All Souls Day 2015

Quegles, Couillard, Profilet, Ferguson, and Sanguinetti Families

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    Mary Estelle Sanguinetti honoring the Quegles, Couillard, Profilet, Ferguson and Sanguinetti families. This was presented in church instead of at the cemetery because of inclement weather. I would have been standing at the graves of Louis Emile and Melanie Adam Profilet.

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    Sanguinetti family memorabilia displayed on the altar rail at St. Mary Basilica

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    Silver spoon crafted by Louis Emile Gustave Profilet, noted craftsman, jeweler, and metalworker, father of Louis Emile, Jr.

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    Liberty Hall home of Louis Emile and Eliza (Lizzie) Profilet

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    Marble Memorial imbedded in Mary’s Altar, St. Mary Basilica notice how the 1930 marble screen (left)encroaches into the memorial. Donated by John B. Quegles In Gratitude to the B.V.M. Consecrated Sept. 29, 1903.

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    Louis Emile Profilet, Jr. October 13, 1834 – December 12, 1898

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    Mary LaCoste Profilet Couillard July 7, 1869 – June 24, 1940

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    Nativity of Christ (1884) Memory of Mary Quegles and her son, Joseph. Stain Glass window in St. Mary Basilica

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    Mary Estelle Sanguinetti at Plot 1 Old Catholic, grave site of Quegles, Profilet and Ferguson families

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Joseph Quegles was born in Pollanza, Majorca, Spain in 1775 and immigrated to New Orleans, La. where he met and married Louise Melanie Adam who was born in 1788. Their daughter, Melanie Frances Quegles was born in 1812. She married Louis Emile Profilet, (b.1801) on Feb. 1, 1830. Their son, Louis Emile, Jr. was born in 1834, they resided at 508 Washington Street, a home that is now owned by Mr. & Mrs Robin Punches. Mr. Profilet founded an elegant jewelry store, was a diamond merchant and was well known for his silver creations.

Louis Emile, Jr. studied medicine and was a resident at the Charity Hospital in New Orleans, La. from April 1859 to April 1861. He then came to Natchez and practiced until May 1862, when he entered the Confederate Army as assistant surgeon. In July the same year he was appointed Surgeon General and until close of the war. He was in charge of hospitals at Jackson and Shubata, Ms and Cahaba, Al,. After the war he returned to Natchez to practice his profession and was chief health officer of the county.

Louis Emile was married on April 30, 1867 to Miss Eliza (Lizzie)Ferguson Sims of Woodville, Ms. They had nine children: Mary LaCoste, (from whom my husband, Sonny is descended), Louis Emile, Jr., Thomas Sims, Joseph Ingles, William Shields, Charles Armand, Clarence Julienne, Melanie Therese, Ethel Louise. They made their home at Liberty Hall, the home located at the corner of State and Martin Luther King Streets. This home is now occupied by Gregg and Lisa Whitam. Greg is the son of Mary Profilet Sanguinetti Whitam. This home was bequested to his wife, Eliza, by Mrs. LaCoste at the death of Eliza's (Lizzie) sister, Ellen Sims.

Dr. Profilet died at Natchez on Dec. 12, 1898.


Lithograph on stone - St. Mary Cathedral