Louis CASIMIR alias SAILLENFAITS
- Born: 28 Apr 1814, Notre Dame de Bliquetuit, Seine-Maritime, Haute-Normandie, France 3
- Married (1): 26 Oct 1835, St Peter, Church St., Liverpool, England 1
- Married (2): 1 Dec 1853, Parish of St. Lawrence, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia 2
- Died: 18 Oct 1873, Nicholson St., Mudgee, New South Wales, Australia 4
Compiler's great, great grandfather
Called Louis Casimir SAILLENFAITS in the birth register for Notre Dame de Bliquetuit. While neither birth, marriage nor death records include 'Augustin' in Louis' name, several of the birth/baptism/death records of his children refer to him as either Louis Augustin or Louis Augustus.
Married first in England under the surname CASIMIR (to Mary Shepherd), though the children of this marriage retained the surname SAILLENFAITS (orthographic variation SAILLANFAITS). Except for Adelaide and Francis John*, the rest of the children died young:
- Louis Augustin Saillanfaits, christened 3 Jul 1839 in St. Peters, Liverpool, buried 23 Feb 1840, Cemetery, St. Martin's in the Fields, Liverpool, Lancashire, England
- John Francis Saillanfaits, born 2q 1844 in Liverpool; died 4q 1844
- Augustin/Augustus Saillanfaits, born February 1846, christened 1 Jun 1846 in Liverpool; buried 29 Oct 1846, Cemetery, St. Martin's in the Fields, Liverpool, Lancashire, England
- Francis John Saillanfaits, christened 6 Nov 1851 at St. Barnabas in Liverpool*
- Alice Saillanfaits, born 4q 1852 in Liverpool; died 4q 1852
* Francis John, otherwise known as François, was living in 1866 but gravely ill, according to a letter dated 27 Jul 1866 from Anne Shepherd to her niece Adelaide, by then married to Pierre François Mallet.
In 1853, shortly following the death of his youngest daughter Alice, Louis left for Australia, arriving 4 Oct 1853 per Star of the East. In December of the same year he married Mary Ann Holmes; in the following year Mary Casimer (née Shepherd) remarried to Thomas Rawlinson. It seems that Louis left without telling anybody - as attested in the marriage certifcate of his eldest daughter Adelaide, that neither she nor her paternal grandparents knew the whereabouts of Louis. Louis dropped the French ancestral surname permanently on arriving in Australia, therafter using his second given name as his surname.
According to a couple of my great aunts (Louis's granddaughters), Louis did not get on well with his father; they didn't see eye-to-eye on matters of religion: Louis's French antecedents were Roman Catholic, and Louis's first marriage was contracted in the Church of England, insofar as that means anything.
Birth-Certificate of Louis Augustin Casimir Saillenfaits (source document)
L'an mille huit cent quatorze, le vingt-huit avril à six heures d'après-midi […] devant nous, Jean Baptiste Pierre Philippe Mabon, adjoint au Maire de la commune de Notre Dame de Bliquetuit, canton de Caudebec, arrondissement de Zetol, département de la Seine inférieure, officier public de l'état civil par délégation ad hoc, est comparu Étienne Augustin Saillenfaits, âgé de vingt-six ans, profession de charpentier de navires, domicilié en cette commune, lequel nous a présenté un enfant du sexe masculin, né de ce jour à quatre heures du matin de lui déclarant et de Marie Barbe Sainsaulieu son épouse en légitime mariage célébrê en cette commune le treize septembre mille huit cent neuf, et auquel Il a declaré vouloir donner les prénoms de Louis Casimir. Les dites déclaration et présentation faites en la présence de Clement Bastille, âgé de vingt-huit ans, un cultivateur, domicilié en cette commune, et de Pierre Louis Durand, aussi un cultivateur, âgé de cinquante-six ans, domicilié en cette commune, et tout […]
Signé […] […] le présent Acte de Naissance, aprés que […] […] été faite.
Translation (provided by David Flack)
In the year 1814, 28 April at 6.00pm … before us, Jean Baptiste Pierre Philippe Mabon, deputy mayor of the commune of Notre Dame de Bliquetuit, canton of Caudebec, district of Zetol, subdivision of the Lower Seine, deputy registrar ad hoc, has appeared Étienne Augustin Saillenfaits, aged twenty-six years, occupation shipwright, domiciled in this commune, who has presented to us a child of male sex born this day at 4.00am, by him registering and by Marie Barbe Sainsaulieu his wife by lawful marriage celebrated in this commune 13 September 1809, and to whom he has declared a wish to give the first names of Louis Casimir. The said declaration and presentation made in the presence of Clement Bastille, aged 28 years, farmer, domiciled in the commune of Guerbaville, and Pierre Louis Durand, also a farmer, aged 56 years, domiciled in this commune, and all [those present?]…
Signed … the present birth certificate, after …
Louis married Mary SHEPHERD, daughter of William SHEPHERD and Alice [KIRKHAM], on 26 Oct 1835 in St Peter, Church St., Liverpool, England 1. (Mary SHEPHERD was born about 1815 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England and was christened on 5 Feb 1815 in St. Nicholas, Liverpool, Lancashire, England.)
Witnesses to the marriage of Louis Casimir and Mary Shepherd were Thomas Dourd and Jane Denney (her X mark).
Louis also married Mary Ann HOLMES, daughter of William HOLMES and Margaret, on 1 Dec 1853 in Parish of St. Lawrence, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia 2. (Mary Ann HOLMES was born on 25 Oct 1829 in Spilsby, Lincolnshire, England 5, christened on 7 Jan 1830 in Spilsby, Lincolnshire, England 6 and died on 23 Dec 1899 in Nicholson St., Mudgee, N.S.W., Australia 7.)
Marriage conducted in the presence of G.W. Hughes of Castlereagh St., Sydney, and Emily Pursey of College St., Sydney.
Louis Casimir was recorded as having been a batchelor, but only in the sense that Mary Holmes was his first wife in Australia; otherwise, he was not, given his first marriage in England to Mary SHEPHERD.