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Re: Louisiana Resources
In Response To: Re: Louisiana Resources ()

Hello and thank you for your suggestions:

I wanted to respond immediately with a Thanks and will write a longer response later.

Charlotte Thomas and the name Thomas keeps appearing in my research and the papers of one of my allied families, Vidal. I continually remind myself that:

1) Early colonial Louisiana, Mobile and West Florida were not that populated.

2) Free people of color were related or certainly knew of each other. They conducted business, acted as god-parents etc.

Most of the Free People of Color discussed here (from French and Spanish Colonial America) often have links to the Vidal families. Therefore I read the postings quite often. Lemelle, Donato, Chastain often cross paths.

The connection to Vidal and Thomas is still a mystery. I thought that Thomas might be a cousin or sister. The male names that you mentioned don't ring a bell, but that is because I have been focusing on the female line.

Judge Nicholas Maria Vidal, auditor general of war and acting governor of Louisiana and (and the Cabildo) is the focus of my search. He had several children, all girls by women of color. I am trying to understand exactly how many since all of the girls were given long Spanish names. He is not to be confused with Joseph Vidal, a contemporary. I've seen mistakes citing Joseph when it was Nicholas Maria.

He also had one possibly two girls in Colombia. Needless to say when he was not governing, he was a very busy man.

Thanks and I do have some questions about the baptismal records.


K Wyer Lane

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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