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Re: Estate of Magdeline Masse - FWOC

Well, this started between a fellow researcher and myself over the Pierre Richard and Marguerite Dugas family. They are from the Acadian Expulsion.

This is were the slave (Celeste) exist. Celeste was the slave of Pierre Richard, but I am starting to believe more on the line that she was his half-breed daughter.

Celeste married Jean Baptiste Malveaux Sr. This is the beginning of the Malveaux line.

The story that your distant cousin told you is true. She was freed by Pierre Richard, but some of the descendants got together to fight her freedom and the freedom of her offspring and their descendants.

PAR Number 20882511
Location: St. Landry Parish, Louisiana; Year: 1825

Abstract: The heirs to the estate of the late Pierre Richard and his wife, Marguerite Dugat, petition to claim a woman named Celeste and her six children as their slaves. The petitioners claim that, “in consequence of false representations,” they were until recently ignorant of their rights to Celeste. They assert that, as the legal owners, they are “entitled to the services” of Celeste and her children. However, they maintain, Celeste, “pretending” to be free, “refuses to consider herself or her children” as their slaves and “will not return” to their service as “she is in duty bound to do.” Instead, she “obstinately and undutifully refuses to serve” them. The petitioners pray that Celeste and her children be “decreed to be slaves for life and compelled to return” to their service. Additionally, they ask that an attorney be appointed to represent Celeste.

Harrison Thomas LaTour


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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