First appointed Sheriff of Lafayette Parish is Remembered.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Members of the Villejouin family and friends join Sheriff Neustrom in remembering Gregoire Villejouin, the first appointed Sheriff of Lafayette Parish.
Family members spent hundreds of hours researching local and state archives for the documents that verified his appointment. Villejouin was born Gregoire-Michel Rousseau de Villejouin in 1777 in St. Dominque, what is now Haiti. In 1809, he immigrated to New Orleans, and in 1812 at the age of thirty-five married Marguerite Jeannot of Carencro, Louisiana. In 1824, Gov. Henry Johnson appointed Villejouin as the first Sheriff of Lafayette Parish, known as Vermillionville at the time. He served for 10 years. Villejouin died at the age of fifty-seven and is buried in St. Louis Cemetery in New Orleans.
Pictured in first photo from left to right are: Farrel Villejoin, J. D. Villejoin, Dewitt Villejoin – descendents of Gregoire-Michel Villejouin, Sheriff Michael Neustrom, Gail Hebert, friend of Villejoin family, Ava Rose Hebert, granddaughter of Gail Hebert, Suzanne Eason, Sheriff Neustrom's secretary, and John Rogers, LPSO Litigation Specialist, who helped with some of the research.
Pictured in second photo are Farrel Villejoin, Dewitt Villejoin, Sheriff Michael Neustrom and J. D. Villejoin. Dewitt holds an artist rendition of what Gregoire Villejouin may have looked like. A copy of the likeness of Gregoire Villejouin will join the other photos and portraits of past Lafayette Parish Sheriffs.
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