A local committee headed by Florence Crowder and Carol Lamm has been working diligently for months gathering materials for an exhibit coming to the Old City Hall Museum Sept. 3 through Oct. 15.
"Journey Stories" is a national traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution telling stories of the settling of the American continent and the sacrifices and means of travel of pioneers, immigrants and venturesome citizens as they sought out the places where they settled and made their homes.
As the national exhibit arrives in selected cities across the United States, it joins with local exhibits relating the journey stories pertaining to that community.
Efforts to create that local exhibit are supported by a grant to the City of Denham Springs from the Smithsonian Institution working with the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Museum on Main Street.
Among the stories already contributed by parish residents is the story of Henry Castleberry and his wife Celestine Grace Cambre Castleberry, their forebears and their descendants.
All stories forming part of the exhibit need not be as complete as the Castleberrys'.
The local committee is asking for photos, stories and genealogies, not only of early movements to the parish, but more recent ones as well.
"We want what many people have stored away and may not even realize they have until it is gone," Crowder said.
One of the main features planned for the exhibit is a map of the world marking the origin of each of the Journey Stories in the exhibit.
To contribute to the exhibit contact Carol Lamm at 664-3990 or Florence Crowder at 405-2487.
The Castleberry story
Henry David Castleberry was born Aug. 28, 1849, in Wake County, N.C. He left in his twenties with John Q. Jenks, who was coming to Port Vincent to work for his uncle, William Merritt, a merchant there. Henry David had a sister who remained in North Carolina.
On Jan. 30, 1878, Castleberry married Celestine Grace Cambre, age 18 (b. March 8, 1859; d. July 29, 1944), the daughter of Jean Cambre (b. circa 1832) and Celestine Leonise Scivicque. (b. April 11, 1837; d. Jan. 13, 1862).
Celestine Leonise Scivicque was the daughter of Vincent Scivicque (b. Dec. 5, 1784; d. Oct. 14, 1870), for whom Port Vincent was named, and Celeste Brignac (b. Dec. 13, 1809; d. March 13, 1878).
Henry David and Celestine Grace Cambre Castleberry had six children: Clarence Caswell Castleberry (1877-1955); Mary Bessie Castleberry (1882-1970), who married Francis Henry "Mac" McCulla; Henry Patrick Castleberry (1885-1969); Lorena Lisette Castleberry (1887-1890); Thomas St. Elmo Castleberry (b. 1890) who married Norma Settoon; and Albert Peter Castleberry (1894-1950), who married Purney Skeehan.
Henry David Castleberry died May 28, 1920, and is buried in Port Vincent Community Cemetery with his wife Celestine, daughter Bessie and her husband and sons, Pat and Peter, and the daughter who died in childhood, Lorena Lisette.
This account is taken from a submission to "Journey stories" compiled by Donna Castleberry of Denham Springs and submitted by Hazel M. "Tootie" Hart of Hammond.