Thursday, July 19, 2018

kathleen balthazar heitzmannKathleen Balthazar Heitzmann

My parents are the late Cassie Balthazar and Frank Pimentel. My grandparents are the late Essie Delphin and Johnny Balthazar. All, except for my father, were born and raised on Cane River.

The Balthazar's: Our Balthazar line descends from Louis Metoyer (c. 1770-1832), the third born child of Claude Thomas Pierre Metoyer and CoinCoin. A daughter named Marie Rose Metoyer (b. c. 1792) was born to Louis Metoyer and his wife Antoinette Colton Mais/Cottonmaïs.  Marie Rose Metoyer married Jean Baptiste Balthazar Monet (c. 1780) and had the following children: Prosper, François Paul, Antoinette, Marie Felice, Ophelia, Leopold, Rosine, Eulalie, Pierre Felicien, Louise Nicaise, and Marie Balthazar. These offspring and their progeny no doubt represent all of the Cane River Balthazar's.  My branch is descendant from the second born son François Paul Balthazar. François Paul Balthazar married Martha Jones and their children were Louis Nicholas, Carroll Augustin, Henry Paul, Catherine (Sa) Honoré, John Dave, Cecelia Aurora, Samuel Thomas, and May Antoinette Balthazar. My grandfather is John Dave Balthazar who married Essie Delphin. Thanks to the research done by Joe Mullon III information has recently come to light that Jean Baptiste Balthazar dit Monet is actually a Dupré. Jean Baptiste Dupré fathered two children with his slave, a Canneci/Kiowa Apache Indian named Catherine. Their son Balthazar took his father’s name, Jean Baptiste as his Christian name and chose Balthazar as his surname.
The Jones’: The Cane River Jones line originates with J. Carroll Jones. Carroll married Catherine Clifton who came from the community of Sieper, Rapides Parish. Together they had sixteen children. Their fifth child Maria Louise married August Delphin. These were my grandmother's parents. Their tenth child Martha married F. Paul Balthazar.  These were my grandfather's parents so that we see my grandparents were first cousins. My interest in family history began as a youngster in the 1950s with visits to Cane River.  Those visits made an indelible imprint on my young mind. Another important factor in my desire to collect family history came from listening to my mother and her sister’s talk about family members. They seemed to derive such delight and pleasure in the simple task of repeatedly ticking off all of the aunts, uncles, and as many sets of grandparents possible. The Jones original homeplace was on the west side of the river five to six miles north of St. Augustine Church in the area known as Bermuda. The original land extended a few miles south and it is from this property, that both the Delphin homeplace and the Balthazar homeplace were carved out.

In my first self-published book, Cane River Genealogy: Metoyer, CoinCoin, Jones, Clifton, Delphin I was able to include not only the Metoyer and Jones genealogy but photos and stories. Since that time (1994) the collection has grown to include a separate book just on the Metoyer lineage, a book that includes ten other families: Beaudoin, Chevalier, Delphin, Gallien, Jones, Marinovich, Meziere, Rouege, Prudhomme, and Terrell families, and a separate book of stories, Cane River and its Creole Stories which was published by Northwestern State University.

I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and Master of Science degree in science education from The State University of New York at Albany. I am a retired math and science teacher in the NYS public school system where I still tutor. I also coach varsity cross-country and track.

1) Cane River and its Creole Stories -  This book looks at life on Cane River during the teens, twenties, and thirties of the twentieth-century through stories, letters, and interviews.  Cane River, located in rural Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, is a unique place in America. Its inhabitants are descendents from French noblemen and merchants, African slaves, and the Native American Choctaw, Canneci and Natchez tribes, who in the 1800s led an aristocratic life. That life was shattered in the aftermath of the Civil War, when their antebellum status as free people was forgotten and everyone with a trace of African descent became ex-slaves in the eyes of the law and our social system.
2) Cane River Genealogy: The Metoyer Volume
3) Cane River Genealogy: Beaudoin, Chevalier, Delphin, Gallien, Jones, Marinovich, Meziere, Rouege, Prudhomme, and Terrell Volume

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