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Birot of New Orleans and Opelousas

I have been doing some research on my ancestor, Francois Birot II, a free man of color who lived in the New Orleans and Opelousas Areas. He was married to Marie Louise Guillory, the daughter of Jean-Baptiste Guillory and Catherine Victoire Donato. According to Church records, Francois Birot II was the quadroon son of Francois Birot I and free woman of color, Julie Dobegne of New Orleans. Yesterday, I discovered the Spanish Cabildo records of Louisiana and went through them to see if I could find any mention of Francois Birot. Fortunely, I found a few mentions of him and learned some good information.
Francois Birotte died sometime in 1787 and left a succession. The succession mentions his brother, Jean Baptiste Birot(birotte). I also found out that according to the New Orleans 1786 census, Francois Birotte had a wife named Louise Hardy who lived near Bourbon street. That gives me the possibility of a marriage record to look for in colonial New Orleans. But, anyway, due to the situation in New Orleans, is there anyway someone could get copies of the Cabildo records of New Orleans another way?


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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