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Researching My 6th Generation Grandmother?


Yes, JR. I am attempting to do such research (trace to the present day one of the free colored persons ) with one ancestral line that goes all the way back to approximately 1727 in French colonial Louisiana. I believe, I may have found my first African female ( 6th generation great-grandmother), who gave birth to a mulatto female daughter ( 5th generation great-grand mother).

She, I believe was sold off sometime in her teens. This Mulatto daughter's life is a little difficult to trace however, I later find her, (Mulatto daughter) being sold during a succession inventory and property sale back to the owner of her mother (person believe to be African).

There is a span of time about 10 to 12 years after which this Mulatto daughter is reunited back in the
possession of her mother's slave owner: (side note: believed to be her father).

The mulatto daughter now has three children of her own ( one female and two males) their father unknown just yet but believe to be one of the men on current plantation prior to sale. Mulatto daughter's female daughter, my 4th generation great-grandmother gains her freedom 1779 in New Orleans through the help and assistance of a Frenchmen whom she later gave birth to seven children ( two sons and five daughter, they became part of a class of Creole called
gens de couleur libre in New Orleans) but I'm unable to locate her mother's manumission papers.

Strangely enough, I have found where the Mulatto daughter
is seen being able to purchase her Africa Mother from the son of the mother's owner in 1783. She the African woman was given to the son upon the death of the father . A few days later, she grants the mother her freedom. This Mulatto daughter is also seen able to purchase another sister and does the same thing.

The Granddaughter my 4th great grandmother is also assisting with the purchase and granting freedom to several relatives.

I'm attempting to gather all the facts I'm able to find and just so happen to have come across the document I shared with the group.

I like the way the author/Genealogist went about pulling all the information together in to that biographical outline.

Hopefully once I'm finished I'll be able to do the same.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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