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Re: Boutte, Francois LA or France?
Posted by: Michael Martinson Date: December 16, 2000 at 13:41:22
In Reply to: Re: Boutte, Francois LA or France? by Casey Boutte of 163

Hi Casey, I wasn't sure if you had noticed, but scolling up the Boutte Webforum page there's "Just Connected to Jean Baptiste Boutte", an exchange of emails where I found this:

"Andre Claude was the first Boutte ancestor on these shores. He came over with the French Army in 1740 and was stationed at Mobile. When the British took over the area in 1763, he moved his family to New Orleans. He had 5 sons: Francois Cesar, Jean Philippe, Louis Hillaire, Antoine and Jean Baptiste (your ancestor).

July 8, 1805 Hillaire and Jean Baptiste bought Barataria Island. That same year Jean Laffite took over Barataria Bay. By 1813 Barataria rivaled the Port of New Orleans in incoming tonnage with about $2 million worth of goods moving through the bay annually. Every bit of it had to be put on pirogues and poled through the bayous. This meant many men and a lot of traffic. Barataria Island stands at the entrance to the bayous.

The base was closed by the US Navy at the time of the British invasion. Afterwards, Jean Baptiste had to declare bankruptcy. (Coincidence?)

There's both family lore and old Teche lore that the Bouttes and Laffite were connected. Dr. Harry Griffin, the first Dean of USL (1921)and a local historian, wrote THE HISTORY OF ATTAKAPAS COUNTRY. In his Appendix notation of Francois and Antoine's double wedding he adds, "Ancestors of Jean Laffite." Whether or not this is true is anyone's guess. I've been trying to trace Boutte connections with Laffite but it's very difficult after 200 years. Can't say I've found proof yet."

So there seems to be something there.

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