William Belizaire Templet1,2

#5686, b. 24 Sep 1862, d. before 1957
Last Edited:28 Dec 2015
FatherJean Tamplet1 b. 10 Mar 1821
MotherZeolide Brez1 b. about 1838
Relationship4th great-grandson of Etienne Rivet
ChartsDescendants of Etienne Rivet of Acadia

Children of William Belizaire Templet and Louise Charlotte Tellotte

Research Notes:


     Are Pierre and Belizaire Templet the same person? Two different people? Siblings? Twins?
- 1862 birth: I have found one and only one birth record, giving the name of Pierre Belizaire Templet, 24 Sep 1862.
- 1870 census in St. Mary parish, "Brashear City" post office (now Morgan City), shows "Bellisaire Tompley" with parents and siblings (but no Pierre).
- 1880 census in Lafayette parish, La. - shows "Beltezar" with his parents and family (no Pierre).
- Oct 1880 marriage for Pierre Templet (parents Jean Templet and Zeolie Bray) to Elisa or Lydia Landry, with children 1881-1894.
- 1891 marriage for Belisaire Templet (parents Jean Templet and Zolide Brez) to Louise C. Telotte, with children 1893-1899.
- 1900 census in Houston, Texas - Bill Templet, age 38, with wife Louise and daughters Agnes, Idell, Stella.
- 1910 census in Houston, Texas - B. Templet, age 45, with wife Louise and daughters Agnes, Idell, Stella.
- 1920 census in Houston, Texas - B. Templet, age 58, with wife Louise and daughters Agnes, Idell, and Stella.
- 1930 census in Houston, Texas - William B. Templet, age 68, with wife Louise C. and daughters Agnes Templet and Odell Tucker, and granddaughter Bettie Tucker.
- 1940 census in Houston, Texas - Belasair Tamplet, age 78, with wife Louise and daughters Agnes Tamplet and Idell Tucker, and granddaughter Betty L Tucker.
- 1941 - His daughter Agnes died in Houston. He is mentioned on the death certificate as "B. Templet", and was the informant.
- 1972 - His daughter Idell Tucker died in Houston. He is mentioned on her death certificate as "Bellagoire Peter Templet". This is mighty close to both Belizaire and Pierre, and leads one to believe that Pierre and Belizaire are the same person. This is the only record aside from the Hebert birth record that has both Pierre/Peter and Belizaire/Bellagoire combined within the same record.

Side note: It seems easy to conclude that the name "Belizaire" could have been shortened to "Bill", which could then have become "William" in some records. Food for thought...

The main conflict in all of this is that both Pierre and Belisaire are having children during an overlapping period (1891-1894) with different spouses. In the children's birth records, their father was consistently named either Pierre (with Landry wife) or Belisaire (with Telotte wife) and never are confused. This loosely pointed me to considering that they could be two different siblings, possibly twins. Note that the following children conflict:
- Marie Eveela (possibly Eva Ella) Templet, born in 1892 to Pierre and Lydia.
- Interestingly, there is one child named Agnes in each marriage, both with similar birth dates although a year apart. Belizaire and Louise had Agnes Mamie Templet 21 Oct 1893 (their first known child). Pierre and Lydia had Therese Agnes Templet 23 Oct 1894 (their last known child). Hmmm...

Another possibility is that Pierre and William/Bill/Belizaire are from two different families from the same area and have been confused in the records. Even though the two marriages show them to be from the same parents, and therefore siblings (or different names for the same person), it's possible that the parents could be incorrect for one of the marriages.

For now at least, I have decided to leave them as two separate siblings and have named them as Pierre and William Belizaire, both born same date. Additional searching needs to be performed for the following:
- census records 1900-1940 (LA and TX) should be searched for Pierre, whom I have not yet found in any census.
- census records 1900-1940 for the children of Pierre Templet and Elisa/Lydia Landry. Where are Lydia and the children after 1894 (birth of last known child for this marriage)?
- check for other Pierre Templet's born about the same time (ca 1862). Possibly some or all of the children of Lydia Landry are actually of a different marriage that got confused with this one.
- check for other Belizaire Templet's born about the same time (ca 1862).
- search for a death record for Elisa/Lydia Landry Templet.
- Look for death/obituary for Pierre's and Belizaire's children. Maybe they would provide additional clues to family relationships.
- death records - Need to search the South Louisiana Records series by Fr. Hebert. I have seen a reference on an Ancestry Family Tree to a death for Pierre in SLR volume 7, on 19 Sep 1894, with burial at Amelia, St. Mary Parish, LA (St. Andrew). Other unsourced references indicate death on same date in Gibson, Terrebonne Parish, LA. Some show him as Belizaire, others as Pierre. Several have no spouse, or have mis-matching children from what I have. This hints that maybe there is another Pierre or Belizaire Templet in the mix.

If it turns out that they are the same person, discrepancies will need to be resolved... If there's anyone out there with relevant information, I'd love to hear from you!

Outline of Life Events:

EventDescription
BirthWilliam Belizaire Templet was born on 24 Sep 1862 (?) At Morgan City, St. Mary Parish, LA.1,3
Census1870, household memberBellisaire Tompley (given age 6) was enumerated on the 1870 census in the household of John Tompley (given age 52), living in Brashear City, St. Mary Parish, LA.4
Census1880, sonBeltezar Thomplet (given age 19) was enumerated as a son of John Thomplet (given age 64) on the 1880 Census, living in Lafayette Parish, LA. His occupation was given as Laborer.5
Marriage LicenseWilliam Belizaire Templet and Louise Charlotte Tellotte obtained a marriage license on 27 Mar 1891 at Franklin, St. Mary Parish, LA.1
MarriageWilliam Belizaire Templet married Louise Charlotte Tellotte, daughter of Joseph Clifton Tellotte and Anna Josephine Idell, on 31 Mar 1891 at Morgan City, St. Mary Parish, LA.1
Census1900Bill Templet (given age 38) was enumerated as the head of a household on the 1900 census at 603 Fulton Street, Houston, Harris County, TX. With him was his wife Louise, daughter(s) Agnis, Idell and Stella . Bill was a Carpenter, and their home was mortgaged. Louise is shown to have been the mother of four children, three still living.3
Census1910B Templet (given age 45) and his wife, Louise Templet (given age 43) appeared on the 1910 census at 1601 Fulton Street, Houston, Harris County, TX. He was a carpenter working for a Railroad shop. Their home was owned with a mortgage.3
Census1920B. Templet (given age 58) was enumerated as the head of a household on the 1920 census, living at 1601 Fulton Street at Houston, Harris County, TX. Also living in the house was his wife Louise Templet (given age 53), daughter(s) Agnes Templet (given age 26), Idell Templet (given age 24) and Stella Templet (given age 20). He was a carpenter working for the railroad, and all three daughters were also employed.6
Census1930William B Templet (given age 68) was enumerated as the head of a household on the 1930 census, living at 1614 Lamar Street at Houston, Harris County, TX. Also living in the house was his wife Louise C. Templet (given age 63), his daughter(s) Agnes and Odell. William owned their home, valued at $12,000. He was a carpenter but currently unemployed. There were three lodgers living with them.2
Census1940Belasair Tamplet (given age 78) was enumerated on the 1940 census as the head of a household, living at 1614 Lamar Street at Houston, Harris County, TX. Also living with him was his wife, Louise Tamplet (given age 72), his daughter(s) Agnes Tamplet (given age 46) and Idell Tucker (given age 44). Belasair and Louise owned their home, which was valued at $10,000. No education was indicated for them on the census. They were not employed and were not seeking work, but they did receive income from other sources, probably from the three lodgers living with them.7
Death, InformantHe was the informant on the death certificate of his daughter, Agnes Mamie Templet, who died on 23 Mar 1941 at 1614 Lamar Street at Houston, Harris County, TX.8
DeathWilliam Belizaire Templet died before 1957, when his wife's death certificate shows her as widowed, probably in Houston, Harris County, TX.8

Citations:

  1. [S135] Rev. Donald J Hebert. Southwest Louisiana Records, 1750-1900, CD-ROM. Rayne, La.: Hebert Publications.
  2. [S541] 1930 U.S. Census. TX. Harris County. population schedule.
  3. [S542] 1900 U.S. Census. TX. Harris County. population schedule.
  4. [S1314] 1870 U.S. Census. LA. St. Mary Parish. population schedule.
  5. [S445] 1880 U.S. Census. LA. Lafayette Parish. population schedule.
  6. [S543] 1920 U.S. Census. TX. Harris County. population schedule.
  7. [S1093] 1940 U.S. Census. TX. Harris County. population schedule.
  8. [S1311] Death certificate for Agnes Mamie Templet. Online Harris.