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Livestock Brands and Marks

Livestock Brands and Marks: An Unexpected Bayou Country History: 1822–1946 Pioneer Families: Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana

Christopher Everette Cenac
with Claire Domangue Joller
Foreword by Clifton Theriot
Copyright Date: 2013
Pages: 400
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    Livestock Brands and Marks
    Book Description:

    Researching the original brand registration of his great-grandfather Pierre Cenac for his bookEyes of an Eagle, Dr. Christopher Everette Cenac Sr. discovered a serendipitous trove of local history in the form of long-forgotten volumes in the Terrebonne Parish Courthouse in Houma, Louisiana. The three ledger books that emerged through the efforts of the local Clerk of Court became, in themselves, a series of capsulized glimpses into the citizenry of the area's early agrarian foundations. In extraordinary condition, these ledgers held an unprecedented set of the original livestock brands and marks of bustling bayou cattle country.

    Each registration entry furnished a record of the progression of settlement of the parish. The registration of a brand often served as the family's calling card upon making Terrebonne Parish their home.Livestock Brands and Marks: An Unexpected Bayou Country History: 1822-1946 Pioneer Families: Terrebonne Parish, Louisianais designed not only to share the actual registration treasures of all 1140 brands in the brand books themselves, but also to chronicle a short history of laws governing animal identification, to document advances in forms of ownership identification, and to familiarize the reader with both ancient and more recent livestock breeds that received brands and other marks recorded in those three ledger books. Three hundred black-and-white and color illustrations illuminate this fascinating history.

    eISBN: 978-1-62846-086-5
    Subjects: History, Business

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. 3-9)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. 11-11)
    (pp. 13-13)
    Clifton Theriot

    As an Archivist, I am passionate about preserving local history and I am always excited to meet other like minded preservationists and historians. In 2005, a friend and fellow historian, Mr. Tommy Cobb, called me to arrange a meeting with Dr. Christopher E. Cenac, Sr. who had a few family documents that he wanted to preserve. After arriving at Dr. Cenac’s medical office, I was shown several old family documents which included an original passport from 1860, related travel papers as well as several old family photographs. I was thrilled to offer advice on preservation of the documents as well...

    (pp. 14-66)

    Long-forgotten ledger books dating from the 1820s were found in the attic of Louisiana’s Terrebonne Parish Courthouse in 2009. They proved to be a treasure trove of historical information relating to early parish residents and the Louisiana way of life at the time.

    The books contain registrations for livestock firebrands including legalities written alternately in English and French. Parish Judge Francis M. Guyol recorded the first brands to be registered, in English. His successor as parish judge (and registrar) was Leufroy Barras, who recorded the first French-language brand registration, for Pierre Bourque on February 27, 1826. Beginning that date, brands...

  5. Fire Brands Book One
    (pp. 69-260)
  6. Fire Brands Book Two
    (pp. 261-360)
  7. Fire Brands Book Three
    (pp. 361-381)
    (pp. 382-383)
    Shane K. Bernard

    Cattle ranching has been integral to south Louisiana history and culture since the beginning of its European settlement. For example, the first known European colonist in south-central Louisiana, Andre Massé, established a cattle ranch along the Teche as early as 1746. (It is no doubt untrue, however, that the pioneer Grevemberg family registered two of its cattle brands as early as 1739—a claim repeated by various sources. As I have noted elsewhere, Louis and Barthélémy Grevemberg were born, respectively, in 1731 and 1753—which means that Louis would have been only six to eight years old when his brands...

  9. APPENDIX I: Louisiana Livestock Brand Commission
    (pp. 384-385)
  10. APPENDIX II: The Terrebonne-Lafourche Livestock & Agricultural Fair Association, Inc.
    (pp. 386-387)
  11. APPENDIX III: About the Authors
    (pp. 388-389)
  12. INDEX
    (pp. 390-397)
    (pp. 398-400)