School Teachers of Early Maryland
by Robert Barnes
MSA SC 5300
Leflet, Peter, BA, fl. 1792
Family: He was born in Vitry sur Seine, France in 1766, and on 18
June 1787, he was married to Marie Rosalie Pierrot in Paris, Seine, France.
He is listed as Pierre Leflet in French records. (Source: Andriveau, Bernard,
Archives privees, Paris marriages from 1750, series 2, alphabetical for
Lecamp-Legrand, microfilm 1297208 from Family History Library, Salt Lake
City.) His parents were Jean Francois Leflet, “marchand d’arbres” (tree
merchant?), and Marie Germaine Chatenay. (Source: Andriveau, ibid., and
Internet site Geneanet – alba, in name of Claude Proietti, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org).
The next records I have for him are christening records for three children
of Peter Leflet and Marie Rosalie Pierrot, in records of Old St. Peter’s
Pro-Cathedral, in Baltimore. These children were Peter Gabriel Aristedes,
christened on 13 September 1795, and Honoratius Augustus and Alexander
[Alexandria?], both christened on 20 April 1800. (Source: Mary and
Stanley Piet. Early Catholic Church Records in Baltimore, Maryland,
1782 through 1800).
Career: Peter Leflet also appears as “Peter Laflat, grocer” in the
Baltimore Directory of 1799, compiled by Holly G. Wright.
Migration: He next appears in personal property tax records in Prince
Edward County, Virginia, in 1804, and in the adjoining Nottoway County
in 1805 to about 1812. He also appears in the 1810 U.S. census for
Nottoway County, Virginia.
Probate: His final appearance is in Warren County, Kentucky, court
order book E, p. 137, 8 Oct 1817, when Alexandria Leflet is bonded to be
executor of his estate. No estate inventory is listed. (Source:
microfilm 0338333, Family History Library, Salt Lake City).
Later Family: Alexandria is a proven ancestor of mine; her two documented
children were Francis, born about 1812, and Petronell, born in the range
of 1805-1810. Under the name of Marie Alexandria Louisa Leflet, she
was one of the sponsors at the christening of the two children of Peter
and Maria Rosalia in Baltimore, in 1800. My working supposition is that
she was a relative of Peter’s, not necessarily with birth surname Leflet,
who was adopted in France, came to America with the Leflets, and became
Peter’s second wife after the death of Marie Rosalia after 1800.
Submitted by Adrian Allen, 1392 Lavine Drive, Pocatello, ID 83201
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