GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 1: Eastern United States
Louisiana: LA-28

St. Joseph Church
307 Hammond Street
Zwolle, LA 71486

Phone: 318-645-6155

 

History: St. Joseph Church, Zwolle, and St. Ann Church, Ebarb/ Noble, Sabine Parish, Louisiana, have had substantial numbers of Native American (e.g. Mestizo, Apache, Caddo, Choctaw) parishioners in the Diocese of Shreveport (Archives: Shreveport, Louisiana).

1721-1773 (closed)

As a barrier to French expansion west of Natchitoches, Spanish authorities founded Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Los Adaes Presidio with Spanish-Mestizo soldiers, many of whom married local Caddo and Lipan Apache women (the latter were brought to the area as slaves); many of their families then populated the area

After 1803

A band of Choctaw Indians intermarried and settled in the area

1881-1986 (transferred to Shreveport Diocese)

Alexandria diocesan priests founded St. Joseph Church (e.g. Mestizo, Caddo, Choctaw, Apache), Zwolle, which first Alexandria, and then Alexandria-Shreveport diocesan priests administered

1935-1986 (transferred to Shreveport Diocese)

Alexandria-Shreveport diocesan priests founded and administered St. Ann Church (e.g. Mestizo, Caddo, Choctaw, Apache), Ebarb/ Noble

1986-present

Shreveport diocesan priests have administered St. Joseph’s

1986-2005

Shreveport diocesan priests administered St. Ann’s

2005-present

Shreveport diocesan priests at St. Joseph’s have attended St. Ann’s

 

Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1890s-ongoing

Volume: Many records within several volumes

Description: Sacramental records (e.g. baptisms, marriages, burials) for Native American parishioners of St. Joseph Church and St. Ann Church.

 

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.

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