Author: Roland Anthony Gravois
ISBN 978-1-62137-090-1 (hardcover)
This book traces the travels of seventeen families that led them to Louisiana and how they and their descendants prospered over the next 300 years. Many of the early settlers of Louisiana traveled very different and difficult paths, from the slave insurrection in Saint Domingue, the Acadian deportation in Nova Scotia and the French Revolution. Many of the French and Spanish soldiers, who served in Louisiana, chose to remain and some greatly influenced the lives of the people in this book. One was Marianao Ribas and his daughter, Maria Del Carmen Ribas, whose name was carried down to Carmen Generes Gravois, wife of the author.
Jean Baptiste DeGeneres arrived in Saint Domingue in 1720, the same year Nicolas Lacour arrived in Louisiana. Jean Constantin DeGeneres was attending school in Paris when the slave insurrection started in Saint Domingue where their father and mother were killed. He was taken in by the Mayre Family, who were Saint Domingue refugees living in Maryland. Jean married and moved to Virginia where all his children were born. Some of Jean's children arrived about 1850 after a short time in Missouri.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Roland Anthony Gravois was born alongside the Mississippi River in Vacherie, Louisiana in 1927. When he was about one year old, his father accepted employment on Westover sugar plantation in West Baton Rouge Parish, where he grew up. Following graduation from Port Allen High School, he enrolled in Louisiana State University. His education was interrrupted by World War II with service in the United States Navy (Seabees) after which Roland returned to LSU where he earned a degree in Electrical Enginneering. He and Carmen Generes were college sweethearts and following their graduation in 1950, they were married in New Orleans.
After briefly working in the Oil Industry and with International Business Machines, Roland went to work with Louisiana Power and Light Company. The company became Entergy Corporation, from which he retired in 1988.
Roland and Carmen remained in the New Orleans area until 2000, after which they moved to Gonzales, Louisiana. They are the parents of four children, blessed with four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Roland is also the author of La Famille Gravois, les Trois Cents Années Passées published in 1997.
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