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SAMS of St. Landry Parish/St. Martin Parish

I've been researching my free black ancestors in Louisiana. I have found some more info about my ancesotors that point to other clues about my family.. here it is..

Casimir SAM( son of free blacks, Louis SAM and Babes) baptised in 1827 at Grand Coteau

Don Louis fils,( son of Don Louis Sam and Azelie Hernandez, free blacks) baptized in 1841 at Grand Coteau

Casimir SAM and Don Louis SAM appears as the siblings of Jean-Pierre SAM(my g-g-g grandfather) on the 1836 marriage record of free blacks, Louis SAM and Babet MASSE( g-g-g-g grandparents) at Opelousas.

side note: I also found it interesting that the SAM surname in Louisiana is Black as well as the MALVEAU name( there were no white MALVEAUs in Louisiana, I am kin to them as well). My intuition says that family surname was created at some point in history not from a white slaveowner( because I havent found any record of any white SAMs in Louisiana who owned slaves, matter of fact, the first SAM that appears in Louisiana in the 1830 census in New Orleans, he was white and owned no slaves. The first SAM recorded in the Opelousas area appears in the 1840 US CENSUS, he was free man of color, JEAN LOUIS SAM( i believe this is the same Louis SAM that was married in Opelousas in 1836, my g-g-g-g grandfather). Going through the records, I found a Louis SEME, fmoc, on a Cattle Brand record dated 1812 in St. Martin Parish. SEME is a variation of SAM. This might be my ancestor, but I'm not sure, its possible. Also in the Same St. Martin Parish area I found some info on mulatto FUSILIER brothers, Etienne SEM( he went by SAM or SEM as a last name instead of FUSILIER). He was a free man of color who owned slaves. I wonder if there is a relationship to Etienne SEM and Louis SEM and my family.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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