9th Ward Daily Photo via rl reeves jr

We’ve been lost in a research project of street names in the 9th Ward.

Philippe-François de Rastel de Rocheblave was born in France in 1727, he was one of 23 children. Perhaps the 9th Ward street named Rocheblave is named after him. Or his brother, Count Paul de Rastel de Rocheblave. Most historians lean towards the latter.

In 1760, Paul got into a brawl with Jean Louis du Billeau in New Orleans. Paul won the fight but Governor Kerlerec had him imprisoned for two years.

If you feel like taking a deep dive into the sordid lives of these soldier and politicians please read “Lives of Fort de Chartres: Commandants, Soldiers, and Civilians in French Illinois” by David MacDonald

and/or

“History of Louisiana: The French Domination” by Charles E. Gayarre, Grace King and William Beer.

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