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Re: Cochran, Prudhomme, Steen families
Posted by: Lynn Prudhomme Young Date: January 09, 2002 at 15:11:24
In Reply to: Cochran, Prudhomme, Steen families by Sally Stuart of 394

My maiden name is Prudhomme and I am currently researching my family tree. It's not easy. I have alot of gaps. I did however notice that a lot of people have Michel Prudhomme as their ancestor. Well, much to my surprise, I found a peice of information taken out of the History of St. Landry Parish, Chapter 2, pages 34 and 35 that quite surprised me. This book was published in 1891 by William Henry Perrin. I would bet that a lot of Prudhomme's would be shocked as well. Read on.
Michel Prud'homme was an early settler, a good Catholic, and a man of broad
and liberal benevolence. He gave four acres of ground to the Catholic church
of Opelousas, where it is now located. His father was a Hessian soldier, and
came to the United States as a soldier in the British army during the
Revolutionary War. His good sense, and sympathy for a people struggling for
liberty, prompted him to leave the army by fair means or foul, and it is said
he withdrew without leave. He had been sold by his own prince to the English
monarch to help crush out the rebellion among the American patriots, and his
nature revolted at the idea. He came to Louisiana and settled in St. Landry.
He would


never give his true name, but admitted it was not originally Prud'homme,' but
that the latter had been assumed to disguise his identity. He was somewhat
illiterate - could not read or write - but was not ignorant, and became very

If interested contact me and I will forward the entire thing to you. I found it using USgenweb.

Lynn Prudhomme Young

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