AfriGeneas Brick Wall Forum
The origins of Benjamin Edward of St. Landry Parish
hi, I am at a brick wall trying to find out more about the roots of my ggg grandfather, Benjamin Edward, who lived in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. He is listed as a mulatto along with his wife, Sydalise Desmerais(also mulatto) in the 1870 Louisiana census of Saint Landry. According to catholic records, he married Sydalise in 1868 in Opelousas. The record lists his parents as being Pierre and Desiree EDWARD. His wife, Sydalise, was the illegimate daughter of the white creole, Jean Baptiste George Desmerais(Desmerast) and a black woman, Marie Louise JACQUES(Who was proberly a slave). Two of Benjamin's children were William and Pierre Edward. Both Brothers married two sisters, Amelie and Arnesia LACHAPELLE. Pierre was my g grandfather. It seems like before the Civil War, the Edward surname is scant at best and also in the catholic records, The only Edward that show up (Edouard,Edwards) are free people of color, but no obvious link to my folks. Also there was this slave owner named Hayden Edward who lived in Avoyvelles Parish(ajacent to St. Landry). None of his slaves match the age or color of my ggg grandfather. But I dont want to assume he was a slave, because I have been surprised to find a lot of relatives were free people of color. I did find a listing of the births of my g granfather(Pierre) in 1875 in Lebeau, Louisiana and later his brother, Albert EDWARD in the catholic records. Any advice would be helpful.