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Alphonse Guillet Notes

Mercedes McGee Andrus said the following about her great grandfather, Alphonse Guillet. He had a long white beard, and spoke perfect French; never spoke English. He drank wine every day, and received a weekly newspaper from France. He would kiss Mercedes on each cheek, and fussed because none of the great grandchildren could speak French. He is said to have been the oldest Postmaster in the U.S.. He rode Pony Express from Chatagnier to Lake Charles, Louisiana when there were still Indians in the woods. 

He grew his own grapes for wine. He came from Lyon, France, and supposedly came over during a Yellow Fever Epidemic in Europe, and met his wife, Bertha Brulator (age 16) on the ship.

It is also said that he founded the settlement of Chatagnier, in SW Louisiana. 

This information was provided by Mercedes to one of her sons in 1990's, before her death. 

Family story is that Bertha was Jewish, and that her name was Bertha Aaron or Aron, her parents,from Germany, and she took the Brulator name when her mother remarried, to Pierre Ernest Brulatour, in New Orleans. On one ship passenger list, she was traveling with a "Mrs." Brulator", at age 14. A trip back to France?

1880 census lists Alphonse as a mail carrier. He lived to be 98 or 99 years old. 

Note from transcriber: Copy of ship passenger list shows Bertha Brulator, with mother (or other adult) and her siblings, but list does not include Alphonse Guillet. She was on another ship in 1866, where Alphonse was a passenger, when Bertha was 17.

Owner/SourceMercedes McGee Andrus via Amy Cabin
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