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raoul (#47260853)
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Bio Photo Ray L. Bellande (b. March 4, 1943) is a Biloxi, Mississippi native. He is the great grandson of Antoine V. Bellande (1829-1918), born at Marseille, France, and Marie Harvey (1840-1894) of Back Bay (now D'Iberville). Louis Arbeau Caillavet (1793-1860) and Marguerite Fayard (1787-1863), the daughter of Jean-Baptise Fayard II (1752-1816) Angelique Ladner (1753-1830), the Widow Fayard, are Bellande's great-great-great grandparents. The Widow Fayard once owned all the land at Biloxi from just east of Hopkins Boulevard east to Lameuse Street and from Back Bay to the Biloxi Channel.

Bellande and his siblings were reared on the west side of Lameuse Street within the boundary of the Widow Fayard's Spanish Land Grant.

Ray L. Bellande attended Biloxi, Mississippi parochial and public schools. He attended New Mexico Tech in 1961, and graduated with a B.S. degree in Petroleum Geology from Mississippi State University in 1965. Bellande was employed by Humble Oil (Exxon), Tenneco, and others before becoming an independent geologist and oil operator at Lafayette, Louisiana in 1980. His oil exploration activities brought him to many petroleum provinces as he has resided or worked in Louisiana, California, Alaska, Texas, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Mississippi, and Alabama.

Presently Ray L. Bellande resides at Ocean Springs, home of his ancestors, where he has written from 1993-2009, a weekly history column for The Ocean Springs Record entitled, "Sous Les Chenes" and "Images Under the Oaks". He has published several books: The Bellande Cemetery: A History and Register (1990); From Marseille to Mississippi, A Bellande Family History (1991); Ocean Springs Hotels and Tourist Homes (1994); and Ocean Springs, The Way We Were 1900-1950 (1996). In 2009, Bellande contributed an essay in William Woodward: American Impressionist, edited by Robert Hinckley.

Journals or magazines
Humble Hesperian, Volume 5, No. 5, June 1972. I wrote a travel article, "Our Man in Sabah", about my oil exploration experiences in Sabah, East Malaysia.

The Ocean Springs Record. Over 350 historic articles about Ocean Springs and western Jackson County, Mississippi published in The Ocean Springs Record from May 1993 to March 2001.

Mississippi Archaeology, "Fort Maurepas and Vieux Biloxi: Search and Research", Volume 30, No. 1 (June 1995). Coauthor with John H. Blitz and C. Baxter Mann.

Ocean Springs: The way we were, (E.L. Roberts and J.K. Lemon: Ocean Springs, Mississippi-1996). Coauthor with Elizabeth L. Roberts.

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The Mississippi Coast Historical and Genealogical Society Journal
The Journal of the Jackson County Genealogical Society
The Ocean Springs Genealogical Society Journal
The Biloxi Public Library Archives
The Jackson County Chancery Court Archives

Oil Fields of Southwest Louisiana, (The Lafayette Geological Society: Lafayette, Louisiana-1988). One article-Eunice and Mowata Oil Fields, Acadia Parish, Louisiana.

The History of Jackson County, Mississippi, (Jackson County Genealogical Society: Pascagoula, Mississippi-1989). Two biographical articles, "Captain A.V. Bellande" and "Edward Antoine Bellande".

Marine Resources and History of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Volume I, (Mississippi Department of Marine Resources: Jackson, Mississippi-1998). Three articles, "The History of D'Iberville", "A History of the St. Martin Community", and "A History of Ocean Springs".

The Jackson County Cemetery Book (Volumes I-IV), which will be published in the future.

Source, Researcher, Photographer, or Consultant
Regina Hines Ellison, Ocean Springs 1892, (2nd Edition), (Lewis Printing Company: Pascagoula, Mississippi-1991).

Darlene Krohn, The Descendants of Jerome Ryan, (Krohn: Latimer, Mississippi-1995).

Patti Carr Black, Art in Mississippi: (1720-1980), (University of Mississippi Press: Jackson, Mississippi-1998).

Mary Carol Miller and Mary Rose Carter, Written In The Bricks: A Visual and Historical Tour of Fifteen Mississippi Hometowns, (Quail Ridge Press: Brandon, Mississippi-1999).

Charles Sullivan and Murella Powell, The Mississippi Gulf Coast: Portrait of a People, (American Historical Press: Sun Valley, California-1999).

Christopher Maurer and Maria Estrella Iglesias, Dreaming in Clay on the Coast of Mississippi, (Doubleday: New York-2000).

The American Art Pottery Association Journal, (Special Issue: Gulf Coast Potters), Volume 17, No. 2, March-April 2001.

The Sun Herald, "Flashback", a weekly column featuring antique photographs of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

WYES (ETV) at New Orleans will televise their production of the historic towns of the Mississippi Gulf Coast in August 2001. I was the spokesman for Ocean Springs.

President's Award from the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce in 1994.

Named Historian of the Year in 1995 at Ocean Springs.

Named Historian of the Year in 1996 at Biloxi.

Mississippi Historical Society Award of Merit in 2010.

City of Biloxi, Mississippi 2014 Historic Preservation Volunteer Award

2015-Ray L. Bellande was recognized by the Mississippi Historical Records Advisory Board with an Award for Excellence for his historical websites: and

2016-Ray L. Bellande named Preservationist of the Year for the City of Biloxifor his historical websites: and[see Sun Herald,

Ray L. Bellande continues to research and report his finding about the history and genealogy of the Mississippi Gulf Coast on two websites: and On these websites, he has essays and photographs concerning the following Gulf Coast artists as well as the Gulf Coast Art Association: Joseph Fortune Meyer (1841-1931); George E. Ohr (1857-1918); Mary Ethel Dismukes (1870-1952); Manuel Jalanivich (1898-1944); Harry Del Reeks (1820-1982), and information on the George Walter Anderson (1861-1937) family, WAMA, the Shearwater Pottery, and the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum.
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John Bernecker happens! Thanks for bringing it to my attention.
Added by TXLiz on Sep 03, 2017 1:05 PM
I really appreciate the photo. Thanks so much, Fran
Added by Fran on Aug 10, 2017 1:56 PM
RE: Luka Kuljis [FAG 93028234]
Sir, I think you have me mixed up with someone else. I haven't created any memorials for Luka Kuljis.
Added by FrankA. on Jul 29, 2017 4:18 PM
Leo Cooga
as I said in the message on your board below. You did not send a obit. If you have one, type it out and will post it that way. You sent me a correction for his birth, then you sent 2 different days. I can only accept 1 date. do you know which date is the date?
Added by JHarrison on Jul 23, 2017 6:44 AM
Leo Coogan
Hi, you left me some updates on his memorial, on his death date, you sent 2, one was for the 27 Sep and the other one was for 20 Nov. I can only accept one of them. Do you know which one is correct?
Added by JHarrison on Jul 22, 2017 8:55 AM
Barbara Munson
Mary M. Blank #170776403
Please remove the obituary you posted. This memorial is for Mary Mirambell Blank, wife of John Blank, who died in 1940. The obituary you posted is for Mary Bernhardt Blank, wife of William P. Blank, who died in 1930.

Thank you.
Added by Barbara Munson on Jun 01, 2017 8:37 PM
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Alberta Trosclair
I noticed that are two memorials created for Ms. Alberta Trosclair b 17 Dec 1927. The other one has her with husband and gravemarker. That 1st memorial #134160848. You may want to merge the two.

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Michael Moore
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Thank you so much sir, for taking time out of your busy schedule to publish our mother's obituary on Find A Grave. We are most honored, to say the least that one who has accomplished so much and is accomplishing and has so much more to accomplish would take the time to do this for her memory. May God bless your work of preserving the history of the Mississippi Gulf Coast region and its various communities for each of us and the generations to come! Again, we thank you so much!
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Mike Moore and siblings; children of Agnes Yancey Moore Ball
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Angela Touchet
Helen Touchet
Hi, thank you so much for the write up on Helen Touchet. She is my great grandmother. Shelton is my grandfather and John Wayne Touchet is my father. We had no idea about Lelia and would like more information on her and my other Touchet family. May we ask where this information came from? Do you have any information on Chester Touchet? We have always been told that Chester and Shelton are cousins and married sisters. Although all we can find out on Chester is that his mother's name was Eda Lelia Broussard Desormeaux. We have now idea how he became a Touchet. Thank you for any help. My email is
Added by Angela Touchet on Mar 27, 2017 5:19 PM
Kenneth Henshaw
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Thank you so much for entering the death information on my brother Lionel Alvin James # 175880491. Is it possible to allow me management. I would very much like to add his complete bio and orbit information? I would be most grateful if you would. Thanking you in advance.
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