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Found the baptismal record of my 4th great grandma

I just received the baptismal record of the infant of color i suspect to be my ancestor. The church couldnt make a photocopy of the original,but they were kind enough to send me a translation of the original as well as a certificate. The extra info pretty much sealed the deal for me. I now know which clan of Masse's I come from:

Here is the English translation from French:

At the Home of a free negresse near the home of Madam Cenet the 18th day of the said year[meaning in the previous records,1795] was solemnly baptized Elizabeth,nicknamed Babet,age 18 months,daughter of Francoise Leveille,free negresse. The godfather was Pierre, slave of Madam Cenet and the godmother,Cecille,slave of the same Dame Cenet.
[Michel Bernard] Barriere,pastor

Francoise Leveille was the daughter of Andre dit Leveille Masse, a freed slave from the estate of Andre Masse, an early French trader and rancher who ventured out in the Attakapas District of Southwest Louisiana beginning in the 1740s. Dont know when Leveille was freed,but it must have been early,because he shows up as the witness and godfather to the baptismals of several Masse slaves along with his wife, Marie-Flore[negresse libre] as early as 1756! I found him listed in the 1774,1777,1781,1795 census years in the Attakapas district of Louisiana. He also had several land grants in the district beginning in the 1770s. Basically, Leveille is my 6TH GREAT-GRANDFATHER. His age on the 1777 census indicates a birth year of 1723. I found his death entry in the records of St. Martin du Tours Catholic Church in St. Martinville, La dated 1808. He built one of the oldest homes in that area from what a writer i have spoken with told me years back. Interesting. But
this at least explain the cluster of Victoire Leveille and Marie Leveille who were around my ancestors. They were Leveille's clan who migrated to the Grand Coteau area at least by 1810 from the St. Martinville Area. The fruit of years of brickwalls and research!

Rodney Sam

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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