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Diocese of Louisiana and the Floridas 1796











(Penalver y Cardenas, Luis, Bishop of
New Orleans, Louisiana)

List of parishes which have (reported) the census for 1796. Twenty three parishes are listed of which sixteen are checked.

IV-5-f A.D. 1p. 8vo. (Spanish)


Garcia, Juan and Courtine, Marie Francoise
(New Orleans, Louisiana)

to Bishop Luis Penalver y Cardenas
(New Orleans, Louisiana)

Juan Garcia, of the Azores, Portugal and Maria Fran(cis)ca Courtine, of Velile, France, appear and state that they desire to be married. Having been ordered by the king to go immediately to the German Coast where it will be impossible to effect the required proceedings, they beg (Penalver) to hear the testimony of their marital status and to exempt them from two of the banns. This is signed only by Marie Courtine.

IV-5-f D.S. 2pp. 4to. (Spanish)


(Pavie, Father Pedro)
(Natchitoches, Louisiana)

A Census of the Inhabitants of the Natchitoches' Parish

White men from 1 to 15 years old 175; from 15 up 254. Free Negro men from 1 to 15 years old 8; from 15 up 8. Sum total of men - 445.

White women from 1 to 15 years old 148; from 15 up 172. Free Negro women from 1 to 15 years old 7; from 15 up 10. Sum total of women - 337. Sum total of slaves - 912 General total -1694.

Very few have fulfilled the Paschal duty. The church has no steady rent. 50 pesos have been paid for bans, and 11 as fees. As the houses are very distant from the church the parents cannot easily send their children to the instructions arranged for them. It would be very convenient to have some little catechisms to give to those who know how to read.

IV-5-f A.D. 1p. 4to. (French)

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