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Twelve Years A Slave - Tournier-LeBlanc



The memoir ends with his telling of how he reacquired his freedom, aided by a man named Samuel Bass. Bass was born in Canada but lived and died in Marksville, LA in Avoyelles Parish. Bass died of pneumonia August 30, 1853 – age 46, while at the home of Justine Tournier (a free woman of color), only months after Solomon was freed.

Bayou Boeuf
Bayou Boeuf passes in front of the site where the Epps' House once stood.
F. Tournier (near a bayou entering Bayou Boeuf),

Notes on emancipations (or attempts to emancipate slaves) found in the Police Jury Minutes of Avoyelles. Historical records survey. Louisiana. Transcriptions of parish records of Louisiana. No. 5, Avoyelles Parish (Marksville). Series 1. Police Jury Minutes, vol. 1, 1821-1843.

It is further resolved that Francois Tournier be authorized to emancipate the following Slaves as mentioned in this petition to wit. Honore, Vital, Jean Baptist, Helaire, Charlotte & Isadore, agreeably to the Laws of the State in such Cases made and provided.

1) Honorine LeBlanc b: ABT 1823 Married:15 Sep 1887 Maximilien Macarty b: ABT 1821
2) Vital LeBlanc b: ABT 1824 Married:NOV 1849 Sydalise Matéo b:ABT 1828
3) Jean Baptist LeBlanc b:ABT 1825 Married: 28 JAN 1847 Célestine Lédé b: ABT 1830
4) Helaire LeBlanc
5) Charlotte LeBlanc b:ABT 1827
6) Isadore Frette b:ABT 1826 Married: 4 JUL 1846 Aurore ALLAIN b: ABT. 1830

Augustine (Tournier) Magloire of Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana was a slave of Francois Tournier of Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana. She is listed in the following November 3, 1807 slave document as being sold to Martin Landreneau.

Louisiana, Slave Records, 1719-1820 about Augustine
Name: Augustine
Gender: Female
Age: 6
Birth Year: abt 1801
Other History: sold or inventoried in a group; Member of a family group; Slave's mother is listed in the document; This slave sold with his or her mother.
Comments: sale of 2 plantation on 1 arpent other 30, beasts, utensils and slaves
Family: mom and 4 girls
Mother's Race: Black
Mother's Age: 26
Mother's Birth Year: abt 1781
Members of Group: 2 plantations, implements, beasts and slave
Document Date: 3 Nov 1807
Location: Avoyelles
Document Number: 1
Notary: Alienation Book A
Document Language: French
Document Depository: New Orleans Public Library
Seller: Francois Tournier
Buyer: Martineau Landreneau
Selling Value: 8500
Selling Value US$: 8500

Augustine Mcglory in entry for Ellen Cass
Louisiana, Deaths Index, 1850-1875, 1894-1956
Attach to Family Tree
Name: Ellen Cass
Event Type: Death
Event Date: 18 Apr 1922
Event Place: Alexandria, Rapides, Louisiana
Gender: Female
Age: 76
Race (Original): Colored
Birth Year (Estimated): 1846
Birthplace: Marksville, Louisiana
Father's Name: Samuel Bass
Mother's Name: Augustine Mcglory
Spouse's Name: John Cass
Certificate Number: 4081


1850 United States Federal Census
Name: Honorine Blanc
Age: 27
Estimated birth year: abt 1823
Birth Place: Louisiana
Race: Mulatto
Gender: Female
Home in 1850 (City,County,State): Avoyelles, Louisiana
Household Members: Name Age
Honorine Blanc 27
Resere Blanc 8
Caroline Blanc 6
Felicide Blanc 4
Marie A Blanc 1

1860 United States Federal Census

Name: Aunorine Leblane
Age in 1860: 37
Birth Year: abt 1823
Birthplace: Avoyelles
Home in 1860: Opelousas, St Landry, Louisiana
Race: Black
Gender: Female
Post Office: Grand Coteau
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members: Name Age
Maximilien MacArti 39
Aunorine Leblane 37
Caroline MacArti 16
Felicie MacArti 14
Mary A MacArti 11
Anatalie MacArti 9
Luma MacArti 7
Sidonia MacArti 3

Honorine LeBlanc, born Abt. 1822 married Maximilien McCarthy, born Abt. 1821


1860 United States Federal Census

Name: Charlotte Leblane
Age in 1860: 33
Birth Year: abt 1827
Birthplace: Avoyelles
Home in 1860: Opelousas, St Landry, Louisiana
Race: Mulatto
Gender: Female
Post Office: Grand Coteau
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members: Name Age
Charlotte Leblane 33
Elisabeth Guillory 10
Zeolide Guillory 6
Etienne Guillory 5
William Guillory 2

Charlotte LeBlanc's son Edmond died in St. Landry Parish in October 1865 at age 4, and her son Jean Baptiste died "at quartier Plaisance" at age 15 months in December 1865. The Opelousas priest who recorded the boys' burials did not give the father's name or the mother's parents' names.

GALLOT, Etienne (Julien & Charlotte LEBLANC ) m. 6 Jan. 1880 Sidonia McCARTHY (Opel. Ch.: v. 2, p. 522).

LEBLANC, Valmont (Julien Gallo & Charlotte LEBLANC ) m. 19 April 1881 Eugenie PIERRE AUGUSTE (Opel. Ch.: v. 2, p. 531).
LeBlanc, William (Charlotte LeBlanc) b. 10 Jan. 1858 (Opel. Ch. : v. 6, p. #69)

William Leblanc m. November 26, 1879 Merante Pierre August (Opelousas Courthouse marriage #11100).
Married December 18, 1879, St. Landry Catholic Church, Vol. 2, page 521

1900 United States Federal Census
Name: William Lablanc
Home in 1900: Police Jury Ward 1, Saint Landry, Louisiana
Age: 41
Estimated birth year: abt 1859
Birthplace: Louisiana
Relationship to head-of-house: Head
Spouse's name: Marrent
Race: Black
Occupation: View image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
William Lablanc 41
Marrent Lablanc 38
Uless Lablanc 19

Ulixes LeBlanc (son of William Leblanc & Marie Pierre August-------Magdelen Papillon (daughter of Jean Baptist Papillon & Francois Allen)

1910 United States Federal Census
Name: Eulis Leblance [Eulis Leblanc]
Age in 1910: 29
Estimated birth year: abt 1881
Birthplace: Louisiana
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father's Birth Place: Louisiana
Mother's Birth Place: Louisiana
Spouse's name: Madlene
Home in 1910: Police Jury Ward 1, St Landry, Louisiana
Marital Status: Married
Race: Mulatto
Gender: Male
Eulis Leblance 29
Madlene Leblance 21

1920 United States Federal Census
Name: Ester Lablanc [Ester Lablan]
Home in 1920: Bald Hill, Okmulgee, Oklahoma
Age: 9 years
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1911
Birthplace: Oklahoma
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Father's Name: Ulis
Father's Birth Place: Louisiana
Mother's Name: Martina
Mother's Birth Place: Louisiana
Marital Status: Single
Race: Mulatto
Sex: Female
Able to read: No
Able to Write: No
Image: 887
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Ulis Lablanc 40
Martina Lablanc 31
Ester Lablanc 9

ID: I00007 Name: Catherine LaTour
Sex: F
Burial: 5 NOV 1988

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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