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Searching for a French ancestor

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February 12, 2014 | 4,495 views | 1 comment

I have reached a brick wall in my research for one of our French ancestors who was living in Wilson County in the census of 1880. We are looking for a grave for my great-great-great-grandmother, Marie Louise or Louise Marie Medina, who was born in Louisiana and whose parents were French. She lived in Wilson County in 1880 according to the census record. She was listed as 116 years of age.

We hope one of your readers may now be living on land where she once lived/died in the 1880 era. We are looking for her grave marker. They may know where it is.

We have not found her name listed in the cemeteries we researched. Possibly her parents were originally named LeFleur in Louisiana and changed to Flowers/Flores, but we cannot find her name in cemeteries. Nor can we find her daughter’s grave, Rosaline Posso, whom we know lived in 1870 in McLennan County.

The first time we find Marie Louise is in the 1870 census in McClellan County, near Waco, age 80, living with a head of household named Yeinious, and her daughter, Rosaline Posso b. 1817. In 1880, Louise is listed in the census as Louise Medina in Wilson County as age 116 living with my great-great-grandfather Manuel Flores! We know that her descendants lived in Nockenut on a farm as well as on an old land grant in Guadalupe County, survey No. 203/1873. Louise must have died somewhere around 1881-1900.

We have found the census information for her grandson, Edward Manuel Flores b. 1847 in Shreveport, La., d. 1933, Brown County, Texas, and all subsequent history connected to his brothers, Peter Flowers and Joseph Franklin Flores/Flowers in Texas. We have documents showing census of Manuel and the brothers as they moved from Louisiana to Texas after 1860 and then to Wilson County and Guadalupe County. However we cannot find out what happened to our French link.

However, the mystery is where was Louise Marie or Louise Medina buried and what name is on her marker?

The only clue we have is an old black and white picture with Nockenut (think that is Wilson County) written on the bottom of the picture. It is a picture of a farm, and my great-great-grandfather, Edward Manuel’s, family. Not sure when they lived in Nockenut and the grandmother is not in the picture. The other clue is a land grant from 1873 for her grandson, Edward Manuel Flores. Was she buried there?

Perhaps one of your readers may know how to solve this mystery if they live on a farm in Nockenut and have found an old grave on it, or currently live on land where Edward Manuel Flores was granted a land grant (listed in Guadalupe County, originally called the BJ Freeman 1873 survey No. 203).

We are told the Guadalupe County line now stops at the intersection of Highway 123 and 1681, and Nockenut is on F.M. 1681.

Possible names on her marker could be Le Fleur, Flores, Poso, Possoit, Medina, Yeinious, or simply Marie Louise/Louise Medina. Why so many names? She lived long and may have married several times. Possibly she could be buried with an unmarked grave at one of these two sites.

Contact Joellen Flores Simmons at if you can give her more information as to where this missing lady was buried.

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laura gundy  
conroe, TX  
July 5, 2014 5:15pm
I'm also looking for info on this family. Can you e-mail me, so we can share info. Thanks!

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