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Chart of the St. Charles Parish Government, 1807–12. The term “police jury” evolved by custom as well as the enactment of a series of territorial acts involving a novel use of the newly formed “jury.” (From the Inventory of
the Parish Archives of Louisiana. No. 45. St. Charles Parish (Hahnville). Prepared by the Historical Records Survey Division of Women’s and Professional Projects, Works Progress Administration, the Department of Archives, Louisiana State University.)

The Birth of St. Charles Parish – 1807

"St. Charles Civil Parish was fourth on the list of the nineteen original parishes that were simultaneously created out of the Territory of Orleans by Act I of 1807. Act I made no attempt to do more than merely list parishes, except, perhaps in a very limited venue, to convey some semblance of their general locality. Prior to 1807, the so-called “parishes” were neither political nor legal subdivisions of the state, but mere ecclesiastic..." Read More