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Augustin Steen b. c1812 in Louisiana - who is he?
Posted by: Toni Linn (ID *****4450) Date: July 13, 2009 at 07:37:14
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I am looking for information on Augustin Steen who was born circa 1812 in Louisiana.

On the 1850 Grand Pointe, St. Martin Parish, Louisiana census, 38-year old Augustin is living next door to [Hilaire] Elias Steen and his family (my g-g-g-g-g grandfather). Listed with Augustin is his wife Maryanne born c. 1825 in England and a Clarenda Steen age 20 (b. c1830) in Louisiana.

The 1860 census has Augustin (48) living in Opelousas, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana with wife Mary A. (36) and children Otho Steen (male age 5) and Cathren Steen age 3.

Augustin is also found as an owner on the 1860 Federal Slave Schedule in St. Landry Parish.

On the 1870 census, Augustin (55 - probably wrong age) is living in Opelousas, St. Landry Parish with wife, Maryanne, age 48 and children Thomas M. (15), Keate M. (female - age 12) and Fanny J. age 9? The Keate is probably the Cathren age 3 on the 1860 census - maybe called Kate?

I've searched Ancestry.com and cannot find any further information on Augustin on either family trees or any other historical reports.

I do have a death certificate for a Sidney Steen who died in Iberia Parish, Louisiana on September 26, 1913. His age is listed as 81 years, 1 or 7 months and 26 days. His father is listed as "Gustin Steen" mother unknown (Gustin shortened version for Augustin?). Sidney died of malaria fever.

Based on an age calculator, this Sidney's date of birth is either July 31, 1832 (if using age at death as 81 years, 1 month, 26 days) OR January 31, 1832 (if using age at death as 81 years, 7 months, 26 days).

If this Sidney's birthday is January 31, 1832, then this may be [Hilaire] Elias Steen's son, Sidney, who had a twin, Wesley, and whoever gave the information at the time of death had the wrong father. The death certificate indicates this Sidney was born in St. Landry Parish.

Elias' son Sidney was born on January 31, 1832 in St. Martin Parish (Elias' son, Sidney, indicates he was born in St. Martin Parish on both of his Civil War pension applications).

So ... who is Augustin Steen born circa 1812 in Louisiana? Is he Elias Steen's son or a nephew?

I would appreciate hearing from anyone who has run across this name before and knows Augustin Steen's parents.

Thank you.


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