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Re: Gradenigo/LaChapelle

Marie Adelaide LeMelle

Document Date: 11/10/1772
Notary: Almonaster y Roxas
Document Number: 271
Location: Orleans (including Chapitoulas).
Master: Santiago Lemelle
Master's Gender: 2
Name: Adelaida
Gender: female
Race: quadroon, quarteron
Age: 1
Birthplace: Louisiana Creole
Freed: by living master
Relationship of freer to the freed: father
The manumission did not involve cash payment.
Slave was freed.
This slave's white father was certainly involved in the manumission process.
no prices at all
Family: Jacqueline-mom, Agata, Adelaida & Tonton-d's
This slave's family relationships were indicated.
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In the year 1829, the 50th of the Independence of the United States, on the
8th day of November at 11 am, I, Theodore Seghers, public Notary, authorized
by the town and parish of New Orleans, State of Louisiana, living there, have
transported myself after requisition besides Marie-Adelaïde Lemelle, f.w.c. in
a house situated at the corner of St Anne’s street and the ramparts in this town.
Where being, I found said Marie-Adelaïde Lemelle ill and lying in bed but with
full mental intelligence and memory as it appeared obvious to me, Notary, and
to the three witnesses hereafter named. Which one, wanting to settle her
affairs, asked me to receive her will in presence of Messrs Maurice Abat,
Modeste Lefebvre et Joseph Lombard father, all three living in this town,
requested as witnesses before whom the testatrix dictated me her will and I
wrote it as she dictated it, as follows :

My name is Marie-Adelaïde Lemelle, born in this country, almost 58 years
old, daughter of Jacqueline Lemelle and Jacques Lemelle. I have six
children, all of age, named Agathe Giraudeau, Antoine Giraudeau, Adèle
Giraudeau, Astrée Giraudeau, Bruno Giraudeau et Virginie Giraudeau. I name
them all my heirs.

I let them all conjointly my negress called Alizée, 32 years old and her
children, i.e. Louise, 14 years old, mulatress, Julien, 12 years old grif,
Cyprien another little grif aged 4 and another one, Léon, 6 months old. I also
let them a negress called Victoria, aged 22.

I have a negress named Loïse, over 60 years old, that I let them. She will
serve them but they will take care of her and never sell her.

I bequeath my tablecloth and my bed-sheets to Virginie, Astrée and Bruno
Giraudeau. And after this I bequeath the rest of my cloth and kitchen
utensils, my china and all my furniture to Astrée and Virginie Giraudeau.

And the testatrix, having nothing more to mention to the present witnesses
and declaring to cancel any former will, although she does not remember
having ever done one, I, undersigned Notary, read her the present lines
loudly and distinctly in front of said witnesses before whom the testatrix
declared to hear and understand clearly and persisted to say that these
were her latest intentions.

Made right now without interruption or disturbances in the above-mentioned
address in front of said witnesses and the testatrix, being asked of, signed
before them. The Notary and witnesses...

Adelaïde Lemelle

Mte Lefebvre Maurice Abat Jph Lombard father Th. Seghers, Notary

Harrison Thomas LaTour

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Re: Gradenigo/LaChapelle

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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