Submitted by Curtis E Ezell [email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, June 09, 2005 7:43 PM
Some time after the arrival of the Napoleonic refugees in Alabama,
Simon Chaudron went to Demopolis. He remained there only a short time,
soon thereafter coming to Mobile to live. Here he remained until his death in
1846 at the advanced age of 88 years. His wife, Melanie Jeanne, who
died in 1859 at the age of 85 years, his son, Emile, who died in 1828
at the age of 33 years, and his daughter Sylvania, who was the first
wife of Adolphe Batre, are buried in Old Church Street Graveyard.
Victoire Chieusse, who is buried in the Chaudron lot, is said to have
been a French woman brought from France by the Chaudrons, who remained
with the family as long as she lived.
Melanie Jeanne, who died in 1859 at the age of 85 years, his son,
Emile, who died in 1828 at the age of 33 years, and his daughter
Sylvania, who was the first wife of Adolphe Batre, are buried in Old
Church Street Graveyard.
Madame Chaudron is said to have brought to Mobile from New Orleans,
Louis Augustus Frederic de San Ferrol, as tutor for her children.
Local tradition says that in 1825, during the parade on the occasion
of Lafayette's visit to Mobile, the Marquis dismounted from his horse
when he saw San Ferrol standing on the sidewalk watching the gay
procession with the Chaudron children, and knelt at San Ferrol's feet.
Many people were convinced that San Ferrol was the Lost Dauphin of
France, because of this reported act of homage on the part of
Lafayette, and because of San Ferrol's undeniably royal manner, his
Bourbon countenance, and his flawless Parisian French. That is, of
course, open to question. But be that as it may, it is an undisputed
fact that San Ferrol was a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor of France,
when he was twenty-one years of age.
San Ferrol is believed to have died in Mobile in about 1841, and to
have been buried in Old Church Street Graveyard, but no records are
available to confirm this.
Paul Emile, married Adelaide de Vendel, who published in the 1860's a
set of school books for Southern children, such books then being
unavailable from the North and English books being unsuitable.
The Chaudron genealogy shows that Caroline Chaudron, daughter of Simon
and Melanie, was married in Demopolis in 1822 to Felix Achilles
George, son of Edward and Catherine deEois. landry George.
Craighead says that
Mine. Achilles and Mine. Ed. ward George conducted a school at Spring
Hill, where many Frenchmen had their homes, and that for a time Baron
Emilius de Vendel taught in that school until his wife established a
school there, when he joined her in the enterprise.
Another daughter of
Simon and Melanie Chaudron, Emma, married John Elliott, who in 1823
was Mobile's second Mayor. The George family and the Elliott family
share a lot along the east wall of Old Church Street Graveyard.
Emma Rose Chaudron Married: John Elliott, who in
1823 was Mobile's
second Mayor. Emma Rose Chaudron was the daughter
of Jean Simon
Chaudron and Melanie.
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