A richly illustrated and incomparable collection documenting the brands and marks of the pioneers of Southeast Louisiana
Researching the original brand registration of his great-grandfather Pierre Cenac for his book Eyes of an Eagle, Dr. Christopher Cenac Sr. discovered a serendipitous trove of local history in the form of long-forgotten volumes in the Terrebonne Parish Courthouse in Houma, Louisiana. The three ledger books that emerged through the efforts of the local Clerk of Court became, in themselves, a series of capsulized glimpses into the citizenry of the area's early agrarian foundations. In extraordinary condition, these ledgers held an unprecedented set of the original livestock brands and marks of bustling bayou cattle country.
Each registration entry furnished a record of the progression of settlement of the parish, because at the dawn of the parish's founding in 1822 and for decades afterward, virtually everyone owned livestock that needed identification. The registration of a brand thus often served as the family's calling card upon making Terrebonne Parish their home.
Livestock Brands and Marks: An Unexpected Bayou Country History is designed not only to share the actual registration treasures of all 1140 brands in the brand books themselves, but also to chronicle a short history of laws governing animal identification, to document advances in forms of ownership identification, and to familiarize the reader with both ancient and more recent livestock breeds that received brands and other marks recorded in those three ledger books. 300 black-and-white and color illustrations illuminate this fascinating history.
Christopher E. Cenac Sr., M.D., F.A.C.S., Houma, Louisiana, is a practicing orthopedic surgeon and served as Terrebonne Parish coroner. Eyes of an Eagle, published in 2011, was a selected book of the Louisiana Bicentennial Commission. He and his wife, Cindy, reside at Winter Quarters on Bayou Black. Claire Domangue Joller, Houma, Louisiana, collaborated with Dr. Cenac on his previous book. A native of Terrebonne Parish, she has received awards from the National Catholic Press Association and the Louisiana Press Association for her newspaper and magazine columns.
400 pages (approx.), 9 x 12 inches, 300 b&w and color illustrations (approx.), introduction, afterword, appendices, index