Pierre Gabriel Wartelle was born the son of a wealthy merchant in Brie, France,
in 1787. He received his education at the Fontainebleau Military School, and in
1802, he enlisted as an officer in the French army. He served for thirteen years,
attaining the rank of captain. During that time, he participated in the
Napoleonic Wars in Poland, Austria, Germany and Russia. Wartelle subsequently
immigrated to New Orleans, La., where he began a series of commercial ventures
and acquired real estate holdings in the business district of the city.
In 1820, he settled in St. Landry Parish, La., as a cotton and sugarcane
planter. He also established general stores in Opelousas, Ville Platte and
Lake Charles. He married Louisa King, daughter of Judge George King, in 1827.
After their marriage, they acquired a large plantation at Moundville, La.,
in St. Landry Parish. The couple had six children who survived into adulthood,
George King, Jean Gabriel, Annette, Felix, Amelia and Ferdinand. His youngest son,
Ferdinand, married Marie Anne Lastrapes, granddaughter of General Antoine Garrigues
de Flaugeac. Pierre Wartelle died June 25, 1865. After his death, Moundville
continued as a working plantation, but eventually his heirs were forced to sell
the New Orleans properties in order to maintain the plantation.
from "PIERRE GABRIEL WARTELLE FAMILY PAPERS (1809-1976)"
[Special Collections, LSU Libraries, Mss. 5025]
The plantation is closed to the public.