sure does have a crazy story behind it, claiming that Marie Laveau had magically become Marie Laveau II so she could live on forever. Truth is, Marie had a daughter named Marie Philomene whom was a devout Catholic and detested Voodoo as well as Marie-Heloise who did not turn to Voodoo and died in her 30s. Christophe and Marie had those daughters and a few others whom died very young. Marie Laveau had a half-sister baptised Marie, by the name of Dolores (Census gives her name in Spanish as Maria Dolores Labeau). Any of those Maries could have been twisted into the stories, by name only, as none of them were Voodoo practitioners.

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Marie Catherine Laveau, Voodoo Priestess's Timeline

1801
September 10, 1801
New Orleans, LA, USA
1809
1809
Age 7
New Orleans, LA, USA
1819
August 4, 1819
Age 17
New Orleans, LA, USA
1823
February 13, 1823
Age 21
1824
November 15, 1824
Age 23
1881
June 16, 1881
Age 79
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