Arbour Genealogy
20 December 2008 - 4:21:28pm

I first became interested in genealogy in the late 1960's when my family obtained a copy of Gayle Kinsmen, published in 1968 by John N. Averitt. Until that time, I knew little of my ancestry beyond my grandparents.

By chance I met and briefly chatted with Joseph Henry Arbour Jr. in the mid-1970s. Joe told me that there were some Arbour women who were researching the family's ancestry and that they had discovered the Arbour ancestor who first came to Louisiana. Many years would pass before I would learn who these ladies were.

For many years family reunions were held at my parent's home which were gatherings of my father's brothers, sisters, cousins, and their children. At one of these in the early 1990s I first saw the huge volume of research that had been compiled on the Arbour family. It was the work of the two women who I'd heard about almost two decades earlier.

I learned that the two women were Tallulah Mary Arbour and Vera Elizabeth Arbour. Most of what you see relating to the Arbour surname on this website is based in the work of Tula and Vera. All of us Arbours owe a debt of gratitude to them for their many years of effort to preserve our family's history.

I met Tula when she was in her nineties. Her mind was bright and clear, and she loved to talk about the Arbours who had come before us. She allowed me to make a photocopy of her "book" and shared many old newspaper articles and clippings with me. My goal is to make these things available on this website.

Sadly, I never met Vera, who was my father's first cousin. Thankfully, much of her work has also found its way to me by way of other family members with whom she had shared her compiled research.

What is truly impressive is the amount of information that Tula and Vera collected -- and then maintained -- before the age of computers and instant communication.

Other noteworthy contributors to this effort include Elizabeth Hathaway Gibbens and George Peter Gagnet Jr. Hathaway composed a series of articles that she called Kissin' Kin and Loose Connections. Her article on the Arbour family will be included on this website. I saw much correspondence between Tula and George.

To all of these, I say "thank you." The goal of this website is to continue what they started, and to keep the Arbour story alive -- for us and for future generations.

David Rowland Arbour Jr. -- January 28, 2005
Pourciau Genealogy
20 December 2008 - 4:13:43pm

I'd like to acknowledge the research done by Carroll Wendell Lanier on the Pourciau family, which gave me a tremendous kick-start in my own research on my maternal grandmother's family.

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20 December 2008 - 2:25:20pm

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Plaisance, Rena RenaAugust 198629Death 
McCollister, James B. James B.August 197738Death 
Gayle, Winnifred Rebecca Winnifred RebeccaAugust 1892123Birth 
Boudreaux, Omitted OmittedAugust 1865150Death 
Pourciau, Marie Rosalie Marie RosalieAugust 1854161Birth 
Bourgeois, Michel Albert Michel Albertabout August 1846169Birth 
Michel, Marie Celeste Marie CelesteAugust 1828187Death 
Michel, Jean Baptiste Jean BaptisteAugust 1828187Death 
Michel, Eloi EloiAugust 1828187Death 
Comeaux, Anne AnneAugust 1788227Death 
Terriot, Marie MarieAugust 1749266Birth 
Doucet, Madeleine MadeleineAugust 1671344Birth 
Arbour, Roy Thomas "Tommy" Jr. Roy Thomas "Tommy" Jr.1 August 20087Burial 
Armstrong, Doris T. Doris T.1 August 200114Death 
Beatty, Roy Norbert "Honey" Roy Norbert "Honey"1 August 199520Burial 
Phillips, Lawrence David "Davey" III Lawrence David "Davey" III1 August 199421Death 
Lusk, Sr. Ethel Anna Sr. Ethel Anna1 August 199025Death 
Converse, Ellie Ellie1 August 198827Burial 
Seghers, Elsie Marie Elsie Marie1 August 198728Death 
Tapia, Isauro Enrique "Tap" Isauro Enrique "Tap"1 August 198629Burial 
Arbour, Lawrence Earl "Jeff" Lawrence Earl "Jeff"1 August 198035Death 
Fleniken, Patricia Patricia1 August 194966Birth 
Beatty, Eugene William Eugene William1 August 194867Burial 
Arbour, Louis Albert Louis Albert1 August 1907108Birth 
Arbour, Frederick Stevens Frederick Stevens1 August 1907108Birth 
Brown, Lena B. Lena B.1 August 1901114Burial 
Amiss, Bernadine Bernadine1 August 1897118Birth 
Arbour, Maria Estelle Maria Estelle1 August 1887128Birth 
Kroger, Martha Matilda Martha Matilda1 August 1885130Death 
Vallet, Edward D. Edward D.1 August 1884131Birth 
Ramouin, Rose Cecilia Rose Cecilia1 August 1877138Birth 
Person, Presley G. Presley G.1 August 1871144Death 
Caillouet, Jean Justinien Lestor Jean Justinien Lestor1 August 1852163Burial 
Comeaux, Victorin Pierre Victorin Pierre1 August 1848167Birth 
Caillouet, Joseph Florestan Joseph Florestan1 August 1845170Birth 
Oubre, Joseph Joseph1 August 1837178Birth 
Oubre, Marie Caroline Marie Caroline1 August 1800215Birth 
Bourgeois, Paul Edward Paul Edward1 August 1798217Birth 
Daigre, Josephine Lucia Josephine Lucia1 August 1792223Birth 
Boudrot, Marguerite Marguerite1 August 1773242Death 
Harbour, Marie Louise Marie Louise1 August 1749266Baptism 
Sanders, Robert Lee
Prewitt, Lillian Ruth
Robert LeeAugust 194273Marriage 
Demarest, Fernand Raymond
Masson, Estelle
Fernand RaymondAugust 194174Marriage 
Lusk, Alfred Persac
Jacobs, Laura Maud
Alfred PersacAugust 193877Marriage 
Guerin, Leon
Pourciau, Marietta
LeonAugust 1901114Marriage 
Guillaume, Alvin J. "Al"
Haynes, Evelyn Mary "BeBee"
Alvin J. "Al"1 August 195461Marriage 
Heard, Harwood Perry Jr.
Thomas, Eleanor Maxine
Harwood Perry Jr.1 August 194867Marriage 
Middleton, Lester William
Arbour, Mary Isabella Ruth
Lester William1 August 192590Marriage 
Richard, Pierre
Oubre, Marie Doralise
Pierre1 August 1853162Marriage 

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