Jean Seevola Johnson picture

JOHNSON, Jean Seevola

Historical Images Collection

Ref. No. P001-061
Subject Jean Seevola Johnson
Location Louisiana
Date unknown
Caption Jean Seevola Johnson
Notes Jean Seevola Johnson was the agnatic descendant of a Scotsman who settled in Nova Scotia and married into an Acadian family in the early 18th century, ca. 1714; so Francophile did the family become that the name is still often spelled Jeansonne, although traditionally, the subject’s branch of the family maintained knowledge of non-French heritage. Seevola, as he was known, was born on 19 August 1877, in what is now northern Evangeline Parish, Louisiana, at the present-day hamlet of Easton. Son of Paul Johnson and Athenaise Billeaudeau, his father died ca. 1883, and Seevola was reared by an Indian servant named Pajo (Spanish spelling), who taught him wilderness lore, hunting and trapping, which he would follow as an occupation throughout most of his life. His marriage to Onezia Landerneau, whose ancestors had been in Louisiana since its founding, occurred on 26 January 1897, in what was then St. Landry Parish. They became the parents of six children: Paul, who died in infancy; Olevia, married Dalvis De Ville; Louis, married Enice Chapman; Wilbur, married Martha De Ville and (2nd) Sadie Johnson Weatherford; Aida, who married Dillard De Ville; Enora, unmarried; Louanna, married Edious E. Bordelon. Seevola Johnson died 4 January 1954, and is buried near his parents in the family cemetery off Highway 167, between Bayou Chico and Turkey Creek, Louisiana. Seevola Johnson was the maternal grandfather of columnist Winston De Ville.
Source Reprinted from American Genealogy Magazine, Vol. 7, No. 5