Sunday, January 4, 2015

Yes, We Were There at the Battle of New Orleans Jan 8, 1815

“To the Free Coloured Inhabitants of Louisiana” 
A group of students from Frederick Douglas High School
 play members of the Free Men of Color during 
the 195th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812 
at Chalmette Battlefield on Friday, January 8, 2010. 
From 1729 until the Civil War, black soldiers, both Free men and slaves participated in the defense of Louisiana whenever it was threatened, as Ronald McConnell details in Negro Troops of Antebellum Louisiana. In 1812, when conflict between the United States and Britain erupted anew, Louisiana was home to about 8,000 free persons of color, most of whom lived in New Orleans. As British troops approached Louisiana in 1814, military leaders called upon New Orleans’ extraordinarily diverse multi-cultural and multi-lingual population to protect the strategic city. General Andrew Jackson issued a direct appeal to the town’s free men of color, promising them equal treatment during and after their service. 

 As sons of freedom you are called upon to defend our most inestimable blessing.  As Americans, your Country looks with confidence to her adopted Children for a Valorous support, …— As Fathers, husbands, and Brothers, you are summoned to rally around the standard of the Eagle, to defend all which is dear in existence.  

 (Andrew  Jackson’s Letters and Orders, Letterbook G, September 21, 1814 (MS in Andrew Jackson Papers, Library of Congress), 157-58. Quoted from : McConnell, Ronald C. Negro Troops of Antebellum Louisiana. Louisiana State University Press: Baton Rouge, 1968.)

One individual who answered that called Dec 16, 1814 was a  20 year old Free Man of Color named Innocent Mathieu.  He was later identified as Louis Mathieu Devaux, my 3rd generation great grandfather and the Son Agnes Mathieu and my Louisiana Patriot of the American Revolution named - Mathieu Devaux dit Platillo.  Their Story cans be seen on the PBS Program segment titledthe Galvez Papers  .

Innocent Mathieu  
War of 1812
Company Pay Roll
Dec 16, 1814 - Mar 25, 1815

This is a picture of what
Private Innocent Mathieu
may have looked like as a member of the
1st Battalion Free Men of Color

We Remember those who participated here at the
 Battle of New Orleans
January 8, 1815 
Michael N. Henderson
General Society War 1812 Certificate
Documenting my Ancestral Lineage to
Private Louis dit Innocent Mathieu Devaux

And after documenting my ancestral lineage to him, I have been approved  and have become a member of the General Society of the War of 1812, in the State of Louisiana on July 20, 2012 and today I stand as a "living memorial" to his service and contribution to this country.

Michael N. Henderson
Button Gwinnett Chapter
Georgia Society Sons of the American Revolution
A Descendant of
Private Louis dit Innocent Mathieu DeVaux
1st Battalion Free Men of Color
at the
Battle of New Orleans
Jan 8, 1815

I am looking for the final resting place of Private Louis dit Innocent Mathieu Devaux, husband of Claire Eulalie Peytavain.  If you know of this place, please leave me a message. Appreciate any  assistance. Michael Henderson

Back to in search of Bounty land promised 

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Michael Nolden Henderson Author of GOT PROOF on WYLD 98.5 Fm Sunday Journal with host Hal Clark

WYLD 98.5 FM host of the Sunday Journal
Hal Clark interviews Michael Nolden Henderson
 Native of New Orleans and Author of a new book Titled
 Got Proof My Genealogical Journey through the Use of Documentation

 To listen to program double click:


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Confirmation on a French Ancestor's Arrival and Member of Les Filles du Roi ( King's Daughters)

In 2012 with the start of a the bicentennial commemoration of the Louisiana Statehood, 30 April 1812 and also the Commemoration of the bicentennial of the start of the War of 1812  on 18 Jun 1812,  which will continue for the next three years ending with the Bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans that took place Jan 8, 1815 in 2015.  I decided to mark these two events with documenting one of my ancestors who was born 27 Dec1795 in New Orleans.  He was only eight years old when Louisiana was Purchase in 1803 and seventeen years old in 1812 when Louisiana became a state  and who two years later just shy of his 20th birthday, he would volunteer on Dec 16, 1814 after hearing the call sent out by General Andrew Jackson at the start of New Orleans’ involvement at the Battle of New Orleans. 

I was born in New Orleans  and  have served in the military.  This interesting part of Louisiana's  connnect to the battle of New Orleans via an ancestor would give me a chance to learn more about his involvement and contribution.  My Louisiana Creole Patriot Ancestor named  in that conflict was Louis Innocent Mathieu .

I love ancestral research challenges like these using documentation.  So once again, I wanted to trace back a little further   and see if whether or not I could document anyone of my other known ancestral lines (starting with me through either my maternal or paternal lines)  to the furthest known settlement or settlers who arrived  in what is known today as North American. 

One other interest challenge would be to find and also link this ancestor to the commemoration of a particular event happening in 2013.   Just my luck, I did find such an event.  The American-French Genealogical Society in Woonsocket, Rhode Island USA is commemorating the arrival of the King Daughters and the  350th Anniversary of their arrival in Quebec, Ca.   See more here:   The question for me was to determine if any of my ancestors ended up being part of this group of women known Les Filles du Roi or the King Daughters and could I prove this through finding documents such as birth or baptism, marriage and death records  to my ancestral lineage.   

I created a pedigree chart (see below) which would list the particular ancestral bloodline that I knew would get me back that far.  The challenge once again would be to locate the various documents that would link me as a native of  New Orleans, Louisiana back the New France, Quebec, Canada.    I had already started the process having discovered one of my ancestors, a French Canadian named Francois Noel DUPONT.  He is my 6th generation great grandfather and first known ancestors said to have been born in Quebec, Canada.

Noel- Francois Dupont Record of  Baptism

The document that confirmed that fact was a baptism record found in the Canadian Archive which also listed his birth date.  This one document opened the door for me to locate his parents and later would assist me with finding his grandparents and great grandparents. 

Francois Noel DUPONT was of particular interest because I also wanted to document his service as a member of the German Coast Militia (1776 - 1783 record of service).   I wanted to seek approved to have him recognized as a Louisiana Patriot of the American Revolution under the command of General Bernardo de Galvez.   That application is under review and awaiting approval by the National Society Sons of the American Revolution of which I am a member.

Having located the ancestral line that would get me back to an ancestor which I believe would meet the requirements for this 350 year anniversary and commemoration.  I found such in one Ancestor named Jeanne Hardy. 

This painting by Eleanor Brickdale presents a very elegant picture of the arrival of French brides.

Jeanne Hardy, Le Filles du Roi (daughter of King) departed Dieppe, France aboard the La Nouvelle France (the new France) some time in 1668 and arrived in Quebec, New France on Jul 3, 1668.  She was the  daughter of Pierre Hardy and Mary Daviau or Daniau of the parish of Saint John the Perrot, diocese of La Rochelle Aunis (Charente-Maritime).  Jeanne Hardy would married  Francois Trottain dit St SURIN on August 16, 1668 in Quebec City,  Francois Trottain dit St SURIN was the son of Francois Trottain and Jeanne Gripon of the Parish of St Severin of the Village of Saint Seurin-d’Uzet. Now Chenac Saint Seurin d'Uzet, 17120, near Mortagne-sur-Gironde , 17120, Charente Maritime,. Poitou Charentes (Saintonge).  

Francois Trottain dit St Surin
Naurois Company of the Carignan Regiment

Francois Trottain dit St Surin was in the Naurois Company of the Carignan Regiment. They departed La Rochelle, France aboard  the Justice on May 24, 1665 and arrival in Québec City on Sept 14 1665,  according Viateur Boulet / Bosher /.

So here is a straight line chart from me to Jeanne HARDY  my 9th great Grandmother  a Le filles du Roi (Kings Daughter) showing only the documented date of marriage for each generation of ancestors.


Albert Ambrose HENDERSON  m.  Frances Jane PHILLIPS
25 Jul 1953, New Orleans, La

Thomas Olman PHILLIPS   m.   Nellie MATHIEU
29 Dec 1918, New Orleans, La

Charles Gratin MATHEIU  m. Georgiana LEGAUX
25 Jul 1895, St John the Baptiste Parish, La      (See Note 1)

Francois Maturin LEGAUX  m.  Rosette Catherine LAPORTE
24 Jan 1893, St John the Baptiste Parish, La.    (See Note 2)

Francois LEGO  m. Marie Magdelaine MADERE
19 Nov 1835, St John the Baptiste Parish, LA

Maturin LEGOUT  m.  Marie Barbara DUPONT
16 Dec 1788, St John the Baptiste Parish, LA

Francois Noel DUPONT  m. Magdelaine MICHEL
Circa: 1766, St John the Baptish Parish, La.   

Noel Marie DUPONT  m. Marie Angelique MORNEAU
06 Feb 1737,  Notre Dame de Bonsecour L’islet, Quebec, Canada

Guillaume DUPONT  m. Anne TROTTAIN
08 Sep 1704, St Francis Xavier, Bastiscan, Champlain, PQ Canada

Francois TROTTAIN dit St SURIN  m. Jeanne HARDY
16 Aug 1668, Notre Dame Quebec, Canada

Pierre HARDY  m. Marie DANIAU
AUNIS , LaRochelle, France

Note: 1:  The marriage date of Charles Gratin Mathieu and Georgianna Legaux is correct even though according to.

Note: 2   Georgianna's parents marriage record show them marrying just two years prior.  It appears her parents maintained a long term common-law relationship well beyond the birth of their children, yet still decided to marry later in life as recorded by their marriage record of 1893.

   I submitted an application with the appropriate documentation to the American French Genealogical Society requesting review of my Ancestral Lineage to Jeanne Hardy, Le Filles du Roi (daughter of the King) who departed Dieppe, France aboard  La Nouvelle France ( the New France) some time in 1668 and arrived in Quebec, New France on July 3, 1668. 

 I am happy to report that my ancestral lineage was confirmed and certified by the American French Genealogical Society Jun 3, 2013.   See certificate below:

Return back to previous blog: Earliest Known French Ancestor discovered in Quebec, Canada.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Making the Connection to My Family's Military Timeline back to the American Revolution

Michael Henderson, LCDR USN RET.
Feature Speaker During the Memorial Weekend
 Military Timeline program held at
the Atlanta History Center

As a veteran, descendant of a Louisiana Patriot of the American Revolution and past-president of the Button Gwinnett Chapter SAR Georgia society SAR,  I was honored to be the featured speaker  on Saturday 25 May 2013 during the Military Timeline Program  Memorial Day weekend event held at the Atlanta History Center.  During my presentation, I shared a few thoughts and part of my genealogical  journey which led  me to discovering a patriot ancestor who fought in the American Revolution and also show how I traced my military lineage through ancestors who served in various wars, demonstrating my own family's the Military Timeline.  I demonstrated how it was through my early curiosity about my military lineage and that of my Louisiana Creole heritage, that I was able to make these historic  family connections. 
Michael Nolden Henderson, LCDR USN Ret.
 Past-President of the Button Gwinnett Chapter, Georgia Society
Sons of the American Revolution,
Author of GOT PROOF! My Genealogical Journey Through the Use of Documentation

Afterward I signed copies of my new book titled GOT PROOF! My Genealogical Journey through the use of Documentation.  It was a thrill to share my ancestral research and story with so many who attended the Military Timeline event. The Memorial Day weekend activities will culminate with the dedication of  the new Veterans Memorial Park outside the Atlanta History Center, 27 May 2013 at 5:00 pm.   

GOT PROOF! My Genealogical Journey Through the Use of Documentation is also available for purchase in the Atlanta  History Center Museum Shop  .
 Here are a few more pictures of the Saturday event.
Photo with a few members of the Afro-American Historical
and Genealogical Society Metro-Atlanta Chapter and the author
Michael N. Henderson LCDR USN Ret.
A long time friend and fellow Officer Candidate School classmate stopped by to hear my presentation and pick up a signed copy of
 my new book, GOT PROOF!

A few more friends and supporters stopped by the say
hello and pick up a signed copy of my new book
Another Happy Supporter and Fellow historian
having his copy of GOT PROOF! signed by Author

Saturday, May 18, 2013

GOT PROOF! My Genealogical Journey Through the Use Of Documentation

I have just published my first book, a memoir, titled “Got Proof! My Genealogical Journey Through the Use of Documentation.   

As a family history researcher, I have been asked on many occasions what got me started looking into my family history in Louisiana. What were some of my most interesting discoveries found along the way, and when was I going to write a book? As these questions came up I started to see a pattern with my responses. The challenge for me in writing this first book was narrowing down the focus to one compelling discovery. Once I did that, I had to write a story that would allow readers to see how my research and discoveries came about, as well as to learn about some of the results that came from my genealogical journey.

GOT PROOF! which is available now, will address many of those questions. 

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Compatriot Michael Nolden Henderson LCDR USN Ret, Button Gwinnett Chapter SAR President's Choice 2013 Volunteer Of The Year Recipient

Compatriot Milus Bruce Maney, President Button Gwinnett
Chapter Sons of the American Revolution and
Compatriot Michael Nolden Henderson, LCDR USN Ret.
Past President Button Gwinnett Chapter SAR Recipient
Gwinnett Council For Seniors President's Choice 2013
Volunteer of the Year

I was honored as the Button Gwinnett Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution recipient for the President’s Choice 2013 Volunteer of the Years at The Twenty-seventh Annual Awards Luncheon sponsored by the Gwinnett Council for Seniors which was held Thursday May 16, 2013.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Michael Henderson, Keynote Speaker for New Orleans Chapter DAR Annual Spring Luncheon

Photo by Betsy White 
Mrs. Shelia Curry, Regent, New Orleans Chapter DAR
Michael N. Henderson, Past President, Button Gwinnett
 Chapter Georgia Society SAR and Mrs Joan Madore,

 First Vice Regent New Orleans Chapter DAR

        On Thursday, May 2, 2013, I was honored to be the guest speaker at the New Orleans Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution DAR annual spring  luncheon held at the Metairie Country Club in New Orleans La.  My talk focused on “Telling the story of my 4th Generation Great-Grandparents and how I traced my ancestry to a Louisiana Patriot who served under the command of Bernardo de Galvez, the Spanish Colonial Governor and General of the American Revolution.”  In 2010, PBS program, History Detectives filmed as segment of my ancestor's story titled: See here: The Galvez Papers 
        This was indeed a special occasion as I also witness the change of office for Mrs Curry, outgoing Regent of the New Orleans chapter as she welcomed in their new chapter leadership.    
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