Almyra, Ark. 72003
2 May 1977
Alice D. Forsyth, Archivist
St. Louis Cathedral
615 Pere Antoine Alley
New Orleans, La. 70116
Dear Mrs. Forsyth:
Now I have more IMBEAUS... especially ones named Jean Baptiste... than I can
cope with! It will take considerable more before all of this properly
'fits' but off to a good start...THANKS to the many items shared.
Two questions...you indicated the reference for the windfall IMBAUD-MEUNIER
(MARTIN) marriage contract should be the records of the notary but you did
not tell me which notary. I keep hoping these additional records will be
made available for research. But. ..with my limitations as to fluency in
French and Spanish, I'll still have a big handicap! Question Two...
The record from Baptismal Book 2 (1786-1796) page [number unclear]..."PEDRO an adult
of 16 years, a native of Arkansas, son of Juan Bautista Embo and
Catharina Marten"... no date...was record undated? If so, maybe the date
of record before and after would indicate approximate date...what to subtract
16 from to 'age' this Pedro... think he is one who marries here 1797 •
I have been 'pouring' over the indexes or indices or whatever as printed
in GENESIS and (hopefully) these could be pertinent to the parties In the
1758 contract of JEAN BAPTISTE IMBAUD, son of deceased Aubert Imbaud and
Louise Marchand, and CATHERINE MEUNIER, dau of Martin Meunier and Louise
Marriages 1720-1730 p 67... MARTIN MUNIER and LOUISE TANTIBETTE
Marriages 1731-1733 p 55... LOUISE MARCHAND and LAMBERT REIBAUT
I know the spellings don't mesh but if Louise Marchand would just happen
to be listed as a widow of a Billet (Billot, Biette, and ad infinitum as
to ways I have found) dit La Jeunesse... Eureka! That would explain the
Signing of the contract for the minor, Jean Baptiste Imbaud, by his brother
Anselme Billet, don't you think?? Louise Marchand dit Lajeunesse is
shown as a godmother at baptisms in 1744 (see Ark, Abstract p 77).
Do hope your quarters are tidy again...being torn up at home or at office
is always trying. I have decided that my house is just going to have to
make-do from now on...the last remodeling was too much!
Had a nice experience last week...the article I did for our.historical bulletin
on the French Canadian BOGY family here in the Arkansas was voted "Award of Distinction"
for "an outstanding contribution to local history" from all the entries
submitted by the various local history groups last year at the April annual
meeting of the Arkansas Historical Association. That sentence sure got involved,
anyway...it was nice recognition (pardon the brag) and I wanted to share with
you as it is only because so many like you with real knowledge and expertise
have been so kind and helpful that I have been able to go to original source
records and take a new look at the people and advance a few different points
of view about early Arkansas.