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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.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Questing La Charrette: Genealogy

How La Charrette was 'returned' to life involved relentless questing in every resource available to me. Questing is to ask, seek, hunt, inquire, pursue, prowl after, try to find, look up, look for, search for... even to journey in search of adventure. In my case, "leaving no stone unturned" became part of the adventure. Most reviewers noted this in their comments. Timothy Forrest Coulter, a fourth generation grandson of La Charrette's John Colter, America's First Mountain Man" and one of the three "giants of western exploration", had this to say:

La Charrette is highly recommended not only as a result of the impeccable research by the author, but also his talent for bringing the village of La Charrette to life in print.

Genealogy was one of the tools that served well in this quest of village history. In one case it allowed me to dismiss the enticing but puzzling item written by Reverend Irion. In contrast, an embryonic village history began to emerge once the genealogies of its seven village families was initiated. This, combined with old military, tax, and legal records plus other historical documents added much needed detail to village life. The title link takes you to Heritage Quest should you desire to learn more of your family history and genealogy. Genealogies can be a powerful technique in compiling events of history, after all, nearly all histories relate to people in one manner or another.

The mock pedigree (above) could well be that of the Paul and Jean Marie Cardinal, Jr., as their mother married the slave of their deceased father. Both their mother and step-father were Native Americans. As with Tim Coulter and most other La Charrette families, I have been blessed to share Cardinal family history with descendants still residing near the old village. Researching genealogies can be very rewarding! I began studying three generation of pedigrees of registered Polled Hereford cattle that my famly owned at the age of eight. I can still recite them in detail.


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