1795 Dec. 29 |
(Besancon, O.M.C.) Father Sebastien Flavian
Census of the parish of St. Charles, first coast of les Allemands for the year 1795, drawn up by Father Sebastien flavian (de Besancon), a French Capuchin: I Men; a) White men from 1 year of age to 15-143; from 15 on--327. b) Free Half-breed from 1 to 15--18; from 15 on--24. c) Slaves from 1 to 15--163; from 15 on--905. d) Total 1580. II Women: a) White women from 1 to 15--143; from 15 on--62. b) Free Half-breed women from 1 to 15--14; from 15 on--24. c) Slaves from 1 to 15--132; from 15 on 277. d) Total--652. III Total of souls--2232. IV Baptisms and deaths of parishioners: a) In the year 1794, 27 Baptisms and 7 deaths. b) In the year 1794, there were 72 baptisms of colored people and 44 deaths. c) In 1795, 78 baptisms and 33 deaths. V a) That of all the souls over 15 years, only 8 have not fulfilled their obligations with the Church. b) All the parishioners are Catholic. c) The Church does not have other revenues but those of the pews that are fixed. In the present year, they have been rented for 80 "pesos." VI Concerning the temporal and spiritual welfare of the Church. The Church is altogether abandoned and the parishioners are ignorant. Nearly two-thirds of the population lives on the other side of the river and on the holy days they cannot come over to fulfill their religious duties because they do not have pirogues to cross the river. Accordingly, Father Flavien asks that the Church may be moved where the greater part of the population live because so there would be at Mass more than 100 parishioners who would be taught the necessary religious instruction. Moreover, Father Flavien spends the greater part of time on this side of the river with his chief sacristan. VII The Church needs: a) A silver or silvered cross. b) A violet chasuble with stole, maniple, and cloth (pano). c) Another complete green chasuble. d) A colored cope for the benedictions. e) A veil for marriages and nuptial benedictions. f) A canopy for the processions. g) A sacristy. h) A singer. i) A holy water basin for the entrance. Signed by Father Flavian. (Apparently included with the census is the following).
Besancon, (O.M.C.) Father Sebastien Flavien de
to Bishop Penalver y Cardenas
IV-5-d A.L.S. 1p. 4to. 2pp. 8vo. (Spanish)
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