Jean Guillaume Burat

Louis “D.D.” M. Scarabin, Jr. passed this along which appears to have originated from Alvin Buras:

Our first Buras ancester that came to America, Jean Guillaume Burat, came on the ship “UNION” on 28 May 1719. On the passenger list he was listed as Jean Guillaume Beuret     of Solieur, Bishopric of Basle, Switzerland. He was four feet six inches tall and had Auburn hair. His declared age was twenty two. The majority of the settlers were persons who were “criminals or undesirables” outside of the soldiers, or indentured servants, who were to try to create “industries” in La Louisiane.
For some reason or another he changed his name to Jean Guillaume Burat. How Jean Guillaume returned to Europe is unknown,but his return to Louisiana is part of the story of the German Coast. This scheme apparently had a few persons who left Louisiana preaching its virtues up and down the duchies of the Rhine, from Switzerland to the Lower Countries, in part an attempt to draw many farming families. They also posted fliers along the way. The patron of this scheme, John Law, sought to bring somesettlers to help make Louisiana a profitable venture area, improving France’s economic power with colonial products.
Jean Guillaume Burat was apparently a recruiter. Records reveal that in the cities of Brittany where the Germans were encamped before leaving for Louisiana, he
was witness to many church documents: baptismals, marriages, and deaths. He was a special witness, for the King, to verify that the Germans, an future colonists were Catholic, since some areas were Protestant where they once lived in Germany. Thousands of Germans, Alsatians, and Rhineland Swiss decided to leave home, Jean Guillaume accompanies them to Louisiana.
Jean Guillaume Burat is nest listed as a ship captain in the passenger manifest of LaGaronne, one of five “Pest Ships” in the German emigration.  The Germans landed in Mobile, Alabama and moved from there to what became the German coast(the area where Destrehan, Edgar and Desalmens(mispel) is today).
Jean Guillaume was a private in the French/Swiss army out of Mobile, Alabma. While there he married Madeleine Rouger on May 11, 1725 and they had 3 sons: Antoine (Gentilhomme) Burat B:1726 D:1728, Joseph Guillaume Burat B: 1 January 1731, baptised on 3 January 1731; and JeanPierre Burat B: 3 March 1733, baptised on 5 March 1733. there was another child, Madeleine Burat Rouge(Negrier) born on 1 December 1736 in Mobile, Alabama(later Antoine Negrier confirmed that she was Madeleine Rouger and his child born out of wedlock).
On 10 March 1737, in Mobile, Alabama, Madeleine married Antoine Negrier, who was an employee of the Govenor in New Orleans. Antoine Negrier moved the family to New Orleans in 1737, and was living in the City until miving into present Plaquemines Parish, between 1758 and 1765. Antoine and Madeleine had for children while in New Orleans: Marie Jean Negrier(b,18 January 1745); Marguerite Negrier(b.20 January 1748);Catherine Negrier: and Antoine Negrier.
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3 Replies to “Jean Guillaume Burat”

  1. Thanks, when my mother was helping compile information for the family tree book (in the late 80’s early 90’s), it was difficult to find all this information, and now in one google, at my finger tips, Thanks!! Jean Guillaune Burat is a great (to the 6th or 7th power) grandfather. 🙂 The Buratt’s have stayed settled in South Louisiana for a long time!

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