Jean Christophe HAYDEL was born about 1735 in St John the Baptist, Louisiana, USA as the eighth child of Ambroise HAYDEL and Anna Marguerite SCHOFF. He had nine siblings, namely: Catherine, Barbe, Regina, Marie Francoise, Mathias, Anne Marie, Jean George, Nicolas, and Jean Jacques. He died on 10 Sep 1800 in Edgard, St John the Baptist, Louisiana, USA. When he was 17, He married Charlotte HUBER, daughter of Jean HUBER and Anne REUSCH, on 21 Feb 1751/52 in St Charles, Louisiana, USA.
Jean Christophe HAYDEL was buried in St John the Baptist Catholic Church Cemetery, Edgard, St John the Baptist, Louisiana, USA. He lived in German Coast, Louisiana, USA in 1784.
Jean Christophe HAYDEL and Charlotte HUBER had the following children:
1. Jean Georges HAYDEL was born on 14 Feb 1753 in German Coast, Louisiana, USA. He died about 1813 in Edgard, St John the Baptist, Louisiana, USA. He married Marguerite BOSSIER on 17 Sep 1780 in Edgard, St John the Baptist, Louisiana, USA.
2. Marie Magdelaine HAYDEL was born on 17 Oct 1754 in Edgard, St John the Baptist, Louisiana, USA. She died in 1830. She married Pierre Antoine BECNEL on 02 Jun 1772 in St Charles, Louisiana, USA.
3. Francoise HAYDEL was born on 08 Aug 1757 in Edgard, St John the Baptist, Louisiana, USA. She died on 25 Apr 1847 in Edgard, St John the Baptist, Louisiana, USA. She married Pierre Edmond BOSONIER MARMILLION on 05 Sep 1783 in Edgard, St John the Baptist, Louisiana, USA.
4. Michel HAYDEL was born in 1776 in St James, Louisiana, USA. He married Marguerite Kerna on 22 Nov 1796 in St James, Louisiana, USA.
The important plantation houses on adjacent plantations in St. John the Baptist Parish now known as Evergreen and Whitney originally were identical houses build probably at the same time by two brothers, Christophe and Jean Jacques Haydel, sons of Ambroise Haydel. Their grandmother, the widow of Jean Adam Heidel, had, with two sons, arrived at Biloxi on the ship La Charente in 1721. One of these sons, Ambroise Haydel, had been born about 1702 in Newkirchen, and in 1724 was living on the Louisiana German Coast in the village of Hoffen.
The house that is now Whitney was probably built by Jean Jacques Haydel and Evergreen by his brother Chrisophe in the 1780s or '90s. Christophe's daughter Magdelaine, the widow of Pierre Antoine Becnel, acquired full ownership of the plantation in 1801 from her sister Françoise, wife of Pierre Marmillon. One of Magdelaine's sons, Drozin, and his wife both died of smallpox in 1804, leaving their son Pierre Clidamant Becnel in his grandmother's care. On her death in 1830, Pierre Clidamant gained full ownership of the plantation by purchasing the interest of the other of his grandmother's heirs. [i]
[i] Samuel Jr. Wilson, "The Building Contract for Evergreen Plantation, 1832", Louisiana History: The Journal of the Louisiana Historical Association Vol. 31, No. 4 (Winter, 1990): pages 399-406.