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History of Galion

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Re: History of Galion

Posted: 16 Jun 2011 4:17PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Boozman, Downs, Galier, Germann, Handy, Keys
Per "Louisiana Post Offices" by John J. Germann (1990), there are two Gallion-related listings. Today a sign reads "Galion" with one "L" on Highway 165 North but listings in Germann's book are spelled "Gallion," and "De Gallion." Most villages and towns took their names from the post office established. De Gallion Post Office was established 19 Mar 1972, discontinued 6 Apr 1874; its first Postmaster, S. Boozman. In 1871 De Gallion had about 100 in its village or a population of 400 in its total area. It was re-established 19 Jul 1890, and discontinued 19 Aug 1890 with its mail then delivered from the Gallion, LA, Post Office. Gallion was established on 20 Aug 1890,then discontinued 31 Jul 1960; mail then delivered from Bonita, LA, Post Office. Its first Postmaster was Samuel W. Handy. Note under "De Gallion" states "was de Gallion. Pop (1890) about 500- - 2 stores, RR (railroad) station, and 3 dwellings," Named for Galier - an early trader and hunter." Sometimes obits state the burial was made in "Gallion." My research has shown the area around the Cherry Hill No. 2 Church in Mer Rouge, (which has a cemetery)may be the burial site mentioned as "buried in Gallion." On the other hand, the death certificate of Civil War Veteran Private Arthur Downs states he was buried in 1933 at "Galleon's Bridge." Today, his headstone is at the Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church's Cemetery, Mer Rouge, LA. During further research with longtime residents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Keys of Mer Rouge, I was told by his wife that Galleon means a small stream; that "Galleon's Bridge" on Down's death certificate may simple mean his burial site was near the bridge over a nearby "galleon" (small stream) since the cemetery may not have had an official name. In 1933 residents may have called it the "Galleon's Bridge" cemetery before the Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church assumed ownership over the cemetery now bearing its name. Despite the foregoing, one thing is definite. Galion, however spelled, is located now and in 1933, in Mer Rouge, Morehouse Parish, Louisiana.
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
juliekinnaird 15 Jun 2011 3:27AM GMT 
Isabelle45 16 Jun 2011 10:17PM GMT 
soldierboy22 6 Jan 2012 2:43AM GMT 
CUNNINGHAM_JW 8 Jul 2011 12:33AM GMT 
CUNNINGHAM_JW 8 Jul 2011 12:35AM GMT 
jeanguice1 15 Jun 2012 2:07PM GMT 
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