Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: My paternal grandparents

Note: "Tombstone Tuesday" is a theme used by many genealogy bloggers; you can see other tombstone posts at GeneaBloggers.

Robert Bunyan Hall and Elia Légère Hall are my paternal grandparents. They are buried in Roselawn Cemetery in Sulphur, Louisiana, which is in Calcasieu Parish (county).

Elia was the daughter of Constant Legere (Légère, in some records as Leger) and his fourth wife, Marie Octavie "Tavie" McBride. She was born in Ossun, a small community near Scott, Louisiana, in Lafayette Parish. Grandma Elia's family is the source for the rich Cajun, Acadian and French-Canadian heritage I so enjoy exploring.

Robert was born, he always said, near Richmond, Virginia. His parents were George and Georgia Hall, and Georgia's maiden name was Burnaman or a similar variant [it's hard to read], according to Robert & Elia's Lafayette Parish, LA, marriage license application of 1918. Grandpa Robert is the "mystery man" of my family tree, and I'll definitely be posting about him more in the future, as I'm still trying to find and prove his parentage. [UPDATE: See my posts about my "mystery grandpa" here.]

Robert was a brick mason and contractor, and he and Elia raised seven children in Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana, some of whom are still living. They moved to Sulphur, Louisiana, in the early 1930s and lived there until their deaths.

Elia & Robert Hall, Oct. 1946, Sulphur, LA. Cropped from larger photo taken by a family member & digitally edited a bit for clarity by me. [If you're wondering, Grandpa apparently has a cigar in his mouth.]

You can read more about my Irish Protestant grandfather and Cajun Catholic grandmother and their relationship in a previous blog post here.

Top two photos and text copyright 2010 by Liz Hall Morgan; bottom photo courtesy of the Hall family.


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  2. It is interesting to see Legere on the tombstone. all of the Leger in the Moncton, NB area spell their names this way and even if they do not they pronounce their names as Legere.

  3. I will have to write a blog post about the spelling. There are so many Legers in La., but very few Legeres. I believe (though have not proved--yet? :) ) that most all the Legeres and a small number of the Legers descend from Jacques Leger dit Larosette of Acadia, while most of the Legers in La. (this seems apparent from researchers online, anyway, and the Leger association) seem to descend from Michel Leger dit Richelieu of Quebec.