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Re: Free Black Slavemaster in Louisiana


First Indian family names of modern date

The Billiots (of Chitimacha ancestry) and Courteaus (of Biloxi and Colapissa ancestry) are the founding families of the Indians of modern date in Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes. Two half-sisters, Genevieve Magneau (Mayon) and Manette Lucie Renaud, whose mother was an Acadian, married into the Billiot clan. In fact, Manette married (1) Michel Billiot around 1822, (2) Jean Charles Billiot who died around 1839/1840, then she married (3) Etienne Billiot in 1843 - all brothers. Of the 10 children of Jean Baptiste Billiot and Marianne Iris, marriage or baptism records reveal new names - Dion/Jeanne, Mingoloi, Courteau (Jeanet and Pierre - NOT children of Houma Courteau), Gregoire, Dardart, Crepelle, Jaco, Verdun, Frederic, and Saulet. Of these ten names, five definitely have Indian origins. Another name that appears today in the Indian community is Foret but it is not of the Acadian Foret’s. It is a shortened version of La Foret, a translator of the Indians, whose wife was Indian.

Around 1818, Alexandre Verdun moved from St. Mary Parish to Bayou Terrebonne with his Indian wife and their children, who, through intermarriage, brought into the Indian community the Verret, Lovell, Naquin - Dupre - and Trahan (of Acadian origin) as new surnames.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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