Almyra, Ark. 72003
6 Feb 1977
Mrs. Rowena E. Mulhern
Rt, 5, Box 151
Rayville, La. 71269
It was good to hear from you, I have been trying to get back into the swing
of things following the death of my sister. Eight now I am faced with a fast approaching deadline for the April issue of our local historical society
I have been working on French Canadian families in the Arkansas and have
not done any more searching downriver for some time and have, indeed, done
nothing about FRANCOEUR since our last exchange. I would indeed be interested
to know the name of Joseph Francoeur's wife. Did you locate their marriage
record?? I remain ever interested in any additional information concerning
all the families who lived in Arkansas. I have been able to so far determine
that the only ones still in Arkansas when the Americans took over of the
Francoeurs were descendants of Pierre Pertuis and and Catherine Francoeur (also
found in records as Marie Jeanne).
I am finishing up the DesRuisseaux clan in Arkansas, telling part of the
Francois Michel story, and identifying the GRAVIERS of Arkansas as in
fact not French but GRABERTS from the German Coast. There are so many stories
to tell and they are all so interesting. I want to know every detail and, of
course, that is not very probable!
This Francois Michel and his brother Joseph came immediately to Arkansas from
New Madrid, Mo., settlement but I am quite sure that they were at one time
in LaFourche Parish for Francois complains in the settlement of his brother
Joseph's estate in New Madrid in 1810 that Joseph sold property that was his
(Francois Michel's) there without his consent. MICHEL seems a frequent name
and certainly Joseph and Francois are common but we do have records that
indicate these brothers were natives of Longuville (?) in the Republic of
Genoa and that they are the sons of a Jean Baptiste Michel and Madeliene Vital.
Do you know whether there are early (Spanish era) records of St. James Parish
and if they have been translated and abstracted as luckily those of St. John
and St. Charles have been? I have not been able to learn further ( that is,
the pre-New Madrid, Mo. story) on these Michel brothers.
I am still most interested in the book that Br. Williams is writing, When it comes out, let me know.
Always good to hear from you and I do appreciate all your sharing.