AfriGeneas Free Persons of Color Forum
Free Sam's of St. Landry Parish
hi, I have been doing geneological research on my SAM ancestors, who were free blacks that lived in St. Landry and St. Martin Parishs starting in the late 18th to 19th century. The earliest that I have been able to trace is to the parents of my g-g-g grandfather(Jean-Pierre Sam who married Euphemie Rideau, in 1856 at Lafayette). His parents are listed as Louis Sam and Elisabeth Senet or Samet on his marriage record in Father Herbert's book as well as his other siblings,Angelique Louis or Sam( married Jean-Baptiste Jean-Louis, free, in 1837 at Grand Coteau), and Adolphe Sam( married Melite Briscoe in 1871). All of them were born free in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. The identity of the parents is what is interesting me because during my research, I Located an 1836 marriage record in the St. Landry Parish courthouse at Opelousas occuring between two free blacks, Louis Sam and Babet Masse, who wanted to become married into order to legitamize their children. The record also lists their children as Jean-Pierre Sam, Adolphe Sam, Angelique Sam, Casimire Sam, and Don Louis Sam( found an 1843 marriage between free man of color, Don Louis Louis Sam and Azelie Hernandez). Three out of five of these names are the same names of my ancestors and also the only free Sam marriages mentioned in Hebert's records are mostly the names of my ancestors. I'm questioning whether or not Babet Masse could be the mother of my ancestors instead of Elisabeth Senet/Samet. I also found out that Babet, means Elisabeth in French. I'm trying to figure out how my ancestors became free. I say sometime in the late 18th century or early nineteenth. I believe these names are too much of a coincendence and also that sometimes the names of the parents could be inaccurate. I also found some of free SAMs that could be related to me.
CLEMANCE SAM(C1799) was found enumerated in Lafayette with Jean Baptiste Jean Louis and Angelique Sam along with Adolphe and Philomene Sam in the 1860 US Census. The fact that she is in the same household as my relative indicates some kind of relationship.