Jean Baptiste Lapaise de Védrines

Signature - 1758 (marriage)The Vidrine Family in Louisiana traces its roots back to one man, Jean Baptiste Lapaise de Védrines, who came to Louisiana from France as an Officer of the French Marines.

It is not known whether he intended to remain in the new world or to return to France when he first arrived. Either way, Jean Baptiste ended up marrying a “native” of the new world, Elisabeth de Moncharvaux, whose maternal family had deep roots in the Illinois Country (Upper Louisiana). So the family Jean Baptiste established in Louisiana with Elisabeth is truly a Louisiana family, with roots in both France and New France.