Creoles of Louisiana

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Hello! My name is Annette Wecker LeDuff and my husband's name is Jerome James "Jerry" LeDuff.
I have been researching our families about six years now. My husband descends from Louisiana Creoles, maternally and paternally. We've traced his lineage into the 1600s, France.

We are both working on grant projects for the Creole Heritage Center in Natchitoches, La([external link]) as well as continuing work on our personal projects. Jerry and I both have Master of Fine Arts degrees from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Jerry is doing fine portrait drawings of Creoles and I am writing stories (backed by genealogical research) on Creoles.

We would love to hear from you and receive photos of Creole family members. Jerry's family surnames include: LeDuff, Esnault, Metoyer, Neal, Tyler, Condé, Llorens, Hurst,
LaCour, Bertrand, Meyer, Coton-Mais, St Eloi, Quevin, Rachal, Mitchell, LeComte, Poissot, Dupré, and Belly, Conant, Sarpy, LaBomme, Clifton, DeCuir, L'Admirault, Aguillard, Chelette, D'Arensbourg, Lemelle, Meziere, Mullon, Ricard, Reed, Sylvie, Christophe, Amazon, Porché, Antée, St Armand...there's more. If these names tie to your family, we would love to hear from you. In our project we are including histories of direct and extended relations. No one is excluded! You may contact us through Ancient Faces or directly at [contact link]. Thank you!
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HarrisonThomas LaTour Hello,

My name is Harrison Thomas LaTour, and I am a direct Descendant of a Black Louisiana Confederate Soldier.

My second 2nd Great-Grandmother was the daughter of a Lefroy Pierre-Auguste.

If you are a descendant of a Black Confederate Soldier, feel free to post a reply, the soldier does not have to be from Louisiana.

Harrison Thomas LaTour
LaTour Genealogical Research Services

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Name: Leufroy Pierre-Auguste 1 2 3
Sex: M
Birth: BET 1827 AND 1830
Reference Number: 15325

1850 United States Federal Census
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Name: Lupay Pre Auguste
Age: 23
Estimated birth year: abt 1827
Birth Place: Louisiana
Race: Mulatto
Gender: Male
Home in 1850
(City,County,State): St Landry, Louisiana


Intergrated Confederate Units

Louisiana, unlike other southern states, primarily maintained separated white and black military organizations. A few Louisiana "free blacks", however, served in white Confederated units and received Confederate pensions. Among them were Charles Lutz, Jean Baptiste Pierre-Auguste, and Leufroy Pierre-Auguste of St. Landry Parish, who fought with the Confederate army troops at Shiloh,
Fredericksburg, and Vicksburg.

Confederate Research Sources


Civil War Service:

Auguste, Lufoy Pierre. Pvt. Co. K. 16th La. Infty. En. Sept. 29th, 1861, Camp Moore, La. Present on All Rolls from Sept., 1861, to Oct., 1862. Roll for Nov. and Dec., 1862, ?Colored Man. Dropped from Roll by
Order of Col. Gober, Dec. 8th, 1862.?

CIVIL WAR HISTORY, Volume XXXII, No. 3, September, 1986
Arthur W. Bergeron, Jr.

Lufroy Pierre-Auguste was born in St. Landry Parish about 1830. He was the son of Pierre Pierre-Auguste and Gabriele Tessier, free persons of color. The 1860 census shows that Lufroy worked as a stockherder for Francois P. Pitre, Jr. Lufroy left his farm and joined Captain Daniel Gober's Big Cane rifles, which became Company K, Sixteenth Louisiana Infantry Regiment. The first two muster rolls of this company list him as a free man of color-the only such instance found in researching these men. None of the men discussed in this manuscript, except for Lutz and possibly Gabriel Grappe, pretended they were white. The other men in their units undoubtedly knew them as free blacks. The Sixteenth Louisiana fought in the battles of Shiloh, Farmington, and Perrysville. On December 8, 1862, while in camp at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Lufroy received a discharge from Confederate service. The reason given for his dicharge was that he was a "colored man." Apparently superior authorities had finally discovered that he was black and ordered his separation from the army. Lufroy went home, but he did become involved in one other incident before war's end. On May 13, 1865, he surprised two Jayhawkers near Opelousas. These men made up part of a band of outlaws, deserters, and draft dodgers who resisted Confederate authority. The two Jayhawkers fired at him, and he returned fire, hitting one of the men. Lufroy married in 1869, but no further information on his life after the war has come to light so far.

Francois P. Pitre Jr. 33 farmer, $2500 real estate, $9100 personal, wife Azeline C. Pitre 28, Francois 10, Estelle 9, Arthure 7, Azeline 5, Armant 3, Octave 2 months, Diomel S. Durio 16 stock holder, Lufroid P. Auguste 30 stock holder; slaves: male (black) 15 [p. 151/I11]

1870 St. Landry Parish, LA Census Record

Leufroi Pierre-Auguste 40 M Mulatto LA Farmer $300 $225
Caroline Pierre-Auguste 37 F Mulatto LA
Celestine Pierre-Auguste 21 F Mulatto LA
Narcisse Pierre-Auguste 17 M Mulatto LA
Azelie Pierre-Auguste 14 F Mulatto LA
Valmont Pierre-Auguste 13 M Mulatto LA
Pierre Pierre-Auguste 11 M Mulatto LA
Eugenie Pierre-Auguste 8 F Mulatto LA *Wife of Valmont LeBlanc brother
to William, Elizabeth, Zeolide, Etienne
Meranthe Pierre-Auguste 6 F Mulatto LA *Wife of William LeBlanc

William Leblanc m. November 26, 1879 Merante Pierre August (Opelousas Courthouse marriage #11100). Married December 18, 1879, St. Landry Catholic Church, Vol. 2, page 521

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1880 United States Federal Census
Home in 1880: 1st Ward, Saint Landry, Louisiana
Auguste Lufroid Pierre 50 M Mulatto LA Farm Laborer
Caroline Pierre 50 F Mulatto LA
Eustine Pierre 30 F Mulatto LA Daughter
Ophelia Pierre 9 F Mulatto LA Granddaughter


1910 United States Federal Census

Name: William Leblance
[William Leblanc]
Estimated birth year: abt 1856
Birthplace: Louisiana
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father's Birth Place: Louisiana
Mother's Birth Place: Louisiana
Spouse's name: Sarah
Home in 1910: Police Jury Ward 1, St Landry, Louisiana
Marital Status: Married
Race: Mulatto
Gender: Male
William Leblance 54 M Mulatto LA
Sarah Leblance 47 F Mulatto LA
Mary Leblance 19 F Mulatto Daughter LA
Robert Leblance 18 M Mulatto Daughter LA
Joseph Leblance 17 M Mulatto Son LA
Josephine Leblance 17 F Mulatto Daughter LA
Henry Leblance 14 M Mulatto Son LA
Adam Leblance 13 M Mulatto Son LA
Alla Leblance 11 F Mulatto Daughter LA
Charles Leblance 9 M Mulatto Son LA
Stella Leblance 8 F Mulatto Daughter LA
Lufrone Leblance 6 M Mulatto Son LA
Hermance Leblance 13 F Mulatto Stepdaughter LA
Lunea Leblance 9 M Mulatto Stepson LA
Hortence Leblance 7 F Mulatto Stepdaughter LA


1910 United States Federal Census
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Name: Eulis Leblance
[Eulis Leblanc]
Age in 1910: 29
Estimated birth year: abt 1881
Birthplace: Louisiana
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father's Birth Place: Louisiana
Mother's Birth Place: Louisiana
Spouse's name: Madlene
Home in 1910: Police Jury Ward 1, St Landry, Louisiana
Marital Status: Married
Race: Mulatto
Gender: Male
Eulis Leblance 29
Madlene Leblance 21
Octavie Leblance 4
Ledia Leblance 2/12


1920 United States Federal Census
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Name: Ulis Lablanc
[Ulis Lablan]
Home in 1920: Bald Hill, Okmulgee, Oklahoma
Age: 40 years
Estimated birth year: abt 1880
Birthplace: Louisiana
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's name: Martina
Father's Birth Place: Louisiana
Mother's Birth Place: Louisiana
Marital Status: Married
Race: Mulatto
Sex: Male
Home owned: Rent
Able to read: No
Able to Write: No
Image: 887
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Ulis Lablanc 40
Martina Lablanc 31
Ostava Lablanc 14
Ester Lablanc 9
Gladston Lablanc 8
Austin Lablanc 7
Aulton Lablanc 6
Arthur Lablanc 5
Ella May Lablanc 3 9/12
Lucille Lablanc 1

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Sonny Williams My name is Sonny Williams, born in Alexandria, La., raised in Bossier City, now living in Mo. But my mother's family is from the Cane River, her maiden name was Rachal. I have tried for years to get answers about my heritage on her side. Her family is buried in the Rachal cemetary near Marco, La. I have noticed there are Rachals of color and Rachals that are "white". Yet so many have the same first names, particularly the older generations. My grandmother (mom's mother) was a Brossett. Are there blood connections with all these people. I want to know who my people are and can't get answers. I just find it hard to believe that names like Brossett, Rachal, LaCour, and so many others are both "white" and of color and yet I'm told there is no relation. Can anyone help me?
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