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Re: Meuillon / Cheval?
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I do not have any info on Isabelle Faceinte(?) and should have explained myself in this way. It is doubtful that any man of color had accumulated such wealth (not to mention philanthropic tendencies)that he would "give" a house away in the 1790s. Particularly on the same trip where he traveled from Opelousas to St Charles to retrieve (who I believe to be) his children. That type of conduct, to me, typified familial relationships. But, I have no idea whether the woman is a mother, sister, grandparent, or stranger, or whether the assumption is simply erroneous. I mentioned it merely on the off chance that the name came up in your research.
In terms of your reference in the Hall database, thank you for your offer, but it is unnecessary. I also want to tell you that I do not believe that the reference to "Angelique" in the sale you talk about is a reference to your Angelique. Go to Hall's "free" as opposed to her "slave" database and look under the date 2/21/1777 (Garic). There you will find the emancipation of JB and his mom (referred to by Meullion and by others in later years - see various references listed by Arceneaux) as "Marie Jeanne." She was forty and JB 12 in 1777. The matter you have focused on refers to an Angelique (not the name Meullion used for JB's mom) who was 25 in 1792. She would only have been 10 in 1777 when JB and his mother were freed.
Anyway, I did not jump into this thread to foist my ideas onto you. My real purpose was to commend you for insisting on peaking beneath the "free man/woman of color" designation that is consistently used with many ancestors once they became free and which hides or refuses to acknowledge their slave past. My current hunt differs slightly from yours in that I am focusing on Celeste Donato's brother, Martin, and his wife (DuChesne) and mother-in-law (Nanette St Laurent). Both are historically referred to only as free women, when in fact both were slaves for considerable times. Missing (or undiscovered records) prevent me from closing the story completely, but there is no doubt as to what they were and who owned them until circa 1780. Anyway, I tend to prattle. Good luck.
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