[address and date on top of page illegible, possibly 17 June 1975]
Mr C. Frank Williamson
607 West 36th
Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601
Dear Mr. Williamson:
I appreciated yours of June 11, and do wish you the best at convalescing.
You intrigued me with Saracen, Quapaw chief. My few notes on Sarrazin dovetail
yours. Nicolas Sarrazin and wife Anne Francoise Roland, she native of Paris, were early
residents of Mobile, according to the original church records that I examined. Evidently
their children were born there and New Orleans, but maybe some upriver too. The N.O.
1726 census listed Sarrazin, formerly garde magazin, his wife, and three children. Two
children appear in the 1745 census of Pointe Coupée, Antoine 24 and brother Michel 17.
A third son, Francois, was probably in Arkansas at the time, where as interpreter for
"the Arkansas nation* he was killed 20 May 1763. Either Michel's age was underestimated
in 1745, or the 1726 census erred, or most likely there was another Sarrazin child who
died at early age or daughter who married prior to 1745. Under date 22 Nov 1727 was
mentioned "the late Sarrazin at Natchez" (LHQ, La. Hist. Qtrly, 4:235), referring no
doubt to Nicolas, the father, who could have included the Arkansas River among travels.
At New Orleans, 20 Feb 1730, Laurent Bordelon married Anne Francoise Roland, widow
Sarrazin. There are records of two sons, Nicolas and Antoine Bordelon, who account for
the large Bordelon family of central Louisiana. Those two boys were with mother and
stepfather in the 1745 census.
Contract of marriage, 22 Feb 1737 (LHQ 9:114), Jean Stephan dit Rocancourt and Anne
Francoise Rolland, "widow of deceased Sr. Nicolas Sarrazin," (note this record says
nothing about Bordelon, which led La. historians to believe Sarrazin and Bordelon were
the same person), resulted in two daughters, Anne b1738 and Perrine b1742. Anne Roland
accounts for all the known Sarrazin, Bordelon, and Stephan of the lower Miss. Valley.
Michel Sarrazin died 1746, no descent. Antoine Sarrazin married Marie Colon (Colomb),
widow Rondeau, in 1747, he died 1764, and his widow remarried; Pointe Coupée records
reveal no Sarrazin descent. François Sarrazin, "native of Louisiana", married at Ark.
Post, 6 Jan 1752 (LHQ 25:856) to Françoise, native of Arkansas, daughter of deceased
Jean Francois Lepine and Catherine Schemal [note the German]. In Oct 1752 (LHQ 21:1225),
Antoine Sarrazin and François Sarrazin, "soldier and Interpreter at Arkansas Post",
requested accounting of the succession of their father. Francois Sarrazin no doubt was
the one lending name, somehow, to the later Quapaw chief. Based on the La. records, the
only possible descent of Sarrazin name is via François.
Via Antoine Bordelon, Anne Roland was my great-great-great-great grandmother, on
both my mother's and father's sides (my parents didn't know they had the same great-
great grandfather in Antoine), while the grandfather of J B Saucier III was my six-times
great grandfather. So, good ole Chief Saracen possibly was my cousin of equal to or
more than Baptiste Socia whom the Chief land-granted, as one might assess awfully remote
cousinships. Seems all interpreters got to be part of the Quapaw family.
The name Bone, though English spelling, is hardly Anglo. I ran across it in the
Ste. Genevieve and Washington Counties areas of Missouri. It's quite pre-Territory era.
I suspect it's German (Bohn, Bahn, Baun, etc.) or maybe French (Bonne, Bon, Baune) from
the earliest settlements. Censuses were made in all the Louisiana settlements, under
Gov. Vaudreuil, in the period about 1745-1752. Pointe Coupée is the most complete and
beautiful of them, and my recollection is the Arkansas one was terrible in script and
completeness. Those censuses are part of the Vaudreuil Papers in Huntingdon Library,
I'll be zooming through Arkansas, au Datsun, within the next week or two.
Through the flat stretch of 1-40 from Memphis to Little Rock, I'll be thinking of the pre-
American Bicentennial French heritage there, what little there was, compared to Down The
Walter J. Saucier
[Handwritten notes added by Dorothy Core]
>Also requested info on Dardenne, Dubertin.<