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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LeJeune, Newton Ray Newton Ray19 April 20086Burial 
Arbour, Tallulah Mary Tallulah Mary19 April 200311Death 
Beaman, Joseph Calvin Joseph Calvin19 April 200113Burial 
White, Verna Mae Verna Mae19 April 200014Burial 
Price, Ray Wilson Ray Wilson19 April 199519Death 
Arbour, Lucious J. Yaun Lucious J. Yaun19 April 197440Burial 
Watson, Francis Franklin Francis Franklin19 April 194074Death 
Scott, Louisa Warfield Louisa Warfield19 April 193282Birth 
Estes, Alvah Russ Alvah Russ19 April 192787Birth 
Tullier, Melba Fay Melba Fay19 April 192688Birth 
Grignon, Josephine Josephine19 April 191896Death 
Guidry, Cyril Joseph Cyril Joseph19 April 191599Birth 
Taylor, Lucille Maude Lucille Maude19 April 1913101Birth 
Carlin, Joseph Joseph19 April 1884130Baptism 
Bourgeois, Joseph Edouard Joseph Edouard19 April 1852162Birth 
Bourgeois, Marie Edwige Marie Edwige19 April 1848166Birth 
Oubre, Marie Elizabeth Marie Elizabeth19 April 1790224Baptism 
LeBlanc, Marguerite Margueriteabout 19 April 1788226Burial 
Harbour, Thérèse Thérèse19 April 1734280Baptism 
Phillips, Darryl Lynn
Kirkland, Lynn Frances
Darryl Lynn19 April 196945Marriage 
Caillouet, Jean Marcellin
Thibodeaux, Azelie
Jean Marcellin19 April 1841173Marriage 
Harbour, Michel
Frégeau, Geneviève
Michel19 April 1728286Marriage 
Harbour, Jean Baptiste
Prou, Marie Catherine
Jean Baptiste19 April 1700314Marriage 

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