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Martin White and Casimir Sam, free men of colour

Looking for any information on these two men of color. I have reason
to believe that the Civil War Veteran, Casimir Sam, who served in the
Louisiana National Guard(73rd regiment, Corps du' Africane) was the
uncle of my gg grandfather, Aristide Sam Sr., of St. Landry Parish.
Casimire like the rest of my Sam family were free people of color or
free blacks. In the 20th century, a man by the name of Martin White
submitting an application to collect the pension of Casimir Sam. His
relationship to him is listed as being "good friend". I think I might
have found the Martin White who is associated with Casimir Sam. He,
like Casimir, was a free man of color. He was the son of an Irishman
named Jean White and a free black woman, Euphrosine Masse. Martin
White was married to Felonise Barnabe. She was the daughter of Azelie
Hernandez, de coleur libre(daugt of Andres Hernandez of Vallodoid,
Spain and Victorie Masse, free black woman) & Joseph Pierre Barnabe
(son of Pierre Barnabe & Elisabeth Pellerin, people of color). Azelie
Hernandez married Joseph Barnabe after the death of her first
husband, Don Louis Sam, the brother of Casimir. So it appears to be a
connection to Martin White and my Sam family. Also the mother of the
Free Sams was Babet Masse. She is also known as Elisabeth Senette( I
am still trying to figure out why this is so) Any information
pertaining to Martin White and to the Civil War solidier, Casimir
Sam, would be very helpful.

Rodney Sam


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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