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Catahoula Parish History

Catahoula Parish was founded on March 23, 1808, from parts of both Ouachita and Rapides Parishes. The parish was named for the large Catahoula Lake (now part of LaSalle Parish), known to the Tensas Indians as "catoola", meaning big, clear lake.
1808 map
1808 map

Many cultures lived in the area before Catahoula was established. The peoples of the Marksville, Troyville, Coles Creek, and Plaquemine cultures built villages and mounds thoughout the site. Most notably the Troyville Earthworks with parts dating back to 100 BC. Sadly, many of the mounds were torn down to make way for new settlements. Jonesville hosted the 2nd tallest mound in North America until it was dug to create the bridge over black river.

With 14 boundry revisions to Catahoula Parish over the course of 100 years, there can be some confusion when looking for long ago relatives. Originally founded in 1808, 4 years before Louisiana was admitted to the Union, Catahoula Parish was taken from parts of both Ouachita and Rapides Parishes. For 30 years it held it's shape until 1838, when Caldwell Parish was formed from parts of Catahoula and Ouachita. In 1843, Franklin Parish was founded from parts of Catahoula, Carroll, Madison, and Ouachita Parishes. Some years later, Winn Parish was created from parts of Catahoula, Natchitoches, and Rapides in 1852. Finally, in 1910, LaSalle Parish was broken from the western half of Catahoula Parish.
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1861 map

The county seat is Harrisonburg.


Town
Jonesville

Villages
Harrisonburg * Sicily Island

Census-designated place
Wallace Ridge

Unincorporated Communities
Aimwell * Enterprise * Foules * Larto * Leland * Manifest * Sandy Lake

June 8th, 1859 - Castor Springs is located near Olla in the current parish of LaSalle


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Catahoula Parish Data

 

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Census Records

Church Histories / Records

Family Bibles and Records

Marriage Records: A Surnames

Miscellaneous Data

Native American Data

School Records

Slavery Records

Wills/Probate Records

Website Updates:
Feb 2017: bios for BAIRD, BOATNER, BROWN, BRUNOT, BURRILL, CALHOUN, COTTON, DUKE, HOLSTEIN, MASON, METCALFE, PECK, PENISTON, SMITH, THOMPSON, WAGGONER, WHATLEY, WILLISON.  Obits for SPENCER, WALTERS, DUKE, WHYTE.  Marriage Announcement for REED-GRIFFIN
 

 

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Surrounding Parishes and Counties
Franklin Parish (north)
Tensas Parish (northeast)
Concordia Parish (east)
Avoyelles Parish (south)
La Salle Parish (west)
Caldwell Parish (northwest)


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