Recent History - 1800's And Later

Much of the subsequent history and genealogy of the Daspit family is documented in the Family Tree which is included with these pages. As other members of the family read this, it is hoped that they well provide additional information about their respective lines for inclusion in these pages.

COTEAU DE FRANCE - written by Clement Bourgeois, Jr. This document summarizes much of the history behind the Coteau De France and the efforts to reclaim this land for the Daspit family. This is largely the story of Marie Neige Daspit, the daughter of Marcel Daspit and Adele Courcier. The copy of this document that was transcribed had been copied many times. Due to the resulting poor quality, of the copy, gaps and possibly inaccuracies exist. If someone has a better copy and can fill in any of the missing information or correct any inaccuracies, their communication would be welcome.


Hugh C. Daspit was the son of Marcel Daspit and Elise Baudoin. He was married to Estelle Auvrey of New Orleans and had one son, Laurence F. Daspit. Hugh Daspit was in the dry goods business and had a store down town on Dryades street and later another one on Magazine St. in the "Irish Channel". One notation that has been found indicates that the marriage to Estelle was Hugh's second marriage, however there is no other information about this.

Laurence, the son of Hugh and Estelle was a noted transportation rate authority and attorney. He attended St. Philips School and Warren Easton High School. He was employed by the Southern Pacific Railroad as an office boy at the age of 16. In 1917, he was made a member of the transportation committee of the railroad administration set up during World War I. After the war Laurence was named traffic manager of the Shreveport, Louisiana. Chamber of Commerce and in 1920 became assistant general freight agent at Houston, Texas for the Southern Pacific Railroad. In 1923 high left the railroad to establish an office in New Orleans as a traffic rate counselor. At this time he entered Loyola University where he earned a law degree and was admitted to the bar in 1928. He was actively involved in the first cases to break down southern freight rate differences and, as an attorney, frequently practiced before the Interstate Commerce Commission in Washington DC.

Laurence F. Daspit married Florence Agnes Driscoll in 1907 in New Orleans and they had twelve children, two of whom died at an early age.