Rick - you don't have to sell me on Louisiana! I loved it when I visited about 20 years ago. We stayed in a hotel in the heart of French Quarters. I think we were one or two blocks from the Mississippi.
We walked all around the French Quarters. One day I took the car and went exploring by myself - I drove for 12 hours - went to all the plantations I could find. It was fantastic. I love history and loved the plantations. Oak Alley was my favorite. So, if I told them I would love to visit, it wouldn't be a lie.
I will take your advice and write to the court. They didn't indicate if the old records were still there, so I'll ask in the letter. Prior to calling St. Martin Parish courthouse, I had spoken with someone at either the Louisiana State Archives, the Louisiana State University or the University of New Orleans. Whoever it was that I spoke with, told me that the Parish had the records which is when I called the Parish.
I also called the University of New Orleans, Louisiana Collections this morning regarding the case that went to the Supreme Court. She found the case in their database and is going to look for the original and let me know today if they have it. If so, they will copy it and mail it to me. She said that many times, the entire paperwork - including the case as heard in the lower courts - would be sent to the LA Supreme Court. Hopefully, this is happened with the case I am looking for. She also told me that they are working on adding all Louisiana Supreme Court cases up to 1878 to the internet.
I will also search for the map you suggested. Going by information that was posted on Ancestry.com for Sidney Singleton (someone's family tree), the man stated that, "The estate stretched from Bayou Teche to Bayou Fuselier, both on the St Martin side of Arnaudville." It took me a bit of searching, but I think I've finally found a map that shows this area (the intersection of Bayou Teche and Bayou Fuselier).
Bayou Fuselier juts off to the west just before Arnaudville. It looks like the Bayou Teche runs more or less north and south and Bayou Fuselier to the west. If this is the case, then Sidney's plantation should have been right in that area. I'm going to email Tulane University, Louisiana Collections, Plantations to see if they have any info. I had called the university and left a message and they called me back. Told me I needed to contact a specific gentleman.
So, I am making a little progress, but hope to make a lot more and I won't give up until I find Elias Steen's plantation and Sidney Singleton's.
Thanks for the advice - I will follow it and see what happens.
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