Stacy, I do not claim any link to Lafitte, maybe my family was weird. However, in the hopes of finding an ancestor [John Fowler] I obtained a book written by Lyle Saxon on Jean Lafitte and became quite interested in the man. Primarily that his "management style" is not much different than corporate America. Since then I have read many books on the Pirate or Privateer as he preferred to be called, including his questionable personal memoir.The original copy of this memoir is written in French, and is on display at the Sam Houston Regional Library and Museum in Liberty, Texas.This book was obtained by former Texas Governor Price Daniel and donated to the library.If you have looked up Lafitte in the encyclopedia you probably found very little other than he was instrumental in the Battle of New Orleans with Andrew Jackson. In his memoir he makes note that he was not French but of Swiss heritage and his grandmother was a Jew. He claims to have been born in Port Au Prince and received his education in Geography and other subjects there. He claims to have faked reports of his death and lived out the remainder of his life as William Whiteridge near St. Louis, MO. It is a great story, rather it is true or not. Good luck in your research.