Diocese of Baton Rouge
OFFICE OF THE ARCHIVIST DEPARTMENT OF THE ARCHIVES P. O. BOX 2028
1800 SOUTH ACADIAN THRUWAY
BATON ROUGE, LA. 70821
January 9, 1975
Mrs. Dorothy J. Core
Almyra, Arkansas 72003
Dear Mrs. Core:
Your letter of December 29 has just come to my attention as I have been
another of those under the weather with the flu which seems to be rampant
these days. I still don't feel too well, but coming to the office at least gives
my mind something to work on outside of feeling sorry for myself!
I don't know if you're a fan of Agatha Christie's mysteries, but like her Monsieur
Hercule Poirot, your "little grey cells" are constantly functioning, weighing and
sifting the evidence for and against, and with fascinating results. I wonder if
the succession and partition in 1777 would possibly be in the Archives of the
Indies of Seville? Do you have access to a copy of the Roscoe Hill catalog?
This is the only suggestion that comes to mind, other than the following which
may be of no help at all: I have checked in the microfilm from Notre Dame
University Archives entitled "Records of the Diocese of Louisiana and the Floridas,"
covering 1576-1803, in which there is a dispensation under date of 7 Nov. 1800
for Carlos Dufour to marry Eulalia Decuir. Dufour, aged 21, of St. Francois
Parish, Pointe Coupee, is s/o Adriana de La Puente & Carlos Dufour, s/o Carlos
Dufour & Maria Decour (I feel sure Decoux intended), d/o a Decour & Catalina
Decuir, d/o Alberto Decuir and Maria Catalina Domere. Eulalia, whose father
is dead and her mother has six children, is d/o Maria Berza & Pedro Decuir, whose
father Pedro is s/o Maria Decuir & Juan Decuir, s/o Alberto Decuir & Maria Catalina
Domere. Attesting witness for Dufour, Frederic Marinville, aged 44. This common
ancestry set forth, the dispensation was granted. There are seemingly a lot of
inaccuracies in these dispensation forms which were granted more or less routinely in most
cases, but I give you this information for what it may be worth. The M/F is for sale
in 12 reels at $10.00 per reel (1967 price) and is extremely interesting in many ways,
dull and routine in other ways.
As of next Tuesday we are losing our researcher who for over a year has given me the
first respite from pressure in the years since 1965. I really don't see how I can begin
to handle the present volume of research required by the requests we receive, since
I can get in only one day a week at best, so this may be the last time until goodness
knows when that I can answer anything simply out of the joy of doing so! Good luck!