You are here

Azema Demarais Collection

Collection 521

Demarais, Azema ( – ). Collection, 1786, n.d.

1 foot, 8 inches; oversize

This collection contains a portrait and land grant, both in frames. Azema Demarais, a Frenchwoman whose family settled in Louisiana during colonial days, is the subject of the portrait. There is a little damage on the left edge facing the portrait, which according to oral family history, was inflicted by a Union soldier. The land grant is written in Spanish.

Ms. Demarais's great granddaughter, Azema Demarais Rountree Smith ("Tottie" to the family), owned the portrait and land grant, which were left to her son, Herbert Leary Smith, Jr. He, in turn left the items to his cousin, Charlie Etta Smith Crutsinger LoConte. Her husband, Louis LoConte, acts as the legatee for the estate of Azema Demarais Rountree Smith and Herbert Leary Smith, Jr.

Louis LoConte and his daughters, Paula Frazier and Amanda Michanczyk, donated these items. Dr. Manuel Morales of the UL Lafayette History Department and Dr. Leslie Bary of the UL Lafayette Modern Languages Department translated and transcribed the land grant from Spanish to English.


1. Portrait of Azema Demarais, n.d. Displayed in the Jefferson Caffery Reading Room
2. Land Grant, New Orleans (in Spanish), 20 July 1786 Box 1
    Transcription of Land Grant (PDF) (March 2021) Box 1, Folder 1