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Near Mansfield in De Soto Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

Paul BoŁet Laffitte

(1746-circa 1815)

 
 
Paul BoŁet Laffitte Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 28, 2017
1. Paul BoŁet Laffitte Marker
Inscription. The progenitor of the Laffitte family in northwest Louisiana was born in Pouyroquelaure, Gascony, France on March 4, 1746 to Francois Jean BoŁet and Marie de Laffitte. He immigrated to Louisiana in 1764 and eventually settled here in the Bayou Pierre community. Laffitte was a prominent figure in local affairs and a respected trader with the Yatasi and other Caddo Indian groups in northwest Louisiana and northeast Texas. He established a cattle ranch in the Dolet Hills region of present-day DeSoto Parish and was appointed a justice in the Bayou Pierre settlement by the Spanish. In 1770 he married Marie Magdeleine Grappe (1754-1781), of French and Chitimacha Indian descent. Although contemporaries, their eldest sons, Pierre and Jean Baptiste, were not related to the pirates Pierre and Jean Laffite of Barataria fame. In 1782 Laffitte married Eulalie Marie Anne de Soto (1762-1833), of French and Spanish descent and granddaughter of Louis Juchereau de St. Denis, founder of Natchitoches. Paul BoŁet Laffitte's name disappears from local records after 1815, with the date and place of his death being unknown.
 
Erected 2012.
 
Location. 32° 5.209′ N, 93° 37.468′ W. Marker is near Mansfield, Louisiana, in De Soto Parish.
The view south on Louisiana State Highway 509. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 28, 2017
2. The view south on Louisiana State Highway 509.
Marker is at the intersection of Louisiana Route 509 and Carmel Loop, on the right when traveling north on State Route 509. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5046 LA-509, Mansfield LA 71052, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battle of Mansfield or Sabine Cross Roads (approx. 5.7 miles away); Battle of Mansfield or Sabine Cross Roads (approx. 5.8 miles away); Texas Monument (approx. 5.8 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Mansfield or Sabine Cross Roads (approx. 5.8 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Mansfield or Sabine Cross Roads (approx. 5.8 miles away); Las Ormigas Spanish Land Grant (approx. 9.6 miles away); Double Churches (approx. 10.1 miles away); Federal Advance (approx. 11.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mansfield.
 
Also see . . .  Genealogical page on information about Pierre Paul BoŁet Lafitte (Laffitte). (Submitted on July 8, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
View from marker looking north. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 28, 2017
3. View from marker looking north.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 8, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 8, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 72 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 8, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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