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Felix Balthazar Bernard du Montier  Felix Balthazar Bernard du Montier
Male 1814 - 1900

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  • Birth  22 Jul 1814  West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Baptized  30 Aug 1815  St. Joseph Church, Baton Rouge, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Male 
    Died  20 Jun 1900  New Orleans, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Age: 86 
    Person ID  I1600  Stewart
    Last Modified  09 Apr 2020 
     
    Father  Louis Robert Bernard du Montier,   b. 14 Mar 1789, East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Aug 1833 
    Mother  Rosalie Pierre Visoso,   b. 31 Dec 1794, New Orleans, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Dec 1853 
    Relationship  birth 
    Married  02 Jun 1810  New Orleans, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F517  Group Sheet
     
    Family  Marie Delphine Dardenne,   b. 19 Jan 1814, New Orleans, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Apr 1883, New Orleans, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    >1. Emile Theodule Bernard du Montier,   b. 13 Dec 1837, New Orleans, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 Mar 1912, New Orleans, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Marie Delphine Bernard,   b. 23 May 1839, New Orleans, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 11 Oct 1892, New Orleans, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Rosalie Adeline Bernard du Montier,   b. 28 Sep 1840, New Orleans, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Mar 1927, New Orleans, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Felix Gilbert Nicholas Bernard,   b. 06 Dec 1841, New Orleans, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jul 1864, New Orleans, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location
    >5. Cecilia Bernard,   b. 22 Feb 1843, New Orleans, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Feb 1913, New Orleans, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Marie Louise Hermina Bernard,   b. 16 Jun 1844, New Orleans, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 Mar 1868, New Orleans, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Rose Alice Bernard,   b. 29 Aug 1847, New Orleans, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Mar 1926, New Orleans, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Marie Alcide Bernard du Montier,   b. 30 Jan 1849, New Orleans, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Jul 1890, New Orleans, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  31 Dec 2009 
    Family ID  F671  Group Sheet
     
  • Event Map
    Event
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 22 Jul 1814 - West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptized - 30 Aug 1815 - St. Joseph Church, Baton Rouge, Louisiana Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Age: 86 - 20 Jun 1900 - New Orleans, Louisiana Link to Google Earth
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    Felix Balthazar Bernard du Montier
    Felix Balthazar Bernard du Montier
    Newspaper Sketch
    Newspaper Sketch
    Sketch in The Daily Picayune, 21 Jun 1900, with an article on Felix Bernard du Montier the day after his death.
     
    Histories
    West Baton Rouge Families: Felix Gilles Bernard du Montier
    West Baton Rouge Families: Felix Gilles Bernard du Montier
    Background on the Bernard du Montier family and immigration to Louisiana from France. Includes Molaison, Bourg, and Seguin families.
     
  • Notes  Name:
    • Times Picayune (published as the Daily Picayune) New Orleans Newspaper Notice published on 18 Jul 1891

      New Orleans, July 18, 1891.—Notice.—Knowing since I became of discretionary age, that my family name was DuMontier, and the public always persisting to call me Bernard, because my grandfather's name was Felix Bernard DuMontier, in order to be known to the public, I signed Felix Balthasar Bernard since some time I sign Felix Balthatsar DuMontier, generally and wrongly called F. B. Bernard. I hereby give notice to all my friends and to all those that it interests, that I shall hereafter sign my only true name.
      F. B. DuMONTIER
      Jy26--Sulm No. 455 North Claiborne.

    Died:
    • The Daily Picayune
      New Orleans
      Thursday, June 21, 1900


      The Head of the House of Du Montier Passes Away Yesterday, Leaving Three Generations to Mourn.

      One of the oldest citizens of New Orleans, Mr. Felix Balthazar Bernard Du Montier, a patriarch in years and in family ties, the head of four generations; a gentleman of the ancient regime, honored, respected, and justly commanding the respect and veneration of a large family and of numerous friends, died yesterday at his residence, 1668 North Claiborne.
      His father, Felix B. Du Montier, emigrated to the United States from Brittany, France, in the early part of the nineteenth century, and settled in West Baton Rouge. In that parish the subject of this sketch was born, July 22, 1814. He was educated at Jefferson College, St. James Parish, La., and graduated there, and, after receipt of his diploma, Mr. Du Montier was offered a position as teacher in the college. He accepted, and for several years taught the young gentlement who were sent to that famous institution of learning. Mr. Du Montier resigned his professorship to become assistant secretary of state during the administration of Governor White. Shortly after the expiration of his term of office, he met on the streets of New Orleans a congressman from Louisiana, who asked him how he was faring. "Indifferently," replied Mr. Du Montier. "I am now out of politics and without any occupation."
      A few weeks subsequent to that meeting with the congressman, there came to Mr. Du Montier a letter from the department of state at Washington, and to his utter surprise he found that it was his commission from the president as superintendent of the United States mint (which was just then about completed). Not knowing how and why that public position had been thrust upon him, unsolicited and totally unlooked-for, Mr. Du Montier returned the commission to the president, with the explantation that he had no idea why the chief executive should have appointed him to that federal office. He received a reply from President Andrew Jackson stating that Congressman -- had solicited the appointment of Mr. Du Montier. President Jackson further informed the surprised Mr. Du Montier that if the position of superintendent of the mint was not acceptable there was a nice, soft berth at his disposal in the United States custom-house in New Orleans, and, on Mr. Du Montier's acceptance of the position of clerk, promtly aquiesced in the request of President Jackson, and for forty-one years Mr. Du Montier was one of the most exact and efficient clerks in the employ of the government.
      In order to explain why Mr. Du Montier was appointed superintendent of the mint, it is necessary to go back to the time when he was a teacher in Jefferson College, for it was upon an incident which happened then that hinged the cause of his unsolicited appointment. He had occasion to chastise a pupil for unruly conduct, and as that young chap was the son of a very influential public man (a United States senator), it was apprehended by the faculty of the college that the parent would be angry; but, on the contrary, he highly approved of the action of Mr. Du Montier, and said that young people should be taught, in vigorous manner, if necessary, to respect their elders.
      A few years elapsed, and the incident was forgotten by all, save perhaps the boy, and, as events subsequently proved, by the father of the youth. It was the old gentleman who, years after meeting Mr. Du Montier and hearing from him that he was seeking a position, go the president to send that commission as superintendent of the mint which so puzzled the recipient.
      Mr. Du Montier was very active in local political affairs. He represented the Third municipality in 1846-1850, and was chairman of the finance committee of the city council. He was one of the founders of Washington public square on Elysian Fields street, and personally supervised the planting of the oak trees which this day form such a noble and agreeable avenue of magnificent shade trees in the square. It was during Mr. Du Montier's incumbency as alderman from the Third municipality that the neutral ground of Claiborne avenue was laid out and the quadruple row of trees planted, at his solicitation and suggestion. He also cause the digging of the canal in the center of Claiborne avenue. For several years past, Mr. Du Montier had retired from active public life, but he retained up to a few months of his death a remarkable vigor of body and mind. His demise was due to an attack of grippe, which had weakened his health.
      The venerable gentleman leaves three sons, Emile, THeodule and Louis Du Montier; four daughters, Mrs. Delphine, wife of R.A. Bonnet; Rosalie, widow of Charles Haas; Alice, widow of Aug. A. Roy, and Cecilia, wife of Ben P. Leefe.
      Twenty-seven grandchildren and twenty-two great-grandchildren represent the third and fourth generations that owed existence and respect to the beloved octogenarian and that will for many long years come revere his memory and be proud to count him among their forbears.
      The Bernard and the Trepagnier families, of old and respectable Louisiana stock, were also closely related to Mr. Du Montier.
      The funeral of the regretted citizen will take place to-day at 5 o'clock. The religious ceremonies will be held at the church of the Sacred Heart, corner of Annette and Claiborne.

      Published in The Daily Picayune, 21 Jun 1900
    • The Daily Picayune Death Notice published 24 Jun 1900
      DU MONTIER—On Wednesday, Jun 20, 1900, at 10:40 o'clock a.m., FELIX BALTHAZAR DU MONTIER, aged 86 years, a native of West Baton Rouge, La., and a resident of this city for the past 65 years.
     
  • Sources 
    1. [S28] Diocese of Baton Rouge Catholic Church Records Volume 03 (1804-1819), Catholic Church. Diocese of Baton Rouge (La.), (Diocese of Baton Rouge), F379 .B33 C32 V.3., 295 (Reliability: 3).
      Felix Bartasar (Luis Bernard and Rosalie Pierre VIROSO)
      Born: 22 July 1814
      Baptized: 30 Aug 1815
      Paternal GrandParents: Felix Bernard and Maria Victoria BURKE
      Maternal Grandparents: Pedro and Maria Victoria DELATE
      Sponsors: Onesie Fort Bernart; Theresa Pierre Viroso
      (SJO-6, 217)
      VIROSO = VISOSO
      Felix Bartasar = Felix Balthazar
      Onesie Fort Bernart = Onesiphore Bernard
      SJO = St. Joseph's Parish, Baton Rouge, LA

    2. [S81] New Orleans Times Picayune, 21 Jun 1900 page 1.
      The Daily Picayune, New Orleans, La. Article published the day after his death.

  

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