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Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2003 11:13:36 -0600
Subject: The Founders of Old Mobile Spring Newsletter 2003
Spring Newsletter-The Founders of Old Mobile Society
Thought you guys might like to see my Spring newsletter to see what's
going on in Mobile!
The Founders of Old Mobile Society-Spring Newsletter 2003
An Exciting New Exhibit is Coming to Town
The Museum of Mobile Presents: France in the Americas: Cities of the King's
Engineers in the New World in the 17th and 18th Centuries
This exciting new exhibit features the site of Old Mobile at Twenty-Mile
It will run from June 20, 2003-December 2003.
The 200th Anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase is also being highlighted.
This fine exhibit can only be seen in Mobile, Detroit and New Orleans.
Trip to Old Mobile
Our friends with The Friends of Old Mobile, Inc. have invited us to join
Saturday, April 12, 2003 for a trip to Old Mobile. Transportation is
For reservations and more details, contact Joy Klotz, President of The
Group at 251-433-6022. Her email address is joyklotz@...
Speaking of Trips!
One of our own members, Nac Favre of Baton Rouge, La. has suggested we take
some "field trips" of our own! He has found several locations in Mobile that
owned by Simon Favre and some properties that were owned by the Rochons.
Would anyone be interested in touring these locations? Most of us are
with Bonnie Gums from the University of South Alabama Archaeological
Department. We may be able to have Bonnie conduct a lecture for us and take
to these sites. Perhaps a descendant of these family groups would like to
a lecture and tour of these properties themselves!
As I have said before, now that the Tricentennial is over, it is time to
move on and
start on new endeavors. Many people have expressed the desire to share
their written family histories with others in the group. Some have even
Why not make this history come alive with a lecture and play based on the
of your ancestors? Lord knows, I can supply the reenactors, costumes and
Another one of our members, Winston DeVille, has written a family history in
The Guillory Manuscripts
1764 ~ 1765 ~ 1766 ~ 1773
Winston De Ville
Fellow, American Society of Genealogists
his long-awaited study brings together for the first time four of the most
important documents for the history of the Guillory family of Mobile Bay, of
Louisiana, and beyond. New World origins were in seventeenth century Canada,
with European roots in France's châteaux country. A synopsis outlines the
eight children of Gregoire Guillory by his French-Creole wife, Marie Jeanne
La Casse, and after her death in 1764, the four children by Marguerite, his
Negro slave, whom he freed in 1770.
Concentration is on translations from French to English of the lengthy
and finely detailed 1764 inventory of property drawn at Mobile Bay, the
southwest Louisiana land-grant of 1765, an intriguing land controversy
brought before the Superior Council at New Orleans in 1766, and a 1773
inventory of property at Opelousas Post. The last document named was crucial
evidence in a famous court-case in 1782, and again pivotal in a landmark
case two centuries later.
The frontispiece reproduces an early map of the Mobile Bay region, and
a second map locates the 1765 land-grants on Bayou Courtableau and Bayou aux
34 pages. Wrappers. Item no. GM2. $15.00 if order is postmarked before 1 May
2003, $17.50 thereafter. Please add $2.50 postage & handling for the first
copy ordered, and $1.00 for each additional copy.
Please allow three-four weeks for delivery.
1067 Rock Pit Road Ville Platte, Louisiana 70586~9266
Also be sure to check out more from Winston!
1067 Rock Pit Road Ville Platte, Louisiana 70586-9266
Books for the Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial by
Winston De Ville
Fellow of the American Genealogical Society
The Merveilleux Report on a Fort for the River Pascagoula in 1726. With
considerable detail, included in this report are observations on Gulf Coast
geography, Indians living on the Pascagoula River, lists of tools, supplies,
and other items required to build a fort, views of early Canadian settlers,
and recommendations for creating a strong French presence in the Gulf South.
16 pages. Item No. M4. $15.00.
Massacre at Natchez in 1729: The Rheims Manuscript. When Indians massacred
French settlers at Natchez in 1729, the demographic face of the Province of
Louisiana changed dramatically. French soldiers and French families around
Fort Rosalie fled to safer havens, such as Pointe Coupée, Arkansas Post, aux
Illinois, and of course, New Orleans. Natchez waned while other settlements
For well over two centuries, this memoire lay undiscovered in the
public library of Rheims, France. Its pages reveal unexplored details of a
tragedy that drew international attention, and gave pause to a French king
in whose hands Louisiana's future was held. The document is attributed to
François Louis de Merveilleux, a Swiss military officer, a Protestant in
service to a French, a Catholic, king. In addition to the Massacre itself,
he writes of its aftermath and future defenses, a slave's heroic escape to
alert New Orleans, neighboring Indians, customs and religious practices of
the Natchez Indians (whom he compared with the ancient Persians), personal
rivalries, and he was not timid in offering his own opinions. 22 pages.
Index. Item no. NM2. $17.50.
Creole Education in Spanish Louisiana:Three Manuscripts for Historical
Analysis. Most studies relating to the history of education in colonial
Louisiana virtually ignore secular instruction during the Spanish regime.
Generally, historians have depicted the Province of Louisiana as an
"intellectually backward community," and give the subject an embarrassed
passing nod. The three documents presented here are weighty pieces of
evidence that demand a reëvaluation of such antiquated opinions. They
reflect a colonial society that struggled to maintain high cultural
standards and a sense of intellectual integrity.
All documents are from archives in Spain. The first is dated 1767, at
the very beginning of Spanish domination. It is a letter from a
school-master to Governor Antonio de Ulloa, depicting a performance
presented by his pupils. The most voluminous document was also written
during Ulloa's administration - a very detailed petition, with a proposal
titled "Prospectus of Education and Study for the Young People of the
Mississippi." The third item is not actually a manuscript, but a broadside
printed at the very end of colonial rule, ca. 1803, when Louisiana was
"seeing itself liberated." The dramatic broadside boldly solicits
subscribers to and authors for the Journal Louisianais, a proposed monthly
periodical of 1500 pages per year! As Louisiana comemmorates its American
bicentennial, the historicity of the province, the territory, and the state
must be reëxamined by referring to just such primary sources as this
important collection. 38 pages. Item no. L2. $17.50.
Bellevue Stud: A Case of Libel for the History of the Richard Family in
Ante~Bellum Louisiana. Introduction by Robert de Berardinis. An essay on the
Richard family of southwest Louisiana by Robert C. West. The first
translation of court proceedings that shocked St. Landry Parish in 1848. A
satyrical French poem, one of the pieces offered in evidence, is retained
untranslated. 28 pages. Index. Illustrations. Item no. BS 1. $20.00.
The Guillory Manuscripts: 1764~1765~1766~1773
This long-awaited study brings together for the first time four of the most
important documents for the history of the Guillory family of Mobile Bay, of
Louisiana, and beyond. A synopsis outlines the eight children of Gregoire
Guillory by his French-Creole wife, Marie Jeanne La Casse, and after her
death in 1764, the four children by Marguerite, his Negro slave, whom he
freed in 1770. 34 pages. Wrappers. Item no. GM2. $15.00, on orders
postmarked before 1 May 2003; $17.50 thereafter.
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All formats are 8½ x 11, wrappers. Please add $2.50 for the first book
ordered and $1.00 for each additional book for postage and handling. Allow
three to four weeks for delivery. We invite you to visit...
w w w . p r o v i n c i a l p r e s s . u s
... featuring "Titles& Tales,"
a cyber-column by Winston De Ville.
Don't Let the Dream Die-Dues Reminder!
I have heard from several members that want to keep the group going. I am
still the only officer however. I am going to need help to get the group
in good shape. We still need a vice-president, secretary, treasurer and
It's very hard to hold and keep a group together on your own.
Very few people have paid their 2003 dues. The deadline for 2003 dues is
May 30, 2003.
Current dues (As of 1/1/03) are $15.00 per individual and $20.00 per couple.
New certificates have been suspended until I can figure out how to make them
on my own. Those who have already paid for them will still receive theirs
once I can make the certificate program work on my home computer.
For now, my contact information is:
Elizabeth Mayrose at emayrose@...
Elizabeth Mayrose, President of The Founders of Old Mobile Society
11 South Monterey St. Mobile, AL 36604
I will be moving soon and after April 30, any written correspondence
(including dues) should go to Elizabeth Mayrose c/o The Founders of Old
2611 Venice Ct. Mobile, AL 36605.
I have heard that many of our members have been ill this year. If you have
any information on members that are ill, please pass this information on to
need to know that we are thinking of them. I ask you to remember, my own
dear father, Harvey Jones of the Baudreau de Graveline line. He suffered a
serious stroke 3/5/03 (Ash Wednesday). He is still in ICU and hanging in
Pray for Our Troops
If anyone has any loved ones or friends in the Gulf War, please let us know
we may send correspondence and care packages to them. Our own Chairman,
Jay Higginbotham has a son, Sgt. Denis Higginbotham that is currently
fighting in Iraq. I'll try to get you an accurate address for him and any
other service men and
women we know of.
Proud to be an American and A French Descendant of Old Mobile,
I am, Your President,
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