28 Sep

Another one of my branches of the Bayou Teche is the Muggahs. Julia Schexnayder (1870-1957) married

Milton Muggah (1860-1926) of Patterson Louisiana. I was fortunate to find my a new cousin Scott Buckner on He is a descendant of Milton Muggah’s sister Cynthia Muggah (1856-1892) and her husband

Minister John M. Payne (1849-1930).


                                                    John Payne

              Cynthia Muggah                                                           Minister John Payne

       Courtesy of Scott Buckner                                                Courtesy of Scott Buckner

    I have to visit the Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street  New Orleans, LA 70130  for the Muggah

Family Papers, I don’t know if Milton and Cynthia’s mother Arabella Harper/Hopper was a slave owned by the

Muggah family.

MSS 456
Muggah Family Papers
168 Items.
Scope and Content Note: James M. Muggah Jr. moved to Patterson, La. and established himself in the red

cypress lumber business. He expanded his enterprises to include not only the lumber

company, but also the hotel on Last Island and boats used to transport people to the popular resort. In August

of 1856 a hurricane struck the island doing damage to the hotel and killing members of the Muggah family. The

majority of items in this collection center on James M. Muggah and his wife Julia Cecelia Curtis Muggah, both

before and after the hurricane. Personal and business correspondence, legal documents, and photographs are

included in this collection. Also included are essays and addresses of James Muggah from his involvement in

a debating society. Cite as: Muggah Family Papers, MSS 456, Williams Research Center, The Historic New

Orleans Collection. Arrangement: Material is arranged into five series:

1- Correspondence; 2-Financial and Legal Materials; 3- Documents and Papers;4- Notes, Essays, and

Addresses of James M. Muggah; 5-Miscellaneous Items and Photographs. Items are arranged chronologically

within each series


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