Jean Aurelin Royer was born about
1844, probably Acadia Parish, La. He died in 1904; burial
May 2, 1904 in old St. Joseph's Church Cemetery, Rayne, LA.
His funeral notice, in French, mentions his age as 60.
His first marriage was to Marie Oliva Mendoza, June 26,
1867, Church Point, La. Their children were Felician; Joseph
Aurelien b. Jan. 10, 1867; Marie Mathilda, b. Oct. 29, 1871;
Joseph Adam, b. Nov. 16, 1873; Marguerite Amelina, b. Mar.
19, 1879; Ellen Olivia, b. July 30, 1881; Ann Blanche
Felicia, b. Oct. 12, 1883.
He married his second wife, Marie Adele Bouillon, July
11, 1893 in Rayne, Acadia Parish, La. Their children were:
Flavie; Emetilde, b. Aug. 31, 1894; Don Louis, b. Jan. 28,
1896 (named after Adele's father Don Louis Bouillon, who
served in the Confederate army); Pierre Sidney, b. July 25,
1899; Moise, b. April 23, 1901; Joseph, b. Jan. 17, 1903.
Jean's wife received a CSA pension after his death till
1938. The last check issued was in the name of Mrs. Adel
Royer Simon in the amount of $60.
Soldiers Application for
I, John or Jean Royer, a native of Louisiana and now a
citizen of Louisiana, resident at Morse I the Parish of
Acadia in said State of Louisiana, and who was a soldier,
sailor or marine as the case may be) from the State of
Louisiana in the Confederate States army(or navy as the case
may be) in the war between the United States and the
Confederate States,do hereby apply for the aid under Act 125
of the General Assemble of the State of Louisiana of 1898;
and I do solemnly swear that I served the Confederate States
honorably from the day of my enlistment until the close of
the civil war, (or until discharged or paroled as the case
may be) as shown by my answers below, and that I remained
true to the Confederate cause until the surrender, and that
I am now in indigent circumstances, and unable to earn a
livelihood by my own labor or skill, and that I am not
salaried or otherwise provided for by the State of Louisiana
or by any other State or government, and am entitled to
receive the benefits of said Act No. 125 of 1898, as further
shown by my answers to the questions below, which I swear to
be true and correct:
1. When were you born? 1840
2. Where were you born? Parish Lafayette
3. When did you enlist in the Confederate service?
About 1 year after
4. Where did you enlist? At Iberia
5. In what command? Battalion Valsin Fournet
6. Give the letter of your Company? Co. G
7. Give the number of your regiment? Don't know but
transferred to 18th
8. Give branch of service, Artillery, Infantry Cavalry or
Navy: If in
navy, give name or
names of vessels you served in, or in what
9. Give the names of the regimental and company officers
whom you enlisted, and
under whom you were serving at the date of
your discharge or
parole? Col. Uslain Fournet, Capt Crawford, at
discharge I was joined
18th Regiment at Alexandria but under
10. Were you wounded? No
11. What was the precise nature of your wound or wounds,
12. If you have lost a limb or an eye, state when, where
and how? No
13. Were you discharged from the army by reason of
wounds, or from the
effects of service? Effects of service.
14. If discharged or paroled from the army, where were
what did you do until
the close of the war? Was discharged at
15. What was the name of the surgeon who attended you
16. Where were you at the surrender? At
17. If a prisoner, in what camp, and where were you
to where sent?
18. Did you take the oath of allegiance to the United
Government at any time
during the war? No
19. If so, when, where and under what circumstances?
20. How long have you been a resident of the State of
preceding the date of
this application? Where have you resided during
that period? Always
21. Are you married, or have you been married?
22. Is so, what is the size of your family? 10
23. What are the respective ages of your wife and
children? 1st wife
died at 45 (4
children) 45 - 43 - 41 - 39, 2nd wife 40 years, 21 -
-17 - 15 - 13 - 10
24. How many children have you, and how many of each sex?
10 - 3
boys & 7 girls
25. Are you engaged in any business? If so, what
do you earn?
Farmer - about $100 per
26. Have you any estate in your own right, real or
what is its value?
30 acres, 1/2 prairie & bal. Wood, no personal
property valued at
27. Has your wife any estate in her own right, real or
what is its value?
28. How have you derived support for yourself and family
have one, for the five
years? Working in field
29. What prevents you from earning a living now? Age.
30. Do you use intoxicants to any extent? No
31. Have you an attorney to look after this application?
32. Give his name, address, and the compensation agreed
you? J. J. Fraucy,
33. Give the name of two or more of your comrades with
Lizza Leger Royer, Onezime Royer, Morse,
34. Give your postoffice address and that of the two
With my hand on this 6th day of May, 1911, Jean (his X
mark) Royer, Applicant.
Note: There are a lot of discrepancies in the record from
that information that I have on them from more reliable
sources, but considering that they were both illiterate, it
is not surprising.
We at the 18th Louisiana Infantry Regiment (Volunteers)
offer our sincerest "Thank You" for the information
presented on behalf of his Great grandfather, the late Jean
Aurelin Royer, Pvt., Co. G.