Saturday, November 20, 2010

Little Red Church--Baptisms

Jon  Bon,  Baptized 21 July 1742
Parents, Isack Bon and Marie Eva Friderich
Sponsors, Jean Conrad Friderich and Anna Barbe Frederich, wife of Nicolas Vichener
Signed, Father Prosper, Cure

Anne Marguerite Bopf, Baptized 21 July 1747
Parents, Jacob Bopf and Marie Magdelaine Antoine
Sponsors, George Drozler and Anne Marguerote Schof, wife of Sr. Ambroise Heidel
Signed, Father Prosper

Marie Anne Bopf, Baptized 31 July 1747
Parents, Daniel Bopf and Anne Marie Weyrichen
Sponsors, Nicolas Mayr and Marie Anne Schantz
Signed, Father Prosper, Daniel Bopf and Nicolas Mayr

Anne Bossier, Born 11 Oct 1754, Baptized 13 Oct 1754
Parents, Pierre Bossier and Magdelaine Rommel
Sponsors, Jean Adam Rommel and Anne Schenio
Signed, Father Prosper, Pierre Bossier dit Lebrun

Marie Francoise Bossier, Baptized 17 June 1753
Parents, Jean Pierre Bossier and Magdelaine Rommel
Sponsors, Francoise Bossier

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Schoolboard Records 4 April 1896

Absent: A. Kinler and A. E. Picard

     Communication from residents of 3/2 regarding the advisability of changing the location of the colored school was read, received, and laid over for further action.
     All bills due and outstanding for building 2 schools in 2/3 and 3/3 are hereby approved and ordered paid, not to exceed $500 each.
     Ninety dollars is appropriated for the purpose of placing lightening rods in all schools owned by the parish.
     Mr. A. Strauss is authorized to paint the school recently erected at Madisonville not to exceed $22.40.

     Teachers appointed:

1st Ward
Trinity White               Miss A. J. Doherty
Freetown Col              Johnson H. Gilmer
Troxler White              Mrs. J. J. Troxler
Hahnville Col               Aaron Brazier

2nd Ward
Fashion White             Miss K. Gilmore
Gassenville White        Miss J.D. Triche
Gassenville Col           G. S. Washington
Madisonville White      Miss M. E Smitts
Madisonville Col         Miss E. Logan

3rd Ward                   
Dolhomer White          Miss M. L. Connely
Prattville Col               Miss V. Pierson

4th Ward
Des Allemands White   Miss E. Porteous
Paradis Col                  Andrew Smith
Boutte White                Miss N. Humphreys

5th Ward
Elkinsville White           Miss K. Gleason
Elkinsville Col               Mrs. D. G. Roussell

     All opened 1st Mon in Feb except colored school at Baumgarden opened following Mon.--teacher changed.

                            to be continued

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

WWI Veterans

Mathew Chiro   3,258,743   White
Residence, St. Rose, born Kenner, LA 1896
Inducted, Hahnville 27 June 1918; 162 Dep Brig to discharge, PVT
Discharged 4 Feb 1919, no injuries

Ben Chiulla   1,600,078   White
Residence, St. Rose, born St. Rose, age 23 years
Inducted, Hahnville 8 Sep 1917; Caisson Co #2-312 AM TN to 11 Nov 1917, Btry B 141 FA to 28 May 1918, Btry B, 151 FA to discharge; Camp Beauregard June ARD to 9 July 1918, HQ APO AEF #722 to 
1 Aug 1918, PVT
Served overseas 28 June 1918 to 26 Apr 1919
Discharged 13 May 1919, no injuries


James Joseph   3,303,798   Colored
Residence, Ama, born St. Charles Parish, age 22 10/12 years
Inducted, Hahnville 20 Jun 1918; Co K, I Prov Regt (col) to 13 July 1918, 164 DEP brig to tolfrch, PVT
Discharged 14 Sep 1918 SCD, no injuries, 16 2/3 disabled

Johnnie Ward   3,303,869   Colored
Residence Ama, Born Luling, age 24 2/12 years
Inducted, Hahnville 20 Jun 1918; QMC (at large) to discharge, PVT
Served overseas 20 Aug 1918 to 14 July 1919
Discharged 23 July 1919, no injuries

Friday, November 12, 2010

St. Charles Parish 1883

St. Charles Herald, 28 July 1883

Mr. Otis Chickering, who planned and placed the new underground tile drainage on the Ashton Plantation, is spending a few months at Catskill, N. J. We understand it to be his intention, on his return south, to establish on that plantation, a manufacturing of tiles, etc., which will add greatly to our industrial interests, and encourage our planters to adopt this style of drainage.

We took advantage of the opportunity last Thursday evening on having the company of our energetic village attorney, Charles A. Baquire, Esq. to pay a visit to the store of Solomon Felix, on the left bank, opposite Hahnville. We did not have the pleasure of meeting Mr. Felix, as he was in the city, but his efficient chief deputy, Wm. Armstrong, Esq. was on deck.

The District Court, Civil Term, opened on Monday, the 23 inst. His Honor, Judge Hahn, was on hand, also Counsellors, L. Depoorter, Charles A. Baquire, and James Augustin. The docket was called, and cases fixed for next week. On motion of Mr. Augustin, Mr. Adolph Mojonnier, son of the coroner and acting sheriff, was introduced to the court and sworn in as deputy sheriff; on further motion the court adjourned to Mon. the 30 inst.

It was humorously said that this was in compliment to our efficient deputy sheriff, Mr. J.L. Martin, who on Sunday, 22 inst. was presented by his wife with a bouncing boy weighing ten pounds. He was allowed the week to enjoy his home happiness and recover from the effects of the event. The mother and child are doing well and nothing can equal the sweetness and delicate beauty of the mother except the chubby rounded proportions of the baby. He is a whopper and in time is bound to whip out every Hahnville boy of his size.
                                                                                                                  To be continued


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

German Neighbors in 1724

11.   Hans Reinhard Scheckschneider with his wife and two children sailed from L'Orient. His son Jacob was landed in Brest and died there. Son, Albert, must have been one of the German orphans referred to in the 1724 census. He was the progenitor of the Scheckschneider families.

12.   Jean Zweig, his wife and two children came from Bamberg, Bavaria, Germany. The parents probably died before the 1724 census. The daughter married Joseph Verret. Jean Zweig was listed as Jean Labranche on his marriage contract.

13,14,15. Nikolaus, Christian and Conrad Kugel whose parents died in  L'Orient.

16.   Louis Leonhard.

17.   Paul Anton Mueller from Halle.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Inquest Records, Book #1----March 1877-December 1886

Page 100   Inquest was held on 10 June 1885 on the body of John Baptiste lying dead at the (S)illmore)? Place. The jurors' verdict is that he came to his death by the Visitation of God, there being no marks of violence on his person and no guilt attaches to any person. Jurors were John Harris, Leon Wiseman, David Hymel, Jack Hanna, A. Russet, and Clement Colly, Coroner.

Page 101   Inquest was held on 24 Jan 1885 on the body of Marclous Williams, lying dead at the Morris Web Place. The jurors' verdict is that he came to his death by being sick and destitute, that he was sick for more than a month, having no food, clothes or medicines and was also without the aid of a doctor, the jurors agree that no guilt attaches to any person. Jurors were George Alesc, Joe Robinson, John Smith, Hippole Williams, R. D. Jhanis, and Clement Colly, Coroner.                                                                         

Page 102   Inquest was held on 24 Jan 1885 on the body of an unknown colored boy found drowned in the Mississippi River in front of Davis Plantation. The jurors' verdict is that he came to his death by some unknown cause , there being no marks of violence on his person and therefore no guilt attaches to any person. Jurors were Daniel Perce, Thomas Edward, Eugene Edward, Cas Fleming, Joseph Thomas, and Clement Colly, Coroner.

Monday, November 8, 2010

School Board Records--1895

Superintendents Report for 1895

Seventeen schools were opened (10 for whites and 7 for blacks). There were 1 white male teacher and 9 white female teachers, 4 black male teachers and 3 black female teachers. These teachers have shown themselves more or less attentive to their duties but taken all together they have done fairly well considering the many adverse circumstances under which the schools of this parish labor. It has been the endeavor of the committee of teachers and your Supt. to provide the school with a corps of instructors of the most efficient character by (ineligible) the teachers proving themselves competent during the previous sessions and to carefully examining the credentials and recommendations of those presenting themselves for the first time and except for one or two instances, they seem to have given satisfaction to the patrons of the schools.

{There were} 737 pupils enrolled, 313 white, 424 black. 37% of white and 33% of black children of school age enrolled. More schools need to be opened.

The parish owns 6 school buildings which are in fairly good repair. The other 11 schools are in buildings varying from humble farm negro cabins  to colored church buildings, one and all totally unfit for school purposes and deficient in proper school furniture.

The policy of paying a comparatively large salary to a teacher and then putting her in a dilapidated building without furniture other than a few rough boardseats needs no comment. If the School board cannot provide a schoolhouse to fit the teacher it might save money by providing a teacher at a salary to fit the schoolhouse.

There has been some complaint regarding the location of the school at Freetown in the 1st Ward and I suggest the school be moved to the place called Baumgarden a mile or so lower down where the Board owns a building now occupied by a colored church. There is also much complaint regarding the location at Paradis in the 4th Ward. It is in the Southern Pacific Railroad and sometimes the children are interfered with by tramps. Besides which the congregation of the church are continually threatening  to turn out the teacher. I would recommend that the school be located at Des Allemands or at Boutte, a few miles either way.

Before closing, I desire to say something regarding the salary paid to the teachers. The Board has fixed the salary of the past years at $40 per month without any reference whatever to the capacity or qualification of the teacher, or the number of children taught, or the grade of the school, or the race. No distinction is made between a highly educated white teacher, presiding over a school of 50 or more advanced pupils, and one teaching in a dilapidated cabin with a few children , hardly more advanced than the 2nd reader, and who was appointed because no one else could be found to accept the position. Another point the Board has overlooked is that the colored teachers live more cheaply, and because there are fewer employments open to them, there are always a large number of applicants seeking a place as teacher, consequently they are ready and willing to accept much lower salaries as is shown by the experience of other parishes. For instance we employ teachers from St. James Parish and St. John where they are glad to get $25 or $30 and give them $40. There seems to be no reason in such proceedings. Finally, it is impossible to get 17 teachers of the exact same grade. Some are bound to be better or worse than others, therefore it is hardly wise to fix an unvarying salary for all. The committee on teachers should be allowed the discretion in employing the teachers to fix the salary in accordance with the capacity and grade of the person employed. There is no Parish in the state, not even in the city of New Orleans, that pays a large salary for primary schools and particularly colored schools as this parish and certainly this parish cannot boast of having better taught children than elsewhere, and therefore it is difficult to see why it should spend the money.

                                                                                               (?) Kramer, Supt.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Little Red Church--Deaths

Jean Bar
Buried: 28 Mar 1755

Marguerite Bay
Buried: 2 Sep 1751

Catherine Benich
Buried: 17 Dec 1749

unknown Bernard, age 10
Buried: 28 Jan 1748

Louis Bertrand
Buried: 30 Mar 1750

Marie Jacobine Bertrand, age 18 months
Buried: 7 Nov 1748

Friday, November 5, 2010

Little Red Church--Baptisms

Marie Elizabeth Berterand   Baptized 22 Nov 1753
Parents: Antoine Berterand and Anne Barbe Dervain
Sponsors: Jean Bare and Marie Dervain
Signed: Father Prosper and Jean Bar

Marie Jacobine Bertrand   Baptized 9 May 1747
Parents: Pierre Bertrand and Marie Jacobine Munich
Sponsors: Frederick Toup and Marie Jacobine Charon
Signed: Father Pierre

Pierre Frederique Bertrand   Baptized 1 Jan 1750
Parents: Pierre Bertrand and Marie Jacobine
Sponsors: Pierre Frederique Toups and Marie Barbe Greber
Signed: Father Prosper , Cure

Andre Blanchard   Baptized 29 May 1753
Parents: Gui Blanchard and Catherine Marcon
Sponsors: Andre Immel and Agnes Mayr
Signed: Father Romuald, Cap.

Barbe Boff   Baptized 31 Jan 1740
Parents: David Boff and Marie Weiricher
Sponsors: Andre Schantz and Anne Barbara Friderichine
Signed: Father Prosper

Monday, November 1, 2010

WWI Veterans

Walter J. Champagne   2,918,834   White
Residence Ama, born Ama, LA 1 Dec 1896
Inducted Hahnville 15 July 1918; Co B Camp Martin, New Orleans, LA to 13 Sep 1918; 2nd Co Galveston, Fort Crockett, TX to 18 Oct 1918; Btry A, 8th AA Bn Camp Eustis, VA to 25 Oct 1918; Btry C, 36 Reg CAC to discharge; PVT lcl 14 Oct 1918
Discharged 18 Dec 1918; no injuries

Walter R. Champagne   2,918,835   White
Residence Luling, born Luling, LA 25 Mar 1895
Inducted Hahnville 15 July 1918; Co B Camp Martin, New Orleans, LA to 13 Sep 1918; 2nd Co Galveston, Fort Crockett, TX to 18 Oct 1918; Btry A, 8th AA Bn Camp Eustis, VA to 25 Oct 1819; Btry C, 36th Regt CAC to discharge; PVT lcl 14 Oct 1918
Discharged 18 Dec 1918; no injuries

Willie C. Champagne   4,157,221   White
Residence Boutte, born Ariel, LA 26 July 1890
Inducted Hahnville 22 July 1918; 10th Co Rct Receiving Dep MG Tng Center, Camp Hancock, GA to 22 Aug 1918; 58 Co 5 Group Main TNG Dep to 1 Nov 1918; Co A 55th Div MG BN to 20 Jan 1919; 163 Dep Brig to discharge; PVT
Discharged 1 Feb 1919; no injuries

Thursday, October 21, 2010

St. Charles Parish in 1883

St. Charles Herald--21 Jul 1883

Continuing with Bayou Des Allemands Items

     "Both saw mills are hard at work, thus giving our laboring classes employment. A few more such enterprises would be a great benefit to our community.
     The weather at present is very pleasant. Our moss pickers take advantage of same for picking and drying moss. I think a good steam moss ginnery at this point would pay. Moss is very plentiful in these parts.
     Charles A. Baquire and Joseph W. Careu, attorneys at law of this parish honored us with a visit last Thursday.
     At. present we are quiet and peaceable citizens. No fights, no drunks, everybody is happy and the goose hangs high.
     Mr. Hopkins, in connection with his store, has a fine billiard table. The 'boys' are practicing. Lookout for the championship of St. Charles. Send your best players up. 'For information--call me, Mr. Martin, the clerk at the store.' You will find him a little bashful at first, but this wears off further on. If you want to make him blush, ask him when he's going to get married.

     Mr. George Delhommer sends us a large blue ribbon specimen of rice raised by himself.

     The large bay horse belonging to Celestin Hunley, the butcher, died on his way back from Boutte Station last Thursday morning.

     Our district court will commence a civil term on next Monday. There are but a few cases on the docket, the weather is hot, lawyers are lazy and the term continues but a few days. 

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Little Red Church Burials Alphabetical Order

Adam, Jean Necolas
Buried 1 Nov 1746, 8 years old

Anderes, Joseph Antoine
Buried 31 Dec 1747, Native of Conde

Andre, Francois
Buried 5 Jun 1739

Andre, Jeanne
Buried 20 Jul 1752

Antoine, Bernard
Buried 10 Nov 1748, Widower of Catherine Bethelerinne

Thursday, October 14, 2010

German Neighbors--1724

6.  Weisskraemer -This family was from Bavaria and lived near the mouth of the Mississippi River at Fort Balize.

7.  Nic Wichner came to Louisiana in 1720 with wife Therese and a child one year old.  They went to the concession of Le Blanc on the Yazoo River.When Theresa died he married Barbara Friedrich, the widow of Friedrich Merkel. This family became "Vicner", "Vicnair", and "Vickner" families.

8.  Francois Wichner with wife Charlotte and two children, ages 2 and 4 also came to the New Orleans area on the same ship as Nic.

9. Johann George Richner (Rixner) from Germany, came to Louisiana in 1721. His daughter, Margarethe, married a Swiss, Jacob Kindler, in 1728. She died that same year.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Little Red Church-Baptisms by A Forsyth and C. Ramond

Belzon {Belsum}, Jean Henry
Baptized; 25 Dec 1744
Parents; Andre Belzon and Marie Anne Edelmayer
Sponsors; Henry Edelmayer and Marguerite Wiche
Signed; Fr. Pierre

Belzon {Belsum}, Marie Marguerite
Baptized; 22 May 1747
Parents; Andre Belzon and Anne Marie Edelmayer
Sponsors; Jean Wich and Marguerite Houwer
Signed; Fr. Pierre, Cure

Berterand, Antoine
Baptized; 7 Jan 1752
Parents; Antoine Berterand and Anne Barbe Dervain
Sponsors; Ivan Dervain and Anne Marie Frederique
Signed; Fr. Prosper

Saturday, October 9, 2010

WWI Veterans

Norman Catlin   2,118,501   Colored
Residence Moberly, St. Charles Parish; Born Ascension Parish, age 25 2/12 years
Inducted Hahnville,30 Mar 1918; 162 Dep Brig to 24 Dec 1918; Co B 409 Reserve Labor Bn to discharge
Discharged 14 Feb 1919; PVT, no injuries

Alces Champagne   2,393,099   White
Residence Boutte-Hahnville; Born Lafourche Parish, age 24 5/12 years
Inducted Hahnville, 18 Sep 1917, Caisson Co 2-312 Am Tn to 11 Nov 1917; Btry F, 141 FA to 25 Jan 1918; Co K, 1st Army Hq Regt, FT Dizier,France to 28 Oct 1918; 210 Co MPC to discharge
Served overseas 22 Mar 1918 to 25 Jun 1919
Discharged 5 Jul 1919, PVT, no injuries

Moise Champagne   3,258,745   White
Residence Boutte; Born Lafourche Parish, 20 Nov 1895
Inducted Hahnville, 27 Jun 1918, 162 Dep Brig to 27 Jul 1918; Co H 4 Tng Regt Inf Repl Camp; Camp Pike, Ark to 21 Aug 1918; Aug Aut Repl Draft, Camp Pike, Ark to 19 Sep 1918; Co L, 49th Inf to discharge
Served overseas 27 Jul 1918 to 25 Jan 1919
Discharged 7 Mar 1919, PVT, no injuries

Friday, October 8, 2010

Inquest Records Book #1, March 1877-December 1886

Page 97.  Inquest was held on 22 Dec 1884 on the body of an unknown colored man found drowned in the Mississippi River in front of Price's Place. The juror's verdict is that he came to his death by some unknown cause drowning in the Mississippi River and no guilt attaches to any person, there being no marks of violence on the body. Jurors were Alfre Simmons, George Jackson, Frank Williams, Paul Jones, Alfred Carter and Clement Colly, Coroner. J. B. Martin, Clerk and J. C. Triche, Dy. Clerk.

Page 98.  Inquest was held on 13 Dec 1884 on the body of Isham Buchanan lying dead at Boutte Station, before J. B. Friedman, 4th Ward Justice of the Peace. The juror's verdict was that Isham Buchanan, colored, was found dead by being run over by a train of the Morgan Railroad, going east. The train was in charge of Mr. Casln?, Engineer, who is not blamed. Jurors were Achille Garner, Geo. Alick, James Taylor, Edmond Roberts, J. B. Butler, and J. B. Friedman, acting coroner. Approved by Clement Colly, Coroner, J. C. Triche, Dy. Clerk

Page 99.  Inquest was held on 24 Sept 1885 on the body of Isaac Williams, lying dead in the Tenny or Hills Place. The juror's verdict is that he came to his death by the visitation of God and not otherwise, there being no marks of violence upon his person. Therefore, no guilt attaches to any other person. Jurors were George Washington, Stephen Johnson, Thom Oscar, Charles Adam, Wm. Johnson, Clement Colly, Coroner.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Vikings and our Ancestors DNA

I don't know a lot about DNA, just the basic facts. I read an article that made me wonder how mixed-up we may be.

The October 2010 issue of "Smithsonian" magazine has an article about "A Viking Mystery". Although the entire article is very interesting, there were  two statements on page 66 that make me wonder. " The Vikings were a Scandinavian people from Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. And Dublin, one of  the largest Viking cities in the British Isles, became a major European slave-trading center, where, probably, ten of thousands of kidnapped Irishmen, Scotsmen, Anglo-Saxons and others were bought and sold." This probably started around A.D. 1000.

This sounds like a lot of mixed-up people. If someone would like to leave a comment -in simple language please-do all six of these countries have a basic DNA with small parts of each separate country? We know about Scots-Irish, but I've never heard of Scots-Norwegians. Or Viking -Anglo Saxons. Must be some.

Just wondering.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

German Neighbors in 1724

2. Johann Ludwig Wiltz started the New Orleans branch of the Wiltz family and was not in the 1724 census. He was from Eisenach, Thuringia, Germany. He was born in 1711 And wrote his name as Wilsz. He would have been about 13 years old when the census was taken and was probably one of the unnamed orphans. He was known as Louis.

3. Johann Katzenberger was an engage in 1722. He was from Heidelberg, Germany. He married Christine "de Viceloque", who was from Wiesloch, near Heidelberg. The last name was changed to Gasbergue. He lived in Gentilly, about 1 and 1/2 miles from New Orleans, had 8 arpents of land and an engage.

4. Simon Berlinger from Blaubayern in Wurtemberg lived next door and also owned 8 arpents of land. He was first married to Cath. Rode and had one son. Cath. was the widow of Jacob Herkomm, who had died "aux Allemands".  In 1725 Simon married Elise Flick of Baden, whose first husband, Joseph Ziegler, died in L'Orient. Simon and his family later moved to the German Coast. 

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Sugar Made in Louisiana 1844--continued

St. Charles--Left side

Honore Landreaux  34
Mrs. Delhomere  32
P. A. Rost  32
Charles Oxley  32
Mrs. F. Trepagnier 31
Hermogene Labranche  30
Mrs. Drauzin Labranche  29
Mrs. McCutcheon  26
P. A Rost  25
Pierre Soniat  23
O. & A. Labranche  22
Mrs. Louis Labranche  21
F. Pizeros  21
Ed. Portier, Jr. & Co.  18

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sugar Made in Louisiana in 1844

"Statement of Sugar Made In Louisiana  1844
by P. A. Champomier, reprinted 1987 by Roland R. Stansbury. Champomier's reports were published from 1844-1863.

St. Charles Parish Planters --right side and distance from New Orleans

Garcia & Sorapuru, 37 miles
Mrs. Deneufbourg, 36
Mrs. Zenon Ranson, 35
Charles Perret & Co., 34
Joseph Bourgeois, 33
Mrs. Charles Perret, Jr., 33
Chauvin & Levois, 32
J. B. Troxler & Co., ---
Mrs. A. Brou & son, 31
Mrs. Delery & Bry, 30
Ed. Fortier, 30
Chas. Rixner & Co., 29
Joseph Girod, 28
Mrs. J. B. Labranche, 27
Francois Meyronne, 25
George Rixner, 24
Chas. A. Jacobs, ---
Mrs. Massicot, 23
St. Martin Mechin, ---
Onesiphor St. Amant, 22
J. B. St. Amant, ---
D. Lanaux & L. Charbonnet, 21

Left side to be continued.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Louisiana Settlers in 1778

A good book to read about early LA is "Louisiana: The Land and Its People" by Dr. Sue Eakin and Monie Culbertson, Pelican Publishing Co., Gretna, LA, 1986

On page 154 I found this interesting information. "A royal decree in 1778 encouraged settlers to come to Louisiana. The head of each family was given a land grant of 5 arpents fronting a stream. He could own as far back as he could clear. The allotment also included one bushel of corn for each adult and half a bushel for each child for the first year. Each family received a hoe, an axe, a scythe or sickle, a spade, ten hens and a cock, and a two month old pig."

I sure am glad I started out with a little more than that.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Inquest Records Book #1--March 1877 to December 1886

Page 94.  Inquest was held on the body of Warren Wright on 29 Sep 1884, lying dead on the Morgan Louisiana and Texas Railroad, before CCA Stephens, deputy coroner. The jurors' verdict is that due to information received under oath of Alexander Meek, Isea Davis, and George Alick that Warren Wright  came to his death by congestive chills while at work on the ML&T RR. Jurors were John Lyle, Andrew Hawkins, Geo. Atkins, and CCA Stephens, Dy coroner, authorized by Clement Colly, Coroner. J. B. Martin, Clerk.

Page 95.  Inquest was held on 31 Oct 1884 on the body of Eliza Hawkins at the Louisa Plantation. The jurors' verdict is that she came to her death suddenly by the visitation of God and not otherwise and that no guilt attaches to any other person. Jurors were Alex Johnson, Zeno Joseph, Pierre Christoulph, Wm Johnson, Parker Murray and Clement Colly, Coronor, J. B. Martin, Clerk.

Page 96.  Inquest was held on 18 Nov 1884 over the body of Bono Jimmio lying dead on the Morgan LA and Texas RR. The Jurors' verdict is that he came to his death by some unknown violence committed on the RR by some unknown person as there was a wound in his left side inflicted by a knife or other sharp instrument. The Name Bono Jimmio being found on a shirt that was on the person of the deceased. Jurors were Joshua Ward, Davis Pierce, John Robinson, Stephen Johnson, Alfred Dennis, and Clement Colly, Coroner. J. B. Martin, Clerk and J.C. Triche, Dy Clerk.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Little Red Church Baptisms 1739-1755 by A.Forsyth & C. Ramond

Becnel, Marguerite Elizabeth   Baptized 10 Aug 1751
Parents, Thomas Becnel and Catherine Brou
Sponsors, Ivan Dervain and Marguerite Dervain
Signed, Father Prosper

Becnelle, Thomas   Baptized 9 Mar 1749
Parents, Thomas Becnelle and Catherine Brou
Sponsors, Pierre Antoine Brou and Francoise Heidel
Signed, Father Prosper, Brou

Becnel, Pierre Antoine  Baptized 14 Mar 1745
Parents, Thomas Becnel and Catherine Brou
Sponsors, Antoine Boucheron and Anne Eloise Adam
Signed, Father Pierre

Belsum, Andre   Baptized 12 Jan 1755
Parents, Andre Belsum and Marie Anne Edelmaire
Sponsors, Andre Edelmaire and Marguerite Sechschneider
Signed, Father Prosper, Cure

Friday, September 24, 2010

WWI Veterans

Albert Cannon   1,611,440   Colored
Residence Killona, Born Killona, LA 8 Nov 1894
Inducted Hahnville 29 July 1918, CO B-419 Reserve Labor Bn to discharge.
Discharged 10 Mar 1919; PVT, no injuries

Joseph A. Cannon   1,611,444   Colored
Residence Killona, Born Killona, LA 18 Oct 1889
Inducted Hahnville 29 July 1918, Co B-419 Reserve Labor Bn to 18 Sep 1918; Co C-328 Serv Bn to discharge.
 Served overseas 13 Oct 1918 to 23 Aug 1919
Corp 21 Oct 1918; Sgt 21 July 1919
Discharged 2 Sep 1919   no injuries

Sidney Cannon   3,3033,770    Colored
Residence Hahnville, Born St. Charles Parish, LA  age 24 6/12 years
Inducted Hahnville 20 Jun 1918, Co F, 805 Pion Inf to discharge
Served overseas 2 Sep 1918 to 27 Jun 1919
Discharged 12 July 1919, PVT, no injuries

John Cannon   1,619,738   Colored
Residence Killona, Born Killona, LA 29 Sep 1895
Inducted St. Charles Parish 25 Sep 1918, 1st Co Dentention Camp, Camp Beauregard, LA to discharge
Discharged 23 Jan 1919, PVT, no injuries

Thursday, September 23, 2010

From the School Board Minutes 4 Jan 1896

The board met except P.M. Kenner absent

Total receipts for last year $5375.95. Disbursements were $4445.41. Balance is $930.54.

Resolved: No male teachers be employed in any school as long as competent females can be employed.

Insurance against fire on Des Allemands School is $3.75 .

No results have been succeeded in getting a lot donated in Wards 2-3 and 3-3, so new try will be made in Wards 2-2 and 3-2.

School house of the following dimensions, 35' long and 25' wide and 12 feet from floor to ceiling shall  be built of good cypress lumber with the exception of floor and ceiling which may be of pine and shall be placed on brick pillars. Total cost not to exceed $500 each.

Mr. Jas. Iv. Frellsen agrees to pay $300 (3 years in advance) for lease for a discount (board approves if discount does not exceed 6%).

Sixteen public schools will open for 1897, 10 for white and 7 for black pupils for 5 months beginning February.

Prospective teachers should meet on 15 Jan 1896 at the courthouse to receive applications and examinations.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

St. Charles Parish in 1883

The St. Charles Herald,  21 July 1883

Bayou Des Allemands items--Mr. Max Trauth, our energetic section foreman and one of the best section foremen on the road, has cut the grass and cleared the rubbish around  and about the station giving the place a neat appearance. His own residence has also been thoroughly repaired and fences, etc. whitewashed. Things around his place look as bright as a new dollar. It is said that the section under his (words missing) compares favorably with that of any of the road. The road offers prizes for the best section. If our friend Max don't get the prize it won't be his fault.

The schooner Maria has been entirely renovated and her external appearance presents quite a pleasing effect. Captain Louis Macheson is in command. He is an experienced sailor. It is understood that a party of Boutte residents contemplate making an excursion to the Temple, 12 miles distance from here. The Temple is quite a picturesque spot. Enroute can be  seen gigantic shell mounds, built by Indians years ago. It seems strange that these excursions are not more freuently made. The schooner referred to can be hired at a very moderate price. A trip on her would be highly enjoyable especially during the warm weather. We have a delightful breezw from the bayou at all times.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Police Jury Minutes, 5 July 1897 continued

On motion of Mr. Picard, seconded by Mr. Kuhlman, the following resolution was adopted viz Resolved that all persons, associations of persons selling mineral, water, soda, mead, pops etc except as provided by Act 150 of 1890 shall pay a license as graduated under section 11 of said act and when gross sales are less than $2000 the license shall be $5.

The finance committee reported for approval and on motion of Mr. Madere, the following bills were ordered payable out of contingent fund of 1897.
     Lewis Ory, Sheriff--attending District Court May term 1897, $30; expenses for testing dogs June 1897, $13.97; keeping courthouse clean, May and June 1897, $20.
     G. Lorio, for stationery 2 July 1897, $15.40
     J. C. Triche, for 3 boxes pens June 1897, $3.00
     R. J. Perkins, 500 court blanks, 7 June 1897, $4.00
     Mrs. G. Myers, prescription for smallpox, $1.50
     A. E. Picard, expenses for attending Board of Assessment on railroad, 1897, $65.
     W. E. Uniacke, expense for serving subpoenas, 7 May 1897, $2.20.
     John Rupp, for burial of Joseph Brown on 6 June 1897, $12.
     William Scott, for burial of unknown black man, 19 June 1897, $12

Monday, September 20, 2010

Index to Baptisms,The Little Red Church 1739-1755 by Forsyth and Ramond

Barbay, Anne Barbe born 7 Jan 1754; Baptized 27 Jan 1754
Parents: Louis Barbay and Marguerite Gatelais
Sponsors:Jean Bar and Anne Barbe Baumene, spouse of Sr. Delande
Witnesses:Barbay, father of the infant and Father Prosper

Barbay, Pierre: Baptized 19 Dec 1751
Parents: Louis Barbay and Marguerite Gattelet
Sponsors:Pierre Lavergne and Marie Josephe Delande
Witnesses:P. Lavergne, Barbay, M. Joseph Delande and Father Prosper

Bare, Julienne: Baptized 26 Sep 1753
Parents: Jean Bar and Marie Louise Lavergne
Sponsors: Jean Bar and Francoise Lavergne Inguinberti
Witnesses: Father Romuald, Jean Bar and Francoise Ingimberty

Bare, Marie Elizabeth: Born 5 Feb Baptized 16 Mar 1755
Parents: Jean Bare and Marie Louise Lavergne
Sponsors: Pierre Lavergne and Marie Elizabeth La Bare, spouse of Sr. Trepagnier
Witnesses: P. Lavergne and Father Prosper

Sunday, September 19, 2010

German Neighbors in 1724

16.  Johann Fuchs from Berne, Switzerland, Catholic, 38, wife and daughter. Four arpents of land that he paid 250 livres for. About one year on his place. He made no crop due to illness.

17.  Lorenz Ritter, Jr., age 20. Just beginning on eight arpents.

This census does not give the names of orphans living with these families or other Germans working on their farms. The author used other sources to find the names of other early Germans living in the New Orleans area.

1. Michael Zehringer was from Franconia, Bavaria.His name was first found on the passenger list on the ship "Le Dromadaire" in 1720 with 60 other workman. In 1721 he heads the list of "ouviers" of the king as master carpenter. In 1722 he was in Biloxi tearing down a house and found things he had taken from the old fort and hidden there. In 1722 his wife Ursula Spaet died and also his daughter, Salome, who was 18 years old.  In 1723 he married Barbara Haertel the widow of two other men, Magnus Albert and Joseph Balliff. She and Michael had four sons, Michael, Pierre Laurent, Joseph and Jean Louis. In the census of 1731 Michael, his wife and three sons lived in the Sixth District of New Orleans. He had one engage, twelve negroes, four negresses, and 27 cows. He died in 1738.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Inquest Records Book #1 March 1877-December 1886

Page 89.   Inquest was held on the body of Alex Washington on 6 Jun 1884 at Bayou LaBranche before 5th Ward JP Antoine Clark. The jurors' verdict say that Aron Thomas of St. Charles Parish on the 5 Jun 1884 in the peace of the State then and there being Alexander Washington at the hour of 12 o' clock on the Jackson Railroad at a place called Bayou LaBranche did there and then threaten to kill Aron Thomas and with his weapon, a shotgun in his hands with malice aforethought did make an assault and him, the said  Aron Thomas fired and used every effort as to prevent from committing himself left the said Alexander Washington and  flee from there in fear of death could not escape so the said Aron Thomas himself in the preservation of his life against the said Alexander Washington to defend and in his own defense him the said Aron Thomas defended his life by shooting the said Alexander Washington in his jaw and throat with a musket of which  caused death instantly in his own defense. Jurors were William Erwing, Louis Williams, Joseph Eugene, Joseph Schexkemberger, and C. C. A. Stephens, Antoine Clark, 5th Ward JP. Filed J.B. Martin, Clerk.

Page 90.   Inquest was held upon the body of Victor Joseph on 4 Jan 1884, lying dead, before Coy Clinton, 1st Ward JP acting as Coroner. The jurors' verdict is that he came to his death by being frozen to death back of Hahnville. Jurors were Paul Johnston, Charles Thomas, Robert Pierre, Michel Pierre, Bazil Pierre, and Coy Clinton, acting Coroner. J. B. Martin, Clerk. 

Friday, September 10, 2010

Baptisms of The Little Red Church by Forsyth and Ramond

Marie Joseph Andre born 25 Oct 1743, baptized 22 May 1744
Father Joseph Antoine Andre; Mother Marie Madelaine Schmidt
Sponsors Pierre Delisle and Marie Joseph Daigle
Signed Dule Dupart, Andre, Marie Joseph Daigle, Fr. Pierre

Marguerite Angelique, baptized  adult, 18 Aug 1749
Sponsors Mr. Lange, Militia Officier and Marie Joseph Daigle, spouse of Sir Roman
Signed Fr. Prosper

Marie Anne Arcenot, baptized 26 Aug 1753
Father Michel Arcenot; Mother Marie Anne Andry
Sponsors George Gimberty and Magdelaine Schmidt, spouse of Francois Dominique Le Boeuf
Signed Fr. Prosper, Cure, G. Gimberty

Saturday, September 4, 2010

WWI Veterans

Monroe Bryant   3,303,848   Colored
Residence Killona, born Plattenburg, LA, age 22 4/12 years
Inducted Hahnville 20 Jun 1818, 14 Provisional Co, 164 Dep Brig to 30 Jul 1918; Co A, 805 Pion Inf to discharge, PVT
Served overseas 15 Sep 1818 to 27 Apr 1819
Discharged 29 May 1919 SCD, no injuries, 12 1/2 % disabled

Washington Bryant   3,303, 824   Colored
Residence Taft, born Taft, LA, age 20 3/12 years
Inducted Hahnville 20 Jun 1818, 164 Dep Brig to 30 July 1918; Co A, 805 Pion Inf to discharge, PVT
Served overseas 2 Sep 1818 to 27 June 1919
Discharged, no injuries

Joseph Cacagne   2,097,252   White
Residence Montz, born Reserve, age 22 2/12 years
Inducted Hahnville 6 Apr 1818, 162 Dep Brig to 4 Sep 1918; Co C, 331 Inf to 4 Oct 1918; Prisoner of War Escort Co #76 to --; Co C 331 Inf to discharge  Corp 6 May 1919
Served overseas 16 Aug 1818 to 14 Jun 1919
Discharged 21 Jun 1919, no injuries

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Inquest Records Book #1 March 1877--December 1886

Page 86.   Inquest was held on the body of an unknown white man on 22 May 1884, found lying dead at the  Davis Plantation in the Davis Crevasse before 2nd Ward JP. The juror's verdict was that he came to his death by the hands of some unknown person from a penetrating wound in his hip 2 inches in length and the body found floating in the Davis Crevasse. Jurors were Louis Williams, Phillip Atkins, Marshall Bennett, Simon Schlinger, William Williams and C. C. A. Stephens, 2nd Ward JP, acting coroner, filed by J. C. Triche, Dy. Clerk, J. B. Martin, Clerk.

Page 87.   Inquest was held on the body of an unknown colored man on 25 Jan 1884 lying dead before George Scott, JP 3rd Ward. Jurors' verdict was that he came to his death by being frozen to death. Jurors were Harry Harrison, Amos Wright, Shedrick Guinifer, Joshua Scott, Robb Henry and George Scott, 3rd JP, acting coroner, filed by J. B. Martin, Clerk.

Page 88.   Inquest was held on the body of John Patrick, lying dead on 23 May 1884 before Coy Clinton, JP 1st Ward, Acting Coroner. Jurors' verdict was that he accidentally drowned while floating logs in the rear of the Troxler Plantation. Jurors were Thomas Pierre, Michel Pierre, Robert Robson, Leven Gross, Jules Phinnon and Coy Clinton, acting coroner. Filed by J. C. Triche, Dy. Clerk. J. B. Martin, Clerk  

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

School Board Records 6 July 1895 and 5 Oct 1895

     6 July 1895--Board voted to repair the school at Hahnville  at a cost not to exceed $200 and authorized a fence to be built around the school at Elkinsville at a cost not to exceed $30.
     The police jury donated $500 to the school board and the school board voted to set this amount aside to be used exclusively in the purpose of building a schoolhouse in Ward 2 or 3 , if the people donate a lot for that purpose. 

     5 Oct 1895--School board members meeting were T. T. Baudouin, Charles Elfer, A. Gassen, A. E. Picard, P. M. Picard, P. M. Kenner, W. L. Youngs, and A. Kinler. J. Triche and Abe Strauss recently appointed members, presented their commissions and were recognized as members of the school board.
     Total receipts of $1413.05 for the quarter, balance is $1111.09. Total repairs at Hahnville were $180 so the board voted to have the building whitewashed.
     Report of Lewis Ory, Sheriff and tax collector that he had received a list of 2429 names of persons owing a poll tax and that he had collected $682 leaving a balance of $1747 which he was unable to collect because  the persons had no property subject to seizure .
     A communication was received from Mr. J. W. Frellsen regarding the school lands and offering to rent same for $100 per year for four years. Read into minutes.
     The board passed a resolution to examine the books of the sheriff and treasurer. Charles Elfer, assessor of the parish has failed to render to the school board a list of persons liable to pay a poll tax by the first Saturday in October as required by law under penalty of removal from office and a fine.  Mr. Elfer requests more time and was granted until Saturday, 12 of October 1895.
     Board authorizes to lease to J. W. Frellsen Sec. 16 in T.13, SR 19E and Sec. 16 in T14, SR 21E for 4 years at $100 year payable at  the beginning of each year.
     Board approves expenses of Superintendent for attending a convention at Opelousas for $24 and the Secretary for $3.70  for postage and stationery. 

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Inquest Records Book #1--March 1877 to December1886

Page 78.   Inquest was held on the body of Minoletti Giovinnie on 19 Nov 1883, lying dead in front of Kelona Plantation, before Coy Clinton, Justice of the Peace, 1st Ward. The juror's verdict say he came to his death whilst under the influence of liquor, was struck and beaten over the left temple with a blunt instrument in the hands of an unknown party or parties, which caused instant death. The jurors were Henry Grey, Joe Taylor, Randall Hirsch, Lee Morris, James Sanders and Coy Clinton, JP.

Page 79 through 83.   Blank pages.

Page 84.   Inquest was held on the body of an unknown white man on 28 Apr 1884, Found dead, floating in the Mississippi River at the upper end of the Davis Cravasse, (break in the levee) before C.C.A. Stephens, justice of the peace, 2nd Ward.Juror's verdict was that he was killed by the hands of someone, finding both arms broken above the wrist and a penetrating wound in the right jaw and the right arm  by the shoulder blade. Jurors were Griffen Presbley, Arthur W. Hamilton, Clerk.

Pahe 85.   Inquest was held upon the body of Virginia Jackson on 8 March 1884 lying dead at Magnolia Ridge before J.B. Freedman, 4th Ward Justice of the peace,acting coroner. The juror's verdict was that she came to her death from maternal hemorrhage caused by severe coughing and pneumonia. Jurors were Achille Garner, Joseph Price, James Taylor, Sr., Alexander Hill, J.M. Barler and Jos. B. Friedman, 4th Ward JP. and acting coroner, filed by J. C. Triche, Dy. Clerk and J.B. Martin, Clerk.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Board of Review--St. Charles Parish Police Jury

6 July 1897--Board of Reviewers met and examined the assessment list of the 1st Ward.

7 July 1897--Board of Reviewers met. On motion of Mr. Kuhlman, seconded by Mr. Picard, it is ordered that the Ellington Planting Co., Ltd be notified to show cause on the 15th day July 1897 why their assessment should not be increased. Mr. Picard moved to reconsider the above motion to raise, which was continued until tomorrow. Assessment lists of 2nd Ward taken up for consideration.

8 July 1897--Board of Reviewers met. On motion of Mr. Kenner, seconded by Mr. Picard, the assessment of Mr. George S. Washington was taken up for consideration and the assessment was reduced from $200 to $150.  

Friday, August 27, 2010

Baptisms of Little Red Church copied by Alice Forsyth & Charles Ramond

Andere, Antoine Joseph, born 20 Dec 1741; baptized 18 Apr 1742
Parents--Antoine Joseph Andere and Madelaine Marie Schmidt
Sponsors--Joseph Fossier and Marie Pere
Signed--Fr. Prosper, Cure; Fossier; Marie Pere

Andre, Guillaume, born 11 Jan1746; baptized 30 Jan 1746
Parents--Antoine Joseph Andre and Marie Magdalaine Schmidt
Sponsors--Guillaume Lange (Officer) and Marguerite Metzes, spouse of de Darensbourg, Commander
Signed--F. Pierre; Andre; M. M. Lange

Andre, Jean, born 14 Oct 1739; baptized 16 Oct 1739
Parents--Antoine Joseph Andre and Madelaine Schmidt
Sponsors--Joseph Blancpain and Jeanne Boucherante
Signed--Blancpain; F. Prosper, Cure

Thursday, August 26, 2010

WWI Veterans St. Charles Parish

John Busalacchi   1,609,200   White
Residence Luling, Born St. Gabriel, LA 17 Nov 1895
Inducted 28 May 1818, Co I, 156 Inf tp 21 Sep 1918; Co C,355 Inf to discharge, PVT lcl 16 Nov 1818
Served overseas 22 Aug 1818 to 22 May 1819
Discharged 5 Jun 1919   no injuries

Martin Brown   1,619,756   Colored
Residence Hahnville, Born Hahnville, LA 26 Sep 1896
Inducted Hahnville, 25 Sep 1818, Col Cos Det Camp Beauregard, LA to discharge. PVT
Discharged 23 Jan 1819   no injuries

Henry Bryant   2,343,374   Colored
Residence Taft, Born Hahnville, LA 22 Oct 1890
Inducted St. Charles Parish 16 July 1818,  161 Dep Brig to 2 Aug 1818; Aug Repl Draft Camp Grant, Ill to Ill to 15 Sep 1818; Prisoner of War Escort #48 to 18 Feb 1819; 155 Dep Brig to discharge. PVT
Served overseas 22 Aug 1818 to 24 Feb 1819
Discharged 17 Apr 1819   no injuries

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Inquest Records Book #1--March 1877 to December 1886

Page 74.  Inquest was held on 23 Mar 1883 on the body of Alick Morris at Flaggville, lying here dead in the jail. The jurors' verdict is that he died of inflammation of the lungs. The jurors were Jos. Stein, George Stafford, Spencer Smith, (H)?llent  White, Max Hornbacker and Coy Clinton, JP

Page 75.  Inquest was held on the body of an unknown colored girl, lying dead. on 8 June 1883 in front of  A. Gassen, on the batture, before 2nd Ward Justice of the Peace. The jurors' verdict is that she came to her death by accidently drowning, her body found floating in the river, The jurors were Charles Gassen, Achille Gassen, Joe Alexander, John Mongrue, and C. C. A. Stephens, JP  2nd Ward.

Page 76.  Inquest was held on the body of Octavie Dennis on 23 July 1883, found floating in the river in front of Davis Plantation. The jurors' verdict was that she came to her death by being drowned. Jurors' were C.C. A. Stephens,JP, 2nd Ward, Faustin Nicholas, Louis Washington, (?)vst Labranche, Martin Antoine and Lambert Tho(?).

Page 77.  Inquest was held on the body of an unknown colored man on 22 Nov 1883. here lying dead at Ormond Plantation, before Reuben B. Smith, Justice of the Peace, 5th Ward. The jurors' verdict was that he came to his death by violent murder, by unknown parties, his left eye knocked out. Found in his pocket, one deck passage ticket of the Steamer of the Whisper, one razor, the sum of two dollars and 35 cents. The jurors were Jim Washington, Harrison Roe, Benson Styrs, Wilson Styrs, Aaron Talbot, and Ruebin B. Smith, JP.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Census for German families in 1721

In a report signed 24 Nov 1721 "the German families which may compriseabout 330 persons of all sexes and ages are located twelve leagues above New Orleans to the left on going up the river on a very good soil.The Germans are divided into three bourgs or towns. As these people are very industrious it is hoped that this year they will have an abundant harvest and that they will succeed in coming years in making settlements in the colony."

Saturday, August 21, 2010

German Neighbors in 1724

I am only giving the names of the German settlers outside of St. Charles Parish. There were French and Canadian settlers among the Germans.

10.  Peter Schmidt from the Palatinate, Catholic, 34, his wife,his brother-in-law, age 17. Three arpents cleared which he had bought for 400 livres.

11.  Bartholomaeus Yens ?, of Cologne, Catholic, 25, a brewer, his wife and child. Three arpents cleared.

12.  Claude Baillif from Picardy.

13.  Joseph Baillif of Dieux in German Lorraine,22, his wife. Eight arpents cleared which he bought for 250 livres. His widow married Michael Zehringer.

14.  Nik. Schmitz of Frankfort, Catholic, 40, his wife, two daughters of 18 and 6. Eight arpents which he bought for 800 livres. He made a good levee and is a good worker.

15.  Peter Bayer, Catholic, 23, his wife. Two arpents of land which he bought for 210 livres. He gave up the land he had from Governor Bienville.He brought all his things with him. He made two barrels of rice and some girammons, which was all he had left after he paid Bienville. He is a good worker and satisfied with his small piece of land.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Our Neighbors in St. John in 1860, continued by J. W. Dorr

     There are a large number of fine estates in St. John---as the "Belle Point" place of A . Deslonde, "Mount Airy", owned by Joseph Lebourgeois, "Esperance" place, by Dr. Loughborough, and others not inferior, if not dignified with names. Among the heavy planters of the parish are the following, and most of them are heavy; Thomas May, Jr., Octave Hymel, Francis Webber & Co., V. B. Marmillion, L. Becknel, Col. Whitehead, Dr. A. G. Wiendahle, A. LaBranche, A. Deslonde, Samuel Hollingsworth & Co., J. Picou & Co., L. Montegut, Louque Delhommer, Similien LaBranche, E. Daunnois, F. Vicknair & Bros., E. B. Marmillion, David Adams, Dr. Loughborough, Welham & Godberry, Joseph Lebourgeois and M. Perilloux. The planters, constituting the staple population of the parish, are, almost to a man, of the old Creole gentleman type---hospitable, chivalrous and high-spirited. The Anglo-Americans are few.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Board of Reviewers--July 5, 1897

The police jury acting as a Board of Reviewers met on 5 July 1897.

On motion duly seconded the reviewing of the assessment lists submitted by the assessor were fixed for action as follows:
1st Ward--Tues the 6
2nd Ward -Wed the 7
3rd Ward--Thur the 8
4th  Ward--Fri the 9
5th Ward-- Tues the 13 and the protests of Charles E. Alter and J. C. LeBourgouis were fixed for Wed the 14.

Police Jury Minutes--Book A--July 5, 1897

5 July 1897--H. L. Youngs, President

     President called Mr. J. C. Triche to act as Sec. Pro Tem. Minutes read and approved. President declared nomination of Secretery in order.
     Mr. Picard nominated Mr. Emanuel Bestoso as Secretery; Mr. Kenner nominated Mr. T. B. Sellers as Secretery.
     Voting for Bestoso were Picard, Madere and Kuhlman and for Sellers, Kenner and Youngs. President declared Mr. Bestoso duly elected Secretary.
     Report from Parish Treasurer. Balance on hand May 6, $4989.10; vouchers paid $579.76; present balance $4409.34, Layous Gassen, Parish Treasurer.
     A petition from the taxpayers of this parish was read and received.. On motion of Mr. Picard, seconded by Mr. Kenner, the following resolution was adopted: Resolved that a road leading from the public road in the 1st Ward of this parish and back to the Freetown Station on the Texas and Pacific Railroad be opened.Resolved that said  road shall be laid out by a jury of freeholders consisting of 6 inhabitants of the Parish viz--J. R. Hymel, O. E. Picard, Ed. Roche', O. B. Danjean, Louis Labat, and F. Vial, who are hereby appointed for that purpose.
     On motion of Mr. Khlmam, the President is authorized to advertise for bids to repair the Boutte road.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

WWI Veterans

Joseph Brown   2,567,135   colored
Residence Hahnville, born Hahnville, LA  26 11/12 years
Inducted Hahnville 27 Apr 1918; 162 Dep Brig to 10 Jun 1918; Co C, 318 lab Bn QMC to discharge;   PVT lcl 9 Jun 1918; served overseas 29 Jun 1918 to 27 Jun 1919
Discharged 18 Jul 1919   no injuries

Walter Brown   2,118,537   colored
Residence Paradis, born Hahnville, LA 27 7/12 years
Inducted Hahnville 30 Mar 1818; 162 Dep Brig to discharge
Discharged 24 Dec 1818, no injuries

Issac Buggage   2,118,539   colored
Residence Moberly, St. Charles Parish, born Plattenville, LA 24 4/12 years
Inducted Hahnville 30 Mar 1918; Co D 254 Engrs to discharge; PVT lcl 1 Jul 1918, Corp 13 Aug 1918; served overseas 10 July 1918 to 12 Jun 1919
Discharged 2 Jul 1919, no injuries


Monday, August 16, 2010

School News 1897

The St. Charles School Board met on April 3,1897. Members present were A. E .Picard, T. J. Sellers, J. Baudouin, and H. L. Younger. Absent were L. A. Keller, P. M. Kenner, and A. Gassen.

Mr. Baudoin reported on the fence at Fashion and a communication was received from Hon. J. McNeese, superintendent from Calcasieu Parish.

It was reported that a building belonging to the school board is situated on the Trinity Plantation and that the plantation was advertised to be sold on April 17, 1897 at the suit of George Binder vs. Louis LeSassier et als, heirs of  H. A. LeSassier without said building being removed. The president of the school board was authorized to enter suit in the distrist court to enjoin the seizing creditor and sheriff from selling said building.

Fifty dollars was authorized to pay extra expenses for the school building at Fashion. These are a cistern for $20, galvanized guttering , $10; brick foundation for cistern, $3; whitewashing, $5; black board; painting the ceiling and the cistern, $7.

The superintendent was authorized to correspond with Mrs. J. Dejan to get prices and condition of school benches.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Inquest Record Book #1--March 1877-December 1886

Page 70.  Inquest was held on 3 Mar 1883 on the body of Davis Smith who was found dead at his house, in his bed, on the plantation in this place, known as the Caineleaux Plantation, in the 1st Ward, before the Justice of the Peace. The jurors verdict is that he came to his death due to craust(sic) or colic. The jurors were H. C. Johnson, George Walter, Joe Joseph, Henry Robinson, William Blue, and Coy Clinton, 1st Ward, JP.

Page 71.  Inquest was held 24 Mar 1883 before the 1st Ward Justice of the Peace, Coy Clinton, having been notified of the death of a female colored, aged about 100 years and having gone by the name of Charity, residing at L. D. Broussards. The jurors verdict was that no guilt attaches to any person and she died of old age and a natural death. Jurors were J. Stein, L. C. Broussard, L. G. Broupaw, Francois Jupiter, Jr. and Coy Clinton, JP.

Page 72 and 73.  Inquest was held on the body of Ben Moore on 26 Mar 1883, here lying dead at Hymelia Plantation fronting S. Hymel Store before Justice of the Peace, 1st Ward Coy Clinton. The jurors' verdict is that Ben Moore came to his death by one David Drew, late of St. Charles Parish, Hymelia Plantation on the 25 Mar 1883 about 11 o'clock. David Drew with force and arms feloniously(sic) and violently and malice of forethought made an assault of Ben Moore there with a carbain(sic) knife, which the said David Drew then and there in his hands ??? Ben Moore in and upon the left part of the breast between the second and third rib from the colar(sic) bone of the neck of Ben Moore, then and there violently, feloniously and of his malice and aforethought struck and pierced and gave to Ben Moore then and there with the knife one mortal wound about 1/2 inch and the depth of 5 inches, of which Ben Moore instantly died and David Drew killed him. Jurors were Jos. Stein, Joseph Faunce, Seraphim Hymel, M. G. Cox, Madesson Green and Coy Clinton,JP.

Thursday, July 22, 2010


Albert Brown   34,770   Colored
   Residence Sellers, born Sellers, LA 22 3/12 years
   Inducted Hahnville 28 Oct 1917
   162 Dep Brig to discharge, PVT
   Discharged 10 Jan 1918   no injuries   S.C.D. disabled

Frank Brown   2,567,125   Colored
   Residence Ama, born Kenner,LA 24 2/12 years
   Inducted Hahnville 27 Apr 1918
   162 Dep Brig to 11 May 1918; Co A, 525 Engrs to discharge, PVT
   Served overseas 10 Jul 1918 to 3 Jul 1919
   Discharged 23 Jul 1919   no injuries

Howard Brown   3,303,791   Colored
   Residence Killona, born Natchez, MS 29 3/12 years
   Inducted Hahnville 28 Jun 1918
   164 Dep Brig to 30 Jul 1918; Co F, 805 Pion Inf to discharge, PVT
   Discharged 15 Aug 1919   no injuries

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

St. Charles Parish--1883

"St. Charles Herald", 14 July 1883

A steam ferry is coming to the Harvey Canal.

The moss factories in Gretna are quite busy cleaning and baling moss. Much moss comes from Boutte in St. Charles and is here properely cured, cleaned and baled and then sold to local speculators and shipped to Europe and the west.  Mr. Chapsky, of St. Charles, is a competitor in the business. He has an excellent moss pickery at the Boutte road on the river where he bales a large quanity and ships it principally to the west.

On Wednesday evening Rev. Father Jobard tied the silken knot between our esteemed friends, Mr. Thomas Casey of Ashton Plantation and the charming Miss Lizzie Teichert, so well and favorabbly known in Hahnville.

The piece of road fronting John Mongrue's place near Gassen's store is impossible. Last Thursday evening Mr. Baque's horse and buggy stuck in the middle of the puddle and it was with some difficulty that with some difficulty that both owner and horse were extricated.

Monday, July 19, 2010

School News--1897

The board met on 5 Mar 1897 to elect a president to succeed Mr. T. T. Baudouin. Mr. H. L. Youngs was elected president pro tem. All board members were present and unanimously elected Mr. Youngs as president.

The resignation of Mr. T. T. Baudouin was accepted and a note of thanks will be tendered to him for past services and expressing the regret that the board feels from his resignation.

The board president was authorized to sign the warrant for payment of a building at Fashion.

Mr. A. E. Picard was appointed a member of the committee on teachers to succeed Mr. Youngs.

Mr. J. Baudouin was authorized to buy pickets and build a fence around the new school at Fashion and to also have a gate made.

Bills were approved for payment to Gaston Debotte for repairs on the school at Killona for $7 and to W. O'Leary for repairs on the Gassen School for $4.75.

A motion was approved to have dinners served at the meetings with the cost not to exceed $4.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Inquest Records, Book 1, March 1877-December 1886

Page 67.   Inquest was held on 13 May 1883 on the Texas Pacific Railroad, in the rear of the property of late Mrs. Joseph Touzann, on an unknown black man lying dead, before Coy Clinton, Justice of the Peace, 1st Ward. Verdict of the jurors is that he came to his death by smallpox and exposure to the inclemency of the weather. Jurors were John Bush, Bill L(?), Adam Joseph, Isham Reed, Mc(?) Williams and Coy Clinton,JP.

Page 68.   Inquest was held on 22 April 1883 at the Good Hope Plantation on an unknown white woman, lying here dead, before George Scott, Jr., Justice of the Peace of the 3rd Ward. The verdict of the jurors is that this unknown white woman came to her death by drowning, but cannot say whether any guilt attaches to any person. Jurors were Peter Brown, Aron Washington, Charles Jenkins, Shrederick Jennifer, A. P. Alexander and George Scott Jr., J. P.

Page 69.   Inquest was held on 24 April 1883 at the front of the Boutte Road on the Batture, of an unknown white man, here lying dead, before the Justice of the Peace of the 2nd Ward, C. C. A. Stephens. Jurors verdict is that this unknown white man came to his death by accidental drowning and his body was found floating in the river. Jurors were Peter Myer, Joseph Alexandre, Ursin Rousseaux, Charles Gassen, Antoine Gassen, and C. C. A. Stephens, J. P.

Friday, July 16, 2010

WWI Records--Veterans

Robert Bobey   34,759   Colored
   Residence St. Rose, Born Kenner, LA   28 6/12 years
   Inducted Hahnville 28 Oct 1917
   162 Dep Brig to discharge
   Discharged 12 Mar 1918 on 5CD   no injuries

Paul L. Bourg   2,591,074   White
   Residence Destrehan, Born New Orleans, LA   5 Jun 1887
   Inducted Hahnville 30 Jun 1918
   Tank Corps, Camp Colt, PA to discharge   PVT
   Discharged 20 Aug 1918   no injuries   Physical Disability

Sidney Bourgeois   2,922,104   White
   Residence Luling, Born Taft, LA   29 years
   Inducted Hahnville 5 July 1918
   Co K 43 Inf to discharge   PVT
   Discharged 18 Mar 1919   no injuries

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Neighbors--1860 in St. John Parish by J. W. Dorr, continued

                                                           The Parish Seat

     Edgard Post-office, forty-two miles above New Orleans, one of the two post-offices of the parish of St. John---Bonnet Carre, on the left bank, five miles below, being the other. That settlement is about the size of this. Here are some ninety or a hundred buildings, along the levee road, two or three pretty nice stores, the parish buildings, well built of brick, a neat Catholic church, and a graveyard of considerable extant and well filled with its silent inhabitants. Some of the monuments are fine. The mail to and from the post-office are carried three times a week.
     There are two newspapers published in the parish, "La Jeunne Amerique", at Bonnet Carre, and "La Meschacebe", at this place. There are eight public schools in the parish, four on each bank, and eight school districts. The mill tax for the support of schools amounts to nearly $4500, and the number of educable children is nearly seven hundred. The  whole tax paid by the parish into the coffers of the State is about $15,000, and the parish tax is between five and six thousand dollars.
     The total value of property in the parish is returned at about $4,500,000, half of which is the value of slaves, of whom there are over 4000 to about three thousand whites. The mercantile interest in this parish is of much greater importance than in St. Charles, numerous stores being scattered along the levee road at comparatively brief intervals. Wherever the middling classes are a considerable proportion of the population, there the country stores are numerous; where the wealthy planters predominate, they are scarce, for everything that the planter does not raise on his estate he purchases in the city, and there the planters' ladies go to do their shopping.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

1883 in St. Charles Parish

Continuing with the 7 July 1883 edition of the "St. Charles Herald."

     We are pleased to state, that owing to the energy displayed by our polite and attentive grocer, Mr. C. Roullier, the citizens of Hahnville, can enjoy every Saturday evening and Sunday, ice cream, cakes, etc.
     We have received, through the kindness of our energetic butcher, Mr. Charles Block, from A. V. Williams, Esq., manager of Milliken and Kearney Plantation, about 5 miles above Hahnville, a blue ribbon stalk of sugar cane, 1 1/4 inch thick and 5 feet high, not including the foliage, and containing 6 well-developed red joints. We challenge any one to take the ribbon.
     Since the above was written we have received from Mr. J. S. Brady of the John A. Morris' Ashton Plantation, a stalk of sugar cane containing 7 well-developed red joints and the joints are longer than those of the former cane.
     We regret to know of the lack of public interest displayed by our Police Jury, at their meeting of Monday last, in not appropriating a small amount or providing in a prompt and effective manner by having the State Law enforced for the roads and bridges, which are a disgrace to our parish. We are both to feel compelled to mention this subject once more and certainly would not do so if there was no money in the parish treasury, but as this is not the case, with all due deference to our friends, the members of the police jury, we are constrained to believe that this is a matter of false economy on their part, which we trust they will not fail to reconsider favorably.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

WWI Veterans

Bennett, Valarie  3,343,373  Colored
Residence St. Rose, Born in St. Rose, LA   20 May 1896  
Inducted St. Charles Parish  16 July 1918
161 Dep Brig to 2 Aug 1918; Camp Grant, IL Aug Aut Rep 1 Draft to 14 Aug 1918; Co D 416 Reserves Labor Bn to discharge  PVT lcl 5 Nov 1918
Discharged 12 May 1919   no injuries

Bestoso, George W.   2,919,552   White
Residence Hahnville, born Hahnville, LA   19 Jun 1896
Inducted Hahnville 15 Aug 1918
Student Army Tng Corps, Tulane University; Camp Martin, LA to discharge   PVT
Discharged 9 Dec 1918   no injuries

Blaze, Peter   3,342,091   Colored
Residence Sellers, born Soplare, LA   12 Sep 1890
Inducted LB #2 Chicago, LA 17 Jul 1918
161 Dep Brig to 3 Aug 1918; Aug Repl Bn Camp  Grant, IL to 15 Sep 1918; Prisoner of War Escort Co #53 to discharge
PVT lcl 9 Dec 1918
Served overseas 22 Aug to 6 Mar 1919
Discharged 5 Apr 1919   no injuries


Friday, July 9, 2010

School News--13 Feb 1897 continued

The committee on teachers submitted the following names of teachers they appointed.
First Ward--Miss A. J. Dougherty at Trinity white school; Mrs. T .J. Troxler at Troxler white school; J. H. Gilmer at Baumgarden black school and Miss K. Gilmore at Hahnville white school.

Second Ward--A. W. Brazier at Flagville black school, Miss M. J. Jenkins at Fashion white school, Mrs. J. D. Triche at Gassonville white school; G. S. Washington at Gassonville black school; Miss K. G. Hanley at Madisonville white school and Miss Egenia Logan at Madisonville black school.

Third Ward--Miss M. McCall at Keller white school and Miss V. Pierson at Prattsville black school.

Fourth Ward--Miss Beauvois at Boutte white school; Andrew Smith at 28 Mile Post black school and Miss Effie Porteous at Des Allemands white school.

Fifth Ward--Miss K. Gleason at Elkinsville white school and Mrs. D. R. Russell at Elkinsville black school.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Inquest Records Book 1, March 1877- December 1886

Page 64.  Inquest was held 7 Nov 1882 at Star Plantation, on the body of A. Williams by Coy Clinton, Justice of the Peace, 1st Ward. The jurors verdict is that he came to his death by Diarha(sic), caused by inseperance(sic). Jurors were Gus Stewart, Randall Hunt, Ginn Williams, Alex Gillerm, Rev. H. C. Johnson and Coy Clinton.

Page 65. Inquest was held on the 11 March 1883 on the body of Joseph Clendon at Ashton Plantation, before the 2nd Ward Justice of the Peace. Jurors verdict is that he was killed by two gunshot wounds inflicted in the head and in the right eye, wounds being about an inch and a half apart, one penetrating through the skull and emerging the top of the head, either one of which could be fatal. Wounds were inflicted by a 44 calabre(sic) British Bull Dog pistol in the hands of Morgan Flowers, who is now in custody of the Sheriff. Jurors were M. R. B(ene)?, Charles Gassen, Louis Thomas, John H. Bacehux, F. J. Casey,(Cele)?, A. Stephens, 2nd J.P.

Page 66.  Inquest was held on 26 Dec 1882 on the body of Paul Ben who was found dead in his bed on the Mary Plantation in the first ward. The verdict of the jurors was he died of penonumomia(sic) of the lungs. Jurors were Timothy Aikens, Eugene Mitchell, Joseph Lagnson, Felix Brown, Jos. Stein, Joseph B. Friedman, Dy. Coroner.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

1724 Census--German Neighbors

4.  Andreas Krestmann (Christmann) from Augsburg, wheelwright, his wife, two sons, 10 and 12 years, two orphan girls, 8 and 15 years, 6 arpents land, two years on place. A cow, a heifer, a calf and three pigs. He is industrious and is at work fencing in his cleared land. He made a good levee and paid in advance the workmen who made it for him at a cost of 100 pistoles. Deserves a Negro.

These last four men occupied one section of Bienville's land up to Napolean Ave. The next group started about the upper line of Audubon Park.

5.  Simon Kuhn of Weissenburg, Ansbach, Bavaria, his wife, daughter, son-in-law, Daniel Hopf, age 20 of Cassen, Diocese of Spire, orphan boy, 12. A cow, calf and three pigs. One year on land. Had to change land twice, forced to give up cabin on account of water. Good worker. Oldest daughter, Anna, was the widow of  Johann Adam Zweig (Labranche) who died in Biloxi. She had a daughter of 12 years.

6.  Thomas Lesch (Leche) has three arpents land.  He married Anna Schoderbecker of Wurtemberg in 1725 in New Orleans. In 1726 he had a wife and one engage.

7.  Joseph Strantz with three arpents.

8.  Mueller with six arpents.

9.  Johann Weber, 24, born near Fort Kehl, Baden, his wife, mother-in-law and orphan girl,16. A cow, a heifer, a bull and four pigs. One year on place. His wife was Maria Stadler, daughter of Ulrich and Maria Stadler, who all came to Louisiana together.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Information about St. Charles Parish

The 1984 Raceland Junior High Yearbook has a section called "An  Education Legacy, Vol. 2, 1983" that has a lot of interesting information for the genealogist. There is a list of Des Allemands Carvers, an interesting interview with Adam Badeaux of Bayou Gauche who gives some information about Comardelle Village, Tete Du Maur Isle and Black Prince Isle and families that first lived there. There are also stories of the Bowie Lumber Co. where many of our ancestors worked, and names of other St. Charles residents in this section.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

WWI Veterans

Belsome, Achille   2,918,782   White
Residence Hahnville, born Hahnville, Louisiana, born 22 Aug 1894
Inducted 15 July 1918, Hahnville
Co A Tulane University Tng Det., Camp Martin, LA to 12 Sep 1918; C Dep of Galvestin, Ft. Crockett, TX CAC to discharge  Pvt
Discharged 13 Dec 1918   no injuries

Benarby, Lamar   3,303,750   Colored
Res Ama, Born Ama, Louisiana, age 24 10/12 years
Inducted 20 Jun 1918, Hahnville
Co K 1 Prov Regt Det, Camp Funston, KY to 15 Jul 1918; 895 Pion Inf to 28 Jul 1918; 4 Dep Labor Co Army Service C to discharge   Pvt lcl, 1 Oct 1918
Served overseas 30 Aug 1918 to 30 Jul 1919
Discharged 15 Aug 1919   no injuries

Thursday, July 1, 2010

School News 1897

The St. Charles School Board met on 13 Feb 1897. Present were L. A. Keller, A. Gassen, Jas. Baudouin, T. J. Sellers, H. L. Youngs. Absent were A. E. Picard, T. T. Baudouin and P. M. Keller.

Mr. H. L. Youngs was elected president pro-tem. A communication from T. T. Baudouin was held over until next meeting. Reports were received from the committee on the examination of the tax collectors and the parish treasurer's books and the committee on teachers.

The president was authorized to appoint a committee for the purpose of building a schoolhouse in the 2nd Ward for white students on the land donated by Mrs. J. B. Martin. The school will be 35 feet long by 25 feet wide and 11 feet clear from the floor to ceiling. It shall be built of a good substantial lumber and shall be built on brick pillars and the total cost shall not exceed $500. Mr. J. Baudouin, Gassen and Keller were appointed to make all necessary arrangements.

Mr. A. E. Picard was appointed to look into the possibility of obtaining a deed to the Trinity School property.

Bills approved for payment were for postage and stationery, $1.50; express for school registers, 35 cents; freight on heater, 25 cents; Hansell Brothers for school registers, $17; repairs for Boutte School, $1.25; and a heater for Madisonville School, $5.10.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Inquest Records, Book 1, March 1877--December 1886

Page 61.  Inquest was held on 15 July 1882 on the body of Aristide Pierre found floating in the Mississippi River, at Davis Place. The jurors verdict is that he accidently drowned in the river in front of Farmerville at 11 o' clock on the 11th of this month while attempting to force his horse in the water and we are satisfied that nobody is to be blamed for the accident. Jurors were Jos. M. Labranche, Valentine Labranche, Baptiste Antoine, Pierre Lewis, Bazile Pierre and J. F. Mojonnier, Coroner.

Page 62.  Inquest was held on 12 August 1882 on the body of Robert Bowling, age about 35 years, lying dead. Jurors verdict is that he was accidently (sic) killed at the 25 mile post of the Morgan Railroad, while riding on the section hand car, while in motion, by being struck by the car level, dislocating his neck, producing instant death and we find nobody to blame. Jurors were Ben Sird---ff, Adolph Mojonnier, Fred Mojonnier, Jeff Week, Henry Clark, Alex Griffen and J. F. Mojonnier, Coroner.

Page 63.  Inquest was held on 12 August 1882 on the body of Ephraim Porter at Freetown. The jurors conclude on 11 August 1882, that he came to his death from a pistol shot wound which penetrated his left chest one inch back of the nipple in a downward direction, perforating the heart, the lobe of the right lung, the liver, in which the ball was found, having caused hemorhage (sic) and immediate death. The shot was fired by one Alcide Diendonne, now in custody, while the deceased was in the act of committing an assault on said Alcide Diendonne armed with a water pitcher. Jurors were Milton S. Cox, Coy Clinton, John Pierre, Jr., Baptiste Jupiter, Bazile Ronbleau. Witnesses to mark, Chas. A Baquie, J. L. Martin, and J. F. Mojonnier, Coroner.

Monday, June 28, 2010

1860 in St. John Parish

Mr. J. W. Dorr leaves St. Charles Parish and continues his trip to St. John Parish. Court House, Edgard     P. O. St. John the Baptist Parish, April, 27,1860.

Since my date yesterday at the Court-house of St. Charles parish, I have taken it easy and unraveled about fifteen miles more of the winding route of the Mississippi. The road is still pleasant, but not as delightfully so as in St. Charles parish. The planters hereabout do not seem to take quite as much pains in beautifying their homesteads, and they are rather very fine, commodious farmhouses than splendidly ornamented villas, as so many of them are in St. Charles. There are, however, some vey beautiful places in this parish. There is a much greater proportion of people of small means in this parish than in St. Charles, and more free colored; and, indeed, it is nearly twice as populous. There are a good many people along the levee who appear to rely principally on the catfishery and woodchopping for the steamboats for a livelihood, and consequently don't thrive very prosperously.

The only thing I see to object to in this parish is the dogs, their quantity and quality; but I hardly dare to say what I thinkof them, for so fashionable is it to find fault with what the papers say nowadays, that even the dogs of St. John the Baptist might get after me for libellous publication. But I will remark that if Cassius had had an idea of what the vagrom dogs of St. John are, he would never have remarked that he "had rather be a dog" "than such a Roman", for he would rather have been any sort of a Roman than such a dog. The meanest of loafing, houseless, homely, sausage-fearing city curs, would hold up his head in their company and put on city airs, justly esteeming himself a better article of dog, a more elevated type of the canine species. Perhaps, though, my feelings are embittered toward the dogs of this region, by the fact that having bought one of them for a small consideration, intending to preserve him a a rare specimen of canine worthlessness, the creature gnawed off aa halter worth more than himself with which I tied him behind my buggy, and left your correspondent in the lurch. Hence I conclude that he was of the variety known as "lurcher".

I notice, too, a peculiarity in fence making as done in this parish, but all along the river, which strikes me forcibly. This is a way the fence builders have of driving the nail through the string-piece first and into the picket afterward. Why this should be done I don't know, unless the negro carpenters on the plantations are afraid that someone will steal  the nails if they leave the heads on the outside of the fence. But the way they make the fences is none of my business. They don't belong to me.
                                                                                                          to be continued.

1883 in St. Charles Parish

St. Charles Herald, July 7, 1883.

Credit is due to our police jury for refusing to permit the assessment list of the Mississippi Valley Railroad to be enrolled for taxation in the year 1883, owing to the prompt and generous action taken by said company in closing both the Bonnet Carre and Patterson Crevasses some weeks ago.

We are pleased to see that our police jury have taken a step in the right direction in having some of their number appointed as syndics. We hope that this may prove such a change for the better, that all of them may be persuaded to accept a like appointment for the good of the parish.

Conductor Muro, of the M. L. & T. R.R. put an old lady, with only one leg, off the west bound train at Boutte Station, last Monday morning, owing to the fact of her not having sufficient money to carry her to her destination of Rockport, Texas. Owing to the kindness of Hon. J. L. Boutte and other citizens of our parish, she was sent on her way rejoicing.

One of the largest and most complete sugar plantations of Boutte Station neighborhood is that of Col. E. H. Young, a gentleman of genius, vigor, and popularity. This fine plantation is situated about 3 miles above Boutte; the M. L. & T. R.R. runs through the place and the traveller is impressed with the beauty of the surroundings, sugar cane presenting a healthy growth, buildings having evidence of care and attention, besides other indications that this is a first class place, complete in every respect.

A duel took place last Wednesday in St. John Parish, between Messrs. Elias Williams and Leon Montegut, after an exchange of shots, neither party was impaired.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Civil War Claims

"Civil War Claims in the South, Index to Damage Claims Filed Before the Southern Claims Commission 1871-1880" by Gary B. Mills.

According to Mills not all southerners supported the Confederacy during the Civil War. After the war, a claims commission was formed to go over claims of money owed to loyalists for goods taken by or given to the U. S. Army and Navy. There were 22,298 claims filed. Only 7,092 claims were found to be valid. All the claims were filed in the National Archives in Washington, D. C. and contain much genealogical information.

Mills says they contain wills, birth records, lists of children and family, household inventories, military records, family letters, and personal descriptions. There is also testimony witnesses and information about other people in some claims.

Claims from St. Charles Parish were # 1101 Joseph Levais alias Jules Caesar; # 208 Alfred Mayronne and estate of Furgus and Gustave; and # 1250 James A. Whale.

Claims from St. John Parish were # 15,544 Pierre Aime Becnel; #15,853 Octave Hymel; # 15,473 Ursin Jacob, and # 9839 Louis Tregre.

Claims from St. James Parish were #16,204 Jacob Demy and # 16,167 Jules Edward Kimpe.

Check this book out for other parishes and states.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Incorporate the Lyceum of the Parish of St. Charles

The winter 1987 issue of "Terrebonne Life Lines" has an article by Cathy Shannon and Barbara Heck.

Act #37. Incorporate the Lyceum of Parish of St. Charles. Charles Perret, Drausin Perret, Charles Perret, the son, A. Labranche, Zenon Ranson, Norbert Ranson, Edmond Fortier, Renne, the son, Charles Doussan, H. Labranche, N. Chauvin Delery, Octave Delhomme, Darensbourg De Neufbourg, Jr., Bte. Labranche, J. B. Humphery, F. B. Trepagnier, Dr. Labranche, Chev. Delhommer, Dreudonne Fortineau, Francois Oliver, Focelle, J. E. Arnold, P. B. St. Martin, Zenon Darensbourg, Ambroise Brou, Baltazar Dusuan, and F. Gaudet, inhabitants of St. Charles incorporate a body politic known as " Regents of the Lyceum of the Parish of St. Charles." 6 Mar 1828 Second Session, Eighth Legislature, 1828, page 58.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

WWI Veterans

Baudoin, Victor   2,918,774    White
Residence Hahnville, born Hahnville, LA  18 Nov 1894
Inducted 15 Jul 1918, Hahnville
Tulane University Student Army Tug Corps, Camp Martin, LA to 16 Oct 1918; Inf Unassigned to discharge   PVT
Discharged 10 Jan 1919   no injuries

Belinger, Camile   3,258,739   White
(Written in ink, J. P. Belenger)
Residence Luling, Born Raceland, LA  25 8/12 years
Inducted 27 Jun 1918, Hahnville
162 Dep Brig to 22 July 1918; Co 4 Camp Pike Aug Auto Repl Draft to 15 Sep 1918; Co I 161 Inf to 20 Sep 1918; I C School Det APO #703 to discharge; PVT 1st CL, 21 Dec 1918
Served overseas 23 Aug 1918 to 22 Jun 1919
Discharged 3 Jul 1919   no injuries

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

School Board Records--1897

In 1897 the board voted to open 16 schools, 10 for white students, and 6 for black students. These schools were 1st Ward, schools for white students at Trinity, Troxler and Hahnville or Fashion and a school for black students at Baumgardners.

In the 2nd Ward there were schools for black students at Flaggville, Gassenville and Madisonville and white schools at Gassenville and Madisonville.

In the 3rd Ward there was a school for white students at Delhomer and for black students at Prattville.

In the 4th Ward there were schools for white students at Boutte and Des Allemands and for black students at 28 Mile Point.

In the 5th Ward there were two schools at Elkinsville, one for black students and one for white students.

There was one teacher for each school and the schools opened in Februrary for five months.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Inquest Records--Book 1, March 1877--December 1886

P58.  Inquest was held on 14 Apr 1882 on the body of Washington King, lying dead in an isolated cabin about three miles from the river near Waggamen, 4th Ward. The jurors' verdict is that he came to his death from an accidental bad fall, having struck his left chest causing the rupture of a chronic abces(sic) and active hemorhages(sic) and death in a few hours and we find that the vomiting of blood was produced by the above cause and that the fall was accidental as no one approached him until the time he was in agony and so we exonerate anyone to blame. Jurors were Adolph Mojonnier, E. Waggamen, Edward Bull, Jos. Streger, Louis Edward and J. F. Martin, Coroner.

P59.  Inquest was held on 27 June 1882 on the body of an unknown man in front of the Davis Place. Apparantly(sic) a Chinaman fished out of the Mississippi River by Mathews Antoine. The jurors verdict is that the man came to his death by drowning. Jurors were Clairborne Stainly, J. M. Bailer, Jos. M. Ward, Jos. Newell, Jos. Thomas, and Joseph B. Friedman, Dy. Coroner.

P60.  Inquest was held on 27 June 1882 on the body of a colored man found in the Mississippi River in front of the Alice Plantation. The said body,  from all appearance, having been in the water about three months. No marks of violence or injury could be seen. The body was brought to shore by Ursin Zeringue. Jurors were J. M. Bailer, Clairborne Stanily, Marshall Bennett, Louis Thomas, D. K. Lewis and Jos. B. Friedman, Dy. Coroner.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

German Neighbors-1724 census

Germans who setteled on land that belonged to Bienville

1.Peter Bayer from Wankenloch, near Durlach, Baden. Six arpents of land.

2. Casper Hegli, a Swiss from near Lucerne, 35, Catholic, his wife, a daughter and two orphan boys. A cow, a heifer, a young bull and three pigs. Two years on place.  He has made a very fine garden enclosed by palisades. He has made a good levee. Did not make more than three barrels of rice due to inundation. (hurricane) Has six arpents of land. He is a good worker and deserves a negro.

3. Jacob Huber, native of Suevia, Germany, 45, Catholic, wife, a son of 16. One engage. One cow, one heifer, one pig. Made no crop due to inundation. A good worker.
    Jacob Huber's son Christoph married Marie Josephine St. Ives. Their descendants write their names as
    Oubre, Ouvre and Hoover.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Have You Read ?

For information about your Acadian ancestors Civil War experiences read "Acadian General: Alfred Mouton and the Civil War" by William Arceneaux. While Mouton is the focus of the book, he led the troops from the St. James Rifles, Acadian Guards, St. Landry Volunteers, Lafourche Creoles, Natchitoches Rebels, Hays Champions and Confederate Guards. These make up the 18th Louisiana Regiment who fought in several states and throughout Louisiana.

"A Soldier's Journey, The Civil War Diary of Henry C. Caldwell, Co. E, 7th Louisiana Infantry, CSA" edited by Keith G. Bauer is  the diary of a soldier from Franklin, LA from June 1861 to August 1863. He was in battles in Manassas, Front Royal, Cross Keys, Winchester, Middletown, Port Republic, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. He tells about life of a regular soldier and would give you an idea of what your ancestor may have gone through.

"Journal of Confederate History" by Dr. John McGlone also tells about things that happened during the Civil War.

The magazine "Acadiana Profile" has interesting articles on many subjects. If you can find V12, #3 there is an article by Winston De Ville, "Ancestry in Acadiana." He tells where some of the odd names of our ancestors came from. He says they are taken from very obscure saints, mythology, ancient history, romantic novells and pagan royalty.

"Germans of Louisiana" by Ellen C. Merrill tells about German settlements in New Orleans, Minden and Rayne, LA.  This book tells about the state's German buildings, towns, monuments, prominent people and other information of the 19th century.

If your library doesn't have these publications, try inter-library loan.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

School Board Records--January 1896

     The board resolved that no male teacher would be employed in any school as long as competent females could be employed.
     The insurance for fire protection on the Des Allemands school was paid in the amount of $3.75.
     The board also voted to build two schoolhouses for white families in the 2nd and 3rd Wards. The buildings were to be 35 by 25 feet and 12 feet high built of good cypress lumber except the floor and ceiling, which could be of pine. The building was to be placed on brick pillars and not to exceed $500 each in cost.
     The schools and their teachers were 1st Ward: Miss A. J. Doherty, white school at Trinity; F. A. Perkins, black school at Trestman; and J. Bienocu, white school at Hahnville. The last name was hard to read and may be incorrect.
     The 2nd Ward schools and teachers were Miss M. A. Cass, white school at Fashion Place; Johnson Gilmore, black school at Flaggville; Mrs. J. D. Triche, white school at Gassenville; G. S. Washington, black school at Gassenville; Miss  M. E. Logan, black school at Madisonville.
     In the 3rd Ward Miss M. L. Connelly taught at the white school at Delhi and Miss U. Pierson at the black school at Prattville.
     In the 4th Ward Miss Warren was at the white school in Boutte; R. Smith at the black school in Paradis and Miss Effie Porteous at the white school in Des Allemands.
     In the 5th Ward Miss Kate Geason was at the white school at Elkinsville and Mrs. D. G. Russell at the black school at Elkinsville.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Inquest Records Book #1, March 1877-December 1886

P 56.  Inquest was held on the child of Marie Thomas at Magnolia Ridge, 4th Ward. This was a dead child unlawfully buried by one Clairborne Harvey and exhumed by order of the coroner. The dead child was borne by Marie Thomas on the night of 23 December 1800 and buried on the 24 December 1880. The verdict of the jurors was that the dead child lost his life due to a Prostrate confinement, criminal neglect and incompetence of one Clairborne Harvey, acting as midwife and surgeon in the case and mother, Marie Thomas, being abettor before, during and after the fact of that practice. Jurors were Frank Roberts, J. M. Bailer, Adolph Mojonnier, Isham Henry, John Bently, and J. F. Mojonnier, Coroner.

P 57.  Inquest was held on 12 April 1882 on the body of John Brown, age about 70, at the Star Place, 1st Ward. The jurors' verdict was that he came to his death on the evening of the 10th at half past four o'clock, by the crumbling down of an old brick house structure of the Star Place, the same having had the wall partially demolished to use the bricks in the sugar house of the Star Plantation and further we find that the falling of the structure was caused by the criminal practice of demolishing the walls of the structure without any precaution or warning to the working men at the plantation and charge the owner and manager of the place of criminal neglect. Jurors were Geo. Smith, Ben Ednia, Lewis Pafuell, George Washington, Randell Hunter, and J. F. Mojonnier, Coroner.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

School Board Records--April 1896

Mrs. J. Champagne donated a tract of land to the school board to build the school at Madisonville, 2nd Ward. Thomas J. Sellers had the lowest bid to construct the school for $475 and agreed to build a fence around the lot and supply some benches.

Mr. Adam Keller donated a portion of ground on the upper line of his property in the 3rd Ward, which is as near the center of the school population as was possible to come by. The bid of P. J. Laurent of $425 was accepted to build the school, including a fence across the back and on one side where the property was not fenced. Bid of Ozeme Keller for $16.50 to whitewash the building and paint inside except the ceiling was accepted.

Ten desks were purchased from Thomas Kane and Co. of Racine, Wisconsin, at $3.30 each, delivered and a polished oak teachers desk for $12. Ten large blackboards were made for #1.50 each. Two privies cost $4 each and leveling the ground was $2.50.

The school board members for 1896-1900 were A. E. Picard, Joseph Baudouin, W. L. Youngs, L. A. Keller, Antoine Gassen, T. J. Sellers, T. B. Sellers (school superintendent), J. C. Triche, Able Strauss, P. M. Kenner and Charles Elfer.

Thursday, June 10, 2010


Barras, James   2,922,120   White
Residence Boutte, born Thibodeaux, LA, 26 year
Inducted 5 July 1918, Hahnville
Hq Co 43 Inf to 2 Sep 1918, Hq Co 79 Inf to 26 Jan 1919, Provost Guard Co, Camp Logan, TX to discharge   PVT
Discharged 7 Mar 1919   no injuries

Baudoin, Percy W   2,918,324   White
Residence Hahnville, born Hahnville, LA  26 Jan 1895
Inducted 15 Jun 1918, Hahnville
Btry A 9 Bn FA Rapl Dep, Camp Zachary Taylor, KY to 27 Aug 1918, Hq Student Det, Penn Field, TX to discharge   PVT
Discharged 31 Dec 1918   no injuries

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

St. Charles Parish--1860--by J. W. Dorr, continued

     The Parish officers of St. Charles are--Samuel McCutcheon, President of the Police Jury, whose post-office is at McCutcheon's Landing; and Messrs. Noel St. Martin, Sheriff; C. St. Martin, Clerk District Court; and  also Parish Treasurer; and Emile Tastet, Recorder, all whose post-office address is St. Charles Court House. Among the "solid men" of the parish, are the following, some of whom are very "solid" in the matters of money, lands and negroes: Messrs. George Wailes, Sosthene Deneufbourg, Webb and Broaddus, Francis Webb, W. B. Whitehead, Charles Davenport, Chauvin, Levois & Co., Francis Bougere, Troxler Brothers, George E. Payne, Richard Taylor, Louis Ranson, A. Lanfear, Meyronne Brothers, Gautier & Ory, P. Sauve, Ezra Davis, Nosin Zeringue, Montegut & Lagrove, P. A. Rost, George Pincard, E. F. Labranche & Co., J. W. & S. McCutcheon, Pierre Soniat, Octave LaBranche, Lestang Sarpy, A. Duplantier, George R. Price and Henry Frellson. There are quite a number of rich widows in the parish, I am told, so rich that they deserve to be ranked among the "solid men", but I will not give their names, lest they and the other good people of the parish should be afflicted with an invasion of fortune-hunting bachelors.
     The planters are complaining very much of the backwardness of the rattoon cane in coming up, and the scattering and imperfect manner in which it does come. The plant cane, however, is very promising, and the general prospect of the crop, at this early date, is accounted good. Corn is looking very finely.
     The levee all along, so far, is in splendid condition. The fracture made by the Labranche crevasse is most thoroughly healed, and like the whole of the levee from the city up to this point, will defy all that any flood can do against it.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Inquest Records Book 1, Mar 1877-Dec 1886

P 53.   Inquest was held on the body of Joseph Fils on 13 Apr 1881, lying dead at Lone Star Place, 2nd Ward. Jurors' verdisct was that he came to his death being killed by the falling of a large structure, new roof covered an old dilapidated, rotten, and cracked brick wall which the constructor, a certain Bell of New Orleans, failed and criminally neglected to make proper repair to the wall to protect the structure of falling on a first blow, which did no damage to others old and rotten shantie (sic) structure but a few yards distance and so we blame the said Bell, constructor, of criminal neglect and recommend the District Attorney to ascertain the extent of constructor or architect responsibility before the grand jury. Jurors were Valentine Antoine, Harry McNervey, Bernard Paul Fabares, Adolph Mojonnier, and J. F. Mojonnier, Coroner.

P 54.  Inquest was held on the body of James Sims 23 August 1881. The verdict of the jurors is that he died from the effect of his wounds the 1st day of August 1881. The said wound has been made with a razor in the hands of John Diamond, now in custody, Saturday night about 7 o' clock, the 30th of July. The autopsy showed the wound was made by a sharp instrument having severed and cut all the abdominal muscles from the median line above the ombilic (sic) to the left side of the lumbar region cutting the abdominal muscles, the Periboncurn (sic) Pancreas, causing inflamation of intestines, peritonitis, hemorhagie (sic), and death, and so we charge the said John Diamond of the crime of murder. Jurors were Coy Clinton, Wyler Davis, Alexander Clinton, John Wound, Horace Barrett, and J. F. Mojonnier, Coroner.

P 55.  Inquest was held on the body of Rodney Jones on 29 August 1881. The jurors' verdict on the 2nd day of inquest, 30 August 1881, conclude by saying Rodney Jones died 29 August at 2 o'clock a.m. from the effect of a gunshot wound, to wit, a pistol ball in the hand and fired by Gustave Blumish, now at large, the night of Saturday 27, about 8 o'clock p.m. The ball having penetrated the lumbar region between the 5th and 6th lumbar vertebra perforating twice the small intesstine, cut the cervical vein producing death in about 30 hours and we charge Gustave Blumish of the crime of murder. Jurors were Joseph B. Friedman, Joseph Marchand, William Freeway, John Willis, Henry Beerfees, and J. F. Mojonnier, Coroner.