AfriGeneas Free Persons of Color Forum
I have recently found the parents and grandparents of my ggg grandfather, Theophile LaChapelle, a fmc who lived in the Opelousas area of Louisiana. His siblings were Joseph and Louis LaChapelle. his parents were Pierre Hubert LaChapelle(a french canadian) and Henriette Gradenigo, free woman of color. Her parents were Joseph Bonaparte Gradenigo and his slave, Marie Jeanne. Joseph was an italien who migrated to Louisiana from Venice,Italy. What is interesting about him is that he might have been a member of the Gradenigo royal family of Venice who can be traced to the 12th century. They were Popes. I have to gather original documents right now. So there is more research for me.