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confusing testimony(Pierre Leblanc, Casimir Sam,)

Hi, guys..

I have confusing information I recieved from the testimonies of relatives on a Civil War pension of an ancestor who served in the Civil War as a free man of color named Casimir Sam. The children of Casimir Sam he had by a slave while working as an overseer on a plantation in Arnaudville, La. several persons were interviewed mostly relatives. One of them that interested and confused me was Pierre Leblanc, a free man color, who said that Casimir Sam was a first cousin because his mother was Casimir's sister. and that their father was Louis Sam(my gggg grandfather). The Leblanc family were free people of color who lived around the Vermillionville and Carencro Area in Louisiana. Three brothers, St.Ville, Pierre, and Victor Leblanc, whose parents were Elisabeth Pierre and a cajun named Placide Leblanc. Now, i would think that that relationship would be make Casimir Sam his uncle. This testimony was news to me because I only know of one sister named Angelique Sam who had no children according to an early 1901 testimony by St. Ville and Victor, unless, LOUIS SAM, had another daughter before he was married to my gggg grandmother, Babet Masse. A 1900 census also lists Angelique Sam Jean Louis living with St ville. He also states that she was his cousin. How can an uncle be a cousin??? Or could the man have gotten confused about the nature of their relation because he was in his 70s in 1917? Has anyone encountered this before? Because if his testimony is true(which i say the odds that it probarly is) then it would mean that Elisabeth Pierre would be the half-sibling to my SAM ancestors or a cousin at least.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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