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Priestley Plantation in St James Parish

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Re: Priestley Plantation in St James Parish

Posted: 5 Dec 2011 1:16PM GMT
Classification: Query
I am interested in your stated death for William Priestley of 1832. Have you any documentary evidence for this.
I have details of his marriage to Margaret (Peggy) Foulke in 1796.
My interest is academic rather than genealogical.
Here are some notes I have:
By this time, William and Margaret with their children William Jr. and Lucy, had left Pennsylvania, perhaps settling first at Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana, up river from Baton Rouge. [The earliest documentary evidence of William Priestley in Louisiana, is his signature to a Petition, November 9, 1804, by the inhabitants of Pointe Coupee to Governor Claiborne, requesting military aid because of fears of a slave revolt.] Here, a third child, Catherine Caroline, was born. [Of William and Margaret’s children: William Priestley Jr. never married, and died childless before 1854. Lucy Priestley (30 Nov 1800-18 Dec 1882), married Archibald Orme. Catherine Caroline Priestley, married Henry Dickenson Richardson, the couple having five children: Henry Hobson Richardson, the architect (1838-1886); Kitty Caroline Priestley Richardson (1840-1923); William Priestley Richardson (1842-1910); Jane Richardson (ca. 1847-ca. 1852); Margaret Priestley Richardson (ca. 1849)] However, William soon after acquired a sugar plantation in Comte d’Acadie or Acadia County, in the Territory of Orleans, later St James Parish, Louisiana. [Officially recorded in ‘Land claims in the Eastern District of the Orleans Territory, communicated to the House of Representatives, January 9, 1812’: ‘No. 339 William Priestley claims a tract of land, situate on the west side of the river Mississippi, in the county of Acadia, containing three arpents and one-third in front [195 metres], and eighty-four arpents in depth [4916 metres].’ This is some 280 square argents, or 237 acres. Only the first 40 arpents was confirmed, it having been adjudged that the 44 arpents behind it had not been under cultivation on the date of completion of the Louisiana Purchase by the USA, December 20, 1803. William appears in St James Parish in the Federal Censuses of 1810, 1820, 1830, and Margaret in 1840 and 1850.] For a short while, during 1826, William served as a Representative for St James Parish, in the House of Representatives of the Louisiana Senate, where he gave his time to constituency issues. [For example, on February 20 ‘M Priestley a présenté à la chambre le rapport des commissaires des écoles publiques dans la paroisse St.-Jacques. Sur motion le rapport a été déposé sur le bureau sujet à l’examendes membres de la chambre. (trans. Mr Priestley submitted to the House the report of the trustees of the public schools in the Parish of St. James. On the motion, the report was ordered to lie on the table for examination by members of the House.) (‘Louisiana State Gazette’, March 2, 1826.)] William died about 1839, leaving his son, William Jr., wealthy enough to become a sleeping partner in a very successful Hardware firm of Priestley & Bien, [David Lawson McCay, Notary Public of New Orleans; 1839, Acts 119 &120, February 28 & 29, 1839, respectively. Margaret Priestley gifted her share in the company to the four surviving Richardson grandchildren] which traded in metal stock, cutlery, ships chandlery, and general hardware, and won several government contracts. [Originally based in Levee and Tehoupitoulas streets, the firm removed to a large warehouse at ‘Nos 89 and 91 Camp Street, opposite the head of Natchez Street.’ (‘The Daily Picayune’, October 1, 1848.) In 1840, the company was advertising ‘English and American blister steel, single and double shear steel, cast and spring steel, sheet lead, shot, block tin and spelter.’ (‘The Daily Picayune’, October 20, 1840). The firm had a contract with the Prison workhouse in New Orleans, buying oakum, segars [cigars], and tarpaulin hats from the prison, and supplying steel stock which prisoners manufactured into iron-work for new wharves and bridges in New Orleans. (‘The Jeffersonian’, December 19, 1846). (See also Hilary B Cenas, Notary Public of New Orleans, May-November 1854, Acts 33, 41, 69.)] Margaret Priestley died November 1, 1857, aged 86 years
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