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Re: the mother of mothers
In Response To: Re: the mother of mothers ()

Well, first i would like to express my extreme delight in the way that readers had taken the Jeanne's tale. Even more delighted by the fact that the story has a personal connection to so many. In addressing your questions, two answers can be found in the land transaction of 1800. The document (of course in French) once translated revealed severals aspects of Jeanne's life. In the transaction, a lot and house were being transfered from Jeanne to her daughter and son-in-law. The house was situated in New Orleans and Jeanne had inherited the house from her son who was named in the papers as " Jean Baptiste Castillon". Also I believe that Jean Baptiste is said to be deceased by the time of the document. The question concering the burial record was an excert from a book about Acadia Parish Louisiana. The title of the book escapes me at the moment but the book also made references to the Guillory and Papillon families. As for the Jeanne's grandson Alexandre, i've came across the slave purchase by Martin Donato Bello, but have not research heartfully for his whereabouts. Something that bugs me is where was Marianne Castillon Duchesne ( Martin's wife) before she came to Opelousas. We know that her aunt came to Opelousas via the french catholic priest, but what of Marianne. The only clue comes in the surname of her second child Marie Louise Allain, a quadroon father by one of the Allains. So was Marianne free when she was involved with the Allain man or still in bondage? I personally feel she was already a freedwoman. Bon chance cousins!


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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