Ad from the Monroe Register Newspaper, February 9, 1860. This just makes me shiver. Notice how Granville and Lucinda were husband and wife. Five years later, they all would be free. Did Granville and Lucinda get sold together or were they separated? If they were separated, did they find each other again after freedom came? … Continue reading Slave sale in Monroe.
Fifteen years ago, I was allowed in the basement of the Ouachita Parish Courthouse to nose around in the records. Thrown in the bottom of a filing cabinet, I found some very old coroner's reports, dating back to 1862. We got permission from the Clerk of Court to spend a couple of weeks down there … Continue reading Early Ouachita Parish Coroner’s Records 1862 – 1929: Part I A-K Names
As well as Burton/Good Citizen records, Ouachita Parish Public Library has records for the Richardson Funeral Home from 1954 - 1976. They are contained in three volumes and have been indexed by name and by date. NameDate of DeathPage #Book #Adoner, John12/26/1960180Book AAlexander, Carl8/10/1971125Book CAlexander, James8/11/1964290Book AAlexander, Shirley2/9/1959123Book AAllen, Elijah3/20/1975264Book CAllen, Henry6/8/1972130Book BAllen, Henry6/9/1972152Book CAllen, … Continue reading Richardson Funeral Home
Part of the collection of the Ouachita Parish Public Library's Genealogy Department are copies of funeral home records. Included are records for the above two funeral homes, from 1954 - 1978. Many years ago, a name index was compiled. The following names are included: NamePage #Book #?, Arthur111Book A?, Charley123Book A?, James169Book AAdams, Alice120Book AAdams, … Continue reading Burton/Good Citizen Funeral Home Index
I found the following article one day while I was browsing pre Civil War newspaper of Monroe. This crime was shocking and brutal by even today’s standards. What drove this young man to do what he did can only be imagined with sympathy and horror. He paid for it though, with his life. The … Continue reading The Pre Civil War Murder of Jailer Abram Williams and the hanging of “Tennessee Jack”
Many people know of Holt Collier, who led Teddy Roosevelt on his famous area bear hunt, which gave birth to the Teddy Bear. Did you ever hear of West Monroe’s beloved hunting guide Jim May? He was well known enough in Ouachita Parish to have had his obituary posted in the News Star, way before … Continue reading Jim May: West Monroe’s Own Holt Collier
I have recently found a great blog on WordPress, where the author has posted items from her personal family history collection: https://okellyfamily.wordpress.com/ The O'Kelly family has deep roots in Ouachita Parish. There are some great transcriptions of family letters as well as some family photos concerning the O'Kelly family as well as some interesting historical … Continue reading Some Ouachita Parish History sites