Marie Catherine Laveau, Voodoo Priestess

Is your surname Laveau?

Research the Laveau family

Marie Catherine Laveau, Voodoo Priestess's Geni Profile

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!

Marie Catherine Laveau, Voodoo Priestess

Also Known As: "Laveaux"
Birthplace: New Orleans, LA, United States
Death: circa June 16, 1881 (71-87) (Diarrhea)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Charles Trudeau dit Laveau II, FMOC and Marguerite d'Arcantel, Concubine of Henri d'Arcantel
Wife of Santyaque / Santiago "Jacques" Paris and Louis-Christophe Dominic Dumesnil de Glapion
Mother of Marie-Angelie Paris; Felicite Paris; Celestin Albert Glapion; Marie-Philomene Glapion; François-Auguste Glapion and 3 others
Half sister of Marie-Louise d'Arcantel; Antoine d'Arcantel; Marie Dolores Laveau and Laurent Charles Laveau

Managed by: Private User
Last Updated:

About Marie Catherine Laveau, Voodoo Priestess


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.


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.


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.


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.

Links about Marie Laveau

view all 12

Marie Catherine Laveau, Voodoo Priestess's Timeline

September 10, 1801
New Orleans, LA, United States
Age 7
New Orleans, LA, United States
February 13, 1823
Age 21
November 15, 1824
Age 23
February 2, 1827
Age 25
June 16, 1881
Age 79