Susan Benton at La Caze






Susan Benton Boilleau died in Paris. She gave birth to seven children of which there is no history, but for the artist, Philip Boilleau. Her husband, Charles Henri Philippe GAULDRÉE-BOILLEAU, was arrested for some railroad scheme involving his brother-in-law, John Fremont, why may have been blamed for Boilleau’s downfall.

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In answer to Damaris Reynold´s queries about Boilleau descendants: I hav ebeen able to trace some of them, but there are many missing links. I´m doing research on baron Charles Gauldrée Boilleau, brother of Benton, know a lot about him, need much more about him and the others for a novel on Charlie´s stay in Iceland.
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Through the formation of the Wall Street corporation, Fremont realized at least two million dollars. Had the Company not been wrecked within such a short time, he would have made even more.
After the Civil War, he devoted his time and fortune to the promotion of overland transportation. He laid the foundation of the Kansas and Pacific Railroad, the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad, and the Memphis and Pacific Railroad, in the last of which, through the misconduct of French agents in Paris, his fortune was really lost.
While promoting railroads, he and his family lived luxuriously. He had been so greatly benefited by the stock-selling scheme of the Mariposa Company that he thought he could be successful in promoting stock to build railroads. Being only a visionary dreamer, however, with no practical experience in corporate financing, he became an easy mark for shrewd schemers.
His Memphis and El Paso Railroad had been chartered by the State of Texas and given 18,000,000 acres of land, on the strength of which, bonds were floated. Several millions of dollars worth of these bonds were sold in France, but the agents and banking house kept forty per cent, leaving but sixty per cent for the building of the proposed railroad.
In 1870, the Company became insolvent and Fremont and many of his friends lost everything, to say nothing of the losses sustained by thousands who had purchased stock on the glittering representations of agents. Fremont’s inside knowledge as to the condition of the Company gave him advance information of the impending failure and he could have used that knowledge to save a part of his fortune, had he been dishonest.
The following article appeared in the Mariposa Gazette of April 17, 1874:
“Fremont’s brother-in-law, Baron Boileau, who was sentenced to imprisonment by a Memphis and El Paso R. R. affair, is confined in the conciergerie in Paris. Mme. Boileau and her six children were at last accounts at Boulogne, dependent on the generosity of friends.
“Nine or ten years ago, Baron Boileau was the French consul at New York City, trusted, respected, popular and accomplished. While there, he married Susan, daughter of Colonel Thomas H. Benton, who served thirty years in the United States Senate and who was long the political autocrat of Missouri. The marriage was happy. After his union with Miss Benton, Baron Boileau was appointed French minister to Ecuador, but certain acts of his while Consul at New York were brought to the notice of the government and led to his recall from Ecuador and his discharge from his country’s service.
“While in New York, he became involved in railroad schemes and was induced to recommend, in his capacity as an official agent of the French government, the negotiation of the Memphis and El Paso Railroad bonds. It was for this plain violation of the country’s law, that his government, rigid in such matters, recalled, discharged, fined, imprisoned, in short, ruined him.
“The same Court, which tried him, found General Fremont guilty of raising money on the Memphis and El Paso R. R. bonds, by false representations and sentenced him to serve a year in prison. He made good his escape from France and is beyond the reach of the French Government, it being a strange fact, that although France and America upheld a common cause and fought side by side on fields of battle, they have with each other no extradition treaty.
“Mrs. Fremont was the favorite daughter of Colonel Benton, a woman of rare accomplishments and great ambition. Her hopes have withered; she beholds, as the result of an unfortunate speculation, her husband, who once almost grasped the highest prize in this country’s gift, declared a felon by a friendly Republic and the devoted companion of her sister, hurled from a high pinnacle into ruin and disgrace. How marvelous and melancholy are some of time’s mutations?”
It was later proven that Fremont was not guilty of misrepresentation in the sale of bonds in France. That he acted with absolute honesty but with a lamentable shortness of business judgment, was proven by a letter sent him by the unfriendly Receiver of the defunct company, which read as follows: “I deem it fair that throughout the long and careful scrutiny which I have made into the affairs of the company, I have found no proof that would sustain the charges brought against you, regarding the fraudulent sale of the company’s bonds in France.”

The stronghold of Caze appears as of the end of the XI E century.
In 1230: Caze belongs to the Viscounts of Marsan then. Arnaud de Marsan, first lord of Caze. Quoted in an act of paréage of June 2, 1289 per which the count of Armagnac, the king of France Philippe IV the Beautiful one, and Edouard Ier, king d’ Angleterre committed himself defending it. It is their vassal. Let us not forget that since 1152, with the marriage of Aliénor of Aquitaine and the duke of Normandy Henri Plantagenêt, Aquitaine becomes English and that in 1154 the duke of Normandy becomes king d’ Angleterre.
In I290: Arnaut-wolf of Lasserre, knight of Bedeyssan. It occupies Arouille (Saint-Justin). It is besieged by Raymond Arnaud, Bâtard of Foix, which is supported by the count de Foix and the king of France Philippe IV the Beautiful one. Although supported by the English, Arnaut-wolf of Lasserre is beaten and expelled of Arouille. But Edouard I er, king d’ Angleterre comes to his help and gives him the stronghold of Caze (1290)
In 1550: Pons de Pons marries Francoise de Marsan and obtains from Jeanne d’ Albret the ennoblement of its grounds of Caze, which are high under marquisat.
In 1687: The family of Pons sells Caze to Joseph Gillet, who becomes marquis of Caze. To advise at the Parliament of Bordeaux (1691). President with Mortier (1692). A first marriage in 1692 with Jeanne Marie de Ségur, descent Jeanne Marie. A second marriage in 1710 with Francoise of Bouzet, girl of the marquis de Poudenas, descent Pierre Gaston, Jean Baptist, Jeanne Francoise. In 1714, he becomes First President of the Parliament of Bordeaux. The same year, it buys the Viscount of Gabardan. In 1734 on December 9, he dies regretted Parliament and of the public.
In 1714: Pierre Gaston de Gillet becomes marquis of Caze. He is already count de Castelnau d’ Eauzan, Viscount of Gabardan, he becomes adviser of Louis XV at the Parliament of Bordeaux in 1730. In 1738, president of the Second Room of the Investigations. In 1744, II fact of writing a consent of enumeration which specifies that Marquisat includes/understands about fifteen smallholdings to which adds the mill of Pedaynet (Espercus). There exists a right of fouage known as of Saint Andre, a right of patronage and nomination for the Saint-Joseph vault of the church of Gararret.
In 1779: Jean Baptist François de Gillet. Knight, Lord, Marquis of Caze, Count de Castelnau d’ Auzan, Adviser of the King Louis XVI, First President of the Parliament of Navarre. Only high, average lord and low Dispenser of justice on all the extent of Marquisat of Caze which includes/understands the parishes of Bouau, Mauras, Mura, Saint Michel, of Esperoux, Saint Cricq and Sarran.
In 1789 with the French revolution, of Waistcoat leave Caze, the turns of the castle are decapitated and all the unobtrusive signs of nobility. Denis Charles Henri Gauldrée-Boileau born on July 15, 1773 in Aire (Pas-de-Calais) receives the field of Lacaze, of the dowry of his wife, Charlotte Emilie de Livron, little girl of President Gillet of Lacaze. In 1810, it also buys the castle of Laballe located on the commune of Parleboscq at François de Cours Monlezun.
In 1820, it resells Laballe [1] with Jean Dominique Laudet de Mirande (Gers). 1822, we are under Louis XVIII, it is general advisor, then appointed royalist, re-elected in 1824, but beaten in 1827, under Charles X by the baron de Cauna. He dies on May 25, 1830, Officer of the Legion of Honour and knight about Saint Louis.
Charlotte Emilie de Livron, widow of Denis Charles Henri Gauldrée Boileau, preserves Caze some time then sells it to Mr Amiel who resells it with Mr Dominique Jean Barthier.
In 1844: Louis Adhémar de Guilloutet, grandson of Louise Monge (1779-1874), itself girl of the mathematician Gaspard Monge, born on August 6, 1819 in Port-Sainte-Marie (Lot-et-Garonne) becomes owner of Caze. 1850, Mayor of Parleboscq during 10 years, under the Second Empire and the III E Republic. 1863 Deputy during 18 years. 1869 general advisor during 38 years. He was deeply Bonapartiste. He obtains from Napoleon III the fastening of the commune of Parleboscq at the department of the Moors. II work in favour of Armagnac and Caze becomes a famous vintage. II fact of restoring the 7 churches of Parleboscq. In 1902, he dies after having wasted his fortune. At that time Caze extends on 580 hectares.
In 1900: Adolphe Whitcomb, General advisor of the canton of Gabarret becomes owner. He is killed in 1914 with the battle of the Marne, whereas he was lieutenant of staff of the 110e brigade of infantry.
From 1923 to 1958, Lucien, Ernest, Gaston and Jean Pascal are the owner of Caze
In 1958, the Godefroy family becomes owner.
In 1963, the family of Robillard becomes owner.
In 1973, Soft & Sidicki become owner.
In 1981: Chritopher Oldham, new owner, restores the castle. II entrusts the control of work to Roderick Galloway and the monitoring of work external with the Architect of the Building industries of France.

Denis Charles Henri Gauldrée Boileau was born in Aire in the department from the Pas-de-Calais, on September 15, 1773, wire of a military father, police chief of the wars in Artois [1], resulting from a family of the Parisian middle-class [2].
During the Revolution and the Empire, it carries out a career in the military intendance: he is associated police chief of the wars, then starting from 1807, ordnance officer of the Large army. For this reason, it takes share in the campaigns of Germany and Russia, and it is made chevalier of the Legion of Honour, in 1813.
During these displacements, it constitutes an important collection of painting, of which some are spoils of war [3]. This collection, bought by the town of Bordeaux in 1829, includes/understands two hundred and eighty paintings of works Italian, Flemish, German and Dutch. This unit places Bordeaux among the very first public collections of Dutch paintings of France [4].
Denis Charles Henri Gauldré Boileau marries in 1798 Charlotte Emilie de Livron, little girl of president Gillet of Lacaze.
He receives dowry of his wife the castle of Lacaze, located on the commune of Parleboscq, then in ruin, which is on an old stronghold marquisat of four hundred hectares [5]. He raises, under the Restoration, the name of Lacaze and titrates from now on marquis. Him the restorations of safeguard and the refitting of the castle are owed.
It buys, also, the Laballe castle, in 1810, at François of Course-Monlezun, former serviceman who held it since 1781 of Barbotan, lord of Laballe. Thus, during ten years, the two castles of Parleboscq belong to the same owner. June 28 1820, it sells this good to Jean-Dominique Laudet de Mirande.
He is member of the general advice of the Moors, when he is elected appointed by the college of this department November 20 1822, by 72 votes out of 89 voters and 139 registered voters, against 10 with the Lamarque general. He takes seat at the right-sided, supports the Villèle ministry, and he is re-elected, on March 6 1824, by 72 votes (81 voters, 141 registered voters), against 7 with Mr. Pômolié of Saint Martin’s day.
“With the legislative Room, the author of the Biography of the deputies of the septennial Room wrote about it, Mr. de Lacaze holds, as speaker, a happy medium between those which speak and those which do not say anything. Its name appears sometimes in the commissions. It gave an opinion, in the last session, in favour of the law of the sacrilege. In connection with profanations and sacrileges, it found art to skilfully place in its speech the praise of Monseigneur the Minister of Justice. In the meeting of March 19 1825, Mr. de Lacaze made a praise of the law on the reduction of the revenues…”.
II represents itself with the elections of November 24 1827, but does not obtain that 22 vote against 50 with the elected official, Mr. de Cauna.
It is made knight of Saint-Louis, and Officer of the Legion of Honour in 1825.

Charles Henri Philippe GAULDRÉE-BOILLEAU

Spouses and children
Married about 1865 to Susan BENTON 1833-1874 (Parents : Thomas Hart «Old Bullion» BENTON , Avocat 1782-1858  &  Elizabeth McDOWELL ca 1800- ) with
Charles François Xavier GAULDRÉE-BOILLEAU , Baron OF HVITARVELLIR 1864-1901
Jules Théodore Guillaume GAULDRÉE-BOILLEAU , Capitaine de l’Infanterie 1825-1872
Alfred GAULDRÉE-BOILLEAU 1826-1902 Married 30 August 1863 (Sunday) to Sophie Aline ALTMAYER 1836-1894

Charles Henri Philippe GAULDRÉE-BOILLEAU

Jean-Baptiste-Charles Gauldree – Boilleau (9 November 1782 at Saint-Omer in France – 4 December 1857 in Paris , France) was a Général de division of theFrench army.

Jean-Baptiste-Charles Gauldree – Boilleau entered theÉcole Polytechnique in 1802 and passes to theSchool of artillery of Metz.
Campaigns[Edit | change the code]
From 1806, it is all the Napoleonic campaigns. First in Italy within the armies of Italy and Naples, he joined Portugal.
From 1808 to 1812, he fought in Catalonia as aide-de-camp to general Taviel then it is called to Magdeburg where is organized very important support for the campaign of 1812. He fought in Russia. Marshal Macdonald him marks its confidence in choosing as first aide-de-camp. It is in this capacity Gauldree-Boilleau did the campaigns of 1813 and 1814, in Germany and then in France until 1815.
Restoration[Edit | change the code]
In 1816 he was given command of the regiment at foot of Rennes for fourteen years.
In 1830 he directed artillery in Paris where he was responsible for reorganizing the military prison system. December 31, 1835 he was appointed Maréchal de camp and in 1837 he commanded the artillery in Lyon. In 1840 he commanded the Polytechnic until 1844 when he was promoted lieutenant-general. He became inspector general of artillery.
He retired in 1850, grand officer of the Légion d’honneur. He died in 1852
Service States[Edit | change the code]


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o Jean-Louis Gauldree BOILLEAU ca 1700 – & Louise Michelle Langele ca 1710-1757 o Marie-Anne Gauldree BOILLEAU 1730-1811 o André François-Gauldree BOILLEAU ca 1735-1811 & 1767 Denise Victory CHAMOUILLE ca 1750-1820 o Jean-Gauldree BOILLEAU 1768-1834 & 1794 Genevieve Agathe SANTILLY 1774-1849 o Charles-Louis Gauldree BOILLEAU 1797-1803 o Louis-Ferdinand Gauldree BOILLEAU 1800-1848 & 1822 Anne Bliss wante ca 1804 – o Charles-Ferdinand Gauldree BOILLEAU ca 1828-1898 & 1855 Adelaide JECKEL ca 1835-1874 o Desiree Rose Emilie Gauldree-BOILLEAU 1801-1823 o Françoise Gauldree-BOILLEAU 1804-1864 & 1826 MOREAU Adolphe 1800-1859 … o Joseph-Jules Gauldree BOILLEAU 1805-1853 & M Sophronia Louise SALMON ca 1810 – o -Laure Gauldree BOILLEAU 1832-1879 & 1852 Louis Edmond de Lamaze BEAUDENOM 1822-1881 … o Charles Gauldree BOILLEAU- ca 1740 – ca 1770 & M Magdalene Therese Huchedé ca 1750 – o Denis “the Marquis de Lacaze” Gauldree-Boileau OF LACAZE 1773-1830 & 1798 Charlotte Emilie D’Abadie OF LIVRON ca 1780 – … o Louis-Joseph Emmanuel Gauldree BOILLEAU 1776-1848 & 1808 Jeanne Gratienne Petronilla LAÏRLE ca 1790 – … o Jean-Baptiste Charles Gauldree BOILLEAU 1782-1857 & 1821 Teresa Clemence SACAZE ca 1800 – o Charles Henri-Philippe Gauldree BOILLEAU 1823-ca 1910 ca 1865 & Susan BENTON 1833-1874 o Charles Francis Xavier Gauldree-BOILLEAU 1864-1901 o Marie-Gauldree BOILLEAU 1867-1947 & 1887 Paul Gomer VIDAL 1855-1945 … o Jules Theodore William Gauldree-BOILLEAU 1825-1872 o Alfred Gauldree-BOILLEAU 1826-1902 & 1863 Sophie Aline ALTMAYER 1836-1894 o Marie-Gauldree BOILLEAU 1865 – o Helen Gauldree BOILLEAU- ca 1870 – ca 1895 & Auguste TRILLAT 1861-1944
Ecole Polytechnique (1802);
School of applied artillery of Metz (1804);
Employee to the armed of Italy and Naples (1806-1807);
Aide-de-camp of général Taviel (1808);
Battalion Chief aides de camp of Marshal Macdonald (1813);
Colonel (17, 2, 1814);
Member of the Committee of artillery (1814);
Colonel of the regiment of artillery at foot of Rennes (1816);
Director of artillery in Paris (1830);
Maréchal de camp (31/12/1835);
Commander of the École polytechnique (1840-1844);
General of division artillery (14/4/1844);

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