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DURALDE SISTERS
Posted by: Judith Moore Soniat du Fossat Date: September 29, 2001 at 13:22:06
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Mathurin de Dreux, descendant of King Louis Vi of France had a daughter Claudine de Dreux who Married Joseph Soniat du Fossat born in 1770, remained here to carry on the New Orleans branch of the family. by his first wife, MARIE ANN ARNOULT, HE HAD FOUR SONS. AT her death, he married Louise Duralde, daughter of the Commandantof the Opelousas and one of the three fabled Duralde Sisters whose beauty, grace and political wit were a legent in N>O> 9 children were added to this family and they lived an opulent life on the Tchoupitoulas Plantation, which their father had acquired from Bernard Marigny in 1808.
The other 2 DURALDE sisters.
Julie Duralde married John Clay, brother to Henry Clay, no children.
Clarise Duralde married gov. Wm. C. C. Claiborne. It was his second marriage. They had one son, Claiborne 3rd.
And Gov. Claiborne married a third time and again had one son.
Guy Joseph Soniat du Fossat July 3, 1770 Dec. 1 1851
was the first generation born in America.
The plantation today is the clubhouse of the Colonial Country Club in Harahan, La. As the family grew, it seemed well to have a new house in town. The tract of land that belonged to the Ursuline Convent from Royal to Decatur and Ursuline to Barrracks was put up for sale when the nuns decided to leave their walled world and move to a new convent downriver. George Estis sold the land to Edmond Soniat du Fossat for $3,262,50. A year later, when he was nearly sixty, Soniat du Fossat took over his son's notes and began building a town house here. Thirteen children with all attendant in laws and grandchildren moved in.
Mme. Soniat whose sister married brother of Henry Clay, lived around the corner at 620 gov. Nicholls and their adjoining gardens opened into one another. Another Sister, Clarisse who had been the second wife of Gov. Claiborne so their homes were always astir with politics and society.
In 1852 Joseph Soniat died and his widow lived there until 1865. From then on many people owned his house.
The original Soniat was Chevalier Guy Saunhac du Fossat who was sent to La. by Louis XV. He married Claudine de Dreux,
daughter of Mathurine De Dreux, descendent of King Louis VI of France. Dreux was known as Sieur de Gentily. The first born in this family, Francois Guy inherited the Baronery back home and returned to France to live in the Chateau du Fossat. The second boy, Joseph born in 1770 stayed to carry on the New Orleans branch of the family.


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