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Louis Chauvin De Beaulieu

Birthplace: Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Death: January 30, 1729 (50)
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Charlotte Orbanne Duval
Father of Louis Chauvin De Beaulieu, II and Francois Chauvin de Beaulieu de Montplasir

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About Louis Chauvin De Beaulieu

SIEUR LOUIS CHAUVIN DE BEAULIEU I, the first husband of Charlotte Orbanne Duval, was born in Montreal, Canada, in 1678. He was the son of Pierre Chauvin and Marthe Autreuil and one of St. Denis’s companions in the Texas Expedition. Their marriage contract of 1724 was witnessed by: D’Hauterive; Charlotte Duval; Lt. Joseph Chauvin; Sir Nicolas Chauvin de La Freniere, his wife Marguerite Le Sueur, and his daughter Marguerite Chauvin de la Freniere. Louis was in his forties and Charlotte was fifteen years old. Some of this information is from A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography, Vol. 1, by Glenn R. Conrad.

From “The Chauvin Brothers” in Louisiana History, by Gary B. Mills: “Louis Chauvin and his brother Jean-Baptiste, both (Canadian) voyageurs, arrived in Detroit on June 14, 1706….apparently Louis remained only briefly in Detroit before continuing downriver to the Gulf Coast settlement to join his brothers in Mobile. Louis was one of St. Denis’ companions in the Texas Expedition of 1716 and, with Joseph Chauvin Delery and Nicholas Chauvin la Freniere, bought property on the Chapitoulas Coast in 1719. He is considered possibly the first inhabitant or property owner in what is now ‘Old Metairie’.”

A map called “Carte Particuliere du Flevue St. Louis” or “Newberry Library Map” (one of the most important maps in Louisiana history) shows an early view of the Lower Mississippi River settlements after 1720. Just above New Orleans, on the same side of the river, is the Tchoupitoulas Coast which included the plantations of the three Chauvin brothers: Delery, Beaulieu I and La Freniere, all sons of Pierre Chauvin and Marthe Autreuil.

From Mississippi Provincial Archives 1729-1740, by Rowland and Sanders: “In a letter from Perier and de la Chaise to the Directors of the Company, dated 30 Jan 1729, it states that ‘Sieur de Beaulieu Chauvin of the Choupetoulas has just died of pleurisy. He was the best of the three brothers. We are sorry about it because he was always inclined to please the Company.'”

From Shamrocks and Fleurs-de-Lis, by Leland Dudley O’Brien: “Louis Chauvin took the name of Beaulieu. Later, inheriting a plantation from his uncle, Paul Chauvin de Montplasir, Louis added another name, becoming Louis Chauvin Beaulieu de Montplasir”.

According to the Census of 1726, Louis Chauvin de Beaulieu and Charlotte Orbanne Duval had three children. “Two of these, Louis Chauvin de Beaulieu, Jr., and Francois Chauvin de Montplasir, were both officers of the Coast Guard Militia at Tchoupitoulas at the end of the French regime in Louisiana” – from Chauvin dit Charleville, by Elizabeth Shown Mills.

From “The Chauvin Brothers” in Louisiana History, by Gary B. Mills: “Although he left two sons bearing the name of Chauvin de Beaulieu, their Louisiana descendants have faded into obscurity.”

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Louis Chauvin De Beaulieu's Timeline

February 17, 1678
Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
February 17, 1678
Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, United States
Biloxi, Harrison County, Mississippi, United States
January 30, 1729
Age 50
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, United States