The Edward Livingston Historical Association met Feb. 16 at the Main Branch of the Livingston Parish Library in the Town of Livingston.
“Pocahontas, the Louisiana Connection” was the topic of featured speaker Yvonne Lewis Day.
Born in 1596 and from the Powahaton tribe from Virginia, it is believed that she has 100,000 descendants in the United States and England. Her birth name was Matoaka and her nickname was Poca.
She was converted at the age of 18 when she chose the name Rebecca. She is buried at Gravesend, England.
A descendant of Pocahontas, Fulwar Skipwith, was the governor of West Florida and had Monte Sano Plantation, where Indian mounds have been found, the largest of which was for cremation.
Skipwith sold the family property of 1,200 acres in Louisiana to Dr. William Bernard Scott, for whom Scott’s Bluff at Southern University is named.
Officers were elected at the January meeting with Clark Forrest as president, Anna Farris as vice president, Iris Stilley as secretary, David Wall as treasurer, Brenda Felder as parliamentarian and Mary Broussard and Florence Crowder as board members. Editors are Carol Lamm, Brenda Felder and Jeff Boyd.
The Mar. 16 meeting will host Mrs. Doris Easterly Chavers as speaker on “Reminisces about a Livingston Parish Politician – Rudolph P. Easterly” at the Main Branch, 30390 Iowa St., at 6 p.m.