R. Martin Guidry

The Clotiaux (Clothiaux, Clostio) family in Louisiana began when François Mathurin Clotiaux arrived in New Orleans on the American ship "William Tell" in 1858. Born 16 Nov 1840 in La Fresnais, Department Ille-et-Vilaine, France, François emigrated to New York, NY on 14 Nov 1854 on the ship "Galliot Français" when only 14 years of age. Extant family letters from François' mother in France ask her son why he departed home without telling anyone and why he has not said where he is. It is still a mystery as to why this young boy left his family and home and sought a new life in distant lands across the great ocean.

François Clotiaux settled in Lafayette Parish, LA between the towns of Youngsville and Maurice where on 9 Jul 1860 he married Marie Seraphine Duhon who was 17 years old at the time. The young couple continued to live in Lafayette Parish and raised a family of three daughters and nine sons.

Gradually the family began a slow westward migration into Vermilion Parish and the small village of Kaplan. One branch of the family eventually relocated to the Galveston, TX area where they reside today.

The Clotiaux Surname
Throughout the database all direct descendents of Vincent Clotiaux and Toussainte Le Lievre are assigned the surname Clotiaux - even though their actual surname may be Clotiaux, Clotiaud, Clotiau, Cloteaux, Cloteaud, Cloteau, Clothiaux, Clothiaud, Clothiau, Clotio or Clostio. This is done for two reasons:

1) Over the years since the mid-1700’s the Clotiaux surname has been modified to many forms as shown above. Furthermore, a single individual may have used more than one form of the surname during his lifetime thus making it difficult to determine the proper form of the surname to use in the database.
2) Using the single surname Clotiaux throughout the database facilitates locating the direct descendents of Vincent Clotiaux and Toussainte Le Lievre in the Surname Index of the database

One can determine the commonly used surname(s) of each individual. On the Family Web Cards and on the Person Sheets the “Primary Surname” (“Sur.”) field identifies the main surname(s) used by each individual. Also, the “Names” section near the end of the Person Sheet contains all names found in the records for each individual.

Please explore our genealogy and let us know if you find errors or additions. Since our goal is to maintain a fully-referenced genealogical database (to the primary sources wherever possible), please provide the source of your information, if possible, when contacting us at the Contact Address below.



This database contains two types of web pages - Family Web Cards (that contain basic genealogical information on each family) and Person Sheets (that have detailed genealogical information on each individual in the database as well as notes, data conflicts in the records and name variations for that individual).

To get started, click Surnames on the left above. Next click a surname of interest (e.g., CLOTIAUX). Finally, click the name of the individual that you want to view (e.g., Mathurin Clotiaux).

A Family Web Card appears which contains three generations of this person’s family: his/her parents are at the top of the page, the subject person and his spouse are in the center and their children are at the bottom of the page. You can move forward and backward through this person’s family tree by clicking the
blue (or purple) name of one of his parents or one of his children. (If a name is not blue or purple, then no additional information has been placed in the database on this individual at this time.) [NOTE: Multiple spouses of the husband or wife of the subject couple appear just below the center block. Clicking the appropriate number of a spouse, brings up the Family Web Card for this spouse.]

Clicking the
blue (or purple) name of the husband or wife of the subject couple (at the center of the page) brings up the Person Sheet of that individual. Use the Scroll Bar on the right to move up and down the Person Sheet and view all of the data entered into the database on that individual. To view the reference sources for any information on the Person Sheet, double-click the superscript number(s) associated with the specific information for which you would like the reference source(s).

If you see a photo next to a person’s name or a small camera image, clicking on the photo or camera will bring up a page with photographs and documents of that person or family.

That’s all there is to using the Clotiaux Family of South LA & Southeast TX website.

If you have corrections or additions to the database, please contact the author with the information at the e-mail address below.


Added some photographs and made a few minor updates.

Last Updated - 8 JUN 2016

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