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Re: George Bolard, mulatto libre native of boston

I'm not even convinced that the "immigration record" is an immigration record. In fact, I'm sure it's not. The record uses Feldman's work as a source. That work, which I reviewed this week, is not a passenger list or comparable work. It is simply a compilation of Anglos living in Louisiana during the Spanish regime. Bolard is listed as being there in 1785. Of course, by this time, and the likely source of the Spanish notation reported by Feldman's work, Bolard was a member of the Opelousas militia. So, I now believe that there was only one George Bolard. And, he was in Louisiana prior to 1779 - the date of his marriage. The question is where??

Although Donato was in Opelousas by the early 1770s, Bolard was not. Nor was Marie Jeanne. I have seen no census or other contemporaneous record showing their presence anywhere. Can you help with this. Other than her marriage record stating she was from New Orleans, is there anything that puts her anywhere (or George for that matter) prior to 1779???

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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