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Michel Cantrelle
Lieutenant
Spanish Militia

American Revolutionary War Veteran

 

Commandant
First Acadian Coast
1775 - 1805

 
Born
Location
1750
New Orleans
Died
Location
October 1814
Cause  
Age 64
 
Profession Planter, Parish Judge and Commandant of First Acadian Coast
 
Spouse 1
Married
Magdelaine Croiset
1777
Spouse Born
Died
10 February 1762
September 1778
Children 1 daughter
   
Spouse 2
Married
Madeline Celest Andry
20 November 1779
Children 4 daughters, 4 sons
 
Religion Catholic
Burial St. James Catholic Cemetery
Michel Cantrelle,  son of Jacques Cantrelle and Marie Marguerite Larmusiau was born in 1750 in New Orleans.  By the age of twenty he was a lieutenant under his brother-in-law Captain Nicolas Verret in the Militia of the First Acadian Coast.  Verret died in 1775.  Michel Cantrelle became the new Commandant and remained commandant until the end of Spanish rule in Louisiana in 1803.  Louisiana territorial Gov. Claiborne reappointed him as commandant of the First Acadian Coast in 1804. 

Michel Cantrelle was a member of the Louisiana legislative council of the territorial government.  In 1805 he became the Parish Judge of the new parish of Acadia. In 1807 Acadia Parish was divided into St. James and Ascension Parishes.  Michel Cantrelle then became the Parish Judge of St. James Parish until 1812.

In 1807 construction of a new Catholic church at present day Convent began.  In honor of Michel Cantrelle's long and dedicated service to the area, the church was named St. Michel de Cantrelle.  It is now called St. Michael's.

REVOLUTIONARY SOLDIER
GALVEZ EXPEDITION
LT. MICHEL CANTRELLE
1750     1814

PLACED BY
SPIRIT OF '76 CHAPTER
DAR

MICHEL CANTRELLE

St. James Catholic Cemetery
St. James, LA


 

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