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Re: FPOC Colonial Natchitoches LA

I saw where you posted a response to one of my posting. I noted your surname la Tour. I wonder if you might able to assist with determining how 16 slaves were acquired by Michel ZERINGUE. There was a person by the name of Leblond De La Tour, the Chief Engineer of the Louisiana Colony. (Archives des Colonies, Series C13A, Volume 7, folios 193-199) who arranged for ZERINGUE to come to Lousiana as a contract worker and within ten year of his arriving, he was able to acquire land and 16 slave between the years 1726 and 1731 in French colonial Louisiana. A family of about 8 members could be ancestors of mine. I also am looking to determine How and When these African slaves arrived in Louisiana and when exactly did Zeringue come into possession.

Here is a posting from another site I thought might help you understand what I'm looking for. I seeking information on Johann (Jacques) Michel (ZEHRINGUE) ZERINGUE who was from Franconia Bavaria and arrived in Louisiana on December 14, 1720. Does anyone have any information on his life in New Orleans between 1725-1738? It is believed that he died September 4, 1738. A succession document, dated December 14, 1739 was written in French. I would like to have an English version of this document and am particularly interested in finding out about the 16 enslaved individuals listed in the inventory of this succession. Mainly: Levielle and Fanchon and her six children, one female and five males. When and how did these individuals come into his possession? In the 1731 census, Jacque Michel ZERINGUE was in possession of 12 male slaves and 4 females. How, within 10 years of arriving in Louisiana, was a contracted worker able to acquire land, slaves and five sons? It is my understanding that he was listed as a master carpenter and built the St. Louis Church in New Orleans and that he was the progenitor of the ZERINGUE family in Louisiana. I would greatly appreciate any information on the above. and I look forward to hearing back from you soon.


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