I do not know about the will of Jean Baptiste Baudreau Sr., written in 1750, but I do have an interesting record of a petition filed by Jean Gregoire Volant on September 20, 1747. Jean Baptiste Baudreau Sr. was the husband of Marthe Lavergne, aunt of Marthe Chauvin, who was married to Jean Gregoirie Volant on January 30, 1736 in Mobile. Volant was born in 1707 in Province of Savoy, Switzerland, and was commissioned a commandant of the fourth company of the Swiss Regiment of Karrer in 1747. He was later (1754) awarded the coveted cross of St. Louis, becoming a Knight of the Royal and Military Order of St Louis. In 1748, he moved from Mobile to New Orleans and became a planter, living on a six arpent plantation.
The petition goes as such:
1747, September 20 - A Petition was filed with Mr. Le Normant, Commissioner of the Marine and Ordonnateur and First Judge in the Superior Council, by Sieur Jean Gregoir Volant, acting in the name of his wife, Marthe LaVergne, and Jacques Chauvin [Jr., son of Marie Anne LaVergne and Jacques Chauvin Sr.], as nephew of Marthe LaVergne, wife of Sr. [Jean Baptiste] Baudreau Graveline [Sr.], and her presumptive heirs, who brought dowry and acquired considerable community property with her husband [Baudreau]; requests sale of all that is left, that sales previously made be declared null and void, and that said Baudreau Graveline, who is almost senile, be not allowed to have fortune dissipated by his son from a clandestine marriage, and whom he has legitimated.
This son could not act in previous sales, being civilly non-existing. Prayer that said Baudreau be sent here to avoid entire loss.
signed: Volant; Chauvin; Garic "avocat."
Notice that Volant declares in the petition that Baudreau Sr. was "almost senile" on September 20, 1747. I wonder what his ailment was and what condition he was in in 1750 when his will was made out? This petition appears to have reached Baudreau on October 25, 1747, when a notice of citation was served on Sr. Beaudreau, inhabitant of the Pascagoulas, at the domicile of the Procureur General, by Sheriff Lenormand. (LHQ, Vol ? p.980).
On January 12, 1748, a notice of citation was served on Srs. Volant and Chauvin at their domicile, and on Sr. Beaudreau, called Graveline, "in the prison of this city," to furnish defence to the petition of Sieurs Vollant and Chauvin. signed: Lenormand (document badly stained).
My records show that Baudreau Sr. was married twice: To "Suzanne" in 1710 (she died in 1713); Then to the above-mentioned Marthe LaVergne sometime before September 20, 1747. In addition, Baudreau Sr. had two children by "Oqui the Indian." They were Magdalaine \Baudreau\ dit Graveline, born abt 1710 in Mobile, and Jean Baptiste \Baudreau\ dit Graveline Jr., born about 1715. It is this Baudreau I assume you refer to as cut out of any inheritance.
Magdalaine Baudreau, Jean Baptiste Jr.'s sister, married Pierre Joseph Paquet Jr. on May 26, 1726 in Mobile, when she was about 16 years old. I have four children for the marriage of Magdelaine Baudreau and Pierre Joseph Paquet. I also have another husband for Magdalaine Baudreau, Alexander St Martin Chenet, but I do not have a date or any children from him.
Jean Baptiste Baudreau Jr. was a notable character in history. He had an illicit affair with Henriette Huet, but I do not know if he had any children by her. The petition by Volant seems to suggest possible children. On March 1, 1734, he married Marie Catherine Vinsonneau "of La Rochelle, France." I have four children by this marriage. Baudreau was described as a "Creole of Dauphine Island" when he married Catherine.
Whatever Jean Baptiste Baudreau did to warrant a violent death, I do not know. On June 7, 1757, he was executed in New Orleans. He was "broken on the wheel," a method whereby the victum had his limbs, ribs, and other bones broken while they were alive, and then placed on the wheel to die. Later, they were beheaded and their bodies cut into four parts, with each part being attached to an arm or leg. Based on Governor Kerlerec's written account, we know this was the horrible death suffered by Jean baptiste Baudrau at New Orleans on June 7th, 1757 (JEAN BAPTISTE AND HENRIETTE, by Randall Ladnier 1995).
In 1781, a Spanish land grant at Horn Island was made to the widow Catarina Boudreau of Pascagoula. In 1998 a lawsuit worth tens of millions of dollars by her heirs is pending. I have her death occuring in 1778. Among Jean Baptiste Baudreau Jr. and Catherine Vinsonneau's descendents were Ladners, Hingles (Bangs), Lewis, Rabys, Bosarges, and Baudreaus.