The Thibodeaux sculpture so far (August 2015)

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It occurs to me that I’ve been so busy with a project that fell in my lap exactly a year ago that I haven’t written much to indicate that my blog is still alive and well.  It turned into a project so big that it froze all my other projects in their tracks. I’ve told […]

The Thélèsphore Thibodeaux house, St. Martin Parish, Louisiana

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. Thelesphore Thibodeaux’s house was probably built around the time of his 1st marriage, 1890, but may not have been built until after 1894.  It was then that the controversial succession of his father, Onezime, a white sugarcane farmer, brought to light the deathbed marriage to his mother Isabelle, an ex-slave, that was hotly contested […]

Succession No.2859, Oct.24, 1894, Breaux Bridge, La.

Marriage, Dec.24, 1893, Onezime E Thibodeaux and Elizabeth Locust

. Wednesday, September 3, 2014 – Several weeks ago, I received a comment on one of my Breaux Bridge blog pages, Breaux Bridge: a 19th cent. Cajun sugar cane farm, from someone in Texas who said she was researching a branch of her family in Breaux Bridge, and had a document in which the gr-gr-grandfather […]

Breaux Bridge (pg.5 of 5): Chênes Brûlée, a found-art piece

Breaux Bridge farm sculpture, floor tester 2

found art sculpture for the story “Breaux Bridge series” (pg.5 of 5): the search for my Cajun grandmother’s ancestral homestead, an 1800s sugarcane farm on Bayou Teche

Breaux Bridge (pg.4 of 5): Changes come to 20th century Cajun ways

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. . . the church auctioned off the house for a dollar to anyone who would move it off the property, and they did; floated it down the bayou to the other side . . . what I pulled out from under leaf litter a foot thick, amidst a scattering of massive iron hooks, levers and free weights, was the arm of a 1910 farm scale, its wooden cabinet long rotted to dust, abandoned since my great great uncle died in 1942.

Breaux Bridge (pg.3 of 5): Remnants of a 19th century Cajun homestead on Bayou Teche

oak tree on Bayou Teche at dawn

Breaux Bridge (pg.3 of 5): Discovering my grandmother’s Cajun ancestors and their 19th cent. sugarcane farm on Bayou Teche

Breaux Bridge (pg.2 of 5): My grandmother’s Cajun ancestors

1864, Amorilda (Ada) Babin, age 18, b.Aug.6,1846, youngest of 22 born to Marie Thersile Thibodeaux & Alexandre Pierre Babin,DSCN4281b.conv.

Breaux Bridge series (pg.2 of 5): Discovering my grandmother’s Cajun ancestors and their 19th cent. sugarcane farm on Bayou Teche

Breaux Bridge (pg.1 of 5): A 19th cent. Cajun sugarcane farm

wagons in the snow. winter '89

Breaux Bridge (pg.1 of 5): Discovering my grandmother’s Cajun ancestors on a 19th cent. sugarcane farm on Bayou Teche

Ten Years Gone

1929, Lake Charles,La.

. .   Ten years ago today, my grandmother died. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . […]

Ping Pong Asleep – The First New Project of 2014 . . . YAY!

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  January 17, 2014 –    What you have to know first is that my grandfather did not approve of kissing cats.  “You shouldn’t kiss cats!”  This of course elicited a flurry of cat kissing.  You see, my grandmother was a cat person, my mother was a cat person, I am a cat person, but […]