Towards the close of the sixteenth century the last male descendant of the Toutants died, leaving an only daughter, who married Sieur Paix de Beauregard
—hence the family name of Toutant de Beauregard
At what time the particle ‘de’ was abandoned and the hyphen
resorted to instead, is not known.
was the first of the name who came from France
, under Louis XIV., as ‘Commandant’ of a flotilla, the purpose of which was to bring assistance to the colony, and carry back timber for naval constructions.
So thoroughly did he succeed in his enterprise in this connection that he was, on his return to France
, decorated with the Cross of Saint Louis
He finally settled in Louisiana
; and there married Miss Magdeleine Cartier
. Three sons were born to them, one of whom, Louis Toutant
, was, in his turn, united to Miss Victoire Ducros
, the daughter of a respected planter of the parish of St. Bernard
, near New Orleans, who had honorably filled several offices of trust under the French
governments of Louisiana
They had one daughter and two sons, the younger of whom, Jacques Toutant
, married, in 1808, Miss Helene Judith de Reggio
Several children were the issue of their union; the third being Pierre Gustave ToutantBeaure-gard, the Confederate
general and Southern patriot, whose biography forms the subject of this memoir.
's maternal ancestry is even more illustrious, he being a descendant of the Dukes
, and, consequently, of the House of Este
His great-grandfather, Francois Marie
, Chevalier de Reggio
(akin to the reigning duke) accompanied his friend, the Duke
, to the siege of Bergen-op-Zoom, and there so distinguished himself that he was given a captaincy in the French
army by Louis XV., and was, shortly thereafter, sent to the colony of Louisiana
, with his command.
became part of the Spanish
possessions, the Chevalier de Reggio
was made Alferez Real
, or, in other words, Royal Standard-bearer, and First Justiciary of the estates and property of the crown.
He was nearly related to the Marquis de Vaudreuil
, seventh Colonial Governor of Louisiana
Of his marriage with Miss Fleuriau
, two sons were born, the younger