Perez Family Genealogy Pages

Discovering our Isleños Ancestors

Casimere Perez

Casimere Perez was born on March 4, 1891, in St Bernard, Louisiana, his father, Raphael, was 37 and his mother, Carmela, was 33. He married Annie Molero in 1907. He then married Celina Marie Robin and they had eight children together. He died on November 6, 1956, in Violet, Louisiana, at the age of 65, and was buried in his hometown.


The Isleños of Louisiana are an ethnic group living in the U.S. state of Louisiana, consisting in people of primarily Canarian Spanish descent. Most of its members are descendants of settlers from the Canary Islands who settled in Spanish Louisiana during the 18th century, between 1778 and 1783. The term can also informally be applied to anyone of Canarian descent or to a Canarian immigrant living in Louisiana. This term is to be distinguished from the term "Isleños", which refers to people of Canarian descent now living in any country of the Americas.

The Isleños in Louisiana make up four communities that speak dialects of Spanish, these include the Isleños of Saint Bernard Parish who have managed to preserve their culture as well as their dialect of Canarian Spanish, although none of the younger generation speak more than a few words; the Brulis, who live in scattered households in southern Louisiana and speak a dialect with French loan words; and the Adaeseños in the Natchitoches and Sabine parishes who speak a very similar dialect with loan words from the Nahuatl language of Mexico.[1] The Isleño communities of Saint Bernard parish have also preserved the Spanish Canarian dialect spoken from the 18th century to present times, although it is in danger of dying out with the last speakers among the elderly segment of the population.

Celina Robin Perez

Celina Marie Robin was born on January 20, 1899, in St Bernard, Louisiana, her father, Theophile, was 35, and her mother, Constance, was 29. She married Casimere Perez on November 23, 1920, in New Orleans, Louisiana. They had eight children in 15 years. She died on July 22, 1980, in Violet, Louisiana, at the age of 81, and was buried in St Bernard, Louisiana.