James Roan Was One Of the First Parish Assessors

The Gazette
October 5, 1939

Was in the War of 1812; Died in Tenn.

James Roane, one of the very first tax assessors and for a long time prominent in the early history of Union Parish, was born in North Carolina on December 15, 1794.

He moved to Tennessee when he was eight years old and joined the United States Army at the age of 18. He was a lieutenant in a Tennessee company during the War of 1812.

He was in the Battle of Tippecanoe along with the famous Sam Houston. He also fought in the Battle of New Orleans, coming to this section with General Coffee, who led 1,200 riflemen from Tennessee. He was wounded in that battle, a wound that caused him to limp the rest of his life.

Coming back to Louisiana in 1826, he settled at Choudrant and in 1832 married Mary Stowe. He had three children, James, Jr., J. S. and a daughter.

He later moved into this section where he was appointed as one of the early tax assessors. He dies in 1858 on a trip to Tennessee and was buried in that state. Several of his descendants reside in this parish.


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