Researching Gaston

The sources that have been found with pieces of Gaston's story are at the bottom of this page.  These sources give us small insights that we would like to confirm with more research.  This confirmation will solidify the assumptions made based on what has been found.  Those assumptions are:

1.    The name of the "Unnamed Slave Boy" was Gaston

2.    Gaston died of yellow fever

3.    Gaston died in the "early 1860s" (the exact year yet unknown)

4.    Gaston was the first person buried in the Hammond family grave site

5.    Gaston could have been either just over 15, 34, or 38 when he died

Please help us continue finding out the truth of the above information and more.

If you want to help with the search, but aren't sure where to start, check our source list at the bottom of the page and/or try one of the options below:

Get Your Library Card

Or dust off the one you already have!  The Tangipahoa Parish Library system has plenty of local resources on hand like city directories, archived newspapers, census records via, and more.  Ask a librarian and get started!


Ask Friends, Neighbors, and Family

Especially in an historic community like Hammond, the documents people have and the things they know about your research subject could surprise you.  At the very least, you walk away with a better picture of your community's history.


Check Family Records

Are there diaries, yearbooks, letters, scrapbooks, etc. from previous generations that your family stores in the attic?  You never know where connections will be forged in history.  Look into the story of your family and you might be surprised that there's a hint of the story of Gaston in there.

Search University Archives

The archives and special collections at Louisiana's universities are expansive.  Southeastern has the Center for Southeastern Louisiana Studies (CSLS) in the campus library, for instance.  There are donated pieces of local history like centennial brochures, notable correspondence, architectural drawings, and much more.  You can search the CSLS archives now by clicking on the picture above.  Use different keywords to search effectively!


Google Varying Keywords

You never know what you'll find by thinking around a research subject.   Sure, you have someone's name, but what about researching based on their profession, locality, interests, etc.?  You'll find a more full picture of the person and potentially run across a truly unique piece of information.

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Look into Church Records

Baptisms, marriages, and other church functions are often internally-recorded and can lead to key dates as well as other details.  If it's possible to determine where your research subject went to church, that location might have records that national databases do not.


Below is a list of sources searched for Gaston.  If an item relevant to Gaston was found and is available to view, you may click on it.  For a packet of all found documentation CLICK HERE.


ONLINE   1850 Slave Schedule  (VIEW)

CENTER FOR SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA RESEARCH (SELU)   Ginger Romero Collection B.5 F.6, B.10  (VIEW)   l   Chandler Family Collection,  B.4 F.1-2   l   James H Morrison Collection, B.204 F.1   l   Velmarae Dunn Collection, B.1 F.1-9, B.3 F.45 & 47   l   Family History Records, B.1 F.1   l   Regional History - Tangipahoa Parish Collection, B.13 F. 7

HILL MEMORIAL LIBRARY (LSU)   Film 395/Reel #7 - Hammond Vindicator January-December 1937 (VIEW)


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