The First Wedding In Pirates Alley New Orleans
The tradition of being married in
Pirates Alley in the French Quarter is clouded in secrecy and varies as who
tells the tale. One is never sure who was actually the first to get married
there but this tale as told to me often during my life is a sure as any
tale of pirates, ghosts, and love. Back in the days of the Pirates of Barataria
many young men from many places joined in to make a fortune. Called �smugglers�
by some, hated by Spain, used by France but admired by Americans as an
who at times would help the poor and ill treated.
I am told one Reginald Hicks,
who began as a cabin boy on an English ship was taken by some pirates and raised
by them. Only a lad in his early teens when captured ultimately raised himself
to a first mate by the time of the War of 1812.. He was trusted by all his
pirate brethren and their leader Jean Lafitte. He along with several other men
met with General Jackson to aid the Americans in the Battle of New Orleans. Of
course Master Hicks was a good looking young man having many a lass looking at
him but in his heart was none other but a beautiful
Creole French girl, Marie Angel Beauchamp. She too had only thoughts of him and
whenever he came into the City they would steal off into the night, keeping
their love a secret as it was not permissible for a young Creole Catholic girl
to be seeing a Pirate of English extraction.
As things would happen on Master
Hick�s visit to meet with General Jackson he learned that his Marie was
expecting their child. He being raised as an English gentleman his first decade
of life did not want to leave the city without
getting married. His child would have a father and his love would not be scorned
for having a child. All evening they searched in vain for a priest to marry them
but most required that they both be Catholic, others would not think of doing a
ceremony on such short notice. Eventually they had 2 options, simply jumping a
broom down in Barataria or seeking out a German born baker in the jail who was
also an ordained Protestant minister. Master Hicks did not want to take Marie to
Barataria which meant she
would have to stay and may never see her family and friends in the city again.
So they very early in the morning made their way to the Cabildo and asked the
jail�s warden if they could speak with the Minister. He would only allow them to
see him through the iron gate facing Orleans Alley. But right there and then
they were married. Soon gathered many early arriving workers and some visitors
who witnessed the first wedding in Pirates Alley. Documents drawn and signed by
a Notary on his way to file others for record and all present signed making the
marriage both Civil and Religious.
Here again the story varies as exactly what happened. What happened to Master
Reginald Hicks remains a mystery, some say he was killed in the Battle of New
Orleans and seeks out his lovely Marie nightly in Pirates Alley today as a
spirit. Others say he and Marie left for Galveston with Pirate Lafitte after
Louisiana was sold to America. But if you go to Pirates Alley early in the
morning on the right day of the right month you can hear laughter and
celebration and wedding bells and a cold breeze passes you by.
Believe as you may.
JK Schwehm at Fig Street.
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May 18, 2006
Dr. Schwehm with wedding couple in New Orleans French Quarter.
(Photo by Jennifer Bishop)
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Dr. Schwehm and wedding couples in
Photos by Jennifer Bishop
Dr. Schwehm and wedding couple in
Pirates Alley. Photos by Julia Bailey
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