May 22, 1823 Magnolia Plaquemines Parish Louisiana, USA
Mar. 21, 1850 Plaquemines Parish Louisiana, USA
Marie Antoinette Laure Villere was the daughter of Jules-Gabriel Villere, a wealthy sugar planter in Plaquemines Parish, and his wife Marie-Perle OLIVIER DE VEZIN. Marie was the grand daughter of Jacques Philippe Villere, the second governor of the state of Louisiana. He was the first Creole and native Louisianian to hold the office of Governor. They were one of the most prominent Creole families in southern Louisiana.
Marie died giving birth to Laure. _____ From Biographies of Notable Americans, 1904 database: The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume IA Beaven, Thomas page 241 Marie Antoninette Laure Villere, was born May 22, 1823, died March 21, 1850, buried in the old St. Bernard parish cemetery.
In the quaint little cemetery of the Terre-aux-boeuf country, parish of St. Bernard, can be found the fomb of the aristocratic and lovely wife of General Beauregard.
Cut into a white marble slab is a final tribute in fragrant word flowers to the memory of this colonial belle. A feeling of sadness fills one's heart as these beautiful sentiments greet the eye, for thoughts of the mother who gave her life to bring her daughter into the world are recalled as we read:
"Ici repose Marie-Antoinette Laure Villere Espouse du Major G.T. Beauregard nee le 22 Mai, 1823, decedee le 21 Mars 1850." "Esprit descendu du ciel, tu y'est remonte; dors en paix, fille, espouse et mere cheri."
This simple grave in that little cemetery - held all that was mortal of the lovely being who, as a golden band, united two of the most aristocratic families in the State of Louisiana."
Her son Henri was interred with her at his death in 1915.
Inscription: "Ici repose M. A. Laure Villeré, épouse du Major G. T. Beauregard, officier de l'ârmee des Êtats-Unis, née le 22 mai 1823, décédée le 21 mars 1850. Esprit descendu du ciel, tu y es remonté; Dors en paix, fille, épouse et mère chérie.
Translation: Here reposes M. A. Laure Villere, wife of Major G. T. Beauregard, officer in the army of the United States, born May 22, 1823, died March 21, 1850. Spirit from heaven, there again you have returned. Sleep in peace, daughter, wife and dear mother."