My name is Lou MacBeth, and I will be speaking at the second annual Laffite Society Seminar, which will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 26 at Texas A&M University at Galveston on Pelican Island. The title of my talk is “The Crew Left Behind.”

Jean Laffite, a privateer, occupied the east end of Galveston Island from 1817 until 1820 when he was “invited” to leave by the U.S. Navy, and he sailed into history.

I have identified several crew members who remained either in Galveston or the surrounding areas. However, it seems to me, that there are many stories waiting to be told. If you have evidence or have been told that your ancestor sailed with Laffite, please let me know. I would love to include this kind of information in my talk.

My family arrived in Galveston about 18 years after Laffite left, but my ancestors probably knew some of this crew. Talk to your grandparents, aunts, uncles and acquaintances who know your family history. Perhaps there is some adventure you want to share.

Contact me by email at

Lou MacBeth


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