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Chapter Two - Finally in Louisiana
(Reprint of an article in The Advertiser, Sept. 14, 1997)

  Claude-Amable, Honore, and Charles all eventually made their way to Louisiana. Claude-Amable was deported to New England and came to Louisiana in 1765 with his wife, by way of Martinique.  Claude and his wife, Marie-Josephe Vincent, and their two natural sons, Firmin and Joseph, along with an adopted son, Paul (Jeansonne) settled first on the west bank of the Mississippi in present day Ascension Parish.  Claude-Amable and his family eventually relocated to the Attakapas country and Claude's death in 1811 is recorded at St. Martin de Tours church in St. Martinville, Louisiana.
   Honore was first imprisoned at Halifax in 1755 with a group of Acadians where he stayed until he and several other Acadian families were able to make their way to Louisiana.  He also settled on the west bank of the Mississippi with his family and died at Donaldsonville in 1784.  The children of one of his sons, Jean-Bapiste, settled in the Donaldsonville area.  The children of another son, Francois, left that area and settled near St. Martinville.
   Charles Duon was also held captive at Halifax with his family and came to Louisiana in 1765 and settled near his brothers on the west bank of the Mississippi.  He and his wife, Marie-Josephe Prejean, and their families eventually moved to the Attakapas country.
   Claude-Amable, Charles (pere) and Charles (fils), and Jean Baptiste all acquired Spanish land grants in the Jeanerette-Chicot Noir region of what is Iberia Parish, Louisiana, today.  They soon sold this land to Catherine Toupart and moved to the area near present-day Lafayette, Louisiana.
   Some Duon (Duhon) offspring participated in the westward migration across Vermilion, Acadia, Jeff Davis, and Calcasieu parishes of Louisiana.  Before the Civil War, some Duon (Duhon) families had migrated into Vermilion Parish near Abbeville, Louisiana, and others had migrated all the way to the western shore of the Mermentau River, still in Louisiana.  Others later moved all the way into southeastern Texas, USA.
   Jean-Baptiste and Joseph, the two sons of Cyprien Duon who came to Louisiana in 1785 with the second wave of Acadians to come to Louisiana, also settled in the St. Martinville-Lafayette area.  Later, one of Joseph's sons, Cyprien (m. 1820 Julie Granger) took part in the westward migration of Louisiana Acadians into the southwest Louisiana prairies.  Cyprien and his family settled along what was then called Little Lake in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana.  Since Cyprien owned most of the land surrounding the lake, it eventually came to carry Cyprien's nickname, and it is now known as "Prien Lake."
    In the early years, the Duhon (Duon) clan was mostly involved in subsistence farming and cattle.  Indeed, census records from the 1800's indicate that several Duhon (Duon) families were grazier, or cattlemen, in the Mermentau district. Others were engaged in cattle operations on chenieres (oak tree ridges) east of Creole in present-day Cameron Parish, Louisiana.
   The "h" in the Duhon name was added in Louisiana for reasons unknown.  Today, the main concentration of Duhon families remains in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana.  Other concentrations of the family name follow an east-west axis from Lafayette to the Texas border.  There are scattered families in southeast Louisiana and southeast Texas.
   It is interesting to know that the Duon name change also occurred with the decendants of Abel..  Their name changed to "d'Eon."  One will find a concentration of these families in the area in and around Pubnico, Nova Scotia, Canada.