Saturday, September 10, 2011

Auguste Soufflot Family

Marion Caroline Whitlock is referenced in the Whitlock family post on this blog - here is the information about her family with Auguste Louis Soufflot:

Marion and Auguste married by Rev T.B. McClean on 17 July 1894 at Christ Church in Wanganui.  Auguste was a French surveyor.  Marion was about 24 at the time of her marriage, and Auguste was around 31 years of age.  The marriage notice in the Wanganui Chronicle notes that Auguste was the son of the late L.A. Soufflot.  Auguste's father (also called Auguste Louis) had died in 1889 at the age of 67, putting his birth date, in France at around 1822.   

Marion and Auguste had a number of children following their marriage:

1.  Eldest son Louis Mortimer Soufflot was born in 1895

2.  Only daughter Evelyn Blanche Soufflot was born on 12 February 1900.  In 1922 she married Frank Woodward.  Evelyn died on 8 June 1988.

3.  Next son Norman Frank Massena Soufflot was born on 13 July 1901

4.  Third son Percival Leslie Soufflot was born in 1904

5.  Youngest son Frederick Kenneth Soufflot was born on 25 July 1909 

Auguste died on 15 July 1919 at Wanganui.  At the time of his death, he and Marion had been living in Ohakune.  Auguste was 56 years old at the time of this death.  An obituary appeared soon after his death, in the Wanganui Chronicle:

The very many friends of Mr A. L. Soufflot will regret exceedingly to hear of his death, which occurred on Wednesday last, 15th June, after a short illness. 

The late Mr Soufflot arrived in Wanganui with his parents, brother Harry, and two sisters, some 46 years ago, and spent his boyhood days in and about Wanganui, mostly at Aramoho. At the age of 18 he joined the Land and Survey Department, being on the staff of the late Mr John Annabell, then District Surveyor for a number of years. Later on he was transferred to the Public Works Department, having shown marked ability in the engineering branch of the profession. During the whole course of his subsequent career he was stationed in and around the Wanranui district. Mr Soufflot was a man who never spared himself and always took "the heavy end of the log." 

In his younger days he dearly loved a joke, and his old camp mates will have vivid recollections of those he played on them, some of them exceedingly practical. Of a retiring disposition and most gentle and lovable nature, Augusste Soufflot will be deeply mourned, and sadly missed by his very many friends. To his sorrowing widow (a daughter of the late Mr F. Whitlock, of Aramoho), and children, we extend our heartfelt sympathy in their great loss.

Marion died on 23 May 1961 at the Raetihi Hospital.

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