HEROMAN (GEORGE M.) FAMILY PAPERS

(Mss. 1882)

Inventory

Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections

Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library

Louisiana State University Libraries

Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University

Reformatted 2003

Revised 2011

CONTENTS OF INVENTORY

SUMMARY .................................................................................................................................... 3
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE ...................................................................................... 4
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE ................................................................................................... 4
COLLECTION DESCRIPTION .................................................................................................... 5
INDEX TERMS .............................................................................................................................. 8
CONTAINER LIST ........................................................................................................................ 9

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SUMMARY

Size.

38 items (on 1 reel of microfilm)

Geographic locations.

New Orleans, Louisiana; Baton Rouge, La.; Fort Smith, Arkansas

Inclusive dates.

1816-1904

Bulk dates.

1833-1865

Language.

English, German, 1 letter in French

Summary.

Microfilm of family papers of George M. Heroman and Celestine Heroman Boning containing personal documents, newspapers, and correspondence with family and friends.

Organization.

Arranged chronologically.

Restrictions on access.

If microfilm is available, photocopies must be made from microfilm.

Related collections.

John B. Heroman, Sr., Photograph Collection, Mss. 4951

Copyright.

Copyright of the original materials is retained by descendants of the creators in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Citation.

George M. Heroman Family Papers, Mss. 1882, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.

Stack locations.

Mss.MF:H, Misc:H

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE

George M. Heroman (1808-1861) was a German immigrant and merchant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. When he left Germany, he changed his name from George Matthaeus Heldmann. He was married to Celestine Piker (1828-1890) and had five children, Elizabeth Ann (married to William McNabb, 1836-1887), George W. (1854-1890), Mary C., Emma G., and Fred (a private in the 3rd Louisiana Infantry and major heir to the Heroman estate). After George M. Heroman's death, Celestine married John Boning in 1863.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

Family papers include correspondence in German related to both George M. Heroman and Celestine Heroman Boning; Civil War letters of Fred W. H. Heroman; estate papers and items pertaining to the ownership of land by the Louisiana Institute of Deaf and Dumb; and papers concerning the settlement of the estate of Frederick Piker (changed from earlier spelling "Peucker") in Baton Rouge.

Manuscript volumes include a notebook (1860-1864) kept by Elizabeth Ann McNabb (nee Heroman) and the passport of George M. Heroman (1833). Printed items include broadsides; a pamphlet concerning the history of the Baton Rouge fire and police departments (1904), copies of photographs of the Heroman home in Baton Rouge, and various newspaper clippings and fragments.

The collection is on microfilm with enlargement prints of selected items. See Container List for full details.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Date

Contents

July 16, 1816

Letter [in German] from Johann Friedrich Peucker (father-in-law of George E. Heroman), New Orleans, to Friedrich Peucker;

1833

George Matthaeus Heldmann, 2 documents [in German] including testimony by E. F. Amelange (?), Marburg, Germany;

May 25, 1836

Transfer of property by sheriff sale, Baton Rouge, from Mary Cotton, to Friedrich Peucker;

1839

Letter [in German] from Johann M. Heldmann, Wetter, Germany, to George M. Heldmann, Plaquemine, Iberville Parish;

1840-1843

Letters [in German] to George M. Heldmann, Baton Rouge, from Peter W. Heldmann (1840) and Peter H. Guldman (1843).

1843-1844

Fredrick Peucker estate papers consisting of inventory of public sale (Dec. 19, 1843) and East Baton Rouge Parish Probate Court case #849 concerning succession (Nov. 25, 1844);

May 19, 1852

George M. Heroman scholarship certificate, Farmer’s College, Hamilton County, Ohio;

1856, 1859

Fragment (possibly from scrapbook) containing newspaper clipping titled “Inauguration of the Equestrian State of Andrew Jackson” (Feb. 9, 1856), and verse titled “Parting, from L. A. G. to C. H., Baton Rouge, July 21, 1859.”

Dec. 1860

2 letters [in German] to George M. Heldmann, Baton Rouge from Simsnaussen (?) and Wetter, Germany;

Apr. 25, 1861

Letter [in German] signed by George Matthaeus Heldmann stating that, in English, his name is George Mathew Heroman

1861-1862

Burial broadside (Dec. 24, 1861); and inventory of succession of George M. Heroman (Jan. 13, 1862).

May 9, 1861

Letter from F. W. H. Heroman, private, Company K, 3rd Louisiana Infantry, to his mother, mentions purchase of India rubber overcoat for $7.50; states regiment formed yesterday with captain promoted to major; states governor reviewed troops and commented on “quantity” of visitors daily from New Orleans and some from Baton Rouge; mentions meeting Dr. Richard Day in New Orleans and possibility of being moved out by railroad. Camp Walker, New Orleans.

Date

Contents

Date

Contents

June 18, 1861

Letter from F. W. H. Heroman to his father states Arkansas governor mobilized force of 4,000 at Little Rock to meet reported attack by Montgomery; states Fort Smith has a theatre but is smaller than Baton Rouge; describes location of Camp Poteau on creek; describes fort as stone wall, constructed 50-100 years ago, 20 feet high, with few buildings within for officers’ quarters and storehouses. Camp Poteau, Fort Smith, Arkansas.

July 3, 1861

Letter from F. W. H. Heroman to his mother states Patterson, Echols, and Erwin deserted U.S. Army and organized unit at Baton Rouge garrison; states John Crasson injured by collapse of shed on boat; states W. H. Tunnard, Confederate major, is company commander and “mess” includes: D. Lewis, William McGuinness, Joe Hughes, R. McCabe, and H. Finley; states regiment leaves for Arkansas-Missouri Frontier. Camp Poteau.

ca. 1861

Confederate broadside by Albert Pike titled “Dixie; Southrons, Hear Your Country Call You!”

May 17, 1865

Letter to Celestine Heroman Boning and John Boning signed by A. Frans Blythe, C. H. Hamilton, J. S. Gilbert, C. B. Harrison, William B. Hamilton, Joseph H. McCormick, and Robert Endom expressing thanks for kind treatment received as Confederate prisoners of war;

1885

2 items concerning Louisiana Supreme Court suit filed by heirs of George M. Heroman v. Louisiana Institute for the Deaf and Dumb

June 11, 1886

Family letter [in French] from Louvain, Belgium, signed “Ernest.”

Aug. 16, 1887

Newspaper clipping announcing death of William McNabb, a native of County Derry, Ireland, and resident of Baton Rouge.

1890

Burial broadsides, Baton Rouge, announcing death of Celestine Boning, at residence Third and Convention Streets (June 28, 1890), and death of George M. Heroman at same residence (July 28, 1890).

1891, undated

Newspaper clippings including announcement of marriage of William F. Shaw and Mary L. Russell (Oct. 28, 1891); death of Mrs. H. C. Voss, the daughter of Mrs. Celestine Boning (undated); and “A Sketch of the Early Life of Stonewall Jackson,” by William E. Armond (undated).

undated

Picture of the Heroman House. Mrs. C. Boning’s residence, Church and Florida Streets.

1861-1862, undated

The (Baton Rouge) Advocate. Supplement (1 page). U. S. Direct Tax for East Baton Rouge and East Feliciana Parishes (undated)

The (Fayetteville, Arkansas) Arkansian (Dec. 14, 1861)

The (Fayetteville, Arkansas) Weekly Arkansian (Jan. 25, 1862)

The (Fayetteville, Arkansas) War Bulletin (Feb. 4, 1862)

1904

Pamphlet: Villere, J. Sidney, publisher. “Historical and biographical souvenir history of the police and fire departments of the city of Baton Rouge, La. 68th annual parade.” J. G. Hauser, printer. New Orleans.

Bound Manuscript Volumes

1860-1864

Volume 1. Elizabeth A. Heroman Notebook

School notebook in English composition containing writings on Baton Rouge, the Civil War, steamboats, and other subjects.

1833

Volume 2. George M. Heldmann Passport

INDEX TERMS

Baton Rouge (La.)--Commerce.

Baton Rouge (La.)--Economic conditions.

Boning, Celestine, 1828-1890.

Heroman, Fred W. H.

Louisiana Institution for the Deaf, Dumb and Blind.

Louisiana--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives.

McNabb, Elizabeth Ann.

Newspapers.

Pamphlets.

CONTAINER LIST

Stack

Location

Folders/Reels

Contents (with dates)

Mss.MF:H

Reel 1

George M. Heroman Papers (1816-1904, undated)

Misc:H

Folder 1

Enlargement prints of selected items as follows:

George H. Heroman burial broadside (Dec. 24, 1861)

F.W.H. Heroman letter from Camp Poteau (June 18, 1861)

Confederate broadside “Dixie…” (ca. 1861)

Confederate prisoners’ letter to Mrs. Boning (May 17, 1865)

Celestine Boning burial broadside (June 28, 1890)

George M. Heroman burial broadside (July 28, 1890)

Picture of the Heroman House (undated)

The Advocate (undated)

The Arkansian (Dec. 14, 1861)

The Weekly Arkansian (Jan. 25, 1862)

The War Bulletin (Feb. 4, 1862)