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Barthelemy Cemetery

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Re: Barthelemy Cemetery

Posted: 16 Dec 2006 6:35PM GMT
Classification: Query
Barthelemy Cemetery is in Diamond, about 1-1/2 miles below the old St. Jude Church location, or the upper entrance to that community. The only publication on burials are those on obituaries, mostly in The Times-Picayune. It appears to date from or before 1795 by the Archdiocese records Funeral books(an internment at the cemetery of Barthelemy Baptiste). None of the local genealogcial quarterlies listed it in their inscription/descriptions. Most of the families who were "of color" buried there, especially if they lived between West Pointe a la Hache and Potash on the West Bank of Plaquemines Parish. It was in good shape before Katrina, but some of the sarcophagus type tombs popped open and caskets floated away. Surnames of Barthelemy, Ancar, Sylve, Fitte, Lafrance, Espadron, St. Ann, Dinet, Duplessis, and Encalade are common on the inscriptions available. If they were listed in funeral books of local churches, St. Thomas, St. Patrick, and St. Jude would be the most probable ones to research.
These free people of color were listed as Negro as early as 1770, but a native of Louisiana aged 60(Fanchon, grandmother of Barthelemy Baptiste, whose sons used the surname Barthelemy), would have no manumission record, since she was never a slave, being born to Indian parents before African slaves were imported into Louisiana. Many did eventually marry into families with actual black ancestry from former African slaves, so the exact racial mix is unclear in most of the descendants.
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sviada 16 Jun 2002 12:48AM GMT 
ppalimia 10 Jul 2002 10:29PM GMT 
Tom Walsh 24 Mar 2005 1:44AM GMT 
Joyce McCorkle 17 Sep 2005 4:02PM GMT 
williamstring... 17 Dec 2006 1:35AM GMT 
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