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Re: George Bolard, mulatto libre native of boston

that is an interesting question. From what I've read, Donato was in the Opelousas Area in the 1770s. And 1779 was the earliest I've discovered Marie Jeanne on a record in Opelousas. I assume by then that the DONATOs were in the area as young children. I believe they were proberly born in New Orleans. And concerning the word Mulatto and Mulattress, Females and Males are designated as Mulatto in census records or free persons of color if they were not the head of household. I've seen Mulattress in church records or other colonial documents referred to women. When Donato came to Opelousas, he must of had Marie Jeanne(she was a native of New Orleans) with him and his white family as well. I'm not sure if there are any baptism records of the Donato children in New Orleans if they were born there and there are not any in Opelousas. Maybe if we had the birthdates of Martin, Celeste, and Catherine Victoire will help determine when and where they were proberly born. Oh, and by the way, the 27 year old mulatto is of the age to be Marie Jeanne given that she was born about 1743 and died in 1833. She is buried in this Roman Catholic Church somewhere in Opelousas. In the Cabildo records, I've found references of Donato Bello in the New Orleans area in the 1760s. He must of met Marie Jeanne during that time. Its a lot speculation cause there are a lot of holes in the records.


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