Monday, June 29, 2015



Montfort Browne

Original Moro (Moreau) patent: Daughter of Augustine LaCoste and Elizabeth Hartley. Direct descendant of Joseph Moreau, the original patentee and owner of Dauphin Island. Mordecai Arnold wrote this, which is a bit confusing: Joseph Moreau or Moro (Moreau himself
entered the alternate spellings), a native of Brest, France, applied in 1781 to the Governor of Mobile for a grant to Dauphin Island, Alabama, at the mouth of Mobile Bay. The application was granted (by Henrique Grimarest, commandant of Mobile under Governor Galvez) on Aug. 1, 1781 (the deed says Don Henry Grimarest, and Governor of Mobile: Mobile Probate Court, Translated Record Book 2, p.82;)... Moreau occupied Dauphin Island for some time and then moved first to Biloxi, Mississippi, then to New Orleans. Joseph Moreau or Mor Jr. dwelt in Dauphin Island at the time he married (Marie). Their daughter Euphrasie L'Amy (or granddaughter? Daughter of Marie Moreau L'Amy?) married Augustine LaCoste, Sr. Augustine LaCoste, Jr. married Elizabeth Hartley. "Claudine LaCoste, daughter of Augustine,Jr., married Seth Willis Roberts."
- Ray 

Birth: 1823
Mobile County
Alabama, USA
Death: Dec. 3, 1887
Mobile County
Alabama, USA

Claudine LaCoste is said to have been the daughter of John LaCoste (father of Cyrus, Claudine, Corinne, Irene C., Appauline, and Augustine LaCoste III). John LaCoste was the son of Augustine LaCoste Jr. (d. 1839) and Elizabeth Hartley (1799-c.1870), whose children also included Nicholas, Rowena, Ferdinand, Donat. (Other sources say that Claudine was the daughter of Lamy LaCoste and Marie Moreau.)

The LaCoste family had owned the patent to most of Dauphin Island, reinstated several times after the land was claimed by Spain and the United States. A U.S. patent to Euphrasie L'Amy's son, Augustine LaCoste, Jr., dated May 22, 1838, covered 2264.12 acres of Dauphin Island. Euphrasie's husband, Augustine LaCoste, had sold half to Joshua Kennedy and half to the United States Government. Frances Young, Dauphin Island historian, wrote that "portions of this were sold to Garrow, Brown, Lyon, and others." (Writings of Peter Hamilton and Marie Bankhead Owens. Mobile County Probate records show the 1781-1783 actions.) 

 "heirs of Robert Farmar" claim to Mobile River island

"heirs of Robert Farmer" sue for corner of Emanuel and Government

 claims by "heirs of Robert Farmar"

Mary Elizabeth Farmar DeVaubercey

Curtis Lewis appointed to navigation board

Son in law of DeVaubercey makes Dauphin Island map

Marquis DeVaubercey

HAMILTON'S  MOBILE "The advantageous situation of this harbor, to the very heart
of the richest part of the country, is as it were a back door to 
New Orleans, and will ever remain an unmovable check, by 
inevitably cutting off all communication between the river Mis- 
sissippi and Europe, and the French western islands. Yet this 
depends upon the seasonable measures taken by the govern- 
ment to put this country and harbor into a better posture of 
defense, by erecting a fort at its entrance, and sending colonies 

One important factor in commerce was the pilot. The first 
one was Samuel Carr, who lived on Dauphine Island. It seems 
the island had been in whole or part granted him, but he cut 
down the timber and killed the cattle to such an extent that the 
governor and council moved him over to Mobile Point. That 
was to be his headquarters, and a house was ordered built 
there. He was succeeded in 1768 by Captain Richard Harley, 
whose salary was X50. 



In a letter of November 1763 from Major Farmar to Lord Egremont, he said ".....A corporal and six men I have sent to the Island Dauphin to be assisting the Pilot in going off to ships, as the bar is very dangerous, and there are no inhabitants upon the island."