AfriGeneas Free Persons of Color Forum
Darcus "Burney" Charlot, b. 1786
My ancestress, Darcus, called Darcus Burney, came to Louisiana in the employ of William Burney Sr.,in 1797. Darcus was 11 years old. The Burneys arrived in the Ouachita Valley as part of the Baron de Bastrop scheme to populate far North Eastern Louisiana. She was "sot free" by Burney in 1810, when she was identified as the wife of Charlot Roy my ancestor. I am having a hard time pin pointing the Burneys prior to their arrival on the Ouachita. The Bastrop party met up in the Lexington area of Kentucky, but the travelers were from the Carolinas, Virginia, Kentucky and other places. The Burneys gave varing depositions over the years: some claim they were from the Guilford Co, NC area, other doc claims they were from the French Broad River area of North Carolina, another claims Washington County, Georgia and yet another places the Burneys in Deleware from 1769 forward to their departure. Would like to make contact with anyone researching Burneys who came to Louisina previous to 1800. In addition to Dorcus, the Burneys brough 1 year old Elizabeth Arrie with them, and they acquired the indenture paper on another 11 year old Hannah, called Burney, who maybe arrived with John Burney before 1797.