780 Terry Parkway
Gretna, Louisiana 70053
April 25, 1977
Dear Mrs. Core,
It seems hard to believe that I already am one month
past due in answering your letter. I put it aside to check
further, but something always came up when I sat down to write.
To answer your questions, I believe that Ascension Court
House would be the most logical place to check for a settler in
1795. Address your inquiries to Clerk of Court, Ascension Court
House, Donaldsonville, Louisiana.
Another source might be the notarial archives of New Orleans.
The most likely notaries to check would be as follows:
Narcisse Broutin 1799-1819 (dates of his acts)
S. DeQuinones 1788-1815
Pedro Pedesclaux I788-I816
Carlos Ximenes 1790-1803
The New Orleans library use to have copies of the microfilm
copies of all the Notaries, however, Guy Wootan, Custodian of the
Notarial Archives has decided to remove them to the State Archives
in Baton Rouge.
Getting back to Michel. I did a thorough check of the baptisms,
marriages and deaths of Ascension Church and Assumption Church, but
I found nothing on the family. If I ever come across the name, I will
jot it down and forward you the information.
I made a mistake when I said that Chenier was from Arkansas Post.
To my knowledge, the family was never there. The only two families
that I have is FRANCOEUR and LEHOUX. I know of very little on the
From the Vaudreuil Papers, we learn that Joseph FRANCOEUR, a
hunter was living on the White River in 1749. The first mention
of the name was on the marriage contract of Jean Baptiste CHENIER,
native of Illinois and Catherine FRANCOEUR, daughter of Joseph and
Marianne FRANCOEUR, dated September 5, 1771. They had one child,
my ancestor, Jean Baptiste CHENIER, born about 1772 in St. Charles
Parish, and married at St. John the Baptist Church, Edgard, La. to
Margarita TOUP, daughter of Etienne TOUP and Catherine BERNARD, on
February 2, 179^. By his first marriage to FRANCOEUR, Jean Baptiste
CHENIER had two sons, Jean Baptiste, Jr. and Joseph. No record is
found of Josephfi however, Jean Baptiste CHENIER, Jr. (really III),
married on October 20, 1828 (St. John the Baptist Church, Edgard, La.)
to Marie Aurore C0RTEZ, daughter of Joseph C0RTEZ and Maria Antonia