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Re: Know anything about Side-Alter Marriages?
In Response To: Know anything about Side-Alter Marriages? ()
Hello Martin and welcome to Afrigeneas' Free Persons of Color Forum:
I immediately recognized the quote concerning Catholic marriage records and Notre Dame. Based on what I have researched on Catholic marriages in early Louisiana and the Lower South, marriages between whites and blacks were not only possible but also probable.
I have never heard the expression side alter. I imagine that it is "Side Altar"...in other words not being married at the main altar with a "High Mass" with communion.
The Catholic archives at Notre Dame reveal the constant dilemma of "unsanctioned" relationships. Correspondence from priests etc lament the out of wedlock children and the "flagrant relationships" of black/white relationships.....But not too loudly.
Many of the government officials who ruled on religious and civil matters in Louisiana and the Spanish Floridas had a "mari" outside of marriage.
Not all relationships were with wealthy or prominent men. The image of the romantic quadroon balls was certainly a reality, but sailors, soldiers, carpenters and "working class people" entered into relationships too.
I've read some of your postings on the internet about the Villar(s) and Dubrocas families. Both were names found in the Spanish Census of 1820. These names also include people of African descent.
I was also pleased to read your comments and sharing your research with others. That's the infectious spirit that Afrigeneas is noted for.
I've enclosed the url for the Dumas etc .family history. I believe that the author's research is sound. Particularly when he points out the error in documenting the daughters of Goujon de Grondel. One of whom I am researching.
K Wyer Lane