Lone Star and Providence Plantations – Pierre Sauve

Pierre Sauve Plantation’s, Lone Star and Providence, were seized during the Civil War from some time period in October of 1863 until October 1865. Mr. Sauve was a sugar planter. It was said that Pierre Sauve was loyal to the United States. He died 12 May 1867 in New Orleans at 62 years of age. A claim was made by Suave’s heirs in November 1894 after Pierre Suave’s death for compensation. The heirs are not specifically named in the document.  The claim lists over $408,000.00 in losses, however, it does not indicate compensation was given. Obviously, in looking at the plantation inventory before the Civil War and after the Civil War, there was much lost.

Valcour Aime’s diary mentions Mr. Sauve’s plantation oak trees in 1854, citing that all but eight of the twenty-eight oak trees located on Lone Star or Providence plantation were standing after a 29th March storm. Aime pointed out that the storm traveled from Point Coupee on down damaging homes, blowing down sugar houses, and uprooting trees. The congressional document cites over 1,400 acres was owned by Mr. Suave where his plantation grew sugar cane.

Among some of the most interesting aspects of Suave’s inventory noted were 55 negroes. 45 of which were women and children, seven books titled “American Archives” and a small hospital. My questions: Of the 55 negroes, were 10 men? Could there also be a small cemetery located on the property? Most civil war era hospitals also had a cemetery just as most family plantations during this period. What are the 7 book titles, American Archives?  Were these personal bits of Americana from his father or were these books concerning the early 1800′s Legislative Council of New Orleans?


Lone Star plantation is noted in the Mississippi River Commission reports and is located along the Mississippi river. There were levees and railroads near and just North of Lone Star Plantation. The reports also list Lone Star Plantation as a Mississippi River landing with a distance of 938 miles from Cairo, placing Destrehan Plantation upriver and Speranza Plantation downriver in St. Charles Parish. Markers were placed in 1893 by the Mississippi River Commission US ARMY. The document follows the river and names nearby plantations. Here is a list of those nearby plantations:

Plantations near Lone Star by way of the Mississippi River 
Distances from Cairo, Illinois
Mount Airy Plantation 913mi
Terre Haute Plantation 918 mi
Bonnet Carre, LA (place name) 924mi
Hermitage Plantation 930mi
Propsect Plantation 933mi
Hahnville, LA (place name) 933mi
Speranza Plantation 935mi
Detrahan Plantation 937mi
Kennerville, (place name) 945mi
Nine Mile Point, LA  (place name) 953mi

Here is a description of  the markers placed along the river:

Mr. Suave’s plantation was quite controversial.  His name is noted as having issues with his mortgage during the bankruptcy of the Bank of Louisiana and it is mentioned again in a lawsuit over taxes owed.

 May 31, 1849 copy of May 19th New Orleans Picayune article
Suave’s Crevasse


May 3, 1849 Map facimile of Suave’s Crevasse Inundation

The area above the Mississippi River that is shaded had water from four to six feet deep. Oddly enough there is a map from the Mississippi River Commission in the late 1890′s that describes an unknown cemetery on Toledano Street across from the New Orleans Canal near S. White Street. Both the 1849 map and the 1890′s map show the palmetto. This area is flooded in 1849 due to the Suave crevasse and under six feet of water from May until June. I seriously doubt that the Mississippi River Commission would place a cemetery on their maps that did not exist at all.  When I pointed this out to others, it was said that the cemetery icon was for “planning purposes”. Highly unlikely in my opinion. I have yet to see a Mississippi River Commission map that was “imaginative” in its source material.

“The 1849 crevasse at Suavé Plantation was eventually plugged by driving a line of timber piles and piling up thousands of sand bags against these on the land-side of the pile wall. This work was of unprecedented proportions until that time and took six weeks to complete before the river’s waters were once again confined to their natural channel.” –HISTORY OF THE NEW ORLEANS FLOOD PROTECTION SYSTEM c. 2006

In 1817 this excerpt below indicated that Suave’s plantation was known to flood. Pierre Suave was only 12 years old in 1817 having been born abt 1805.

NOLA wrote a story on Suave’s Crevasse in August 2011 and shared the historical newsclip from the Picayune. The Creoles of Louisiana by George Washington Cable devotes an entire chapter to Sauve’s Crevasse citing over twelve thousand people were flooded, two hundred-twenty inhabited squares, and two thousand tenements.

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Snow at La Petite Versailles, St. James Parish Louisiana 1852

Valcour Aime’s dairy is a treasure trove of weather information. On January 13, 1852  he recorded 5 to 12 inches of snow on the ground.

Read more about plantations in this family here. I searched extreme records for this date, but they were not recorded. A great historical find I think!

Other weather stories from various years …

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Louisiana Google+ / – ?

Well, I’ve decided to join Google+ but I’m still trying to adjust.  I have enjoyed it this evening and have found a few more Louisiana genealogy bloggers to add to the list!

Prairie Creole – http://creolecajun.blogspot.com/
Graham Southern Roots and Shoots - http://fulltiminglover.blogspot.com/

There are also a few genealogy Google+ communities that I will likely troll until I become accustomed to Google+.

Then I found this…and fell outta mah chair.

Love it! This jingle has stuck in my head for years and years and years. Now I see who’s behind it. I’m going to enjoy Google+ a little more I think.

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AHA Meeting

“Please note that on Sunday, Jan. 6, at 11:00 am, Director of Special Collections, Bruce Boyd Raeburn will serve as chair and commenter for a session titled, “Beyond Bordellos: Race, Sex and Jazz in Turn-of-the-Century New Orleans.” Tulane University Louisiana Research Collection

I missed it :/  The American Historical Association has printed summaries of the program online:

New Orleans and the Wider World

The AHA Program Committee solicited sessions on the rich history of New Orleans in the context of colonization and empire; slavery and the African diaspora; music and food; empire and trade; city and country; natural and human disasters.

Thursday, January 3, 1:00–3:00 p.m. Session 3. Henry Morton Stanley, New Orleans, and the Contested Origins of an African Explorer: Public History and Teaching Perspectives

Thursday, January 3, 1:00–3:00 p.m. Session 4. Writing and Rewriting a Past: Lost Histories of Free People of Color in New Orleans

Thursday, January 3, 1:00–3:00 p.m. Session 5. Claiming New Orleans for the Early American Republic

Thursday, January 3, 3:30–5:30 p.m. Session 28. Ethnic Entrepreneurship in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans

Friday, January 4, 8:30–10:00 a.m. Session 57. Public History Meets Digital History in Post-Katrina New Orleans

Friday, January 4, 8:30–10:00 a.m. Session 58. Queer Souths, Part 1: Queer Southern Destinations: Tourism, Community, Policing, and Belonging

Friday, January 4, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Session 85. Self Defense, Civil Rights, and Scholarship: Panels in Honor of Gwendolyn Midlo Hall, Part 1: Gwendolyn Midlo Hall’s Africans in Colonial Louisiana Twenty Years Later

Friday, January 4, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Session 86. New Orleans and the Slave Trade

Friday, January 4, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Session 87. Immigrants and Food Culture in New York and New Orleans

Friday, January 4, 2:30–4:30 p.m. Session 114. To Swim in Strange Waters: Memory, Ecology, and Landscape in the United Houma Nation of Southeastern Louisiana

Friday, January 4, 2:30–4:30 p.m. Session 115. Self Defense, Civil Rights, and Scholarship: Panels in Honor of Gwendolyn Midlo Hall , Part 2: Armed Self Defense during the 1950s and 1960s: The Other Side of the Southern Civil Rights Movement

Saturday, January 5, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Session 167. Possessing Indigenous Places: American Indian Land, Law, and Identity in Louisiana

Saturday, January 5, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Session 168. Queer Souths, Part 5: Tales from the Queer South: Desire, Identity, and Community

Saturday, January 5, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Session 169. Stories from a Caribbean World: New Orleans in the Age of Revolutions, 1769–1819

Saturday, January 5, 2:30–4:30 p.m. Session 198. Before Katrina: The Decline of New Orleans from the Civil War to the Twenty-First Century

Saturday, January 5, 2:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Session 199. Lives, Places, and Stories of Oil in Water

Sunday, January 6, 8:30–10:30 a.m. Session 223. New Orleans in the World: Race, Culture and Transnational Identity

Sunday, January 6, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Session 248. Integrated World History in a Humanities Program at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts: A Four-Year Study of Humanity

Sunday, January 6, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Session 249. Beyond Bordellos: Race, Sex, and Jazz in Turn-of-the-Century New Orleans

Sunday, January 6, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Session 250. Being and Building Wealth: Gendered Paths of Connection for Africans and Afro-Creoles in Early New Orleans

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New Louisiana Genealogy Blogs – Well Maybe…

Loookie lookie here!  So sorry that I missed these blogs debut from last year! But have no fear I’ve added them to the list of Louisiana Genealogy Blogs.  Enjoy!

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Antoine-Simon Le Page du Pratz’s Louisiana

Why would one wait fifteen years to publish a book about Louisiana? Antoine-Simon Le Page du Pratz had to cover alot of ground at that time! Still. It is curious that he would wait such a long time to publish his work. I found this Google Book reference to Antoine-Simon Le Page du Pratz book about Louisiana.

- The Gentleman’s Magazine (London, England), Volume 129, Page 389 top & 390 bottom, by 
F. Jefferies, 1821

Histoire de la Louisiane, Contenant la decouverte de ce vaste Pays;…[v. 1-3]

March of the Peace Pipe, by Antoine-Simon Le Page du Pratz 1758

- Le Page du Pratz signature on a letter to his mother from Natchez, 1 February 1724 Chicago History Museum. Image from Gordon Sayre, Associate Professor of English, University of Oregon (Mr. Sayre indicates that duPratz’s title was never fully translated into English (dated 2010), but I found du Pratz’s title in a Project Gutenberg ebook online since 2003. here. Perhaps a few things were lost in translation as Mr. Sayre offers a few more translations at his website. After all the title is a mere 255 years old.

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Sadie Belle Prothro – Campti High School Natchitoches Parish

I love finding things like this!

Found in GenForum Louisiana – http://genforum.genealogy.com/la/messages/18653.html

“I have the original high school invitation for Sadie Belle Prothro (one of 10 graduates) graduation from Campti High School (in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana) on May 24, 1912. Please contact me directly at dstripling@mac.com if you’d like a copy of the invitation.”  — h/t Dana Stripling, December 16, 2012

Would this be appropriate for the local Campti Historical Museum?

  • Campti Historic Museum 211 Edenborn St Campti, LA 71411-4018 Phone  (318) 476-2990

Campti is the oldest settlement on the Red River c. 1745.  I found  more to read here and in Google Books.

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