(Transcribed by Ellen Dauzat)



Scattered Issues:



1843: Sept. 23-Oct. 7,

1846: June 15 (Negaative)

1844: April 13, Nov. 9, Dec. 7

1846: June 15 (Positive, Incomplete) July 6, Dec. 15

1851: Nov. 20 (FRE.)

1852: Oct. 21 (Eng.)

1856: May 24, April 12

1857: Jan. 3 (French), 10 (English)

           March 21 (Fre., Mutilated)

           April  25

           May 2, 23-30 (Mutilated)

           June 6-30 (6-23 Mutilated)

           July 11  (Fre.), 18

           Aug. 1, 15 (Both mutilated)

           Sept. 19- Dec. 12, 26 (Eng.)

1858: Jan. 2-Dec. 25

          (Missing: Feb. 13, & Dec. 25)

Issues Filmed at the end of reel

                               1857: May 9



Villager Obits



Sept. 23, 1843 p. 1


   Atrocious Murder—One of the most painful duties we ever performed is now before us—in recording the melancholy and tragical murder in this county on the 11th inst., of Mrs. Mary Ann Chapman, wife of Mr. Joseph Chapman, and daughter of the late Col. Barnard Johnson. The circumstances attending this most unfortunate and heart rending occurrence, are thus detailed t us by a friend: During her husband’s absence from home, she was by some means enticed by the negroes into a corn filed about 150 or 200 yards from the house, and there murdered by one of them, by means of a rope thrown over her neck in a running noose. After being this strangled, she was carried to the opposite side of the filed, dragged over the fence, so violently as to leave some of her hair torn out upon the rails; and thence take some 60 yards further into a thicket, and the body then concealed under the bark and rotten pieces of an old log. This occurred, it is supposed, between 10 and 11 o’clock in the morning. Mr. Chapman came home about usual dinner time, and enquiring for Mrs. Chapman, was told that she had gone to visit some of the neighbors. He consequently experienced but little uneasiness about her absence, though thinking it a little strange, at the same time, that she should ride an animal of which she had usually been afraid. He awaited her return until dark, when, she not appearing he ordered his horse an thought he would ride over to Mrs. Newman’s, her aunt, whom he had heard her say she intended visiting. Not finding her there or at any of the neighbor’s houses where he went, he became alarmed, suspecting that all was not right. Procuring the assistance of some neighbors, he arrested three of his Negroes; search was made that night, and on the following day, when she was found in the situation above stated. The horse he was told she had rode was also found in a thicket about a half a mile from the house, with its brains knocked out by a large piece of timber.

   Mrs. Chapman was in the 25 year of her age, and has left a husband, two brothers and three small children, the youngest, infant of 6 months to mourn her loss. In this irreparable loss a wide breach has been made in the bosom of her friends and relatives which time cannot efface, or memory forget.

   Much excitement, we understand, was produced by the circumstances and at a meeting of some 400 or 500 citizens, the question was submitted whether the Negroes should be burnt upon the spot of the murder. Much to their credit, however, it was agreed that the law should be permitted to take its course, and the Negroes were accordingly committed to jail on Tuesday last. The principal in the tragedy says that he killed his former master in another State, and was run off to this—Selma(Ala.) Free Press.




p. 2



   Another Santa Fe Prisoner Dead—Major Valentine Bennet, one of the members of the unfortunate Santa Fe Expedition, died at Gonzales, Texas, on the 24th of July, of the cramp colic. Maj. Bennet was one of the companions of Mr. Kendall in his dreary march to the city of Mexico, and was there imprisoned in the same quarters. He was a man far advanced in life, and was one of the earliest and bravest defenders of Texas, and bore an honorable part in most of the sanguinary conflicts of the young Republic. He was a man of sterling integrity and honest deportment.



Nov. 4, 1843 p. 2




   Died on Tuesday the 24th instant, at his plantation on the Bayou Des Glaises, in this Parish after lingering illness, DR. DANIEL T. ORR, aged forty-eight years. His blameless life and the excellence of his character had won for him the esteem and affection of all who knew him. And the grief of friends, and tears of orphans deprived alas, too soon of a doting parents can bear witness to the impendable loss which society and his family now sustained.

   The position which he occupied and the universal grief manifested at the announcement of his death regain at out hands men lengthened notice, which our limited space compells us to post pone for another number.




July 18, 1857 p. 1



   According we learn from the Vicksburg Whig, of the 4th inst., that Mr. Yates, a resident of that city, and a contractor on the Vicksburg and Shreveport Railroad, was murdered by a Negro man on the 2nd inst., in the parish of Madison, La. Mr. Yates undertook to punish that Negro for some fault, when he drew a knife and stabbed his master to the heart. Mr. Yates leaves a wife and children.




Aug. 1, 1857 p. 1


   SERIOUS AFFRAY—A serious affray occurred at Floyd, Carroll parish, some two weeks since, in which Mr. Lafayette Gordon was shot in the head. A bearing of the case was had before Jacob Hilliard, Esq., on Friday last, when De Jones and Robert and Alfred Jones were sent to the jail of Morehouse parish for safe keeping to await their trail at the next term of District Court. This is one of the most outrageous affairs which we have been called upon to chronicle in a long time. We understand that Mr. Gordon was assailed by the Jones and some of their friends about midnight, after he had retired to rest and was shot through the weather-boarding of his office. It is barely possibly he may recover.   (Madison (La.) Journal)




Oct. 3, 1857 p. 1



  At his residence, in Marksville, on Monday the 29th ult., Mr. John MacDonell, aged 52 years.




  At Marksville, on Wednesday the 30th ult., Leon, son of Mr. B.P. Delavallade, aged 17 months.




Dec. 5, 1857 p. 1




   Died at her residence, on Bayou Choupique, on Tuesday November 16th, Azelie Desheautels, aged 36 years, wife M. V. Plauche.

   Death, at the sound of whose name the fountains of so many a crushed and broken heart gush forth anew in all the bitterness of anguish and despair, always carries a sad and melancholy aspect in its approach. At its touch, all that is beautiful, all that is lovely must fade and perish—the highest stations of dazzling honors of the world, the poorest peasant and the meanest mendicant are transformed at once to the same original by its touch. The strong man in his might, glorying in the morning of his strength, by the evening decline is cut down in the pride of his power; the babe of innocence, just breathing life in all its purity, is allowed but a few moments in the taste the sweets of earth before its soul is wafted on angel wings to feast with kindred souls in heaven.

   In all these instances, when the name of death is mentioned our hearts at once fail and we give vent to our feelings of grief; but oh! How much greater is our anguish when he makes his appearance among the fireside circle, and there selects for his victim one among that happy group—that one a mother. Oh! The mention of mother does it not at once breathe forth all kindness, all gentleness. He that has lost a mother alone can tell a mother’s tenderness.

   The deceased was a native of our own Louisiana, raised and educated in our parish. She descended from on o those French European families, distinguished alike for their generosity and respectability. At an early age she gave her hand and heart to the loved one of her youth, a man likewise distinguished for his noble parentage. With him she lived through the trials and adversities of fortune, in love, hope and happiness; and after toiling laboriously for years to make themselves a comfortable home, she at last was called home to her Maker, when happiness had arrived at its acme of perfection. Though death had long warned her of his coming, she felt no fears at his approach, she died not in agony and pain, but she lay in a quiet chamber and gave forth, without a struggle and without a murmur, her spirit to its Maker, she died as she had lived respected and loved by all who knew her; and though she has left behind a weeping family of children and a disconsolate partner; yet she has not left them alone, she has given them to the charge of him, who always guided her gently through the slippery path of life, and who, as a father, will take care of the motherless.

   Though her well know voice will long be missed among her friends on earth, yet let them remember that she is not dead, but sleepeth, and that her soul has been but a bright flower plucked from among the thorns to be transplanted by the hand of the Almighty, in that paradise above where flowers never fade and sorrow never comes.            T. C. K.

      Choupique, Nov. 23, 1857





May 29, 1858 p. 2




   In Marksville, on Sunday 27th instant, of consumption, Elisabeth Bradford, at the age of 27 years, consort of F. F. Bibb.



   On Bayou de Glaises on the 20th instate at 4 o’clock p.m., M. Eugenie Eliza, infant daughter of Eugene Tholozan and Aurelia Sompayrae, later of the parish of Natchitoches.

   The little angel was 14 months of age when called to heaven.




July 31, 1858 p. 2


   Died, at his residence, in this parish, July 22th, Major John Botts, born April 12, 1784.


   The date of the notice above show that the birth of Major Botts was nearly contemporary with that of the American Republic. He was born when Washington had just founded the nation. The child of 1784 has seen a people, who had been free scarcely two years when he was born, grow and occupy one of the largest places in history of the world. To be born at the same time that a nation was, and to die leaving that nation one of the greatest on earth is a happiness which but (?) enjoy.

    In comparing the splendor of the dawn of the American country with the divisions, which now end the Republic, he is a happy citizen, who can write upon his tomb: I have been the contemporary of Washington!

    Major Botts was born in Virginia. Before his majority, he left the paternal mansion, and emigrated to Kentucky, whose uncultivated pathless forest still resounded wit the exploits of Boone, the intrepid pioneer, the wonderful hunter.

    1812 came, Major Botts saw the struggle between the United States and England renewed, a struggle; which, at the time of his birth was (?) in every one’s recollection, and like all the gallant young man of that period, he hastened to join the standard of his country under Generals Hall and Harrison. In 1819 he established himself in New Orleans, which was then a village of such humble pretensions that, no on suspected it would ever reach its present greatness.

   Finding his prospects gloomy there, the young Virginian came and established himself in Avoyelles, a parish at that time, very young for it has been colonized only a little more that eighty years. That was in 1824. Energetic like all the pioneers of the American race, he devoted himself to the cultivation of cotton and on the twenty second of July last, thirty- four years after his arrival in Avoyelles, he expired, leaving a large fortune acquired by hard labor.

    His death is then that of one of those pioneers, who began American civilization with the sword, and with the plough. It is even like a broken medal of the grand epoch of Washington, and those medals are rapidly passing away! Major Botts is not dead entirely. He leaves his wife, the worthy and noble companion of his days of struggle and of his success. He leaves also a daughter, well known throughout the parish. Of her we say nothing, for her virtues are stamped upon her countenance and respect forbids us parade them before the public gaze: but we can say that she is the wife of a man who is one of a class, the most brilliant and popular of the American race; that, in leaning upon him, she has chosen a valiant arm, a loyal soul, who, in these times of political hatred and divisions, has the esteem of all parties.

    In conclusion we will say that the daughter of Major Botts is worthy, and should be proud to hear the name of him to whom applies so well the beautiful verse of V. Hugo:


                       Les vrais coeurs de lion sont les vrais coeurs de peres.

                                                        Ed. Of “Villager.”







Aug. 7, 1858 p. 2


   DECEDEE: le 5 aout, a 5 heures p.m. a Mansura, Mile Stephanie Dupuy, agres une courte maladie.




Aug. 14, 1858 p. 2


Col. Valery Bordelon


   God is ordering back his men up above, exclaimed, in 1845, Marshall Scott, as he saw the death of several generals who had been present at the bloodiest battles of the Empire. Alas! Louisiana also God orders back his men of Louisiana for every day he snatches from our midst those men of the Eighteenth century, who, alone, have seen by ten generations of their prosterity. Blessed are they whose birth was coeval with that of the American Republic and with the French Revolution! They carry with them in the grave an eple poem more sublime than ever written.

   Col. Bordelon was one of the most brilliant specimens for the chivalrous old Creoles whom death decimates unsparingly with the daring bravery which characterized the French nobleman who gave the privileges of first fire to the English at the battle of Fontenay, then he hurried to New Orleans, La. 1815 at the first news of the invasion. Proud and brave and conscious of his merits, he refused the simple duties of a solider and said; Captain or nothing: and a company was given him,---- with which he did glorious work.    Col. Valery Bordelon died, having lead a life well and nobly spent. To him could __?_ applied, as to the immortal Bayard, the word: “Without fear and without reproach”. Without fear and without reproach! no better, no more eloquent epitaph could be written upon a tombstone!

   Though he knew Col. Bordelon personally we had not had the good fortune of __?__ hands two or three times; yet we had been struck with the dignity and nobleness which distinguished him. We shall not soon forget the tall old gentleman who bore with so much buoyancy the three quarter of a century which he had run, and who lies down in his grave surrounded by so many sympathies.


Editor of The Villager



Aug. 21, 1858 p. 2



   Died at the residence of his father on Bayou Huffpower, in this parish, on the morning of Thursday the 19th inst. At the age of 9 years, 2 months and 14 days, Jefferson Davis, eldest son of Thomas P. and Sarah Frith from an illness of thirty six hours.

   Death to the infirm, and unfortunate may be a welcome visitor, and under all circumstances a philosopher’s mind, will bow with submission and resignation to the dispensation of Divine Providence. But alas! For poor humanity when bright hopes are blasted and the heart is lacerated when our love-buds and fond ones are torn suddenly from us, it is difficult for us to realize that “behind a frowning Providence, God hides a smiling face!”

   The opening rose bud whose beautiful leaves were just beginning to unfold themselves and open out, has been suddenly plucked, and it is now all withered in the embrace of death.

   Yes, it is consoling to know, that the fragrance it leaves with its mourners, will linger around and about heir, memories, and refresh them with a fond and faithful recollection of its noble promise.                                              C****




Sept. 11, 1858 p. 2





    On Bayou des Glasises, on Monday, the 6th September 1858. Osval, eldest son of Isidore Poret, M. D. and of Eugenie Bordelon, aged 13 years.

   We sympathise with our good friend. Dr. Poret, for such an untimely lost in his family.




Nov. 13, 1858 p. 2


   Died In this parish on the 7th instant AURELIEN DUCOTE son of Celestin and Marceline Ducote, aged about 16 years.

Thou has come to a happier clime, fairest flower of youth; then hast left a weeping mother and a grieving father to mourn over thy grave.




Nov. 13, 1858 p. 2



   DECEDEE Vendredi, 5 novembre: MARIE CELESTE DUMARTRAIT, age de 42 jours.

    Nous nous associous au deuil que la mort de cette enfant a laisse au foyer de M. Dumartait. Les grandes doullenra n’aiment pas les vaines paroles. Nous dirons done au pere un mot qui resurme tout: Courage! Quant a la mere, nous lui adresons la strophe suivante, eerite plutot avec notre Coeur qu’avec notre plume:

 L’homme comme la fleur souvent est ephemere.

La mort vous a ravl votre enfant aux doux yeux

Moi, je crois que l’enfant que Dieu prend a la terre

Est une etoile d’or qui regarde sa mere,

   La nuit, en brillant dans les Cieux.









Villager    Marriages


June 26, 1858 p. 2


Maries—Le 24 conrant, par le Rev. Janeau, Mr. P. J. Fourquier, a Mile Laure Normand, tours les deux de cette parioisse.




Oct. 23, 1858 p. 2


   Married—on the 21st, at the residence of Martin Rabalais, by the Rev. Jules Janeau, Mr. Adolphe P. Rabalais and Miss Agness Javellie Rabalais both of the Parish.






Villager Succ.



Margeurite Leckie                          Sept. 23, 1843      Sept. 23,1843 p. 1


Francois Dublin                              Sept. 14, 1843      Sept. 23, 1843 p. 1


Marie Dupuy                                  Aug. 26, 1843       Sept. 23, 1843 p. 1


John Bongarcon                             Sept. 23,1843        Sept. 26, 1843 p. 3


Euranie Lacour

 wid/o Leon Rausseure dec.           Sept. 9, 1843        Sept. 26, 1843 p. 4


George Moss                                  Sept. 8, 1843       Sept. 9, 1843 p. 4


Eugenie Vitrac

 wid/o E. G. Paxton   dec.             Aug. 28, 1843       Sept. 26, 1843 p. 4


Arthur Ansley                               Aug. 5, 1843          Sept. 26, 1843 p. 4


Jean Baptiste Hooter                     Aug. 5, 1843          Sept. 26, 1843 p. 4


Joachin Scallan                              Nov. 3, 1843           Nov. 4, 1843 p. 1


Daniel T. Orr                                 Nov. 3, 1843            Nov. 4, 1843 p. 1


Valerie Scallan                              Nov. 3, 1843            Nov. 11, 1843 p. 1


Alexis Lemoine                             Nov. 11,1843          Nov. 11, 1843 p. 1


Joseph Firmen                               Nov. 2, 1843           Sept. 25, 1843 p. 2


Joseph Guillory                             Dec. 2, 1843           Dec. 2, 1843 p. 3


Ludevine Fontenot

  w/o Joseph Bordelon                  Dec. 1, 8143           Dec. 2, 1843 p. 3


Lastie Landernaux                        June 15, 1846          June 15, 1846 p. 2


S. W. Briggs                                 May 29, 1846          June 15, 1846 p. 2


Francois Barbin de Bellevue                                        June 15, 1846 p. 2


George Guillot                             May 18, 1846          June 15, 1846 p. 2


Hugh Baily                                  Nov. 7, 1844            Nov 7, 1844 p. 2


George Washington

McNeece                                     Dec. 8, 1846


Jean Moulard                              Dec. 10, 1846             Dec. 15, 1846 p. 1


Joseph W. Bell                           Oct. 27, 1846              Dec. 15, 1846 p. 1


Thomas Landrum                       Dec. 11, 1846              Dec. 15, 1846 p. 1


Marguerite Rodriquez,

 f.m.c.                                         Dec. 15, 1846              Dec. 15, 1846 p. 1


Michael Fogleman                                                          Dec. 15, 1846 p. 1


Valery Scallienne                       Dec. 15, 1846              Dec. 15, 1846 p. 2


Leon Gauthier                            Dec. 6, 1846                Dec. 15, 1846 p. 2


Azenor Lemoine                        Dec. 9, 1846                 Dec. 15, 1846 p. 2


Wm. Bishop                               Nov. 13, 1851              Nov, 20, 1851 p. 2


Mary A. Roberts                        Nov. 13, 1851              Nov. 20, 1851 p. 2


Joseph Tassin                            Oct. 23, 1851                Nov. 20, 1851 p. 2


Aaron Butler                             Oct. 2, 1851                  Nov. 20, 1851 p. 2


Gabriel Enochs                         Nov. 4, 1852                 Nov. 11, 1852 p. 1


Adrienne Mayeux

wid/o P. Bordelon                    Nov. 11, 1852               Nov. 11, 1852 p. 1


Joseph Gaillard                        Dec. 4, 1851                  Nov. 11, 1852 p. 1


Mrs. Meline Lemoine

 w/o Leon Gauthier                 Oct. 28, 1852                 Nov. 11, 1852 p. 1


Elias Norwood                        Oct. 28, 1852                  Nov. 11, 1852 p. 2


Michel Aymond                     May 3, 1856                    May 24, 1856 p. 2


Celeste Mayeux

w/o Adrien Couvillion          April 26, 1856                May 24, 1856 p. 2


Alcibiades Derivas                May 10, 1856                  May 24, 1856 p. 2


James B. Freeman                April 24, 1856                 May 24, 1856 p. 2


John H. Harmanson             April. 26, 1856                 May 24, 1856 p. 2


Celine Gauthier

 wid/o Celestin Bordleon     April 5, 1856                 April 12, 1856 p. 2


Cleophine Gauthier              March 15, 1856              April 12, 1856 p. 2


Martin A. McMillan            April 5, 1856                  April 12, 1856 p. 2


Clement Carmouche            March 29, 1856               April 12, 1856 p. 2


Julie Bizette

wid./o Joseph Roy                Nov. 29, 1856                  Jan. 3, 1857 p. 2


Marthille Chatelain

w/o Jean Bte. Tassin                                                     Jan. 3, 1857 p. 2


Valere Lacour                                                               Jan. 3, 1857 p. 2


William Wheeler                  Jan. 3, 1857                    Jan. 10, 1857 p. 1


Louis H. Joffrion                 Jan. 3, 1857                     Jan. 10, 1857 p. 1


Celeste Guillory wid/o

 Antoine Charrier (dec.)      April 18, 1857                April 25, 1857 p. 2


Nichol Nicholson              May 2, 1857                     May 2, 1857 p. 2


Coralie Rabalais wid/o

 Fautin Dufour (dec.)       May 2, 1857                     May 2, 1857 p. 2




Constance Gremillion

 wid/ Godefrey Labbe      May 30, 1857                   May 30, 1857 p 2


M. Emilie Dufour dec.

 w/o J. B. Rabalais           May 30, 1857                    May 30, 1857 p. 2


Joseph Ducote, pere         May 30, 1857                    May 30, 1857 p 2


Prudent Rabalais              June 27, 1857                    July 11, 1857 p. 2


Louis Bordelon                July 4, 1857                       July 11, 1857 p. 2


Daniel T. Orr                   July 11, 1857                     July 11, 1857 p. 2


Eugene St. Romain          July 4, 1857                      July 18, 1857 p. 1


Hiram Harvey                  June 27, 1857                    July 18, 1857 p. 1


Antoine Laborde             July 18, 1857                     July 18 1857 p 2


Russell Milligan             July 25, 1857                     Aug. 1, 1857 p.2


Colin Lacour                  July 25, 1857                    Aug. 1, 1857 p. 2


Francoise Gaspard dec.

 wid/Jean Bonnette         Sept. 5, 1857                    Sept. 19, 1857 p. 3


Jacob A Bart                   Sept. 12, 1857                   Sept. 19, 1857 p. 3


Carmelite Gauthier dec.

 wife/o Zelien Ducote                                              Oct. 5, 1857 p. 1


Francois Bordelon           Oct.10, 1857


Marinette Mayeux           Oct. 29, 1857                    Nov. 7, 1857 p. 1


Claudine Berge dec. w/o

Benjamin P. Delavallade Nov. 21, 1857                   Nov. 28,1857 p. 1



Rosalie Martinez dec.

 w/o Narcisse Sanchez       Nov. 21, 1857                  Dec. 5, 1857 p. 1


Aureline Coco

 w/o Joseph Moreau                                                    Jan. 30, 1858 p. 2


Marie Laborde

w/o Valbonne Scallan                                                Feb. 6, 1858 p. 2


Alexis Marcotte               March 6, 1858                  March 20, 1858 p. 2


Marie Lafon dec.

w/o Louis Ingouf                                                      July 31, 1858 p.1


Dominique Ingouf           Sept. 28, 1858                  Aug. 28, 1858 p. 2


Donat McEnery               Sept. 18, 1858                 Sept. 18, 1858 p. 2


Valery Bordelon              Aug. 28, 1858                 Sept. 18, 1858 p. 2


Willis B. Prescott           Sept. 18, 1858                 Sept. 18, 1858 p. 2


Louis Bordelon              Oct. 9, 1858                      Nov. 6, 1858 p. 2


Leandre Roy                  Nov. 6, 1858                     Nov. 6, 1858 p. 2


Clevois Sosthene Riche Nov. 13, 1858                    Nov. 13, 1858 p. 2


Emilie Mayeux wid/o

 Sosthene Couvillion      Nov. 6, 1858                     Nov. 20, 1858 p. 2











Villager  Divorces


Nov. 24, 1843 p. 2


Amelia Couvillion & Zenon St. Romain                     Nov. 24, 1843


Adeline Desselles & Valerien Laborde                        Nov. 24, 1843




p. 3


Manette Morrow & Albert Morrow                              Nov. 24, 1843




Dec. 15, 1846 p. 1


Francoise Normand & William Edwards                        Dec. 14, 1846


Margaret Reed & Martin Say        April 25, 1857       May 9, 1857 p. 2


Emilie Mayeux

 & Cyprien Voisel                          April 27, 1857      May 9, 1859 p. 2