Delfin Lanotte was born in 1862 in Indiana.
She is the daughter of Nicholas Lanotte b. 1817 and Mary Lanotte b. 1831 both born in Belgium.
In the 1860 census Nicholas, Mary and their 4 oldest children were farming in Leopold Township, Perry County, Indiana. Leopold Township was a community with many Belgian and French immigrants and their families.
Between 1860 and 1880 the Nicholas and Mary Lanotte family added 5 more children, for a total of 9 children they would have, and all born in Indiana.
By 1880 Nicholas Lanotte's family was farming their own land in the Sowers Community. The date of the 1880 census was June 9th listing Delfin (spelled Delphine in the census) as 17 years old. By September 30th, 1880, Delfin had passed away. Her headstone reads:
Several of Delfin’s immediate family members would pass prior to 1900; her parents Nicholas b. 1817 d. 1896 and Mary b. 1831 d. 1886 and two of her siblings, Hubert b. 1861 d. 1884 and Victoria Lanotte Santerre b. 1857 d. 1891.
Victoria was married to Emanuel Santerre b. 1850 d. 1939, who along with parents Francois and Marie Santerre and 4 of his siblings came to Texas from France as original La Reunion Colonist’s in 1855. Emanuel Santerre, his parents and 3 of his 5 known siblings are interred in La Reunion Cemetery west of Dallas and Southeast of Irving. Emanuel’s sister Lucie Santerre Voirin b. 1845 d. 1925 and her husband Charles Voirin, he was also an original La Reunion Colonist, are interred at Sowers cemetery.
Delfin’s brother James’ interment is unknown, but 4 of her 8 siblings are buried at Sowers cemetery.
The Lanotte plot with Delfin, her parents Nicholas and Mary, brother Hubert and sister Victoria are in the western end of Sowers cemetery about equal distance between the south and north fence. They are approximately 3 rows East of the Sowers monument.
Died Sep. 30, 1880
Aged 18 years
Brothers Franklin Lanotte and August Lanotte and their wives are interred immediately to the left of the drive-in entrance and are approximately 4 plots from Pioneer drive.
Margrette Lanotte b. 1830 d. 1897 is also buried at Sowers cemetery in the Lanotte plot in the far west section. Margrette was the wife of Frances Noel (F.N.) Lanotte b. 1824 d. 1914. Frances was Nicholas Lanotte’s younger brother. They are both listed on the same page of the 1860 census in Leopold Township, Perry County, Indiana. And the Frances Lanotte family was living in the Sowers Community as of the 1880 census. Margrette and Frances Lanotte would have at least 4 children. Interestingly the son of Frances Lanotte, John Lanotte, marries Henrietta Lanotte the daughter of Nicholas Lanotte. Henrietta’s obituary confirms that she and husband John Lanotte were cousins. Frances Lanotte is possibly buried at Sowers, but exact location is unknown.
Delfin Lanotte’s memorial was restored by the Sowers Cemetery Association in 2021.