Thursday, February 26, 2015

Another connection to the Orleans Syrup Factory

Last week I wrote about my wife's 3rd-great-grandfather Joseph Francois Halter and his connection to the Orleans Syrup Factory operated by Raphael Tudury. While looking at the records in New Orleans, I uncovered another connection to the Tudury family. Joseph's uncle, also named Joseph Halter, had married Louisa Elenore Paderas in New Orleans. Louisa's sister, Dorothea Paderas, married Raphael Tudury on 9 December 1861 in New Orleans.

In 1862, Raphael Tudury appears in the Confederate service records in 1st Company, 5th Regiment European Brigade (Spanish Regiment) in New Orleans. His brother, Anthony Tudury (also a co-founder of the Orleans Syrup Factory), was in the same regiment.

After New Orleans was taken by Federal troops, Anthony Tudury wrote to the commanding General of the Gulf asking that he be permitted to keep his syrup factory open. A copy of that letter appears in the Union Citizens File (courtesy of Fold3).


A petition of A. Tudury for self and partners (foreigners) residing in New Orleans

Respectfully represents

That in deference to order N __ emanating from your authority, they have ceased their manufacturing of cordials & syrups No. 70 old Levee Street because accompanied by distillation. It is unnecessary to inform the General that this process is but an adjunct of the main business, and that it may even be dispensed with entirely but not without serious deterioration of the product.

They would further beg leave to state that the cordials manufactured by them are generally used by persons not addicted to the abuse of spirituous liquors and are in themselves perfectly innoxious if not beneficial.

Wherefore they pray the General to take their hard case into consideration and to extend to them the benefit of immunity from the operation of ordinance N. as being one of those cases where in truth the apparent exception but confirms the rule.

And as in duty bound.

A. Tudury.


  1. Every time I read posts like this with transcriptions of such old documents, it reminds me again of how much digitization has sped up the process of genealogical research. What a treasure a letter like this can be--but how difficult to have been able to find such resources before the advent of Internet search capabilities and subscription services which have dedicated themselves to preserving such papers.

    Patrick, since you just provided me that Carter link in my own blog, I've been searching through your posts here to see what else you have written. It's been an interesting journey to review some of your past posts through these fresh "Carter" eyes...

  2. Hi Jacqi, I haven't covered much on the Carters yet. But after receiving a photo of my 4th-great-grandmother Emily A H Ballard Read I may turn attention to cleaning up the research on this side of the tree. I'm still waiting on documents from Indiana on the lines I have been following in January & February. I'd like to have these Virginia lines better researched in time for the Fall when our daughter starts 4th grade and Virginia history becomes more of a focus for her.


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