APPENDICES

Acadians Who Found Refuge in Louisiana, February 1764-early 1800s

L'ENFANT

[lonh-FONH]

LOUISIANA:  RIVER SETTLEMENTS

According to the Acadian Memorial in St. Martinville, Louisiana, Jean L'Enfant, born in c1758 perhaps in Maryland, was Acadian.  As a 20-year-old orphan, he came to Louisiana in February 1768 with the large party of Acadian refugees from Maryland led by the Breau brothers of Pigiguit, Alexis and Honoré.  Jean settled in the new Mississippi River community of San Luìs de Natchez with the rest of the group.  This researcher has found no trace of him after he reached Natchez. 

Sources:  [see below

[See also Book Ten]

Settlement Abbreviations 
(present-day civil parishes that existed in 1861 are in parenthesis; hyperlinks on the abbreviations take you to brief histories of each settlement):

Asc

Ascension

Lf

Lafourche (Lafourche, Terrebonne)

PCP

Pointe Coupée

Asp

Assumption

Natc

Natchitoches (Natchitoches)

SB San Bernardo (St. Bernard)

Atk

Attakapas (St. Martin, St. Mary, Lafayette, Vermilion)

Natz

San Luìs de Natchez (Concordia)

StG

St.-Gabriel d'Iberville (Iberville)

BdE

Bayou des Écores (East Baton Rouge, West Feliciana)

NO

New Orleans (Orleans)

StJ

St.-Jacques de Cabanocé (St. James)

BR

Baton Rouge (East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge)

Op

Opelousas (St. Landry, Calcasieu)

For a chronology of Acadian Arrivals in Louisiana, 1764-early 1800s, see Appendix.

The hyperlink attached to an individual's name is connected to a list of Acadian immigrants for a particular settlement and provides a different perspective on the refugee's place in family and community. 

Name Arrived Settled Profile
Jean L'ENFANT 01 Feb 1768 Natz born c1748; in report on Acadians who settled at St.-Luìs de Natchez, 1768, called Juan LANFAN, orphan, age 20, with family of Anne VINCENT, widow of Alexandre DOIRON

NOTES

01.  Wall of Names, 21, calls him Jean L'ENFANT.  See also Voorhies, J., Some Late Eighteenth-Century Louisianians, 437.

I have found his family in neither Arsenault, Généalogie, nor White, DGFA-1, only in Wall of Names, so I must assume that the researchers at the Acadian Memorial have found an Acadian connection for this fellow that has eluded me. 

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