Do you live in Natchitoches Parish or the area of what was at one time known as Grand Ecore. It seems from the stories I have heard, that, they the Goentgens, Count Leon, and others came down the red and into the Grand Ecore area and settled on February 4, 1834. They built their homes on low bluffs very close to the river. They had a yellow fever epidemic during their crop season and the size of the colony was greatly reduced. At 9 a.m. on Aug. 29 the Count died. Their dead were buried near the river and later they had a flood and the waters took the dead from their graves and of course, the bodies were never found.
The colony moved to higher ground and settled near Minden, La. (slightly North East of Minden, my sense of direction is not good)in what is known in Webster Parish as the Germantown settlement. My Mom and Dad are buried in the Germantown Cemetery along with many of my Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.
The Countess many years later went to Hot Springs and lived with her daughter. I have pictures of her grave with her daughter and son-in-law. My question to people living in the Natchitoches community is,"are there records there regarding this groups life in the area. Did they have to apply for land, through purchase or maybe grants? Are there marriage certificates of any of the people who were in the colony. Is there a record, through tax records about the land, or who lived on the land." Again, my information has them living there from Feb.4, 1834 to July 1836 when they purchased space on the passenger packet "Charleston" under the command of Capt. Ruth Edwards and when back up river to make their landing at Corianna Allen's Settlement on Dorcheat Bayou, about 8 miles east of Minden. At the time they settled in this area it was Claiborne Parish, later to become Webster.
Check in your library for a book "Fragments of a Dream" by Rita Moore Krouse. It is a small book of some 104 pages, but gives a lot of information about their trip from Germany to the US, and why. The book was copyrighted 1962 and printed by the Leader Press, Ruston, La. I hope you can find the book, but in the meantime, any help I can give you, I will be glad to help, but I know this book is in the Minden library, so should you make a trip to Minden, be sure to check for it. You probably will wish to copy some of the data.
If anyone has information on any of the questions I stated above, I would appreciate that information and be happy to pay for copies and postage to have them mailed to me. I live in Missouri and don't get to La. often to research my families, many of whom are from the Webster, Claiborne Parish areas.
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