. Thelesphore Thibodeaux’s house was probably built around the time of his 1st marriage, 1890, but may not have been built until after 1894. It was then that the controversial succession of his father, Onezime, a white sugarcane farmer, brought to light the deathbed marriage to his mother Isabelle, an ex-slave, that was hotly contested […]
. . . the church auctioned off the house for a dollar to anyone who would move it off the property, and they did; floated it down the bayou to the other side . . . what I pulled out from under leaf litter a foot thick, amidst a scattering of massive iron hooks, levers and free weights, was the arm of a 1910 farm scale, its wooden cabinet long rotted to dust, abandoned since my great great uncle died in 1942.