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Re: Martin Camarsac (or various spellings)
Posted by: cheryl wellner (ID *****2958) Date: September 25, 2011 at 17:04:14
In Reply to: Re: Martin Camarsac (or various spellings) by Deanna Fournier of 22977

I recently found an entry in a book at the McNeese Library in Louisiana. It States that Barthelemy LeBlue had an Adopted son Martin Cararsac Le Blue. Martin married a Josette Lamirande, and their Children were Arsene and Catherine (Catherine who married Charles Sallier.)

I am a Descendant of the La Blue's as well. Now I am wondering, have i skipped a generation?

here is the link to McNesse College and the book.

Nearby inhabitants named in the roundup’s statement of expenses as either hands or suppliers include Barthelemy LeBleu and his adopted son Martin Camarsac (LeBleu).

The LeBleu clan lived below present-day English Bayou, a short, wide and navigable stream for much of its length that connected to the east side of the Calcasieu upstream from present-day Lake Charles. The patriarch, Barthelemy, was perhaps born at Arkansas Post along the Upper Mississippi around 1734. He later became a pilot and acquired an understanding of the features of the Louisiana coast before relocating in Opelousas from New Orleans likely during the 1770’s. His name appears on the post militia roster of 1780. His son, Martin Camarsac, also served in the militia. Barthelemy seems to have set himself up in the cattle business on the open prairies east of the Calcasieu some time before 1779.

Martin Camarsac and Josette Lamirande, the daughter of Joseph de la Miranda, a native Louisianian residing in the Opelousas district, lived together on English Bayou without benefit of matrimony for some four decades. Their liaison was “blessed” by the church in 1820. They had at least four children; the two eldest, Arsene and Catherine, became deeply embedded in the lore surrounding the early history of Lake Charles. Arsene became one of the most prominent cattlemen in Southwest Louisiana in the early nineteenth century. He also reputedly had connections of some sort with the legendary Jean Laffite. In 1802, sixteen-year-old Catherine married Charles Sallier, the namesake of Lake Charles.

Born in 1763 in the Alpine city of Chambery, former capital of the Duchy of Savoy, teenaged Anselme Charles Sallier was brought to Opelousas in 1781 by Barthelemy LeBleu from parts unknown. He married his first wife, Angelique Fonteneau, there in 1792. Angelique gave birth to their only child, Felonise, in 1794. Angelique died within two years, and the bereaved Charles wandered to the west. His name appears on a census roll taken in 1797 in Nacogdoches, then the easternmost outpost of Spanish Texas. His whereabouts between that date and the time of his second marriage cannot be readily determined. It seems likely that he rejoined his former sponsor, Barthelemy, in some capacity before his marriage to Catherine.

Several yeas would pass before the newlyweds set up housekeeping in a crude cabin on the smallish bluff facing ancient shell madden nestled along the south shore of the small lake destined to bear the name of Charles. However, in those days it may have been called Lake St. Adelaide in honor of Señora Piernas. Wherever they resided they were near enough to witness the arrival on a late autumn day in 1805 of a Spanish nobleman and his three-ship flotilla. He was Brigadier General Sebastián Calvo de la Puerta y O'Farril, Marqués de Casa-Calvo, a former interim governor of Louisiana on a mission to investigate the western limits of the Louisiana Purchase.

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