AfriGeneas States Research Forum
[LA] One More Mariah, Vicky
Lenora Sez: Local genealogy can become addicting
By VELMER SMITH
Very little attention has been focused by this writer on genealogy or history as it pertains to the eastern part of Beauregard Parish. When one begins to trace family ancestors, it often times not only becomes fascinating, it is also addicting. As in the case of this writer, it has been a longtime curiosity why her maiden name of Bertschy is of French origin. However, her ancestors on her father's side are of German descent from Darmstadt, Germany. So possibly the German ancestry is due to border disputes with France many years ago.
Recently this writer was introduced to a book about genealogy that represents a lifetime of research by Dr. Tom Walker of Bastrop, Texas. Since a number of the names are familiar to area Parish residents, the writer decided to do a synopsis of his work.
Mariah Bishop, wife of Isham Bailey an early settler in what is now Beauregard Parish, is noted in this Bishop Family genealogy book of 450 pages that has just recently been completed by a descendant of Mariah's brother, Hezekiah W. Bishop. Of course, when we hear the name of “Bishop” we think of our present day sheriff, Bolivar Bishop.
The book traces Mariah's Bishop ancestry to Colonial South Carolina and her maternal ancestry, the Hubert's, to a French Huguenot immigrant of Colonial Virginia three hundred years ago.