GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE UNITED STATES Volume 1: Eastern United States – Zwolle, Louisiana: LA-17

Diocese of Shreveport



St. Joseph Church
307 Hammond Street
Zwolle, LA 71486

Phone: 318-645-6155



History: The Spanish founded the fort, Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Los Adaes Presidio, to halt French expansion west of Natchitoches, 1721. Spanish and Mestizo (Spanish-native) soldiers manned the fort, and many of them married local Caddo and Lipan Apache women, the latter of who came to the area as slaves. The fort closed and its soldiers moved to San Antonio, 1773. But many returned and settled the Sabine Parish (county) communities of Ebarb and Zwolle. A Choctaw band intermarried and settled among them as well, after 1803.

1881-present

Diocesan priests founded and have administered St. Joseph Church (Choctaw-Apache), Zwolle

1935-2005

Diocesan priests founded and administered St. Ann Church (Choctaw-Apace), Ebarb/ Noble

2005-present

Diocesan priests from St. Joseph’s have attended St. Ann Mission



Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans: Sacramental records (e.g. baptisms, marriages, burials) for the Native American parishioners of St. Joseph Church, Zwolle, and St. Ann Church, Ebarb/ Noble.

 

Unless noted otherwise, the repository named above holds (or held) the records described and not the Marquette University Archives. However, Marquette’s holdings, e.g. Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions Records, include related records about these Native and Catholic groups and places.

New2017

Archival materials from the Raynor Memorial Libraries


Marquette Archives