Spanish Land Claim of Bernard Martin Despallier

Land claim surveyed by Carlos Trudeau, Surveyor General of Louisiana.  The land sold by Bernard Martin Despallier to Adam Huffman and to Uriah Wiggins became the Towns of Alexandria and Pineville, respectively.  Document can be found in the Louisiana State Land Office – Land Grants Southwestern District, pgs. 316-318.  Top part of pg. 316 is in French. With the exception of one paragraph in English, the rest of the document is in Spanish.

Link: https://wwwslodms.doa.la.gov/WebForms/DocumentViewer.aspx?docId=511.00009&category=H#316

Trudeau’s Surveyor’s Certificate to Huffman and Wiggins has been translated in Elaine Brister’s Once Upon A River: A History of Pineville, LA.

Huffman-Wiggins Survey 1 Huffman-Wiggins Survey 2

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One thought on “Spanish Land Claim of Bernard Martin Despallier

  1. In case you are interested in the full family history and biography of Bernard Martin Despallier (and partly of his relative Valentin Layssard) you may be interested in “From Martin to Despallier – the Story of a French Colonial Family” published in 2013. Contact me.

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