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Re: Free Black Slavemaster in Louisiana

I just wanted to share some things wth you. You are correct Cowles Mead did have a daughter named Elizabeth. There is a web site dedicated to the Vaidens of Carrol County Mississippi.This Website has the history of Carrol County MS. Their website is It expalins the Vaiden lineages.The town in Mississipi is called Vaiden,Mississippi.Their website said it rymes with maiden. It explains who Cowles Mead was. His name is pronounced like the word coal-Coals Mead.

Ifeel the Vaidens of Mississippi has no connection to the Verdun/Verdin of Louisiana. Just my opinion:)

In your first post you wanted to know who Romaine Verdun/Verdin of Louisiana was well he was a black slave owner.He is mentioned in a book written by Loren L. Schweninger called Prosperous Blacks in the South 1790-1880. There is another scholarly article written by a Dr.Vincene Verdun. He wrote this for Tulane Law Review.It is called If the shoe fits, wear it:An Analysis of Reparations To African Americans. In an excerpt of the article, Dr.Verdun explained how he was the ggggrand son of Jean Baptiste Verdun and his slave mistress. When Jean Baptiste Verdun died,he left his mistress and his children -Romain Verdun included enslaved.So Romain Verdun' uncle Alexander Verdun(brother of Joseph Baptiste Verdun) of Louisiana came and ended up freeing Romain Verdun and his siblings,an thus giving Romaine Verdun money and property.

One quick note, Alexander Verdun is also one of the progenitors of the Louisiana United Houma Indians. According to their family tree, they say Alexander Verdun became involved with a native american lady name Marie Gregoire in the 1700's. Mostly all of the Houma indians of Louisiana traced their lineage to him and the indian lady.The Verduns/Verdins of Louisiana also are immigrants who traced there ancestry to France or Germany.

Hope this was helpful to your research.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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