Honoré Doussan papers, 1779-1910 | Louisiana Research Collection

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Title: Honoré Doussan papers, 1779-1910Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1779-1879

ID: LaRC/Manuscripts Collection 415

Primary Creator: Doussan, Honoré.

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Arrangement: The collection is arranged chronologically. The collection consists of one box and one oversize folder.

Date Acquired: 09/00/1976

Subjects: Doussan, Honoré., Doussan family., French -- Louisiana -- New Orleans., French Americans -- Louisiana -- New Orleans., Ramos, Celeste.

Forms of Material: Baptismal certificates., Certificates., Death certificates., Marriage certificates., Military records., Orders (military records), Wills.

Languages: English, French, Spanish;Castilian, Latin

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection contains the papers of Honoré Doussan, a doctor who served in the French military between 1806 and 1820. He immigrated to Louisiana in 1820 and married Celeste Ramos. The collection includes death certificates, a marriage certificate, baptismal certificates, military orders, travel orders, service certificates, commissions, certificates of honor, emancipation papers, wills, passports, correspondence, birth certificates, and newspaper clippings.

Biographical Note

Honoré Doussan (1784-186?) was a doctor who served in the French military between 1806 and 1820. In 1813 he was named to the Legion of Honor by the Emperor. In 1820 his request for release from active duty was permitted and he was allowed to move to New Orleans. In 1825, Doussan married Celeste Ramos. In the 1860s he was Deputy Sheriff of the Parish of Orleans. Doussan died sometime between 1866 and 1867.

Subject/Index Terms

Doussan, Honoré.
Doussan family.
French -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
French Americans -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Ramos, Celeste.

Administrative Information

Repository: Louisiana Research Collection

Access Restrictions: Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.

Use Restrictions: Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Acquisition Source: Edmond L. Bendernagel, Jr.

Preferred Citation: Honoré Doussan papers, Manuscripts Collection 415, Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118.

Processing Information: Collection processed in 1977 by SMW.

Finding Aid Revision History: Finding aid information entered in Archon by LAC Group in 2011.

Other Note: OCLC Number: 785241641


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Box 1: Honoré Doussan papersAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Death certificate, 1779 September 9Add to your cart.
François Doussan, husband of François Suquet died on the present day at age of fifty-two. Copy, certified, 1820 March 11.
Folder 2: Oral examination and extract from a journal, 1777 December 15Add to your cart.

Examination: "Masters" of surgery examine and attest to the abilities of Henri Doussan conferring on him the title of surgeon. Registered on stamped paper. French.

Extract from a journal: A group of "maitres" accept young Monsieur Doussan as a Maître of Surgery. French.

Folder 3: Baptism certificates, 1784 February 27Add to your cart.

Honoré, son of Henry Doussan and Magdelaire Marie Levens. This was done because the boy was in danger of death. French. Copy, 1814 January 23.

Honoré Doussan born 1784 February 26. French. Copy.

Folder 4: Death certificate, 1786 October 20Add to your cart.
François Suquet, widow of François Doussan, who died October 19 at sixty-five years of age, Grasse, France. French. Copy, notarized 1820 March 11.
Folder 5: Death certificate, 1784 August 16Add to your cart.
Magdelaine Levens, mother of  Honoré Doussan, Grasse, France. French. Copy, certified, 1820.
Folder 6: Baptism certificates, 1795 March 2Add to your cart.

Celeste Estefania Ramos Albert, who was born 1794 November 25, daughter of Dr. Rafael Ramos de Vilches and Dõna Francisca Albert. Spanish. Copy, notarized 1856 November 6.

Celeste Estefania Ramos Albert. Copy, notarized New Orleans, 1830 March 8.

Pencil copy of Celeste Estefania Ramos y Albert. French.

Folder 7: Travel orders, 1796 August 27Add to your cart.
Henry Doussan ordered by the Army of Italy to the hospital Santo Spirito to work there in his capacity as doctor under the command of M. Villery. French.
Folder 8: Certification of citizenship, 1805 October 30Add to your cart.
The Mayor of the town of Grasse, France certifies that Honoré Doussan, student of surgery, has never done anything to lose his citizenship. French.
Folder 9: Service certificate, 1805 November 1Add to your cart.
Medical proficiency of Honoré Doussan by the medical staff at the Civil and Military Hospital at Grasse, France. French. Copy notarized.
Folder 10: Military orders, 1805 November 26Add to your cart.
Honoré Doussan named in provisional employ as surgeon sub-aide major in the Army of Italy, Milan. French. Copy,  1817 February 1.
Folder 11: Service certificate, 1806 February 17Add to your cart.
Verrone, Italy, the Surgeon Major certifies the confidence of the Chiefs in Honoré Doussan in caring for the sick. French.
Folder 12: Service certificate, 1806 May 25Add to your cart.
Honoré Doussan is certified by the head surgeon as to his talent, zeal, and irreproachable conduct. French. Copy.
Folder 13: Commission, 1806 May 25Add to your cart.
Provisional employment as Surgeon Sub-aide Major of Honoré Doussan in the Army of Italy for as long as he is needed. French. Copy.
Folder 14: Travel orders, 1806 May 30Add to your cart.
Honoré Doussan to Zara, Dalmatie. French.
Folder 15: Service certificate, 1806 July 22Add to your cart.
Honoré Doussan in the hospitals in the Army of Italy; everyone is impressed with his great work. French.
Folder 16: Commissions, 1807 May 1Add to your cart.

Monsieur Doussan to be a surgeon in the Army of Dalmatie as of 1807 April 26.

Monsieur Doussan to be a surgeon in the Army of Dalmatie as of 1807 April 26. French. Copy, signed l'Intendant Militaire.

Folder 17: Service certificate, 1807 May 8Add to your cart.
Honoré Doussan has been employed by the Army of Dalmatie, Military Hospital at Raguse, since 1806 August 20 as Surgeon sub-aide and served well. French. Certified with the signatures of the Aide de Camp of the Emperor, the surgeon major, and five other officers.
Folder 18: Military orders, 1809 March 15Add to your cart.

Honoré Doussan to report to the 79th regiment of Ligne. French.

Honoré Doussan to report to the 79th regiment of Ligne. French. Copy.

Folder 19: Service certificate, 1811 September 24Add to your cart.
Honoré Doussan has served with zeal and distinction especially during the fever which ran rampant through the troop. French. Certified with seven signatures of Officers.
Folder 20: Military orders, 1812 May 29Add to your cart.
Honoré Doussan to go to Chambesy. French.
Folder 21: Military orders, 1812 May 29Add to your cart.
Honoré Doussan as a surgeon in the 79th regiment of Ligne. French. Copy, signed l'Intendant Militaire.
Folder 22: Service certificate, 1813 August 16Add to your cart.
Monsieur Doussan has been chief of health service for the battalion for more than a year while in Germany and has always given good service in the caring for the wounded even under fire. French. Signed Surgeon Major of the 13th Brigade, Provence de Ligne.
Folder 23: Announcement, 1813 September 28Add to your cart.
The Emperor has provisionally named Monsieur Doussan, Surgeon Major of the 79th Regiment, Knight of the Legion of Honor. French.
Folder 24: Letter, 1813 September 28Add to your cart.
Dresde, Comte Monthéon, to Monsieur Doussan stating that he has been provisionally named Knight of the Legion of Honor by the Emperor. French. Copy certified: Grasse, France, 1816 January 28, order number 44676.
Folder 25: Certificates of honor, 1813 September 28Add to your cart.
Paris, Le Grand Chancelier, Ministre d'etat, to Monsieur Doussan, Honoré  stating that he has been named to the Legion of Honor by the Emperor. French. Copy certified: Digne, 1816 July 31, with seven signatures.
Folder 26: Certificate, 1813 October 10Add to your cart.
Declares that Honoré Doussan, Major Surgeon-aide of the 4th Batallion of the 79th Regiment was named Knight of the Legion of Honor and Major Surgeon of the land by the Emperor. This letter written so he might reclaim his rights upon re-entering France. French.
Folder 27: Military record, 1813 December 10Add to your cart.
Honoré Doussan from 1806-1813. French.
Folder 28: Certificates, 1813 December 10Add to your cart.
The members of the Counsel of Administration of the 4th Batallion of the 79th Regiment state that Honoré Doussan was named Knight of Honor and Surgeon Major to the land and that he has done the job of surgeon major for over a year now. French. Copy signed l'Intendant Militaire.
Folder 29: Certificate, 1814 July 27Add to your cart.
Military honor for Honoré Doussan of the Decoration du Lis. French.
Folder 30: Record, 1814 August 8Add to your cart.
Military service of Honoré Doussan in the 79th infantry regiment of Ligue. French.
Folder 31: Record, 1814 August 8Add to your cart.
Military service of Honoré Doussan from 1806-1814. French. Copy, certified: Grasse, 1816 February 9.
Folder 32: Certificate of appointment, 1814 October 1Add to your cart.
Honoré Doussan names Surgeon under-aide of the hospital. French. Copy signed l'Intendant Militaire.
Folder 33: Commission, 1814 December 1Add to your cart.
Honoré Doussan is named Surgeon sub-aide at the Hospital at Toulon. French.
Folder 34: Orders, 1815 May 22Add to your cart.
Honoré Doussan to leave Toulon and go to Chaumont on 1815 June 10. French. Note: he did not arrive until 1815 June 13.
Folder 35: Orders, 1815 May 22Add to your cart.
Honoré Doussan to leave Toulon and go to Chaumont on 1815 June 10. French. Copy.
Folder 36: Record, 1815 June 15Add to your cart.
Military records of Honoré Doussan from 1806-1815. French. Copy, Grasse, 1816 January 11.
Folder 37: Commission, 1816 January 24Add to your cart.
Honoré Doussan is commissioned as Surgeon aide-major in the Departmental Legion of the Low Alpes. French.
Folder 38: Commission, 1816 January 24Add to your cart.
Honoré Doussan is commissioned as Surgeon-aide Major attached to the Departmental Legion at Digne. French. Copy.
Folder 39: Declaration, 1816 January 30Add to your cart.
The subprefect of Grasse states that Honoré Doussan has registered in this service on 1815 October 12 as a health officer in the army for over six years. French. Copy, Grasse, 1816 February 17.
Folder 40: Death certificate, 1818 June 26Add to your cart.
Honoré Levens died at ninety-two years of age, son of Jean Levens and Dorotheé Maucert, husband of Marie Louise Monet. French.
Folder 41: Commission, 1820 March 11Add to your cart.
Official commission of Honoré Doussan to the rank of surgeon aide Major in Rennis Horse Artillery regiment. French.
Folder 42: Commission, 1820 March 11Add to your cart.
Promotion of Honoré Doussan to the position of Surgeon Major in the Horse Artillery Regiment. French. Copy, signed I'Intendant Militarie.
Folder 43: Certificate, 1820 March 24Add to your cart.
Declaration that the undersigned state that Honoré Doussan of the Legion of the Lower Alpes has not contracted any marriage since the formation of the Legion to this date. French.
Folder 44: Service certificate, 1820 March 24Add to your cart.
Military record of Honoré Doussan serving as surgeon for the 1st and 2nd battalions of the Legion des Basses Alpes. French.
Folder 45: Service record, 1820 July 15Add to your cart.
Fragments of military record of Honoré Doussan. French.
Folder 46: Certificate of birth, 1820 August 8Add to your cart.
Major of the city of Grasse certifies that Sir Honoré Doussan, Knight of Honor, was born 1784 February 26, son of the late Henry Doussan, verifying the city records. French. Certified 1820 August 9.
Folder 47: Leave request denied, 1820 August 17Add to your cart.
Paris, Surgeon Major Doussan is denied a ten month leave of absence; this is not a legal possibility. If he really must go to New Orleans on business, he can be placed on the inactive list without pay to be re-entered with the actives on his return. French.
Folder 48: Release orders, 1820 October 10Add to your cart.
Ministry of War permission for Honoré Doussan to be released from active service to New Orleans. French. Certified copy with six signatures.
Folder 49: Financial release, 1820 October 27Add to your cart.
Monsieur Doussan acknowledges that he will receive no salary as of 1820 October 28, the day he leaves the corps. French.
Folder 50: Service declaration, 1820 October 28Add to your cart.
Statement that Honoré Doussan served with honor and distinction from 1820 April 3-October 28 in the 2nd Regiment of Artillery à Cheval, Toulouse. French.
Folder 51: Service declaration, 1820 October 28Add to your cart.
Statement that Honoré Doussan served with honor and distinction from 1820 April 3-October 28 in the 2nd Regiment of Artillery à Cheval, Toulouse. French.
Folder 52: Baptism certificate, 1821 June 11Add to your cart.
Theódule, born 1819 December 9, son of Joseph Fossier and Celeste Ramos. French.
Folder 53: Marriage certificate, 1825 April 9Add to your cart.
Wedding certificate between Honoré Doussan and Celeste Ramos. Latin.
Folder 54: Marriage registration, 1825 September 21Add to your cart.
Before the judge of St. Charles Parish, Honoré Doussan, Knight of the Legion of Honor and native of Grasse, son of the late Henry Doussan, has contracted marriage with Celeste Stephanie Ramos, widow of the late Joseph Fossier. French.
Folder 55: Baptism certificate, 1826 December 23Add to your cart.
Honorine Marie Elizabeth born 1826 December 10, daughter of Honoré Doussan and Celeste Ramos. French.
Folder 56: Emancipation papers, 1827 March 15Add to your cart.
A slave named Charlotte, about sixteen years of age, is given her legal rights. Certified 1827 April 25 that no one has opposed this in the required forty days. French. Embossed seal.
Folder 57: Will, 1831 March 14Add to your cart.
Will of Monsieur Antoine Joseph Doussan of Baton Rouge giving all his goods to Honoré Françon Theodore, fourteen months, and one unborn, a sum of 2,000 piastres. French. Certified copy by notary.
Folder 58: Will draft, 1831?Add to your cart.
Notes for Antoine Joseph Doussan's will. French.
Folder 59: Baptism certificate, 1832 January 11Add to your cart.
Baptism record of Henry August Lasard born 1831 September 2. French.
Folder 60: Baptism certificate, 1834 May 29Add to your cart.
Baptism of Hyppolite Raphael born 1833 February 12, daughter of Honoré Doussan and Celeste Ramos.
Folder 61: Grand chancellor of the Royal order of the Legion of Honor, Paris, to Monsieur Honoré Doussan, 1835 May 14Add to your cart.
Concerning the law of 1834 May 23 which states that members of the Legion who reside temporarily in foreign countries can not continue to be sure of their treatment especially if this residency was not authorized by the King. It would well that you provide the grand chancellery of this. French.
Folder 62: Baptism certificate, 1838 February 26Add to your cart.
Baptism of Eugénie Marie Marguerite Doussan born 1837 December 8. French. Copy, 1854 May 11.
Folder 63: Passport, 1852 October 15Add to your cart.
Travel papers of Honoré Doussan issued at Spring Hill, Mobile, Alabama for travel to France. French.
Folder 64: Will, 1852 October 25Add to your cart.
Honoré Doussan names his wife executrix of his property, New Orleans. French. Copy.
Folder 65: Residence request, 1853 January 6Add to your cart.
The major of Grasse, Department of the War, states that Monsieur Dr. Honoré Doussan, native of this town, wishes to establish his home in Grasse once again. French. Copy certified.
Folder 66: Honoré Doussan, Grasse, to the Minister of War, Paris, 1853 December 31Add to your cart.
Regarding the promise that should he return to France his position, rank, and honors would be returned to him. French.
Folder 67: Fragments relating to Doussan family history, 1853Add to your cart.
French.
Folder 68: Passport, 1854 March 25Add to your cart.
Travel papers of Honoré Doussan, age seventy, to travel inside France. French. Travel permits on verso.
Folder 69: Prefect of Var to Monsieur Doussan and certificate of nationality, 1854 July 27, 1862 October 16Add to your cart.
Certificate of Nationality: Document declaring that Honoré Doussan, living in Mandeville, is a French national. The family consists of seventy-nine year old Doussan, his sixty-five year old wife, and daughter, twenty-two. French. Attached to the back: 1854 July 27 correspondence.
Folder 70: Statement, 1854 November 13Add to your cart.
Conseiller d'État Director Général states that Monsieur Doussan has done nothing to prevent him from having a tobacco shop or state employment. French.
Folder 71: Will, 1855 August 7Add to your cart.
Honoré Doussan names his wife his executrix and leaves to her all his property the law will allow. French.
Folder 72: Honoré Doussan, Grasse, to Marshal Vinttant, 1855 September 11Add to your cart.
Asking that in view of all the service he has performed, he be given the Officer's Cross of the Legion of Honor. French.
Folder 73: Petition, 1856 April 14Add to your cart.
Paris, petition received from Doussan, dated 1856 April 12, has been sent to the Minister of Finance. French. Copy.
Folder 74: Will, 1856 September 28Add to your cart.
Celeste Ramos Doussan wills an annuity to her niece and the rest of her property to her children. French.
Folder 75: Will, 1856 September 29Add to your cart.
Honoré Doussan wills his property to his wife, Celeste Stephanie Doussan née Ramos. French.
Folder 76: Will and death notice, 1856 September 30-1866 November 21Add to your cart.

1856 September 30. Honoré Doussan's will written in New Orleans. French.

1856 December 26. Will: Honoré Doussan's will written in New Orleans. French.

1866 November 21. Death notice of Celeste Doussan. French.

Folder 77: Cher Doussan, Grasse, to Napoleon III, Emperor of France, 1865 January 1Add to your cart.
French.
Folder 78: Travel permit and parole, 1865 January 17, 1865 May 19Add to your cart.

1865 January 17. Travel permit: Confederate Army travel permit for Honoré Doussan, thirty-three years, to go to Mandeville.

1865 May 19. Parole: Honoré Doussan swears not to bear arms against Federal Troops.

Folder 79: Oath of office, 1866 March 16Add to your cart.
Honoré Doussan takes the oath as Deputy Sheriff of the Parish of Orleans. English.
Folder 80: Permit to move body, 1867 November 13Add to your cart.
The body of Honoré Doussan moved from Mandeville to New Orleans. Signed Theodore Verret, Mayor. English.
Folder 81: Permit to move body, 1867 November 13Add to your cart.
The remains of Celeste Doussan moved from Catholic Cemetery number two, to the new St. Louis Cemetery, issued by the Board of Health. English.
Folder 82: Oath of office, 1867 November 25Add to your cart.
H. Doussan takes the oath as Deputy Sheriff of the Parish of Orleans. English.
Folder 83: Newspaper clipping, 1867 December 5Add to your cart.
Times Extra article concerning revoking of General Sherman's orders dictating who shall serve on the Constitution and civil laws.
Folder 84: Birth certificate, 1869 December 12Add to your cart.
Registry of birth of Joseph Edmond Doussan, New Orleans, 1869 December 12.
Folder 85: Birth certificate, 1872 May 26Add to your cart.
Registry of birth of Joseph Avenel Doussan, New Orleans, 1872 May 26.
Folder 86: Birth certificate, 1873 June 9Add to your cart.
Registry of birth of Marie Alice Doussan, New Orleans, 1873 June 9.
Folder 87: Birth certificate, 1874 July 5Add to your cart.
Registry of birth of Marie Laure Emilie Doussan, New Orleans, 1874 January 22.
Folder 88: E. Bertrand, Grasse, France, to Honoré Doussan, New Orleans, care of Pierre Poulz, 1879 October 20Add to your cart.
He has just received a check for 743 francs. He holds a credit for Monsieur Doussan. Verso is a statement of accounts. French.
Folder 89: Certificate of life, undatedAdd to your cart.
Heine Roger, Consul of France, attest to the military career of Honoré Doussan. French. Copy.
Folder 90: Holy Name school picture, circa 1910Add to your cart.

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