Toni: PERSI (Periodical Source Index) is published by the Allen County Public Library, Ft. Wayne, IN. You can easily and inexpensively obtain copies of the articles from them. I'm giving you a link which explains the simple procedure as well as a downloadable request form. For $7.50 they will search up to 6 articles and send them to you. Naturally, it's to your benefit to order the maximum of 6 since you pay the same search fee as you would if you order only one article. They will then bill you .20 per page (honor system). In my experience, most of the article don't exceed but a few pages. So, for example, if you order 6 articles which average say 4 pages each, they will bill you for $4.80. Usually it's less than that unless you just happen to order unusually long articles. Fortunately, you have access to Ancestry which has PERSI so it's just a matter of searching. I'll give you a tip, search using the keyword "Attakapas", you will get over 600 hits. The majority of the articles appeared in the "Attakapas Gazette", published by the now dormant Attakapas Historical Association of Lafayette, LA. It is a gold mine of information. I did a little searching and found these articles from the Gazette which might interest you:
"Sale of sugar plantation in Teche county 1817" 1992, Vol. 28
"Index to Estates 1804-1900 P-T" (St. Martin Parish), Winter 1986, vol. 21, issue 4
"Sugar Mill Contract, 1857" Winter 1983, vol. 18, issue 4
"Where the Sugar Cane Grows, Bayou Teche" - this is a series of articles which were published in the following issues: Fall 1981, vol 16, issue 3; Summer 1981, vol. 16, issue 2; Spring 1981, vol. 16, issue 1; Winter 1981, vol. 16, issue 4; Winter 1980, vol. 15, issue 4
"Battles in Teche Country", Spring 1984, vol. 19, issue 1
These are just a few but as I said in my last post, PERSI doesn't give an abstract/description so unless the article title is really specific, you just never know - here is the link to the site:
Yes, Glenn Conrad has published many books dealing with the area. Unfortunately, they aren't all that easy to find. I searched my local libraries here in New Orleans for the conveyances book I mentioned but with no success. However, they do have it in another library where I do a great deal of research, the Clayton Center for Genealogical Research in Houston, TX. It's an exceptionally fine genealogical library, one of the best in the country. Tip: search Goggle Books using the full name "Elias Steen".
Another tip, if you go to the LDS catalog, do a keyword search "Attakapas" as well as a place search "St. Martin":
Toni, you are fortunate since there is such of wealth of information for this part of Louisiana going back to colonial days. Of course, long distance research does have its challenges and it would be rewarding to actually visit the area and do the digging yourself.
Lastly, I found a book titled "The Sugar Masters, Planters and Slaves in Louisiana's Cane World 1820-1860" by Richard Follett. ValoreBooks.com has it for $8.13 (must be used). You can also find it on other sites such as Amazon.com but this is the best price. Might be worth a read.
Hope this helps, Rick
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