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Re: Marie Donato(dau. of Francois Donatoand Olympi

Hello Sam,

I was just reading a book about our family that our cousin Conrad wrote. You probably have a copy of the link between the Donatto's, Ozans Auzzanes, Moullion, Lemelle, clan. The histroy and link between the families and how they owned property and which included human lives, left me speechless. But to here how some of our for-fathers who did own slaves allowed them to go free touched my heart. Some of them at the time gave their slaves their last names but were not related in anyway. That need last names so they took on the name of their masters and that was the case with some of our ancesters. Even though many did have children by the slave women. For me reading Conrad's book along with tracing the other side of my family helped me understand who I am and why I look the way I do. We have a picture of one of my great great grandmothers and wouldn't you know I look like her as well as a mixture of a great great grandmother who was from a Indian tribe in Oklahoma. I am a combination of both women. Somehow that gave me peace that I can not explain. I have the same book you also have and will look into the information again to find the answer.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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