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success story:had to tell somebody
Hi, my name is Rodney Sam. I've been researching my family history for about three years. I've traced my mothers branch back seven generations. I've been having trouble doing my dad's branch for awhile. But I just had a stroke of luck. My grandmother's name was Thelma Edwards from St. Landry Parish. Her parents are Pierre and Amelie LaChapelle Edwards. It turns out I have a cousin who did research on the Edwards history about ten years ago.I Recently got the book she made documenting all the research she did(literal and oral). Her name is Eula Mae Dell. She has traced my Grandmothers and a part of my grandfathers(Murphy Sam Sr.) family back a total of 11 generations to my earliest ancestors living in France. It also turns out that some of my ancestors were free persons of color for many generations in Opelousas, Louisiana originated in New Orleans in the mid 18th century. I also found out that a few of my ancestors owned black slaves. One was known as Francois Auguste Donato,Martin Donato and the earliest was Jean Baptiste Molliean(b.1764).Jean Baptiste and Auguste Donato are my direct ancestors. my 8th great grandfather, Jean Baptiste was the product of a relationship between his white master and a mulattoe slave. He was born on the German Coast and came to Louisiana after gaining his freedom. They were quadroons and mulattoes who were freed by their French white slavemasters(who was incidently their fathers) in their wills. I am extremely grateful for the information but feel funny about having black slaveholding ancestors because thats extremely rare.