10 May 2010

Birthday Bio -- James William Cresap -- 11 May 1814 Maryland--26 July 1847 Louisiana

A great grandson of immigrant Thomas Cresap, James William was born on 11 May 1814.  He was our great great grandfather.  Leaving Maryland not long after his father died James William traveled to  New Orelans where his older brother, John Swearingen Cresap lived. Soon James Wm married a creole beauty, Martha Bauduc, daughter of Pulcherie Cassou.  Pulcherie, born in Saint Domingue (now Haiti), had three children by Joseph Theodore Bauduc (and at least five by others):  Louise Josephine Bauduc, Joseph Theodore Bauduc, and Martha Bauduc, all  born in New Orleans, all gens de couleurs libres. James William Cresap died in Williamspoint, Point Coupee Parish  26 July 1847.  Martha never remarried.

28 July 1847  Louisiana Courier, p 3
On the 26th inst. in the parish of Point Coupee, JAMES WILLIAM CRESAP, aged about 30 years a resident of this city.  His friends and acquaintances are requested to attend his funeral this afternoon at 5 o'clock, from his late residence on Constance street, between Richard street and Felicity road, without further notice.
   [Cumberland, Md, papers will please copy]

James William's widow and sons:  Martha Bauduc Cresap, Robert James Cresap (Grandad's father), John Van Cresap

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