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The Perot/Bordelon Branches

Bascom A. Reagan, my grandfather, married Mary Eugenia Perot, on July 28, 1913, in Roswell, N.M. She was born in Campti, Louisiana on July 7, 1891. She died in Big Spring, Texas, on March 21, 1956. I have just begun the search backwards, but her branch of Perots have now been in Louisiana for almost 300 years.

Supposedly, Eugenia's grandfather and H. Ross Perot's great-grandfather were brothers. Her grandfather's name was Cyriaque, but still haven't found his siblings because there were a lot of Perots in Louisiana at that time ... especially in Natchitoches parish.

Eugenia's father was Joseph Octave Perot (1849 or 1850-8/7/1893). He married (Mary) Louisiana McKnight (b. 3/3/1855, d. 9/25/189?) on Sept. 10, 1872, probably in Natchitoches.

Interestingly enough, I find both Joseph and Louisiana in the same 1860 federal census of Natchitoches, Louisiana. She's 5-years-old, and her parents are H.M.N (37,M,W), a planter with land worth $34,200 and personal property worth $54,500, and Zaline (34, F,W) McKnight (family history had her name as Zeline Fredieu).

Joseph O., 11, is in the household of Cyriac (41,W,M) and Roselia (27,W,F) Perot. Cyriac (that spelling is actually Cyriaque) is fairly well-to-do as well, with land worth $10,000 and personal property worth $25,000. Coincidentally, by the 1870 census, the name is spelled properly, Cyriaque, and he's only worth $4,000 and $2,000. In 1870, Joseph (J. Octave) is 21 and still in the household as a farmer.

Here's an interesting note: Roselia is obviously Rosalie Bordelon. I find Cyr. Perot marrying Rosalie Bordelon on 7/20/1849 in Natchitoches. Right under that listing is Cyriaque Perot m. Marie R. Bordelon on 8/29/1848. Did Marie die in childbirth and Cyriaque marry her sister or other relative? Did he realize he had married the wrong sister? Was Joseph, supposedly born in 1849 or 1850, actually Marie's child? Surely Cyr. and Cyriaque aren't two different people. Who knows? But at least the census confirms the household of Eugenia's father.

I also find a Roselia Perot marrying Hypolite Trichel on 9/22/1855 in those same Natchitoches records. There are a bunch of Perots on that page, including Zeline Perot m. Joseph Badin on 1/20/1875. Bet that's a granddaughter of Zeline Fredieu.

BORDELON: Actually, I may have nailed down Rosalie Bordeon's parents: Louis L. Bordelon and Aimee (Marie) Mayeux. had a wealth of pedigree backwards from them. Scores of French names. I have them on the vertical surname list now (although I haven't "proved" the link), but if I do I will get them in the family tree soon. Check back.

By the way, Eugenia's siblings were:
Joseph Nesbitt Perot (1880-1912, b. Lake End, La., d. El Paso, Tx.
Irene Elizabeth Perot (8/25/1882-1969, b. Lake End, La., d. Lawton, Ok.
Lillian Rose Perot (3/29/1886-?, b. Lake End, La.
Mary Julia Perot (11/15/1888-6/12/1963, b. Lake End, La., d. Shreveport, La.
Teresa Perot (d. 9/1891) - Perhaps Eugenia's twin who died at 2 months of age.

Getting back to the famous H. Ross Perot. He was born on June 27, 1930, to Gabriel Elias (Ross) Perot and Lulu May Ray. Gabriel, or "Big Ross" as he was known even though he was only about 5 feet tall, moved to Texarkana from Louisiana and made his fortune in cotton. Gabriel was probably born around 1900 in Louisiana. I still haven't found him yet, but I did find that name in the 1860 Natchitoches census. That Gabriel was the 8-year-old son of Omar, 40, and Mary E. (30) Perot. Omar was also a "planter," worth $1,600 and $10,038.

Evidently, some Perots turned their cotton planting business into fortunes and some didn't. H. Ross Perot's branch did, and it appears my Perot branch didn't.

Here's a bit more of the Perot lineage taken from the Prodigy Services Company site:

H. Ross Perot's paternal ancestry traces back to a French-Canadian immigrant to Louisiana in the 1740s. His full name was Pierre Joseph Francois Barthelemy Vildec dit Perot. Many French used what are called "dit names," which denoted an alias or nickname by which a person was known. The Vildec and Perot names were used interchangeably in early records, but Vildec was the original name.

Perot's immigrant Perot ancestor has French lineage that has been traced back to the 1500s, according to Elizabeth Shown Mills, of Tuscaloosa, Ala, a certified genealogist and fellow of the American Society of Genealogists. Mills' husband, Gary, descends from the same immigrant ancestor through a daughter's line.

Pierre Joseph Francois Barthelemy Vildec dit Perot married Marie Catharine DuPre in Louisiana in 1748. Marie's father was French, and her mother was German. "The Perot line has some branches that became prosperous, others not--Ross is from the prosperous line that moved into Texas after the Civil War, settling in Texarkana," she said. "Perot comes from a long line of good businessmen. His father was a cotton broker, and his Louisiana ancestors were cotton planters."

Another ancestor was Louis Juchereau de St Denis, a major figure among the founders of the colony of Louisiana. According to the Handbook of Texas, he founded Fort St. Jean Baptiste, present day Natchitoches, the first permanent settlement in Louisiana. A frontier commandant, lieutenant governor and Chevalier of the Royal Order of St Louis, he was famed for his diplomacy among the Native Americans, for the tribal tattoos he wore and for his elopement with the daughter of a Spanish official who was being held under house arrest in Spanish Mexico.

The Reagans moved about like there was a posse on their tail. Once most of the Perots got to one spot in Louisiana, they stayed there.

Please email Danny Reagan at if you have any relevant information about Perot or Bordelon family genealogy.

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