I am researching my grandfather, August Carmouche.
Birth Date: 12 Aug 1892, Louisiana
Death Date: Dec 1981, Sunset, Louisiana
He and his people lived in the village of Big Cane, which is near Opelousas. His family was devoutly catholic. Living so far away in the county, he was never able to be baptized by a priest. He was baptized and confirmed his faith when I was in elementary school. This occurred at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, Houma, Louisiana, in Terrebonne Parish.
His dad was named Narcisse Carmouche. We have no living relatives who know anything else. There are no birth certificates to get because my mom was born out in the country before birth certificates were issued.
Family stories were passed down about who the Carmouches were and where they came from, but I realize there is no documentation, and possibly, no truth to the stories. I offer these things only in the hope they may prove useful somehow.
My grandfather's people always claimed they were from french aristocracy. They were always well-educated people for their day, and had fine manners. They were catholic and spoke french, and lived in an english-speaking area filled with baptist families.
They talked of two brothers who barely escaped the French Revolution with their heads. Their surname was supposed to have been Longchamps originally, and they were supposed to have changed it to Carmouche for safety when they left France. They were said to have landed at a place referred to as "the island of St. Rose". The two brothers are supposed to have taught the children of wealthy families once they arrived in America.
One of the sons in the line is supposed to have been a captain of a slave ship. The Carmouche's were supposed to have owned a plantation in Big Cane which they somehow lost. My mom and her sisters were brought there to see the ruins as small children.
I was told that either my great grandfather, or my grandfather and his brother, Edward, were overseers for a time for a wealthy family named the Hudspeths. They produced cane syrup, and my oldest aunt drew the picture used on their product labels. This may have originally been the plantation they spoke of as belonging to the family.
The Carmouches buried their family members in a family graveyard on the old grounds of the plantation. Someone is said to have plowed or bulldozed the gravestones into a nearby waterway or bayou to farm the land. Being very religious, this was a major sacrilege to the family...to have these graves plowed into cane fields and the markers destroyed.
Please help me pick up the trail of my grandfather's family.