Saturday, July 21, 2012

Carroll/East Carroll Newspaper Excerpt Books


I have compiled several books that are typed out excerpts, or the originals, from the columns of several Northeastern Louisiana's newspapers as well as some other U. S. newspapers.  These books start from scarce mentions of the area in 1818.   As you will see, there where many hardships our ancestors went through, along with many joyous occasions they had,  that I've placed within these pages.  There are what I've always refered to as "the gossip columns" here, but also there is so much more; there were town meetings, church goings, hunting trips, yellow fever epidemics, floods, fires, slave trades, plantation BarBQues, births, deaths, marriages, entertainments, etc., etc., etc.   I could go on and on the different subjects which is contained here.  It shows the way of life during those years.

Basic history of East Carroll Parish:
Prior to 1814, all of the territory covered by the current East Carroll Parish was part of the now the defunct Warren Parish.   On March 14, 1832 the Parish of Carroll was created from the northern part of the original Concordia Parish and the eastern part of Ouachita Parish.  In 1877, with the line being the Bayou Macon, the parish of Carroll was divided into what is now East Carroll Parish and West Carroll Parish.

Below is a list of the books I have.  They are all works in progress.... Not to long ago I started finding more pictures of people, steamboats, etc., and started adding them into the books, as well as some of the original stories and ads that I clipped and pasted from the newspapers themselves.  I have also began placing some pictures for illustrations, such as some of the hotels people would visit in N.O. and St. Louis, etc.    A few of the books I have not been able to get to yet, they are still the originals. 

If you would like for me to check out any names to see if they contain any person you are seeking information about.... I would be glad to look to see for you if they are in any of these books... please send me at least first and last name to me at

"Early Days in the Vacinity of Carroll Parish" 1818 - 1860. This book also includes "Carroll Watchman" of 1845.

"Carroll Parish in the Civil War", 1861 - 1865.

Book I. "Murder, Mayhem, &  Misc. of Carroll Parish, Louisiana" covers the years 1866 thru 1876, right after the Civil War.  The parish seat was in Floyd.  [Carroll Parish]

Book II. "Murder, Mayhem, & Misc. of East Carroll Parish, La. II".  These excerpts are from the years 1877 - 1888. 

Book III. "Murder, Mayhem, & Misc. of East Carroll Parish, La. III", excerpts from 1889 - 1891.

Book IV. It covers 1892 - 1895, and contains 1892 map sections of the town of Lake Providence. 

Book V.  This book will cover years 1896 thru 1899. Still working on it..... [I have thru 1897 done].

Book VI. "Murder, Mayhem, & Misc. of E. Carroll Parish, La."  It covers 1904 - 1906 and 1918 - 1928, issues during this time period where somewhat scarce.

Sandy Guthrie Moore

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Bryan and Sewall Club

Sept. 5, 1896
The Bryan and Sewall Club.—The Democrats of East Carroll Parish, Louisiana, organized on this the 31st day of August, 1896, into a Bryan and Sewall Democratic Club  by electing Judge J. M. Kennedy as President, C. S. Wyly, secretary and C. R. Egelly as treasurer.
Thereupon the President appointed the following committee on rules.  J. M. Kennedy, Chairman; J. E. Ransdell, J. W. Pittman, W. H. Schneider, C. E. Davis, and C. R. Egelly.  On motion, the club adjourned until Friday, Sept. 4, 1896, at 12 o’clock.  J. M. Kennedy, President, C. S. Wyly, Secretary.
 September 26, 1896
Members of the Bryan and Sewall Club.—James Beard, F. R. Bernard, W. A. Blount, J. S. Guenard, B. P. Shelby, J. G. Wyly, R. H. Davis, C.H. Webb, W. F. Burney, H. L. Deeson, W. H. Schneider, R. N. Rae, J. D. Tompkins, George Guter, S. B. Kennedy, J. A. Brooks, C. F. Davis, P. D. Quays, L. K. Barber, W. C. McRae, F. F. Montgomery, J. M. Kennedy, John R. Brown, T. S. Delony, T. H. Davis, C. R. Egelly, J. L. Landsworth, Abe Bass, T. G. Johnson, J. R. Keller, J. A. Mayer, H. Jameson, C. E. Barwick, R. J. E. Barwick, T. T. Taylor, G. D. Whitney, Sig Woolf, Ed. B. Woolf, J. E. Hauff, Chris Duff, A. B. Taylor, Robert Nicholson, S. Witkowski, J. Q. Ikerd, W. B. Frost, Nat Murfee, J. D. Wilhelm, W. H. Fisher, Harry Hill, J. T. Garner, T. J. Fatherree, E. E. Williamson, J. B. Lache, Walter Smith, John Sheerin, W. H. McCulloch, C. E. Beard, John Kelly, M. M. Goodwin, A. M. Nelson, L. L. Witkowski, J. M. McNeill, T. F. Montgomery, P. N. Long, E. J. Hamley, G. F. Blackburn, P.; Sax., Louis Leach, E. J. Delony, George S. Owen, J. W. Pittman, R. J. Burney, C. S. Wyly, J. W. Dunn, J. N. Turner, J. C. Pittman, , T. J. Gillikam, W. D. Bell, Phil McGuire, A. A. Blount, Jr., V. Gargaro, T. D. McCandless, W. T. Williams, F. H. Schneider, C. T. Harrison, T. Byrne, J. H. Fowler, W. A. Reid, Jr., C. B. Richardson, H. Selig, T. S. Sitton, O. W. Campbell, J. T. White, T. J. Powell, O. P. Hamilton, E. B. Moore, O. J. Hurley, W. H. Montgomery, Max Levy, J. P. Webb, A. D. Minsky, J. W. Donovan, G. M. Franklin, D. O”Sullivan, J. Schonfarber, N. Fousse, S. M. Purdy, R. F. Brown, D. W. Gilmour, J. Marcus, Pat McGuire, A. Richard, I. B. Beard, I. C. B. Lewis, Aaron Joseph, Linmore Brown, N. J. Bryan, James Beard, Jr., C. E. Seghers, L. L. Davis, and R. L. Holland.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Aunt Eliza Keene - Keene decendant??

August 15, 1896
Banner-Democrat newspaper
On the 25th of July there died in Greenville one whose life contained much of the dramatic incident which clustered around the old time institutions of slavery—one who possessed many friends, and whose good deeds may well outweigh the faults that were her’s through the peculiar social conditions in which she lived.  Aunt Eliza Keene was born a slave of the well-known Keene family of Louisiana about 70 years ago.  The remarkable beauty of the young quadroon attracted the overseer, and her master gave him permission to buy her, on condition that, as far as law and custom would allow, he would make her his wife.  He was faithful to his bargain, and after during all his life he lavished upon her every advantage in his power.  When Greenville was a tiny village she made it her home, and her death removes one of the best known figures of the life of the city in the early days.  No unfortunate, whether from fault or fortune, ever appealed for help to “Aunt Eliza” in vain.  No complaint ever came from her because of the imposition on her charity.  Her life may not have been a blameless one, but when the ledger is written up, there will be a safe balance to the credit of Aunt Eliza Keene.—Greenville Times.

Capt. W. B. Keene was a resident of our parish, having died many years ago, but his daughter, Mrs. Col. E. W. Constant and his grand-children are still living on part of the large estate.  Mr. Keene was no doubt one of the largest land and slave owners in the South, and at the breaking out of the war owned thirteen plantations and it is said nearly fifteen thousand slaves.  We have required late the above, and from what we could learn the part that refers to the overseer purchasing the woman is hardly a fact.  She was like a great many other who were slaves, taking their master’s name.