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
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
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.
I may have nailed down Rosalie Bordeon's parents: Louis L. Bordelon
and Aimee (Marie) Mayeux. Ancestry.com 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.
By the way, Eugenia's siblings were:
Joseph Nesbitt Perot (1880-1912, b. Lake End, La., d. El Paso,
Irene Elizabeth Perot (8/25/1882-1969, b. Lake End, La., d. Lawton,
Lillian Rose Perot (3/29/1886-?, b. Lake End, La.
Mary Julia Perot (11/15/1888-6/12/1963, b. Lake End, La., d.
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
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
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
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.
email Danny Reagan at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you have any relevant information about Perot or Bordelon