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Earliest Ancestors

These are the earliest ancestors in the thisisdk Genealogy Database. We will organize our notes for each which can be accessed by selecting an ancestor below. Their descendants and other genealogy can be viewed in the database on RootsWeb WorldConnect. Above is a link to the database.
Cornelia Baillio
Barton Beler
Mildred Milly Boyle
Terry Bradley
Ruth Bragg
Sarah Esther Burton
Alexis Cloutier
Ann Coleman
Richard Coleman
Benjamin Cooper
Henry Culbert
John Juston David
Derzilin Derbanne
Charles Duncan
John Duncan
Mary Ann Duncan
Francis Elson
Emma
Henry Evans
Francois
Francoise
Irnie Furlo
Louise Glapion
Marguerite Lafantasy
Michael Legras, Sr
Marguerite
Marie Francoise
Amelia Masquelin
Claude Thomas Pierre Metoyer
Dorothee Monet
Victor W. Porter
Athanase Poissot
Andrew Read
Smith Richardson
Pierre Rocques
Jerome Sarpy
Arvilla Shelton
Thomas J. Smith
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Cornelia Baillio

Cornelia Baillio is listed in the 1850 Louisiana Census in Alexandria in Rapides Parish as a 33 year old mulatto female laborer born in Louisiana. She is in the household of Hugh Lynch a 45 year old white male merchant born in Virginia. Also in the house hold are Alphonse Baillio a male mulatto age 10 born in Louisiana and an infant female mulatto age 8 months born in Louisiana.
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Barton Beler

The earliest and only documentation for Barton Beler in my database is the record of the marriage of her son Jerome Sarpy to Marie Adelayde Metoyer on June 27, 1820. The record in the Natchitoches Church Marriages 1817-1850 by Elizabeth Shown Mills (Mills Historical Press, Tuscaloosa, AL, 1985), p 14, entry 48 is: Groom: 24 native of the town of New Orleans, single, natural son of Barton Beler and [no first name] Sarpy. Bride: 16, native of this jurisdiction, legitimate daughter of Francois Metoyer and Margarite Lafantasy, already deceased, all free people of color. Their descendants are in the database.
I do not have documentation for Barton Beler or a Beler family in Louisiana.
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Mildred Milly Boyle


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Terry Bradley


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Ruth Bragg


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Sarah Esther Burton


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Alexis Cloutier


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Ann Coleman


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Richard Coleman


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Benjamin Cooper


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Henry Culbert

Henry Culbert is listed in the 1880 Louisiana Census in Ward 10 in Natchitoches Parish as a 40 year old mulatto male laborer born in Louisiana and a widower. He is living with 4 sons and a daughter all born in Louisiana. They are Napoleon 20, William 18, Jice (sic Josh) 17, Laura 16 and Henry 8 all single.
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John Juston David


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Derzilin Derbanne

Derzilin Derbanne and Louisa Derbanne are listed in the 1870 Louisiana Census Ward 9 of Cloutierville in Natchitoches Parish as a 38 year old mulatto male laborer born in Louisiana and a 26 year old black female housekeeper born in Louisiana. Also in the household is Smith Derbanne a 1 year old black male born in Louisiana.
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Charles Duncan


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John Duncan


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Mary Ann


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Francis Elson


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Irene Furlo

Irene Furlo and Thomas J. Smith are listed on the death certificate of Mary Elizabeth LeGras as her parents. Mary died March 16, 1939 in Alexandria, Rapides Parish, Louisiana and was born May 31, 1852 in Alexandria. Irene married Victor Porter and is found with him in the 1870 Louisiana Census in Alexandria as Arine (sic) Porter a 35 year old female mulatto and in the 1880 Louisiana Census as Irnie (sic) Porter a 40 year old female mulatto. Irene is named in several conveyances in Rapides Parish during 1870 – 1890 that I need to review.
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Louise Glapion

The documentation for Pierre Rocques and Louise Glapion in the database comes from the marriage of their son Elise Roques to Marie Suzanne Metoyer on June 26, 1820 in Natchitoches, Louisiana as recorded in the Natchitoches Church records. Pierre is reported to be a free white resident of New Orleans and Louise a free colored resident of New Orleans.

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Marquerite Lafantasy


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Michael Legras

Michael Legrass is named in the Indiana 1820 Census in Jefferson County as the head of a family of 2 as follows: 1 free white male age 26-45, 1 free white female age 16-26, both foreigners not naturalized and one engaged in agriculture.

This family appears to be listed in the Earl Fisher Database of St. Louisans, St. Louis Genealogical Society, St. Louis, Missouri. A summary of the information is that the family consisted of:
Michel LeGras and Amelia Masquelin and 3 children. The children are: Michel Legras who was born on January 1, 1822 and was christened on September 14, 1827 in the St. Louis King of France Church (Old Cathedral), St. Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri. Raimond Legras who was born January 25, 1825 and christened on September 14, 1827 in the St. Louis King of France Church (Old Cathedral), St. Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri. Augustine Legras who died on August 8, 1828 and was buried in the St. King of France Church cemetery.

Michael Legrass is named in the Missouri 1830 Census in St. Louis County, St. Louis Township as the head of a family of 8 as follows: 2 free white males age 5-10, 1 free white male age 40-50, 1 free white female age 10-15, 1 free white female age 30-40, 1 female slave under 10 and 2 female slaves 10-24 years old.

We can establish that Michael Legras was in Rapides Parish in January 1834 and that he was known as Michael Legras Sr. by an entry in the conveyance records for Rapides Parish Book A Folio 1, entry July 12, 1865. The conveyance was for sale of property on June 13, 1865 by Mrs Amelia Legras to Mr. Ephriam Pincus of New Orleans. It states that the property was purchased at a probate sale in January 1834 by Michael Legras Sr.

On June 20, 1837 Michael Legras of Rapides Parish, Louisiana purchased 138.06 acres of land in Rapides Parish from the Ouachita land office (document number 1433). The legal description of the land is Lot number 1 of Section 12 in Township 4 of Range 1 West, Louisiana meridian.

Michael was not listed in US 1860 Census LA Rapides with Amelia LeGrass age 62, Rosemond LeGras age 35 and 4 others listed. I need to check the 1860 census LA East Baton Rouge Parish where there is a Amelia Legras listed (page 622)

Michael Legras Sr. is named in a conveyance for sale of property on June 13, 1865 by Mrs Amelia Legras that he purchased at a probate sale in January 1834. There is no indication that Michael Sr. was alive or deceased at that time. However this is used to place his death before 1865 pending conflicting documentation.

Since Michael Legras is listed on many documents in March 1867 as deputy sheriff I assume this was his son Michael Legras Jr.


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Amelia Masquelin

Amelia is first named in the Earl Fisher Database of St. Louisans, St.Louis Genealogical Society, St. Louis, Missouri. A summary of the information is that the family consisted of: Michel LeGras and Amelia Masquelin and 3 children. The children are: Michel Legras who was born on January 1, 1822 and was christened on September 14, 1827 in the St. Louis King of France Church (Old Cathedral), St. Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri. Raimond Legras who was born January 25, 1825 and christened on September 14, 1827 in the St. Louis King of France Church (Old Cathedral), St. Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri. Augustine Legras who died on August 8, 1828 and was buried in the St. King of France Church cemetery.
I believe she is the female listed in the 1820 Indiana and 1830 Missouri Censuses as follows : Michael Legrass is named in the Indiana 1820 Census in Jefferson County as the head of a family of 2 as follows: 1 free white male age 26-45, 1 free white female age 16-26, both foreigners not naturalized and one engaged in agriculture.
Michael Legrass is named in the Missouri 1830 Census in St. Louis County, St. Louis Township as the head of a family of 8 as follows: 2 free white males age 5-10, 1 free white male age 40-50, 1 free white female age 10-15, 1 free white female age 30-40, 1 female slave under 10 and 2 female slaves 10-24 years old.
Amelia Legrass is named in the 1850 Louisiana Census in Rapides Parish in a household of 3 as a 50 year old white female who has real estate with the value of $6,000 and was born in Belgium. Also residing in the household are C. H. Zanker (sic) a 40 year old white male musician who was born in Germany and Mary Zenker a 28 year old white female who was born in Indiana.
Amelia Legras is named in the Louisiana 1850 Slave Schedule for Rapides Parish in the town of Alexandria as having 2 slaves a 26 year old mulatto male and a 23 year old black female.
Amelia Legras is named as head of household in the Louisiana 1860 Census in Rapides Parish in the town of Alexandria as a 62 year old free white female whose occupation is Fancy Store who has real estate valued at $11,500 and a personal estate of $3,000. She was born in Belgium. Also in the place of abode are Mary Zinker (sic), age 39, female, born in Indiana, Elizabeth Fergusson, age 19, female, born in Scotland, Rosemond LeGras, age 35, male, occupation is Justice of Peace, value of real estate $2,500, value of personal estate is $150, born in Missouri, Olive V. LeGras, age 32, female, born in Georgia, and Laura LeGras, age 7,female born in Louisiana.
Amelia Legras is named in the Louisiana 1860 Slave Schedule for Rapides Parish in the town of Alexandria as having 1 slave, a 35 year old mulatto male.
Mrs. Amelia Legras can be placed in Alexandria in July 1865 by an entry in the conveyance records for Rapides Parish (Book A, Folio 1, entry dated July 12, 1865). The conveyance was for sale of property on Front Street in Alexandria for $3,000 on June 13, 1865 by Mrs Amelia Legras to Mr. Ephriam Pincus of New Orleans. It further states that the property was purchased at a probate sale in January 1834 by Michael Legras Sr.
Amelia is named in the 1870 Louisiana Census in New Orleans Parish as a 70 year old white female born in Belgium and whose parents were foreign born. She is keeping house in the household of Mary A. Zenker a 48 year old white female dress maker born in Indiana. Mary has real estate valued at $450. The other individual in the household is Mary A. Legras a 23 year old white female born in Louisiana and her parents were foreign born. [I believe it is Amelia and Mary Zenker whose parents were foreign born.]
Her death certificate states Amelia LeGras a native of Belgium died September 24, 1870 at the age of 71 in Algiers, Orleans Parish, Louisiana.

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Claude Thomas Pierre Metoyer


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Dorothee Monet


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Athanase Poissot


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Victor W. Porter

Victor W. Porter is listed in the 1870 Louisiana Census in Alexandria in Rapides Parish as a 38 year old mulatto male farmer born in Louisiana with real estate and personal estate valued at $200 and $175. Others in the household are Arine (sic) Porter a 35 year old female mulatto keeping house, Mary Porter a 16 year old female mulatto, Lewis Porter a 10 year old male mulatto and Frances (sic) Porter a 8 year old female (?) mulatto all born in Louisiana. A conveyance record in Rapides Parish dated April 19, 1870 records the donation of lots 1 and 2 in square number 54 in Alexandria from Victoren W. Porter to his stepdaughter Miss Mary Elizabeth Smith.
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Andrew Read


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Smith Richardson

Smith Richardson and Eliza Richardson are listed in the 1870 Louisiana Census Ward 9 of Cloutierville in Natchitoches Parish as a 48 year old black male laborer born in Virginia and a 55 year old black female housekeeper born in Louisiana. Also in the household are Josephine Richardson a 4 year old black female born in Louisiana and Clementine Richardson a 2 year old black female born in Louisiana.
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Pierre Rocques

The documentation for Pierre Rocques and Louise Glapion in the database comes from the marriage of their son Elise Roques to Marie Suzanne Metoyer on June 26, 1820 in Natchitoches, Louisiana as recorded in the Natchitoches Church records. Pierre is reported to be a free white resident of New Orleans and Louise a free colored resident of New Orleans.

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Jerome Sarpy

The earliest documentation for Jerome Sarpy and his parents in my database is the record of his marriage to Marie Adelayde Metoyer on June 27, 1820. The record in the Natchitoches Church Marriages 1817-1850 by Elizabeth Shown Mills (Mills Historical Press, Tuscaloosa, AL, 1985), p 14, entry 48 is: Groom: 24 native of the town of New Orleans, single, natural son of Barton Beler and [no first name] Sarpy. Bride: 16, native of this jurisdiction, legitimate daughter of Francois Metoyer and Margarite Lafantasy, already deceased, all free people of color. Their descendants are in the database.
I do not have documentation for Barton Beler or a Beler family in Louisiana. The Sarpy family is well documented in New Orleans and St. Louis prior to the birth of Jerome Sarpy around 1796 in New Orleans and it is widely reported that they all descended from four brothers who emigrated from France. There is no documentation that Jerome Sarpy’s father was one of the brothers or their descendants. However the 1830 Census for Natchitoches lists a Lille Sarpy, 60 – 70 years old and living alone. There are reports that Nemour Sarpy donated one of the Stations of the Cross in the original St. Augustine Chapel which was dedicated in 1829 but I don’t have the date documentation for this donation. I have not found documentation of a relationship between Jerome and Lille or Nemour or any other older Sarpy. My files contain the work of many who are researching and reporting on the Sarpy family and I will continue to support and monitor their work.

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Arvilla Shelton


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Thomas J. Smith

Thomas J. Smith born in Grant Parish and Irene Furlo born in Alexandria are listed on the death certificate of Mary Elizabeth LeGras as her parents. Mary died March 16, 1939 in Alexandria, Rapides Parish, Louisiana and was born May 31, 1852 in Alexandria. In a conveyance recorded April 19, 1870 Mary E. Smith received lots 1 and 2 in square number 40 in Alexandria from her stepfather Victoren W. Porter. Mary is listed in the 1870 Louisiana Census in Alexandria Rapides Parish as Mary Porter a 16 year old female mulatto in the household of Victor Porter and Arine (sic) Porter. Mary married William Michael Legras on April 11, 1877 in St. Frances Xavier Church in Alexandria.
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