Eleventh Generation


1324. Jean Baptiste POURCEAU I was born about 1670 in Haum, Bishopric of Chambray, France.1542 He was hired on 27 October 1719 for six years and signed a contract Maubeuge (Nord), France with the Company of Ste. Catherine on 17 January 1720 to come to Louisiana (he was not able to sign his name). He was paid 180 livres upon engagement, 180 livres per year and 40 sols per day until sailing. Although the employees were, supposedly, bound for the Ste. Catherine Concession near Natchez, the manifest of the "la Loire" showed that they were manifested for the Ste. Reine Concession located in what is now St. Francisville, Louisiana. A second manifest exists for this ship dated several days later indicating that the vessel was destined for Ste. Reine. Therefore, his initial destination is unclear. The contract required that each engagee clear, cultivate and improve the land as instructed and they were also to work at seeding, planting and on the construction of buildings. If they did well in their duties, the company would provide food and wearing apparel for the engagee and their families. If the engagee failed, however, they were to forfeit their salaries and benefits. The Ste. Catherine Company was also promised to give one-tenth of the engagee's salary to the wife of the engagee. Upon termination of the contract, the company was obligated to provide free passage back to France or, if the engagee desired to stay in the colony, they were to receive a tract of land and monetary advances. On the contract, Jean Baptiste listed his occupation as "miner" and he indicated that he had a wife and five children. He came to the New World via/on "la Loire" with his son. The surname was spelled "Pourceau" on the ship manifest. The ship departed France on 11 August 1720 and arrived in Old Biloxi on 9 November.1 He died before 1724 at the age of 54. Magdeleine TRINIQUE(T) and Jean Baptiste POURCEAU I were married before 1707 in Cambrai (dioc├Ęse) (Nord) (Nord-Pas-de-Calais Region), France.1770

1325. Magdeleine TRINIQUE(T) was born in Haum, Bishopric of Chambray, France.

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Jean Baptiste POURCEAU II.