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Jean Baptiste Berard circ 1760 St,. Martinville, La.
Posted by: Kitty Courtts (ID *****7565) Date: October 11, 2008 at 16:49:24
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Jeqan Baptiste Berard, who was a native of the Dauphine area of France and came to the Attakapas area circa 1760 and was the husband of Ann Broussard, who was an Acadian woman, and the father of several chilren, one daughter, Christine, became the wife of Agricole Fuselier de la Claire and a son, Achille, was the husband of Hortense Boutte. Jean Baptiste Berard was a large landowner in the ATtakapas area as well as a very promient citizen, and he owned a plantation that presently comprised a portion of the present day town of St. Martinville, and the St. Martin parish Courthouse sits upon a portion of his landsa s well as the area of the town of St. Martinville that one passes as one enters the town of St. Martinville from the town of New Iberia and also Jean Baptiste Berard was a leader along with Claude Boutte in the confrontation with the Acadiana settlers against the Flamamand brothers, surname Grevemberg, who were large cattle barons of the early to mid 1770's in Attakapas and the Flammand brothers allowed their huge herd of cattle to roam the prarie of ATtakapas unattended and many cattle from their herd became wild and as a result these wild cattle of the cattle barons became mixed up with the domesticated cattle of the newly arrived Acadian settlers and these Acadian settlers became upset over having several of their legally owned cattle confiscated by the rich cattle barons, and as a result the Louisiana Governor Alexander O'Reily ordered the construction of fences, restrictions of the roaming of cattle and the slaugthering of wild cattle and sometimes afterwards the Flammand brothers, surnamed Grevemberg, went to the then commandment of the Attakapas Post, Gabriel Fuselier de la Claire, who was the father of Agricole Fuselier de la Claire, and ordered the postponement of the slaughtering of these wild cattle, and this action greatly upset the Acadians along with Jean Baptiste Berard and Andre Claude Boutte, who was a Frenchman as well as a cattle baron and Boutte's had lost some herds of cattle due to the slaughtering, well, Jean Baptiste Berard and Andre Claude Boutte acted as the leaders in representing the Acaidans in slaughtering a significant number of the offending livestock, and as result of this slaughter the wealthy cattle barons, the Flammands, went to Commandment Alexander DeClouet and demanded the ringleaders be imprisoined. One person died as a result of this unrest, Jospeh Broussard, and Jean Baptiste Berard gave an interrogation into this incident on the date of June 19, 1774.


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