1514 Saint Roch Avenue
New Orleans, La. 70117
22 April, 1987
Mrs. Dorothy Core
Almyra, Arkansas 72003
Dear Mrs. Core,
I have recently been corresponding with Dwayne Montz, who gave me your
address, saying that you are interested in early Arkansas families and
I am also interested in the area, because of my LANDRONI (LANDRONY)
ancestors. In particular, I am looking for the marriage record of Jean Baptiste
MANUEL-BACAS (b. 1739, Genoa) and Marie Louise (Catherine) LANDRONY, (b. ca
1756, Arques). It may be that the record of their marriage went up in smoke in
one of the N.O. fires that destroyed some early St. Louis Cathedral records. But
I do not find any sort of civil marriage contract here in the Notarial Archives, and
am wondering if they might have married at Arkansas Post. Where else could a
couple have married in the 1770s? (Their earliest child of record was born in 1778
in New Orleans.)
I am also wondering who the Marie Louise TOINON (wife of Joseph LANDRONY)
is. (I found this reference on page 74 in a little book called Abstract of the
Catholic Register of Arkansas.) Is this a first wife, or just Marie Louise
HANDRY, HENRY, whose dit was Antonita?
Can you suggest some good background reading about the Arkansas Post? Besides
a few paragraphs or pages in larger volumes, it doesn't get much attention, and it
seems this could be a fertile subject for a book of it's own. What colonial records
about the Post exist, and are they available here in the U.S., on microfilm, maybe?
I'm sure there must be some original documents somewhere, probably in France,
or maybe Canada?
Dwayne said that he corresponded with you some years ago. I hope since then you
have added to your information about the Henry/Hommard families, and perhaps
have something on the LANDRONIs.
Anyway, I'd appreciate any suggestions or information you'd care to give me.
Enclosed is a SASE. If there are any photocopying or mailing expenses, I'll gladly
reimburse you. Thanking you in advance I am
[signature] Augusta Elwood
Augusta B. Elmwood
P.S. I've enclosed a copy of Dwayne's letter, so you'll know what references he's
already sent me, and so you can note the two new pieces of info that he's recently
dug up. Happy Hunting!!
[Handwritten notes by Dorothy Core] >Montz letter filed w/ Henry/Hommart<