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J. Hanno Deiler
Luke Troxler family house
Lionel Joseph Cambre
1740 Chapel

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J. Hanno Deiler (1849–1909) was born in
Bavaria, Germany, was educated and taught
in German schools, and emigrated to the U.S.
in 1872. He settled in New Orleans, becoming
principal of a German school. He later was
appointed a professor of German at the University
of Louisiana (Tulane). His most notable work was
published in 1909, The Settlement of the German
Coast of Louisiana and the Creoles of German
Descent, which uncovered historical information
lost for almost two centuries. Deiler, a linguist,
was able to determine that many descendants
of the German Coast settlers were for the most
part German and not French. He was interred
in Greenwood Cemetery, New Orleans. (Photo
courtesy of the Historic New Orleans Collection)

Unlocking Our Heritage

J. Hanno Deiler (1849–1909) was born in Bavaria, Germany, was educated and taught in German schools, and emigrated to the U.S. in 1872. He settled in New Orleans, becoming principal of a German school. He later was appointed a professor of German at the University of... Read More


The 1740 chapel, named “St. Charles,” was built in the area now known as Destrehan. (Sketch by Janis Blair)

St. Charles Church

Tradition says that in 1740, that first little chapel, St. Jean des Allemands Catholic Church at Karlstein (on what later would be referred to as Trinity Plantation in Taft), was replaced by a crude log cabin on the east bank and named St. Charles. That chapel continued to serve the... Read More


The Luke Troxler family house in Hahnville, circa 1870.

German Coast Dwellings

The Luke Troxler family house in Hahnville, circa 1870, is one of the very few French Colonial cottages still in existence in the parish. It has bousillage in the walls, square nails, a hip-gabled roof with tin covering, clapboarding on the exterior walls, a triple front... Read More


Lionel Joseph Cambre (son of Olidé
Thomassin and Marie Perilloux Cambre).
(Photo courtesy of Ronald Cambre)

Fashion, LaBranche, Other Plantations Destroyed

From all accounts LaBranche Plantation in St. Rose was one of the grandest on the German Coast. Along with Fashion Plantation, it was destroyed during the Civil War. All that remained was the Dependency House, also called a garconniere (French for bachelor quarters). Olidé and Marie Perilloux Cambre... Read More