PROCEEDINGS UNDERTAKEN ON ACCOUNT OF THE DEATH OF DON FRANCISCO
MENARD. (Spanish Judicial Records, Feb. 14, 1793, Louisiana
History Center, Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans.)
Today, the twenty-seventh day of July, 1791, at four o'clock
in the morning, Monsieur Francois Menard, merchant in this post,
asked us to come. Having gone to him at his request, we found him
to be of sound mind; and he swore to us, in the presence of the
undersigned witnesses, that he wanted to make a testament, as he
did in the following manner.
Ignace Delino As witness Duchassin
Commandant Manuel Reyes Witness
In the name of the father, and of the son, and of the holy
First, he commends his soul to God its creator and remits his body
to the ground from which it was created. He believes in all the
mysteries of faith and other matters ordained by our Holy Mother
Church, and disposes of his goods in the following form.
Second. He declares that he is married in lawful matrimony to
Madelaine Enselmy Billiet.
Third. I* declare that I have no children by my said wife and do
not believe that she is pregnant.
Fourth. I declare that my property consists of six black males,
who are Hector, Ignace, Pierre, Joseph, Jacques, and Leveille, and
five black females, who are Quitte, Rose, Manette, Maria Marte, and
Fifth. I declare that I have three runaway slaves, who are Bobe,
Marianne, and their daughter. All three are said to be living
among the Choctaws.
I declare that all the effects, merchandise, and liquor that
are located in my house belong to me, as do all the notes and
obligations that are locked in my writing desk.
Sixth. I declare that I have a quantity of horses and animals in
Seventh. I declare that I have a house in town [i.e., New
Orleans], situated in the Rue de la Madame Boisclare, which house
ought to be repaired according to what is agreed to in an act that
*The testament abruptly changes here from the third person to
the first person.