I had the same question in my mind. Bear Creek is located on the south end of Winn Parish
near current day Pacton, Winn-Grant Parish line. As most of what we read in the inquiry
would lean us toward believing the Duplissey's lived near present day CAlvin, and they
did; Calvin is named for Calvin Carter, mentioned in the inquiry.
But they apparently had land south as I mentioned around the parish line, near Bear Creek,
the only Bear Creek I know of in Winn Parish. Very near this creek is what was once known
as Tunica, an Indian village way back when.
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Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2007 15:14:50 -0500
Question 11 of this message mentioned "Indian (Choctaw) Village
on Bear Creek." Can anyone tell me where this village was located? Also, what were
the names (surnames?) of the Indians who lived there? Many thanks.
Not being familiar with Indian stuff, not sure which tribe the Tunicas are involved with.
Caddo perhaps? Really don't know.
> From: "Greggory E. Davies" <gedavies(a)winnfield.net>
> Date: 2007/01/14 Sun PM 02:55:45 EST
> To: <LAWINN-L(a)rootsweb.com>
> Subject: [LAWINN] Early Winn, Avoyelles, Natchitoches Parish History;
> Duplissey, Carter, Franks families
> Another find in my junk.
> Winn-Avoyelles-Natchitoches County Louisiana Archives History - Letters .....History
Of Duplissey Family And Winn Parish December 24, 1921
> Copyright. All rights reserved.
> File contributed for use in USGenWeb Archives by:
> Greggory E. Davies gedavies(a)winnfield.net January 14, 2007, 2:48 pm
> 1) Where did the Duplissey's come from, France or Canada?
> Answer: Grandfather Duplissey came from France - Fought with Jackson in battle
> of N. O.
> 2) Where did Jerry Duplissey ceom from when taken to Natchitoches Parish?
> Answer: His father accidentally killed while living in Marksville from a dirk
> wound in thigh. Got this wound while getting off horse. Femoral artery
> severed. His widow, in order to kep his brother from taking children ran away
> with them to Natchitoches Parish now Winn. This uncle of the children was
> wealthy and wanted to educate them. He made his money running a trading or
> stock boat dealing in cattle and selling them in N. O.
> 3) What was his mother's name?
> Answer: Don't know - she lived back in France.
> 4) Other members of family - brothers, sisters, other members of his family?
> Answer: Had 3 brothers - Dominick, Adolph and Jeremiah; one sister, Emily.
> All dead
> 5) Did he settle at Duplissey's Prairie:
> Answer: Settled near Lowe's Creek. Herded cattle for old John Battice (?
> Baptiste?) Prudhomme. This was near where Jack Franks nov lives. (Apparently
> Dr. Dunn marked out Lowe's and wrote above it Cyesche which I assume to be
> No no. 6
> 7) How many children did Jerry Duplissey & wife have. Name them in order and
> whom they married?
> Answer: 6 by first wife & 6 by second. First wife: Mary Susanna, Josh J.,
> Oleana, Charles A., Phanor P. Second wife + Columbus, Rose, Willie (or
> Millie?), Jerry - can't recall two names.
> 8) Whom did they marry?
> Answer: John to Lucindy Carter, Mary Susanne to Wm. Mott, Josh to Sammie
> Howell, Charles to Mary Herbert, Phanor P. to Rosa Rutherford. Don't remember
> 9) What members of the Duplissey or Franks went to Mexican War?
> Answer: Don't think any went - or don't know
> 10) What Duplissies went to civil war?
> Answer: John & Jerry. Jerry went with Major McCain. John in 28th Regt. Co.
> K. John was in battles of Mansfield, Pleasant Hill, Mouth of Cane River,
> Manchoula, below Marksville - Yellow Bayou. All Co. K killed and captured
> except John and soldier. John says he escaped "mainly by running". Was
> 10) Whom did you marry?
> Answer: Lucinda Carter, sister of Cal & Bob Carter.
> 11) Describe conditions of life in Winn from your earliest recollections?
> Answer: Lived near Indian (Choctaw) Village on Bear Creek. Father bought
> hogs and cattle from them. Indians and whites used cap and ball rifles and
> were expert shots.
> Finally, Indians were forced into new hunting grounds on account of so many
> white settlers coming in.
> Many cattle, horses and hogs strayed away and because wild, these were hunted
> by whites and Indians. Horses were run down and lassoed. Cattle and hogs
> were hunted and shot for food.
> Wild games consisted of deer, bear, panthers, wolves, catamounts, and all
> sorts of smaller animals.
> Wild fowl such as turkeys, geese, ducks, etc.
> Jerry Duplissey, father of John, now living, followed hunting largely for a
> living. Sold deer hides (green). He didn't consider his day's hunt complete
> unless he killed 10 deer. His method was still hunting and stalking them. He
> owned quite a bunch of hounds that he used for hunting panthers and bear.
> When the dogs treed a panther some expert shot would shoot it through the
> spine to paralize it. When it fell to the ground the dogs pitched into it and
> a great fight took place. Panther coule only use its teeth and front feet and
> after a bloody fiht the panther was shot or killed with a club.
> In one of these fights Jerry Suplissey got too close and the panther grabbed
> his forearm and bit it so badly that he never did regain full use of it.
> On one occason Jerry drove 300 head of hogs to Alex. and these were probably
> shipped on a boat to N.O. He owned at one time 1800 head of cattle.
> 12) Where did the Franks come from?
> Answer: From Cape Gerardau, Mo., and were Scotch-Irish. Can't give any clear
> details of family.
> Additional Comments:
> Source: Melrose Collection, Dr. Milton A. Dunn, Cammie Henry Archives,
> Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA.
> Apparently someone had written to one of the Duplissey descendants a series of
> questions. Included is a note which states "The Duplisses were here at
> Natchitoches 1720." Another note indicates "Dr. Harrison notes from John
> Duplissey". Envelope is dated Dec. 24, Shreveport, LA and is addressed to Dr.
> M. A. Dunn, Melrose, LA. The no. "21" is stamped to the side which could
> indicate the year 1921. Handwritten on the outside of the envelope iss "Winn
> Parish Dr. Burgess H. Harrison".
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