Jean Durand Frankfort Street New Orleans

Jean Durand died in New Orleans possibly July 31st, a Thursday in the year 1887. He was buried in the Potters Field per a NYT article August 7, 1887. The article also states that Jean Durand was a Union Civil War Veteran and was a former prisoner of the Confederate Libby Prison. He was said to have relatives in France who had just issued him $2,000.00 three weeks before he died that can no longer be found at the bank.  Did he inherit some money from the death of a relative? Read the article below:

Jean Durand – druggist – 1832 New Orleans City Directory LAGENWEB.

I did not find Jean Durand in the CWSS or the African Sailors database as having been Union.  I found him Confederate.  I also found a Jean Durant, Union, Ohio.

Jean Durand (First_Last)
Regiment Name 1 Native Guards, Louisiana Militia
Side Confederate
Soldier’s Rank_In Private
Soldier’s Rank_Out Private
Alternate Name
Film Number M378 roll 9

There is also a Jan Durand for the UNION.
Jan Durand (First_Last)
Regiment Name 73 U.S. Col’d Infantry.
Side Union
Company E
Soldier’s Rank_In Corpel
Soldier’s Rank_Out Corpel.
Alternate Name
Film Number M589 roll 25

I did find a muster roll record, elsewhere.

Muster Roll of Native Gaurds CSA
The 1st New Orleans Volunteers was a white Union regiment organized in March 1864 to defend the Crescent City while Nathaniel P. Banks was away with his army during the Red River Campaign. The 1st New Orleans Volunteers was not part of the Louisiana Native Guards, CSA or USA, and this representation of its muster roll is used here for illustrative purposes only. – Muster Roll Native Guards CSA


Another New York Times article presents a statement from Jean Durand:


“..Four Frenchmen, taken prisoners at the capture of the steamers of MARIN, have drawn up and signed the following statement:

We, the undersigned, Robert Dantz, Leon Aubri, Arthur Comby, and Jean Durand, were embarked on board of the Packet Correo,  No. 1, on the 20th February, 1860, for Vera Cruz, on the following conditions: “That we should stay no longer on board than to the 25th of March;  that one month’s salary should be paid to us in advance, another month’s salary on our arrival there, and that the return passage to Havana should be paid to such as had a desire to go back…”
NYT – March 27th, 1860

There is a Geni project for French Creoles of Louisiana that lists research of the surname DURAND.“The second wave of French migration into Avoyelles came in the mid 1800s, as several direct French immigrants came to the Mansura-Marksville area. Some of these later french families were: Brou, Escudè, Durand, Casteran, Caubarreaux, and Maillet.”  These DURAND’s are not to be confused with the Creole families of New Orleans per the website. “Therefore, the French in Avoyelles are not bloodlined with the Acadian families of south Louisiana who have a completely different set of surnames within the United States.”

Two early Durand’s in a family tree…
B. 3 Nov 1723, son of Pierre Durand and Marie Francoise Rabut.

BLM GLO records have the DURAND surname in the following parishes: St. Martin, Avoyelles, and Terrebonne. The Terrebonne land has previously been blogged as there were over 25 owners of this single property.

The Louisiana Death and Birth records indicate over 151 death listings for DURAND and at least 22 Birth records.

Census records of 1810 list Durand’s living on Toulouse Street & on Dauphine Street, New Orleans, but there are no records for Jean Durand.  I see no Jean Durand in Baltimore, but I do see a Mdme Durand in the early 1800’s.

This 1860 Census Record in New Orleans appears interesting alongside the article while not for Jean Durand.
It lists Mateo Durand 60yo born in Cadis, France?  and  living with Mary Durand 24yo. born in Dublin.  That’s Ireland folks.  There are several children too. James and I can’t read the girls name.  What do you think? The value of his real estate is $2000.00 9th Ward New Orleans, Louisiana. Given that newspapers, especially The New York Times, tell tall tales, some portions of the story do seem to fit this Census record.

The surname, the relative age gap, and the residents origins.  I think this is the closest  Durand that The New York Times spoke of, don’t you?

The New Orleans 1861 City Directory lists Mateo as a fishmonger.
An MA DURAND is living on Toulouse Street in 1810 and a J. DURAND on St. Anne Street.

Is this a copy of their marriage record listed as Mateo Duran 1857 marrying a widow Mary Shial June 1st?


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I manage several RootsWeb mailing lists and message boards, support Louisiana Cemetery Preservation, am a former Louisiana and Mississippi librarian, have been researching genealogy of my family since 1988, and write and promote several blogs supporting either Louisiana genealogy or Louisiana cemeteries.
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