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Ca va bien mis cousins et mis gens? I have come to a bit of a problem . I'm searching for a slave that once belong to Martin Donato Bello. Through the wonderful body of work compiled by Mrs. Gwendolyn Midlo Hall, I've traced the purchase of my ancestor a slave named Nancy. On 2/201817 in St Landry Parish, Christopher Adams sells to Samuel McIntire a slave Nancy, an 18yrs old Virginian creole. Six months later on Aug 25, McIntire sells Nancy to Jesse Andruss, a well-to-do St Landry planter. Then almost 2yrs after her arrival in Louisiana on Feb. 10 1819, Nancy became a slave on the Donato-Bello plantation. The slave sale noted that she was approx. 22yrs and the mother of an infant also sold with her. My instincts tell me that Nancy was freed sometime between her purchase in Feb 1819 and the baptism of her 2nd child in Sept 1819. Does anybody know of Martin Donato Bello freeing or selling a slave Nancy? Could Martin have bought Nancy with the intent to manumit her? Nancy will join the ranks of the mulatto planter aristocracy. She will become a concubine to a grandson of Marguerite dit Guillory negresse libre; and her children will form legal alliances with other free mulatto families such as: Allain, Billau, Gallot, Godeau, and other Guillory cousins. Thanks you for interest and help. Bon nuit!!!
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