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Re: assimilation of Chesapeake fpoc with LA Creole

I found the following article in 1992 in the North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal (1992). I do not have the exact volume, or No. - I just copied the page. But it might be of interest and might provide you with another source in which to research.

Francis Brisols of Chowan, Co., NC and Guadeloupe, WI
submitted by Ransom McBride

Petition of Francis BRIOLS, late a resident and planter of the County of Chowan, at present at the island of Guadeloupe, to the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina: "That he emigrated in this State in the year of our Lord 1794, and after 12 months residence in the County of Chowan intermarried with Constance CALONELZ [?] [CATONETZ?] who was also a resident of said County and possessed in fee a tract of land and nine negroes & 3 children, to wit, Leubin, Mathias, Moses, Morris, Charles, Hector, Alice, Desda (?) and her child, Bagett and two children. That he continued to be an inhabitent of said County untill the Year 1802, when he was persuaded by his friends to return to Guadeloupe in order to recover some valuable property, which he did and took away with him the aforementioned negroes. That he soon found he had made an unfortunate change having enjoyed in your happy land all the blessings that a Citizen can wish under the mild laws of the Government of the United States and of the State of North Carolina; That he has ever since he left the State been desirous of returning and is now more anxious to do than ever.

"He therefore (understanding that the present laws of the State prohibit the importation of Slaves) Solicits your interference in the present Case and after Considering his Situation, prays your Honble body will be pleased to pass a law, to enable him to return in this State with the same nine negroes & children he Carried away, and no other, with Such provisos as you can in your wisdom may think proper..."/s/ FRANCIS BRIOLS. The legislative committee recommends approval.

Source: General Assembly Session Records, Nov - Dec 1806, Box 2 - Joint Committee Reports (Propositions and Grievances), NC State ARchives, Raliegh, NC

I am sure that the events in Haiti would have had an impact in Guadeloupe which was also a French Colony (it was under British control a number of times also)

I am assuming that any of the children that were born to the female slaves in Guadeloupe during the 4 years that he was there (if in fact he returned to NC), remained in Guadeloupe. I do not research NC or this family but I found it interesting.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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