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Re: assimilation of Chesapeake fpoc with LA Creole


I am quite familiar w/ the Latin caste and color system. My father-in-law was from La Isla, and I grow up in an area of Pennsylvania which was had a larger population of Dominicans and Puerto Ricans, than African Americans.

What I had attempted to convey was the possibility that some families documented by Paul, and others had Latin or Hispanic roots, be it blanco, mulatto, or "negra".

For example, my maternal grandfather's surname was "Royal" (pronounced "Roy-l"). I believe the surname was created from an ancestor, "Royal Ferra". As you may be aware, Ferra is a very old Spanish surname having ties to Louisiana (and Cuba, Argentina, Puerto Rico). I have confirmed my Royal family is not the same English/Irish line in VA, nor is descended from the enslaved Africans owned by the aforementioned Royals. As was handed down to me, my Royal line was of Spanish and French descent (they lived in lower VA). Some of my Royals appear to have re-aligned from blanco to voluntary mulatto, then onto "negro", perhaps due to marriage.

So, while the Chavis, Perkins et al families you mentioned were perhaps of the African/Irish origins documented by Paul - is it not possible there were others whom these families may have encountered who had ties to Louisiana. As previously mentioned, somehow certain groups had a way of seeking each other across state lines and further.



18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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