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Re: MAPS - Sidney Singleton Plantation - Arnaudville, St. Martin, Louisiana
Posted by: Toni Linn (ID *****4450) Date: July 09, 2009 at 14:59:59
In Reply to: Re: MAPS - Sidney Singleton Plantation - Arnaudville, St. Martin, Louisiana by Richard Lake of 94

Rick -

I love the David Rumsey site that you gave me the link to in your last message! I think I've been on it before, but it was a while ago and before I was looking for info in Louisiana. I copied quite a few of the Louisiana maps - enough to give me a range from 1795 to 1880.

I did look at the La Tourrettee's reference map on the other site you gave me. I can enlarge the 1853 where I can pretty much see most of the names, but the 1848 is blurry.

Apparently, they're having some problem locating the court case. The UNO did not have it, but referred me to the St. Landry Parish court clerk, who is now checking with the St. Martin Parish court clerk. So ... they're working on it for me.

My sister found a reference online to a letter written by Elias Steen in 1827. Elias is my g-g-g-g-g grandfather - it was his plantation that the Singleton's bought at a probate sale for Elias in Sept 1859. We've been trying to find Sidney's plantation because the land it is on may be the land from Elias. I emailed LSU Libraries, Special Collections and they emailed me the letter Elias wrote.

It begins with "Oak Hill the 25th __ 1827" - I am guessing that Oak Hill is the name of Elias' plantation. It was a very short letter, but I'm hoping that Oak Hill is the name of his plantation and gives us a little clue.

I have left a message with my local LDS office and will see what they have available. I've also found quite a few maps showing the Bayou Teche and Bayou Fuselier.

No, nothing concrete that either of the plantations are still around - just a note that someone left on Ancestry. I've emailed him, but no response.

Thanks for all your suggestions and other info - it's helped a lot!

Toni


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