These are minor characters in Cécile Rey and Marie-Grace Gardner's series.


An orphaned girl who lives in the Louisiana swamps with her brother, Caimon.

Jacques Paul André

A French artist seen traveling aboard The Liberty in The Hidden Gold. The young man had traveled from Paris so he could paint pictures in the United States.


The Gardners' former maid, who quit her job after having an argument with Mrs. Curtis. She was only mentioned in Marie-Grace and the Orphans.

Sister Beatrice

An elderly nun who runs the Holy Trinity Orphanage.

Sylvia Bell

The prima donna of Foxcroft's London Opera Company.

Monsieur Bernard

The driver of a hired carriage. He is seen taking Luc Rousseau and Marie-Grace to Canal Street in Meet Marie-Grace.

Jack Bold

A man seen traveling aboard The Liberty in The Hidden Gold. He works by selling jewelery up and down the Mississippi River.


A seamstress who was seen in The Haunted Opera making costumes for the chorus members of Foxcroft's London Opera Company.

Monette Bruiller

A free girl of color who is close friends with Cécile Rey.

Monsieur and Madame Bruiller

The parents of Monette Bruiller.


An orphaned boy who lives in the Louisiana swamps with his sister, Abena.

Sister Catherine

A nun seen traveling aboard The Liberty in The Hidden Gold. Sister Catherine is described as bring tiny and talkative.


A young orphan at Holy Trinity Orphanage.

Mrs. Curtis


Mrs. Curtis.

A widow who works as the Gardners' housekeeper. She eventually flees New Orleans due to the outbreak of yellow fever.

Roberto DiCarlo

A member of Foxcroft's London Opera Company. Though his real name is 'Robert Carlo', he is known as 'Roberto DiCarlo' due to the popularity of Italian opera stars.

Perrine Dupree

An orphan and a friend of Cécile Rey's. Her parents were killed in the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1853, and after their deaths she moved into the Children of Mercy Orphanage in New Orleans.

Perrine was around seven or eight years old when her parents were killed, and she had dark hair and eyes. Perrine had a brother, who was in the hospital.

Cécile was the first to meet Perrine, and she grew attached to her. Perrine liked Cécile the best of all the people at the orphanage.

Perrine is only seen in Cécile's Gift.




An Irish girl who immigrated to America and works as a maid in the Rey household. She has nine brothers, two in Boston and the rest back in County Mayo, Ireland.

Ellen looks after Armand Rey when he becomes ill with yellow fever. She herself becomes infected and eventually succumbs to the disease despite Dr. Gardner's efforts.


A nurse seen volunteering at an infirmary in Marie-Grace Makes a Difference.

Mrs. Finch

A wealthy woman who volunteers at Holy Trinity.

Charles Foxcroft

The owner and director of Foxcroft's London Opera Company.


An Irish girl in Marie-Grace's class. Her father is a construction worker who moved his family to New Orleans for two weeks to assist in repairing the stable at St. Teresa's.

She's described with having curly brown hair and is an avid reader.

Sister Frederica

A nun seen traveling aboard The Liberty in The Hidden Gold. Sister Frederica is described as being tall and quiet.

Daniel Gardner

Marie-Grace's late younger brother. He and Mama died in the 1849 cholera epidemic that swept through New Orleans.[1]

"Mama" Gardner

Marie-Grace's late mother. She and Daniel died in the 1849 cholera epidemic.[1] People say that Marie-Grace looks the image of her mother. Her maiden name was "Rousseau". She was the one who had given Marie-Grace her nickname Ti-Marie.


Sylvia Bell's personal maid.

Mr. Halsworth

The father of Lavinia Halsworth.


The Reys' new maid, hired after Ellen's death. She is acquainted with Monsieur Lejeune.

Carson Hearst

The manager of the Rigby Plantation.

Zachariah Hopkins

A man seen traveling aboard The Liberty in The Hidden Gold.


A free woman of color who works as a seamstress. Ida is renowned for being one of the best seamstresses in New Orleans, and she also makes costumes for the leading performers at the Royal Music Hall.

Madame Irène

An elderly woman who works as a seer.


A girl who begins attending classes at St. Teresa's Academy, after Marie-Grace's arrival.

Her family flees New Orleans before the school term is over due to the yellow fever outbreak.


Greta's younger cousin.

Madame Jeannette

A free woman of color who works as a nurse in New Orleans.


A young orphan at Holy Trinity Orphanage. She has coppery hair styled in braids. 

Mrs. Lambert

A close neighbor of the Gardners. She is described as cheerful woman with a large family, and she earns money by cleaning and doing laundry for neighbors.

Monsieur LaPlante

The owner of a small hotel on Canal Street.

Monsieur Lejeune

Cécile and Monette's[2] tutor.

Great-Aunt Lisette

Marie-Grace's maternal great-aunt who lives in Belle Chênière. She is only mentioned in Marie-Grace Makes a Difference and Cécile's Gift.


An elderly watchman who works at the Royal Music Hall. He looks after and gives Argos treats during Marie-Grace's singing lessons with Océane Rousseau.

Sister Louise

A nun who runs the Children of Mercy Orphanage for girls of color.




The Reys' housekeeper and cook.

The Metoyers

A wealthy family of color. There are three children, Agnès, Fanny, and an unnamed son around Armand's age.[3] Unlike the Reys, the Metoyers own a slave, a boy who accompanies the Metoyer sisters on their shopping trips. Cécile does not have a high opinion of either Agnès or Fanny, nor does she share their interest in fashion and gossip.

The Metoyers flee New Orleans when news of yellow fever begin to spread and return once the epidemic is over.

Reginald and Mrs. Montjoy

A married couple seen traveling aboard The Liberty in The Hidden Gold. They're known as "The Magnificent Montjoys" and were traveling to perform at a theater in Chicago.

Wilhelmina Newman

A German American girl seen traveling aboard The Liberty in The Hidden Gold. After her father died at Monsieur LaPlante's hotel, Willamina was sent to New Madrid, Missouri to live with her grandmother.

Sister Pauline

Marie-Grace's teacher at St. Teresa's Academy.


A young boy who is among the many orphans living at Holy Trinity.

Pierre (The Cameo Necklace)

A circus employee who works with elephants.

He is only seen in The Cameo Necklace.


An abandoned baby left at the Gardners' doorstep. He is named for the street he was found on, St. Philip Street, by Marie-Grace.

Philip is later sent away to an orphanage in Chicago due to the yellow fever epidemic in New Orleans.


An elderly man who works as a butcher, nicknamed the Old Goat Man due to his white hair and beard and resemblance to a goat.

Annabelle Rumsford

The eldest child of Mrs. Rumsford. Annabelle has a rag doll named Priscilla, and is described as having blonde curls.

Mrs. Rumsford

A woman seen traveling with her two children to New Madrid, Missouri in The Hidden Gold.

Father Sebastian

The priest at Holy Trinity. He decides whether or not an abandoned child is allowed to enter the orphanage.

Millie Sawell

A dog trainer who works in the circus.

Captain Obidiah Smith

The captain of The Liberty during Marie-Grace's trip in The Hidden Gold.


A seamstress who was seen in The Haunted Opera making costumes for the chorus members of Foxcroft's London Opera Company.


A classmate of Marie-Grace Gardner at St. Teresa's Academy. She is one of Lavinia Halsworth's friends.

Mr. Stevenson

A pilot aboard The Liberty and a friend of Thaddeus Gardner.

Mrs. Stewart

The mother of Susanna Stewart. She was only seen in Marie-Grace and the Orphans, in which she was mentioned to have contracted yellow fever later in the story.

Susanna Stewart

A young girl seen visiting Dr. Gardner's office in Marie-Grace and the Orphans.

Henry Tay

Octavia Tay's husband and Cécile's uncle. Henry died in an accident at the shipyard in Philadelphia where the Tays lived mid-year 1852.

Thomas Taylor

A member of Foxcroft's London Opera Company.

Madame Zulime

A woman of color who owns a candy shop. She is renowned for her pralines.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Marie-Grace and the Orphans, Looking Back, pg. 77: The need [for orphanages] was especially great after the cholera epidemic of 1849 - the same epidemic that took the lives of Marie-Grace's mother and baby brother.
  2. The Cameo Necklace, pg. 6: [Monsieur Lejeune] and his sister, Mademoiselle Lejeune, had taken Cécile and Monette to the circus as their reward for doing well in their studies.
  3. Troubles for Cécile, pg. 12: "Merveilleaux! Armand just scored," Cécile said, clapping her hands. "Who is that boy who tried to knock him down? Is it Agnès Metoyer's brother?"

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