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Jean Francois Darby Family Papers

Collection 451

Darby, Jean Francois (1813-1877). Family Papers, 1780-1972, n.d.

Jean Baptiste de St. Marc Darby (1749-1795) came to the Teche region as a Spanish military officer and served as Commandant of the Attakapas Post from 1787 until his death in 1795. He acquired land along the Teche in the 1780s.

Jean Francois Darby inherited some of that land from his father Jean (1783-1834) and expanded his holdings. By 1861, his plantation was producing approximately 200 hogsheads of sugar each year, a medium-size crop by Louisiana standards. Jean Francois married Marie Estelle Euzide DeBlanc. They had seven children, three of whom survived him: Cesaire, Anatole and Celima.

This collection consists of miscellaneous family papers mostly dealing with land owned by members of the Darby family. There are also some records relating to slave purchases and 20th century tax receipts. Other records include receipts from the Iberia Sugar Cooperative, miscellaneous receipts, and a letter regarding a claim on a portion of the estate of the Very Rev. Giovanni Gradenigo, Bishop of Venice, possibly a scam.

The collection was donated by Nelwyn Hebert, great-great-granddaughter of Jean Francois Darby.

Inventory:

Box 1
1-01 Land Records[See also: Box 2, Oversize]
9 March 1809 Survey of land owned by Darby family on west bank of Teche. [2 pp., laminated]
16 July 1811 Francoise Pellerin widow of St. Marc Darby to her children (Jean Louis Darby, Francois St. Marc Darby, Marie Marthe Celeste Darby wife of Joseph Dubuclet & Ursin Darby). Transfer of land & slaves [copy]
3 Sept. 1812 Francois Olivier Forcelle and Louis Luques(?) to Jean Darby. Sale of 2 slaves
17 Sept. 1819 Wm. Louis Terence Delahoussaye. Discharging Jean Darby as curator
9 Mar. 1829 List of slaves of Jean Darby & how he acquired them
10 Mar. 1829 No mortgages on record for Jean Darby
10 Mar. 1829 Planters Bank representatives. Land & slaves of Jean Darby valuated at $40,330
7 May 1829 Chain of title to land offered for mortgage by Jean Louis Darby
20 May 1829 Affirming Jean Darby’s titles are in good order
18 June 1829 Jean Darby & Marie Aspasie DeBlanc his wife mortgaged land to Planters Bank for $5000
4 Apr. 1839 Family meeting for minor children of Jean Darby & Marie Aspasie DeBlanc
28 Jan. 1840 Succession of Jean Darby and Marie Aspasie DeBlanc. Sale
19 Feb. 1840 Jean Darby to Cesaire DeBlanc. Exchange of land on west bank of Teche
7 Apr. 1874 Perry to St. Marc Darby. Asks him to sign a bond for $200
22 Oct. 1894 Cesaire Darby, Anatole Darby & Emma Darby wife of George Guinault, heirs of Francois St. Marc Darby & Euzide DeBlanc his widow. Division of land.
n.d., ca. 1867 Zenon Broussard. Petition to collect $1000 debt owed by Euzebe Neuville, backed by Francois Veil & Cesaire Darby
n.d. A.D. DeBlanc to Francois Darby his uncle. Euphemon Broussard cannot pay debt now but can in a few months (5 Aug. /5)
n.d. List of titles of Jean Darby
1-02 Survey of land to be purchased by Darrel Eldridge, 1972
1-03 Iberia Sugar Cooperative, 1947, 1957
1-04 Tax receipts, 1935-1954
1-05 Miscellaneous receipts, 1919-1940, n.d.
1-06 Gradenigo estate, 1922
Form letter soliciting contribution to pursue claim to a portion of the estate of the Very Rev. Giovanni Gradenigo, Bishop of Venice [for more information see St. Landry Clarion, 26 July 1919, p.1]
Box 2 Oversize
3 Aug. 1780 Jean Baptiste Grevemberg to St. Marc Darby. Sale of land. Ten arpents on both sides of Teche
27 May 1785 Delabarre & Dutillet to St. Marc Darby. Sale of land. Twenty arpents on both sides of Teche
16 July 1811 Francoise Pellerin widow of St. Marc Darby to her children (Jean Louis Darby, Francois St. Marc Darby, Marie Marthe Celeste Darby wife of Joseph Dubuclet & Ursin Darby). Transfer of land & slaves [original]
3 March 1813 Francois St. Marc Darby to Jean Darby. Sale of Land. 12 arpents on west bank of Teche.
3 March 1813 Louis Charles DeBlanc to Jean Darby. Sale of land. __ arpents on west bank of Teche [document torn]
19 Feb. 1814 Jean Darby & Cesaire DeBlanc. Exchange of lane.
12 Jan. 1829 Jean Darby. Certificate that 24 qarpents of land on right bank of Teche and 20 slaves are free of mortgages
26 Jan. 1829 Robert Webb Simington to Jean Darby. Sale of 4 slaves.
26 Jan. 1829 Stephen (Veillon? Dillon?) to Jean Darby. Sale of 6 slaves.
8 Mar. 1829 Jean Darby. Record of slave purchases.
13 Mar. 1829 Joseph Dubuclet & Benoit de St. Claire. Affidavit stating ten named slaves were born on Jean Darby’s plantation.
Map Case
Plat Showing Property of Lionel Lapeyrouse et al, being located in Sections 1, 10, 12, 7, 13, T.12S R.6E and Section12, T 12S R7e, Iberia Parish, La. Surveyed Jan. 1957