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Re: Theophile LaChapelle/Pierre Bellome

yes, I am descended from a Birotte Line on my paternal grandmother's side. The earliest that the Birotte line has been traced is to Francois Birotte, a white man who lived in 18th century New Orleans and Marie Dobegne, a fwoc. His son Francois Birotte fils lived in the Opelousas Area and married Marie Louise Guillory, daughter of Baptiste Guillory, fmoc(natural son of Gregoire Guillory and Marquerite,Freed African slave) and Catherine Victoire Donato(dau of Donato Bello and Marie Jeanne Tailleferro, fwoc.). Their daugter, Julie Birotte became my g-g-g grandmother. Her other siblings were Simeon Birotte, Ludger Birotte, and Zepherim Birotte. All were free people of color who lived in Opelousas.Julie Birotte married Theophile LaChapelle, fmoc( parents unknown, but is listed as mulatto in every census except for one where he is listed as white) in 1851 in Opelousas.His son Leonard LaChapelle became the grandfather of my grandmother, Thelma Edward(daughter of Pierre Edward and Amelie LaChapelle). In my research on the Birotte Line, I have found records of Francois Birot sr. in 18th century New Orlean slave purchase or inventory records. Also of interest is that in the 1880 census, my g-g-g grandmother, Julie states that her father was born in Cuba. I believe the first Francois Birot might of came from Cuba. Thats pretty much all I have. If these names sound familiar just let me know.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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