One of the early owners of the island of Belle Isle was Dr. Walter Brashear of Kentucky. He later left Belle Isle and moved to an area that was named in his honor, Brashear City, today know as Morgan City, Louisiana in St. Mary Parish. Dr. Brashear is documented to be one of the early settlers of St. Mary Parish. He also served in the Louisiana Legislature and was very instrumental in the building of the Old State Capital in Baton Rouge.
The best place to find land records on Dr. Brashear and your ancestor would be with the St. Mary Parish Clerk of Courts office in Franklin, Louisiana. The records in St. Mary begin in 1811. Any earlier than that your would need to look at the records in St Martin Parish, St. Martinville, Louisiana. St Mary and St. Martin Parishes were created from the Attakapas District.
Dr. Brashear also made medical history. He was the first Dr. recorded to do a sucessfull hip amputation in the country. He was also a very vocal southerner at the begining of the War Between the States.
Hope I have given you a few clues. Good luck.
Roland R. Stansbury
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