Children Orphaned by the Natchez Massacre
The following is information I received from the Ursuline Academy in Louisiana;
The indians spared the lives of many of the women and children, but took them captive. Governor Périer then sent an expedition of almost seven hundred men to lay siege to White Apple (the indian village), and after two attempts they liberated the captives. The women and children were brought to New Orleans, where officials faced the problem of providing a home for those who had been orphaned. The officials turned to the Ursulines, asking them to shelter the orphan girls.
The number of children who arrived after the massacre is not known, but in 1731 there were forty-nine orphans at the convent.
The Ursuline Academy also sent me a list entitled 1731 - List of Orphan Girls Who Are Living at the Ursuline Convent in New Orleans. There are no Mesplet's in the following list. When you compare the names with the list of those killed at Ft. Rosalie, I'm not even sure that all of these are orphans of the massacre. There are only two boys who are specifically mentioned as orphans from the massacre. The quote from the history book above says that the number of orphans is not known. What's all this mean? To me it means that it's not likely that the Mesplet children of lore were raised by these nuns but you can't rule anything out for sure.
|DRIAN, Marianne Thérèse||11|
|CHEMITE, Catherine Pitre||6|
|ST. DENIS, Marie||7|
|CLERMONT, Marie Joseph||8|
|DENET, Marie Jeanne||3|
|ST. ESTEF, Marie Jeanne||9|
|REINE, Marie Jeanne||7|
|BIC, Marie du||8|
|BOYER, Anne Madelaine||12|
|LE GRIS, Marie Barbe||9|
|The two sons of BOUBANT who was killed at Natchez||2|
|The son of LA VAUVRET||1|