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Terrebonne Genealogical Society

TGS Newsletter
Vol. 21 No. 9 Nov./Dec. 2002

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Membership, book orders and/or 
     address changes, contact: 
      Corresponding Secretary: Jess Bergeron 
      Phone (985) 876–2348 
      TGS, Station 2 Box 295, Houma, LA 70360-0295 
News items or events, contact: 
     Newsletter Editor  Ed Hicks
      5306 Hwy 1, Raceland, LA 70394-2033 
      Phone: (985) 532–3586 
NEXT MEETING Saturday, December 14, 2002
                 North Branch Library, Gray, LA 1:00 p.m.
    We had very nearly a “full house” at our October meeting, and I’m sure our guest speaker, Mrs. Mary Cosper LeBoeuf, Director of the Terrebonne Parish Library, was pleased and impressed. And we were impressed by our guest speaker. It was wonderful to see the dedication and drive that Mrs. LeBoeuf showed when she told us about the planning and thought that went into the design of the new Library. She told us that her family was very patient with her when she insisted that they stop and visit some of the libraries they encountered on their family vacation, just so she could get some ideas for the new Terrebonne Parish Main Branch Library. It did suffer some water damage from the two hurricanes, Isidore and Lili, which visited us last month, so the opening date has been delayed until 1 March 2003. I, for one, can’t wait to see it and use it.
Help, help, please help!
     We will be collating the Winter Quarterly at noon on Thursday, 12 December 2002 at the North Branch Library in Gray, LA. We sure could use your help. Come if you can.
      I hope you made note of the date of our next meeting. It is unusual. We ordinarily hold our meetings on the last Saturday of the month, but the months of November and December are different. The last Saturdays of those two months usually fall during a holiday, so we have to change things around, a little. Since many of our members and our board have been working so hard all year long, we think they need a reward. That’s what our December “Social” meeting is all about. We will have a minimum of business — minutes of the last meeting and Treasurer’s report — and then start socializing. We do that well, I think. But we need help from those in attendance. We ask that you bring something for the social. First, bring a gift of some kind and then some snacks are needed, whether salty or sweet, soft or crunchy, just so long as it is not too hard to manage. No Baked Alaska, please, or Mile-High Pie. What you might call “finger food” in the parent/child circles. Then we will have a drawing for the “door prizes,” and, if everybody does her or his part, we will have enough gifts/door prizes so that everyone who attends will go home with at least one gift. On second thought, why not bring a couple of gifts. It’s always fun when we have to save the slips of paper with the names on them to “recycle” for the second or third round of gifts. But even if you can’t bring anything, come anyway. We’d love to see you. After all, that’s what really makes the holiday season, right? And who knows, you may even make some  family connections. One more thing, you will be able to pick up your Winter Quarterly at the meeting, because we will not be mailing them until next month. See below for an explanation. Our “document discussions” will be suspended, to resume after the January meeting.
      As I mentioned, above, the next quarterly will be put together a couple of days before the December Social meeting, so those who attend the collating party or the meeting on Saturday can pick it up, but it will not be mailed at the usual time. We do have a little mercy on the Postal Service, so we will do the kind thing and hold our mailing until after the Christmas rush subsides.
      Another thing; some of our members have told us that they are not receiving their whole quarterly. Somehow, the back cover, with the name and address, gets separated from the rest of the magazine. The Postal Service delivers the back cover and we have a disappointed member. Please let us know if that happens to you. We are working to solve the problem and we could use your help. Please make a note of the date of delivery and the post office which made the delivery, then send that information to us.
      Have you ever been deprived of mail service for a week or two? Yes, I know, with some of the junk mail we get, a vacation might be welcome. But when you are expecting some important messages, you may suffer a few pangs of deprivation. Well, the editor of this newsletter has had to endure more than two weeks of no electronic mail (email) in October. The Internet company would not give out any hard information, but the feeling is that they were struck by a virus or worm. More than a few individuals and businesses were affected, some more than others. It brought home to me how easy it is to be the victim of a malicious joker who would love to crash my computer and hundreds of others.
      Please be aware that I will delete any mail I get from an unfamiliar source. So, if you haven’t written me before, and you have to contact me through email, be very careful about the subject. Some people don’t think it is important enough to even fill in the subject line, but you will take the chance of having your message deleted if I have never received anything from you in the   past, and you have either no subject or a suspicious one. What do I call suspicious? First, anything with “FW”: and nothing else on that line. Next, “URGENT AND CONFIDENTIAL” because it can’t be that important from someone I don’t know well. It is usually a sales pitch. I delete it. There are a few more, but some I can’t repeat here.
      What is safe? If your subject is “T.G.S.” or “For the newsletter,” I will open it, even if you are a first-time correspondent. I figure members know that I am associated with T.G.S., and that I edit a newsletter, and I trust our members.
     We heard from lifetime member Dr. Delta LeBlanc Campo of Baton Rouge, recently. She tells us that she had to stay in the hospital for a few days, and that a biopsy was scheduled. Please pray for her, she would appreciate it.
      The long-awaited Volume 17, 1826-1827, of the Sacramental Records of the Roman Catholic Church of the Archdiocese of New Orleans should be out by now, if all went off without a hitch. For those not familiar with the series, it is a detailed index to baptisms, marriages and funerals recorded between 1826 and 1827 at St. Louis Church in New Orleans, St. John the Baptist Church on the German Coast [Edgard], St. Bernard Church is St. Bernard Civil Parish, and St. Mary Church on Chartres St. in New Orleans. It is published by the Historical Archives of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The price is $32.00 plus tax (Orleans Parish residents add 9% sales tax; other Louisiana residents add 4% sales tax) and may be ordered from Archdiocesan Historical Archives, 1100 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70116-2505, and make out your check to Archdiocese of New Orleans. Other volumes may be ordered. Price is $30.00 each for the first ten volumes,   with Volumes 11-17 costing $32.00. All are postpaid, but be sure to include the tax as explained above. No purchase orders, please, and allow 3-4 weeks for delivery.
      You may know this already, but we just heard that our friend and noted genealogist Claire Mire Bettag has been named as co-editor of the prestigious National Genealogical Society Quarterly. She succeeds Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FNGS, FASG, who announced her retirement after sixteen years of NGSQ editorship. Claire Bettag, CGRS, CGL, and Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, will share the editorship of the quarterly. “Between them, Bettag and Jones have more than two decades of serious genealogical research experience embracing broad geographic, ethnic and chronological expanses. Both are respected genealogical educators, certified as lecturers in the field, with a range of instructional presentations and articles. Their publications include NGSQ essays for which both have earned its annual Award for Excellence. Their lectures and written work demonstrate commitment to high genealogical standards, the ability to apply those standards to solving difficult and complex genealogical problems, and skill in educating researchers at all levels of experience and expertise.” [from UpFront with NGS, The Online Newsletter of the National Genealogical Society, Volume 1, Number 12 -- 21 November 2002]. Ms. Bettag is a former member of Terrebonne Genealogical Society, and has submitted articles for our quarterly. She is a native of Houma, Louisiana.Have you mailed your dues? Our membership year starts soon, and you don’t want to miss a single issue of our fantastic quarterly, do you??A SUCCESS STORY
      The exact time the story started is lost in the fog of the past, but long ago someone left a bible in a van that was eventually dismantled in Cleburn, Texas, several years ago. From there it came into the possession of Georgia Brown Kelly, esteemed past president of our Society, probably through a member of her family, since she was well known as the “genealogy nut” of the family. She gave it to the Society through Jess Bergeron, who brought it to a meeting in 1998. You may have been there and heard the story then. But you haven’t heard the “rest of the story.”
      Nancy Wright posted a note on the Internet, mentioning the names of those who were listed in the bible. Some of the names were: Benjamin Franklin and Isabella Frances LUTTRELL, Albert Washington and Bell THOMPSON, Charles F. and Alberta T. SMITH. Children listed were Cleveland Yulu [sic] THOMPSON, Lee Wesley THOMPSON, James B. DEAN, Charles F. SMITH, Jr., Dan N. SMITH, Charles Andrew SMITH and Franklin C. SMITH. Earliest date listed was 1851 and the latest was 1957. She offered to mail it to the proper interested family for postage. This note stayed out there for about four years. (Can you believe?) Then, on 18 November 2002 Nancy received the following message:
      “cleveland yulee thompson was my grandfather and I was wondering if you still have the bible. Please let me know.” It was from Sarah Cope. [Subject: bible.]
      Nancy said a thrill ran up her spine when she saw it. The bible had been “haunting” her since the day she posted the note, hoping against hope that the right person would see it. So she gave Sarah Jess’s address so she could email him with the proper confirmation. Here is an abstract of her letter.
     My grandfather (Yulee) and his siblings (Alberta and Wesley) grew up in Cedar Key, Florida. I think that the bible must have belonged to a son (Charles Smith) or grandson of my mother’s aunt (Alberta Thompson). I will talk to my mother and see if we can locate one of the other grandchildren. If not, I would be more than happy to take care of the bible. We have very little from that side of the family. Thank you again for holding onto the bible for so long. I am very grateful.
      After this message, Jess received another one telling him about the conversation Sarah had with her mother. She was “incredibly excited” — to use Sarah’s words. Her mother told her about a plaque in the Town Hall at Cedar Key, Florida, honoring James Dean as a WWII soldier. They think he was killed in action. Sarah’s mother sent her some web sites with lots of photos that she had put together — one on her parents, Isabella Luttrell Thompson (Benjamin Luttrell’s daughter) and Cleveland Yulee Thompson; <> the other one is about Nellie O’Berry, Yulee Thompson’s wife. <>[Note: you must observe capitalization. Ed.]
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