Record submitted for the Union Parish Louisiana USGenWeb Archives by Maradee Cryer, May 2004

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1822 Certificate of Character of George Feazle

Johannes Gorge (George) Feazle arrived in Ouachita Parish Louisiana about 1814. By the 1820s, he and his extended family lived along Bayou D'Arbonne in the Piney Hills community, the region that later became southern Union Parish Louisiana. Given that one of George Feazle's daughters married John Honeycutt, the earliest known permanent Union Parish settler of European descent, it appears that Feazle settled in what is now Union Parish upon his arrival in the region. This makes Feazle the fourth oldest white settler of Union Parish, after John Honeycutt, Mills Farmer, and the Liles.

In 1822, Feazle made preparations to visit Texas. As such, he had the Ouachita Parish Judge as well as the District Judge sign a certificate of character for him. Feazle apparently made the trip to Texas and presented the certificate to Stephen F. Austin, who retained it. The certificate is today located in the Austin papers housed in the University of Texas Libraries in Austin, Texas.

Transcription of the Record:

Mr. George Feazle the bearer has been an inhabitant of this parish for about eight years and has conducted himself as an honest industrius Citizen.

      Mr. Fazle being about to visit the Province of Texas for the purpose of making arrangements to move his family. I therefore recommend Mr. Feazle as a good industrious farmer and deserving the Patronage of the government of the said Province.

I am with due respect
Oliver J. Morgan
Parish Judge of
Ouachita in the
State of Louisiana
July 10th, 1822

J. H. Overton
Judge 7th District of
the State of Louisiana

Wm Wood

Transcription of the Back of the Record:

George Freazle
Certificate of Character
July 10th 1822

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