Volume 1: Eastern United States
Louisiana: LA-17

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 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, after 1803.

1881-present (Shreveport, 1986-present)

New Orleans diocesan priests founded, and they and their successors have administered St. Joseph Church (Choctaw-Apache), Zwolle

1935-2005 (Shreveport, 1986-2005)

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

2005-present (Shreveport, 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.


Archival materials from the Raynor Memorial Libraries

Marquette Archives