Gayarre also included the story of Chevalier d'Aubant , a Frenchman who was an officer in the Duke of Brunswick's court.
After arriving with colonial troops in 1718 and with the consent of the Indians he built a retreat on the bayou. In 1721 a
woman arrived in New Orleans and asked to be taken to d'Aubant. They were wed the following day and “they planted those
two oaks, which, are, to this day, to be seen standing side by side on the bank of the St. John...a little to the right of
the bridge, as you cross it, in front of Allard's plantation”. Legend has it that the woman, Princess Charlotte, daughter
of the Duke of Brunswick had faked her death to escape her arranged marriage to the ruthless Alexis, son of Russia's Peter
the Great. Pictured is is the one remaining tree, the Dueling Oak in a 1930s view. The tomb beside it is said to be that of