Bay St. Louis Early Documents

The following are excerpts from research documents that include some to the earliest authentic history of important people in early Bay St. Louis. They include mentions of Shields, Carver, Ripley, and others.

 

There is no narrative among these quotes, but they are posted as they might be helpful in other research.

They are taken from the United States Congress Congressional set, Volume 1075.

 

 

Russell B. Guerin


 

 

pp. 19-20

 

 

 Auditor, October 10, 1829. Abstract A. General Ripley claims an allowance for fuel from July 1, 1816, to January 31, 1820 ; indefinite in quantity and amount ; unsupported by any bills or receipts for the purchase, from which he contemplates adduction of such fuel as it may be ascertained he drew from the United States quartermasters. This is a form in which accounts are not adjusted. If the quarter master at New Orleans who did lurnish fuel for part of the time was not in a situation to supply all that General Ripley was authorized to draw by regulations, and it therefore became necessary for General Ripley to purchase the fuel, he should in that case have taken regular bills and receipts for the quantity purchased, and those would have determined the amount of his claim against the United States, provi ded the regulations authorieed

 

 

For the following payments charged as made by him for rent of his V&rters, &c, as major general : io Alexander Williams for Thomas Shields, account for rent from 1st November, 1818, to 31st March, 1819, five months, « 140 per month…! ! $200 00 • the same for T. Shields, account for rent from the 1st April to 30th June, 1819, at $50 per month, and rent 3 T0t &1i omce at $20 per month. ….. 210 00 • *o Thomas Shields for rent of quarters and office up to 1st December, 1819 500 00 • To James Toole for rent fr'omi'st December, 1819, to 1st Vil, 1820, four months, at $60 per month 240 00

 1,150 00

 

The first item is suspended until evidence is produced that Alexan der Williams was authorized to receipt for Thomas Shields, when the charge will be admitted. The second charge is not admissible, because there is no evidence that General Ripley has paid the amount, and the same difficulty as to authority to Alexander Williams to receive for Thomas Shields. The third charge, though the period for which the rent is receipted for is not stated in the voucher, so that it might be ascertained that no part is embraced in the accounts and receipts of Thomas Shields by Alexander Williams, yet as those accounts, at least the one im mediately preceding, is not allowed for reasons stated on the second charge above, this charge is admitted $500 00 The fourth charge, though there is no date nor amount mentioned in the receipt, it is on the statement of General Ripley admitted to the extent of his service, say to the 1st of February, 1820, the general having resigned on that day, being two months, at $60 per month 120 00 The balance of this voucher is not allowed. 620 00

 

  1. Alexander Williams, for money lost $500 00 2. B. Aiken, two bills for articles supplied…. 1°1 «« o. Supplies for the schooner Tho. Shields 6b 7U 4. F. Favre, for piloting provision boat «j JJJJ 6. Louis Laziaretti, for 5 axes and 2 barrels… 20 OU 7. Alexander Williams, four accounts for arti cles supplied for use of 8th regiment in 1819. …. ?5 50 8. Burwell Perry, hire of oxen, $81 ; valu cof an ox that died, $40 ; one horse and cart, $40; and 200 feet of boards, $4 165 00 9. Bill of J. Jourdan, (no account produced, nor purpose stated) 66 Captain Hall, for charter party 500 00 D. Professional services, per account 550 00 2,134 57

 

 

nor any document to show that General Ripley has paid the amount, or is entitled to a credit for it, the want of which, and of the bills paid by the claimant Aiken, Tender the account inadmissible. The second account is for hospital stores furnished Lieutenant Stone, while sick at the Bay of St. Louis ; this account (which is neither receipted nor certified) refers itself to the office of the Second Auditor, and is not admissible in this office. No. 3. Bills for the supply of articles for the transport Thomas Shields. These bills are accompanied by no- evidence from the officer of the transport that they were required or received. The receipts on the bills in some cases are to Captain Moore, the others not named, none to General Ripley ; nor does it appear that any part was paid by him, or any authority to entitle him to a

 

 

 

p. 33

List of vouchers and documents delivered Doctor McMahon, agreeably to a request contained in the letter of General E. W. Ripley, viz :

 From account B. No. 1. Thomas Shields' account for house rent $200 00 2. Thomas Shields' account for house rent 210 00 From account C. No. Ho. 5. Silas Dinsmore's receipt to General Ripley for a map of the town of Mobile, accompanied by a letter to the general from the War Department, dated 30th November, 1818, on which is indorsed remarks by the Secretary of War, J. H. Eaton, 2d October, 1829, in relation to General Ripley's claim for $500 00 6. An agreement, signed by Valoy Nicholas, to procure a conveyance of the land on which General Ripley claims $600, having thereon the remarks of the Secretary of War, J. H. Eaton, 2d October, 1829 600 00 Ko. 1. Elisha Carver's account for his services as engineer, on which is indorsed remarks by Secretary J . H. Eaton, 2d October, 1829 500 80

 

 

p. 34

Major General Ripley to Thomas Shields, Dr. To the rent of house occupied by yourself and family, for five months, from November 1, 1818, to March 31, 1819, at $40 per month $200 00 Received of Major General Ripley two hundred dollars, in full of the above account. ALEXANDER WILLIAMS, For THOMAS SHIELDS. Bay of St. Louis, February 20, 1819. Received, Mobile, November 13, of Captain Morton, sixteen dol lars and fifty cents, in full for stores furnished the United States schooner Thomas Shields on the 6th October, 1818. $16 50. T. McCUSKER & Co., Per JS. PURSE. United States schooner TJwmas Shields to T. McCusker & Co. , Dr. November 14, 1818 — To 1 gallon Jamaica rum $2 50 "

 

 

 

The United States to Thomas Shields, esq. , Dr. To the rent of quarters occupied by Major General Ripley, from the 1st of April to the 30th of June, 1819, at $50 per month $150 00 To the rent of an office occupied by Major General Ripley, from the 1st of April to the

p. 36

30th of June, 1819, at $20 per month 60 00 210 00 I certify, on honor, that the above account is accurate and just, and that I have furnished the quarters as charged. ALEXANDER WILLIAMS, For THOMAS SHIELDS, Esq. The acting deputy quartermaster general, Captain Thomas F. Hunt, will pay the above account. Received, New Orleans, this day of , of Captain Thomas F. Hunt, the sum of two hundred and ten dollars, in full of the above account. ALEXANDER WILLIAMS, For THOMAS SHIELDS, Esq.

 

 

 

 

 Major General Ripley to Thomas Shields, Dr. To the rent of house occupied by yourself and family, for five months, from November 1, 1818, to March 31, 1819, at $40 per month $200 00 Received of Major General Ripley two hundred dollars, in full of the above account. ALEXANDER WILLIAMS, For THOMAS SHIELDS. Bay of St. Louis, February 20, 1819. Received, Mobile, November 13, of Captain Morton, sixteen dol lars and fifty cents, in full for stores furnished the United States schooner Thomas Shields on the 6th October, 1818. $16 50. T. McCUSKER & Co., Per JS. PURSE. United States schooner TJwmas Shields to T. McCusker & Co. , Dr. November 14, 1818 — To 1 gallon Jamaica rum $2 50 "

 

p. 37

Major General Ripley to Thomas Shields, Dr. To the rent of house now occupied as your office, for five months, from November 1, 1818, to March 31, 1819, at $30 per month $150 Bay of St. Louis, February 20, 1819. Received of Major General Ripley one hundred and fifty dollars, in full of the above account. „„,-.,.,,„ ALEX. WILLIAMS, For THOMAS SHIELDS. Ihe United States to Burwill Perry, Dr. For the hire of yokes of oxen, employed for the use of the

 

 

ELIHU CARVER

 

P. 20

Charged for a plan of the town of Mobile $500 00 6. Charged as a payment to V. Nicholas for land at the bay of St. Louis 600 00 7. Charged the amount of Elihu Carver's ac count, for services as acting engineer, from January 1 to May 31, 1819 500 80 1,600 80 The above three claims having been submitted to the Sec

 

 

No. Ho. 5. Silas Dinsmore's receipt to General Ripley for a map of the town of Mobile, accompanied by a letter to the general from the War Department, dated 30th November, 1818, on which is indorsed remarks by the Secretary of War, J. H. Eaton, 2d October, 1829, in relation to General Ripley's claim for $500 00 6. An agreement, signed by Valoy Nicholas, to procure a conveyance of the land on which General Ripley claims $600, having thereon the remarks of the Secretary of War, J. H. Eaton, 2d October, 1829 600 00 Ko. 1. Elisha Carver's account for his services as engineer, on which is indorsed remarks by Secretary J . H. Eaton, 2d October, 1829 500 80

 

(NB:  JH Eaton – Jackson’s man;  also, Valery Nicholas)

 

Received of El. W. Ripley five hundred dollars, in full for my account against the United States, as acting adjutant topographical engineer on the military road, and I hereby assign to said Ripley all my right, title, and interest against the government of the United ELIHER CARVER.

 

The acting deputy quartermaster general, Lieutenant J. Yancey, 8th infantry, will please pay the above account. Received, Ripley barracks, Bay of St. Louis, this 8th day of Septem ber, 1819, of Lieutenant J. Yancey, 8th infantry, the above account in full, amounting to twenty dollars. I hereby certify that in the month of July last I received from Cap tain Thomas Hunt, assistant deputy quartermaster general at New Orleans, $500, public moneys, to be carried to Major General E. W. Ripley, at the Bay of St. Louis. For this amount I gave my receipt to said Hunt. I embarked on board of Mr. Dragon's schooner, and the money was placed in my portable desk. During the tremendous pie of the night of the 28th of July the said schooner was wrecked, I being on board, and everything lost, among other things my port able desk, and the money in it, and three men on board perished. I was so fortunate as to escape with what clothing I had on. And I fur ther certify that, in consequence of the accident aforesaid, no part of said

money was ever received or paid over by me to said Ripley. ALEXANDER WILLIAMS.

 

 

 

Valery Nicholas     

No. Ho. 5. Silas Dinsmore's receipt to General Ripley for a map of the town of Mobile, accompanied by a letter to the general from the War Department, dated 30th November, 1818, on which is indorsed remarks by the Secretary of War, J. H. Eaton, 2d October, 1829, in relation to General Ripley's claim for $500 00 6. An agreement, signed by Valoy Nicholas, to procure a conveyance of the land on which General Ripley claims $600, having thereon the remarks of the Secretary of War, J. H. Eaton, 2d October, 1829 600 00 Ko. 1. Elisha Carver's account for his services as engineer, on which is indorsed remarks by Secretary J . H. Eaton, 2d October, 1829 500 80

 

 

 

JJ^J agree, as agent to Valery Nicolas, to procure a conveyance w tleazer W. Ripley, as agent of the United States, of a tract of land k»? v the Boisdore property, of twenty acres front, and ex- *a«mg back at right angles with the beach, conformable to a survey Wbemad by Elisher Carver, esq., county surveyor ; the said land »kS width of twenty acres, part is to run back to conclude the ** ' depth of said Boisdore's tract, at seventy-five

 

 

RIPLEY

(Could this have been the $500 that is listed as LOST in Fort Pike article?)

The acting deputy quartermaster general, Lieutenant J. Yancey, 8th infantry, will please pay the above account. Received, Ripley barracks, Bay of St. Louis, this 8th day of Septem ber, 1819, of Lieutenant J. Yancey, 8th infantry, the above account in full, amounting to twenty dollars. I hereby certify that in the month of July last I received from Cap tain Thomas Hunt, assistant deputy quartermaster general at New Orleans, $500, public moneys, to be carried to Major General E. W. Ripley, at the Bay of St. Louis. For this amount I gave my receipt to said Hunt. I embarked on board of Mr. Dragon's schooner, and the money was placed in my portable desk. During the tremendous pie of the night of the 28th of July the said schooner was wrecked, I being on board, and everything lost, among other things my port able desk, and the money in it, and three men on board perished. I was so fortunate as to escape with what clothing I had on. And I fur ther certify that, in consequence of the accident aforesaid, no part of said money was ever received or paid over by me to said Ripley. ALEXANDER WILLIAMS.

 

 

SCHOONER THOMAS SHIELDS

Bay of St. Louis, September 20, 1818. New Orleans, November 5, 1818. U. S. schooner Thomas Shields bought of Montgomery & Stringer. 2 gallons of brandy and jug $8 \ dozen fowls o 0O 1 pound of imperial tea 3 00 6 pounds of sugar J 6 pounds of coffee * *° 6 bunches of onions 2 00 \ pound of pepper J J; 2 bottles of mustard 75 2 bottles of pickles 2 1 bottle of oil 1 25 ^ gallon of vinegar and jug J JJJ 1 loaf sugar, 7 pounds and 14 ounces, at 3 s 2 94 1 box of tallow candles, 30J pounds, at 2 s 7 62 38 43 Received the above amount in full, for Montgomery & Stringer. DANIEL YARD.

 

 

BAY ST. LOUIS – name used before Shieldsboro

Charged to General Ripley by direction of Secretary of War 1,345 25 Paid also by Lieutenant Yancey in like manner to Camil- lus Griffith for provisions in February, 1819, in like manner charged to General Ripley 32 68 Amount of 5 barrels of flour and 1 of pork, 5 bushels of beans, 64 gallons of whiskey, and 48 pounds of fresh beef, received by General Kipley from Lieutenant E. Webb, assistant commissary at the bay of St. Louis, not accounted for, November 10, 1819 97 02 This sum also charged to his personal account, being the difference between the pay and subsistence of a brigadier general and the amount paid to him as major general by brevet by Paymaster Eakin for the month of May, 1815, until General Piipley furnishes evidence that he was entitled to the pay and subsistence agreeably

 

5. Charged for a plan of the town of Mobile $500 00 6. Charged as a payment to V. Nicholas for land at the bay of St. Louis 600 00 7. Charged the amount of Elihu Carver's ac count, for services as acting engineer, from January 1 to May 31, 1819 500

 

ceipted, nor any document to show that General Ripley has paid the amount, or is entitled to a credit for it, the want of which, and of the bills paid by the claimant Aiken, Tender the account inadmissible. The second account is for hospital stores furnished Lieutenant Stone, while sick at the Bay of St. Louis ; this account (which is neither receipted nor certified) refers itself to the office of the Second Auditor, and is not admissible in this office. No. 3. Bills for the supply of articles for the transport Thomas Shields. These bills are accompanied by no- evidence from the officer of the transport that they were required or received. The receipts on the bills in some cases are to Captain Moore, the others not named, none to General Ripley ; nor does it appear that any part was paid by him, or any authority to entitle him to a credit for the amount, and is, therefore,

 

 

 

Bay of St. Louis, February 20, 1819. Received, Mobile, November 13, of Captain Morton, sixteen dol lars and fifty cents, in full for stores furnished the United States schooner Thomas Shields on the 6th October, 1818. $16 50. T. McCUSKER & Co., Per JS. PURSE.

 

 

Bay of St. Louis, February 20, 1819. Received of Major General Ripley one hundred and fifty dollars, in full of the above account. „„,-.,.,,„ ALEX. WILLIAMS, For THOMAS SHIELDS.

 

 

troops $40 Bay of St. Louis, (August) September 10, 1821. I certify, on honor, that the above account of forty dollars is accurate and just, and that the cart was purchased by me for the use of the United States troops stationed at the cantonment, Bay of St. Louis. EL. W. RIPLEY, Late a Major General United States Army. Received of Captain Thomas F. Hunt, assistant

 

 

Bay of St. Louis, September 20, 1818. New Orleans, November 5, 1818. U. S. schooner Thomas Shields bought of Montgomery & Stringer. 2 gallons of brandy and jug $8 \ dozen fowls o 0O 1 pound of imperial tea 3 00 6 pounds of sugar J 6 pounds of coffee * *° 6 bunches of onions 2 00 \ pound of pepper J J; 2 bottles of mustard 75 2 bottles of pickles 2 1 bottle of oil 1 25 ^ gallon of vinegar and jug J JJJ 1 loaf sugar, 7 pounds and 14 ounces, at 3 s 2 94 1 box of tallow candles, 30J pounds, at 2 s 7 62 38 43 Received the above amount in full, for Montgomery & Stringer. DANIEL YARD.