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Pictured above is the colorful summer wedding of Miss Marie Louise Braud, daughter of Mr.and Mrs. Debroid Braud, and Sgt. Samuel Broyard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Broyard, who were married at St. David Catholic Church in New Orleans.
Standing in top row(left to right): Miss Cornelia Broyard(sister of the groom), Sgt.Irvin Williams, Sgt.and Mrs. Samuel Broyard, Mr. Muriel Langie, Miss Iona Perrilliat, Seaman First Class James Langie.
Bottom Row: Reginald Hall (ring bearer), Miss Rose Mary Braud (sister of the bride), Miss Nishma Perrilliat, Helen Bordenave (flower girl).
Sgts. Samuel Broyard and Irwin Williams were both serving in the United States Marine Corps.
As you may have guessed by now, the groom is one of the five sons of Mrs. Mary Lyons Broyard (pictured below) as well as a brother of William Broyard (see post “True Unsung Heroes of World War II). All five sons served in World War II.
In 1940, three years before their marriage, Marie Louise (age 15) resided with her family at 1813 Caffin Avenue. She shared a home with her mother Lucille Braud and two brothers Debroid Jr.(21), Lloyd Braud (18); plus two younger sisters, Rosemary (12) and Robertine (4). According to the 1940 census, Debroid Sr. was deceased and her mother was now head of the household.
Samuel and Marie Louise would eventually have three children: Estreem, Yolana, and Angela Broyard. After 37 years of marriage, Samuel Broyard passed away on April 5, 1980 and Marie Louise, residing now in St. John the Baptist Parish, passed away on January 6, 2008.
Postscript: One of the amazing things about genealogy research is that it gives you the ability to connect to so many unknown relatives. Although I did not know the bride, I now realize I’m related to her! Her paternal grandfather and my paternal g-grandfather were brothers! We both are the offsprings of Joachim Braud and Marie Joseph of St. James, LA. Marie, a slave, was purchased by Joachim from his father, Charles Braud, on June 6, of 1834. Over the years they would bring into the world 11 children who, along with their mother, would be freed from all bonds of servitude by their father on Feb.21, 1848. They would all carry their father’s surname and appear on the 1850 census with their father Joachim (listed as white) and their mother Marie (listed as mulatto). Although interracial marriages were illegal, Joachim Braud would continue to live with and support his family until his death in 1870. Today, their are probably hundreds (if not thousands) of Braud descendants from these two individuals living across the United States. We all share a very unique and rich heritage of which we should be proud.
Sources: LA Weekly (photo) September 11,1943; The Times Picayune (obituary) April 11,1980; Ancestry.com (1850-1860-1870-1940 census); Convent, LA Courthouse- Conveyance Records:[ Grantor/Grantee 3/16+17/1848 Book 24 Page 276 “Freedom of Slavery”] + [Book 13 pages 618-620, 1834]+ [Book 15 pages 252-253, 1836]+[ Book 19 page 253 12/24/1842 “Testament”]