Pére Antoine Desiré Mégret
1797 - 1853
—Founder of Abbeville —
Père Antoine Desiré Megrét born in France on May 23, 1797 arrived in Louisiana in 1842 and was sent to Vermilionville (now Lafayette) as pastor of St. John's Parish. In 1843 he purchased from Joseph LeBlanc one hundred sixty arpents of land approximately three miles north of Perry's Bridge, on this site by the Vermilion River. St. Mary Magdalen Church was dedicated in 1844. Property not reserved for the rectory, cemetery and town squares was sold in lots, and the community heretofore La Chapelle, became Abbeville in 1844.
Père Mégret, having designed and developed his city around two central squares, offered property and a building for the courthouse and was influential in the ultimate establishment of Abbeville as the Parish seat in 1845.
In 1853 the community suffered from a yellow fever epidemic, which claimed seventy-three lives, the last of these was Père Mégret, who had been ministering to the victims of the disease. He is entombed under St. John's Cathedral in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Le Père Antoine Désire Mégret est né en France le 23 Mai, 1797, il est arrivé en Louisiane en 1842. Et a été envoyé à Vermilionville (Maintenant Lafayette) comme curé de la Paroisse St. Jean. En 1843 il a acheté de Joseph LeBlanc cent soixante arpents de terre, environ trois milles au nord du
Le Père Mégret, ayant dessine et développe sa ville autour de deux places centrales, a offert un terrain et un édifice pour le palais de justice et a eu de l'influence dans l'établissement définitif d'Abbeville comme siège de Paroisse.
En 1853 la communauté a souffert d'une epidémie de la fièvre jaune avec une perte de soixante-treize vies, le dernier de ceux-ci était le Père Mégret, qui avait administré les victimes de la maladie. Est enseveli sous la Cathédrale de St. Jean à Lafayette, Louisiane.
Location. 29° 58.446′ N, 92° 8.23′ W. Marker is in Abbeville, Louisiana, in Vermilion Parish. Marker can be reached from the intersection of South Washington Street and Pere Megret Street. Touch for map. Located in the Magdalen Square. Marker is in this post office area: Abbeville LA 70510, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Louisiana Story (within shouting distance of this marker); Saint Mary Magdalen Church
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