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Re: SAMS of St. Landry Parish/St. Martin Parish

I've have been able to piece together the roots of my family. The SAM family did have origins in St. Martin and St. Landry Parish. My gggg grandfather, Louis Sam, was a former slave of Magdalaine MASSE, the widow of Etienne(SEME)Fusilier, a free man of color. His father was the frenchman Gabriel Fusilier. Magdalaine freed Louis and another slave by the name of Pierre in 1812 at St. Martin. After freedom, both of these men took SAM as their surname and relocated to Saint Landry Parish near Opelousas. Etienne had a son by the name of Pierre Esope by an unknown female slave. He purchased his sons freedom in 1797 from Auguste Soileau. Louis SEMME(Sam) migrated to St Landry along with the two Pierre's( Pierre Esope SAM,mulatto and Pierre SAM, free negro). Both Louis and Pierre had children with two MASSE women. Louis Sam married Babet MASSE(i havent been able to find out her parents. But she is descended from the early MASSE slaves) in 1836. They had five children. One was my ggg grandfather, Jean Pierre SAM. Pierre SAM fathered children with two MASSE women. The first was Marie Leveiller MASSE, the daughter of LEVEILLE MASSE, the earliest free black in the Attakapas region. He was free by 1756! The daughter from this relationship was Elisabeth Rosalie SAM. She later married into the free MALVEAUX clan. Pierre's other daughter was Clemence Marie MASSE by Francoise MASSE(but I dont know who this person is as of yet). Clemance married the free black, Pierre BARNABE. Now Pierre Esope SAM FUSILIER, the son of Etienne, had children by Clemance Hisnard, a free mulattress according to the records. A lot to times people get Etienne and his son Pierre Esope confused.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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