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fontenot/jacques/ledoux/desmerais/edward of LA

Hi, i was wondering whether or not any has any info or can give me any advice on how to find out more about the interconnected families in my family. I have a hunch that my enslaved ancestors might have been owned by the Fontenot family of louisiana(who is also my blood kin). The surname JACQUES is the name of free creole of color family in st. landry parish and a post-emancipation family who lived around grand prairie, Louisiana. The JACQUES also married my PITRE and JEAN-BAPTISTE ancestors in the area. This is a sample of a genealogy I constructed from research related to my family...

Jean-Louis dit Colin FONTENAUT, native of Montierneuf, Poitiers, France, born in Dec 1685, married 8 Feb 1725 in Fort-Toulouse-des-Alabamans, Louise Angélique HENRY, native of Port-Louis, Bretagne, France, daughter of Mathurin HENRY and Louise DE PÉRIGAUD. Twelve children born, to wit:

1. Louise FONTENAUT was born c. 1726.
2. Pierre Henri dit Bellevue FONTENAUT was born 21 Aug 1727 au Fort-Toulouse-des-Alabamons.
3. Philippe (St-Philippe) FONTENAUT was born 21 Aug 1727 au Fort-Toulouse.
4. Jean dit Cadet FONTENAUT was born 1 Jan 1728 au Fort-Toulouse.
5. Jean-Louis FONTENAUT was born c. 1730 au Fort-Toulouse.
6. Joseph dit Belair (erroneously noted Bellaire) FONTENAUT was born in 1733 au Fort-Toulouse.
7. François FONTENAUT.
8. Marie FONTENAUT.
9. Marie-Louise FONTENAUT.
10. Marie-Thérèse FONTENAUT.
11. Jean-Baptiste dit St-Philippe FONTENAUT.

Pierre Henri dit Bellevue FONTENAUT married Marie Louise Doucet in Opelousas, Louisiana

One of their daughters was a woman by the name of Francoise Fontenaut

Francoise Fontenaut married George Desmaret/Desmarias on June 8, 1789. They lived in the Grand Prairie region. One of their sons was named Jean Baptiste Desmerais…

Jean Baptiste Desmerais b. June 15, 1798 in St. Landry Parish never married in his lifetime…But.. fathered several mixed-race children by a free woman of color named Celese JACQUES and one known child by a slave named Marie Louise JACQUES.

Jean Baptiste Desmerais(Desmerast) and Celese JACQUES, negresse libre

1. Rudolphe Desmarets( Jean Baptiste Georges & Celise JACQUES) b. 15 Sept 1848( Opel Ch. V4 p342)
2. Orestine Jacques fwoc(Jean Baptiste Desmerets & Celise JACQUES) m. 1 Feb 1860 Oval Jacques(son of Julien and Severine Lafleur JACQUES)
3. Pauline Jacques(Jean Baptiste George Desmerast & Celise) m. 11 June 1860 Francois DOUCET(Opel Ch. V2 p315)
4. Eleonore Desmerat d. 22 June 1868 at 18 years in Opelousas(Opel Ch v2 p248)

Jean Baptiste Desmerais and Marie Louise JACQUES, negresse enslave

1. Sydalise Desmerais(my ggg grandmother) b. 1840 in Grand Prairie, Louisiana

During Slavery, Sydalise fathered children with a white LEDOUX
1. Aimee LEDOUX(Sydalise Desmerais and Jean-Baptiste LEDOUX) m. Charles CURETTE on June 12, 1876

2. Marie Louise LEDOUX(Sydalise Desmerais and Jean-Baptiste LEDOUX) m. Alfred JONES jr. on December 23, 1886

In freedom, Sydalise Desmerais married a mixed-race farmer named Benjamin EDWARD/EDOUARD in St. Landry Parish in 1868. He was the son of Pierre and Desiree EDWARD. He became my ggg grandfather. Their oldest son, Pierre EDWARD married Amelie LACHAPELLE, one of the daughters of a blacksmith named Leonard LACHAPELLE and Marie Louise DONATO, an emancipated slave of Martin DONATO BELLO, a prominent free man of color of St. Landry Parish.


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