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Have you checked the New Orleans naturalization list? My ancestor,
Christopher Rocco, was from the same area (Rovigno, Austria now Rovinj,
Croatia). It is not far from Dalmatia. He lived in Plaquemines most of the
time but also in Lafourche and Jefferson Parishes. He never lived in New
Orleans as far as I can tell, but nonetheless he was naturalized in New
Orleans. Apparently this was common among the South Slavic immigrants to
Plaquemines. They were often naturalized in New Orleans though they lived
in Plaquemines. The New Orleans Public Library will look it up for you for
$3 and will send you a copy if they find it in the index.
Do you know where he was married? The usual church in Plaquemines was St
Thomas. The records from this period are very complete usually listing town
of origin of groom and bride and their parents. Christopher's marriage
record at St Thomas Church was missing. IT was in the index, but the actual
record was missing. The New Orleans Archdiocese will do a search for $12 if
you haven't done this already.
The way I tracked him to Rovigno might help you too. At the time, the only
thing I knew about him was that in the 1870 census he was listed as a
fisherman from Austria. I figured that he was probably a fisherman back in
the old country. I knew that modern day Austria was landlocked so I
obtained a map from 1870 era on the internet and saw that the only area of
Austria fronting the sea was in the area of modern day Croatia. I found an
online Croatian telephone directory and searched each province (I think
there were 29) for the surname ROCCO and ROCCA. There were concentrations
in two areas and most of those were in 2 or 3 towns. The Mormons have great
collections of Baptismal records for this area of the world. I sent for
them for all three towns and went through them. In the Baptismal records
for the last of the three towns, I found several Christopher ROCCOs. I went
through and found their siblings and parents names. The father of one was
named Michel. Christopher named his oldest child Michel. Christopher also
had a sister named Thomasine, a very uncommon name in Louisiana and in these
towns. One of Christopher's grandchildren was named Thomasine.,. etc.
Much later a distant cousin sent me information from the missing marriage
record. Apparently she had gotten the information from the record before it
disappeared. It confirmed the info I had ascertained.
I hope this helps you.
Richard M. Majesté
1505 Northwold Drive, NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30350-4106 USA
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Sent: Saturday, June 22, 2002 6:00 PM
Subject: LAPLAQUE-D Digest V02 #16
Thank you, Gladys, for the information. Will give them a try.
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> Subject: [PLAQU] Plaquemine Parish Maps
> Date: Sun, 23 Jun 2002 10:04:47 -0500
> From: Jack Marshall <jmarsha(a)bellsouth.net>
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> Does anyone know where I can get copies of maps on Plaquemine Parish,
> during stages in development from 1790-1900?
> Jack Marshall
> Subject: [PLAQU] OLD MAPS
> Date: Sun, 23 Jun 2002 17:29:26 EDT
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> Jack, I think you can get one here, they have an 800 #.
> <A HREF="http://www.neworleansmapco.com/">Click here: INDEX</A>
Researching NICHOLAS MATCOVICH, that was naturalized in Plaquemines Parish in
1856. He said on his naturalization that he arrived in New Orleans in 1848.
Does anyone know if he was in the 1850 or 1860 census for Plaquemine Parish?
I need desperately to know the village he came from in Dalmatia, Austria and
the name of his parents. I've researched all ships arriving in New Orleans
in 1848 and 1849 at the National Archives. I believe he was probably a
member of the crew. He shows up in the Bahamas in 1864 and is married to
Eliza Ann Carey. He later moved his family to Key West. I wrote to
Plaquemines Parish at Pte la Heche but they said they had no record of an
Intention to naturalize. It is said that he also had a brother in Plaquemine
Parish at the same time. His name may have been Vincent or Victor.
Any help very much appreciated.
Phyllis in Fl.
Am researching the following surnames: Duplessis, Ganier, LaFrance,
All were in New Orleans, St. Bernard Parish, LA or Plaquemines parish -
Pointe a la Hache/Davant area.
Manette Antoninette Duplessis b. abt 1806
married to Jacques Gasnier/Ganier who d. abt 1835
their son Prospere Gagner/Ganier b. 1835 Plaquemines Parish
married Lodoisda LaFrance b. abt 1838
their daughter Eleonora Ganier/Gagner b. 1856 St. Bernard Parish; d.
1932 New Orleans
married to Horthaire Treme b. 1847 New Orleans d. abt 1920. They
married 1876 and from 1876 to 1920 they lived in Pointe ala Hache.
their son, Louis P. Treme b. 1891 born and raised Pointe a la Hache
Any info you might have on the above persons/surnames would be much