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Re: Foundation of the Guillory family

Nice to see the reaction to the entry. The information about Simon Guillory was interesting. Years earlier when i was trying to identify an ancestral uncle by the name of Simon Guillory, I briefly confused the two men. Quickly I realized that your Simon Guillory was the son of parents that didn't match my Guillorys. It was a nice reading to see the family history with and their ties to the Guillorys and the Donatto family via Madame Bolard.

My Simon Guillory was the son of Manuel Guillory and Marie Denise Guillory. Along with his parents and siblings, Simon was among the "emigrees" that fled Louisiana in 1859 to resettle in the french black republic of Haiti. By the summer of 1870, many of the emigrant Guillorys and their kinsfolk returned to Louisiana because of a Haitian insurrection. Simon Guillory was married to Eulalie Jean.

As for Marguerite I agree with both Mr(s) Thibodeaux and Sam. For me the two are a pair. Both equally contributing to the existence of us. Unlike Mr Deville, ( who I believe was playing devils' advocate) I feel Gregoire was not "playing" Marguerite but his children by the means in which he emancipated Marguerite and their children. Personally I feel that the real issue was between Joseph-Gregoire and his older son Jean-Baptiste Guillory. Though not a rare occurrance, not every young frenchmen had to cope with an african concubine with her mulatto offspring running about their parents home.

As for Marguerite's history I believe like Rodney that the answers lie with her mistress Madame Guillory in the Lacasse-Lorrandini families. This research is all in colonial Mobile. Several candidates can be placed in Mobile who could possibly turn out to be Marguerite. I am kinda parital to an individual who is of african/indian mix. Not so much because of the indian connection but because of the proximity the slave has to the Guillory and Lacasse families. I am also interested in her years in New Orleans and her boss Miguel Barre.
Good Hunting!!!!


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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