Almyra, Ark, 72003
20 August 1973
Mrs. Elizabeth B. Gianelloni, Archivist
Diocese of Baton Rouge
1800 South Acadian Thruway
Baton Rouge, La. 70821
Dear Mrs. Gianellonii
I have now pursued my hobby of researching early Arkansas settlers to the
point of knowledge of your high competency and respect in the field but
still, I dare to presume on your time. I still have not been able to
find copies of the Register to examine the indices of The Cathedral records
but I have been able to order out the notary record abstracts you pusblished
on inter-library loan. I found in the Notary records 32 pages in Spanish
concerning the succession of Pierre Saunier dit Languedoc which I believe
to be pertinent to the Jardelas research I am working on...oh, the frustration
of not being able to read! Amatuers like me are truly appreciative of
the work professionals like you do.
You asked concerning Humbert DeMoruelle and Jean Dufour dit Brain d'Amour.
I am enclosing photocopies of two pages from the copy of the Catholic records
of Arkansas mentioned to you previously with marked entries thich I have
recorded in my notes as possibly connected with DeMoruelle. You do not
mention how and source of connection of party with Arkansas...soldier,
habitant, trader, trapper??? In La. Q Vol 9, p 746, 8 July 1773. (I have
in my notes abstracted) Humberto de Mourel called Sanquartier (St. Cartier)
claims 70 pesos from Mauricio Roche which was advanced to him for construction
of a kitchen which was not built as Roche died. Claim made on testamentary
executor Francisco Defeu with power of attorney by Demoreul to Guidros.
What caught my eye here was the dit as I was searching for a clue to the
SANS CARTIER name in these records. If Humbert came to Arkansas in 1770's in
a capacity of mingling with Indian tribes, the generation spread makes it
possible this could be connected as the Indian lady Marie whom Jean Bte.
Sans Cartier marries is listed as age 25. I hope this does not sound too
"way out" to you but it has been only through such 'suspects' and 'piece
togethers' that I find missing pieces in records throughout the Mississippi
Valley for my Arkansas people.
For Dufour dit Brain DfArmour...From Winston De Ville's MARRIAGE CONTRACTS
of Point Coupee p 27 dtd 28 Nov 1778...Charles Du Four, a native of the
Riviere des Arkansas, son of deceased Jean du Four and Marie Philipe Decoux
to Adrienne Deshotel, native of Point Coupee, daughter of deceased Jaques
Deshotels and deceased dame Stephan Racancourt...which I copied because of
the Arkansas reference and because of the connection of the bridefs family
with in the past with Arkansas. In the Arkansas Church records the surnames
SARRAZIN and ROLAND appear. A Cadet Francois Sarazin was godfather at an
Ark. Post baptism in 1744 La G, vol 21, p125 lists Francois, cadet of troops
and interpreter at Post of Arkansas in 1752, and Antoine Sarrazin as sons of
Anne Rolland m. 1st Sarrazin, 2nd-------(sic) and 3rd Sr. Roquancourt; in St.