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La Charrette Village

Interested in what Lewis & Clark, Daniel Boone, Zebulon Pike, John Colter, President Jefferson and other notables thought about America's newly acquired westernmost village? Enjoy the west...before it became distorted by TV, movies and novels.

Location: Port Aransas, Texas, United States

A retired professor of Food and Animal Science at Texas A&M University, The University of Connecticut and Texas Tech. A cowboy in my previous life...never thought about being a professor or an author.

Friday, July 15, 2005

The Seven La Charrette Families

When President Thomas Jefferson's administration acquired the the Louisiana Purchase for an astounding $27.27 million in 1803, they had little knowledge of its people living on America's new frontier. All that is except The President. Jefferson read all journals and other documents he could lay his hands on, even that of Jean Baptiste Trudeau who had traded with squatters and Indians for furs at Charrette Bottoms for many years. Jefferson had hoped the Corps of Discovery could train there during the winter of 1803-04. But who where these fur trapping families living at La Charrette Village?

When the Lewis and Clark disembarked La Charrette in May of 1804 the seven families residing there were mostly 'French-Canadians' who were themselves at least of half Native American or married to Native American women. By name they included Syndic, Joseph Chartran, his Osage wife and their son Joseph, Jr. They also had 5 orphans living with them. Chartran's immediate genealogy is at http://www.jenforum.net/chartran/ and at http://lists.rootsweb.com/index/surname/c/charette.html An exciting revelation about his extended heritage is recorded at http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rls=GGLD,GGLD:2004-29,GGLD:en&q=http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Plains/3914/&spell=1 to include several prominent Indian Chiefs, Native American women plus an aid to Christopher Columbus, all reflecting the unique multi-ethnic background of Village Charrette citizens.

Living on the next farm to the west of Chartran was widow St. Franceway whose husband Louis died a short time before since she had one child born in 1803. Further to the west in Charrette Bottoms resided Jean Baptiste Luzon with his wife, one child and 4 or 5 orphans. They were married in Montreal, Canada in 1773. Genealogical assistance for these French-Canadian families appears at http://www3.sympatico.ca/fcgss/

Jack Amos, of whom little is revealed, lived on the other side of Chartran next to Charles Tayon, Jr., son of Don Carlos and Cecilie Deschamps Tayon, who lived on the next farm to the east. Brother Louis lived nearby. Both their farms were owned by their father. Portions of their heritage is revealed at

All the village farms were large but their homes were all clustered on the riverbank at the mouth of Charrette Creek. Futher to the east of Tayon was Jean Marie Cardinal and his Native American wife Isabel Antayat-Peltier. Later they had 5 children. Uncle Paul lived with them when Tuque Creek still ran by their farm. Both Paul and Jean Marie were at least of half Native American heritage. This 'French-Canadian' fur trading family had lived on the frontier of North America since 1619 just like those presented at http://www.quintinpublications.com/fcw.html
Jean Marie soon sold his farm to William T. Lamme. By 1806 Lamme and his wife Frances Callaway, granddaughter of Daniel Boone, also purchased the ajacent village farm from Joseph Arnow. The Lamme's had 10 children. A great place to start studying these families is at the title link in the home county of La Charrette Village.

Does anyone have a clue or contact regarding those 9 village orphans? It's a shame to allow them to remain nameless. Please leave a message if you can share something. One of the great joys of studying this village history has been my opportunity to 'connect' with living descendants of almost all of these vibrant frontier families. You too may have connections to this village of exceptional ethnic, cultural and linguistic diversities endlessly repeated across America.

Following these original seven families came members of Daniel and Rebecca Boone's family who are addressed elsewhere within these blogs. They were largely of English extraction and owned the village farms until about 1850. To obtain birth, marriage and death certificates on their ancestors in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland contact James Frank at http://www.bmd-certificates.co.uk

From the 1850s forward those of German heritage predominated as owners of these old La Charrette Village farms, to include my ancestors. The story of their early La Charrette lives is presented at http://www.rootsweb.com/~mowarren/schake/intro.html Of course the Native Americans were the first land stewards at Charrette Creek. They too are presented as a seperate portion of these blogs.


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