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Re: john chavis(chavers) of louisiana
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I have seen this before with the Louis Honore Gradenigo and Marie Jeanne Nancy Chevis children, so please don't get upset when I tell you that you have made a mistake.
Honore Gradenigo lived next to my third (3rd) Great-Grandfather, Jean (fils) Allain. One of his daughters married Jean III Allain, the son of Jean (fils) Allain and Eleonore (Leona ) Guillory.
Nan is short for Nancy, Marie Jeanne Nancy Chevis.
Dehia Gradenigo, born Abt. 1832 is the natural child of Marie Jeanne Nancy Chevis. Some researchers have her as a stepchild, that is not true. In the 1850 U.S. Census, she is living with her parents. She did marry Joachim Esprit. They are seen as a couple with children in the 1860 U.S. Census.
Her daughter, Mary Lora (Laura) Esprit, married Aurelien (Orilien) Allain, the son of Jean (fils) Allain.
Her brother, Jean Baptiste Honore Gradenigo, married Francoise Renaud Esprit. Jean Baptiste Honore Gradenigo m. October 09, 1871 (Opel. Ch.) Francoise Renaud Espie. In the 1880 U.S. Census, Leona Allen, widowed wife of Jean (fils) Allain is living next to Jno. B. Gradnego, son of Louis Honore Gradenigo.
Sister, Marie Jeanne Gradenigo married Jean III Allain, the son of Jean (fils) Allain and Eleonore (Leona ) Guillory.
(Sister) -- Marie Jeanne Nancy Chevis, according to census record ages, she was born Abt. 1790.
(Brother) -- John Chavers, born say 1785, head of a St. Landry Parish, Louisiana household of 6 "free colored" in 1820 [LA:108] and 10 "free colored" in 1840, probably the ancestor of John Chavis, constable for St. Landry's Parish on 27 July 1868 [Bonds Book 4:164].
Jean (fils) Chevis married Silésie Pierre Auguste. Pierre August & Gabrielle Tessier, Parents of Celesis Auguste Mallet (she is listed as Celeste August married 1st August 1826 to John Cheves, Grafe(half White) Lib. (free) of Lafourdche. (Opelousas church Registers of Blacks. Volume 2 Page 59) Parents of John chevers were John Chevers and Rosalie Kiese.
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Petition 20884114 Details
General Petition Information
Abstract: Silésie Pierre Auguste, a free woman of color, represents that, when she married a free man of color named John Chevis fourteen years ago, she owned property consisting of nine heads of horse creatures, ” thirty heads of “horned cattle,” five “breeding sows, ” and articles of household furniture. All the property has been administered by her husband since the marriage. Silésie contends, however, that her husband’s affairs "have fallen" into such confusion that she is desirous of retaking the administration of her property. She therefore prays to be authorized to sue her husband and to have a judgment directing that her property be set apart. She asks to be permitted to administer her paraphernal property free from the constraint or interference of her husband.
# of Petition Pages: 3
Related Documents: Order, 24 April 1841; Court Records, 29 April 1841, 13 May 1841; Judgment, 5 December 1844
People Associated with Petition 20884114
Records of the Fifth Judicial District Court
Harrison Thomas LaTour
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