Assumption Parish Genealogy, Court records

The drowning of Robert Woodside in 1860 sparked a succession battle longer than the Civil War

Screen Shot 2019-04-30 at 9.04.51 PM.pngMost succession records (probate records if you’re not from Louisiana) feature widows, widowers, daughters or sons. The most interesting thing – other than finding an actual death date – is when the widow is in a rush to wrap things up because she wants to remarry.

So I was surprised to come across a succession filed by a steamboat captain in Assumption Parish probate records. But I guess you have to go to the courthouse and fill out paperwork when your passenger jumps overboard and drowns.

Here’s the story of Robert Woodside:

George Washington Ebert was the captain of a steamboat named the Argyle. In 1860, he landed in front of T & E Burbank’s plantation in Assumption Parish. Woodside was onboard but decided to jump from the boat about 10 o’clock on the morning of March 14. He drowned.

Normally, the sheriff would be called and then the undertaker. But Woodside had property with him: a trunk and several slaves. The slaves were Charity, 40; Rosetta, 20, and her young children; Patsy, 20; Cloe, 25, and her young children; and George, 30, and his young daughter. The slaves were carrying bedding, two black trunks, pillows, chairs, a yellow trunk and a churn.

It’s not clear where they were going. Woodside’s plantation was in Mississippi.

Screen Shot 2019-04-30 at 9.30.19 PM.pngBecause the accident happened in front of Edward Burbank’s plantation, the slaves were placed under his guardianship. Meanwhile, the court started sorting out Woodside’s estate. This would drag on for years – so many years, in fact, that the Civil War was fought and settled while Robert Woodside’s succession case raged on.

The case is a fascinating read. Woodside was a bachelor it was eventually determined. This took some time to sort out because how much do you know about a man from out of town who drowns in your bayou?

Screen Shot 2019-04-30 at 9.27.36 PM.pngWhat Woodside did have in abundance (not including slaves) were siblings. The brothers were James, Thomas, William, John, Alexander and Samuel. The sisters were Nancy, Jane and Sarah. Most of them were dead but some of them left children. It all had to be sorted out, which meant calling in witnesses to figure out the family tree. Woodside had relatives scattered across Louisiana and the southern U.S.

Meanwhile, Burbank was demanding compensation for the slaves freed by Mr. Lincoln and Captain Ebert wanted compensation for his services. It was a tangled web.

 

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Court records, Genealogy tools

Louisiana courthouse records online, M-Z

Here are the rest of the online records available at http://www.familysearch.org. I’ve broken them down by parish.

Often times, you have to go to an LDS library to look at the records on a library computer. Other times, you can explore to your heart’s content from home while watching 1980s episodes of “Miss Marple.” Or whatever cranks your tractor.

I’ve included scanned in books with parish history.  Also, I’m including cemetery records, which might seem pointless now that we have findagrave.com. However, headstones fall into disrepair and become unreadable. It’s often useful to look at old transcriptions.

Madison

No records available without going to a library

Morehouse

Marriage records, 1875-1899

Private land claims

Natchitoches

Black Lake Full Gospel Cemetery

DeSoto Columbian, 1836-1858

Driver’s licenses, 1918

1898 voter registrations

Flora School, 1915-1916

Legal records, 1739-1769

Marriages, 1810-1820

Marriages, 1813-1817

Marriages, 1821-1823

Marriage licenses, 1915

Medical licenses, 1870-1919

Natchitoches Courier, 1825

Natchitoches Enterprise, 1890

Natchitoches Times, 1906 

Natchitoches Times, 1915

1898 voter registrations

Poll taxes, 1912

Sons of the American Revolution

Orleans

Autopsy records, 1904-1924

Birth records

Case papers, 1846-1880

Death certificates, 1854-1869

Death records

Death records with index

Directory, 1870-1873

Emancipation dockets, 1827-1915

Estate files, 1804-1856

Index to St. Louis Cathedral marriages, 1720-1730

Index to successions, 1805-1880

Index to successions, emancipations, interdictions, 1894-1902

Index to wills and successions, 1807-1846

Indigent insanes, 1909-1915

Inquests, 1844-1916

Insane asylum commitments, 1882-1919

Insanity cases, 1884-1894

Justice of the Peace marriage index cards

Marriage ledgers

Marriage licenses

Marriage licenses, 1834-1888

Masonic Lodge Cemetery

Missing persons, 1906-1925

Naturalization records

New Orleans directory

Newspaper marriage index

Obituaries

Obituaries scrap album

Odd Fellow’s Rest Cemetery

Parish court cases, 1813-1851

Poisonings and rapes, 1881-1895

Protestant cemetery records

Registration of foreign born citizens

Requests for release of bodies to funeral homes, 1910-1924

Vital records

Voting registration records, 1891-1952

Ouachita

Index to marriages

Index to probate records, 1800-1870

Plaquemines

1810 Census

Pointe Coupee

Early marriages

Rapides

Amiable Baptist Church minutes

Rapides Parish history

Red River

No records available without going to a library.

Richland

No records available without going to a library.

Sabine

History of Sabine Parish

St. Bernard

Parish records

St. Charles

No records available without going to a library.

St. Helena

Echoes from the past

Family records

Marriage licenses, 1840-1849

Succession records, 1804-1854

St. James

No records available without going to a library.

St. John the Baptist

Biographical sketches

Clerk of Court records

St. Landry

Alienation record index, 1877-1879

Conveyances, 1805-1817

Conveyances, 1817-1821

Conveyances, 1821-1819

Conveyances, 1829-1841

Conveyance index, 1805-1891

Index to successions, 1808-1971

Marriage records

Misc. records

Naturalization and immigration records

Probate records, 1889-1893

St. Martin

Marriage records

St. Mary

Ledger of tax collector, 1821-1868

Records of Attakapas District

St. Tammany

Cemetery records

Dubuisson Cemetery

Marriage index

Marriage records

Marriage records

Tangipahoa

Grace Memorial Cemetery

Legal records

Tensas

No records available without going to a library.

Terrebonne

Deeds, 1827

Marriage records

St. Eloi Cemetery

Union

1850 Census

History of Union Parish

Marriages, 1839-1852

Vermilion

Marceaux Family Cemetery

New Catholic Cemetery in Abbeville

Shell Beach Cemetery

St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery

Vernon

Hixon funeral home records

Vernon Parish cemeteries

Washington

Cemetery records

Legal records, 1891-1897

Mt. Nebo Baptist Church minutes

Webster

Marriage records, 1871-1900

Webster Parish centennial, 1871-1971

West Baton Rouge

No records available without going to a library.

West Carroll

No records available without going to a library.

West Feliciana

No records available without going to a library.

Winn

Briley’s memorial history and cemetery director of Winn Parish

Court records, Genealogy tools

Louisiana courthouse records online, A-L

Familysearch.org has a bit of a treasure trove when it comes to parish court records in its online card catalog. Unfortunately – frustratingly – only some of them are accessible from home. For the rest, you have to go to a Church of Latter Day Saints’ library computer.

Here’s a list of what’s available by parish without leaving home. To find them, go the website’s catalog and search using this format: United States, Louisiana, (PARISH)

Acadia

No court records currently available without going to a library.

Allen

Index to marriages, 1913-1983

Marriage records, 1913-1928

Ascension

No court records currently available without going to a library.

Assumption

Conveyance records, 1813-1832

Conveyance records, 1852-1855

Donation records, 1867-1875

Index to probate, 1813-1971

Inventory of estates, 1788-1852

Marriage index, 1800-1971

Marriage records, 1790-1926

Record book of slaves, 1813-1844

Successions, 1855-1872, 1880

Wills, 1841-1879

Avoyelles

No court records currently available without going to a library.

Beauregard

No court records currently available without going to a library.

Bienville

No court records currently available without going to a library.

Bossier

No court records currently available without going to a library.

Caddo

No court records currently available without going to a library.

Calcasieu

Marriage records

Succession files, 1840-1927

Caldwell

No court records currently available without going to a library.

Cameron

No court records currently available without going to a library.

Catahoula

Descendants of John Dosher

Claiborne

Church minutes of Mt. Paron Primitive Baptist Church

History of Claiborne Parish

Concordia

No court records currently available without going to a library.

DeSoto

Courthouse records index

Grove Hill church records

Marriage license records, 1843-1900

East Baton Rouge

No court records currently available without going to a library.

East Carroll

No court records currently available without going to a library.

East Feliciana

Diary of Evans Dunn

Life and times of Robert Benton

Sketches of pioneers

Evangeline

Donation index, 1911-1946

Index to marriages, 1912-1950

La voix des Prairies

Marriage records

Franklin

Index to Marriage Book A

Notarial records

Grant

Biographical sketches

Iberia

Index to probate, 1861-1971

Index to successions, from 1868

Marriage index, 1868-1971

Miscellaneous book, 1868-1892

Vendor index L-Z, 1868-1932 

Iberville

1830s entries for land claims

Police Jury minutes

Jackson

No court records currently available without going to a library.

Jefferson

Card index of funeral records for Mothe Funeral Home, 1933-1991

Marriage certificates, 1846-1856

Marriage certificates, 1865-1877

Minutes to probate records, 1825-1836

Police Jury minutes

Jefferson Davis

Cemetery records

Index to marriages, 1913-1970

Stories of Jefferson Davis Parish

Lafayette

No court records currently available without going to a library.

Lafourche

Abstracts from the courthouse

LaSalle

Index of marriage records, 1910-1936

Lincoln

Marriage and cemetery records

Livingston

No court records currently available without going to a library.

Court records

District court report in Donaldsonville Chief on Dec. 30, 1871

DISTRICT COURT
Adjourned Session-Hon. Raphael Beauvais, Judge.
We continue the synopsis of business transacted at the District Court
Tuesday of last week:

Lapene & Ferre rs. No. 1311, Alex. 0. Landry, Ursin Babin, intervenor; Nicholls & Pugh, attorneys for plaintiff, Fred. Duffel, Esq., attorney for intervenor; on motion of defendant’s attorney, this case was fixed for trial Friday, the 22nd inst.

Augustin Allenian ves. No. 1779, Joseph Ferrier; Nicholls & Pugh, attorneys for plaintiff, R. N. Sims, Esq., for defendant; on motion of attorney for defendant the judgment for default rendered herein was set aside and answered filed; case fixed for Wednesday.

John M. Lusk, administrator, vs. No. 1786, James D. Henderson et als; R. N. Sims, Esq., attorney for plaintiff; judgment by default entered against defendant.

Victor Maurin ef ale vs. 1778, The Common Council of Donaldsonville;
R. N. Sims, Esq., for plaintiffs, Nicholls & Pugh, for defendants; on motion, leave was granted defendants to file a motion to dissolve the injunction herein, fixed for Thursday.

E. Marqueze & Co. rs. No. 1789, V. Paul Landry and A. T. Gautrcau;
Legendre & Poche for plaintiffs; judgment by default against defendants.

Victor Maurin et als vs. No. 1793; Charles F. Smith, Tax Collector of Ascension parish; R. N. Sims, Esq., attorney for plaintiffs, Fred. Duffel, Esq., for defendant; leave granted defendant to file answer, and case fixed for Friday.

Jean Lapeyrolery vs. No. 1796, Edward Braud, fils; John A. Cheevers,
Esq., attorney for plaintiff; judgment by default entered.

Raphael Mousse vs. No. 1799, The May or and Common Council of Donaldsonville; Nicholls & Pugh, attorneys for defendants; exception filed by defendants, and case fixed for
Thursday.

J. B. Leche vs. No. 1800, J. B. Arthur Claverie; Nicholls & Pugh, attorneys for plaintiff; judgment by default entered against defendant.

Azelie Babin, wife of Phirmin Duplessis, .t ale vs. No. 1801, Widow James Anderson ; Nicholls & Pugh for plaintiffs; judgment by default against defendant entered.

McCall Bros. vs No. 1806, J. B. Wilkinson et als; on motion of R. N.
Sims, Esq., attorney for plaintiffs, this case was fixed instanter and judgment
rendered against defendants asprayed for in plaintiffs’ petition.

REPORT OF THE GRAND JURY
The Grand Jury now came into the court and presented the following report of the result of their labors :

State of Louisiana vs. John Carr; indictment for horse stealing. A true bill.

State of Louisiana vs. Boston Hewsley; indictment for throwing concentrated lie with malicious intent. A true bill.

State of Louisiana vs. Morgan Mitchell and James Lewis; indictment for an affiay. A true bill.

State of Louisiana rs. John Curtis; indictment for horse stealing. Not a true bill.

To the Honorable Raphael Beauvais, Judge of the Fourth Judicial District Court, Parish of Ascension: The Grand Jurors of the State of Louisiana in and for the Parish of Ascension respectfully represent, that we have visited the perish prison and find it in a good and clean condition; the prisoners are well and sufficiently fed with good, healthy victuals, and expressed themselves satisfied. We have also examined the Courthouse, the Recorder’s office and the Clerk’s office. The former is in a good state of repair and only requires caps to be placed over the chimney. The Recorder’s office and the records therein are in a tolerable state of preservation, except the index, which is old, worm eaten and all loose, and which should be made as the law requires. We would further recommend that an iron safe be purchased for the safe keeping of valuable papers, notes, etc., which may be deposited with the Recorder, and which might also be used by the Clerk of the Court as a place of deposit. We would also recommend that iron bars be fixed to the transoms over the doors of the Clerk’s and Sheriff’s office.

Signed: G. GAUTREAU,
Foreman.

It was ordered by-the court that a copy of the above report be served on
the President of the Police Jury of Ascension Parish.

The court now adjourned until Wednesday, the 20th instant, at 10 o’clock A. M.
We defer publishing additional proceedings until next week.