Pelafigue Family

Nonco's Family

It seems almost impossible to imagine--even in the age of jets criss-crossing the oceans; but, in 1889,  Nonco's parents moved their family from Beaucens, France, to LaJonction, which is now Arnaudville, Louisiana.  Records show the passenger list of the family arriving in New York on November 25, 1889.  Study the documents below for more information.
Nonco's Mother
Melanie Peré Pelafigue
Nonco's Father
Jean Marie Pelafigue
Perhaps the Pelafigue Family instilled their spirit of adventure to their children.  Nonco was less than a year old when his parents brought him to the new frontier of America. 

Beaucens, France, is a short distance--about seven miles-- from Lourdes.  The Catholic faith of the Pelafigues was a major part of their lives.  Notice the rosary on Melanie Pere Pelafigue's arm.  Nonco also was known to carry his rosary in this manner as he walked the roads of the rural community of Arnaudville.

When Nonco was 21, he was enrolled at the State Normal School in Natchitoches, Louisiana, as indicated on his transcript dated January 18, 1909.  Nonco was 21 years old.  Records also indicate that he was a member of the League of the Sacred Heart.  With French as his principal language, he communicated easily with the inhabitants of the Arnaudville area.  His life continued in service to his fellow man for nearly 70 years.
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