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Marie Delphine de Macarty
Female 1787 - 1849

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  • Birth  19 Mar 1787  New Orleans, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Baptized  26 Dec 1793  St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Female 
    Died  07 Dec 1849  Paris, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID  I2884  Stewart
    Last Modified  09 Mar 2016 
     
    Father  Louis Barthélemy de Macarty,   bap. 18 Feb 1751, St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Marie Jeanne Anne L'Erable,   b. 11 May 1747, New Orleans, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Feb 1807, New Orleans, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship  birth 
    Family ID  F956  Group Sheet
     
    Family 1  Ramon Lopez y Angulo,   d. 1804, Cuba Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1800 
    Children 
     1. Marie Françoise Borja Lopez y Angulo,   b. 1805, Cuba Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  02 Nov 2011 
    Family ID  F958  Group Sheet
     
    Family 2  Jean Baptiste Blanque,   b. Abt 1765, Nay-Bourdettes, Pyranees-Atlantiques, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 Oct 1815, New Orleans, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  19 Mar 1807  New Orleans, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Children 
     1. Marie Louise Paulina Blanque,   b. 06 Apr 1809, New Orleans, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Louise Marie Laurie Blanque,   b. 13 Jan 1813, New Orleans, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Jeanne Louise Marie Blanque,   b. 16 Apr 1814, New Orleans, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Jean Pierre Paul Blanque,   b. 22 Apr 1815, New Orleans, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  10 Mar 2016 
    Family ID  F960  Group Sheet
     
    Family 3  Leonard Louis Nicholas Lalaurie 
    Married  12 Jun 1825 
    Last Modified  24 Apr 2007 
    Family ID  F961  Group Sheet
     
  • Event Map
    Event
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 19 Mar 1787 - New Orleans, Louisiana Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptized - 26 Dec 1793 - St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans, Louisiana Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 19 Mar 1807 - New Orleans, Louisiana Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 07 Dec 1849 - Paris, France Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Our infamous "Madame Lalaurie" was born Marie "Delphine" de Macarty [went by Delphine] on March 19 1787 in New Orleans to the Chevalier Louis Barthelemy de Macarty Sr., captain of the French troops and Marie Jeanne Lerable. [Oftentimes misspelled Lovable]. Legend has it that Marie Jeanne Lerable was tortured and killed by slaves.

      Delphine's parents were quite wealthy. Her father came from a long line of military officers. Delphine's grandfather, Chevalier Barthelemy "Daniel" de Macarty, was one of the King's bodyguards in France and later the commandant at Fort de Chartres in Illinois. Her grandmother, who was the wife of the Chevalier de Macarty, was Marie "Francoise" Helene Pellerin of the very prominent Pellerin family in Louisiana.

      Delphine's aunt was Marie "Celeste" Elenore Elizabeth de Macarty, wife of Governor Don Estevan Rodriguez Miro, governor of Louisiana between 1785 and 1791.

      It is pure speculation on my part, but I suspect that when Delphine and her husband, Dr. Lalaurie, fled to Paris, they probably took refuge in the Pontalba house [now the American Embassy] where Delphine's aunt stayed at one time. Joseph Xavier Delfau Baron de Pontalba was the husband of Jeanne Francoise Louise LeBreton des Chapelles, daughter of Jeanne Louise "Francoise" de Macarty, who was the sister of Louis Barthelemy de Macarty Sr., Delphine's father. In other words, the Baron Joseph Xavier "Celestin" Delfau de Pontalba, husband of the "Baroness Pontalba" [Micaela Leonarda Antonia Almonaster] was Delphine's first cousin once removed. It was in this same Pontalba house that Celestin's father, the Baron de Pontalba, tried to kill "TinTin's" wife, the Baroness, who lived and returned to her native Louisiana. The Baroness then built the Pontalba Apartments which line Jackson Square.

      But, back to pirates.

      Delphine (our Madame Lalaurie) was married three times. Her first husband was Don Ramon Lopez y Angula de la Candelaria, Knight of the Royal Order of Charles III and an administrator for the Spanish government in Louisiana. After a little under four years of marriage, he died suddenly in Cuba in March, 1804.

      Delphine then married, in 1807, Jean Baptiste Blanque, one of Louisiana history's most intriguing figures. Jean was a prominent New Orleans Banker, Louisiana legislator, and advisor of Jean Lafitte. He also happened to own a number of ships the Baratarians sailed. Blanque was a man of influence in the city and state. It was to Blanque that Lafitte sent his letters when the pirate sat down to communicate the arrival of the British at Grand Terre Island. The British offered Lafitte money and a military position in the British army, an offer the British were hoping Lafitte could not refuse. What the British did not bank on, however, was the poor timing of the proposed deal. Lafitte's beloved brother was in jail in New Orleans at the time, so he was in no position to side with the invaders.

      Said to be a cousin of Pierre Clement Laussat, the prefect of Napoleon, it would stand to reason that Blanque was also involved in the illicit slave trade that Lafitte perpetuated. Could this explain the presence of slaves kept in bondage in Delphine's attic?

      Blanque died shortly after the Battle of New Orleans. Ten years later, Delphine married her third husband, Doctor Leonard "Louis" "Nicolas" Lalaurie, a native of France, and came to be known as Madame Lalaurie. The Lalauries were very prominent sonically.

      On that fateful day, April 10, 1834, their seventy year old cook set the house they lived in on the corner of Royal and Governor Nicholls (then Hospital Street) on fire. Did she do it by accident? We may never know.

      As the house burned, slaves were discovered in the attic by the firefighters, and an angry mob assembled to seek justice. The Lalauries fled for their lives, never to be seen in New Orleans again.

      Source: http://nola.live.advance.net/forums/townhall/index.ssf?artid=234341

    Died:
    • A copper plate found in the St. Louis Cemetery denotes her death:
      Madame Lalaurie
      Née Marie Delphine Maccarthy
      décédée à Paris le 7 decembre 1842
     
  • Sources 
    1. [S6] Archdiocese of New Orleans Sacramental Records Volume 05 (1791-1795), Earl C. Woods, (New Orleans, La. : Archdiocese of New Orleans, 1987), F379 .N553 W66 1987 REF V.5., 252 (Reliability: 3).
      MACARTY (cf. TREPAGNIER)
      Maria Delfina (Caballero Luis and Maria Juana LE RABLE, natives of this parish),
      Baptized: Previously
      BCS: Dec. 26, 1793,
      Born: Mar. 19, 1787,
      Paternal Grandparents: Bartolome Daniel MACARTY, native of Languedoc in France, and Francisca PELLERIN, native of New Orleans,
      Maternal Grandparents: Lorenzo LE RABLE, native of Rohan in France [Rohan - dept. of Morbiahn?], and Maria Juana DERBONNE, native of Louisiana,
      Sponsors: Juan Bautista MACARTY, infant's uncle, and Francisca Brigida MACARTY, infant's aunt.
      (SLC, B11, 291)

    2. [S149] Archives de Paris, 26.
      Scroll to page 26

    3. [S10] Archdiocese of New Orleans Sacramental Records Volume 09 (1807-1809), Earl C. Woods, (New Orleans, La. : Archdiocese of New Orleans, 1987), F379 .N553 W66 1987 REF V.9., 37.
      BLANQUE
      Juan (Pablo and Maria FARGUES), native of Nay in the province of Bearn [probably Nay-Bourdettes, dept. of Pyr.-Atlantiques], French Empire, resident of this city, widower of Juana POUYET, merchant in this city,
      married Maria Delphina DE MACARTY, Mar. 19, 1807.
      Witnesses: Pedro MARIN DE ARGOTE, Esteban BORE, Santiago LIVAUDAIS, Eugenio DE MACARTY, Luis DE MACARTY, bride's father
      (SLC, M6, 12)

    4. [S10] Archdiocese of New Orleans Sacramental Records Volume 09 (1807-1809), Earl C. Woods, (New Orleans, La. : Archdiocese of New Orleans, 1987), F379 .N553 W66 1987 REF V.9., 101.
      DE MACARTY [@MACARTY] (cf. LERABLE)
      Maria Delphina (Luis and Maria Juana LERABLE), native fo this city, widow of Ramon LOPEZ Y ANGULO, knight of the Royal Order of Charles III, former administrator of this province,
      married Juan BLANQUE, Mar. 19, 1807
      (SLC, M6, 12)

  

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