Elie Ganier, St. James Parish, Louisiana
Submitted by Mike Miller

Elie Ganier, a prominent planter of the Third ward, and president of the
police jury, was born in St. James parish in 1839.  He is a son of Francis
and Eloise (Le Boeuf) Ganier, the former of whom was born in France about
1785, and the latter in Louisiana about 1818.  Mr. Ganier, the father, was
born in France, and about the year 1820 came to Louisiana, where he married
and engaged in merchandising, and later in sugar-planting.  After living in
Louisiana about thirty-seven years, he returned to France, to make his
future home in retirement.  He died there in 1862.  His wife died in
Louisiana in 1848.  Mr. Ganier was a man of some influence and ability.
His father was a volunteer in the first French revolution, and was supposed
to have been killed in that war.  Gabriel Le Boeuf, the grandfather, was a
native of Louisiana, where he spent all of his life as a planter.  He was a
descendant of one of the earliest settlers here, and died of yellow fever
in 1854.  He reared a large family.  Our subject was the fourth of five
sons and two daughters three sons and two daughters of whom are still
living.  All these children were educated in France, and two of the sons,
Francois M. and our subject, were in the late war in the Virginia army of
the First Louisiana battalion for about one year, and were then in General
Bragg's army of the Eighteenth Louisiana regiment for a while, when they
were transferred to the trans-Mississippi department under Gen. Kirby
Smith.  The brother held the rank of a lieutenant, and our subject was a
noncommissioned officer.  Both were wounded at Mansfield.  After the war,
Mr. E. Ganier engaged in planting in Madison parish, where he has since
lived.  His present farm consists of 1,500 acres of fine land, producing as
high as 500 bales of cotton in one year.  He was married, in 1877, to Miss
Amanda, the daughter of Dr. Charles J. and Lucy (Bradford) Mitchell,
natives of Kentucky and Louisiana, respectively.  Dr. Mitchell was a
graduate of the Transylvania university, of Lexington, Ky., and afterward
studied in France.  He came to Madison parish, where he practiced until the
war, then removed to Vicksburg, where he practiced until his death in 1885.
 His wife is still living.  Mrs. Ganier was born in Madison parish. She is
the mother of three children.  Mr. Ganier served in his parish as a police
juror in 1876-77-78, and is president of that body at this time.  Though
not a very active politician, he is greatly interested in the success of
his party.  He is one of the parish's best men, and stands very high in the
esteem of his fellow-citizens.
Biographical and Historical Memoires of Louisiana, (vol. 1), p. 429.
Published by the Goodspeed Publishing Company, Chicago, 1892.
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