The daughter of FrenchCreoles Ursin Perret and Françoise Pain, she received a bilingual education in English and French while living in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana. She married Alexandre Pelletier de la Houssaye when she was thirteen years old and they had eight sons and one daughter.
Sidonie de la Houssaye Collection Emma T. Stafford Sidonie de la Houssaye Collection, Mss. 1445, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La. (accessed 2/18/2015)