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found record freeing my 5thgmother in 1791!

I have been able to track down the record that manumated my 5thgreatgrandmother, Julie Dobegne(b1772), a mulatto slave of Jean Baptiste Labatut and his wife Marie Felicite Saint Martin of New Orleans in 1791. Her freedom was purchased with the help of a cousin(Martin Danne?) who was already free! Also I got some bonus info: The record also identitifies the mother of my ancestor as a black slave named Mariana(c1751) along with a younger sister, Magdalena(c1774), also a mulatto born in New Orleans. Mariana and her daughters Julie and Magdalena was given as a donation by Louis Ranson(the uncle of Marie Felicite) to Mrs. Saint Martin in 1775. Louis Ranson acquired the slaves from a Mr. Mateau Mercader?(the transcriber was sure of the spelling of the name) due to a private act 1766( I dont know what this means, but finding out might help me trace my ancestors even farther in time!) Two years after Julie was freed, she had my 4th greatgrandfather, Francois Birotte III by a white creole, Francois Birot pere in 1793. Francois Birotte III later migrated to St. Landry Parish near Opelousas and married Marie Louise Guillory( the daughter of Catherine Victoire Donato and Jean Baptiste Guillory I) in 1824. I am trying to find what happended to Magdalena. I believe she could be one of the older women enumerated with Francois Birotte in the 1820 New Orleans census.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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